Daniel Franchi

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Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? To Create Optical Illusions

They look awesome. But mostly, they mean less being eaten by flies and lions.<p>Why zebras have stripes has long been something of a mystery. We have a pretty good idea they're used as protection, but the exact mechanism isn't totally understood. I mean, why would evolution pick out <i>that</i>? The black on …

The surprising benefits of nostalgia

In <i>Casablanca</i>, when Rick looks Ilsa straight in the eye and tells her, “We’ll always have Paris,” the idea of nostalgia was born in popular culture. …

3 Charming and Affordable European Cities You Haven't Visited Yet

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello Budget Travel.</i><p><b>BIRMINGHAM, U.K.: A foodie destination in England's heartland</b><p>Anybody visiting a city from which both J.R.R. Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne sprang should be prepared for a dose of cognitive dissonance, and Birmingham (or …

Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos Unveils Luxury Beachfront Villas

Pampering resorts are commonplace in the tropical Mexican resort town of Los Cabos, but Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a 71-suite, award-winning Rosewood …

My underwater robot | David Lang

Instantly Identify Any Species With Your Cell Phone, Using The Barcode Of Life

As a group of scientists completes a database of every living creature’s DNA, everyone–from conservationists to border agents and homeowners battling insects–will be able to have their own easy mobile biology lab.<p>There are 1.8 million species in danger of extinction. You probably wouldn’t be able …

SeaOrbiter: Help Build This Space Station of the Sea

Changing Planet<p>SeaOrbiter, the first space station of the sea, is launching a crowdfunding campaign to finance the construction of the ‘Eye’ of the vessel, to start in spring 2014. Each person’s chance to own a small part of SeaOrbiter.<p>Often compared to <b>Star Trek’s Starship USS Enterprise</b>, …

Hackers Are Attacking Millions Of Computers And Demanding Ransom In Bitcoins

The National Crime Agency in the U.K. issued an alert last month saying that hackers have targeted "tens of millions" of computers.<p>CryptoLocker is a form of a virus called "ransomware," meaning hackers do something bad to your computer and then demand money to reverse what they've done. In this …

Mayor, police chief in struggling Kentucky coal town to donate salary in Bitcoins to spur economy

Officials in a small Appalachian town that has seen its coal industry dry up over the past two years are hopeful that Bitcoins, the Internet currency, can play a driving force for jobs.<p>Both the mayor and police chief from Vicco, Ky., a town of about 330 residents located about 130 miles southeast …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

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A birth control pill for men could soon be a reality

Researchers say an oral contraceptive for men could be a reality in the next ten years<p>Katie McDonough<p>December 3, 2013 10:03pm (UTC)<p>Scientists in Australia may be closer than ever to developing a birth control pill for men.<p>Researchers at Melbourne's Monash University say they have succeeded in …

Top 10: Places to See Holiday Lights

Around the globe, seasonal light displays spark dazzling artistry, salute time-honored traditions, and infuse busy corridors with a festive air.

The Queen Will See You Now: How Bees’ Sense Of Smell Might Soon Diagnose Disease

Bees have a nose 100 times more powerful than a human’s. Like dogs, it turns out they can be trained and used in diagnostic tests. A London artist now has a contraption to do just that.<p>Even when a honeybee is a couple of miles away, it can still smell a particular flower or toxin. A bee’s olfactory …