Andrew Hefford (Voltaire)

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In Science, There Are No "Alternative Facts"

Fake News Destroys Facts<p>Lately, conversations regarding fake news, alternative facts, sensationalism, and fear-mongering have plagued the discourse …

University of California

<b>Biologists at UC San Diego have documented for the first time how very large viruses reprogram the cellular machinery of bacteria during infection to more closely resemble an animal or human cell — a process that allows these alien invaders to trick cells into producing hundreds of new viruses,</b> …

Biology

Master the Galaxy with This Homemade 3D-Printed Tractor Beam

As soon as mankind is able to fly personal spacecraft throughout the cosmos, one major tenet of sci-fi stories will become a reality: tractor beams. …

How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017

Neuroscience offers some handy hacks to learn faster, focus better, and make smarter decisions this year.<p>Resolutions are often an exercise in wishful thinking. People rarely keep them, mostly because they’re vague about their goals and don’t have a plan for following through. But that isn’t the …

A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life.<p>The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of …

Self-improvement

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Universe

Old Intel chips are vulnerable to a fresh security exploit

If you have an old, Intel-based computer hanging around, you might want to get rid of it post-haste. Security researcher Chris Domas has discovered a vulnerability in the x86 architecture of Intel processors made between 1997 and 2010 (pre-Sandy Bridge) that lets an attacker install software in a …

Lack of education can be as deadly as smoking

People without a good education are at risk from a life time of poor diet, long manual working hours and worsening mental health<p>A lack of education can be as deadly as smoking, researchers have found, with the potential to knock 10 years off a person’s lifespan.<p>Researcher at the University of …

Mental Health

Type 2 diabetes diminishes mental performance, but how?

Losing keys and forgetting names are real enough worries for anyone growing older. But for those with Type 2<p>diabetes, the prospect of cognitive decline is very real. Those who develop the metabolic disorder have a roughly 75% higher risk of developing some form ofdementiathan do those without the …

Diabetes

How learning about this animal changes brains - Futurity

Researchers taught people about unfamiliar animals while conducting fMRI imaging. The findings suggest everyone's brain shares a "filing system."

UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.<p>Ban said he has been …

Beware Eurosceptic versions of history and science

Historians for Britain hope to shape the debate over Europe. We should question their narrative and our own assumptions about Britain’s place in history and the history of science<p>Readers of the Guardian Science pages may not have noticed the group called Historians for Britain, or a recent piece in …

Europe

This Is The First Baby Conceived With Controversial Mitochondrial Method

One of several due to be born this summer<p>Zain Rajani was born 22 days ago in Toronto, Canada. To say he was much anticipated would be an understatement—his parents, Natasha and Omar Rajani, had been trying for four years to get pregnant. Finally, they turned to in vitro fertilization, but Natasha’s …

Genetics

Spotify has cancelled its launch in Russia

Kubaneishvili announced the news in a letter to partners, Russian news service RBC writes. In it, the businessman mentions his "regret" and explains that Spotify has now "refused to launch in the foreseeable future". He adds that "the economic crisis, the political situation, the new laws governing …

Russia

Scientists strike back at Church of England over DNA transfer trials

One of the most prominent supporters of a DNA technique designed to eradicate a range of inherited diseases has angrily condemned Church of England claims that MPs were being rushed into a vote to back the process. Consultation had been exemplary, he claimed.<p>Professor Douglas Turnbull, a Newcastle …

Genetics

New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled …

SpaceX secures $1bn in funding from Google and Fidelity

Pair will own just under 10% of SpaceX after cash injection, which will help SpaceX research space transport, reusability and satellite manufacturing<p>SpaceX, the exploration company founded by Elon Musk, said it has raised about $1bn in a financing round with two new investors, Google and …

Venture Capital

GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media

• Snowden files reveal emails of BBC, NY Times and more • Agency includes investigative journalists on ‘threat’ list • Editors call on Cameron to act against snooping on media<p>GCHQ’s bulk surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working for some of the …

Surveillance

Elon Musk wants to spend $10 billion building the internet in space

The plan would lay the foundation for internet on Mars<p>Elon Musk's plan for satellite internet is even more ambitious than originally thought. At a SpaceX event in Seattle on Friday, the Tesla CEO told <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>that his unnamed Space Internet venture could one day stretch all the way to …

Being An Atheist As Hard For Tories As Being Gay, Says MP

It is as difficult for Conservative MPs to admit they are atheist as it is for gay people to be open about their sexuality, a veteran Tory has …

Broken bones and torn cartilage could be regrown in simple operation

The new discovery offers hope of a new treatment for skeletal disorders such as bone fractures, brittle bones, osteosarcoma or damaged cartilage<p>Broken bones and torn cartilage could be fixed in a simple operation which injects skeleton stem cells into damaged areas, scientists believe.<p>Researchers …

Stem Cells

Books of the year 2014

The twenty-three books this scientist read this year, offered as a guide to the interested and the wary<p>It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in …

Books

Science scores major victory in fight against antibiotic resistance

A new test could slash the wait time for diagnoses and eliminate ineffective prescriptions<p>Dina Fine Maron<p>January 1, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Antibiotic resistance, which transforms ordinary microbes into menaces that cannot be easily controlled, …

Medicine

Crowdfunded science: harnessing the wisdom of the crowd, or selling out?

A hunt for the first moon orbiting a planet outside our solar system, a study into how LSD affects the brain, and an attempt to unravel what the dodo did with its strange beak are among the latest scientific endeavours to appeal for financial help from the crowd online.<p>The projects are part of a …

Crowd Funding

UK's tawdry pre-vote politics unsettling investors, says business group | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s parties should step away from “tawdry political tactics” that are unsettling investors before a 2015 election and focus instead on spelling out long-terms plans for the economy, a business lobby group said on Monday.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L), deputy …

Sony Rumored To Launch A Large Sized Tablet in First Half of 2015

Sony is said to be working on a large tablet, exceeding 12-inch display size, in the first half of 2015. In case you can’t recall, we came across a …

Gear & Gadgets

Huge Electric Field Found in Ice-Cold Laughing Gas

A brand new electrical phenomenon has been discovered - a huge electric field in a thin film of laughing gas. The discovery is so bizarre, the …

New arthritis implant hailed as ‘magic’

Trial of electronic device leads to improvement in more than half of patients, raising hopes for an alternative to medicines<p>A new treatment for arthritis sufferers has been hailed as “magic” by a woman who had a pioneering electronic implant fitted.<p>Monique Robroek, who took part in a study at the …

Researchers read and write brain activity with light

A team of neuroscientists at University College London has developed a new way of simultaneously recording and manipulating the activity of multiple cells in the brains of live animals using pulses of light.<p>The technique, described today in the journal <i>Nature Methods</i>, combines two existing …

Cure for memory loss could be on the horizon

Breakthrough study could hold the key to ending memory loss and offer a lifeline to Alzheimer's sufferers<p>Birthdays, passwords, colleagues' names. At some point everybody struggles to remember something important.<p>For Alzheimer's sufferers the feeling is a relentless onslaught as cherished memories …

Neuroscience