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The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1. British MPs will vote on Wednesday whether to launch airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria.</b> It comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn granted his party a free vote on the issue after much speculation.<p><b>2. The FTSE 100 money manager Aberdeen Asset Management released its final results,</b> and the …

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Fraudsters target farmers in sophisticated scams

Farmers have been warned to be on guard as large EU grants are paid to them, attracting the interest of conmen<p>Farmers are being warned to be “extremely wary” of fraudsters who are likely to try to steal European Union grants that are paid to the agricultural sector each December.<p>“It is vital that …

Secrets of 'lost cities' under the sea revealed, from taxes to goddesses

The secrets of the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, underwater for 1,200 years, are to showcased at the British Museum<p>It is the stuff of legend: the lost city under the sea discovered in tact, revealing a submerged world forgotten for 1,200 years.<p>But the <b>British Museum</b> is stage a major …

Make Meatless Monday About Inspiration, Not Deprivation

As we go into this week with all eyes on Paris for the big climate change conference, COP-21, we’re thinking about how the food we consume impacts the environment. You’ve read the statistics about how agricultural production uses 30 percent of the world’s energy and produces 22 percent of …

Your Facebook Habits Can Help Predict If You’ll Get a Divorce

<i>This post originally appeared on Ozy.com.</i><p>Your wife comes to bed late — again — after spending hours on Facebook. Maybe you feel like your husband is …

How animals deal with infection

Other species evolved clever ways to protect themselves from catching illness long before we developed treatments. What do they do?<p>Humans are constantly at war with disease. We lob antibiotic missiles at bacteria and toss vaccine-shaped grenades at viruses. We drop bombs made of antibacterial soap …

Anthropology: The sad truth about uncontacted tribes

One of the world’s last isolated tribes has apparently emerged from the forest. Rachel Nuwer investigates whether there is anyone left who has never seen the outside world, and discovers that ‘first contacts’ are often cursed by death and disease.<p>On July 1, Funai, the Brazilian governmental agency …

The Part of Your Brain That Senses Dread Has Been Discovered

A tiny part of the brain can keep track of your expectations about negative experiences—and predict when you will react to an event—researchers at …

'Extreme solar storm' could have pulled the plug on Earth

The date of 23 July 2012 could have been the day the lights went out, along with suddenly not-so-smart phones, computers, satellite transmissions, GPS navigation systems, televisions, radio broadcasts, hospital equipment, electric pumps and water supplies.<p>On that day an "extreme solar storm" did …

10 Nervous Habits That Hurt Your Health

Nervous habits are often more annoying to the people around you than to yourself, but some types of fidgeting and fussing can do real harm. Here, …

Practice makes you better, but not perfect

No matter how much you do it, practice may never make you an expert. But it probably will make you better.<p>“This question is the subject of a …

To change attitudes, don't argue — agree, extremely

What if the best way to change minds isn't to tell people why they're wrong, but to tell them why they're right? Scientists tried this recently and discovered that agreeing with people can be a surprisingly powerful way to shake up strongly held beliefs.<p>Researchers found that showing people extreme …

Hollow Earth conspiracy theories: the hole truth

For centuries, Hollow Earth conspiracy theorists have tried to prove that there’s a whole other world beneath our own. But first they need to find the way in...<p><b>Late at night, on October 4 2002, a strange guest appeared</b> on a cult American <b>radio</b> show. Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell had a reputation …

In-gene-ious? Chimps inherit much of their intelligence, study finds

If you're a chimp, the smarts you have are in large part the smarts you were born with, according to a new study that put 99 chimpanzees through a battery of intelligence tests.<p>The findings, published in the journal Current Biology, show that many cognitive abilities are strongly influenced by …

A smelly message: Gorillas communicate with odors, study shows

In humans, especially teenage boys, one's body odor can cause most anyone to step away. Turns out gorilla B.O. can be "louder" or "softer" to communicate status, fear or more subtle information to those around them, researchers report after following a group for a year.<p>The odor became stronger from …

About half of kids' learning ability is in their DNA, study says

You may think you're better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you're probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person's ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a …

‘Wisdom of the crowd’: The myths and realities

Are the many wiser than the few? Phil Ball explores the latest evidence on what can make groups of people smarter – but can also make them wildly wrong.<p>Is The Lord of the Rings the greatest work of literature of the 20th Century? Is The Shawshank Redemption the best movie ever made? Both have been …

How to create a bill of rights for Mars colonies

Our descendants may one day live in colonies on the Moon or Mars. How will they be governed? Some are already trying to come up with a space-age constitution.<p>In a dimly lit, windowless room in an unfashionable area of south London, a group of around 30 philosophers, scientists, anthropologists, …

Electric blue night-shining clouds

2014 has been a great year for noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds, seen at high latitudes only from about mid-May to August. Wondrous, if you can …

Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.<p>At least that's the suggestion of a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>The survey of more than 2,500 Americans found that about 1 in 4 said they had …

Ageing revolution must benefit us all

As scientists attending the 64th annual scientific meeting of the British Society for Research on Ageing, we'd like to respond to George Monbiot's article (An elixir of life, if shared unequally, would be poison, 8 July). His concerns about the impact of our work appear to be: 1) population ageing …

Beyond a joke: how to study laughter scientifically

I am interested in the science of laughter, an interest that grew from my studies of human vocal expressions.<p>It’s fair to say that there is little research into laughter: a Pubmed search for “emotional expression fear” turns up over 1,000 published papers, while a search for “emotional expression …

Pentagon spurs new work on a brain implant to aid memory problems

It sounds like science fiction: A device that can be surgically installed in the brain to help form, store and recall memories.<p>But the Pentagon is betting tens of millions of dollars that so-called neuroprosthetics will someday be used by victims of traumatic brain injuries and other conditions to …

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The Sound From Ships May Attract Unwanted Critters

Hangers-on that cost the U.S. Navy $250 million a year<p>A ship at anchor isn't necessarily quiet. Many crews leave their generators on while at anchor, to power refrigerators or air conditioners. But maybe they should consider shutting down, if they can. The thrum of a ship's generator can attract …

Scientists: Biggest-Ever Bird Had Massive 20-Foot Wingspan

Scientists have identified what they believe to be the largest bird to have ever lived.<p>According to a paper published in the <i>Proceedings of the</i> …

Nasa equips space robots with smartphones

<b>Nasa plans to send Google's 3D smartphones into space to function as the "eyes and brains" of free-flying robots inside the Space Station.</b><p>The robots, known as Spheres (Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental satellites), currently have limited capabilities.<p>It is hoped the …

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Satellites Could Predict Floods Months Ahead Of Time

You can look at the crick and read the almanac, but that ain't the best way to predict when a flood is a-comin'.<p>In the spring and summer of 2011, the Missouri River swelled past its banks, reaching a high-water mark not seen in decades. Flooding persisted from May to August, causing $2 billion in …

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