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Wikipedia Reflects on 2014 in Its First-ever Annual Video

After Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube chronicled the year gone by in videos, it’s now Wikipedia’s turn.<p>The crowdsourced online encyclopedia takes you through major events from 2014, from the FIFA World Cup to the Indian general elections, and the Ice Bucket Challenge to Ebola in West Africa …

On the fast track to bowel cancer cure

This is what they knew.<p>That 85 percent of bowel cancer patients, have 'chromosomal instability' meaning within their cancer cells, chromosomes are …

Geneticists Begin Tests of an Internet for DNA - MIT Technology Review

A coalition of geneticists and computer programmers calling itself the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health is developing protocols for exchanging …

Genetics

Weigh yourself on Wednesday to lose most weight, study finds

Stepping on scales midweek best way to lose pounds as it gives more typical reading of genuine weight, food technology experts discover<p>Dieters should weigh themselves every Wednesday to lose the most weight, according to new research.<p>Regularly stepping on the scales really does work for those …

What 'hok' and 'krak' mean to monkeys - Futurity

The Campbell's monkeys can both sound the alarm about predators like eagles and leopards and also indicate the degree of danger.

Zoology

Rosetta's Comet Lander Will Revive After Bumpy Touchdown, Scientists Say

Hopes rise for reviving the hibernating lander's solar power as comet receives more sunlight.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—Fear not for Philae: The little lost lander could reawaken as soon as February, the Rosetta mission team said Wednesday. Increasing sunlight almost guarantees an end to the probe's current …

How to track the 'footprint' of fashion influence - Futurity

Big data may reveal who has influence among fashion designers, and could even predict the next big trends.

Penn State

Domestic abuse during pregnancy may harm babies - Futurity

Domestic violence survivors often don't believe abuse will affect their child until later in life, but research suggests harm occurs before a baby is …

Domestic Abuse

Video: Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

See how sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, and get a better understanding of why Earth’s tilt causes the …

The best science books of 2014: chemistry, physics, maths

Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best popular physical sciences books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the maths-astro-physics-chemistry buffs on your holiday gift-giving list!<p>Today, I continue my series of “best of 2014” books …

Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Stonehenge is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunset, but, this year as in most recent years, the revelry began …

Astronomy

What makes a Renaissance man?

A painting by Sir Winston Churchill has sold for £1.8m – so why are some people brilliant at everything?<p>If Churchill hadn’t been prime minister during World War Two, he would still be one of the most accomplished men of the past century. The great wartime leader won the Nobel Prize for Literature …