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Supplementing your disease: why multivitamins might be doing more harm than good

<i>The Atlantic</i> has this week published an excerpt from Dr. Paul Offit's <i>Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine</i>, which takes a closer look at the conventional wisdom underpinning the multibillion-dollar vitamin supplement industry. Offit, who is credited with …

The Terrifying Truth About Bananas

"Invisibility Wetsuits" Hide You From Sharks While You Swim

Surf's up, dude.<p>The coast of Western Australia has been particularly dangerous place for shark attacks recent years, earning it the distinction of becoming "shark attack capital of the world." Between October 2011 and July 2012, great white sharks killed five people in attacks in the area.<p>In …

Opportunity Rover's 10th Anniversary On Mars & Off-Planet Driving Record Celebrated (VIDEO)

On the 10th anniversary of its launch, NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars is also celebrating reaching the halfway point in its drive from one crater-rim segment to another.<p>The Opportunity rover, which is still going strong on the Red Planet long after its official mission was slated to end, is …

Science Weekly podcast: Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

This week Guardian science correspondent Alok Jha and scientist and media intern Natalie Starkey head down to the Summer Science Exhibition at the</b> …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Smoking Pot Makes You Less Motivated

The brains of habitual cannabis users have trouble synthesizing dopamine, according to a small study.<p>Does smoking a joint make you feel a little bit lazy? According to new research, when your "Reefer Madness" turns into "Reefer Can't-get-off-the-couch," it could be because the cannabis is …

Week in Photos: May 18, 2013

From the Soyuz capsule touching down in Kazakhstan to Texas tornadoes, see the week’s most striking images.<p>NASA/CSA/EPA, via Landov

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Take a Look Inside a Tiny Nuclear Reactor

This year Westinghouse will begin fuel tests for its Small Modular Reactor (SMR), a downsized system that puts out 225 megawatts.<p><b>On the tail of getting the go-ahead</b> from the federal government to build the first new nuclear reactors in the U.S. in over 30 years, Westinghouse is aiming small. This …

Meet the Ice Age Giants - Telegraph

Meteor crashes into moon's surface causing flash – video

A Nasa telescope captures the moment a 40kg (88lb) rock crashes into the moon's surface on 17 March. The impact caused a flash 10 times brighter than …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Spacewatch: Solar maximum

There is no greater influence on the Earth and its space environment than that of our local star, the Sun. The level of solar activity, as indicated …

Starwatch: Saturn's north pole hurricane

A close-up of the hurricane raging at Saturn's north pole appeared in the Guardian on 1 May. This image, also by Nasa's Cassini probe, shows a wider …

Some words descended largely unchanged since end of last ice age

Seven major language families might all descend from an ancient language superfamily. Some words from that early language might be recognizable today.<p>…

'Dramatic decline' warning for plants and animals

<b>More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.</b><p>New research suggests that biodiversity around the globe will be significantly impacted if temperatures rise more than 2C.<p>But the scientists say that the losses …

Ecology

WHO says new coronavirus may be passed person to person

<b>The World Health Organization says it appears likely that the novel coronavirus (NCoV) can be passed between people in close contact.</b><p>This comes after the French health ministry confirmed a second man had contracted the virus in a possible case of human-to-human transmission.<p>Two more people in Saudi …

Disease

Feynman: his birthday, his diagrams and his lectures | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

This evening BBC2 will show a documentary by Chris Riley about a remarkable man; Richard Feynman. Yesterday, on the 95th anniversary of Feynman's …

Dyslexic girls have different brain anatomy from dyslexic boys

The study found less gray matter volume in parts of male brains used to process language. It found less gray matter volume in parts of females brains …

Humanity

Ey oop, one can switch accents

Bidialectalism, where people speak with two distinct accents, is on the rise, according to research.<p>Becoming bilingual might prove a challenge for many people, but a growing number have mastered “bidialectalism”.<p>Linguists have reported a rise in people able to speak with two distinct accents, …

How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The …

Tiny tools get a grip for better biopsies - Futurity

JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — Magnetic stars—each the size of a speck of dust—can get to …

François Jacob obituary

François Jacob, who has died aged 92, was awarded the 1965 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine as a result of his perceptive model of gene function …

Einstein was right – so far

Record-breaking pulsar takes tests of general relativity into new territory.<p>Astronomers have used ESO’s Very Large Telescope, along with radio …

LED streetlamp aims to improve public's view of stars

<b>Researchers believe they have come up with a new type of LED-powered streetlamp that could radically reduce light pollution.</b><p>Current designs "leak" large amounts of light in unwanted directions, obscuring views of the stars, wasting energy and making it harder for drivers to see.<p>The team, based in …

Engineering

Gardeners urged to let ivy flourish to save bees

Growing ivy in gardens may help to prevent the decline of honey bees, according to new research.<p>It is often seen as a pest that overwhelms flower beds, strangles trees and damages buildings, but there may now be a reason for gardeners to love ivy.<p>Scientists have found that the evergreen plant, …

Virtual Rx: how Oculus Rift could revolutionize mental health

The headsets are already being called 'a game changer' for treating PTSD and other psychiatric conditions<p>It's been hailed as the holy grail of virtual reality gaming, but Oculus Rift might soon be much more than that. Though they've yet to reach the hands of regular consumers, the headsets have …