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Lady Gaga tells Tom Daley to stop diving in anti-gay countries

Lady Gaga has urged Tom Daley to boycott diving in countries that have anti-gay laws.<p>The bisexual singer went on a rant about the upcoming winter …

As workforce shrinks, Korea struggles to embrace immigration | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - For 61-year old construction worker Chae Chang-geun, an ethnic Korean from China, Seoul is a place to make money but not a place to call home.<p>A Korean Chinese man with no arms uses his mobile phone with his toe at a makeshift camp in Seoul October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji<p>Chae …

Patients growing into face transplants

After two years the first full-face transplant recipients in the US are doing well, with medical scans showing the recipients have grown new networks of new blood vessels to connect the donor skin with their original tissue.<p>Dallas Wiens, the first US man to get a full face transplant, said: "My …

Scandal President Fitz: Truly Terrible? A Point-Counterpoint Discussion

Fitzgerald Grant III, the commander-in-chief in the ABC primetime soap <i>Scandal</i>, has not had a very easy first term. His time in office has been marked …

Why I won't dress like a mum

Let me get this straight, I don't want to be a traitor to fellow mothers; it's tough enough looking after kids without feeling inferior about what we're wearing too. But since having two sons (Rafferty, two-and-three-quarters, and Max, five months), I've been doing my best to resist a certain …

10 Beached Whales Die in Florida While Rescuers Struggle to Save Dozens More

National Park Service / AP<p>Pilot whales are stranded on a beach in a remote area of the western portion of Everglades National Park, Fla., Dec. 3, …

Beautifully Intimate X-Ray Portraits of Different Couples

Artists Saiko Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi have taken photos of couples to an entirely new level with these incredibly intimate <i>X-Ray Portraits</i>. The two student artists used CT scans and X-ray machines to document pairs of people within very close proximity. The skeletons seem cold and lonely, yet the …

Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac arouses debate as a 'really bad porn movie'

Two years after being expelled from the Cannes film festival after joking he was a Nazi, Lars von Trier is back with a bang – or rather a series of them. The Danish director's latest production contains scenes of oral sex, anal sex and threesomes, together with an extended montage of penis types. …

Don't hate the woman behind the 'world's worst selfie'

It's the most selfish "selfie" ever! While police officers tried to talk down a man who was preparing to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, a woman in the park below took out her phone and posed for the type of photograph that recently gave Oxford Dictionaries its word of the year.<p>She made the cover of …

The science and magic of Lindy Hop

A journalist looked out over a crowded dance floor in Harlem and asked a nearby dancer, "What do you call this dance?" The dance did not yet have a name, but it was 1928 and Charles Lindbergh (nickname "Lucky Lindy") had just "hopped" across the Atlantic, and so the "Lindy Hop" was born.<p>This may be …

Mosquitos to be bred then sterilised in bid to clamp down on malaria

Mosquitos to be zapped with radiation to make them sterile before being released to mate with females, who are carriers of malaria<p><b>South African</b> scientists are planning to breed up to a million infertile, male mosquitos in a move designed to stem the proliferation of malaria.<p>Researchers plan to zap …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

Does neuromarketing live up to the hype?

It seems like a day doesn’t go by without some sort of controversial brain-related study coming up in the media. It’s a phenomenon that is born out of the fact that brains are inherently interesting objects; everyone has one, everyone loves them. But all too often, as has been pointed out countless …

Better sunscreen needed to protect against all-day rays - Futurity

Most sunscreens don’t have the necessary ingredients to protect against the process that causes skin to look old and wrinkled prematurely.

The secret of keeping warm in the Antarctic? 'Peak layering'

Anyone planning a trip to the coldest, windiest place on Earth will be in need of some quality technical fabrics.<p>Outdoorsy types who spend weekends climbing rock faces or sailing or whatever else people do outside for fun (I'm not a member of this group of people) will know what I'm talking about. …

How your dog's brain responds to getting a treat - Futurity

Hand signals that indicate a snack make the caudate region in most dogs' brains light up, according to a new, larger study with alert, unrestrained …

Astronomers discover planet that shouldn’t be there

The discovery of a giant planet orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-sun distance has astronomers puzzled over how such a strange system …

Shiny ‘app-y people: Treating depression from your smart phone

Earlier this year I wrote about some research I was involved in, which reduced aggressive behaviour in young offenders by manipulating their perception of ambiguous facial expressions.<p>A similar principle is behind a new app, called HappyPlace, which has been developed as an attempt to combat low …

Inside a mermaid's purse

Twitter is a wonderful medium. For example, a couple days ago, I met University of Washington Biology Professor Adam Summers on twitter. It turns out that he runs a research lab at Friday Harbor Labs, where I spent a summer taking an intensive molecular neurobiology course during my graduate …

Most triplets born in US are the result of fertility treatments - Futurity

More than one in three twin births and three of four births of triplets or more in the United States are the result of fertility treatments.

The View from Up Here: Babies Learn Faster in High Chairs

Playing with those sweet potatoes again? Mashing that avocado like it’s a piece of playdough? All that gooey, messy fun could help babies learn words for things that aren’t solid.<p>Researchers have long known that babies learn language first by naming objects – table, chair, doggie, and so on. They …

Christmas shopping so stressful it triggers primal 'fight or flight' response

Battling through throngs of Christmas shoppers has become as much a part of the festive season as trees and mince pies. But psychologist Dr David Lewis claims crowds are so big now they are stirring up deep primal fears.<p>Christmas shopping feels so stressful because huge crowds spark a primal ‘fight …

Some Stranded Whales In Fla. Moving Out To Sea

Wildlife officials in southwest Florida who are struggling to save dozens of beached pilot whales say there's hope that at least some of the animals might escape after they spotted at least 20 of them swimming in deeper water.<p>The Associated Press reports:<p>"Blair Mase, a fisheries stranding …

Be Nice.

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>You may remember a little while back I reported the photographic capture of a rare jungle cat through the use of automatic camera "traps" left in the field. In the post, I briefly mentioned the …

Does your voice sound tall or short? - Futurity

People can often tell how tall or short you are just by the sound of your voice, research shows.

Ancient Human Genes Cause New Confusion For Science

When Matthias Meyer began studying the ancient DNA in the 400,000 year old fossils he found in the Sima de los Huesos, or Pit of Bones cave, deep …

17-year study shows sharks return to give birth where their moms did

There's no place like home – especially for lemon sharks about to give birth.<p>Despite absences as long as 17 years, the pregnant sharks returned to the exact spot in the Bahamas where they were born when they were ready to become mothers, according to scientists who have been tracking the creatures …

Gender Differences Found In Brain Wiring: Insight Or Neurosexism?

A new study claims to have found the neural differences between men and women. But the story's not that simple.<p>The latest neuroscience study of sex differences to hit the popular press has inspired some familiar headlines. The Independent, for example, proclaims that:<p>The hardwired difference …

Electric brain stimulation induces feeling of determination – video

During a procedure to locate the part of a patient's brain where epileptic seizures were originating, the man started to describe a sensation of 'push harder, push harder, push harder to try and get through this'. 'Sham stimulation' with the electric current switched off didn't induce the same …