Humans

With the rise of touchscreen technology, it seems like handwriting is on the decline – both in everyday use and in educational settings. According to one recent report, some British kids are even struggling to hold pens and pencils properly.   “Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had…
February 26, 2018
In the 21st century, misinformation has spread across the internet like a virus, making it harder for people to distinguish fact from fiction. Now, Cambridge University researchers have released an online game that aims to “vaccinate” people against fake news.    “A biological vaccine administers a small dose of the disease to build immunity. Similarly,…
February 21, 2018
For centuries, the pyramids of Giza have puzzled researchers – not just their mysterious voids and hidden chambers, but exactly how ancient Egyptians built such impressive structures without modern technology.   One of the most confounding issues is how the structures became so perfectly aligned. Although it’s slightly lopsided, overall the square sides of the 138.8 metre…
February 20, 2018
LIDAR is showing its archaeological prowess once again, being used to reveal the extent of a “lost” city in western Mexico built and inhabited by the Purépecha, contemporaneous rivals to the Aztec civilisation.   Led by archaeologist Chris Fisher of Colorado State University, a team has estimated that the city of Angamuco had around 40,000…
February 19, 2018
Normally when somebody says ‘you look radiant’, it means you look good. But for one Chinese woman who rode through an X-ray machine, the compliment could be taken rather literally.   Surveillance footage captured in southern China last week went viral after people couldn’t believe these bizarre (and eerie) images of a woman down on…
February 19, 2018
Kids can and should practice the skill of learning if they want a fighting chance at fulfilling all those lofty goals their parents set for them. But some people keep studying – and thinking – the same way all their lives without improving their methods.    Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually…
February 16, 2018