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Homeopathy no more effective than placebos, a study by the National Health and Medical Research Council finds

Homeopathy is no more effective in treating health conditions than placebos, a study by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has …

'Cat Island': Tourists flock to Japanese island Aoshima, where felines outnumber humans six to one

Tourists are flocking to a remote island in southern Japan, where an army of feral cats now outnumbers humans six to one.<p>People first migrated to the …

The Invention That Could End Obesity

A Michigan surgeon invented an apparatus that he believes tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full. His Full Sense Device could be a lifesaver for millions of obese Americans and raises questions about how hunger — our most basic human impulse — even works.

Medicine

How Origami Might Soon Be Used to Power the Internet of Things

Physicists offer tiny generators build from Slinky-shaped paper cutouts.<p>The miniaturized, lightweight electronics of the near future may be powered by origami. You know, folded paper. This bit of sci-fi is already quite real: A method of power generation developed by physicists at the Georgia …

Can Magnets Make You Stop Dwelling On Depressing Thoughts?

A new study shows how magnet therapy can help rewire the depressed brain.<p>Magnets. Precisely how they work remains a mystery of modern science, yet their usefulness only seems to expand as time goes on. Consider this: Magnets have been shown to alleviate depression and other mental ailments. A new …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Time-lapse Photography

How computers change the way we learn

Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.<p>“This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories,” a concerned commentator once spoke of a new technology. …

Combining The DNA Of 3 People Raises Ethical Questions

In a darkened lab in the north of England, a research associate is intensely focused on the microscope in front of her. She carefully maneuvers a long glass tube that she uses to manipulate early human embryos.<p>"It's like microsurgery," says Laura Irving of Newcastle University.<p>Irving is part of a …

For $29, this wearable has ‘no display, no lights, no gimmicks’ — but it could be indispensible

Bob Olodort spent years working as a consulting designer for Samsung, in the years before the iPhone turned the phone industry upside down.<p>Four times a year, he’d visit Samsung headquarters in South Korea to present a handful of elegant, innovative phone designs that he had created, each one …

Spectacular science photos nominated for 2014 Eureka Prize

A majestic manta ray is illuminated by rays of sunlight as it feeds near the surface of the ocean, off the coast of Queensland.<p>Gary Cranitch's photo …

This Fridge Doesn’t Need Electricity To Stay Cool

The biggest problem for aid agencies is to reach the so-called “final fifth”–the roughly 20% of kids worldwide who don’t have ready access to health …

Remote-controlled chip could be the future of contraceptives

If you could have safe, effective, long-term birth control that you didn't have to think about, would you jump at the chance? That's what's being proposed by a company called MicroCHIPS of Lexington Massachusetts -- in the form of a chip to be implanted under the skin.<p>The chip, just 20 x 20 x 7 …

Organ transplants: 'Supercooling' keeps organs fresh

<b>A new technique can preserve organs for days before transplanting them, US researchers claim.</b><p>"Supercooling" combines chilling the organ and pumping nutrients and oxygen through its blood vessels.<p>Tests on animals, reported in the journal Nature Medicine, showed supercooled livers remained viable for …

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

Google Found A Partner To Make Its Futuristic Contact Lenses

The device for diabetics would measure glucose in tear fluid and send the data wirelessly to a mobile device, Novartis said. The technology is potentially life-changing for many diabetics, who prick their fingers as many as 10 times daily to check their body's production of the sugar.<p>Success would …

This self-cleaning car tech could change everything

Rich chocolate syrup on a pure white car would usually be the trigger for a trip to the detailing shop, but this time around there’s something …

How to Organize Your Home: Organizational Expert Alejandra Costello's House Tour

Dubai to Create the World's First Climate-Controlled City

While some of the planet's richest nations are focused on the issue of climate change and how to lessen humanity's impact on the environment, …

How To Respectfully Reject Job Candidates

<i>Al Mackin is the founder of Formisimo. The article was originally published on LinkedIn.</i><p>One of the best parts of creating a business is that you start with nothing. No HR policies, no processes and no entrenched ways of doing things. This blank slate is both scary and exciting.<p>We recently …

How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely

Even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on.<p>That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in last week's interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it?<p>No. But government spies can get …

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds - Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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How big is the universe … compared with a grain of sand? - video

Scientist praises socialist philosopher under attack from senator Joseph McCarthy in letters written in 1954<p>Published: 1 Mar 2013<p><b>Stephen Curry:</b> Wonders of Life is the amazing story of the physics of living things, but underneath there is a harder and more complex tale to tell<p>Published: 18 Feb …

British veteran Bernard Jordan, 89, flees care home to join D-Day commemorations in France

An 89-year-old British World War II veteran who went missing from his retirement home has been found in France enjoying a D-Day anniversary …

SoftBank to start selling personal robots next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s SoftBank Corp said on Thursday it will start selling human-like robots for personal use by February, expanding into a sector seen key to addressing labour shortages in one of the world’s fastest ageing societies.<p>SoftBank Corp. unveils human-like robots named 'pepper' at …

Driverless Cars Like Google's Will Be a Boon to Chipmakers

If cars are going to drive themselves, they're going to need a lot of chips.<p>If we’re really headed toward a future where cars routinely drive themselves, then that’s going to be good news for the global semiconductor industry, according to a new report from the research firm IHS.<p>While there are …