Kurt Osborne

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Tom Cheshire, Technology Correspondent<p>In the winter of 1816, Dr Johann Spurzheim, a German physician, gave a series of lectures in Edinburgh.<p>He would …

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7 lies you've been told about your own body

Conventional wisdom. Common knowledge. Whenever you hear something super interesting preceded by “they say,” don’t blindly believe it. Because when it comes to matters of biology, “they” apparently have no clue.<p>As many as 90 to 95 percent of the tales we tell about our bodies just aren’t true, …

The Artificial Leaf That Converts Carbon Dioxide To Fuel

<i>Image Source: tweaktown.com</i><p>Sun is the ultimate source of all forms of energy. Solar energy is converted from one form to another and it ultimately …

Why do antidepressants take so long to work?

An episode of major depression can be crippling, impairing the ability to sleep, work, or eat. In severe cases, the mood disorder can lead to …

Depression

Humans Could One Day Evolve to Live Forever

If jellyfish can do it, why can't humans?<p>It is a biological inevitability that just about every living organism will die—it's the <i>how</i> and the <i>when</i> that are up for debate. Some species barely make it to adulthood, while others go on for centuries. Ninety-nine percent of all species have already gone …

Biology

Seven books to read before you start writing your own

A first-time author shares her reading list as she was preparing to write her novel.<p>“I never read a novel till I was 18,” Sunjeev Sahota, author of</i> …

What Is a Robot?

The question is more complicated than it seems.<p>The year is 2016. Robots have infiltrated the human world. We built them, one by one, and now they are all around us. Soon there will be many more of them, working alone and in swarms. One is no larger than a single grain of rice, while another is …

Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Own Body

DO try this at home.<p>It might sound a little offensive, but your body is a museum, full of ancient relics that no one really needs anymore. From your …

Is Britain full? Home truths about the population panic

Photograph: Alamy<p>The population of Ashford in Kent grew by nearly 30% between 1984 and 2009.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>https://media.guim.co.uk/715f249343c4d1f4024d33a255a583db773b3da5/0_39_640_384/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images<p>Ashford’s residents are divided over the town’s fast growth, but …

Here Are All the Ways You Can Get Rich in the Legal Weed Market

Legalization in parts of the US and Canada is going to increasingly present big opportunities for entrepreneurs who like getting stoned. Here's how to get your slice of the multi-billion dollar market.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>A few weeks ago, when I was interviewing …

Cannabis

Scientists say left-handed people may be smarter in one key way

As is so often the case with social science research, the frustrating answer is "it depends."<p>But there are certain cognitive domains where left-handed people do seem to excel. One such area is called "divergent thinking," or the ability to generate new ideas based on existing information.<p>That's …

Ancient Roman frescos 'worthy of Pompeii' found in southern France

Archeologists in Arles have unearthed one of the only full Roman murals ever found outside Italy<p>Archaeologists have unearthed extremely rare ancient Roman frescoes, comparable to those found in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, in the southern city of Arles.<p>The unexpected discovery was made during …

The Terminator timeline: a guide for the (understandably) confused

As more details about Terminator 6 are revealed, courtesy of James Cameron and director Tim Miller, it’s time to whack open the paracetamol.<p>Here, we unravel the (highly confusing, often contradictory) events of Terminators one to five – and explore how the next film, which will see the welcome …

Science Fiction

This Video Explains How to Properly Use Semicolons In Your Writing

If you stare down at the semicolon key in fear, unsure of what power might be released if you press it, never fear. This video eloquently explains …

Creative Writing

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Arsene Wenger beats Manchester United to Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for Arsenal FC in 2015. Chile international agrees to leave Turin for the Emirates<p><b>Arsenal transfer news and rumours</b><p><b>Arturo Vidal</b>, the Juventus midfielder, appears set to join Arsenal this summer after reports in Chile claim the 28-year-old has signed a deal …

What Is Nothing? A Mind-Bending Debate about the Universe Moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson

<b>Isaac Asimov</b> — sage of science, champion of creativity in education, visionary of the future, lover of libraries, Muppet friend — endures as one of the most visionary scientific minds in modern history. Every year, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, of which Asimov …

Black hole bends light, space, time -- and NASA's NuSTAR can see it all unfold

NASA's black-hole hunting telescope has captured a cosmic battle between dark and light.<p>NuSTAR, formally known as the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has observed a supermassive black hole's gravity tugging on X-ray light that's being emitted near that black hole.<p>That light is getting …