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Taxonomist shortage means newly discovered animals are unclassified

Hundreds of newly discovered animals remain unclassified due to an international shortage of taxonomists.<p>Head of the Western Australian Museum's department of terrestrial zoology, Dr Mark Harvey, said there's not enough taxonomists to describe and document all of the new species discovered.<p>The …

Women in science and engineering are not just another resource to be tapped

What's driving the latest push on women in science and engineering? A desire to open up science, or fuel the extractive industries?<p>There are so few women trying for jobs in the mining and engineering industries that the UK is being put at a competitive disadvantage compared with other countries. So …

How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Getting There.<p><b>About Janette Sadik-Khan's TEDTalk</b><p>Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.<p><b>About Janette Sadik-Khan</b><p>As commissioner of the NYC …

Can a trigger-happy immune system cause cancer after viral infection?

The immune system is a fickle thing, both hero and villain.<p>The ability of our ancestors to survive plague and pestilence was one of the forces that shaped the evolution of the human species into its current form. But many of us now find ourselves in environments where many of the biggest infectious …

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

There's some scientific evidence that "Take two jokes and call me in the morning" is a worthwhile prescription. But not much.<p>We all want to believe that laughter is good for what ails us, but the science backing that up is thin. Most studies have been small and have relied on self-reported …

Scientists Say 'Printing' Humans May Be The Best Way To Conquer Space

From pizza to prostheses, 3-D printers are being used to whip up all sorts of things. And now scientists are talking about "printing" out batches of people to colonize outer space.<p>Sounds wacky, but these guys are serious.<p>"Our best bet for space exploration could be printing humans, organically, on …

Can The Sun Fuel A Flight Around The World?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Getting There.<p><b>About Bertrand Piccard's TEDTalk</b><p>Explorer Bertrand Piccard explains why he's aiming to carry out an unprecedented mission: to circle the planet in a solar-powered airplane.<p><b>About Bertrand Piccard</b><p>Bertrand Piccard was born in a family of firsts. In the …

How Does Henry Ford's Great-Grandson Envision The Future?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Getting There.<p><b>About Bill Ford's TEDTalk</b><p>Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford describes how we can create a green future of smart roads and smart cars.<p><b>About Bill Ford</b><p>It's clear that the mobility model that we have today simply will not work tomorrow.<p>William Clay Ford …

If We Want to Live In Cities, Will We Have To Share Cars?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Getting There.<p><b>About Robin Chase's TEDTalk</b><p>Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.<p><b>About Robin Chase</b><p>As more of us move into cities, we should not be owning cars.<p>If she weren't a proven entrepreneur, you might …

'Life: Magnified' Shows Off the Wonders of the Cell

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Is Space Tourism Finally About To Take Off?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Getting There.<p><b>About Richard Branson's TEDTalk</b><p>Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.<p><b>About Richard Branson</b><p>It's what science fiction is made of — you'll be able to just sit back and look out of your window at the earth …

First 3D Egg Fossils Of Ancient Flying Reptiles Found In China

The first three-dimensionally preserved eggs of ancient winged reptiles that lived more than 100 million years ago have been unearthed in China.<p>Five intact eggs were found, along with dozens or more adult fossils, of a new type of pterosaur, a group of prehistoric winged reptiles that dominated the …

Want to design a Mars base for Nasa? Now's your chance

Would you like a 3D printer? Of course you would. Would you like to collaborate with Nasa? Please, we won't insult you while waiting for an answer. …

A Submarine to Explore the Ocean on Saturn's Moon, Titan

5 Intriguing Things is a curated collection of links that help us think about the future. Subscribe to the daily newsletter.<p><b>1. A proposed autonomous submarine for exploring the hydrocarbon sea of Kraken Mare on Titan, one of Saturn's moon.</b><p>"Titan is unique in the outer solar system in that it is the …

Psychologists find that entitlement predicts sexism, in both men and women

Entitled attitudes appear to be linked to sexism -- even among women, according to a personality study by psychologists from Case Western Reserve …

How the Moon Formed: Lunar Rocks Support Giant Impact Theory

A new analysis of lunar rocks now supports the idea that the moon was born in a gigantic collision between the nascent Earth and a mysterious …