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Tempted to Cheat on a Written Exam? Artificial Intelligence May Catch You Out!

Combining big data with artificial intelligence has allowed researchers to determine whether you wrote your assignment or whether a ghostwriter penned it for you -- with nearly 90 percent accuracy.

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Would You Stay in a Dark Room for 30 Days for $100,000?

Imagine being confined to a small, dark room, with no social interaction whatsoever for 30 days. Not many people would jump at this opportunity. But sometime in mid-September of 2018, a professional US poker did just that.

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Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly Into Speech

In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone's brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity.

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Learning About Imprinting (A Must-See Video Included)

In psychobiology, imprinting is a form of learning in which a very young animal fixes its attention on the first object with which it has visual, auditory, or tactile experience and thereafter follows that object.

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Video: Top 10 Most Amazing Treasures Found by Accident

Treasures are found all the time, from ancient artefacts to modern masterpieces, but most of the time they're only discovered after extensive research. Here are the stories of the top 10 most amazing treasures to ever be found by accident.

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8 Amazing and Unusual Libraries

From the United States to Germany, here are some of the most beautiful and unusual libraries found in the world. Perfect for book-lovers out there!

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Sheep Are Able to Recognize Human Faces from Photographs

Sheep can be trained to recognize human faces from photographic portraits -- and can even identify the picture of their handler without prior training -- according to new research from scientists at the University of Cambridge.

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10 High School Dropouts Who Are Now Millionaires

Most people are familiar with some of the more legendary high school dropouts who became wildly successful before they died. McDonald's founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney both left high school to pursue other interests that became globally-recognized brands...

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10 Unusual and Amazing Schools

Although the United Nations classifies education as a human right belonging to every child, about 100 million children around the world face barriers, sometimes seemingly insurmountable ones, that keep them from going to school. Environmental problems like climate change, storms, floods, natural disasters and energy shortages make the job of educating the poor a difficult […]

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Video: The Longest Word in English

If you suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, which refers to a fear of long words, this page is not for you. The longest English word spans about fifty-seven pages. It’s the chemical name for the titin protein found in humans. Its full name has 189,819 letters. Would you like to hear it pronounced? Pop some popcorn before you get started!

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Fear of Spiders and Snakes Is Deeply Embedded in Us

Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people, even in developed countries where hardly anybody comes into contact with them. Until now, there has been debate about whether this aversion is innate or learned. Scientists have recently discovered that it is hereditary: Even babies feel stressed when seeing these creatures - long before they could have learned this reaction.

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Our Faces Reveal Whether We’re Rich or Poor

Put on a happy face, your success may depend on it, suggests a study by psychology researchers at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Arts and Science. In a new twist on first impressions, the study found people can reliably tell if someone is richer or poorer than average just by looking at a "neutral" face, without any expression.

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