Micah Sifry on the Problem of Global Leadership

Personal Democracy Forum's Micah Sifry on when international celebrities pose as leaders.

Sexist ideologies may help cultivate the "dark triad" of personality traits

People who score highly on the dark triad are vain, callous, and manipulative.

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Mind & Brain

The "dark triad" of personality traits — narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism — do not make for the nicest individuals.

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NASA provides first evidence of “marsquakes”

A new batch of papers reveals some of Mars' subterranean secrets.

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Surprising Science
  • The spacecraft InSight detected tremors from deep underneath the rust-colored surface of Mars indicating, for the first time ever, that the planet is geologically active.
  • The quakes could potentially give seismologists insights into the interior composition of the planet.
  • The Insight lander also uncovered magnetized rocks "consistent with a past dynamo with Earth-like strength" under the surface of the landing sight.
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Scientists discover animal that doesn't need oxygen to live

It's the first time scientists have discovered an animal that doesn't perform aerobic respiration.

STEPHEN D. ATKINSON
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  • The animal is a tiny parasite called Henneguya salminicola.
  • The parasite infects salmon and lives within the fish muscle, though scientists aren't quite sure how it breaks down nutrients for survival.
  • The findings are published in the journal PNAS.
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