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Inverse is an American digital media company covering topics such as technology, science, and culture for a millennial audience.Source
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Brain study explains the perplexing genetics of being good at math

Brain study explains the perplexing genetics of being good at math

22 hours agoA with math can start early, and or a lack of around numbers can compound over time — transforming from a grade school phobia to a .But some math ability may not be shaped in the classroom. According to , some percentage of math ability might have deeper, biological roots.Scientists in Germany argue that about one-fifth of math ability can be traced back to grey matter volume in the brain, influence by a gene, called ROBO1.This gene is linked to the development of grey matter volume in the right parietal cortex, a region of the brain that’s involved in number representation....

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How ancient humans responded to climate change reveals a "hallmark" of our species

How ancient humans responded to climate change reveals a "hallmark" of our species

19 hours agoIn the East African Rift Valley, there is a sedimentary basin called . For 700,000 years, the early humans living there used stone . These large, clunky, oval tools were the longest-used tools in human history. Today, with new iPhones launched annually, it can be difficult to imagine technology remaining so static, for so long.But some 320,000 years ago, ancient humans broke the mold. Sophisticated, smaller tools and weapons entered into Ologresailie’s record, but the reason why seemed lost to the sands of time. Now scientists propose a new theory to explain the sudden...

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Pigeons use unexpected super sense to find home

Pigeons use unexpected super sense to find home

13 hours agoShutterstockImagine walking home from the grocery store or a friends’ house...ShutterstockBut instead of finding the way using street signs or landmarks, you instead follow the scent of the honeysuckle flowers on your neighbor’s fence, make a turn at the aroma of a bakery 5 blocks away, and cross the street at that one alley that always smells like weed.

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Why the brain can overvalue a happy ending

Why the brain can overvalue a happy ending

7 hours agoThe human brain is, well, only human. People generally overlook future consequences, misattribute the motivations of others' behavior, and underestimate the time and effort of personal tasks. According to a , the brain also overvalues the ending of experience rather than accurately summarizing the total value of the experience as it goes along. This finding was published Monday in the Journal of Neuroscience. In turn, this cognitive bias can screw up day-to-day decision-making. It also helps explain why a bout of bad weather colors the memory of an otherwise blissful vacation, or...

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How much do our genes restrict free will?

How much do our genes restrict free will?

14 hours agoMany of us believe we are masters of our own destiny, but new research is revealing the extent to which our behavior is influenced by our genes.It’s now possible to decipher our individual genetic code, the sequence of 3.2 billion DNA “letters” unique to each of us, that forms a blueprint for our brains and bodies.This sequence reveals how much of our behavior has a hefty biological predisposition, meaning we might be skewed towards developing a particular attribute or characteristic. Research has shown genes may predispose not only our , , or , but also our , , , and . Such...

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Scientists measured a key ingredient in star formation for the first time

Scientists measured a key ingredient in star formation for the first time

11 hours agoDuring the early universe, was at an all-time high. A mere few hundred million years after the , nearly half of the stars that have ever existed had already formed.The rate of star formation has decreased by tenfold since then, but there is a missing piece in the story of what fueled the rapid spurt of star births early in the universe, and why the growth has since slowed. The mystery centers on atomic hydrogen — a key ingredient in and the fuel for this early burst of productivity. To try and solve this, a team of scientists measured atomic hydrogen in more than 7,000 galaxies...

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One factor may determine the best way to lose weight

One factor may determine the best way to lose weight

4 hours agoFor some people, just saying you need to exercise isn't enough to . Some flock to group fitness classes for motivation. Others turn to mobile apps and notification reminders to break a sweat, or pledge to exercise with a friend or family member.But according to a new , one factor influences how well any of these work for you: personality type. In the study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers find that the success of different strategies for boosting physical activity varies according to people's personality, demographic, psychological, and behavioral...

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Robots might take over an essential human form of expression

Robots might take over an essential human form of expression

12 hours agoRecreating nature with the point of a pen or the flick of a brushstroke is a fundamental privilege of the human experience. Art can create meaning out of chaos. Researchers and philosophers alike point to artistic expression as one of the defining characteristics of humanity.But human innovation may erase this aspect of our uniqueness. soon create masterpieces of their own. published Wednesday in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI details how a team of scientists designed a swarm of tiny, cooperatives robots to work with their human masters to create art. Together, they...

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6 deadly snake myths, debunked

6 deadly snake myths, debunked

, and 7 hours agoDon’t be alarmed if you spot a snake; it’s hard to imagine a more misunderstood group of animals than snakes.Our interactions with snakes are conversation starters, with yarns told and retold. But knowing what’s fact and fiction gets harder with each retelling.As is so often the case with wildlife, the myths pale in comparison to what science has shown us about these incredible creatures. So let’s debunk six misconceptions we, as wildlife ecologists, often hear.This is a in southern Australia. The myth goes that if you see a red-bellied black snake or a blue-tongue lizard...

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Flag of Mars: Elon Musk proposes incredible Falcon 9 photo for SpaceX city

Flag of Mars: Elon Musk proposes incredible Falcon 9 photo for SpaceX city

10.9.2020 2:54 PMElon Musk wants to build a city on Mars by 2050, and he's even got an idea for the flag.On Friday, the SpaceX CEO suggested a dramatic photo of a company launch showing a Falcon 9 rocket soaring into the air against the Sun could be the flag of Mars. Musk to the photo, posted by photographer John Kraus, which shows the Falcon 9 sending up 60 satellites for the firm's Starlink internet connectivity constellation. The exchange highlights why SpaceX's Mars city could be more than just an outpost for astronauts. Musk has outlined plans to build the Starship rocket and send...

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One of the strangest objects in space may be key to mapping the cosmos

One of the strangest objects in space may be key to mapping the cosmos

10.6.2020 12:00 AMAlthough are dark and mysterious creatures, they are surrounded by light. As these celestial beings pull surrounding matter towards them, it forms a swirling disk of hot gas that shines brightly.By studying the unusual brightness of a black hole's surrounding disk, astronomers can figure out the distance to the black hole and its host galaxy. A new study suggests these bright points in the cosmos could ultimately help map out the entire universe.Using a technique dubbed 'echo mapping,' scientists measured the luminosity of black hole disks in 500 galaxies to gauge their...

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Beyond X-Men: 6 examples of real-life mutants

Beyond X-Men: 6 examples of real-life mutants

15 hours agoGetty ImagesProfessor Xavier, Wolverine, and Rogue are not like you and me. Instead, they are : Mutants with an "" and incredible abilities.X-men mutations are (depending on what version of their story you're reading or watching) caused by the in the mutant's DNA. Their mutant genes are what set them apart from Homo sapiens and make them .

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NASA explains solar cycle 25

NASA explains solar cycle 25

10.7.2020 1:30 PMIn September 2020, NASA announced that the Sun had entered its 25th solar cycle since recording began in 1755.NASAThese cycles last about 11 years, and come with a solar minimum and a solar maximum. This year’s solar maximum may arrive by 2025, .

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How a DNA study toppled the Viking family tree

How a DNA study toppled the Viking family tree

10.9.2020 7:00 PMShutterstockPop culture and history books usually portray Vikings as tall, blonde, blue-eyed warriors pillaging their way across the North Atlantic. But a now says that history may be totally wrong.ShutterstockInstead, Vikings may have had much more diverse DNA than historians originally thought. Even those without Viking DNA may have been treated as part of the clan as well.

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One evolutionary advantage screws with food choices today

One evolutionary advantage screws with food choices today

8 hours agoNew suggests a critical evolutionary advantage may disrupt modern-day choices. According to a testing a long-held evolutionary theory, people have a cognitive architecture that appears to prioritize calorie-dense, energy-rich over low-calorie alternatives.This human spatial memory system benefitted our who struggled to find food and is less compatible with modern environments complete with neighborhood Starbucks and abundant fast food. The study reasons that this spatial memory bias may drive us to overeat high-calorie foods, and contribute to public health problems like obesity,...

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New asteroid Bennu findings support theory of how life may have traveled to Earth

New asteroid Bennu findings support theory of how life may have traveled to Earth

5 hours agoOn September 8, 2016, NASA launched a small spacecraft towards one of the most ancient objects in the universe — Bennu.has orbited the asteroid since December, 2018 and is scheduled to snag a sample of the flying rock later this month before returning it to Earth. And as the spacecraft gears up for the sample-return mission, each close flyby of the asteroid provides new and exciting clues to how the Solar System formed.The mission may also inform our own origin story. In a series of six published Thursday in the journals Science and Science Advances, researchers provide new...

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Scientists debunk leading theory of why the Moon has a magnetic crust

Scientists debunk leading theory of why the Moon has a magnetic crust

11 hours agoMore than 50 years ago, NASA landed humans on the — and we brought a piece of it back with us to Earth.That 22 kilograms of rock and dust collected by the transformed our understanding of our closest cosmic neighbor. One major finding from the Apollo samples showed the Moon generated a magnetic field billions of years ago, one that was likely even stronger than the Earth's magnetic field today.But the rock didn't reveal why the Moon's crust magnetized. Now, a study published last week in the jorunal Science Advances debunks one of the most . In doing so, it narrows down the true...

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You need to see the Draconid meteor shower in the sky before it disappears this week

You need to see the Draconid meteor shower in the sky before it disappears this week

12 hours agoCelestial objects come and go from view in the night sky. Whether it be the Full Moon, a meteor shower, or just the best night to see Mars, we're here to direct your eyes skyward and tell you to look up and appreciate the wonders of space from Earth.This week, we're asking you to marvel at the beauty of the , which will light up the night sky from October 6-8, peaking on Wednesday night.The annual meteor shower takes place around the same time each year, as Earth crosses the orbital trail of . The small comet, stretching about 1.24 miles in diameter, orbits the Sun every six and...

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Inspired by ‘The Wire’, decoy eggs are saving an iconic animal from extinction

Inspired by ‘The Wire’, decoy eggs are saving an iconic animal from extinction

Heroes in a fake shell7 hours agoFor turtles, just making it out the shell is good going. Predators like and other reptiles make a meal out of turtle eggs. Others, like , eat turtle hatchlings before they reach the sea. We , too. Poaching has been devastating on turtle populations, Leatherbacks in Costa Rica. In fact, life is for these iconic sea creatures, it is estimated that only one out of every thousand turtle hatchlings survive to adulthood. But science is on the turtles' side.Using decoy mechanical turtle eggs, scientists hope to not only leave individual poachers empty-handed...

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Dug-up grave of ancient England warlord is unearthing history

Dug-up grave of ancient England warlord is unearthing history

9 hours agoAfter 1,400 years laying undisturbed beneath British farmland, an ancient Anglo-Saxon warrior had a rude awakening in 2018 when a group of amateur metal detectorists stumbled across his burial site and began to unearth it.What could have been an archeological disaster has instead become an important discovery. After the detectorists realized the importance of their findings, they called in from the University of Reading. To save this shallow burial site from a farmer's till, the team excavated the gravesite this past summer.What they found unearthed important discoveries about...

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Ancient Megalodon teeth reveal the terrifying shark was in a league of its own

Ancient Megalodon teeth reveal the terrifying shark was in a league of its own

4 hours agoLike a lot of prehistoric , the shark was a cut above.The extinct shark species, Otodus megalodon, is part of the extinct group of megatooth sharks. It's considered to be the largest shark (and fish) to have ever lived. Because of its size and apparent ferocity, it has also captured human imagination, with its legacy honored in pop culture, like the 2018 movie , in which Jason Statham battled the mighty creature. While the sci-fi take on the Meg was undoubtedly 100 percent scientifically accurate, research still debate what this massive fish was really like — and how it stacked...

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New study challenges hype around intermittent fasting

New study challenges hype around intermittent fasting

9.29.2020 11:00 PMIn the ever-evolving pursuit of living longer and healthier, we know diet plays a pivotal role. In recent years, scientists have also focused on the potential of — a diet regimen that hinges on when you eat, not what you eat. New research, however, suggests it doesn't deliver on what some intermittent fasters are looking for when they adopt it as an eating pattern., primarily in animals and relatively small groups of people, suggests intermittent fasting (sometimes referred to as ) can improve metabolic function, stave off certain diseases, and may even . Based on these...

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Deforestation's unexpected side effect on climate change

Deforestation's unexpected side effect on climate change

13 hours agoSometimes called the planet's "lungs," the rainforests of the play an important role in regulating Earth's carbon dioxide levels. Forests thick with trees stash away CO2, lightening the load of the greenhouse gas. But the effect is at the edges of the rainforest. There, projects of industries like lumber and palm oil weaken the forest's integrity. New research quantifies exactly what we lose along the boundaries where forest meets agriculture. From 2001 to 2015, the Amazon forest lost 947 million tons of carbon storage along its edges, a new finds. That's one-third the quantity...

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Exercising after coronavirus: Young athlete hearts reveal a key lesson

Exercising after coronavirus: Young athlete hearts reveal a key lesson

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts"I'm literally knocking on wood right now." Miguel Navarro/Getty Images 9.28.2020 8:59 PMWhen coronavirus first emerged, medical experts quickly realized how fast it could attack . As we continue to live with the virus, researchers are increasingly learning how it can affect the – even the hearts of the youngest and strongest. In late summer, there was an influx of reports suggesting the hearts of the young, physical elite, like college and professional athletes, were experiencing the toll of Covid-19. In August, ESPN that at least five Big Ten conference players had...

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CHEOPS mission discovers one of the most extreme planets ever

CHEOPS mission discovers one of the most extreme planets ever

9.28.2020 8:17 PMOver the past decade, exoplanet missions such as NASA's mission and (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) have found more than 4,000 alien worlds across the vast universe. But a newcomer to the hunt is giving these two space telescopes a run for their money.The European Space Agency's CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (or CHEOPS) just made its first exoplanet discovery, and it is a doozy. The discovery was detailed in a published Monday in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.CHEOPS launched in December, 2019 to observe nearby stars and the strange worlds that may orbit...

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