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You mentally undress your friends, Tony Blair, the lollipop lady. Your thoughts are X-rated. You wonder if you're a paedophile – or just losing your mind. A sufferer describes the nightmare – and dark comedy – of living with pure OCD http://t.gu.com/opUpO Photograph: Linda Brownlee for the Guardian

Consciousness; it's a science thing | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

TEDxCERN was a lot of fun. The speakers were amazing, covering cosmology, cancer cures, underwater earthquakes, gender politics, ignoble bras, the …

Brain-controlling magnets: how do they work?

If you were to tell people that the technology exists to manipulate the workings of people's brains, they may not believe you. That sort of thing is …

Mild electric shocks to brain may help students solve maths problems

People who struggle with maths problems might fare better after a course of gentle electric shocks to the brain, scientists have …

Deleted Snapchat photos recovered 'within days' by forensics company Snapchat claims photos shared between users are permanently deleted, but engineers found out that's not exactly the case http://gu.com/p/3fmxe Photograph: Screengrab from Snapchat

The Week In Numbers: The Brightest Explosion Ever, A Ticket To The Moon, And More

<b>3.6 billion light-years</b>: the distance from Earth of a recently observed gamma-ray burst, the brightest explosion NASA scientists have ever seen<p><b>$25,000</b>: the fine internet providers face per day if they refuse to spy for the FBI<p><b>200 horsepower</b>: the oomph in the turbodiesel engine of this …

What a waste

IN THE past 35 years, hundreds of millions of Chinese have found productive, if often exhausting, work in the country’s growing cities. This …

Climate milestone: CO2 in Earth’s air tops 400 parts per million

It’s the highest measurement of carbon dioxide in Earth’s air since 1958. It’s possible there has not been this much CO2 in our air in more than 3 …