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No Man’s Sky Treads New Ground In Game Design

Arriving June 2016<p>It's been a big month for one of the biggest game worlds ever planned. <i>No Man’s Sky</i>, the mysterious and long-anticipated space exploration game, has released a trailer, appeared on <i>The Late Show</i>, and set a release date of June 2016 for its huge, untested universe-sized experience. …

The Late Show

The benefits of getting older

Most of us dread getting older. But there’s mounting evidence that old age brings happiness, intellect and even better sex.<p>“Growing old is great – when you consider the alternative,” as the saying goes.<p>Welcome to the age of ageing. With more than 800 million people over 60 and more centenarians …

Immune System

Do Men Have Hormonal Cycles?

Short answer: Ever heard of man-struation?<p>Men do go through hormonal cycles. That much is established. Their testosterone levels tend to peak first thing in the morning, perhaps in concert with circadian rhythms, and then diminish over the course of the day—though exercise can cause fleeting …

San Diego

The Hair-Raising Science Of Goose Bumps

Watch a scary movie and your skin crawls. Goose bumps have become so associated with fear that the word is synonymous with thrills and chills.<p>But what on earth does scary have do to with chicken-skin bumps? For a long time, it wasn't well understood.<p>Physiologically, it's fairly simple. Adrenaline …

Humanity

Brain scans predict best anti-smoking images - Futurity

A failed public health campaign can be a huge waste of resources. New research suggests brain scans could predict effective email campaigns against …

The Brain

What Halloween Decorators Know About Spiders (Oddly, a Lot!)

Here was my Halloween plan: not original, I know, but classic, effective, and cheap.<p>My front door, I decided, would become a lush, over-the-top spiderweb, a luxuriant Donald Trumpian display of muchness, which means … I would need two, maybe three, stretch-to-fit spiderwebs.<p>I don’t know the …

Heat-seeking cancer drugs could target tumours and spare healthy tissue

Bubbles containing cancer drugs which burst on contact with tumours are being developed by scientists<p>Miniature heat seeking ‘grenades’ full of cancer drugs which target tumours without damaging healthy tissue, have been created by scientists.<p>Researchers at Manchester University have repurposed …

Cancer

Brush your teeth in the dark to help sleep, says Oxford University neuroscientist

Bright bathroom lights can stimulate the body and prevent sleep, claims Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford University<p>The secret of a good night’s sleep could be as simple as brushing your teeth in the dark, an Oxford Neuroscientist has claimed.<p>Russell Foster, professor of …

Oxford University

Indiegogo Bans Non-Lethal SALT Gun

Safe arms limitation talks<p>The premise behind the SALT gun is right there in the name: it’s a gun that shoots salt, designed as a “Safe ALTernative” to a lethal gun, for people to keep as a home defense weapon that incapacitates but doesn't kill an attacker. Developing such a weapon is tricky, and …

Guns

Boys and Girls, Constrained by Toys and Costumes

A web search for Halloween costumes of scientists produces only boys wearing lab coats and goggles. A search for nursing costumes turns up girls in skirts with stethoscopes. Cats and cupcakes are also girls, while sharks and astronauts are boys.<p>The same gender division exists not just in toys — …

Kids

Making things pay: Our objects will soon shop for us, securely

<i>This essay is part of a series written by speakers featuring at TNW Conference in New York on November 18. Discount tickets to the event are still available for purchase here.</i><p>After 20 years of living in the UK, I’m now moving to the US. What I find most daunting about this relocation is not the …

Amazon Echo

19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

eCommerce

New battery could power electric car from London to Edinburgh on single charge

Cambridge scientists hail breakthrough in lithium-air battery development - but say real-life usage is still a decade off<p>Electric cars could drive from London to Edinburgh on a single charge using a new battery technology being developed at Cambridge Univeristy, scientists have said.<p>The lithium-air …

Kickstart This Sleek Drone Submarine

Unmanned, underwater, still not untethered<p>Call it the son of submarine. In 2012, the first OpenROV tethered unmanned underwater robot, also crowdfunded on Kickstarter, combined the utility of a cheap submarine with the form factor of an off-brand iMac. For their return to crowdfunding, OpenROV's …

Drones

The Next Higgs Boson: Made In China?

China plans to build a superior collider<p>Super colliders are already massive. The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland features a circular track over 16 miles long. Today, Chinese state media announced the nation’s plan to construct a super collider <i>twice as large</i>, with construction beginning in …

Physics

Scientists Map The Parts Of The Body Where Touching Is Okay

And awkwardly outline the taboo zones<p>Riding crowded public transportation, or navigating large crowds at an event or concert often means getting touched by strangers. Researchers at the University of Oxford and Aalto University in Finland have turned to 1,368 people from five countries to determine …

National Academy of Sciences

US approval for drug that turns herpes virus against cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-a-kind drug that uses the herpes virus to infiltrate deadly skin cancer tumours, reducing their size in some cases.<p>The Guardian view on meat and cancer: a little of what you fancy will do you no harm | Editorial<p>Read more<p>The FDA is allowing …

Cancer

Most E-Cigarette Users Are Current And Ex-Smokers, Not Newbies

It's become an emotional debate: Do e-cigarettes help people get off regular cigarettes or are they a new avenue for addiction?<p>Until now, there has been little solid evidence to back up either side. But a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could help fill that …

Public Health