When Will We Run Out of Water?

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) by Daniel Kolitz Giz Asks In this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts. Even people who believe in climate change are climate change deniers: you might know, intellectually, that our world is coming to an end, but it is hard to truly register this fact, the same way one both does and does not believe that they will one day die. There are counterexamples—you might be one of them; Ethan Hawke in First Reformed is another—but most of us are still … Continue reading When Will We Run Out of Water?

When Words Fail

image edited by F. Kaskais Where our minds go when words let us down. BY KENNETH S. KOSIK In Samuel Beckett’s novel, The Unnamable, the anonymous narrator laments, “I’m all these words, all these strangers, this dust of words, with no ground for their setting, no sky for their dispersing.” For Beckett’s narrator, words have become unmoored from their meaning. They no longer refer to anything in the physical world. Ultimately, they fail to fully convey or contain the inner message that prompted them. It’s a deeply unsettling feeling I suspect we’ve all experienced. Words become disconnected from our emotions, … Continue reading When Words Fail

STARING INTO SOMEBODY’S EYES FOR 10 MINUTES CAN ALTER YOUR STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

by Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed Waking Times You may have heard the term “piercing eyes,” but what if someone’s gaze was so penetrating that it managed to induce an altered state of consciousness? Well, according to one psychologist, staring into somebody’s eyes for about 10 straight minutes can cause you to have “out of body” experiences, hallucinations, and visions of loved ones who aren’t present. The experiment, conducted in 2015 by Dr. Giovanni Caputo of Italy’s University of Urbino, was conducted in a dimly lit room where 20 volunteers sat in pairs while staring intently into one another’s eyes … Continue reading STARING INTO SOMEBODY’S EYES FOR 10 MINUTES CAN ALTER YOUR STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

How to Tell If Someone is Lying from Their Eyes

(Image: ColorBlind Images/Blend Images/Getty Images) By A.L. Kennedy Many types of body language may indicate when a person is lying. People may fidget, tense their shoulders or have a facial expression that does not match the emotional content of what they’re saying. One way to judge whether a person may be lying is to look at his eye movements. Although not all eye movements indicate a particular person is lying, changes in the way a person uses his eyes may indicate that something’s fishy about his story. Step 1 Establish a baseline. Watch how a person uses her eyes normally. Do … Continue reading How to Tell If Someone is Lying from Their Eyes

Dogs can recognize a bad person and there’s science to prove it

BY HEIDI LUX Dogs can smell fear, but can they sniff out the truth? Your dog might actually be smarter than you’re giving it credit for. It turns out, dogs are pretty good at picking up on human behavior. Science says so. A team led by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan conducted a study which found out that dogs actually know if you’re to be believed or not. The study involved tricking dogs in the name of science. Humans have known for a long time that if you point at an object, a dog will run to it. Researchers utilized this … Continue reading Dogs can recognize a bad person and there’s science to prove it

How to Be Friends With Someone Who Hates You

(Image: Photodjo/iStock/Getty Images) By Lillian Downey They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but what about the idea of having no enemies at all? If you know someone who hates you, it’s probably because you two had some type of blowout or disagreement that hurt the other person deeply. While you might not be able to get your friendship back to its old glory, it is possible to mend fences and get your old friend to like you again. Step 1 Find out why the person hates you. Hate is a very strong word, so it’s likely … Continue reading How to Be Friends With Someone Who Hates You

Climate Despair’ Is Making People Give Up on Life

Illustration by Annie Zhao By Mike Pearl “It’s super painful to be a human being right now at this point in history.” In the summer of 2015—the warmest year on record at the time—it was the literal heat that got to Meg Ruttan Walker, a 37-year-old former teacher in Kitchener, Ontario. “Summers have been stressful to me since having my son,” said Ruttan Walker, who is now an environmental activist. “It’s hard to enjoy a season that’s a constant reminder that the world is getting warmer.” “I think my anxiety just reached a peak,” Ruttan Walker continued. It felt like there … Continue reading Climate Despair’ Is Making People Give Up on Life