Katherine Wu

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Google offers 'helipad view' of the world's most luxurious hotel

The world’s self-proclaimed most luxurious hotel has launched a Google Street View that allows prospective guests to explore the building, including its Royal Suite and helipad.<p>Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, which is set on its own artificial island and gives itself seven stars, is renowned for its opulent …

Two of the Democratic Candidates for President Tell a Powerful Economic Story

For decades now, Republicans have been telling people that businesses are the job creators and that regulating or taxing businesses will mean fewer jobs--which is why so many Americans believe them. Rarely has a Democrat challenged the underlying assertion that prosperity comes from businesses. But …

Why 65 Dems Are Backing A Bill To Strip Financial Protections For People Of Color

It's hard to beat car dealers and banks on Capitol Hill.<p>WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats are scrambling to prevent their colleagues from supporting a bill that would pave the way for racial discrimination at car dealerships. The legislation will receive a vote on the House floor this week, and …

25 Museums You Need to Visit in Your Lifetime

The breathtaking art collections (and striking architecture) are certainly worth the trip.<p>TripAdvisor recently released its list of the world's top 25 museums, a comprehensive ranking includes places from all corners of the world.

How the Higgs boson is born and how it dies: the most precise picture so far

The ATLAS and CMS collaborations, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, have combined their data to produce our most precise view to date of the Higgs boson<p>Another of those “freak” research publications, which so befuddle the makers of university league tables, is on the way¹. Having made the best …

Physics

Seven scientific facts to ruin childhood | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Life on white/Alamy<p>Mice don’t really like cheese. Their views on wine have yet to be determined.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/22/1442916873634/45fa9edf-5983-406f-b6a2-999c913ab747-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Life on white/Alamy<p>Mice don’t really like …

The disturbing consequences of seeing your doppelganger

One morning, a man discovered his double staring him in the eyes. Anil Ananthaswamy explores a dangerous hallucination that reveals how the brain constructs our sense of self.<p>More than two decades ago, Peter Brugger, as a PhD student in neuropsychology at the University Hospital Zurich in …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

How to read emotions and influence people

BBC Future reviews some of the simple tricks you can use to assert your influence on your unwitting friends and colleagues.<p>Human behaviours are governed by superstition, repetition and cliches, which makes us easy targets for mind tricks. If you know the secrets, you could use them to your …

Body Language

Is sparkling water really bad for you?

We’re often warned to go easy on sparkling water, as it may be detrimental to our gut, bones and teeth. But is there any truth in this?<p>We all know by now that drinking sweet, fizzy drinks all day isn’t a good idea. The combination of a high sugar content coupled with acidity caused by the …

The secrets of living to 200 years old

Ageing is not an inevitable fact of life – many animals have already found ways to delay death. Their clues might help us all enjoy longer and healthier lives.<p>Just 30 years after the publication of Moby Dick, a group of Alaskan whalers attempted to tame their own ocean giant. Their target was a …

Biology