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Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease. Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests …

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You Can Now Do Science In 'EVE Online'

Gaming meets the human proteome<p>Project: Project Discovery in EVE Online<p><i>EVE Online</i> is what's known as a MMORPG ... a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game. In progress now for more than a decade, the game is science fiction's answer to <i>World of Warcraft</i>. Set some 21,000 years into the future, …

The middle child myth: studies say birth order has little impact on personality

Several recent studies report that whether you’re the first-born, middle or oldest child has little to do with personality development or intelligence<p>Blaming your problems on being a middle child might no longer work.<p>Theories about the link between birth order and personality have been hotly …


Female physicist overlooked for Nobel Prize finally receives recognition as Woman of the Year

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell made one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the 20th century when she detected the first radio pulsar<p>A female astrophysicist who was overlooked for a Nobel Prize in favour of two men who worked alongside her has been named one of the Women of the Year.<p>Dame Jocelyn …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …


Six amazing sights that look even better from the ISS

The astronauts living on the ISS get to experience the wonders of the universe’s natural phenomena like no one else<p><i>This piece was first published on The Conversation</i><p>Imagine seeing the lights of cities spreading around the Nile Delta and then in less than an hour gazing down on Mount Everest. The …


9,000 DNA samples hint at biology of PCOS - Futurity

A study of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) offers new insights into the disorder, which causes reproductive and metabolic health problems.

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.


How to Become an Expert | Popular Science

Photo by Chris Crisman<p>How To Create Your Own Friends<p>I started building robots. Then I fell in love with them. At Carnegie Mellon University, I’m working with robot body language. People usually think of companion robots as ones that are just hanging out with you, as your friends or toys. I think …

Life on Mars: when will humans live on the Red Planet?

Fifty years after the first close-up images of Mars, Rosa Silverman speaks to the science writer who believes there will be life on Mars before the 21st century ends<p>The human race was able to view the furthest reaches of the solar system in high-definition glory this week, as Nasa’s New Horizons …