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Mutant, all-female crayfish spreading rapidly through Europe can clone itself

Genome study finds the invasive clonal freshwater crayfish is descended from a single female and reproduces without males<p>A voracious pest that mutated in a German aquarium and is marching around the world without the need for sexual reproduction may sound like science fiction, but a genetic study …

Biology

How religious extremists gamed Facebook to target millions of Britons with far-right propaganda

Far-right activists across Europe are utilising an organised network of Facebook pages and dubious, plagiarised news sites to target British Facebook …

Social Media

This Is What It's Like When Your Country Runs Out Of Water

People in a drought-stricken region of Madagascar are struggling with failing crops and child malnutrition, but their cries for help have been met with little action from the international community.<p>AMBOASARY SUD, Madagascar — Nineteen-year-old Masy had been up since 2 a.m. — that’s when she and …

Africa

Mapped: The most dangerous diseases around the world

Of the 56.4 million deaths worldwide in 2015, more than a quarter were down to just two diseases: heart disease and stroke.<p>These two conditions have remained the world's biggest killers in the last 15 years, accounting for a combined 15 million deaths in 2015, according to data from the World …

Public Health

Can You Hack Coral to Save It?

On September 10, 2017, as Hurricane Irma drowned the Florida Keys with a five-foot storm surge and shredded houses with 130 mph winds, David Vaughan, a 65-year-old marine biologist, and Frank Slifka, a 67-year-old maintenance man, huddled inside the Elizabeth Moore Center for Coral Reef Research …

Weather

The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM

A new study explores a strange paradox: In countries that empower women, they are less likely to choose math and science professions.<p>Though their numbers are growing, only 27 percent of all students taking the AP Computer Science exam in the United States are female. The gender gap only grows worse …

World Economic Forum

Inside North Korea’s Hacker Army

In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul’s Gangnam …

North Korea

Alzheimer's Plaques Erased in Mice—What's Next?

The remarkable results suggest a route for future medications, but a great deal of work remains.<p>Now more than ever, Alzheimer's disease poses an enormous burden. The neurodegenerative disease afflicts more than five million Americans, robbing them of their memories and placing strain and heartache …

Dementia

Six exciting things to do for Chinese New Year across the UK

On the 16 February, people around the world will be celebrating the Chinese New Year. So if you're looking for an exciting way to join in (without …

Food & Dining

25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

Climate change is worsening faster than we thought.<p>The Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In …

Global Warming

Truck driver wipes out Peru's ancient Nazca Lines

The historic Nazca Lines of Peru have been damaged by the actions of an inconsiderate truck driver. The driver, who has since been arrested and will …

South America

Chinese scientists create global carbon dioxide distribution diagram

Chinese scientists have analyzed data from the country's carbon satellite and created the first global carbon dioxide distribution diagrams.<p>The …

Climate Change

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

... and the movies and TV shows we watch<p>Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, who reads, it …

Books

Where the UK's investigations into Russia's Brexit meddling stand

We still don't know what impact, if any, Russian misinformation had on the Brexit vote. Back in November it was revealed that Twitter accounts with …

Internet

10 museums that are worth a visit for the interiors alone

After David Adjaye's African American history museum was named Design of the Year, we've trawled our Pinterest boards to find more museums with …

Museums

Cape Town will deploy army, police to protect water source after taps run dry on ‘Day Zero’

South Africa will use the country’s military to protect Cape Town’s water supply in the event the city of about four million is forced to shut off …

Mmusi Maimane

Improve Your Memory with These Simple Brain Boosters |Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups

January 13, 2017<p>Improve Your Memory with These Simple Brain Boosters<p>By Scripps AMG<p>We’ve all done it. We’ve met someone new and by the end of the …

The Brain

11 Secrets to Memorize Things Quicker Than Others

How to Memorize Fast and Easily

YouTube

First images of creatures from Antarctic depths revealed

Photographs of rare species from unexplored area of Antarctic seabed highlight need to protect life in one of the most remote places on the planet<p>(Click images for full caption information)<p>The images below are the first of creatures found in a previously unexplored region of the Antarctic seabed …

Global Warming

How Dirt Could Save Humanity From an Infectious Apocalypse

Nobody scours Central Park looking for drugs quite the way Sean Brady does. On a sweltering Thursday, he hops out of a yellow cab, crosses Fifth …

Microbiology

The simple way this Japanese town has become nearly zero-waste

At times, separating trash between paper and plastic can be time-consuming. But it's nothing compared to the recycling efforts of residents in …

Sustainability

Australian trees 'sweat' to survive extreme heatwaves, researchers reveal

Climate experiment shows trees release water but stop absorbing carbon in extreme heat<p>Australian researchers growing trees in climate change conditions have found the leaves “sweat” to survive extreme heatwaves.<p>The year-long experiment showed that trees continue to release water through their …

Climate Change

Bermuda repeals same-sex marriage in world first

Bermuda has become the first country in the world to repeal a law allowing same-sex couples to marry.<p>The island’s governor, John Rankin, approved a …

LGBTQ

Single-use plastic bags ban under scrutiny as shoppers switch and ditch reusables

Australian states with bans in place see rise in consumers and retailers resorting to thicker bags to escape the rule<p>Shoppers in states that have banned single-use shopping bags are reportedly buying reusable plastic bags then throwing them away.<p>The Australian Capital Territory requested an …

Pollution

Can listening to classical music improve your life?

Clemency Burton-Hill explains how she was inspired to write her new book, A Year of Wonder, and why listening can be a powerful act of ‘soul maintenance’.<p>Can a daily dose of classical music change your life? It sounds like an impossibly grand claim, but in my case, the answer has been a resounding …

Flute

Antibiotic Resistance Could Take Us Back To The Days Where 40% Of Us Died From Infections

Already it is estimated that 700,000 people across the world die from drug-resistant infections<p>Handout . / Reuters<p>HuffPost UK<p>To paint a picture of a …

Microbiology

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Aerial laser mapping detects thousands of hidden structures in Peten region, suggesting its population was millions more than previously thought<p>Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and …

Archaeology

Best travel book of the year: Kapka Kassabova’s Border wins Stanford Dolman award

A timely account of a fraught part of Europe is named Stanford Dolman travel book of the year. Here, one of the judges heralds a master storyteller and gives an overview of the nominees<p>The nominees …<p>Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago by Patrick Barkham (Granta)<p>Using a DH Lawrence short …

Books

Brexit: Liam Fox casts doubt on whether UK will have China deal even after EU withdrawal

Trade Secretary Liam Fox has cast doubt on whether the UK will have a “gold standard” free trade deal with China – even after it leaves the European …

Liam Fox