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State pension age: look up when you will retire

Teenagers and those in their twenties can expect to work to age 70 as the state pension age rises to cope with an ageing population and longer lifespans.<p>There are already a number of age increases planned, but that process is beginning to accelerate.<p>The Government has just announced that a planned …

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Why that’s good news for alien hunters<p>Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might …

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Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Back

The 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, last of her kind, finds biologists dreaming of preventing or reversing extinctions.<p>A hundred years ago on Monday, a once-mighty species became extinct. At the Cincinnati Zoo, a passenger pigeon named Martha died at the age of 29.<p>People coming to the zoo …

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How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds.<p>Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called …

About Martha, the last of the passenger pigeons

This caturday arrived just in time to share a few videos about Martha, the last passenger pigeon known to have lived.<p>It’s caturday once again, which means it’s that one day each week when we take a step back from our busy lives to honour animals and nature and our special relationship with …

'Holy Grail' Battery Scientist Explains Incredible Breakthrough

Yi Cui might just change the world. Last month the Stanford University professor of material science and his 50 strong team of researchers published a paper on the biggest battery breakthrough in decades – a self proclaimed ‘Holy Grail’. Now I speak to Cui to discover the real world practicalities …

Meet the mother and father of cognitive neuroscience

Independently and almost single-handedly, husband and wife Uta and Chris Frith have transformed the way we view autism and schizophrenia.<p>Chris Frith sits at the kitchen table in his northwest London home, cutting slices of smoked salmon into irregularly-shaped pieces and then placing them in a …

City living makes spiders big, fat and fertile, researchers say

City living can really have its perks – if you're a spider. Golden orb-weaving spiders that lived in urban areas were bigger and more successful than their country-dwelling counterparts, according to a team of Australian scientists.<p>The findings, published in PLOS One, detail the complexity of …

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SNP accused of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%

Oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood says reserves will decline sharply within 15 years, raising questions about future Scottish economy<p>Sir Ian Wood, the most influential figure in the Scottish oil industry, has accused Alex Salmond's government of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%.<p>Wood, the …

An Electronic Camouflage Cloak Inspired By Color-Changing Octopus Skin

Eat your heart out, Harry Potter<p>An octopus evading a predator has one of the coolest evolutionary adaptations up its (eight) sleeves; in a matter of milliseconds, its skin can change color and opacity to blend in with the surroundings, rendering the creature nearly invisible.<p>This camouflage trick …

Why mosquitoes bite some people and not others

Science explains one of life’s great mysteries. Plus! A natural remedy to keep you insect-free all summer<p>Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you don’t want to resort to DEET? (DEET, while …

The tiny nautilus may help illuminate the history of brain development

Even in a family tree of full of eccentrics, the tiny nautilus is still an oddball.<p>Unlike most other soft-bodied cephalopods — cuttlefish, squid and octopus — the nautilus has no camouflage, no ink and relatively poor vision.<p>That's because the nautilus adapted differently to threats in its …

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

Turing Test: Computer Program Convinces Judges It's Human

Jun.09.2014 / 5:23 PM ET<p>Judges in England were fooled into thinking the computer program they were conversing with was a human on Saturday — making it the first to pass the 65-year-old Turing Test.<p>"Eugene Goostman" is not a 13-year-old boy, but 33 percent of the people who partook in five minute …

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