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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

This Conservative Says Give George Clooney Props

In a land of artifice and shallow politics, Clooney is the real thing—a liberal who actually believes things and does stuff about it.<p>George Clooney …

Why would people 'choose' to be gay?

I work in the field of psychiatry. I don’t bring this up when meeting people unless specifically asked, because very often people get a bit nervous if I do. There are doubtless many reasons for this, but one recurring paranoia among many I’ve met (all of whom were men, out of interest) is that I’m …

A Market in Children

This will be a short blog (by my standards), and it’s a simple cry of rage. It was prompted by a conversation with an ex-colleague I once worked with …

Salaries & Wages

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

John Irving, the author of The Cider House Rules, begins with his last sentence:<p>I write the last line, and then I write the line before that. I find …

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Physicists have a problem with time. <br>Whether through Newton’s gravitation, Maxwell’s electrodynamics, Einstein’s special and general relativity or …

In Wake of Police Shootings, Obama Speaks More Bluntly About Race

Barack Obama<p>Casting aside some of his past wariness on the issue, President Barack Obama has spoken more bluntly about race in the wake of a group of police killings of African-American men.<p>In interviews and speeches the last several weeks, after grand juries declined to indict police officers in …

This Bolton school was failing – until it gave each pupil an iPod

In 2009 a failing school in Bolton provided every one of its students with an iPod Touch; now the Essa Academy has drastically improved its pupils' learning experiences<p>On the way into Essa Academy, in a multi-ethnic suburb on the edge of Bolton, it is easy to believe that the school is a world …

Bad luck, bad journalism and cancer rates | @BobOHara @GrrlScientist

Please, journalists, get a clue before you write about science<p>The big science/health news story this week is about cancer rates, with news outlets splashing headlines like “Two-thirds of adult cancers largely ‘down to bad luck’ rather than genes” (for example, here) or “Most cancer types ‘just bad …

Cancer

Why Empty Calories Are a Big Problem

The Plate<p><b>Not all foods are created equal. Some foods, in fact, from a nutritionist’s point of view, barely count as foods at all.</b><p>Among these are doughnuts, pizza, ice cream, candy, soda pop, chips, chocolate pudding, and bacon—as well as beer, wine, and any other conceivable form of booze.<p>All these …

BEST OF 2014: The Year in Review Each work in this collection has been hand-selected by our chief curator Rebecca Wilson as one of the year's most outstanding. See them all: http://goo.gl/6gwErV

Photographer Beth Moon Spent 14 Years Hunting for the World’s Most Ancient Trees

“Portraits of Time” is a series of photographs showing the oldest and most majestic trees on the face of the Earth. Photographer Beth Moon traveled …

Books of the year 2014

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 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …