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How Computer Science Transformed The World [Infographic]

In 1703, Gottfried Leibniz invented the modern binary number system that forever changed the developed world. In the intervening years, computing has become an integral part of our daily existence. This infographic from Computer Science Zone breaks down the major technology breakthroughs and landmark products that have helped to shape the way we live.


7 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Married [Infographic]

Good marriages take work. So do bad marriages and so-so marriages, come to think of it. In fact, pretty much every marriage is destined to fail if you don’t listen to your partner and put in the hard yakka. For those who don’t want to become another divorce statistic, this infographic of social science hacks could help you to iron out what’s wrong before it’s too late to fix things.


Why Dogs Like To Lick Your Face, And Why You Might Want To Avoid It

People usually fall into two camps: Those who like getting kisses from their dog, or those, like me, who can’t stand it. Here are the reasons why dogs want to lick your face, and why you might want to avoid that kind of affection, even if you do enjoy it.


What Research Says About The Relationship Between Practise And Expertise

Some people are dramatically better at activities like sports, music and chess than other people. Take the basketball great Stephen Curry. This past season, breaking the record he set last year by over 40 per cent, Curry made an astonishing 402 three-point shots — 126 more than his closest challenger.

What explains this sort of exceptional performance? Are experts “born”, endowed with a genetic advantage? Are they entirely “made” through training? Or is there some of both?


The Worst Employees Ever, Names For Things We Didn't Know Had Names, And Childhood Bullying

A tribute to humanity’s first interstellar spacecraft, what happened before recorded history, how being bullied as a child changes you as an adult, and the worst employees ever hired all await you in this week’s Thinking Cap.


A Guide To The Nanotechnology Used In The Average Home

As a researcher of nanomaterials, I am often asked: “When are we finally going to start seeing nanotechnology products on the market?” This is a simple question to answer because the average home is already filled with products enhanced or reliant upon nanotechnology.


Why Using Your Phone In Bed Can Cause Temporary Blindness

You’ve probably done this: Roll over in the middle of the night, or in a dark room, turn on your phone, read a few emails, scroll through some tweets, or check Facebook. Then later, your vision is fuzzy in one eye, or worse, you roll over and can see out of one but not the other. Here’s why.


Look More Attractive In Online Dating Photos By Using Open Body Language

Choosing the right photo to represent your dating profile can be a struggle. Do you want to look active? Adventurous? Or maybe talented? No matter what you choose, a recent study suggests you should go for open, expansive body language.


How The Great French Wine Blight Changed Grapes Forever

One hundred fifty years ago, the Great French Wine Blight nearly wiped out an industry that today produces some 40 billion bottles of wine a year. The only solution was a radical fusion of species that remains essential to the success of the wine market. Here’s the story of how humanity hacked the wine grape.


How Long Does Sex Normally Last?

If you’re a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex “normally” last? A scientist, though, would phrase the same question in an almost comically obscure way: What is the mean intravaginal ejaculation latency time? Well, here’s your answer…


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