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Raising your child with Victorian hang-ups: a guide for parents | Taylor Glenn

Is your child too affectionate or expressive? Does this worry you? Worry no longer. Here are some tips to ensure your children grow up with a level of emotional suppression that would do any Victorian aristocrat proud.<p>American psychologist and author of several parenting books Charlotte Reznick has …

Google Street View car pureed at Spanish tomato-throwing festival

Tomatina festivalgoers wreck vehicle sent in to film pitched battle between juice-drenched fruit flingers, breaking windows, mirrors and cameras<p>When Google sent a Street View car into the Tomatina festival the plan was to capture “the magic and colour” of the messy event from all angles, but …

Wreck

The man with the toughest job in the world | Janine di Giovanni

Photograph: AP<p>UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets President Assad in Damascus in November 2014.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/29/1438189760491/09701e73-0e23-4289-a5b8-96bb875d60ac-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets …

Middle East

Now You Can Turn Your Photos Into Computerized Nightmares With 'Deep Dream'

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?<p>Have you ever wondered how your computer sees the world? Spoiler alert: it's the stuff of psychedelic nightmares, as the internet found out last month when Google revealed that in order to sort and categorize images online, it uses an artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

These Mini Robots Could Form An Injection Gun In Your Bloodstream

“large impulsive forces to penetrate tissue”<p>We’ve seen robots designed to move inside bodies before. Carefully shaped magnetic objects, these miniature robots are moved by external magnetic forces, like those found in MRI machines. Last month, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and the …

Honey-based mead may curb antibiotic resistance, say makers

Scientists in Sweden are launching their own mead - an alcoholic beverage made from a fermented mix of honey and water - based on old recipes which they say could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.<p>Together with a brewery, the scientists who have long studied bees and their honey, have …

Microbiology

The world's weirdest animals - and where to see them

1. Ribbon worm<p>A man encountered this green jelly-like ribbon worm, or Nemertea, while fishing in the port of Penghu in Taiwan (pictured below). It has a proboscis, or feeding tube - the pink ribbon seen here - which it ejects while hunting. The proboscis secretes a mucus-like substance that …

Injecting Electronics Into Brain Not as Freaky as it Sounds

No need to wait for the cyborg future—it’s already here. Adding to a growing list of electronics that can be implanted in the body, scientists are working to perfect the ultimate merger of mind and machine: devices fused directly to the brain.<p>A new type of flexible electronics can be injected …

Robots Are Terrible At Driving Cars

A Final Lesson From The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals<p>From the very beginning of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, it was obvious that driving was going to be a problem for the robot contestants. The very first robots to take the field this past Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona, …

New study claims to find genetic link between creativity and mental illness

Results imply creative people are 25% more likely to carry genes that raise risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But others argue the evidence is flimsy<p>The ancient Greeks were first to make the point. Shakespeare raised the prospect too. But Lord Byron was, perhaps, the most direct of them …

Mental Disorders

How to Flay a Dragon

Last month, I went to the Royal Veterinary College to watch a team of four scientists skin and dissect a dead Komodo dragon. The result is this piece, published today at the Atlantic, which features some fascinating dragon biology, Game of Thrones, jokes, just a tiny bit of gore, and one of the …

Why Does The Pentagon Keep An Anthrax Stash On Hand?

A precautionary stockpile, provided no one mails it by accident<p>Of all the things a person could receive in the mail without warning, Anthrax is about the worst thing it could be. The spores, which can cause injury when inhaled, fit easily into letters, as the nation discovered tragically in the …

Space Station Crew Moves 'Closet' to Make Room for U.S. Spaceships

Astronauts on the International Space Station have moved a closet-like storage module to a new spot on the orbiting lab to make room for a new docking port to welcome commercial space taxis in 2017.<p>During Wednesday's hours-long move, the station's bus-sized Permanent Multipurpose Module rode a …

Space Exploration

Bill Nye's LightSail spacecraft has lost contact with Earth

'There’s nobody in outer space to push that reset button.'<p>Bill Nye's solar particle-powered spacecraft, LightSail, has lost communication with Earth. The spacecraft launched a week ago, but a software glitch has removed the craft's ability to send data back to Earth. So far, efforts to remotely …

Limpet Teeth Are Nature's Strongest Material

So long, spider silk<p>Spider silk had a good run as nature’s strongest material. But recently, limpet teeth--made of mineral nanofibers--were found to be up to five times stronger. Asa Barber, an engineering professor at the University of Portsmouth in England, measured the stretching force needed to …

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Artificial Intelligence

Watch A Tiny Origami Robot Crawl, Climb, Swim, and Dissolve

Magnets, that's how it works<p>In just under two minutes, this tiny metallic square will, in sequence: fold itself into a robot, roll away, keep a trajectory as it does a figure eight around two columns, crawl up an arm, push a foam block into a bin, swim, carry a load that weighs twice as much as it …

The Birth Of An Island, A Goldfish In A Wheelchair, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Special Forces Test Hummingbird-Size Drone

One tiny scout for now, one big question for the future<p>The Black Hornet is exactly the kind of drone that scares people about drones. It’s small, fitting easily into the palm of a hand or a pouch pocket. It’s name evokes Black Hawk, an iconic military helicopter that features prominently in …

Can Mars One colonise the red planet?

Alexandra Doyle has signed up for a one-way trip to Mars. What makes her, and 99 others, so ready to leave Earth behind? Meet the red planet’s would-be pioneers – and the man who promises he can get them there<p>When Nasa’s first rover set down on the surface of Mars in 1997, its streamed colour …

Reality TV

How To Build A Roman Catapult In Your Backyard

How to Build a Catapult in an Afternoon<p>Long before the invention of gunpowder, ancient armies used siege engines to hurl all sorts of terrible, yet creative, missiles. The Carthaginians put poisonous snakes in clay jars and then launched them at enemy ships. The Romans preferred to throw bags of …

Save the Zombie-Makers!

Parasites may seem too gross or too wicked to be worth saving from extinction. Or they may just seem so skilled in their sinister arts that we don’t have to worry about them, since they’ll always find a new victim.<p>In fact, parasites warrant our concern, right along with their hosts. That’s not to …

Solar Impulse takes off for six-day, six-night Pacific flight

Zero-fuel, solar-powered plane leaves China for Hawaii on seventh leg of quest to circumnavigate the globe<p>The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has taken off early on Sunday for a six-day, six-night flight over the Pacific Ocean, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe …

Black Solar Cells Reach Incredible New Efficiency Record

The bright world of photovoltaics<p>Renewable energy is the future. All over the world cities and countries are vowing to go quit fossil fuels and commit to getting their energy fix from 100 percent renewable sources.<p>One of the most popular renewable options is solar—especially in areas that are, …

Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.<p>Part of this …

Energy Efficiency

How Indiana Jones Actually Changed Archaeology

Blockbuster film series led to spike in archaeology courses, careers.<p>Don your leather jacket and fedora, strap on a satchel, and get that bullwhip cracking: It’s time to explore the mythical intersection of Hollywood fantasy and real-world discovery.<p>Three decades ago, Indiana Jones’s swashbuckling …

Sea turtle given a 3D-printed jaw implant after boat accident

Human activity almost killed this loggerhead sea turtle in Turkey, but a group of doctors and researchers are looking to right that wrong with a 3D-printed prosthetic. The turtle, which is marked as an endangered species, was struck by a boat propeller while swimming in its natural habitat. The …

Did North Korea Really Launch A Missile From A Sub?

Cold war designs in the hands of a millennial dictator<p>A dictator's smile is never really a good sign. On Saturday, North Korea claimed they launched a ballistic missile from a submarine, and pictures from the launch show 32-year-old Kim Jong-Un beaming as he watches the show. His entire face is lit …

Can Scientists Turn Birds Back Into Dinosaur Ancestors?

We know they evolved from dinosaurs about 150 million years ago, but it remains to be discovered precisely how the DNA of ground-running dinosaurs changed–a transformation that turned arms into wings, produced aerodynamic feathers, and created a beak. It’s possible that some clues to those genetic …