Raymond Van Zyl

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Psychology research: hopeless case or pioneering field? | Dorothy Bishop

A new Science study has highlighted a potential problem in reproducibility in psychology. But, as <b>Dorothy Bishop</b> points out, it’s also the starting point for the revitalisation and improvement of science<p>Ever since Brian Nosek and his colleagues first set up the Reproducibility Project in 2011 many …

Thailand issues good behaviour manual for Chinese tourists

Etiquette manuals in Mandarin are being printed for the 90,000 Chinese tourists who are expected to travel to Thailand for Chinese New Year, later this week.<p>The manual will instruct visitors on museum etiquette, requesting that paintings are not touched, warn against using public property as …

New Rosetta pictures reveal crack in the neck of comet 67P

Photograph: European Space Agency<p>A a long, deep crack appears in the neck region of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as seen here in this latest image from Rosetta …

Cure for memory loss could be on the horizon

Breakthrough study could hold the key to ending memory loss and offer a lifeline to Alzheimer's sufferers<p>Birthdays, passwords, colleagues' names. At some point everybody struggles to remember something important.<p>For Alzheimer's sufferers the feeling is a relentless onslaught as cherished memories …

Astronomers Spy Monster Star Merger on the Move

A coming collision could let astronomers peek at the birth of a jumbo star.<p>Twin monster stars are merging, astronomers report, in a confirmation of a long-held theory on how supermassive stars are born.<p>A Spanish astronomy team reports the eclipsing binary star system, known as MY Camelopardalis (MY …

Warning over experimental brain boost

Electrical brain stimulation equipment – which can boost cognitive performance and is easy to buy online – can have bad effects, impairing brain functioning, research from scientists at Oxford University has shown.<p>A steady stream of reports of stimulators being able to boost brain performance, …

Meet the first lady of graphene, turning harmful gases into the wonder stuff

Catharina Paukner is building a supersized graphene factory in Cambridge that can turn methane from landfill - or even cows - into modern-day black gold<p>The birthplace of graphene – the one-atom-thick carbon – is Manchester University, where it was created by two physicists. But Cambridge could …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Quantum Physics

Asteroid strike warnings build towards campaigners’ big day of rock

Rock stars, astronauts and scientists from around the world have joined forces to combat the existential threat posed by an asteroid strike with plans for a live concert and an awareness day.<p>Preparations for Asteroid Awareness Day will be unveiled alongside a declaration signed by leading figures …

Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

Photograph: Crown Copyright. IWM/Imperial War Museum<p>Commanding presence: Churchill leaving HMS Ajax to attend a conference ashore. Athens can be seen in the …

'Eye of Sauron' Opens Galactic Vistas to Astronomers

Gigantic black holes provide a new cosmic yardstick for charting far-off stars.<p>Monster black holes lurking within the core of galaxies offer a new way to measure how far many objects in the universe are from Earth, astronomers report on Wednesday—and with much better accuracy than ever before.<p>The …

Shia LaBeouf art show collaborators speak out about his alleged rape

Two artists who collaborated with the actor Shia LaBeouf on an art project called #IAMSORRY have spoken out about his alleged rape during the performance earlier this year.<p>In an interview with Dazed magazine, LaBeouf wrote that a woman had raped him during one performance of the piece at a Los …

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip

Construction flies in the face of US calls for a freeze on building in the disputed Spratly Islands<p>Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading …

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

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Surgeon tied to India sterilization deaths arrested

A surgeon has been arrested on charges of negligence and attempted culpable homicide in the deaths of a dozen women who had undergone sterilization operations at a mobile clinic in one of India's poorest states.<p>Dr. R. K. Gupta, assisted by a team of fellow medical professionals, operated on 83 …

Philae lander sends back first ever image from comet

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander has sent back the first ever image from the surface of a comet.<p>The picture shows the cracked, bumpy surface in monochrome, with one of Philae’s three legs in the bottom left of the frame. It is not yet clear whether the leg in the image is actually touching …

Congratulations Ubisoft, You're The New EA

Yesterday, the dam broke for Ubisoft, and the gaming press and gaming public stopped fighting each other after two months of GamerGate warfare to turn toward a new common enemy. In fact, Ubisoft seems to have crossed so many lines with their recent Assassin’s Creed dual release, that critical …

11 really cool space missions

It's hard to top the tricky, first-ever landing on a comet, broadcast live on the Internet.<p>That's what space lovers and other curious types got on Wednesday, when the European Space Agency's probe Philae touched down on Comet 67P.<p>It was high drama that continued into the afternoon as questions …

Rosetta comet mission: Philae landing craft launched from mother ship

The European Space Agency’s comet lander has been launched from its mother ship and is dropping towards the surface. The washing-machine-sized Philae landing craft separated from the main Rosetta spacecraft at 8.35am GMT, with confirmation received on Earth at 9.05am GMT.<p>The lander will now fall …

Church: Mormon founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives

<b>(CNN) —</b> The founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, wed as many as 40 wives, including some who were already married and one as young as 14 years old, the church acknowledged in a surprising new essay.<p>Smith's marital history had been the subject of frequent historical debate, but until recently …

Vladimir Putin’s shawl gesture to leader’s wife covered up by Chinese

It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive.<p>Worse still were off-colour jokes that …

US air strike on Islamic State convoy killed leader’s key aide

A key aide to the leader of Islamic State (Isis) has been killed in a US strike on a convoy near the Iraqi city of Mosul that destroyed 10 vehicles carrying a number of the group’s top militants.<p>Abdul Rahman al-Athaee, also known as Abu Saja, died in the attack on Friday. A key aide to the Isis …

Interstellar review – if it’s spectacle you want, this delivers

The title of Christopher Nolan’s behemoth space epic says it all – a grandiloquent declaration of scale that smacks simultaneously of ambition and hubris – like Titanic, both the ship <i>and</i> the film. The good news is that this flawed but frequently awe-inspiring movie about wormholes and black holes …

Phase transitions: steam engines, Dark Matter and the Higgs | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

How the physics of the industrial revolution now connects cosmology and particle physics<p>We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was mainly about Dark Matter.<p>“Dark Matter” is the mysterious stuff which we postulate to explain several …

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …