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The Harry Potter Personality Test

A new study found that people who identify as Slytherins may be measurably different from the Hufflepuffs of the world.<p>I’m not particularly proud of this fact, but here it is: Pottermore, the <i>Harry Potter</i>-themed website unveiled by J.K. Rowling in 2012, has peered deep into my soul, evaluated its …

Books

17 Science Facts That Will Make You Question Everything

Use these and you will be the life of the party!

This Dutch kid is about to launch a system to let the oceans clean themselves

Ever since environmentalist Charles Moore discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997, the most common representation of human attempts to deal with that trash vortex have been depressing photos of albatross carcasses filled with plastic debris, plus a few abstract infographics of the …

Sci-fi or real life? Six fictional ideas that are happening now

As scientists invent a Back to the Future hoverboard, here are some sci-fi ideas that have become reality - and a couple that might not be far away<p>Good news for Back to the Future fans as Lexus claim to have <b>invented a hoverboard</b>. They're <b>not the first to make the claim</b>, but it seems we are inching …

Science Fiction

Batman: Arkham Knight

With 2009’s Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady Studios took Batman in a bold new direction. Cinematic flair and a best-in-class combat system enhanced a story …

Will humans keep getting taller?

We’re much loftier than we were 150 years ago. How has this happened, asks Adam Hadhazy, and what will people look like a century from now?<p>Humankind has transformed in the last century-and-a-half. Our global population has soared from a mere billion to more than seven billion. In developed …

What’s the prime of your life?

Is ageing an inevitable decline – or are there unexpected perks to getting older? David Robson reports.<p>Do you ever worry that the prime of your life has already passed you by – and it didn’t even have the courtesy to let you know as it flew overhead?<p>They say that life begins at 40, or that 60 is …

Inside story of Elon Musk's space dream

The best of the week’s reads in science and technology, including Elon Musk’s ambitious space plan, and the disastrous birth of weather forecasting.<p>Economy | The London hipster economy<p>When the banks tanked, the hipsters kept Britain going. The “flat white economy” of tech, marketing and media makes …

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

Crossrail: The monster tunnelling under London streets

The huge machines that are carving out the underground section of London’s new railway - Crossrail - are approaching the end of their arduous journey. Days before their final breakthrough, Jon Excell hitched a ride.<p>Subterranean London is a crowded environment, home to a tangled tapestry of tunnels, …

What does a Tube driver actually do?

The Tube has been a key transport network for London for more than 150 years. We decided it was high time to explore it – by putting a GoPro on one of the drivers.<p>As integral to London life as it is iconic, the Tube has been in operation since 1863. In its more than 150 years, it has grown …

London Public Transport

How to overthrow a Martian dictatorship

The governments we create on other worlds might turn nasty. Richard Hollingham meets a group plotting revolution in space.<p>Two short blocks from the London headquarters of Britain’s security service, MI6, a group of 30 men and women is plotting to overthrow the government.<p>Not – and I should make …

The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

The secret codes of British banknotes

How often have you looked at the cash in your wallet? Look closer: it’s riddled with hidden patterns designed to deter counterfeiters. Chris Baraniuk investigates.<p>A brand-new Xerox colour photocopier had just arrived at one of Cambridge’s industrial labs. It was the early 2000s, and word of the …

Why Are So Many Shark Attacks Happening in North Carolina?

The state has had an unusual rash of incidents, though experts say the water is still safe.<p><i>Updated June 29, 9:30 a.m.</i><p>Two more swimmers have been bitten by sharks off the North Carolina coast. That makes six shark attacks in the state in the last three weeks.<p>From 2005 to 2014, there were a total of …

North Carolina

Fiber Optic Fix Will Make Connecting The World Easier And Cheaper

Can you hear me now?<p>Wires are so old school. Nowadays, most of our information (whether on the Internet, TV, or phone) is communicated over fiber optic cables, long strands of material that can transmit information as light over distances. And with a new discovery, fiber optic cables could become …

Engineering