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What a cluster: When dark matter collides, things get weird

Dark matter just got a shade more mysterious. Scientists studying a smashup between giant clusters of galaxies have watched how each cluster's dark matter passes through the collision – and found that it seems to contradict certain theories of how dark matter behaves.<p>The findings, published in the …

The Truth about Calories: 'decent'

This documentary may have been pop science, but at the very least it whet my appetite, says Gabriel Tate<p>The job of “data wrangler” sounds simultaneously sedentary and gruelling – an intriguing case study for those interested in examining what difference calorie counting makes to weight, perhaps? …

'Fat gene' may control if you're apple or pear shaped - Futurity

A new study with zebrafish suggests that a gene called Plexin D1 appears to control both where fat is stored and how fat cells are shaped.

Highest and lowest points on Earth

Ever wonder how high the highest points on Earth are, in contrast to the deepest manmade boreholes and ocean trenches? Check out this fascinating …

Daily bowl of quinoa could save your life, says Harvard University

People who ate around 34 grams of whole grains per 1000kcal per day lowered their risk of premature death by 17 per cent<p>It is the news that middle-class foodies across Britain have been waiting for: quinoa could save your life.<p>A study by Harvard Public School of Health had found that eating a daily …

A Peruvian's struggle to survive TB and AIDS | Prostitution

<b>Lima, Peru</b> - Weighing only 36 kilos, Piojo sat slumped on her bed in a small, dark room thick with damp and stagnant air. There was no light, no window, and nobody else.<p>More than 10 years ago, Piojo, 30, was diagnosed with HIV, something she did little about as it lay silent. However, when the …

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

Physics

Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?

The thinking about alcohol dependence used to be black and white. There was a belief that there were two kinds of drinkers: alcoholics and everyone else.<p>"But that dichotomy — yes or no, you have it or you don't — is inadequate," says Dr. John Mariani, who researches substance abuse at Columbia …

Alcohol

Ebola outbreak an avoidable tragedy and WHO must shoulder much of the blame - MSF

A leading medical charity working against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been scathing in its attack on how slow international response from …

Edge of the World: Stunning Pitcairn Islands Revealed

<i>Enric Sala: Sharks are the single most important indicator for the health of a coral reef. Having sharks on the reef is like having lions on the plains in Africa.</i><p><b>Voiceover:</b> In 2012, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, in cooperation with the Pew Charitable Trusts, conducted a scientific expedition …

For “Caturday”, I share a lovely video created by one of my birding pals that captures a mother hummingbird as she raises her son from hatching to fledging<p>Spring is springing! Already, a few of my Seattle birding pals have spotted hummingbird nests. Thus, since today is “Caturday”, I was inspired …

Birds

Drowned toddler brought back to life after 101 minutes of CPR

Pennyslvania boy had fallen into an icy lake and had no pulse when he was found, in tale of suvival parents call a miracle<p>The lifeless body of a toddler who had fallen into an icy lake was revived after more than 100 minutes of CPR, in a tale of survival doctors have called “extraordinary”.<p>Gardell …

Intensive Care

How The First Bite Of Food Sets The Body's Clock

Researchers are starting to learn why, when we cross time zones or pull an all-nighter, our bodies get out of sync. <i>This story first aired March 10 on</i> Morning Edition.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Oh, sorry, just nodded off for a moment there. You know (laughter) boy, you should see the director's …

Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

Dr. Jeremy Greene sees a lot of patients with diabetes that's out of control.<p>In fact, he says, sometimes their blood sugar is "so high that you can't even record the number on their glucometer."<p>Greene, a professor of medicine and history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, started asking …

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Measuring dementia risk: Now there's a number for that, too

Few of us would be eager to have a future of dementia revealed to us while we are still sharp. But there are powerful arguments for knowing -- as early as possible -- if we are at risk.<p>True, there is currently no medication that can slow or reverse Alzheimer's disease. But more and more research …

This is what lava flows look like from a kite - Futurity

Cameras mounted on kites are offering a new look at geologic features on Earth and suggest that some things on Mars may not be what they seem.

Breast-fed babies grow up smarter and richer, study shows

Researchers who followed 3,500 infants for 30 years found breast-fed infants had higher IQs and were in higher paid jobs<p>Babies who were breast-fed for at least 12 months have higher IQs and could earn an extra £200,000 in their lifetime compared with bottle-fed youngsters, scientists have suggested.<p>…

The Science Of Luck

Is the phenomenon real? Can it be harnessed?<p>Finding money on the street may seem like a lucky break, but it might be more accurate to thank yourself. Researchers across various disciplines have attempted to decode whether there's an actual measurable aspect to what we understand as luck. Many of …

If you remember this story, another memory will die off

Remembering makes us forget as the process of recall actually causes people to lose other memories<p>Remembering makes us forget as the process of recall actually causes people to lose other memories, a study has found.<p>Researchers at Birmingham University and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences unit …

Steve Case: We're at a pivotal point in the Internet's history

Entrepreneur Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, took on a different role at SXSW: history professor and Internet savant.<p>In a keynote speech on Saturday in Austin, Case recalled his early days as an Internet pioneer and gave his predictions for its future.<p>Case -- who now heads up Washington, D.C. based …

Startups

Amateur Photographer Captures Breathtaking Image Of Meteor Streaking Over Loch Ness

It was a “beautiful night,” says Scotland-based tour guide John Alasdair Macdonald. So he went outside with his camera to snap some photographs of the stars.<p>That’s when Macdonald, who runs the tour company The Hebridean Explorer, says he enjoyed a stroke of “sheer dumb luck,” and captured a …

Iconic Space Images Are Actually Black-and-White

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Universe

Brain activity very different in those in love, shows study mapping 'love map'

A brain "in love" is markedly different from other brains, says research claiming to be the first empirical evidence of love-induced alterations in …

The 'Math Guy' Presents 5 Facts About 3.14

People across the world are eating pies and celebrating the circle this Saturday — and this year's Pi Day is particularly special. The full date, 3/14/15, is pi to the first four places. At 9:26 a.m. and 53 seconds, you can even celebrate pi to <i>nine</i> places: 3.141592653.<p>NPR's Math Guy, Keith Devlin …

Mathematics

Pi Day 2015: A well known fact about pi is that it describes the bendiness of rivers. I wanted to test this theory, and so I crowd-sourced river lengths to find out<p>Of the many weird and wonderful facts about pi, one of my favourites is a surprising connection between the number 3.14 and the world …

Mathematics

Following on from Nigel Farage’s claims that anti-discrimination laws are no longer needed in the UK, concerns about antibiotic resistance and investment in healthcare have been dismissed as irrelevant and wasteful by numerous deadly diseases<p>In a recent interview, Nigel Farage stated that …

Public Health

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