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What Was Really the Secret Behind Van Gogh’s Success?
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What Was Really the Secret Behind Van Gogh’s Success?

Before developing his famed “drip technique,” abstract artist Jackson Pollock dabbled in drawing, print making and surrealist paintings of humans, animals and nature. According to a new study from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, this period of exploration followed by exploitation of his new drip technique set up Pollock for a “hot streak,” or...

Meat-Heavy Diets Restricted Hunter-Gatherer Population Sizes
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Meat-Heavy Diets Restricted Hunter-Gatherer Population Sizes

Hunter-gatherer populations with a strong seasonal dependence on meat in their diets had fewer people per square kilometer than those that had abundant plant foods throughout the year. This new result is clear from a study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB),...

How ‘Sissy Men’ Became the Latest Front in China’s Campaign Against Big Tech
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How ‘Sissy Men’ Became the Latest Front in China’s Campaign Against Big Tech

The Chinese government has recently taken action against what it calls “sissy men” – males, often celebrities, deemed too effeminate. On Sept. 2,2021, government regulators banned their appearance on both television and video streaming sites. Using the Chinese derogatory slur “niang pao” – literally, “girlie guns” – Chinese cultural authorities explained that they were rolling...

SpaceX Inspiration4 Mission Will Send 4 People with Minimal Training into Orbit – and Bring Space Tourism Closer to Reality
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SpaceX Inspiration4 Mission Will Send 4 People with Minimal Training into Orbit – and Bring Space Tourism Closer to Reality

On Sept. 15, 2021, the next batch of space tourists are set to lift off aboard a SpaceX rocket. Organized and funded by entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, the Inspiration4 mission touts itself as “the first all-civilian mission to orbit” and represents a new type of space tourism. The four crew members will not be the first...

Neurodiversity Can Be a Workplace Strength, If We Make Room for It
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Neurodiversity Can Be a Workplace Strength, If We Make Room for It

Emma can recognise patterns within complex code. James can develop several different solutions when faced with complicated problems. But it is unlikely either will find a job where they can put their specialist skills to work — or any job, actually. Emma has dyslexia. James has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These conditions...

The Science of Product Placements – and Why Some Work Better Than Others
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The Science of Product Placements – and Why Some Work Better Than Others

In “The Variant,” an episode from the Disney+ hit streaming show “Loki,” it’s tough to miss the barrage of product placements, with fast-paced action and dialogue taking place in front of Charmin toilet paper, Dove soap and Arm & Hammer deodorant. At one point, Loki barrels down an aisle with vacuum cleaners and fights off...

When Human Life Begins Is a Question of Politics – Not Biology
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When Human Life Begins Is a Question of Politics – Not Biology

A Texas law that aims to eliminate almost all abortions in the state is part of a long-standing nationwide movement to restrict the right to abortion. The Texas law went into effect on Sept. 1, 2021, and severely limits the right to have an abortion in that state. But the anti-abortion movement is aiming more...

Taxing Bachelors and Proposing Marriage Lotteries – How Superpowers Addressed Declining Birthrates in the Past
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Taxing Bachelors and Proposing Marriage Lotteries – How Superpowers Addressed Declining Birthrates in the Past

There’s growing awareness – and concern – about declining birthrates in the U.S. and other countries around the world. Falling birth rates are usually seen as a sign of societal decline, a nation’s diminishing power, and the eclipse of marriage and family values. Rarely are they put into any kind of historical context. But birthrates...