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How did the Romans celebrate ‘Christmas’?

It is today associated with decorations, gift giving and indulgence. But how did the Romans celebrate during the festive season? Dr Carey Fleiner, a …

Ancient History

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Are You Carbon Neutral?

As oil prices surge and global warming concerns fuel demand for clean energy, the watchword for 2008 is “green.” With the average American directly …

PR News' CSR Awards - Entry Deadline is November 14, 2014 – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 10 /CSRwire/ - PR News’ CSR Awards is the industry’s best showcase for the most powerful, impactful social responsibility and …

How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really?

As the industry grows, so does concern over the environmental impact.<p><b>As the world seeks cleaner power, solar energy capacity has increased sixfold in the past five years. Yet manufacturing all those solar panels, a Tuesday report shows, can have environmental downsides.</b><p>Fabricating the panels …

Thermal Solar Energy -- Some Technologies Really Are Dumb

The largest solar energy facility in the world is already irrelevant and has cost a lot more to construct than any other form of energy. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a 5-square-mile, 392 MW array that cost $2.2 billion. It is located in the Mojave Desert, where the Sun always …

Regenerative Agriculture: The Transition

<b>In the face of peak oil and in order to curb carbon emissions, methods of farming that depend less on oil and natural gas, respectively to run</b> …

Green buildings are worth the extra cost

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an eco-friendly and innovative approach to a building’s structure and setup; a slightly elevated …

Your science questions answered

Q Given the fact that the atom consists mainly of empty space and glass has a much higher density than paper, why is it that I can’t look through a sheet of paper but easily through centimetre-thick glass? asks Thoralf Schubert<p>A As Professor Philip Moriarty from the University of Nottingham …

Sex will soon be just for fun not babies, says father of the Pill

Prof Carl Djerassi claims advances in fertility treatment make it safer for parents without fertility problems to consider IVF<p>Sex could become purely recreational by 2050 with large numbers of babies in the Western world born through IVF, the professor who invented the contraceptive pill has …

“You sat in the splash zone”: The messy truth about breast-feeding

I loved breast-feeding, but let’s not romanticize it. For me, it involved comedy, a new immodesty — and attachment<p>Breast-feeding advocates (and I count myself in their number) are eager to evangelize. We promote the image of a serene mother, flushed with oxytocin, nursing her newborn in a wooden …

The Real Truth Behind How 'Truth-Telling' Drugs Actually Work

The term "truth serum" refers to a number of mind-altering drugs that make you incapable of lying, or so the theory goes. Yes, such mind-altering drugs exist, but their effect does not completely inhibit a subject's ability to lie.<p>Some truth serums, like sodium thiopental, slow the speed at which …

Islam's Origins: Where Mystery Meets History

The same spotlight of historical enquiry that scholars have long been shedding on the biblical past is now starting to illumine the origins of Islam, …

Religion

What You Really Need to Know About Ebola

Ebola may be spreading, but rumors about Ebola are spreading even faster. Wired runs down everything you really need to know about the virus.<p>For …

Disease

Powerful Genetic Engineering Technique Could Modify Entire Wild Populations

When it comes to genetic engineering, we’re amateurs. Sure, we’ve known about DNA’s structure for more than 60 years, we first sequenced every A, T, …

little kiss

2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of …