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How can we create a better life for everyone?

Why is equality still so elusive, while inequality is seen as normal and almost inevitable? We interview the sharpest economic minds in the world, as …

The remarkable story of the largest ship ever built

Were this to be a big-budget fiction movie, critics would declare the plot to be absurd: the story of a ship - the largest one ever built - being bombed, completely sunk and then hauled from the seabed and patched up to serve another 21 years.<p>Strange then, that so few people know the history behind …

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 …

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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 …

Has Capitalism Reached A Turning Point?

In the early 16th Century, the movement objecting to the flagrant greed and corruption in the Roman Catholic Church, now known as the Protestant Reformation, got under way in earnest. In 1517 in Germany, Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses.” At about the same time in Switzerland, Huldrych …

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 …

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

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 them.<p>Since the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon is only a couple days away, I thought I’d share some video …

'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 | Mo Costandi

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 …

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

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 billionaire founder of the oil services firm Wood Group, said the first minister's administration had also overestimated North …

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>Jill Richardson<p>July 1, 2014 11:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky …

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

Tech News<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 keyboard …

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