Anusha Kamath

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Life after death: the science of human decomposition

John had been dead about four hours before his body was brought into the funeral home. He had been relatively healthy for most of his life. He had worked his whole life on the Texas oil fields, a job that kept him physically active, and in pretty good shape. He had stopped smoking decades earlier, …

Biology

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Humanity

How particle accelerator maths helped me fix my Wi-Fi

Using 19th century physics can demonstrate that light is a form of electromagnetic wave ... or improve your Wi-Fi reception<p><i>This piece was first published on The Conversation</i><p>Electromagnetic radiation – it might sound like something that you’d be better off avoiding, but electromagnetic waves of …

Physics

Lessons of the world’s most unique supercentenarians

There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us?<p>Reaching a hundredth birthday is always cause for celebration, but these days there are so many centenarians around that …

Stanford University

Crossing your fingers might reduce pain, says study

UCL scientists find that crossing the fingers can confuse the way the brain processes sensations - reducing pain in some cases<p>Next time you hit your finger with a ill-judged strike of the hammer, cross your fingers, scientists suggest.<p>A study has found that crossing the fingers can confuse the way …

Pain

Underground ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon

An ocean below the surface of Jupiter’s large moon Ganymede has more water than all earthly oceans, according to evidence from the Hubble Space …

Science a step closer to test that can prove you are in love

Researchers say their results shed light on the 'underlying mechanisms of romantic love'<p>It is one of life’s most enduring mysteries. A question that music, poetry, myth and legend has, for thousands of years, tried but failed to answer.<p>However, we may now be a step closer to discovering what love …

Neuroscience

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

A Photographer Who Isn’t a Fan of Sunsets

<i>This post was originally published in March 2015. We’re resurfacing it as part of our #ThrowbackThursday effort to give some love to our favorite posts.</i>—The Proof Team<p>Photographer Stefano Unterthiner recently posted a photo of a sunset on Instagram with this caption: “I’m not a big fan of sunsets, …

Landscape Photography

Crystal amaze: how a chameleon changes colour revealed

Altering the space between tiny crystals allows lizards to reflect a specific wavelength of light and camouflage themselves, study finds<p>It is one of nature’s most spectacular displays and now scientists have shown how the chameleon changes colour.<p>A study has found that the lizards possess a layer …

Zoology

Stem Cell Test Screens For Dangerous Drug Side Effects

Animal tests can only get you so far<p>A new test could help researchers understand how patients might respond to an unpredictable type of drug called a biologic. The test uses stem cells to give a more accurate prediction for how the drugs will affect a person's entire body, not just specific cells, …

Stem Cells