Daniel Chiu

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Kim Jung Un gets down in viral video, North Korea gets fumed

North Korea might be Internet-phobic and China might have its Great Firewall, but the leader of the former was just lampooned by a resident of the latter in a viral video that's making lots of people laugh -- except, of course, Kim Jung Un himself.<p>According to the English-language Korean newspaper …

The man who treats ‘phantom’ pain …with mirrors

Many amputees feel excruciating ‘phantom’ pain in limbs they no longer own, leaving scientists puzzled. Srinath Perur cycles round Cambodia with a man treating hundreds of sufferers with an unusual tool – a mirror<p>One of the few Khmer words Stephen Sumner knows is chhue. It means ‘pain’, and it’s …

Wallace's Wrong Trousers scientifically feasible

When Wallace gifted his dog, Gromit, a pair of ex-NASA Techno Trousers in the 1993 Aardman film "The Wrong Trousers", it led to a chain of events involving an evil penguin and a stolen diamond. Whether or not that would actually happen in real life -- does this look like the face of evil to you? -- …

Magnetism

Sizing Down Food Waste: What's The Worst Thing To Toss?

Sometimes I feel like a broken record at home: "Let's eat the leftovers for dinner, so they don't go to waste,"<p>But inevitably, Sunday night's pasta and meatballs get tossed out of the refrigerator to make way for Friday night's pizza.<p>Now scientists at the University of Minnesota offer up another …

We're genetically linked to our friends

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, "You've got a friend in me."<p>A new study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science suggests friends may be more than just people you lean on when you're not strong; they might actually help you carry on -- genetically …

Flying spies: Surveillance planes after the Cold War

In the Cold War, the SR-71 and the U-2 flew miles-high to snoop on foreign powers. But what’s looking and listening now in the 21st Century? Angus Batey reports.<p>Ever since the first commander sent a scout up a tree to get a better view of enemy troops, the concept of aerial reconnaissance has been …

Aviation

Smartphone displays smart enough to sense your spit. Seriously

Wondering if you have a cold? You may be able one day soon to spit on your smartphone to find out.<p>Researchers at Polytechnique Montréal in Canada, collaborating with glass maker Corning, are getting closer to making that kind of feature a reality for mobile devices by developing a "smart" glass …

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How long can you go without air?

A few people can hold their breath for an astonishingly long time, discovers Frank Swain. How do they do it?<p>Last November, 32-year-old Nicholas Mevoli lay on his back on the ocean surface, gulping air like a fish to pack his lungs with air. Then with a small splash, he dove under the water and …

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Diets