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Richard Dawkins blames fairy tales for making kids unscientific

What sort of grumpy academic would pick a fight with Santa Claus? Well, actually, not Richard Dawkins. The prominent zoologist, atheist and skeptic is no stranger to controversy, but his recent, widely quoted comments at a UK science festival run much deeper than just hating on one specific …

Can you die of a broken heart?

Extreme emotion can be a killer, says Jason G Goldman. So why did it take doctors so long to see the evidence hiding in plain sight?<p>In 1986, a 44-year-old woman was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital. She felt fine all day, but in the afternoon she developed extreme crushing pain in her …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Silicon Valley’s biggest problem? Age

Our picks of the week from around the web, including why Botox is rife in tech, the Neanderthal in the family and new insights into the Big Bang.<p>Human evolution: The Neanderthal in the family<br>Ewen Callaway | Nature | 26 March 2014<br>New techniques for recovering DNA from ancient samples make it only a …

Six reasons why space tourism matters

It’s easy to dismiss plans to take paying customers into orbit as a pursuit for the rich. But our space correspondent explains how it could benefit all of us.<p>Right now, one of the most exciting space facilities in the world is a World War Two hangar in the Mojave Desert in California.<p>The wooden …

Why ‘maker’ tech will make every home a factory

Will we one day plug together our gadgets like Lego? It’s one way ‘maker’ culture today could transform our lives tomorrow, says MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito.<p>We’ve been told for some time that the future of manufacturing might be in our homes. But the promised era of 3D printing only scratches the …

How human culture influences our genetics

The way we eat, cook, explore and interact with others can influence our genes, says Jason G Goldman. So how will modern culture shape our children?<p>You shouldn't be able to drink milk. Your ancestors couldn't. It is only in the last 9,000 years that human adults have gained that ability without …

Anti-Gravity Wheel Explained

What If You Stopped Drinking Water?

Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain - John C. Moore

Babies Can Remember People They Only Met Once

The chatty nurse enters the room to give my 6-month old baby his shots, and she immediately grimaces. “I’m so sorry,” she says. “He’s going to remember me from the last time he got poked.”<p>I wasn’t sure what to say – I was pretty sure that he didn’t remember anything from the past two months, …

Company Plans To Make Paper Towels And Diapers Out Of Jellyfish

Gird thy loins with jellyfish, child.<p>In many places, like beaches in Israel, there are too many jellyfish, nourished by rising ocean temperatures and acidity. Besides stinging swimmers in that country and worldwide, they can cause other thorny problems, like recently clogging the intake pipes of a …

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Three ways Jeff Bezos keeps improving Amazon’s workforce

Jeff Bezos has some very well-defined opinions and strategies about management, including keeping teams small and being confrontational when needed. That doesn’t mean he’s not up for trying something new.<p>In his annual shareholder letter, Bezos outlined a few specific initiatives and techniques that …

Jeff Bezos