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Why ancient civilizations couldn’t see the color blue

It was the last color to appear in many languages, including Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew.

Ancient civilizations had no word for the color blue. It was the last color to appear in many languages, including Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew. In The Odyssey, Homer describes the “wine-dark” sea. According to one linguist, every culture begins with words for dark and light. The next color described is red, then yellow and green, and finally blue.

Does this mean, as this video by Tech Insider asks, that you really can’t “see something if you don’t have a word for it”?

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Amazonian Psychedelic Ayahuasca May Ease Severe Depression, New Study Shows

There’s a growing body of evidence that psychedelic drugs like ayahuasca, LSD, and mushrooms can help people with difficult-to-treat depression.

The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes. Photo by Apollo/Flickr.

“Leon” is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog in Portuguese, where he describes the challenge of living with a mental illness that affects some 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

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German Animator Creates Moving Video About Addiction

Andreas Hykade uses animation to explore the sad reality of addiction.

German animator and Harvard University professor Andreas Hykade uses animation to explore and illustrate the many sides of the human condition. In his recent short for Filmbilder, he tackles the tumultuous road of addiction from the perspective of an animated bird called Nuggets.

The result is a powerful and sad illustration of addiction:

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New Evidence Suggests Your Name May Change Your Physical Appearance

“There is something about an Emily that … just looks like an Emily”

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Most parents can remember the subtle mix of excitement and anxiety accompanying the choice of their baby’s name—it will follow the child his or her entire life. But the effect could be even more significant. In research recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, our research team shows that the stereotype that a given society has of a first name can influence the way people look.

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‘My Pronouns Are...” Buttons Instruct Strangers How To Address People Per Their Preferred Gender

"Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone's gender.”

Employees at the University of Kansas are letting you know what you can call them by pinning the suggestions right on their chest.

The libraries located on campus have taken a bold step towards removing the guesswork and uncertainty regarding gender fluidity and identity with the introduction of buttons instructing how to refer to the person wearing them. In an age where gender fluidity is not only becoming more prevalent but also recognized, the library employees at the school have started wearing buttons that state, “My pronouns are...” followed by words that they most closely associate with their gender identity.

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Why Sex Is Better At 57 Than 27

Study reveals that people “of a certain age” who have more sex live longer, healthier lives—but there’s one catch

Dame Helen Mirren approves of her wax replica.

Despite the fondness certain corners of the internet and cable television have for mocking sexually vital women of a certain age, new research suggests that those who embrace their sexuality may be laughing all the way to longer, healthier lives—though older men aren’t as lucky.

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