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2015 Ig Nobel prizes: dinosaur-like chickens and bee-stings to the penis

Awards parodying Nobel prizes given out for most unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research<p>A man stung dozens of times by bees, mathematicians who wanted to know whether a man could physically be able to sire 600 sons, and chemists who unboiled an egg were honoured on Thursday night …

Why does it hurt so much to hit your funny bone?

There’s no pain quite like the one you experience when you hit your funny bone. But what is going on to create such an odd feeling?<p>Everybody knows that smacking your funny bone isn’t all that funny, but did you know that the prickling feeling you feel from smacking it isn’t from your bones at all? …

General Hospital

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Adieu to the Love-Locks of Paris

<b>Unlocking love in the City of Love.</b><p>On June 1, 2015 the city of Paris began removing the 45 tons of love-locks from the bridges over the Seine river. But where did the locks come from and why are they locked onto the bridges?<p>Love in Paris, the city of romance: two sweethearts on a bridge over the …

Bridges

What Is Elegance in Science?

In 1957, a few years after Francis Crick co-discovered the DNA double helix and a few years before he co-won a Nobel Prize for doing so, he published a paper on the genetic provenance of amino acids, the organic compounds that make proteins, and therefore life, possible. It was already known that …

How it feels to live with no sense of smell

Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavours, writes Emma Young.<p>Nick Johnson skims the lunch menu at the White Dog Cafe, a warren of little rooms and ante-rooms in Philadelphia’s university district. “Beef empanadas… I would have loved those. But all that braised beef would …

Yes, Rats Can Swim Up Your Toilet. And It Gets Worse Than That.

Science & InnovationGory Details<p><i>They eat our food. They furnish their nests with our detritus. They chew through our sheet metal, our lead pipes and our concrete. They outsmart us at every turn. They are our shadow, our enemy, our next door neighbor</i>. —”Rat City!” <i>Spy</i> magazine, 1988<p>“You have to think …

Queen Nefertiti dazzles the modern imagination – but why?

Author Michelle Moran brought the famous Egyptian queen to life in her popular book Nefertiti – and is thrilled by what the possible discovery of Nefertit’s tomb could teach us about her life<p>In the windswept, hot, sandy Egyptian desert in 1912, a German archaeological team headed by Ludwig …

The Age of the Robot Worker Will Be Worse for Men

The jobs that are least vulnerable to automation tend to be held by women.<p>Many economists and technologists believe the world is on the brink of a new industrial revolution, in which advances in the field of artificial intelligence will obsolete human labor at an unforgiving pace. Two Oxford …

Artificial Intelligence

Robots Might Take Your Job, But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry

Robot staff may already outnumber humans at some companies, but increased automation doesn’t mean everyone will be out of work.<p>Take a look around any workplace, and it’s hard not to see the radical transformations revolutionizing the way we work. One of those major changes is the evolution of …

Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies | Jordan Kisner

Skip Lievsay is one of the most talented men in Hollywood. He has created audioscapes for Martin Scorsese and is the only sound man the Coen brothers go to. But the key to this work is more than clever effects, it is understanding the human mind<p>Skip Lievsay, an unassuming-looking guy in his mid-60s …

Jokes

10 CEOs Who Prove Your Liberal Arts Degree Isn't Worthless

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Artist Invents A Machine To Create Life From Scratch

The ReBioGeneSys can simulate conditions on any planet in the universe, and given enough time, create new life from them.<p>At the University of Michigan, conceptual artist Adam W. Brown has assembled an installation of glass beakers, hot plates, and rubber tubes. It doesn’t seem terribly imposing–it …

The 10 most beloved tweets by NASA astronauts in space

Yet, they are a continuous part of our daily lives through social media websites like Twitter — they even have their own handle: @NASA_Astronauts.<p>And with over 14,000 tweets and more than 300,000 followers, it's clear that these space explorers love sharing their adventures as much as the world …

Five chemistry inventions that enabled the modern world

Photograph: eye35 /Alamy<p>It’s probably saved your life ...<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/4/1433438875320/b4602d45-1c76-47a3-b882-4eea17cb1b21-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: eye35 /Alamy<p>It’s probably saved your life …

Inventions

16 on-point responses from female scientists to Nobel winner's sexist comments

LONDON — How do you respond to sexist comments if you're a female scientist who has been told that you should be in a single-sex lab because male …

Nobel Prize

Doctors graft hand to man’s leg for a month to keep it alive

Groundbreaking surgery in China sees factory worker’s hand then successfully re-attached to his wrist<p>Surgeons in China have restored the use of a hand severed in an industrial accident by grafting it onto a man’s ankle for a month before re-attaching it to his arm.<p>The groundbreaking surgery was …

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician | Siobhan Roberts

John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí. For many years, he worried that his obsession with playing silly games was ruining his career – until he realised that it could lead to extraordinary discoveries<p>On a late September day in 1956, John Horton Conway left …

Mathematics

The strange phenomenon of musical 'skin orgasms'

Some people feel music so strongly the sensations can be compared to sex. How does a good song move the body and mind in this way, asks David Robson.<p>Sometimes music strikes the body like a bolt of lightning. “I was in a friend’s dorm room in my third year as an undergraduate,” Psyche Loui …

Stanford University

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At first I was like “holy shit it’s a person!”<br>Then I looked again - HOLY SHIT IT’S TWO PEOPLE.<p>WHOA.

How to Improve Your Writing: 5 Secrets From Hollywood

Thanks to the internet, people are reading and writing more than ever. But is it me, or does it seem like the quality of that writing has gotten <i>worse</i>?<p>…

The mind-bending effects of foreign accent syndrome

A little-known condition causes people to adopt a new accent – and lose a part of their identity in the process, finds David Robson.<p>Julie Matthias’s family have a game they sometimes like to play after she comes home, disappointed, from another doctor’s appointment. During dinner, they pick a …

The philosopher who studies the experience of coffee

Is coffee much deeper than it appears? David Robson meets a philosopher who certainly thinks so – he's attempting to use the drink to probe the human mind.<p>It’s like I’m drinking the dying embers of a log-fire – smoky and tinged with the tang of creosote. As I concentrate harder, I notice its …

Coffee

Will humans keep getting taller?

We’re much loftier than we were 150 years ago. How has this happened, asks Adam Hadhazy, and what will people look like a century from now?<p>Humankind has transformed in the last century-and-a-half. Our global population has soared from a mere billion to more than seven billion. In developed …

The Skyscraper of the Future

The push to build a new kind of tower has begun.<p>There's something inherently absurd about skyscrapers. They defy gravity and high winds. They require years of challenging high-altitude construction. They're dizzying to look at—from the ground and from their top floors, where a sense of vertigo is …

Skyscrapers

A candle can burn in zero gravity. However, the flame is quite a bit different ... it's round and blue. http://t.co/7jhGXWJmrN

The weird way Lenin’s body is kept fresh

The best reads in science and technology this week, including an ambitious plan for flying cars and the macabre body preservation of Lenin.<p><b>Sport</b> | Stat cast – The new moneyball<p>A video platform called Statcast takes baseball analytics to the next level by recording every movement on the pitch from …

10 Australian Phrases Illustrated

Sir, I sincerely wish that chickens turn into huge emu birds and kick down the door of your bathroom while you are sitting on the toilet.<p>That’s what …