Katie Lussier

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Week's Best Space Pictures: Curiosity Drills, Nebulae Illuminate, and Hubble Peers

Curiosity makes its third foray into Martian soil, nebulae light up a winter night, and Hubble peers into deep space in this week's best space photos.

New Books Party: Books that arrived recently

This week, I share my thoughts about two new books; one that argues for a radical new history of life on Earth, and the other is a newly revised field guide to diving in Antarctica<p><i>A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth</i> by Joe Kirschvink …

Books

Plan to crack down on ketamine puts millions of women at risk, say campaigners

A new proposal to limit access to ketamine around the world would have a devastating effect on the health of millions of women in poorer countries, say campaigners. Although in developed nations ketamine is known primarily as a party drug, in lower income countries it's one of the most widely used …

United Nations

Dressgate: Has Adobe solved the mystery?

A photographer claims to have solved #dressgate using Adobe Lightroom<p>A photo of a dress has been <b>doing the rounds</b> on social media this morning, prompting a frenzied debate over whether the dress is white and gold or blue and black. But one photographer claims to have solved the problem using Adobe …

The first rule in tracking lions: No running

Walking safaris in Botswana bring travellers out of the jeep – and their comfort zone – and onto the dry, African soil to hunt for one of the greatest predators in the animal kingdom.<p>Taking a simple walk had never seemed so dangerous. Gathered around a camp table set up with maps, field guides – …

Wildlife

‘You are not suitably dressed’: Quebec judge refused to hear single mother’s case because of hijab

Montreal — A Quebec Court judge refused to hear the case this week of a single mother trying to retrieve her car because the woman would not remove …

#Dressgate live: What colour is this damn dress?

Is it white and gold or blue and black? Nobody is really sure and Twitter has gone crazy...<p><b>Social media users remain divided over the colour of this dress after it was posted online.</b><p><b>We take a look at why some people are seeing white and gold and others blue and black.</b><p>It's Friday! Hurrah! What …

Social Media

What makes some people so suspicious of the findings of science?

From Dr Strangelove and water fluoridisation to climate change, scientific method and facts are not always enough to win over the sceptics<p>There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece Dr Strangelove in which Jack D Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack …

Critical Thinking

Why do central banks keep making the rich richer?

When the rich talk about the problem of income inequality, you know it really is a problem. At January's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the theme of inequality was prominent, even though the official motif of the annual gabfest for wealthy white entrepreneurs, bankers and …

Economics