The Octopus is Basically an Intelligent Alien

Considering some 95% of the ocean is unexplored, it makes perfect sense that the new book “Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness” calls the octopus “the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.” Written by Peter Godfrey-Smith (an Australia-born, NYC-based philosopher who focuses on biology and teaches at City University of New York’s graduate center), the book …

Extroverts Like Being Left Alone Too

While one might presume that extroverts thrive off of social interaction, a new study conducted by Finnish researchers shows that everyone—no matter their social aptitude—gets drained from too much talking. After studying 48 participants over the course of 12 days of varying social interactions and conscientious behavior, it became evident that even extroverts become fatigued from socialization. The study is the first to address extroverted …

The World’s Favorite Informative Website

With all the internet trends that have come and gone, there’s one thing that has never changed: people’s overwhelming love for Wikipedia. A new study conducted by the Knight Foundation found that Wikipedia continues to dominate when it comes to monthly unique mobile visitors with over 52 million—more than double than that of runner-up CNN and over triple of what BuzzFeed received. It’s a staggering …

Only Half of Human Friendships are Actually Reciprocated

According to a new study published in the journal PLoS, we’re a little too generous when counting our friends. In fact, only half of the people we consider as friends actually feel the same way. The researchers surveyed 84 college students asking them to rate other students from one to five, and results showed that just 53% of relationships were reciprocal as compared to the …

Dying From Heartbreak is a Real Possibility

Dying of a broken heart is more than just a dramatic saying, it’s a very real possibility. After analyzing the health data of nearly one million Danish people between the years of 1995 to 2014, a team of researchers—led by Simon Graff of Aarhus University—discovered that a life-threatening irregular heartbeat can develop eight to 14 days after the loss of a life partner, possibly leading …