Friendship is powerful — everything from pop culture tells us so. But how powerful is it? Turns out that friendship has all sorts of properties, that include making you healthier, increasing your self-awareness and helping you accomplish way more. Here are all the ways science proves that friendship really is magic.
Most people understand how selfishness and competition drive evolution. But if that's the case, why do we make friends at all? This video essay from New Scientist's MacGregor Campbell offers a quick and informative answer to that question.
Today, we spun some possible endings for The Walking Dead, composed an epitaph for the humble video store, and learned once and for all why Superman is the loneliest fellow in Metropolis.
Friendship is the most powerful force in the universe. Where magic wands and warp drives fail, friends will always come through. But what's the most powerful or amazing friendship in all of science fiction and fantasy?
Drop everything you're doing and hit play on The Reward, a graduation film from Denmark's The Animation Workshop. This fantasy film about a pair of wannabe adventurers who stumble upon a treasure map plays with a mishmash of animation styles (including a few shades of Adventure Time contrasted against rich light…
You have too many friends—I promise you. Really. You've been collecting them for probably half a decade, like barnacles on the side of a slow boat, and they're holding you back. They're also threatening your privacy. End it.
We're beyond over-sharing—we're perma-sharing. Between texts, Twitter, and Facebook, we have more vessels for venting than we have thoughts worth sharing. So you might assume, with all these ways to communicate, that a friend in trouble will make it obvious to everyone. Don't. Don't assume anything.
Hey, friend—or, roommate/party host/relative/girlfriend's acquaintance—can I play around with your valuable electronic devices? Can I pick them up and start poking at them without asking? No! At least, probably not.
You log into Facebook and you have a birthday reminder for one of your "friends." The name doesn't ring a bell and the profile picture isn't helpful. Someone you knew in high school who got married, maybe? You have no idea.
Most of the people you're friends with on Facebook aren't your friends—you know that. But decorum forces you to keep them in your virtual stable! Here's how to block them out of your life in a socially healthy way they'll never even know about.
We recently learned a bigger brain doesn't necessarily mean a better brain, but here's a potentially major exception. Your ability to make and maintain friendships appears to be linked to the size of one particular region of the brain.
We usually think of Facebook as a place to either keep in touch with real friends or cryogenically freeze old and artificial ones that wouldn't otherwise exist. But a new Pew study says FB can actually end relationships, too. Naturally!
Did you ever wonder how Marty McFly, teenage cool guy, and Doc Brown, looney mad scientist, became friends? I mean, seriously, an old white-haired guy and a skateboarding teen? Well, according to the co-creator of BTTF, it's because of young Marty.
The research wizards at the Pew Internet & American Life project have some good news for American Facebook users (that might be you!): you have more close real friends, and are less "isolated." I totally relate! Right guys? Guys?
Our maximum number of friends is actually determined by the size of our brains. Dunbar's number says 150 friends is about the human limit, and that's been true throughout history. Can human evolution withstand the insanity of social networking?
Oh, yeah, I'm not on Facebook. Like, it's so invasive. If you've said anything like this, I feel bad for you.
Friends fight about a lot of things, but there's often an underlying theme in what sets them off. Now two psychology researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University say they have come up with a simple test that reveals whether two friends will have a tempestuous relatoinship or not. It all has to do with knowing your…
Your friends might seem like an essentially random bunch, based on shared interests and emotional compatibility. But there might be something genetic going on - and it's related to how much you drink.
It's the season for starting new relationships, possibly involving things like snuggling or mind-melding or jumping into the Orgasmatron together. Why not look for a new friend or sweetie using io9's Dating Service?