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The psychology behind color

If you squash every scene from the <i>The Matrix</i> into one image you’ll get something that looks like an old fuzzy TV screen. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the entire movie unfold, all without watching a single scene.<p>As you scan from left to right and top to bottom the colors flip flop …

UI Design

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Why painful memories linger with us

If we didn’t forget pain, women would never go through childbirth twice – or so says the myth. But the truth is that agonising memories don’t always diminish.<p>If you visit someone with a newborn baby, their description of the pain of childbirth often includes the phrase “never again”. One friend …

Childbirth

Satellites: a glimpse inside a secret world

Back in 1945, when science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke conjured up the idea of an Earth-orbiting broadcast satellite, he neglected to patent it: he couldn’t imagine one being built in his lifetime. He wasn’t the only one caught off guard when the Soviet Union sprung a satellite on the world just …

Space Exploration

Look! Up in the sky! It's a meteor, says 81-year-old WA farmer

Journalists and astronomy buffs headed to a farm at Gidgegannup, 40km out of Perth in Western Australia, to search for a meteorite which a talkback radio caller says she saw fall over her property.<p>Angela Whife, 81, called ABC radio in Perth on Monday to say that she believed a meteor had winked out …

Silent Witness for real: learning the science of crime in a purpose-built house

A four-bed semi in Derby has been converted into a training facility for would-be forensic investigators. Christopher Middleton minds his step.<p>From the outside, it looks like any other suburban house. Step through the front door, however, and it is apparent that all is not well here. Whichever room …

Mars One shortlist: the top 10 hopefuls

Selected from more than 200,000 applicants, the 50 men and 50 women are a step closer to taking part in the one-way mission. You can read more about Britain’s five hopefuls here. The organisers ranked the candidates by points: here are the top 10.<p><b>Christian O Knudsen</b><p><b>Age:</b> 34<b><br>From:</b> Denmark<p>Christian …

YouTube is 10 years old, but what will it look like in 2025?

Predictions for the future of Google’s online video service, from sports rights and games to co-viewing and voice recognition<p>YouTube’s first video may have been uploaded on 23 April 2005, but the website’s domain name was registered on 14 February. Hence the 10th birthday milestone this past …

Second anniversary of Chelyabinsk meteorite strike

Two years ago, the Earth caught a glimpse of disaster in the form of a 12,000-tonne meteorite that exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk<p>It happened at 9:20am local time. A fireball appeared from out of the crystal clear blue sky over the southern Ural region in Russia. Rapidly increasing …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

Beagle 2 spacecraft found intact on surface of Mars after 11 years

So near and yet so far. New images show that the UK’s Beagle 2 successfully landed on the surface of Mars in 2003 but failed to fully deploy its solar panels. Without these, it could not communicate with Earth and scientists lost contact.<p>The discovery images come from the HiRISE camera on Nasa’s …

Beagle 2 may still be working and holding data, say scientists

Although Beagle 2 ultimately failed to send any information back to Earth, its legacy is still being seen in today’s space missions<p>The newly-discovered Beagle 2 probe may still hold clues about life on Mars and could even still be working, scientists believe.<p>Although the lander could not …

Beagle 2 Found on Mars After 'Disappearing' for 12 Years

Scientists finally get closure.<p>The Beagle 2 Mars Lander, the United Kingdom’s landing spacecraft that went AWOL on Mars in 2003, has been located in …