Deborah Laird

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Rosetta: Earth waits for comet-chaser signal

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1045000/1045718_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524698328_9f0a15390139f504191fdcccf6872c94<p><b>Rosetta, Europe's decade-long quest to put a robotic lander on a comet, has reached a key milestone.</b><p>The probe, which has spent the past …

Space

Why Strange Lights Sometimes Precede Earthquakes

The science behind pre-earthquake lights.<p>For centuries people have observed strange phenomena before large earthquakes, such as light emanating from ridges and mountaintops. These reports were once dismissed by many scientists, in part because they are often entangled in unscientific theories. For …

Geology

Does ESP Exist? 11 Premonitions That Came True

Though some psychologists and natural scientists remain skeptical, many agree telepathic abilities and related phenomena exist.<p>Chris Carter, an …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

The "Monty Python" Gang Are Getting Back Together!

They are no longer an ex-comedy collective.<p>We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real. I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!

Comedy

Australia's Infinite Stairway to Heaven

<i>Diminish and Ascend</i> is a sculptural installation by artist David McCracken that, from certain angles, looks like a never-ending staircase. Part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia, the staircase is one of the most eye-catching pieces at the outdoor exhibition this …

Optical Illusions

Global warming will increase intensity of El Nino, scientists say

<b>Scientists say they are more certain than ever about the impact of global warming on a critical weather pattern.</b><p>The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) occurs in the Pacific Ocean but plays an important part in the world's climate system.<p>Researchers have until now been unsure as to how rising …

Climate Change

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Phil Taylor, Tory Councillor, Suggests David Attenborough Should Commit Suicide

<i>UPDATE 18/09 15:15: Philip Taylor has released a statement regarding his comments (see below)</i><p>A Tory councillor has sparked controversy after …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

4 Things to Make With Cereal Boxes

They're sturdier than paper, easier to cut than corrugated cardboard, and free. Score!<p>Cereal boxes are well sized for holding magazines, comic books, and school supplies. To make a case, cut the top from a box at an angle, then wrap the box with decorative paper and double-sided tape.

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Massive underground water reserve discovered in drought-stricken Kenya

Experts say the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer could meet Kenya's water needs for the next 70 years — if it's managed properly<p>Scientists in Kenya have discovered a massive underground reserve that could allow the drought-ravaged country to meet its water needs for the next 70 years. Discovered in the …

Let This Gorgeous Chart From 1944 Teach You About Electromagnetic Radiation

Everything you need to know about electromagnetic waves in one poster<p>Reflection, refraction, diffraction, oh my! Dive into the wonderful world of electromagnetic radiation--i.e., the energy that travels through space in waves, like x-rays, microwaves and good old visible light.<p>Lawrence Livermore …

Barry Ferguson: Seeing Rangers prepare for East Fife while Celtic get set for Champions League makes the eyes water

BARRY watched with envy as Celtic rubbed shoulders with Europe's elite at the Champions League draw - but predicts his old club will make a return to …

Soccer

What If We Never Run Out of Oil?

New technology and a little-known energy source suggest that fossil fuels may not be finite. This would be a miracle—and a nightmare.<p>As the great research ship <i>Chikyu</i> left Shimizu in January to mine the explosive ice beneath the Philippine Sea, chances are good that not one of the scientists aboard …

Two men agree to marry same woman because ‘she can’t choose between them’

Two men have decided to marry the same woman after she refused to choose between them.<p>Duelling Kenyan lovers Sylvester Mwendwa and Elijah Kimani …

Consciousness is a Process

Last week my fellow Phenom Ed Yong wrote a post about what happens to consciousness when animals die. According to the research Ed described, a rat’s brain shows signs of consciousness for at least 30 seconds after its heart stops.<p>That study got a lot of buzz, understandably, because of what it …

13 Places You Should Visit In 2013

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2013.<p>There are vast untouched landscapes that offer incredible outdoor experiences, cities that are experiencing a cultural rebirth, and up-and-coming destinations that …

William Wilberforce’s heirs are ready to tackle the great evil of the age

Britain helped stamp out slavery once – now Theresa May is trying to do the same again<p>Today is the United Nations’ chosen day of remembrance for the slave trade and its abolition. It will be commemorated, as usual, in the old docks of Liverpool and Greenwich. Education packs have been prepared, …

A new project, Postcards from the Edges, is enabling people who feel they are on the fringes of society to make their voices heard http://t.gu.com/o7Aue Swallow The Lies by Ian Pyper/Photograph: United Response

The 4 Weirdest Jobs You Could Get At SpaceX Right Now

A look at SpaceX's "open positions" page shows the company needs people in all types of positions, with a focus on its Dragon craft.<p>SpaceX, billionaire Elon Musk's private spaceflight company, appears to be on a hiring spree. On its careers page, the company--which currently employs more than 3,000 …

Nasa releases stunning aerial Arctic survey video

Operation IceBridge, the largest aerial survey of polar ice ever undertaken, has provided Nasa with some stunning footage of the Arctic - images which they have collected into a beautiful video.<p>As well advancing our understanding of life in outer space, Nasa also undertake large-scale scientific …

Global Warming

What Blood Shows Scientists About Suicide Risk

A new study of bipolar patients brings researchers closer to creating a blood test for suicidal thoughts.<p>Suicide was responsible for more deaths than motor vehicle crashes were in 2009, but it's not always easy for doctors to tell when someone is at risk. A new study from the Indiana University …

Mary Anning: Google doodle celebrates the missing woman of geology

Searching for the missing women of geology, Suzanne Pilaar Birch asks if this could be the only existing photograph of renowned palaeontologist and geologist Mary Anning<p>Born in 1799, Mary Anning was the discoverer of the famous ichthyosaur and plesiosaur fossils on the Jurassic coast of Dorset. …

Good Job, Humanity: As Of Today We Are Consuming More Than Earth Can Replenish This Year

Cue the slow clapping.<p>Today is Earth Overshoot Day. Happy Earth Overshoot Day! Except, well, we don't much feel like celebrating.<p>That's because Earth Overshoot Day is the day each year when we've consumed natural resources at a rate beyond which our planet can replenish, and have produced more …

Rich Guy Sued For Allegedly Giving Herpes To Soho Model Girlfriend

It was a classic American romance. A rich guy, a gorgeous woman, and the nagging persistence of condoms.<p>Their fateful paths crossed at an art gallery …

Love Stories

Guardian front page, Monday 19 August: Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours http://t.gu.com/o2NIO #NSA