Why highly intelligent people make the worst leaders

by Philip Perry –   What qualities define a good leader? Is it vision, the ability to understand and negotiate with people, drive, an expectation of excellence, or a stunningly brilliant intellect? A new study finds that the last one may actually be …

The lovely Perseids’ comet could end life on Earth

by Robby Berman – The dangerous Comet Swift-Tuttle in 1992. (Credit: Jim Scotti, University of Arizona).   The Perseids are arguably the most famous annual meteor shower. Silently streaking across the mid-August heavens each summer, it’s a profound and beautiful event for anyone …

Getting serious about plant intelligence

by Robby Berman – Plants learn and remember (Pakorn worasang/immfocus studio/Big Think) Monica Gagliano studies learning and memory in plants. She’s an “evolutionary ecologist” who performs behavioral experiments on plants that are adapted from studies of animal intelligence. Her work has convinced her …

2,000-year-old Roman library discovered in Germany

by Scotty Hendricks – What remains of the Cologne library. (Hi-flyFoto/Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne)  Workers in Cologne, Germany have stumbled upon a 2000-year-old library while preparing a car park site for construction. The find, one of many archeological discoveries in the ancient city, …

150 Santas Gather In Denmark For Annual Congress

Some Santas came from as far away as Japan. COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Braving Europe’s heatwave, more than 150 Santas from around the world donned their heavy suits and full beards at their annual conference in Denmark. As the 61st World Santa Claus Congress …

Tiny electric car stretches to take on more passengers

  Ben Coxworth – The iEV X can go from 160 to 220 cm in length (Credit: iEV).   We’ve already seen single-seat electric cars, the tiny size of which makes them ideal for maneuvering through congested urban environments. However, what happens when you …

Instead of Filling Cavities, Dentists May Soon Regenerate Teeth

Researchers recently discovered certain drugs, including one developed to treat Alzheimer’s, stimulate innate self-repair mechanisms. By Ferris Jabr – Credit: Getty Images.  For dentists, a cavity is a conundrum—in order to save the tooth they must further damage it. Currently, the primary way …

Watch out for card skimming at the gas pump

by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC – With the summer travel season in high gear, the FTC is warning drivers about skimming scams at the pump. Read more > (For more information please visit: https://www.FTC.gov)  

The Bermuda Triangle mystery is solved. Again.

by Robby Berman – A legendary mystery gets explained at last. Maybe. (pingebat/Big Think)   If it seems that it was just about a year ago that scientists finally figured out the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle, it was. The culprits behind the …

40,000-year old worms revived from Siberian permafrost

  Michael Irving – Scientists have managed to revive worms (similar to the one pictured) that were frozen in the Siberian permafrost for up to 42,000 years (Credit: K-State Research and Extension/CC BY 2.0) The Siberian permafrost is famous for preserving the remains of life …

FTC Action Halts Phony Grants Operation

Defendants allegedly took millions of dollars from consumers seeking help with paying debts and personal expenses. At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted a telemarketing scheme that took at least $3 million from consumers, including elderly and disabled persons, …

Global warming will raise suicide rates

by Derek Beres –   The consequences of our actions are more far-reaching than we imagine. Consider the microbial world—the world we all actually inhabit. In his book, I Contain Multitudes, science writer Ed Yong points out our mistake in loading up on …

Scientists discover rare dolphin-whale hybrid near Hawaii

A wholphin? A dhale? It’s actually called a… by Stephen Johnson – Kimberly A. Wood under Cascadia Research Collective NMFS permit 20605.  Scientists have discovered a rare hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in waters near Kauai, Hawaii. The discovery, …

Smiles have a sound, and it’s contagious

Lila MacLellan –  Listen for it. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandle)   The next time you catch yourself smiling during a phone conversation, just because, ask the person on the other end of the line whether they’re smiling, too. According to a small study from …

When We Eat, or Don’t Eat, May Be Critical for Health

A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms. By Anahad O’Connor – Leer en español.  Credit – Evan Cohen. Nutrition scientists have long debated the best diet for optimal health. …