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A Point of View: Is it ever right to try to create a superior human being?

<b>People have long dreamed of improving humanity through science, but what results might no longer be human, argues the philosopher John Gray.</b><p>More than 70 years ago, the Oxford linguist, writer of fantasy fiction and theologian CS Lewis wrote:<p><i>Man's conquest of nature, if the dreams of some scientific</i> …

7 games with a Zen state of mind

You've had a long day. Your alarm didn't go off, so you rush to get to work. To make matters worse, you get to your bus just as it's pulling away, so you have to wait 15 minutes for the next one. Then you spill coffee down the front of your shirt right before a meeting with a client. And to top it …

Gaming

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

The loftlike San Francisco office of software maker Atlassian has an open central amphitheater, where all-staff gatherings and midday boot camp exercises are held.<p>Jay Simons, Atlassian's president, says the building was originally a book printing factory. He describes it "as a big, two-story …

Nazi Summer Camps In 1930s America?

To the unsuspecting observer, the 25-minute silent, grainy black and white video from the vaults of the U.S. National Archives seems to showcase a quaint, carefree summer camp for boys in 1937.<p>Healthy, happy, high-energy guys — against the bucolic backdrop of the Catskill Mountains in eastern New …

A Point of View: Why don't Americans mark their Civil War like the British do WW2?

<b>The 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War passed with fairly low-key commemorations, says historian David Cannadine. Why are similar events in the UK such a big deal?</b><p>Earlier this month, the United States marked the 150th anniversary of the conclusion of the American Civil War. It …

Amazon web services 'growing fast'

<b>Technology giant Amazon has said its web services business generated sales of $1.57bn (£1.04bn) in the first quarter of the year and is profitable.</b><p>Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud computing offering that makes money by charging businesses to host websites and other applications.<p>Amazon founder …

How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Looks like many of us don't have the right stomach for a paleodiet. Literally.<p>Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors' microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.<p>And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have …

Microbiology

Star Wars plane being launched by All Nippon Airways later this year

<b>It might not be the droid you're looking for, but a plane painted to look like R2-D2 could be the next best thing for Star Wars fans waiting for The Force Awakens.</b><p>Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled a Boeing 787 Dreamliner decorated to look like the robot.<p>The cockpit and front half of the …

Smart waders go fishing for science

<b>The genteel pastime of fly fishing is set to enter the smartphone age.</b><p>A Dutch team is developing clever waders that enthusiasts can wear to find not only the ideal location to fish, but to collect key hydrological data for scientists.<p>Of most use to both groups would be waders that sensed water …

Why The FDA Has Never Looked At Some Of The Additives In Our Food

<i>This piece comes from the</i> Center for Public Integrity, <i>a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.</i><p>Companies have added thousands of ingredients to foods with little to no government oversight. That's thanks to a loophole in a decades-old law that allows them to deem an additive to be …

Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar

A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the <i>Star Wars</i> films. It's an unlikely connection between a religious tome and science fiction.<p>The similarity to Jedi Grand Master …

New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools

Scientists working in East Africa say they've unearthed the oldest stone tools ever found. They were apparently made 500,000 years before the human lineage evolved.<p>A team led by Sonia Harmand from Stony Brook University in New York found the tools in Kenya, near Lake Turkana. It's an area that's …

Street Food No More: Bug Snacks Move To Store Shelves In Thailand

C'mon, who doesn't like bugs in a bag? Crunchy little critters that are good and <i>good for you?</i> Panitan Tongsiri is hoping the answer is: no one.<p>The 29-year-old Thai entrepreneur is trying to change the way Thais eat insects — OK, the way some Thais eat insects — one bag at a time.<p>On the streets of …

Eating To Break 100: Longevity Diet Tips From The Blue Zones

Want to live to be 100? It's tempting to think that with enough omega-3s, kale and blueberries, you could eat your way there.<p>But one of the key takeaways from a new book on how to eat and live like "the world's healthiest people" is that longevity is not just about food.<p>The people who live in the …

A Point of View: The tyranny of the selfie

<b>The selfie stick is the lightning rod of narcissism, says Howard Jacobson. Should people be concerned about its unstoppable advance?</b><p>There's a pelican of whom I'm fond, who lives most of the time on a little rocky island on St James's Park lake but occasionally comes out of the water to mingle with …

America’s not a force for good: The truth about our most enduring — and harmful — national myth

Our exceptionalism is a lie, and only an honest accounting of our actual history will allow us to chart a new path<p><i>We didn’t know who we were till we got here. We thought we were</i> <i>something else.</i><br>—Robert Stone, <i>Dog Soldiers</i> (1974)<p>“I didn’t know there <i>was</i> a bad war,” George Evans recalled. He grew up in …

Dark matter 'ghosts' through galactic smash-ups

<b>By observing multiple collisions between huge clusters of galaxies, scientists have witnessed dark matter coasting straight through the turmoil.</b><p>Dark matter is the mysterious, invisible stuff that makes up 85% of the matter in the cosmos - and these results rule out several theoretical models put …

Six seconds that shaped 1,500 songs

<b>Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs - but the band behind it never made any money from it.</b><p>"It felt like plagiarism and I felt ripped off and …

Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat

Photograph: Franck Allais for the Guardian<p>Food engineers can now create a ‘natural’ mature cheese flavouring within 72 hours.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/17/1424172457409/ace179b6-e075-4486-b6aa-a905ed82394e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Franck Allais for the …

Food Industry