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Nitschke's 'suicide machine' draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral fair

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at the press of a button went on display at an Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.<p>The ban on assisted death ignores the reality of illnesses like dementia | Polly Toynbee<p>Read more<p>Called the “Sarco”, short for sarcophagus, the …

3D Printing

How To Tame Your Anxious Mind

Our humanness dictates our varied perceptions, evaluations, judgments, and expectations. These develop over time based on our physiology, history, …

Mindfulness

Clouds of Venus Could Host Extraterrestrial Life Forms

In the quest to answer whether we’re alone, scientists have found that the clouds of venus may help solve the mystery of whether life outside of …

A miles-long crack has opened in Africa — and it could literally split the continent in two

A miles-long fissure has opened in Kenya's Rift Valley. The split, which first appeared in late March following weeks of heavy rain and tremors and has continued to expand since, called attention to a longer-term, larger-scale geological phenomenon that's imperceptible until it isn't: Africa is …

Earth Science

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses of the antidepressant she had taken for three years, on and off, and was …

Depression

‘Ghost galaxy’ made of mysterious dark matter discovered by scientists

Scientists have found a “ghost” galaxy – roughly the same mass as our own, but entirely made up of dark matter.<p>Dragonfly 44 is almost entirely made …

Dark Matter

Distant galaxy with no dark matter suggests our understanding of the universe could be wrong

In a world first, astronomers have found a galaxy that lacks the enigmatic substance known as dark matter – long considered one of the universe’s …

Dark Matter

Two-way communication is possible with a single quantum particle

One photon can transmit information in two directions at once.

'Paramedic ants' observed treating injured comrades

The social insects have been seen cleaning wounds and possibly administering antibiotics to prevent infection<p>When the battle is done the victors head home, their march broken only to gather the wounded, who are hauled back to base for life-saving treatment.<p>Not a heroic scene from the second world …

National Parks

Why we are sceptical of antidepressant analysis

It was disappointing to read such an uncritical description of the latest analysis of antidepressant trials that does not address doubts about the widespread use of these drugs (The drugs do work, says study of antidepressants, 22 February).<p>The analysis consists of comparing “response” rates …

University College London

"Nanodrops" That Repair Corneas May Ultimately Replace Glasses

New eye drops developed by researchers from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University in Israel can improve both nearsightedness and …

Is Humanity Ready for the Discovery of Alien Life?

When ‘Oumuamua, a mysterious interstellar object, swept through our solar system last October, it elicited breathless news stories all asking the …

Scientists have figured out how to use quantum tunnelling to harvest electricity from Earth's heat

Quantum tunnelling can help scientists convert the Earth's surplus infrared radiation and waste heat into electricity.<p>Scientists have figured out a …

Wellness

When Earth was a Snowball

The Earth hasn't always been the blue, hospitable planet it is today. On at least three occasions our planet was completely covered with ice. How did …

Curiosity's sweeping Mars panorama shows how far it's come

After over five years on Mars, the Curiosity rover has done a lot of science and taken a few knocks. While trekking up Mount Sharp recently, however, it paused at Vera Rubin Ridge during a rare period of clear weather. There, it used its mast camera to snap 16 images that NASA assembled into a …

Astronomers just spotted bizarre holes on the Moon that might reveal hidden tunnels

The Moon is our closest neighbor and we’ve learned a lot about it over the past century or so. We’ve studied it, mapped it, and even visited it on …

Astronomy

Scientists find cellular roots of anxiety

From students stressing over exams to workers facing possible layoffs, worrying about the future is a normal and universal experience.<p>But when …

A psychological ailment called 'hikikomori' is imprisoning 500,000 Japanese people in their homes — and it's more of a threat than ever

Hayashi Kyoko started becoming a social recluse when her high school principal started talking about university entrance exams on the first day of school.<p>"The fun high-school life I was looking forward to transformed into nothing more than a period of test preparation," the Japanese native told the …

Japan

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

Scientists discovered huge ice sheets on Mars—some a football field thick

New satellite imagery of jagged swaths of Mars’ surface has revealed the existence of massive bodies of water ice, a possible prelude to exciting new …

Did the Curiosity Rover just discover evidence of alien fossils on Mars?

More than five years after it landed on the red planet, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is still cruising around and discovering curious things that have …

Mars Rover

Britain's Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest

The plan is for 50 million new trees to repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.<p>Northern England is set to get a whole lot greener. On Sunday, the U.K. government unveiled plans for a vast new forest spanning the country …

NASA's $1 Billion Probe Just Sent Back Mind-Meltingly Gorgeous New Images of Jupiter

?<p>NASA's $US1 billion Juno spacecraft completed its 10th high-speed trip around Jupiter on December 16.<p>The robot gets relatively close to the gas …

Astronomy

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 13 years, calls for a new approach<p>• Johann Hari Q&A: ‘I was afraid to dismantle the story about depression and anxiety’<p>In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, …

Depression

Tabby’s Star: Sorry, folks, but it *really* isn't aliens

Well, I was hoping for aliens.<p>Sadly, it's not to be: New observations of Tabby's Star show that the weird dips in its light are <i>not</i> from gigantic …

Physics

Some people are actually allergic to exercise — this is what it's like and why it happens

Sometimes when I exercise, I get hives on my arms or the back of my legs. It's a bit like when I go near a horse and get an allergic reaction, but without the itchiness and inability to breathe.<p>This puts me on the lower end of the spectrum of having "exercise-induced anaphylaxis," or EIA. It's …

Immune System

There Are 7 Types of Near-Death Experiences, According to Science

Depending on your beliefs, the experience of death hovers over our lives like an unknowable but inevitable void.<p>Aside from the well-cited …

Voyager 1 spacecraft thrusters fired up for first time since 1980

It's a good idea to have a backup plan, especially in interstellar space. NASA scientists needed to reorient the 40-year-old Voyager 1 -- the space …

Modern life is lonely. We all need someone to help

You can feel it on the bus, in school, at the shops: the threat of isolation, hardwired into our lives<p>Hopping on the bus home on Wednesday night, I was greeted by the sight of a young woman hunched over her phone, alone in a seat, bawling for England. Or, as it turned out, Scotland. As I plonked …

Loneliness