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Steven Weinberg: the 13 best science books for the general reader

If you had a chance to ask Aristotle what he thought of the idea of writing about physical science for general readers, he would not have understood what you meant. All of his own writing, on physics and astronomy as well as on politics and aesthetics, was accessible to any educated Greek of his …

Massive Underground City Found in Cappadocia Region of Turkey

Subterranean retreat may have sheltered thousands of people in times of trouble.<p>When the invaders came, Cappadocians knew where to hide: underground, in one of the 250 subterranean safe havens they had carved from pliable volcanic ash rock called tuff.<p>Now a housing construction project may have …

Boeing has patented a 'Star Wars'-style force field

It might sound futuristic — and it is. The patent isn't about stopping bullets or lasers or anything like that, though. Instead, it detects explosions near a vehicle, and then quickly heats up the air or water between the vehicle and the blast. The heat creates a plasma shield that is more dense …

Nick Cave: pass the sick bag

It’s almost worthy of Spinal Tap – a collection of the musician’s thoughts, jotted down while in transit on sick bags. But his book The Sick Bag Song provides a window on Cave’s honesty as well as his narcissism, and there’s the odd flash of brilliance<p>When you’ve personally witnessed Nick Cave …

South Bank

Iraq's looted national museum reopens in Baghdad after being closed for nearly 12 years

Iraq's national museum has officially reopened, 12 years after it was closed in the chaos that followed the toppling of former president Saddam …

Museums

Niemann Pick Type C: 'Childhood Alzheimer's' research may hold key to treating dementia

Australian scientists investigating a rare neurological disorder known as childhood Alzheimer's believe their research could lead to a new treatment …

Alzheimer's Disease

China's wild population of pandas up nearly 17 per cent in the decade to 2013: report

China's population of wild giant pandas jumped nearly 17 per cent over a decade, state media is reporting, with conservation measures credited as …

Isis destroys thousands of books and manuscripts in Mosul libraries

Libraries,Books,Heritage,Culture,Iraq,Middle East and North Africa,World news,Islamic State (Isis)<p>Shocked staff fear further damage and ‘cultural cleansing’ under the militants’ rule<p>Reports this week that Mosul’s central library has been ransacked by Isis and 100,000 books and manuscripts burned …

Triggs was attacked for defending the powerless – and one day another PM will apologise for it | Richard Flanagan

Australian immigration and asylum,Gillian Triggs,Human rights,Australia news,Tony Abbott,Liberal party,Coalition<p>Years from now we will be told that we didn’t know then what we do now about our treatment of asylum seekers. But we did know. We just chose not to hear even when our human rights …

Australia

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready<p>A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor …

Italy

Australian researchers create first 3D-printed jet engine

Development hailed as a potential breakthrough in aircraft manufacture after university-CSIRO joint project prints two gas turbine engines<p>Australian researchers have created the world’s first 3D-printed jet engines, a breakthrough that could change the way aircraft are constructed.<p>Researchers from …

Engines

New Game of Thrones Season Will Keep Killing Characters Still Alive in Print

<i>Editor's Note: George R. R. Martin confirms the ongoing tradition of premature slayings in future seasons of "Game of Thrones," "Big Hero 6"</i> …

Census scrapping not worth the money it would save, demographers warn - 7.30

SABRA LANE, PRESENTER: How's this for a fact?: more than 65,000 Australians - yes, you heard right, 65,000 - identify their religion as Jedi.<p>We know …

Which books would make today's list of 100 greatest children's novels?

Photograph: Allstar/FOCUS FEATURES/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar<p>Channing Tatum in the film of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Eagle of the Ninth<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/19/1424368934435/ef5f0029-37a7-4f53-a28c-b180a5a809e3-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Allstar/FOCUS …

Cyclone Marcia causes widespread damage in mid-north Queensland – the day's events

We’ll wrap up our live cyclone coverage here, as Marcia heads towards the rural town of Biloela, where residents are sandbagging in preparation.<p>People woke up to the news that Marcia had developed into a Category 5 storm, with core windgusts of about 285 km/hr.<br>• The cyclone has passed through Yeppoon …

Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

A cache of medieval Arab gold coins may already be the largest in the eastern Mediterranean, and there's probably more to come.<p>An unprecedented discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel might be part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern …

Oliver Sacks Addresses Public About His Terminal Cancer

<i>Editor's Note: Today's Daily Blunt begins with the news we've just learned from Oliver Sacks, bestselling and brilliant author and …