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The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

Evidence Found for a New Fundamental Particle

An experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago has detected far more electron neutrinos than predicted — a possible …

Physics

4 Natural Supplements That Are as Powerful as Drugs

Most supplements don't really work, or at least haven't been proven to work.<p>However, there are some exceptions to this.<p>In fact, a few supplements are</i> …

High Blood Pressure

How to feed your gut

Want a healthy gut? Reach for the kimchi, sauerkraut, artichokes, coffee and chocolate. But watch out – one category of food will make your microbes wither<p>Kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso and kefir – all fermented foods and drinks – have been around for centuries, but suddenly they are all the …

Wellness

Freaky-looking bug stuns the internet

It's orange. It’s furry. It pulses. It has tentacles.<p>It’s not an animatronic alien from a movie set.<p>Nor is it a mythical chimera straight from a medieval manuscript.<p>This footage was originally posted to social media, and has become a talking point for many users on Reddit and Facebook after being …

How science found a way to help coma patients communicate

On 20 December 1999, a young man pulled away in his car from his grandfather’s house in Sarnia, Ontario, with his girlfriend in the passenger seat beside him. Scott Routley, who was 26, had studied physics at the University of Waterloo and had a promising career in robotics ahead of him. But at an …

The Brain

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of …

Metformin

A showstopping chocolate cake recipe | King of puddings

There is something of the Scarlet Pimpernel about this luscious chocolate cake: an aristocratic Gallic gateau that takes the breath away<p>It happens every time. Nothing quiets the din of a great gathering, albeit briefly, like the appearance of chocolate cake. What music does to soothe a savage …

Dessert

How to escape the online spies

Whether you’re tweeting, shopping or just browsing, internet companies are monitoring you. Here’s how to evade the snoopers<p>Nobody likes being spied on. When you’re innocently browsing the web, it’s deeply unpleasant to think that faceless technology corporations are monitoring and recording your …

Yoko Ono

My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’

In this extract from his memoir, Bill Hayes, partner of Oliver Sacks, recalls the neurologist’s unworldly charm, their remarkable stay with Björk in Iceland, and the dignity of Sacks’s final weeks<p>He wrote me a letter. That’s how we met. He had read my book, <i>The Anatomist</i>, in proof, and enjoyed it. …

Ask Ethan: Is There Any Such Thing As Pure Energy?

Energy plays a tremendous role, not only in our technology-rich daily lives, but in fundamental physics as well. The chemical energy stored in gasoline gets converted into kinetic energy that propels our vehicles, while the electrical energy from our power planets gets converted into light, heat …

Physics

Authors debate the suffering and dreams of animals

As meat consumption skyrockets, German writers and philosophers Peter Wohlleben and Richard David Precht insist that animals - and plants - have …

Are gender feminists and transgender activists undermining science?

In the world of radical identity politics, two groups with very different philosophies have been ignoring science in the name of advancing equality: gender feminists and transgender activists.<p>Gender feminists — who are distinct from traditional equity feminists — refuse to acknowledge the role of …

Prepare Your Entire Breakfast—Coffee Included—With One Efficient Appliance

The hardest part of cooking a well-rounded breakfast is getting the timing right (after all, no one wants cold eggs or floppy bacon). Fortunately, …

We’re over the digital revolution. This is the age of experience | Simon Jenkins

The web has upended all our lives. The return of books, vinyl and Kodak film shows we long to employ technology as a servant, not a master<p>Stepping outside the bubble of gloom this week I noticed something surreal. Kodak was reviving its Ektachrome film range to meet a surging demand for high-end …

Composing in his dreams: Philip Glass turns 80

A founding father of minimal music and one of the most prolific living composers, Philip Glass also kept a side job as a taxi driver until his 40s. …

We Might Finally Have Found Where Complex Life Came From

We could be descended from a group of microbes called 'Asgard'.<p>It sounds like something out of Norse mythology, but new evidence suggests that all …

Biology

Why the Addiction Recovery Community Should Accept Medical Marijuana

The first time someone told me it’s possible to consume cannabis without getting high, I scoffed. I was five years sober and my friend, newly in …

Opinion: China's Africa policy deserves applause

The presence of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Africa appears to contradict China's policy of non-interference in the continent. But DW's …

Ancient retroviruses have survived for half a billion years

Retroviruses - the family of viruses that includes HIV - are almost half a billion years old, according to research by Oxford University.<p>The …

Biology

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’

The influential tech thinker has charted the history of the attention industry: enterprises that harvest our attention to sell to advertisers. The internet, he argues, is the latest communications tool to have fallen under its spell<p>Tim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University. His specialities …

11 Weird Candle Scents That Are Hard to Define

Forget chocolate chip cookies, holiday spice, or freshly washed linen. These unconventional candle scents are unexpected—but kind of amazing.<p>1. NEW …

Wrap Presents in a Flash Using This Japanese Department Store Technique

After hunting down the right holiday gifts for everyone (hopefully by using our helpful guides), it's time to lock yourself in a room and start …

Congrats to All You Gravity-Bound Earthlings, From NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins

Astronaut Kate Rubins is no stranger to inhospitable environments. As a molecular biologist, she has done fieldwork in the Congo and worked with some …

Raspberry Pi sells over 10 million computers

The single-board computer is a great British success story.<p>Four years since it first went on sale to eager developers, the credit card-sized …

Raspberry Pi

Farewell, Rosetta: space mission to end on collision course with comet

After a two-year journey that has shaped our understanding of the solar system, the orbiter is to be crashed into Comet 67P<p>In a few days, European Space Agency controllers will order their Rosetta space probe to make an orbital correction that will send the craft on a collision course with the …

MIA: Is the musician paranoid, or is everyone out to get her?

She has started wars with everyone from the New York Times to MTV and even Beyoncé. Tom Lamont meets MIA as she turns her fire on the CIA<p>It is lunchtime in east London. In a studio not far from her home, Maya Arulpragasam, the 41-year-old British-Sri Lankan who makes music as MIA, sits on a low …

'Like nowhere else': Madagascar casts a spell over Simon Reeve

The country’s mix of cultures, bizarre food, taboos and unique wildlife leaves the TV presenter gobsmacked<p><b>I was completely gobsmacked by Madagascar when I first arrived in 2006</b>, as part of a televised tour around the Tropic of Capricorn. It’s like nowhere else on Earth. The only place I can compare …

NASA’s Solar System program is just about the greatest thing ever

Celebrate NASA's amazing record with space probes. Don't take it for granted.<p>Carlos Entrena, one of the bright young minds in aerospace, asked a fair …

Space