Anais Cassaignau

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How to light up a tumour | Alex O’Brien

For decades, brain surgeons have struggled to identify cancerous tissue precisely. Could one of the world’s most deadly scorpions come to their aid?<p>In 2004, Dr Richard Ellenbogen prepared to operate on a 17-year-old girl. The operation, to remove a brain tumour, was particularly challenging because …

Cancer

Crazy idea for fixing the crowded London subway: Replace trains with moving sidewalks

Some architects are actually toying with a crazy idea for fixing London’s subway – and any other tube for that matter – and that’s replacing trains …

DNA and protein combine to create nanowire

Scientists have made synthetic structures out of DNA or protein before. Now, a team has created nanowires from a combination of the two.<p>The ability …

Is the pronoun ‘I’ becoming obsolete?

Thinking of plants and animals – including humans – as independent individuals might be an oversimplification, according to modern thinking in …

Biology

This map shows you why it's impossible for ordinary people to buy houses in London

The average house in London now costs about 12 times the average income, according to data from HMRC crunched by The Guardian.<p>And these wonderful interactive maps of who actually owns London properties, created by Private Eye, explain why prices in the capital are so ludicrous.<p>Londoners are not …

Housing

How Startups Are Using Tech To Try And Fight Workplace Bias

We all harbor biases — subconsciously, at least. We may automatically associate men with law enforcement work, for example, or women with children and family. In the workplace, these biases can affect managers' hiring and promotion decisions.<p>So when Pete Sinclair, who's chief of operations at the …

Body Mass Index predicts how soon Alzheimer's will develop

Being overweight dramatically speeds up the onset of dementia with each extra BMI point bringing on disease 6.7 months early<p>The devastating cost of carrying excess pounds in middle age has been highlighted in a new study which shows every extra point of BMI speeds up the onset of Alzheimer’s …

The Trip Treatment

Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results.<p>On an April Monday in 2010, Patrick Mettes, a fifty-four-year-old television news director being treated for a cancer of the bile ducts, read an article on the front page of the <i>Times</i> that would change his death. His …

Psychedelia

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in …

Geology

Gayby Baby's director: These are real kids that had to go to school on Wednesday

After days of controversy the film-maker Maya Newell has finally had a good morning. Even though her film Gayby Baby was not shown at Burwood girls high school as planned, the director spoke with the students, all dressed in purple, and celebrated Wear it Purple Day with 1,800 purple …

The Roberto Rossellini Ingrid Bergman Collection review – a tempestuous affair both on and off screen

In 1948 the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman was Hollywood’s greatest star, having appeared in a succession of prestigious box-office hits including <i>Casablanca</i>, <i>For Whom the Bell Tolls</i> and <i>Notorious</i>. But she was deeply dissatisfied with the conventional roles she was offered and unhappy in her marriage …

How Big Pharma Used Feminism To Get The “Female Viagra” Approved

The first drug to treat low libido in women was just approved by the FDA. It might never have happened, experts say, if not for a media-savvy, pharma-funded advocacy group called Even the Score.<p>Addyi, a drug that treats low sex drive in women, gained FDA approval on Tuesday after five years and two …

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people? | Ian Sample

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives<p>On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans …

Stanford University

The Coming Yakuza War

The biggest Yakuza group is celebrating its 100th year in operation, but it’s splitting into factions that may soon go after each other with bloody …

British Library rejects Taliban archive over terror law

The British Library has decided not to acquire an archive of Taliban documents over fears that researchers accessing the materials could fall foul of the country's terrorism laws.<p>In a statement posted on its website on Friday, the library acknowledged that the collection was of research value, but …

Syrians fleeing war find new route to Europe – via the Arctic Circle

Dozens of Syrian migrants have trekked to the far north of Russia this year in an unlikely bid to reach a little-known Arctic border crossing with Norway<p>They tried the shores of Libya, the islands of Greece, and the plains of the Balkans. Now it has emerged that Syrians fleeing civil war have found …

Arctic Circle

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

Next stop: your local bookstore.