Did ancient Egyptian parents worry their kids might get addicted to this game, called senet?
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Somewhere between the early Buddhist times and today, worries about game addiction have given way to scientific understanding of the benefits of play, rather than its detriments.
A sound vibration.
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A mystery disease that struck US personnel in Cuba and China triggered fears of a sonic weapon. But two experts argue that this is just about leveraging a medical mystery for political gain.
Black tip sharks swim with tropical fish in a lagoon in French Polynesia.
When humans have conflicts with wildlife, the first reaction is often to cull them. But there's little evidence to show that it works, and removing predators can even backfire and make things worse.
Latin America’s era of the woman president is over. What have we learned?
New research on Latin America's four recent female presidents disproves the idea that merely putting a woman in power will improve gender equality.
Scène de violence domestique jouée au théâtre en pleine rue, à Chandigarh, en Inde, 2016.
À l’occasion de la Journée internationale des femmes et au-delà du mouvement #MeToo, il est crucial de rappeler qu’une majeure partie des violences faites aux femmes sont causées par leurs conjoints.
A street theatre performance on domestic violence at the Bridge Market Plaza in Chandigarh, India (2016).
Intimate partner violence has tremendous negative consequences for women, their families and societies, yet it have not received the political attention it should.
How do people make complex decisions?
Watching how people play a game against a computer opponent can help identify how humans use – or don't use – game theory principles to make decisions.
A Pirahã family.
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
Mosquitoes could expand their reach if money for climate change research is cut.
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Malaria has long menaced the world, but gains have occurred. Those efforts could now be stymied by budget cuts, however. Here's how a disease that knows no borders could widen its deadly reach.
A woman waits behind a Cuban flag for the arrival of Fidel Castro’s funeral procession in Esperanza, Cuba.
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Under Fidel Castro, Cuba declared itself as an atheist state. Castro's relationship with religion, however, was far more complex. It left a deep impact on the religious identity of Cuba.
Mistakes happen: a polling station in Cali, Colombia.
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A look through the ballot papers shows the declared result in Colombia's crucial vote is far from definitive.
French policemen investigating the abandonment of a car packed with gas cylinders near Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral.
The recent arrest of female terrorists in France brought attention to the role women play in IS. A group of American academics studied this issue – with a surprising result.
Talking with patients who’ve had Zika is tough.
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Physicians like me are learning about Zika along with our patients. This takes a dose of humility on our part and an understanding from our patients that we learn something new every single day.
A woman writes on a cross placed in honor of the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
It is now recognized within public health that discrimination causes significant health problems for the LGBTQ community.
Schematic diagram of an aggregate made up of linked users, with the mathematical equation that describes this online pro-ISIS ecology.
A new mathematical model of ISIS supporters' online behavior provides insights into how cyberactivity relates to real-world attacks.
Having a daughter impacts the way CEOs run their companies.
The next time you’re weighing a company’s job offer, it may be wise to find out the gender of the CEO’s children.
Exasperating both the White House and the Republican leadership
The expiry at midnight, Sunday of three key provisions of the Patriot Act has thrown Washington into turmoil and halted surveillance programs – a panel of scholars gives their verdicts.
Cubans are migrating to the US in greater numbers.
Compared to the number of Mexican immigrants entering the US through its southwestern border, migration of Cubans may seem insignificant. Yet the numbers of Cubans coming to the US has soared since Raul…
At some point, the postman will not always get through.
It is amazing for me to see the very aggressive building boom underway in south Florida; on the beaches and barrier islands, throughout downtown and in the low western areas bordering the Everglades. They…
Clear-felling and burning is not the future for Tasmania’s forests, no matter what happens with a looming World Heritage wilderness decision.
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The Tasmanian forestry industry is already thinking beyond the federal and state governments’ plans to abolish the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement, which include trying to remove 74,000 hectares of forest…