tearsWall Street Journal's Katherine Rosman has the story of scientists learning more about how and why humans cry. Specifically, why men and women cry differently.

You first feel your bottom lip tremble as your work is critiqued in a meeting. Or maybe it's a clenching of your jaw. Or perhaps there is no warning at all. One moment you're composed and the next ... waterworks.

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karen-butler-"When Karen Butler went in for dental surgery, she left with more than numb gums: She also picked up a pronounced foreign accent."

"In the meantime, it's possible that Butler could get her American accent back through intensive speech therapy. But unlike other people with FAS who have become depressed by their change in accent, Butler quite likes her new one. She says it has made her more outgoing and is a good conversation starter."

Read the article and listen to the story at NPR-A Curious Case Of Foreign Accent Syndrome

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Saturday, 04 June 2011 02:37

Cassini Mission


Filmmaker Chris Abbas writes: "I truly enjoy outer space. It's absolutely amazing that we now have the ability to send instruments out into the void of the universe to observe all sorts of interesting things. Asteroids! Moons! Planets! Dark matter! This is the perfect opportunity for a Carl Sagan quote:

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

The footage in this little film was captured by the hardworking men and women at NASA with the Cassini Imaging Science System. If you're interested in learning more about Cassini and the on-going Cassini Solstice Mission, check it out at NASA's website: saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/science/index.cfm"

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Saturday, 28 May 2011 01:41

Top Ten Myths About the Brain


1. We use only 10 percent of our brains.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 02:49

Io: The Prometheus Plume


Io: The Prometheus Plume

Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA

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Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:51

Scale of the Universe


This amazing tool gives you a small idea of the incredible scale of the universe.

Thanks Kimball!

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"The calls act as an instinctive warning to leave the hive, but the frequency confuses the bees, causing them to fly erratically. The study found that the bees' buzzing noise increases ten times when a cell phone is ringing or making a call – aka when signals are being transmitted, but remained normal when not in use." Read more

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"Open to the public only one day a year, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation takes science and maths as its inspiration.
Quite simply, there isn't another garden like it in the world." Read more
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