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Life with a wearable camera

<b>Sometimes my job is altogether too much fun.</b><p>The other day, for instance, I found myself locked in a cage full of lemurs - and technology journalists - at London Zoo trying out a new gadget. The British company behind this launch deserves credit for its innovative ideas, both in the device and the …

Wearable Tech

August 2013

Why Cities Are Safer Than Rural Areas: 5 Surprising Facts

A new study analyzes risk of car accidents, shootings, and other injuries.<p><b>For years, people have moved to the country to escape the dangers of big city life. But new research suggests that they may be better off staying put.</b><p>A study called "Safety in Numbers: Are Major Cities the Safest Places in …

What Our Brain Looks Like When It Hears Music

The map above is your brain on music, created by neuroscientists Robert Zatorre and Valorie Salimpoor. The researchers have been exploring the relationship between music and its impact on the human brain for more than a decade.<p>Music we enjoy causes several different regions of the brain "light up" …

The Brain

The 10 best physicists

Best iPhone and iPad apps | Technology

Our pick of the best iPhone and iPad apps<p>Lumosity, Peak, Elevate, Fit Brains Trainer and Cognito are trying to help Android and iOS users keep their …

Big Science vs. Little Science: How Scientific Impact Scales with Funding

Abstract<p>Agencies that fund scientific research must choose: is it more effective to give large grants to a few elite researchers, or small grants to …

Could robots soon add to mankind's existential threats?

Once upon a time, the term "existentialism" had connotations of seedy French intellectuals groping impressionable young women in Parisian cafes while …

How close is Iran to having a nuclear bomb?

IRAN is putting up with sanctions that damage its economy rather than accept a deal limiting its nuclear programme. It has developed the capacity to …

Asian democracies serve as lesson for Egypt

Three days after the first anniversary of his rise to power in Egypt, Mohamed Morsi was unseated by the military. His status as Egypt's first …

Geopolitics

Scientists Convene at VISIONS 2013 to Evaluate Research Projects for Funding - Eye on the Cure

Just before the official kick-off of the VISIONS 2013 conference in Baltimore, 20 members of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) …

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Basic scientific facts eluding more Australians, report finds

Do you know it takes a year for the Earth to orbit the sun? Or that humans never shared a planet with living, breathing dinosaurs? If not, you are a …

Innovations in development | Global development

We profile some of the most eye-catching inventions<p>A Silicon Valley robotics company has teamed up with the Rwandan health ministry to hasten the …

Opinion: Five things next-gen consoles should learn from PC gaming

<i>The following is the opinion of Fred Wester, Chief Executive Officer of Paradox Interactive AB.</i><p>With E3 finished, the industry has the chance to take a deeper look into the next-gen consoles. Some questions have been answered but many remain, particularly pertaining to how next-gen publishers and …

It Only Takes About 42 Minutes To Learn Algebra With Video Games

On average, it took 41 minutes and 44 seconds for students to master Algebra skills during the Washington State Algebra Challenge using the DragonBox App.<p>The Challenge, co-sponsored by Washington University’s Center for Game Science and the Technology Alliance included 4,192 K-12 students. …

Education research in brief: mindfulness, video games and social mobility in early years

<b>Studying mindfulness beats depression and lowers stress</b><p>Studying mindfulness in schools has been shown to reduce depressive symptoms, lower stress and …

Facebook board game encourages players to stop using the internet

A Facebook-based board game from graphic designer Pat C. Klein encourages players to get off their computers and meet with friends in real life.<p>According to Klein's website, <i>Facebook: The Board Game</i> was created "to persuade people to stop using the internet forever."<p>"As a young person living in the …

Geography in the News: Hot Chocolate

Human Journey<p><b>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com</b><p><b>LOVING HOT CHOCOLATE</b><p>A new type of chocolate came on the market around 2010. Chocolate makers boasted that <i>acticoa</i>, which is packed with antioxidants, slows the aging process and prevents wrinkles. If true, …

Jamestown Colonists Resorted to Cannibalism

A gruesome discovery in a trash deposit at Jamestown points to cannibalism.<p><b>Archaeologists have discovered the first physical evidence of cannibalism by desperate English colonists driven by hunger during the Starving Time of 1609-1610 at Jamestown, Virginia (map)—the first permanent English</b> …

Best and Worst Animal Mothers

Changing Planet<p><b>Best and Worst?</b><p>Mother’s Day is generally reserved for honoring our mothers, wives, and even grandmothers. But since we <i>are</i> National Geographic, why not take some time to honor <i>animal</i> mothers who excel at raising their young? And while we’re at it, why not point out other animal mothers …

May Morning in Oxford

In Oxford, that city of dreaming spires, there is a bewitched hour, before the moon has set and before the sun has risen, when thousands upon thousands of squiffy students, druids dressed as trees, and hanky-wielding Morris dancers line the ancient High Street. The rite they are observing — May …

7 Travel Trends You Need to Know Now

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Virtuoso Symposium in Buenos Aires, an annual event that this year drew more than 400 top travel advisors, brands, and hoteliers together from 33 countries. (The Virtuoso network sells almost $10 billion in travel annually …

U.S. Top of List for First-Day Deaths in Rich Nations

More babies die on their first day of life in the United States than in any other industrialized country.<p><b>The United States has the highest rate of first-day deaths in babies than any other industrialized nation, according to a report released this week by the humanitarian group Save the …

Why Booker Travels

The biggest lesson that traveling has taught me is that the best trips are either the ones you make yourself at home — or ones that make you extremely uncomfortable because they involve taking big risks. My parents took some big risks taking me to Cuba and the Amazon when I was really young. I’ve …

Bat's Super-Long Tongue Powered by Blood (With Video)

High-speed video shows how the Pallas's long-tongued bat mops up food.<p><b>The Pallas's long-tongued bat (Glossophaga soricina) is known for the lengthy tongue it uses to lap up nectar.</b><p>Now, a new study using high-speed video shows that the tongue's mopping ability is powered by blood, a phenomenon …

5 Spa Treatments Worth Trying

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Prior to setting off, I’d only had one professional treatment in my life — a heavily discounted massage by a student at one of the Aveda Institutes — so I was like a kid in a candy shop on this trip.<p>There were so many options at each location that I didn’t even know where to …

Restaurant's Lion Tacos Renew Exotic Meat Debate

A Florida restaurant's taco fillings has stirred a social media storm.<p><b>A Florida restaurant known for its exotic choices in taco fillings—including beaver and otter—has come under fire for adding lion meat to the menu. The uproar has reportedly spurred the restaurant, Taco Fusion, to pull the</b> …