Mathematicians calculate that there are 177,147 ways to knot a tie
"Kernel" lexicon of languages remains stable in the long run
The frequency with which we use different words changes all the time, new words are invented or fall out of use. Yet little is known about the dynamics of lexical change across languages. Researchers of Kazan Federal University ...
Dinosaur tracks in Bolivia threatened with extinction
A hill in southeastern Bolivia is crisscrossed by fossilized dinosaur tracks—a total of more than 5,000 footprints, some more than a meter long, dating back 65 million years.
Scientists sound alarm over long wait for Nobel prize
Awarding Nobels decades after the original scientific discovery could lead to the coveted prize becoming irrelevant, some observers say, as ageing researchers miss out on their turn to get the long-awaited ...
Country of origin: Are negative stereotypes always bad for business?
Consumers worldwide associate France with fashion and luxury and are willing to pay a lot for French luxury products such as perfume and wine. But what about products made in countries with less favorable reputations? A new ...
Single-gender schools may lead to stereotyping, study suggests
Public, single-gender schools have become more common over the last decade, but new research shows that people might choose such schools based on de-bunked ideas of differences in male and female brains.
Taung Child's skull and brain not human-like in expansion
The Taung Child, South Africa's premier hominin discovered 90 years ago by Wits University Professor Raymond Dart, never ceases to transform and evolve the search for our collective origins.
Interview: Dr. Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence, Transhumanism and Open Source (Part 1/2)
Computer generated math proof is too large for humans to check
Interview: Dr. Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence, Transhumanism and Open Source (Part 2/2)
Study says unexplained jumps or drops in a stock's price bode ill for the long run
What should investors make of sudden jumps or drops in stock prices that occur for no apparent reason? The phenomenon is hardly unusual: focusing on extreme positive and negative price shocks, University of Toronto accounting ...
After 400 years, mathematicians find a new class of solid shapes
The work of the Greek polymath Plato has kept millions of people busy for millennia. A few among them have been mathematicians who have obsessed about Platonic solids, a class of geometric forms that are ...
Two-generation gender equality study shows career benefits for men
Couples in a research experiment launched in the 1970s shared the responsibility for home, family and work equally. Now, 30 years later, a follow-up study by Swedish researchers at Örebro University shows that the couples' ...
Meet the gomphothere: Archaeologists discover bones of elephant ancestor
An animal once believed to have disappeared from North America before humans ever arrived there might actually have roamed the continent longer than previously thought – and it was likely on the list of ...