Rahul Patel

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Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

A promising new material can convert a major greenhouse gas into clean energy

Developed by a team of researchers in China, the material could be one way to deal with the 36 gigatonnes of CO2 we release into the atmosphere each year due to fossil fuel use.<p>Scientists have been struggling for decades to come up with an energy-efficient way to transform CO2 into something …

Britney Spears's Guide to Physics Is Still the Best Science Website From 1999

Its creator says, “It will probably be the only thing people remember about me.”<p>At the dawn of the millennium, something beautiful and weird emerged from the era's cultural detritus and made it onto the then-burgeoning internet: Britney Spears' Guide to Semiconductor Physics, found via the …

Britney Spears

J.K. Rowling Has Been Pronouncing The 'T' In Voldemort All Along

She says the "T." She totally says it.<p>Remember when Professor Umbridge forced Harry Potter to carve "I must not tell lies" in his hand for punishment? Does that mean anything to you, J.K. Rowling?<p>Well, apparently not.<p>Rowling shocked both the Muggle and the wizarding worlds on Wednesday by …

From Churchill to Corbyn: the 40 most brutal British political insults

Tony Blair

How 'Human' Is This Newly Discovered Species?

The discovery of a new human-related species, named <i>Homo naledi</i>, has thrown the evolutionary biology world for a loop. The newfound species<i>,</i> uncovered …

Evolution

The 10 books teachers want your child to read

When it comes to what teachers think schoolchildren should read, the classics continue to dominate the reading list for primary school children.<p>Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tops a list of must-read novels, selected by 500 teachers for the National Association for the Teaching of …

Books

19 Second-Hand Bookshops In The UK Every Book Lover Has To Visit

There's nothing better than old book smell.

Aspiring authors tweet book pitches to literary agency

Could the next Man Booker prize winner or Nibbies star be discovered on social media? That’s what hundreds of unpublished authors are asking themselves as they tweet one-line book pitches to the literary agency Curtis Brown in the hope of gaining representation.<p>The tweets are part of an online …

Writing

Stephen Hawking: it is time to hunt for alien civilisations

The new project, called Breakthrough Listen, is chaired by Lord Rees the astronomer royal and backed by Professor Stephen Hawking<p>Professor Stephen Hawking said it was ‘time to commit to finding the answer to life beyond Earth’ as he launched a $100 million project to hunt for intelligent aliens.<p>The …

21 Vague And Unscientific Fears I Have About Outer Space

It's just too big.<p><b>1.</b> That the next time Venus and Jupiter (or any other two planets, for that matter) align, they will get TOO close<p><b>2.</b> That the planets will just sort of grind to a stop<p><b>3.</b> That Earth will fall out of orbit, from our part of space into a worse part of space<p><b>4.</b> That Earth will tilt a …

Isis militants behead two Syrian women for witchcraft

Islamic State militants have beheaded two women in a province in eastern Syria after accusing them of witchcraft, the first time such an execution has been carried out under the rule of the self-proclaimed caliphate, activists said.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group with …

Is your voice trustworthy, engaging or soothing to strangers?

Analysis of millions of audio files has led one US company to claim that their software can predict how a person’s voice will make a listener feel<p>Few people consciously think about their voice, but the way we speak is one of the most fundamental parts of our individual identity. The intricate …

Music Production

The Girl Who Wasn’t There review – ‘intriguingly eccentric’

Ferdinand von Schirach’s slow-burn thriller has already gripped German readers with its strangely sympathetic antihero<p>Ferdinand von Schirach’s latest German hit, <i>The Girl Who Wasn’t There</i>, is an enigmatic, absorbing little book. The author, a defence lawyer, is best known here for <i>The Collini Case</i>, …

It’s a wonder there aren’t more Wonder Women

Hollywood should stop portraying women superheroes - when they're portrayed at all - in demeaning roles<p>My daughter is only two, but already she is starting to realise that it’s a boy’s world.<p>“Is there a girl in it?” she asks plaintively every time we switch on a kids’ cartoon or film. I’m shocked …

Isis to mint own Islamic dinar coins in gold, silver and copper

It has gathered its fortune through the tools of modern finance, but now Islamic State (Isis) aims to mint its own coins.<p>The move is reportedly the brain child of the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has personally overseen the design of gold, silver and copper coins of the Islamic dinar to …

Why must the ‘best new writers’ always be under 40?

Do first-time writers have a sell-by date? You could be forgiven for thinking so. This week Buzzfeed posted a list of “20 under 40 Debut Writers You Need To Be Reading”. Making a debut is a huge achievement at any stage in life, and it would be churlish not to celebrate all of them, but something …

Love letters to libraries: share your tribute to your favourite

From places to go for kindly advice to havens of hush, libraries play a special role in cultural life. With councils up and down the country sharpening the axe, Book Week Scotland has launched a campaign to get readers to write love letters to their favourite temple of reading. Wherever you are in …

THE RUMPUS LETTERS FOR KIDS

Does anything in this world feel quite as special or personal as an actual physical letter arriving in the mail? I'm a big fan of the handwritten, of …

I am Africa's first white democratic leader, says Zambian vice-president

Exclusive: Guy Scott, a white Cambridge-educated economist, has been appointed acting president of Zambia<p>Zambia installed a white leader on Wednesday when a Cambridge-educated economist became acting president of the country after <b>the death of the incumbent</b>.<p>Guy Scott, previously vice-president, was …

Luna Washing Ball Cleans Your Clothes from Laundry Basket

<b>Luna Washing Ball</b> transforms your laundry basket into a washing machine, well, that’s the dream, more space and less effort to fabric care. It’s a …

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

Could We Build a Disk Bigger Than a Star?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Alderson disk, an astoundingly enormous sun-encircling object.<p><b>Megastructure name:</b> Alderson disk<p><b>Named after:</b> The late Jet …

Free Books: Marketing Genius or Devaluation of Writers?

<i>Heard at a recent garage sale: "I always take free stuff even when I'm not sure I want it. I mean, it's FREE; I can always throw it out!</i>"<p>Contemporary culture seems to have a conflicted relationship with <i>free</i>. People will hip-check each other to get to a neighborhood "free box" first, then get …

2 New Holes Mysteriously Appear in Siberia

Two new mysterious holes have appeared in the Siberian permafrost, the Siberian <i>Times</i> reports—just two weeks after the first crater appeared in the …

Earth Science

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply …