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European Union orders review of daylight saving time

<b>The European Parliament has backed a review of daylight saving time, a move that could stop clocks switching back and forward between winter and summer.</b><p>EU lawmakers called for the European Commission to launch a "full evaluation" of the current system and come up with new plans, if …

Europe

Revelations from Outer Space

Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time<p>by Michael Benson<p>Abrams, 320 pp., $50.00<p>You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes—Photographs from the …

Everybody’S an Expert

Putting predictions to the test.<p>Prediction is one of the pleasures of life. Conversation would wither without it. “It won’t last. She’ll dump him in a month.” If you’re wrong, no one will call you on it, because being right or wrong isn’t really the point. The point is that you think he’s not …

Weather Underground

The arrival of man-made earthquakes.<p>In the fall of 2011, students in Katie Keranen’s seismology course at the University of Oklahoma buried portable seismograph stations around the campus, in anticipation of a football game between the Sooners and the Texas A. & M. Aggies. The plan was to see if …

Oil & Gas Industry

American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga

A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state<p>Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River. The eastern approach from I-5 and the Sacramento suburb of …

How Many Beliefs Are Due to Sleep Deprivation?

Making peace with Exploding Head Syndrome and the need for explanations<p>Fyodor Dostoevsky kept a record of his seizures in a notebook. There were 102. Today some people with epilepsy do the same on Pinboards. Those less candid among the epileptic Pinterest community post empowering quotes: "Don't …

Consciousness

The War on Poverty: Was It Lost?

Legacies of the War on Poverty<p>edited by Martha J. Bailey and Sheldon Danziger<p>Russell Sage, 309 pp., $39.95 (paper)<p>This administration today, here and …

Cheese changed the course of Western civilization

This is the story you’ll often hear about how humans discovered cheese: one hot day 9,000 years ago, a nomad was on his travels, and brought along some milk in an animal stomach—a sort of proto-thermos—to have something to drink at the end of the day. When he arrived, he discovered that the rennet …

Anthropology

Applauding Themselves to Death

Why the UN climate talks have wasted 23 years, and how this can change.<br>By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th March 2015If you visit the …

Climate

Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?

With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.<p>In popular culture, they're often portrayed like members of a heavy-metal band: fur clad, shaggy haired, ape-like. But in most ways they were like you and me. They used fire and made tools, lived in social groups, and …

Photographers

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Anthropology

Barbara's Blog

August 09, 2011<p><b>On Turning Poverty into an American Crime</b><br>By Barbara Ehrenreich<p>I completed the manuscript for <i>Nickel and Dimed</i> in a time of seemingly …

German History

Civilisation is Boring

We are pre-tuned to the natural world; wired to respond to nature.<p>By George Monbiot, published on BBC Earth, 8th December 2014<p><i>This is the first of</i> …

Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism

In the 1960s the great historian Richard Hofstadter first identified a virulent strain of anti-intellectualism in American life, but thanks to the …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is epigenetics, and why is it so important?<p>Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects …

Is organic better for your health? A look at milk, meat, eggs, produce and fish.

Organic or conventional? It’s a choice many grocery shoppers are faced with, over and over. The price difference is easy to see; it’s right there on the product. The quality difference is much harder. Is the organic milk better for your kids? Is the conventional lettuce more likely to carry …

Britain's brightest star

A new video explains how a particle accelerator built to produce X-rays billions of times brighter than the sun is revealing the workings of life at the molecular level<p>If you have ever gazed at a crystal of salt or a sparkling diamond and wondered to yourself how its internal structure might be …

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Galaxy Cluster Is a Cosmic Magnifying Glass for Hubble Telescope

A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals a galaxy cluster so huge that it acts like a magnifying glass, warping and amplifying light from …

Germs Rule the World

The new germ theory: Infections play a role in many, many diseases—in ways we're just beginning to understand.<p>In 1882, Robert Koch discovered that a bacterium was behind the world's leading cause of death: tuberculosis (TB). This brilliant combination of investigative logic and savvy microscopy …

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.<p>That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.<p>And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans …

Scientists smash barrier to growing organs from stem cells

(Phys.org) —Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have overcome one of the greatest challenges in biology and taken a major …

Cell Biology

How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?<p>For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the …

Education Technology

Jane Goodall: How she redefined mankind

Primatologist Jane Goodall, turning 80 this week, tells Henry Nicholls the inside story on how she transformed our understanding of chimpanzees, what it means to be human, and the controversy and condescension she faced in her influential career.<p>In February 1935, the year of King George V’s Silver …

Creative Commons

To Fight Climate Change, the Entire World Will Have to Eat Less Meat

40 Years of Government Nutrition Data May Be Flawed

For forty years, the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has collected data on the caloric intake of Americans, answering …

Nutrition

Kale: Benefits Beyond Nutrition

Kale benefits your body in many ways, but the nutritional power packed into this winter veggie isn't the only reason to love kale. It's a gateway to cooking with your kids.<p>In some circles, kale may be cliché, but for my family there is a simple reason why it ranks high on our family favorites list. …