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What does it take to spark prejudice in humans?

How easy is it for the average fair-minded person to form biased, preconceived views within groups? Surprisingly easy, according to psychology studies.<p>One of the least charming but most persistent aspects of human nature is our capacity to hate people who are different. Racism, sexism, ageism, it …

Psychology

Northern Lights: More than just a pretty light show

Humans have been fascinated by this unpredictable, eerie light show for centuries. But it’s amazing how little we know about the science behind it.<p>The thermometer on the car is reading -22C. Outside, we are standing in snow up to my knees. We’re in a region called Inari in Finnish Lapland, inside …

Astronomy

Best science and technology pictures of the week

The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring flu scares, robot surgery and parts of the planet untouched by modern life.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Cars in flight, active volcanoes and an enormous tarantula<p>Giant eggs, natural born killers and a musical use for gun parts<p>The …

Photos

Bitcoin and the illusion of money

The world’s “first decentralised digital currency” promises financial salvation, but what is it and can it really deliver?<p>Dubai. Greece. Spain. Portugal. Italy. Cyprus. Ireland. The list of countries needing financial bailouts seems to go on and on. And that’s before you include those banks in the …

Bitcoin

Warren Gatland has to put Jonny Wilkinson in his British and Irish Lions squad following Heineken Cup display

The most common misjudgement about elite sport is that a team’s lack of heart or patriotism is the cause of their failure. It is rarely so and yet this is the reflexive diagnosis of the insufficiently educated scoundrel. If you want proof that this is so you should look at both semi-finals of the …