Lucy Ursell

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We're the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why

Despite much chin-stroking.<p>“Little pig, little pig, let me come in,” says the big, bad wolf. “No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin,” say the three little pigs. This scene is deeply unrealistic and not just because of the pigs' architectural competence, the wolf's implausible lung …

Evolution

Gene Study Points Toward Therapies for Alzheimer's and Other Brain Disorder

<b>Scientists have pinpointed the cells that are likely to trigger common brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and</b> …

WATCH: What Would Happen if You Only Drank Soda?

Even sugar-free won't save you.<p>It's safe to say a lot of people like a lot of soda. Over 1.8 billion bottles of Coca Cola are sold every single day …

There's a glaringly simple answer to a growing problem in the US healthcare system

As the number of Americans managing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol increases, the ranks of primary care providers (PCPs) who currently perform the majority of chronic disease management are dwindling.<p>Within the next 10 years, there is estimated to be a 27% shortage of …

Pharma

iPhone 7 Plus battery life could make Apple’s Smart Battery Case obsolete

The iPhone 6s Plus is already a monster phone. It boasts a 2,915mAh battery that can last up to two full days without recharging. But battery life could get even better with the iPhone 7 Plus. And storage space? It could double.<p>A new report from the often reliable Chinese site MyDrivers, citing …

Mobile Technology

Report: Galaxy S7 to feature 5.2-inch display, Galaxy S7 Edge 5.5-inch

The Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge will launch in different sizes, according to a report from Korea’s <i>ETNews</i> cited by <i>Reuters</i>.<p>The reports claims Samsung will increase the display size of the Galaxy S7 to 5.2-inch, up from 5.1-inch on the S6. There won’t be a similar-sized curved version, however; the …

What's So Special About the Human Brain?

Why do we study other animals and they don't study us?<p>What is it about the human brain that allows the cognitive ability for abstract reasoning and creativeness?<p>What is it that makes the human brain so special?<p>It comes down to one thing humans do that no other living creature does.<p>I just watched a …

Harvard team successfully reverses the aging process in mice

The aging process - it's undignified, unwanted, and many would say unnecessary. After all, the cells in your body are constantly replacing themselves …

The iOS 9 Untethered Jailbreak Is Out

Pangu bails out iPhone users<p>The iOS 9 untethered jailbreak for iPhone and iPad has been released by Pangu. The iOS hacker group hailing from China has a history of bringing Apple mobile device users freedom from their plain ol’ stock OS.<p>For the uninitiated: jailbreaking allows iOS users to install …

The 4 Reasons You Wake Up with Morning Wood

It's the pleats.<p>Morning wood, or, as your doctor would prefer you call it, nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT), is typical in every young guy. But you've probably woken up plenty of mornings with a somehow rock-hard penis and wondered why. Apparently, it's got nothing to do with having to pee.<p>"A guy …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

The story of a strange linguistic coincidence<p>Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not—to the French, a dog is a <i>chien</i>, to Russians a <i>sobaka</i>, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a <i>gǒu</i>. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence …

Linguistics

People have found out why they need their boarding passes to shop in airports and they’re not happy

You're actually only really required to show it at Duty Free<p>Anyone who’s ever woken up late, rushed to the airport and discovered they’ve forgotten …

Oil at $20 a barrel? It could happen, warns Goldman Sachs

Oversupply is only likely to get worse once sanctions on Iran are lifted, flooding the oil market<p>Failure to slash oil production could see prices slide to just $20 a barrel, a report from Goldman Sachs has suggested.<p>Bargain-basement prices could be required to clear the world’s current oversupply …

Oil

How to light up a tumour | Alex O’Brien

For decades, brain surgeons have struggled to identify cancerous tissue precisely. Could one of the world’s most deadly scorpions come to their aid?<p>In 2004, Dr Richard Ellenbogen prepared to operate on a 17-year-old girl. The operation, to remove a brain tumour, was particularly challenging because …

Cancer

'Redditor', 'butthurt' and 'cakeage' added to Oxford Dictionaries slang lexicon

The logician Ludwig Wittgenstein once said "the limits of my language means the limits of my world". If true, then it appears the limits of Oxford …

The moral argument for using science to design healthier, longer-lived children

When it comes to technological advances that could reduce human suffering, improve health, and reduce disease, we are generally all in favor. But recent advances in procedures that tinker with reproductive cells are often seen as an exception. They attract fierce opposition from people who believe …

Genetics

Why mind-reading is a science, not a magic trick

Electrical activity within the brain means that our thoughts can be read and understood<p>You may believe your thoughts are intangible and inscrutable, but all mental activity is communicated via electrical impulses. As our understanding of the brain improves, we’re increasingly able to decode our …

The Brain

Why Time Can't Go Backward: Physicists Explain

“<i>Time is what keeps everything from happening at once,</i>” wrote Ray Cummings in his 1922 science fiction novel “The Girl in the Golden Atom,” which …

Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.<p>According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all …

Agriculture

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude , a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Time-lapse Photography