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How to talk to strangers

<i>Julia Rothman</i><p>Kio Stark has always talked to strangers — she believes these fleeting moments give us new ways to fall in love with the world. She …

Scientists are trying to figure out what it feels like to die

My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents' Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic breast cancer. A month or two earlier, she'd been able to take the dog for daily walks in the mountains and travel to Australia with my father. …

University of Michigan

Fight-or-flight response may be calmed by yoga and pilates, say scientists

Yogaand pilates may be so effective at beating stress because the movements calm a part of the brain linked to the fight-or-flight response, a new study suggests.<p>Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh discovered a circuit which links the brain directly to the ‘adrenal mudulla’ – the inner part …

This Gorgeous Image From Hubble Shines New Light On Old Cosmic Mystery

Holy Hubble!<p>It's been almost 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in 1990, but the orbiting observatory keeps sending exciting new images. Just check out one of Hubble's latest images below, featuring a brilliant globular cluster full of stars that shine bright like</i> …

Government computers used to alter Wikipedia entries on high profile killings

Government computers used to add inaccurate information to the page of Jean Charles de Menezes, and downplay the murders of Damilola Taylor and Lee Rigby, it is claimed<p>Government computers have been accessed by staff to alter Wikipedia pages on Jean Charles de Menezes, Lee Rigby and Damilola …

NATO Isn't Ready to Take on Russia, But the Problem Is Political, Not Military

On July 31, while it remained unclear exactly how directly involved in the Ukrainian crisis Russia is, the British media ominously reported that NATO had been deemed unready to fight a war with Russia.<p>The story comes from the Commons Defence Select Committee, in a report Towards the next Defense …

Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer risk, says biggest study yet

An aspirin a day could dramatically cut people's chances of getting and dying from common cancers, according to the most detailed review yet of the cheap drug's ability to stem disease.<p>More than 130,000 deaths would be avoided over a 20-year period if Britain's 50- to 64-year-olds took a daily …

The barbaric events that pushed Poland into the arms of the EU

As Britain reconsiders its role in Europe, it’s important to remember our allies’ suffering<p>To understand the full horror of the Warsaw Uprising, you need to go to the suburb of Wola, as I did the other night. There you can stand in front of a mass grave that contains the ashes of 50,000 human …

This Algae-Powered Building Actually Works

The BIQ algae-powered building has been operating for over a year. It’s faring well so far.<p>Does it make sense to power buildings with algae? That’s the question that arises with the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building, in Hamburg, Germany, which has now been operating for more than a year. …

China’s Atlantis of the East

The Chinese city of Shicheng was flooded in 1959, then forgotten. With its recent rediscovery, divers can explore a 600-year-old city that is both underwater – and unseen for decades.<p>Often called the “Atlantis of the East” by travellers, the underwater city of Shicheng is a magnificent, mysterious …

Archaeology

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Learning

Ukip's 'Ridiculous Nonsense' About Migrants Slammed By Lord Bilimoria

Ukip and party leader Nigel Farage peddle "ridiculous nonsense" about the impact immigrants have on Britain, Cobra Beer boss Lord Bilimoria has …

Ancient Fish Offers Clues About Where Humans Came From

A tiny jawless fish that lived more than half a billion years ago is providing scientists with a treasure trove of information about the very dawn of vertebrate life on Earth.<p>Researchers on Wednesday described about 100 fossil specimens of the fish unearthed at the Burgess Shale site in the …

10 Mental Tricks For A More Effective Workout

<i>By Andy Puddicombe for YouBeauty.com</i><p>When it comes to exercise, we all have our own way of doing it. Maybe we like to run, take a yoga class or -- my favorite -- hit the surf. Some of us care about having the latest workout clothes; for others, that's not important.<p>But how much thought do you give …

Extra sleep may help us feel better faster

When we get sick, it feels natural to try to speed up our recovery by getting some extra shuteye. New research with fruit flies suggests it’s a good …

The (Psychic?) Dreams of Psychologists

Look, I blame myself. I took a few weeks off from writing Unpopular Science posts because I was traveling and then deathly ill (I couldn't talk, which for me is a kind of death). And what happens? Rick Dyer admits he didn't murder Bigfoot, a Texas couple shot a chupacabra, and Jesus appeared on a …

Hints To Longevity Found In Blood Of 115-Year-Old Woman

She maintained clear cognition until near the end of her life.<p>Born in 1890, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper died at the age of 115 in 2005, leaving her body to science. Until very close to her death, she remained in relatively good health and cognition, and was for example able to carry on a …

Your T-shirt's ringing: Telecommunications in the spaser age

(Phys.org) —A new version of "spaser" technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could …

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance when viewed under the microscope. The myelin sheath insulates the fibres, and helps them to carry …

How we all could benefit from synaesthesia

Sitting in a small, computer-lined room trying to remember a succession of different-coloured words scrolling past on a screen doesn't sound like the cutting edge of scientific research. However, academics at the University of East London are using word tests to assess the impact synaesthesia can …