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Laurie Santos: What Makes Humans Unique (HeadCon '13 Part VII)

I'm going to talk about some new findings in my field, comparative cognition. I'm interested in what makes humans unique. There are findings that I …

Grinspoon's Sagan Lecture: Terra Sapiens -The Role of Science in Fostering a Wisely Managed Earth

Blackadder – your country needs you

Michael Gove has hit out at TV shows and historians who depict the first world war as a "misbegotten shambles". But does satirising or criticising the great war really denigrate ordinary British soldiers, as the education secretary claims?<p>Once, in Blackadder, the eponymous first-world-war British …

Physicists Unveil New Test For 'Theory Of Everything'

Physicists have unveiled what they say is a new, practical way to test for a transformative 'Theory of Everything'.<p>String theory is an eloquent but …

Patients deserve the truth: health screening can do more harm than good

There was some good news shortly before the Christmas break: the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee announced an enquiry into health screening.<p>The need for a review is pressing. Screening always sounds good – catch disease early, while it can still be treated – but the reality is more …

Renegade Inc

Thatcher's legacy - when you really think about it - was to convert a nation of shopkeepers to a nation of estate agents and debt peddlers.

Cobra Electronics demos power pack that can jump-start your car

Cobra Electronics is a big player in the automotive world, largely thanks to its line of radar detectors. What a lot of people don't know, however, is that the company has also been dabbling with products that jump-start your car. At this year's CES, Cobra is introducing the JumPack, which it says …