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Scanning felons' brains could help predict whether they'll reoffend

Over five decades since <i>A Clockwork Orange</i> foretold a future where experimental science is used to "cure" repeat offenders, a study of 96 male felons has used brain scans to predict the likelihood of falling back into crime. While the neuroscientist who led the study, Kent Kiehl of Albuquerque's …

Why is this Northern Hemisphere spring so cool?

Scientists are beginning to offer explanations as to how global warming can lead to a longer winter.<p>Several media organizations are reporting this …

Global Warming

GameSci: What Is (Scientifically!) The Most Addictive Game Ever?

What's going to glue you to the screen? Science explains.<p>Back in 2007, a study of gamers appeared in the journal <i>CyberPsychology and Behavior</i>. The study, "Experiences of time loss among videogame players: An empirical study," asked gamers to report how often they got sucked in to games: for better …

Apple Buys An Indoor Mapping Company, Having Finished With The Outdoors

Indoor mapping is the future, and this sounds cool.<p>Having done a bang-up job with its own regular mapping app (oh wait), Apple has, according to the New York Times, acquired an indoor mapping company. Indoor maps are promising, but still young technology; we've been predicting their rise for quite …

Prostate cancer breakthrough: Q&A

Scientists have hailed the "single biggest leap forward" in their understanding of the genetic causes of prostate cancer, from a huge study involving …

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

Travel guides, guidebooks and phrasebooks

Travel

Meanwhile, in New Zealand

Get the new Newsletter New Zealand video news<p>Sign up below… a new video will be available soon. You’ll see it first! 🙂<p>Me at the North Korean …

New Zealand Video Tutorial – Post-processing and Landscapes Galore!

It’s finally ready for pre-order!<p>Pop over to the new Landscape and Travel Photography Tutorial: New Zealand to sign up! Sign up now, and you get …

Island hopping in French Polynesia

With over 100 islands spread throughout five archipelagos, French Polynesia is as varied as it is exotic. Island hopping allows you to see every landscape, from geometric ridges strung with waterfalls on the high islands to flat, desert-like atolls where lagoons far outsize the landmass.<p>Getting …

Pictures: Auroras of February and March

Starbursts, alien landscapes, and magenta bands of light: Take a look at some of the best aurora photos from February and March.

Astronomy