Anita Elsdon

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All 2.3 Million Species Are Mapped into a Single Circle of Life

Since Charles Darwin's day, biologists have depicted how new organisms evolve from old ones by adding branches to numerous trees that represent …

Iranian professor loses job due to 'feminine' voice

Khajeh Nasir Toosi university dismisses Dr Qasem Exirifard on the grounds that his voice would lead to ridicule in classroom, he tells reformist newspaper<p>A top physics professor in Iran has lost his job because he was told he has a feminine voice that prevents him from effectively communicating …

California’s Longest-Running Light

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>It’s got the wine, the hills, the history—and the world’s biggest laser, too. It even has an element named for it (livermorium). What Livermore, California, doesn’t have going for it, perhaps, is its name.<p>Just the mere mention of other wine stars of the Golden State—Napa, …

5 Sky Events This Week: Mars Has Tea While Moon Joins Jupiter

The red planet will top the handle of the star teapot, and the asteroid Hebe will make an appearance.<p>This week sky-watchers can make peace with the god of war by joining Mars for a spot of tea, and watch the king of all planets join Luna.<p>After nightfall on Monday, November 10, check out the red …

Steve Ballmer wrote Windows' first Ctrl-Alt-Delete message (updated)

Whether Microsoft likes it or not, Windows' blue screen messages are iconic -- they're universal signs that something really bad has happened to your software. But who wrote the original Ctrl-Alt-Delete message that would grace the screens of sick PCs worldwide? None other than Steve Ballmer, …

Labours of love in the garage – in pictures

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was condemned for eternity to push a boulder up a hill only for it to roll down again. Over in San Francisco, artist Lee Materazzi decided to create her own mini version of the myth in her garage. She painstakingly created installations and as soon as they were done she …

Astronauts Spot Cities From Space For A Geography Lesson That's Out Of This World

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are taking sightseeing to new heights.<p>In the video above, viewers are invited to join Expedition 38 crew members Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio as they pick out various cities on the planet's slowly spinning surface.<p>The footage was taken from the …

What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes?

An eye doctor says he’s recently seen a few 35-year-old patients whose lenses, which are typically clear all the way up until around age 40, are so …

Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)

A lot of news these days comes from, or is about, Twitter. Entertainment magazines and shows seem to be entirely dependant on celebrity Tweets, like those fish that feed on the random things that fall out of a sharks mouth.<p>It's not all random utterances and spats though. Time magazine recently ran …

Chile: Social housing built to include indigenous design

<b>A group of Chilean architects are using designs from the indigenous Mapuche culture to create homes for them in a conventional social housing development.</b><p>The 25 two-story houses were commissioned at the request of the Mapuche people themselves, and the architects, from the Undurraga Deves agency, …

Best Space Pictures: Saturn's Lights, a Rocket's Arc, and Canary Nights

The graceful arc of a rocket trail etches the sky, auroras dance around Saturn's north pole, and the Milky Way graces the night sky.<p>A Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 29.<p>The ship carried a new crew bound for the International Space Station, …

Terracotta Daughters Bring Awareness to Gender Preferences in China

108 life-sized female sculptures stand at attention in this powerful exhibit created by multi-disciplinary artist Prune Nourry. Recently exhibited at the Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai, the installation was created to explore the gender preferences that exist in China and to “bring awareness to …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

A Palestinian Student Defends Her Visit to Auschwitz

“It is impossible for me to make believe that there was no human tragedy perpetrated against millions of Jews and non-Jews.”<p>In March, I was one of 27 Palestinian students who visited the Auschwitz-­Birkenau death camps with Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi. When we returned from Poland, the …

'Our second mother': Iran's converted Christians find sanctuary in Germany

On a breezy Sunday morning, 17 Christian converts are being baptized into a Berlin congregation just in time for Christmas. The yellow, stained-glass windows, situated high enough to catch the sun’s beams, are glowing. The old wooden pews creak as more people, Bibles in hand, shuffle in to take a …

The Next Pussy Riot

Why a man who nailed his scrotum to the pavement in Red Square could be Russia's next human-rights champion<p>If the Kremlin actually follows through with prosecuting Pyotr Pavlensky, then hold onto your hats—it promises to be one hell of a show.<p>Pavlensky, of course, is the 29-year-old St. Petersburg …

Holy Bible - Photobook by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin | LensCulture

<i>“Right from the start, almost every appearance he made was catastrophic… Catastrophe is his means of operation, and his central instrument of governance." — Adi Ophir</i><p>Already touted by TIME magazine as one of the best photobooks of 2013, it seems impossible to avoid confronting this difficult and …