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6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think

6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think
Mankind has a long and checkered past with crows and ravens: They have been feared as symbols of death, because they're all black and scary, revered as creators of the world because, well, it was either them or the seagulls, and worshiped as trickster gods, because of their baffling intelligence. Intelligent enough, in fact, for us to start worrying ... #6. They Can Remember Your Face Next time you see a group of crows, look closely. OK, so the scientists weren't just playing out horror movie fantasies -- they were testing whether the crows could recognize human faces or not. In case you think they were just telling each other "get the guy with the mask," they weren't: The test was repeated with multiple people wearing multiple masks, and without fail, the crows left the masked men who hadn't messed with them alone, but went murder-crazy on the mask that had been worn while messing with them. "Wow. Oh, and also none of the scientists were ever seen again. #5. #4. One. Related:  Thought-provoking Reads

Brains of Phonetics Experts Differ From Those of General Public Style Icons on MR PORTER March 19, 2014 Photo Douglas Jones, LOOK Magazine/ John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston The Kennedy brothers Their style legacy may not be as important as their political legacy but President John F Kennedy, Senator Robert F Kennedy and Senator Edward Kennedy remain the poster boys for sophisticated East Coast Ivy style. Bob Willoughby/ Getty Images Mr Dave Brubeck The late Mr Dave Brubeck is a jazz icon, and the man behind Time Out, the genre's first million-selling album. Robert Anzell/ Rex Features Mr Dennis Hopper The actor and photographer appeared in, and in some cases directed, the films that defined the cinematic image of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Ron Galella/ Getty Images Mr George Hamilton These days Mr George Hamilton is best known for the depth of his perma-tan, but look beyond the teak-oil façade and you'll see a man with an unswerving devotion to dressing well. Philippe Halsman/ Magnum Photos Mr Johnny Carson Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/ Getty Images

5 Reasons You Hated School (That You Were Right About) 5The School System Was Designed Like A Factory (Over 100 Years Ago) American Historical Association No matter where you are in the Western world, you can bet that your education looked pretty much the same: 12 years of sitting in classes that focused almost entirely on memorizing facts. Sure, there have been a bunch of outstanding teachers who took a Dead Poet's Society-level of personal interest in their students, but for the most part, the education of our youth has been rather paint-by-numbers. You progress through a series of "grades" lasting one year each, and everybody gets about the same material. Digital Vision. The thing is that by the third grade or so, you probably knew why this is bullshit. It turns out that it was concocted nearly wholesale by a committee of ten guys way back in the early 1890s. joebelanger/iStock/Getty ImagesFrom here on out, go ahead and assume finger quotes every time the word "works" comes up. 4Standardized Testing Is A Relic Of The Cold War

Spiders Fleeing Floods Build Mosquito Buffet in Trees Photo: Russell Watkins / DFID When heavy rains caused rivers to overflow and flood parts of Pakistan last year, it set into motion a surprisingly complex chain of events that scientists are only now beginning to understand -- and which may have ultimately saved countless human lives. As waters began to rise, thousands of spiders sought refuge in tall trees, cluttering the leaves and branches with their webs in a manner reminiscent of cotton-candy. That, of course, is just the beginning of the story. >> WATCH SLIDESHOW: 10 of the World's Weirdest Spiders In the heavily flooded region of Sindh, Pakistan, these spider-web laden trees seems to have been quite effective at catching insects. Unfortunately, the trees themselves didn't benefit from being host to the spider's buffet. From New Scientist : Although slowly killing the trees, the phenomenon is seemingly helping the local population.

Relais la Torre Arezzo (Arezzo) - Tuscany The Relais La Torre is located in the ancient complex of Longobard origin ( XII century ) along the roman “Via Ariminensis”, a road of great military importance which connected the town of Arezzo with Rimini, and it is just 7 km from Arezzo, 14 km form the A1 motorway exit, roughly 70 km from both Florence and Siena. Dipped in the wide estate amongst vineyards, olive-groves and woods, the relais is part of the fortified complex “La Torre”, with the various constructions composed around a fulcrum of a paved internal space, connecting the main residence with the farm annexes, hosting the suites and the chapel which in the actual structure dates back to 1756. Structure and accommodation Agriturismo Relais la Torre Accommodation:Bedroom Flat Type of accommodation: Bed & Breakfast Services: Swimming pool Pets allowed Typical products on sale Bike rental Credit cards welcome Television Internet Air conditioning How to reach us Agriturismo Relais la Torre Map Data Map data ©2014 Google Map Hybrid

Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education By Peter Gray, Ph.D. / psychologytoday.com Sometimes I find, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me and others feel, I have to speak the truth. We can use all the euphemisms we want, but the literal truth is that schools, as they generally exist in the United States and other modern countries, are prisons. Now you might argue that schools as we know them are good, or necessary; but you can't argue that they are not prisons. Sometimes people use the word prison in a metaphorical sense to refer to any situation in which they must follow rules or do things that are unpleasant. Now here's another term that I think deserves to be said out loud: Forced education. The question worth debating is this: Is forced education--and the consequential imprisonment of children--a good thing or a bad thing? 1. In my system of values, and in that long endorsed by democratic thinkers, it is wrong to deny anyone liberty without just cause. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Your beliefs about intelligence affect your beliefs about learning Your beliefs about intelligence really matter. Learning is a lifelong process. Kids go to school to be exposed to new topics ranging from history to math to science. Adults need to pick up new knowledge to understand world events and to succeed at new tasks at work. Sometimes, of course, the things we learn are fairly easy to pick up. Many people watching the political events unfold in North Africa and the Middle East in 2011 may not have known much about the governments of countries like Tunisia and Egypt before protests brought down those governments. Other information is harder to pick up. How does the difficulty of learning about something affect your beliefs about how much you can learn about it? This question was explored by David Miele, Bridgid Finn, and Daniel Molden in a paper in the March, 2011 issue of Psychological Science . They were interested in the role of people's beliefs about intelligence on learning. This result is quite important.

An in-depth Look at Ember, The New Digital Scrapbook If you have been a reader of Mac.Appstorm for any considerable length of time or you consider yourself fairly up to date with the Mac software world, chances are that you are familiar with Realmac Software. The team that brought you Analog and Clear have been working hard for several months to bring you the sequel to their LittleSnapper app, and it’s called Ember. LittleSnapper, which is no longer available from either their website or the App Store, was a digital scrapbook and screenshot tool for your Mac, and Ember is here as a revamped and exciting update to replace its older brother. Let’s take a look and see how it holds up in the competitive screenshot app market. Digital Scrapbook Ember allows you to save and organize images and screenshots into collections in the hope that it will become your digital scrapbook on your Mac. I started using Ember to help with my fitness and gym workouts. Filling your library Ember Library Screenshots Snapping from within the app From the web Local import

23 Very Famous Quotes You Probably Have Wrong 1. “Ignorance is bliss” is actually “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise” and it was said by Thomas Gray. 2. In the bible, “Money is the root of all evil” is actually “For the love of money is the root of all evil” in the King James Version and in the New International, it’s “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Other things Marilyn Monroe didn’t say: 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Want to get invited to exclusive private parties where you live? Largest genome on Earth | BioXplorer Which species has the largest genome? Humans? No… Ahhh, I remember the polyploidy was a process observed in higher plants. Then, well it could be a plant? The flower has the unbelievable 149 billion base pairs, which is about 50 times the size of a human genome and makes it the owner of the largest genome ever found (till now!). Just for comparison, the smallest known genome of an eukaryote is that of a mammalian parasite known as Encephalitozoon intestinalis – 2.25 million base pairs. Besides the huge amount of information coded, to have the largest genome tend to be a liability – plants with lots of DNA have more trouble tolerating pollution and extreme climatic extinctions—and they grow more slowly than plants with less DNA, because it takes so long to replicate their genome. The largest genome study is revealed in a paper in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

Stargaze with the Curbed Hamptons Map of Celebrity Homes - Celebrity Real Estate - Curbed Hamptons Friday, September 13, 2013, by Laura Euler [A show about nothing sure bought Seinfeld something.] Sometimes it feels like you can't walk through any of the Hamptons' many villages without bumping into a celebrity. There's a good reason for that. A shocking number of actors, musicians, directors and designers have residences out here. Seriously, the place is filthy with bold faced names. Calvin Klein 650 Meadow Lane, Southampton, NY 11968 Map Data Map data ©2014 Google Paul Simon The singer/songwriter has owned a house in Montauk for decades now. Everyone's dying to see the inside of this no-doubt impeccable and just completed glass box. Tory Burch When Tory Burch split with her husband a few years ago, she picked up this gorgeous place in Southampton. Brooke Shields Model-actress Brooke is a new Southampton homeowner, buying this year. Howard Stern The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" has an oceanfront home fit for royalty. Kelly Ripa Matt Lauer Jennifer Lopez Billy Joel Jimmy Buffet Richard Gere

Bisexual VS Pansexual We all know there’s a lot of words for queer identity. As someone who has been out as about half of them for varying lengths of time (look, I question myself a lot), I know that there’s no real succinct explanation for a lot of them. There’s no question I get asked quite as often as “what’s the difference between bi and pan?” It’s not just confused outsiders asking it- it’s people questioning themselves, people who identify as one of the two and, well, everyone. First of all, we need to work something out. BISEXUAL has a thousand different definitions. A lot of people assume that what that means is that bisexuals either don’t know non-binary people exist or aren’t attracted to non-binary people… or even trans people at all! As a bi non-binary person, I promise you that isn’t the case. While some people might use bi to mean they only like girls and boys, that isn’t a universal definition. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t mean “gender-blind” or "hearts, not parts". No!

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