Read this and you'll look smart. You don't have to be intelligent to impress people -- you just have to fake it. Here's a daily list of fascinating articles that will wow your friends, surprise your co-workers and make you seem sharp at a cocktail party or over the lunch counter....
- Now you can travel to the exact location of your dog's ancestral home -- or at least read about it. The golden retriever, for example, is from 19th-century hamlet built by Lord Tweedmouth, an avid hunter who chose the sole yellow dog from a litter of black retrievers.
- Scientists revealed that birds' earliest ancestor was a pigeon-sized dinosaur that is both terrifying and ugly as hell. The Epidexipteryx had large teeth that could tear apart the flesh of its prey and ribbon-like ornamental tail feathers. Yikes.
- Researchers are able to selectively erase memories from mice and hope that the technology could be used to cure post-traumatic stress syndrome and other memory afflictions. Scientists were able to manipulate the protein in mice's brains to erase memories without affecting others.