Kelvin Gallagher

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Could Climate Change Cause The Next Cholera Pandemic?

New research suggests we may be closer to a global cholera outbreak than once believed<p>Throughout history, only a few pathogens have made historical impacts on human health. One of these is cholera. Caused by the bacterium <i>Vibrio cholerae</i> this potentially fatal disease has caused more pandemics than …

If Earth Were Swallowed By A Black Hole, We Might Not Even Notice

That's the latest theory, at least<p>Black holes get a bad rap. Sure, they're the dark, unknown, unforgiving vacuum cleaners of space. But a new study suggests they may not be all doom and gloom after all.<p>There are several theories as to what would happen if you fell into a black hole: that you would …

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in response to radiation. As we enter his parents’ garage and approach his precious jumble of electrical equipment, it emits an ominous beep. Wilson is in full flow, explaining the …

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When We Weren't Looking, A Star Passed Within 0.8 Lightyears Of Earth

Close encounters of the stellar kind<p>70,000 years ago, earth was a pretty bleak place. <i>Homo erectus</i> had just gone extinct, and we were all in mourning. But while we were distracted by things like the near-extinction of our own species, some fantastic stuff was going on in the furthest reaches of our …

Reading from tablets before bed alters sleep cycles

If you're in bed reading this, you may feel sleepy tomorrow morning.<p>A study has found that reading from a light-emitting device, such as an e-reader, before bedtime can shift your body's natural clock and delay the onset and characteristics of your sleep. And that could leave you feeling more …

Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics

In October 1984 I arrived at Oxford University, trailing a large steamer trunk containing a couple of changes of clothing and about five dozen …

Boeing And BlackBerry Team Up To Make Top Secret Phone

This phone will self-destruct in 30 seconds<p>We already have the Blackphone for the security-conscious consumer, but now aerospace giant Boeing is looking to create its own bespoke secret phone for people working on defense and national-security contracts, the Boeing Black. (Black is, apparently, all …

'Star Wars' round-up: The ball droid is REAL, Sony laments losing filmmakers, TIE Fighter ice crash...

From the galaxy’s deep core to the outer rim, the forests of Endor to the frozen tundras of Hoth, and all the starships in space, let’s go to press. …

NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again.<p>The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced Dec. 18. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger …

Giant Blast Shuts Down Starburst Galaxy

Astronomers spot gas bursts that may disrupt star formation.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a critical moment in the life of galaxies: high-speed eruptions of gas that may halt the birth of stars.<p>Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are vast islands of stars littering space. How …

World's Oldest Art Identified in Half-Million-Year-Old Zigzag

Our Homo erectus ancestors may have been smarter and more creative than we thought.<p>A zigzag engraving on a mussel's shell may transform scientific understanding of what has long been considered a defining human capacity: artistic creativity.<p>Until now, the earliest evidence of geometric art was …