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See-Through Fish Discovered Under Antarctica's Ice

Hidden away from the sun below half a mile of ice, complex life flourishes.<p>After drilling through Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf, scientists have discovered microbes, crustaceans, and even several kinds of strange fish living in water buried under nearly half a mile (740 meters) of ice.<p>As recently as …

Experiment: Does sound affect your taste?

Here’s a simple way to find out whether your taste buds are affected by what you listen to – grab a coffee and watch this video.<p>Science has shown how certain sounds can make crisps taste crunchier, oysters taste saltier, and aeroplane food taste bad.<p>But could sounds play tricks on your taste …

Artificial Intelligence

Strong Dollar And Weak Global Economy Could Cause U.S. Recession

The U.S. durable goods number was published this morning and it was bad. Very bad. Rather than rising slightly, it fell by 3.4% in December. In addition, the November number was revised downward to negative 2.1%. Although the U.S. economy was on the mends, or so it appeared with strong GDP in the …


Saudi Arabia and the west: how a cosy relationship turned toxic

Oil has always given the Gulf monarchy huge power. But the US may be less dependent in future – and the world is fast losing patience with Saudi Arabia’s stance on human rights and extremism. Will King Abdullah’s death change anything?<p>It would be far-fetched to describe the US and Britain’s …

Saudi Arabia

Self-driving cars: ‘A vaccine that can save lives’

Road accidents kill more 1.2 million people on the world’s roads every year. One transport expert believes autonomous vehicles could end this 'epidemic'.<p>For many millions of people, the working weekday starts with the commute to work by car. How long does it take you? Half an hour? In that 30 …

Autonomous Cars

Evolution: Why do your eyes face forwards?

Why don’t we have peepers protruding from the sides of our heads? It's partly for 3D vision, but as Jason G Goldman discovers, that's not the only reason.<p>Take a stroll through a zoo and, if you're paying attention, you might notice that most animals can be sorted into two groups. There are those …


Are there ‘oceans’ hiding inside the Earth?

The chance discovery of a mystery rock wrapped inside a diamond has made scientists question how our oceans formed – and what might be lurking beneath our feet…<p>We know more about the surface of Mars than we do the mantle of the planet we live on. As little as 30kms (19 miles) below the surface – …

Earth Science

10 extraordinary destinations you have probably never heard of

National Geographic Travel

The Most Beautiful Beaches in Greece

I've yet to visit the amazing country, and I'm hoping to visit in the fall this year. There's something just so romantic about the colors so prominent here - bright whites and deep blues, and outside of the cities so rich in history, the surrounding islands are usually home to the most beautiful …