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Yoghurt from a silver spoon tastes best

Eating with a solid silver spoon really can make your food taste better, according to researchers.<p>Psychologists have found that the weight, type and even the colour of cutlery can change the way people perceive the taste of food.<p>Yoghurt eaten with a silver spoon tastes more expensive and creamier …

Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain

This is a story about a duck. More precisely, it's a story about what your brain just did when you read the word "duck."<p>Chances are, your brain created an image of a web-footed waterfowl. It also may have recalled the sound of quacking or the feel of feathers. And new research suggests that these …

Life on Earth… but not as we know it

Across the world's great deserts, a mysterious sheen has been found on boulders and rock faces. These layers of manganese, arsenic and silica are …

Why do humans cry? A new reading of the old sob story

When it came to solving the riddle of the peacock's tail, Charles Darwin's powers of evolutionary deduction were second to none – the more …

Street Artist Roadsworth Transforms the Streets of Montreal into a Visual Playground | Colossal

<p>In 2001, artist Peter Gibson began a guerrilla street art campaign to encourage the city of Montreal to build more bike lanes. What began as a …

3D printer produces synthetic tissue capable of transmitting signals like nerves

Scientists have used a custom-made 3D printer to make a synthetic tissue that could have a variety of applications — including the ability to transmit long-distance electric signals much like nerves. The process, published in <i>Science</i> by an Oxford University team led by Hagan Bayley, prints a network …

The rise of the bitcoin: Virtual gold or cyber-bubble?

LONDON — A currency surging in value at a breathtaking rate this week belongs to no nation and is issued by no central bank. It can be used to buy gold in California, a hamburger in Berlin or a house in Alberta. When desired, it can offer largely untraceable transactions.<p>The coin in question now …

Zequals: the new symbol that will make us all better at sums

Here's a calculation for you: 33.8 x 854.29. Do it in your head. Now.<p>OK it's a crazy suggestion, anyone but a calculating genius would have to<br>resort …

Deadly new bird flu vindicates controversial research | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in the Dutch city of Rotterdam know precisely what it takes for a bird flu to mutate into a potential human pandemic strain - because they’ve created just such mutant viruses in the laboratory.<p>So as they watch with some trepidation the emergence in China of a strain of …

Viewpoint: Why do tech neologisms make people angry?

<b>The bewildering stream of new words to describe technology and its uses makes many people angry, but there's much to celebrate, writes Tom Chatfield.</b><p>From agriculture to automobiles to autocorrect, new things have always required new words - and new words have always aroused strong feelings.<p>In the …

Pope's foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has won over many hearts and minds with his simple style and focus on serving the world's poorest, but he has devastated traditionalist Catholics who adored his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for restoring much of the traditional pomp to the papacy.<p>Francis' decision to …

China’s internet is better than yours

A new paper shines some light on the “next generation internet” China is building—and it’s far ahead of anything any other country has at the moment. The improvements aren’t just superficial faster broadband fluff either. They are deeply important changes to the very backbone of the system.<p>The …

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Lord Carey attacks PM over Christian 'support'

<b>The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has accused David Cameron of making Christians feel marginalised.</b><p>He said it was a "bit rich" for the prime minister to tell religious leaders to oppose secularisation.<p>This follows comments made by the PM at a pre-Easter Downing Street reception for …

The Wonderful World Of Whisky Art

Ernie Button was putting a Scotch glass left out overnight into the dishwasher when he noticed something — a white, chalky film on the bottom of the glass. He held it up to the light and, upon closer inspection, could see a series of fine, lacy lines running along the inside of the glass.<p>As a …