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General English - Stories. Short Stories and Classic Literature. Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others? Experts Weigh In. If you’ve ever been at an outdoor party or BBQ during the fading hours of daylight and don’t personally notice an increase in the number of mosquitoes, you’ll probably hear someone complaining about it.

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others? Experts Weigh In.

That’s because mosquitoes are selective insects, and some people are more likely to get bites than others. There are a few factors that could contribute to why this happens: In one controlled study by the Journal of Medical Entomology, the bugs landed on people with blood Type O nearly twice as frequently as those with Type A. The researchers noted this has to do with secretions we produce, which tips mosquitoes off on a person’s blood type. More research needs to be conducted on mosquitoes’ potential preference for certain blood types over others, said Jonathan F.

Day, an entomology professor at the University of Florida. Better Public Schools Won’t Fix Income Inequality. Indeed, multiple studies have found that only about 20 percent of student outcomes can be attributed to schooling, whereas about 60 percent are explained by family circumstances—most significantly, income. Now consider that, nationwide, just over half of today’s public-school students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches, up from 38 percent in 2000.

Surely if American students are lagging in the literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills our modern economy demands, household income deserves most of the blame—not teachers or their unions. India's Monkeys Keep Killing People, so Scientists Are Trying Radical New Sterilization Strategies. How the Finnish lifestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge. It’s been a long day: one meeting after another.

How the Finnish lifestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge

You leave your office, happy the working day is finally over. You could head out, network until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t appeal.


Map: How much holiday you get depends on where you live. English Short Films. How the language you speak changes your view of the world - Science - News. Bilinguals get all the perks.

How the language you speak changes your view of the world - Science - News

Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in. The past 15 years have witnessed an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of using more than one language. Going back and forth between languages appears to be a kind of brain training, pushing your brain to be flexible. Just as regular exercise gives your body some biological benefits, mentally controlling two or more languages gives your brain cognitive benefits.

Why Finland loves saunas. Image copyright Getty Images The only Finnish word to make it into everyday English is "sauna".

Why Finland loves saunas

7 billion people and you: What's your number? Sources: All population data are based on estimates by the UN Population Division and all calculations provided by the UN Population Fund.

7 billion people and you: What's your number?

The remaining data are from other sections of the UN, the Global Footprint Network and the International Telecommunications Union. Want to find out more? Visit the UN Population Fund's detailed population calculator, 7 billion and me. Former CBS News Anchor Dan Rather Explains Modern Internet Slang. How to sneeze, slurp and burp in different languages. Copy of History of US Immigration by Hwang Sooyoung on Prezi. What your country’s emoji use says about you. Significant strides were made in the world of international emoji understanding this week, with the publication of a groundbreaking report.

What your country’s emoji use says about you

Swiftkey, a British software company, trawled through “more than 1bn pieces of emoji data” to extract some enlightening trends in global emoji use across speakers of 16 different languages. While the world is still processing the findings, many Canadians are expected to react by texting each other smiling piles of poop. I don’t mean to besmear Canada; it got itself into this situation.

According to the Swiftkey report, Canada uses the “smiling poop” emoji more than any of the other countries that were surveyed. It appears to be the visual equivalent of “eh” for the digital-savvy Canuck. The most beautiful words in 12 different languages, as voted for by Reddit users. People Who Are Bilingual Are Smart, Creative And Better Lovers. If you thought accents were sexy, imagine how absolutely mind-blowing it would be to have the person of your dreams tell you those three magic words in more than one tongue.

People Who Are Bilingual Are Smart, Creative And Better Lovers

There’s just something about people expressing their thoughts in multiple languages that is so appealing. It might be that they’re more in tune with their own thoughts and emotions. Or, perhaps they’re just better communicators in general. A growing body of research indicates that people who learn to speak more than one language throughout their lives have essentially trained their brains to be stronger muscles, making them smarter, more creative and more responsive to their own feelings and emotions. Five ways to survive your daily commute. Commuting sucks.

Five ways to survive your daily commute

It costs up to 14% of your annual salary, increases stress levels and generally saps all energy and goodwill towards humanity. What I'm really thinking.