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The secret history of Britain is written in our genes

A new study shows that there are 17 different types of Briton - and many still live in the same groups they did before the Norman Conquest<p>Just who are we? What defines us, the people of this island nation? Is there such a thing as Britishness? Or, though it may sound like something from Game of …

Northern Ireland

Is There A Scientifically Valid Way To Interrogate People?

Even if torture were condonable, it doesn't work, says a research psychologist. What does?<p>The release of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program documents the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) against terrorism …

Obesity pill to ‘replace treadmill’ being developed by Harvard University

Harvard scientists have found a molecule which can transform bad fat into good fat<p>A pill which would help the body burn away excess fat is being developed by Harvard University who claim it could one day ‘replace the treadmill.’<p>Scientists discovered how to trigger a molecule which can turn ‘bad’ …

Electric Implants Kill Off Infections, Then Dissolve

Staph infection? There’s a patch for that<p>Someday, in the not-too-distant future, bacterial infections could be treated by implanting electronics into your body. A team from Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana developed a tiny implant that can be inserted into an area …

Mystery booms: What’s the cause?

Unidentified rumbles and noises like those reportedly heard in the US and UK this week are surprisingly common, says David Robson, and there’s more than one possible explanation.<p>The beginning of Armageddon, or an alien invasion? Over the weekend, people in the UK and parts of the US were awoken by …

Personalized vaccines could change how we fight cancer - Futurity

Early tests of personalized vaccines suggest this new type of therapy could transform cancer treatment.

Cancer

Eat within 12-hour window to lose weight, say scientists

Simply sticking to a 12-hour eating window could be the key to losing weight without restricting calories<p>Dieters hoping to shed the pounds should watch the clock as much as their calories after scientists discovered that limiting the hours we eat stops weight gain.<p>Confining meals to a 12 hour …

Is reheated pasta less fattening?

<b>Many food-lovers worry about pasta making them fat. But could simply cooling and then reheating your meal make it better for you, asks Michael Mosley.</b><p>There are few things that really surprise me about nutrition, but one of the experiments from the latest series of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor really did …

How to Take Free Courses from Top Universities

You can continue your education with some amazing and free online resources available from top universities. These institutions offer many of their …

19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at Baba House<p>Baba House, the exquisitely …

The 8 Best Wines Not in Bottles

<i>[Editor's Note: We're excited to introduce our new wine writer Nora O'Malley, whose vino knowledge goes so far beyond Franzia boxes in college, since she's a certified sommelier and manager of a sweet NYC wine shop.]</i><p>If you've ever "tapped" a box or slapped a bag, you surely know the stigmas …

Comedy vs. anti-science: 10 amazing videos that show how humor can make a difference

From Colbert and Oliver to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, comedians are torching anti-science activists with aplomb<p>In the latest version of America's long-running culture wars, conservatives (and even some liberals) have zeroed in what once might have seemed like an unlikely target. While all the …

Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming

The soil-dwelling bacteria that we walk on every day are working their way into technologies that could help feed the world.<p>On a frigid day last February, Maren Friesen drove eight hours across snow-covered plains to Centralia, Pennsylvania. A fire ignited a seam of coal below the town in 1962, and …

How Norway has avoided the 'curse of oil'

<b>Hugged by mountains and perched on a stunning coastline of fjords, Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, has picture-postcard views.</b><p>As one of the centres of Norway's booming oil and gas industries, it is also a very wealthy place.<p>Yet there are few displays of ostentatious spending - there are no …

Older People Sleep Less. Now We Know Why.

It's long been known that the older you get, the less you sleep. There are many proposed reasons for why this happens, and they include new medications, psychological distress, retirement or simply the theory that the elderly need less sleep.<p>But a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center …

U.S. Copyright Office Denies Monkeys Rights To Their Selfies

That means no more business for this monkey.<p>In 2011, British wildlife photographer David Slater was traveling through the jungle in Indonesian when a crested black macaque grabbed his camera and started snapping selfies. Somebody posted the images in Wikipedia Commons, meaning anybody could use …

Monkeys

Lifeform of the week: Brain mushroom

The brain mushroom is that rare species with the distinction of being both edible and poisonous.<p>The mushroom <i>Gyromitra esculenta</i> goes by many aliases …

Researchers discover sense of ‘cuteness’ is innate — here’s what it looks like

The New York Times once called cat pictures an “essential building block of the Internet”– and now we know why. Humans are hard-wired to identify cuteness. A new study finds that infants will gaze longer at pictures of cats, babies, and dogs that were manipulated to have a “large head and a round …

Are BPA-Free Bottles Just As Bad?

Maybe it's time to switch to a metal water bottle.<p>You may have heard by now that bisphenol A, a chemical commonly used to make hard plastic and which is found in many water bottles, can have harmful health effects; some evidence suggests BPA can impair brain and reproductive development at certain …

Environmental Health

Jumbleberry jam and summer pudding: Nigella Lawson's 7 ideas for summer fruit

"It's sad to cook a perfect peach or a perfect nectarine," says Nigella Lawson, author of <i>Nigellissima: Easy Italian-inspired Recipes</i>. But some fruit, …

DNA mates: how genetic factors may play a subtle part in our friendships

Friends often look alike. The tendency of people to forge friendships with people of a similar appearance has been noted since the time of Plato. But now there is research suggesting that, to a striking degree, we tend to pick friends who are genetically similar to us in ways that go beyond …

Do friends have similar genomes?

<b>A study from a controversial pair of US researchers claims that we are more genetically similar to our friends than we are to strangers.</b><p>Looking at differences between nearly 2,000 people, recruited as part of a heart study in a small US town, they found that friends shared about 0.1% more DNA, on …

Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others -- And the Surprising, Natural Way to Avoid Bites

Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you …

Mosquitoes

Watch this: prototype NASA robot prowls the underside of frozen lakes, oceans

It's a rough life for a space robot. It's cold, dark, and there is no promise of a return trip back to Earth. There are also far-off moons like Jupiter's Europa, which are believed to have vast oceans underneath immense layers of ice, and that need exploring. How exactly to navigate those oceans …