Rahim Abdul Mohammad

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A pioneer in our understanding of cell shape and movement will be sorely missed – but his work lives on<p>Every major story in science is interwoven with millions of threads, each thread a little story in its own right. In the news, you read about the big breakthrough in terms of individual …

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What Makes You Want To Click This?

A University of Bristol study tells us the biggest rule of clickbait: No one wants to read about finance.<p>It's the holy grail of Internet journalism: The click. How can I persuade you, in a few capitalized words, that this article will be worth the load time?<p>According to a new study from researchers …

Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere four billion years ago

Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere more than a billion years before the Earth, say scientists. An examination of meteorites and rocks on the planet …

The Greatest Heists In History [Infographic]

Or, how to steal the Mona Lisa in a few easy steps.<p>Well-executed heists make for good stories, but history's greatest heists, as this infographic published by SimpliSafe shows, are so unbelievable they're almost art.<p>Take, for example, this: a man on board a Portland-to-Seattle flight in 1971 passed …

Retractions Won't Help If Nobody Reads Them

A scientist explains the frustrating road to publishing contradictory findings, and why he ended up pulling his own article instead.<p>Science runs on replication: if a study can't be reproduced, then it's probably not worthwhile. So, if a paper isn't being reproduced, you'd think scientific journals …

Take a billion-pixel tour of Curiosity rover's surroundings on Mars

Fans of extraterrestrial anomalies will have a field day with the billion-pixel view of the Curiosity rover's surroundings at a place called Rocknest on Mars. The 360-degree clickable panorama lets you zoom in on an eerie Martian "bird," a weird series of holes, or a shiny object sitting on the Red …

Mouse brains differ if dad was stressed out - Futurity

U. PENNSYLVANIA (US) — A male mouse’s stress leaves a lasting impression on his sperm, …

Study: People Are Mean To Their Unattractive Co-Workers

"Hot or Not" as research tool.<p>A study led by an associate management professor at Michigan State University sought to answer the Question of Our Time: are people mean to the less attractive?<p>The study is simple. Very simple. 114 workers at one workplace somewhere in the "southeast" were surveyed to …

For the first time, scientists can identify your emotions based on brain activity

The mind reading trick, done before with objects, is now plumbing the depths of human feeling<p>The field of neuroscience has been animated recently by the use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or fMRI. When a person lies in an fMRI machine, scientists can see their brain activity in real …

Animals know more than you think

Perhaps it is no coincidence that the animals we think of as being the most stupid – pigs, chickens, sheep – are also the ones we don't always treat …

If you're not attractive, coworkers can be cruel - Futurity

MICHIGAN STATE (US) — Employees who are considered unattractive are more likely to deal with …

Man and Robot: where will the story end?

They can already perform operations, provide companionship and fight wars. But should robots be given the power of thought? And rights? Will Storr reports.<p>There are three of us in the laboratory: Jules, me and Dr Ute Leonards. Leonards asks me to sit in front of Jules. As I do, he looks me in the …

How To Detect Counterfeit Drugs

Deadly fake drugs are everywhere. Here’s the new tech to bust them.<p>Growing up in Pakistan in the 1980s, Muhammad Zaman and his family always knew which pharmacy to trust when they got sick. Today, even the pharmacists don't know whom to trust. Just last year, more than 200 people in Lahore died …