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New evidence shows the sugar industry suppressed studies linking sugar to heart disease and cancer

For decades, sugar lobbyists have been taking aim at studies linking sugar and cancer.<p>When a study last year found that mice on sugar-heavy diets were more likely to develop breast cancer, the Sugar Association, one of the biggest sugar lobbying groups in the US, called it "sensationalized." The …

Diabetes

Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.<p>Scientists said on Thursday an …

South America

“Let us Calculate!”: Leibniz, Llull, and the Computational Imagination

Three hundred years after the death of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and seven hundred years after the birth of Ramon Llull, Jonathan Gray looks at how …

Mathematics

Mass global extinction that wipes out human civilization will begin in 2100, mathematician predicts

A mass extinction which wipes out humanity will be underway by the year 2100, scientists have claimed.<p>By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catatastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our …

Climate Change

How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm

Our brains have some pretty inaccurate maps of our body.<p>Everyone hates awkward pauses, and your brain is no exception. The mind’s eye will attempt to fill in dead spaces—though it’s not always very accurate. Try this: Have a friend give a few taps to your forearm, first near the wrist and then the …

Numb

This Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person

A unique genetic mutation and a well-wired brain mean that Concetta Antico is like no other artist on Earth.<p>When Concetta Antico looks at a leaf, she sees much more than just green. “Around the edge I’ll see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green but I’ll see violet, …

The Brain

Genetic tests are everywhere, but how reliable are they?

The Greeks asked their oracles to predict future fortunes and future losses. The Romans studied the entrails of sacrificed animals for similar …

Molecular Biology

Scientists Have Created a Super-Thin Fabric That Harvests Energy From Our Movements

They call it "twistron".<p>A twisted fibre made of gel-coated carbon nanotubes could be the very thing we need to steal energy from our surroundings …

The world is on course to warm beyond a crucial threshold— here's why 2 degrees Celsius is considered the tipping point

Recently a series of scientific papers have come out and stated that we have a 5 percent chance of limiting warming to 2°C, and only one chance in a hundred of keeping man-made global warming to 1.5°C, the aspirational goal of the 2015 Paris United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change …

Climate Change

Ancient human relative probably ate nuts, roots or tubers

<i>Homo naledi</i>, a human ancestor that lived about 300,000 years ago, probably ate food that was hard or gritty, Bruce Bower writes for Science News. The …

Evolution

The Concept of Schizophrenia Is Coming to an End – Here's Why

"The syndrome is already beginning to breakdown..."<p>The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have …

Schizophrenia

Patty Jenkins hits back at James Cameron: 'He doesn't understand Wonder Woman'

Jenkins has responded to the Terminator director, who in a Guardian interview called the superhero movie ‘a step backwards’ for female characters<p>Patty Jenkins has responded to criticisms made by James Cameron about her film Wonder Woman, saying that the director has an “inability to understand what …

Construction

Why Rick and Morty is the best animated series ever

<i>Anghus Houvouras on Rick and Morty…</i><p>What are the best animated series ever produced? It’s something I’m going to explore in my next column. Animation …

TV

The Moments Which Made You Love Cinema

<i>Tom Jolliffe on those moments which made you love cinema…</i><p>It’s different for everyone and maybe for some it never happens. Not everyone (shock …

Blade Runner
Azerbaijan

Millions of people left temporarily homeless by delays in property chains, reveals research

More than 4 million people across the UK have in the last decade been left temporarily homeless because of delays in the property-buying …

Millennials are making advertisers' lives harder by watching less TV than their predecessors

Advertisers and marketers spend a lot of time and money trying to figure out how to communicate with millennials. They are the first generation of so called "digital natives" and are arguably the most engaged group of consumers ever. As we can see in this chart from Statista, they also have very …

Advertising

Elon Musk denies brain-computer startup is raising money

Elon Musk-backed neurotechnology startup Neuralink Corp. has raised $27 million from 12 investors, and could collect as much as $100 million, …

Elon Musk
Diesel Emissions

Moments in migration: Polaroids from the refugee crisis – in pictures

Earlier this year, Unicef initiative NextGen asked eight photographers, including Jack Harries and Cyrus Mahboubian, to respond to the concept of human migration. “Living in London,” says Mahboubian, “we find ourselves largely detached from the ongoing refugee crisis, despite its staggering scale. …

North Africa

The housing industry still hasn't realized it's building too many homes for rich people

And this week, we got evidence that one of America's largest industries may be running into trouble because its products appeal <i>only</i> to the upper crust. I'm not talking about jewelry or apparel. I'm talking about housing.<p>On Tuesday, luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers reported a blow-out quarter, …

Real Estate

Greece could use Brexit to recover 'stolen' Parthenon art

In the early 1800s, a British ambassador took sculptures from the Parthenon back to England. Greece has demanded their return ever since. With …

Europe

Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia: Division and disintegration

Twenty-five years ago this weekend, the fates of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were sealed. Though the countries were created in a similar way after …

Europe