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When Darwin and Einstein were brilliantly wrong

Our pick of the week from around the web, including notable science failures, the French way to treat cancer and how relationships evolve on social media.<p>The case for blunder<br>Freeman Dyson | New York Review Of Books | 18 February 2014<br>Review of Brilliant Blunders, by Mario Livio, telling how five …

Ray Kurzweil

The Illustrated Theory of Everything

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen Hawking<p>Stephen Hawking is widely believed to be one of the world’s greatest minds, a brilliant theoretical physicist whose work helped reconfigure models of the universe and define what’s in it. Imagine sitting in a room listening to Hawking discuss these achievements and place them …

Physics

Secrets of Mental Math

• <b>Author:</b> Arthur Benjamin & Michael Shermer<p><b>These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers.</b><p><i>Secrets of Mental Math</i> will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never …

Mathematics

In Tibet, Dogs Breathe Comfortably With Less Oxygen

Tibetan Mastiffs have evolved to tolerate high altitudes.<p>See Spot run. See Lassie save Timmy from a well. See Tibetan Mastiffs climb 4,500 meters above sea level on the Tibetan Plateau. The ever-so-fluffy Tibetan Mastiff, which commonly serves as a guard dog for the plateau's residents, is able to …

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

Watchful! "The future of particle physics?"

Science Weekly podcast: trapped in Antarctica's icy grip

After their plight made headline news around the world early this year, Alok Jha and Laurence Topham debrief us on the ill-fated Australasian Antarctic Expedition and the controversy that followed<p>As <b>Kevin Fong</b> takes over Science Weekly presenting duties for the next seven months, Guardian …

Golden Meaning: 55 graphic artists reveal the maths of the golden ratio

The world’s top graphic designers explore the ancient geometrical concept in poetry, food, sculpture, hairstyles and decorative art<p>Golden Meaning: graphic artists depict the golden ratio – in pictures<p>Pictured above are two self-portraits of the British designer Oli Kellett.<p>Which one is most …

How Effective Is This Year’s Flu Vaccine?

Earlier today, estimates for the current flu vaccine’s effectiveness published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The research suggests the vaccine is around 60 percent effective against the flu.<p>Researchers from the CDC and several …