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Sending Terry Pratchett home with HTTP headers

In Terry Pratchett's novel Going Postal, an allegory about the creation of an Internet-like telegraph system called "the clacks," workers who die in …

Women struggling to conceive have more hope this Mother's Day

Mother's Day hope: A new IVF breakthrough could mean more women will be able to conceive this year. Professor Geeta Nargund explains all<p>With Mothers’ Day upon us, and the media saturated with advertisers pushing images of happy mums and perfect children, this can be an agonising time for women …

He Wrote Our Soul Music: Remembering Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was an important author–to a lot of you, to a lot of your faves (Kieron Gillen, for example), to a lot of us. Here’s how.<p>Rachel …

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Why We Need Terry Pratchett’s Brand of Moral Outrage

There's part of you that wants to start channeling Pratchett's character, Death, and (as the character did) start WRITING LIKE THIS AS IT'D BE NICE …

Terry Pratchett died where he belonged - at home

Devoted to a greater understanding of terminal illness, it is fitting that Sir Terry Pratchett died peacefully in his own bed, his cat at his side<p>There was something very touching about the fact that when Sir Terry Pratchett died, in his own bed, in his own home, his cat was lying asleep on the …

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was a true great, the equal of Swift

There’s a beautiful moment in Terry Pratchett’s <i>Bromeliad</i> trilogy. A colony of tiny Amazonian frogs has lived inside a tree-top flower for generations. The flower is their world. Until the day one of them climbs up, peeps out and glimpses the unimagined vastness of the forest canopy, with its …

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The Looming Threat of Artificial Unintelligence

Stop fantasizing about super-smart A.I., and start worrying about dumb algorithms<p>Brace yourself. In these crucial weeks before the May release of <i>The Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>, editors and writers are going to unleash an onslaught of think pieces about the real-life threat of artificial intelligence …

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Improve end-of-life care for all, say MPs

<b>Social care should be free to everyone at the end of life, says a report by the Commons Health Committee which calls for better recording of what people want in their last days.</b><p>The MPs' report said there was "unacceptable variation" in the care received by people in England.<p>Care minister Norman …

Specialist: melatonin to get children to sleep is preferable to harmful alternatives

"Should endocrine or other abnormalities appear in the future in children previously treated with melatonin, it will not be tenable to argue that we …

Dark side of Japan revealed in film about Internet cafe living

The bleak and unforgiving existence of Japan's salarymen and part-time workers, who often live in Internet cafes to save on rent, is difficult to …

Japan

Depression Influences Perception of Time

A new review finds that people suffering from depression appear to experience time differently than healthy individuals.<p>Although the perception of …

Depression

Privacy and the 100,000 Genome Project

With the UK launch of 23andMe’s home DNA testing kit, the legalisation of mitochondrial DNA transfer, and the 100,000 Genome Project underway, optimism abounds about the science of genetics delivering on its early promise. But there is also cause for greater caution and oversight than some …

Genetics

12 examples of evolution happening right now

Evolution, it turns out, isn't the long, invisible process we once thought.<p>Instead, it's happening all around us, all the time.<p>And we are it's primary drivers.<p>By shaping landscapes, dumping pollutants into rivers and lakes, and transforming wild areas into suburban ones, humans are spurning the …

Biology

'Bedlam:' 3,000 skeletons dug up at old site

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Archaeologists have started excavating about 3,000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial ground in London, used from 1569 to at least 1738.<p>Also known as Bethlem and the New Churchyard, more than 20,000 Londoners are believed to have been buried there. The ground was used by "a varied …

Newly Discovered Brain Pathway Could Solve Antipsychotic Mystery

<b>It’s been “known” for decades: Sensory, motor and cognitive signals come in from the brain’s cortex and are processed in the basal ganglia. The basal</b> …

More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes, and Travelogues of Great Artists, from Kahlo to Calder to Saint-Exupéry

“Letter writing is probably the most beautiful manifestation in human relations, in fact, it is its finest residue.”<p>Virginia Woolf aptly called letter writing “the humane art.” But what amplifies the humanity and immediacy of words is the addition of art itself — how instantly alive Van Gogh’s …

Genomes project produces first diagnoses of rare diseases

Three men from two families are the first patients to be diagnosed with rare diseases after volunteering to have their complete genetic codes mapped as part of the groundbreaking 100,000 Genomes Project.<p>They will now be eligible for personalised treatment designed to target their genetic defects or …

Genetics

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Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Anthropology

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, just announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted 173,444 entries from 171 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted images with us, …

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The Grapes of Wrath: 10 surprising facts about John Steinbeck's novel

<b>John Steinbeck, who was born on February 27, 1902, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. His 1939 book The Grapes of Wrath, published 75 years ago on April 14, has sold more than 14 million copies in the past 75 years. Here are 10 things about the novel that may surprise you.</b><p>The book …

Literature

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

What Happens When You Strap a Camera to a Sea Turtle's Shell

Using a camera strapped to the creature, scientists reveal for the first time the intricacies of how the sea giant hunts.<p>Submerged in murky seawater, a grey leatherback turtle homes in on its spineless prey, a pink jellyfish drifting through the dark green abyss. The giant turtle glides toward the …

Zoology

Leonardo DiCaprio finding room for 24 characters in The Crowded Room

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the real-life tale of a man acquitted of rape and robbery after convincing a jury that he had 24 different personalities, according to the Hollywood Reporter.<p>Biopic The Crowded Room is one of Hollywood’s longest-gestating projects. Based on the life of Billy Milligan, …

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“Maybe it’s just propaganda”: Ben Carson defends his ridiculous anti-science philosophy

Carson appeared on Sunday’s “Meet the Press”<p>2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson-- a medical doctor <i>--</i>appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday to discuss religion's role in the scientific method.<p>"Explain how science and religion, in your mind, coexist," said Chuck Todd.<p>"A person's religious …

The 10 Biggest, Best-Looking Video Games Of March 2015

February was a bit slow as far as video games go.<p>Worse, it was sprinkled largely with disappointments.<p>Sure, there were some winners—<i>Apotheon, Majora’s Mask 3D,</i> Telltale’s <i>Game of Thrones</i>—but the biggest releases of the month were both letdowns.<p><i>Evolve</i> is a decent game with a neat premise that got old …

New nanodevice defeats drug resistance

<b>Tiny particles embedded in gel can turn off drug-resistance genes, then release cancer drugs.</b><p>Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as …