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Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality

How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?<p>A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.<p>Bobby, as her friends called her (theirs is a generation of nicknames), was a farmer’s …

Rotting food is no problem for the turkey vulture, thanks to its toxic gut

Turkey vultures are amazing animals, and, lets face it, pretty disgusting.<p>They pee on their own legs. They frequently projectile-vomit. They feast on rotten meat teaming with pathogens. And if an animal's hide is too thick, a turkey vulutre will stick its bald red head right into the dead carcass's …

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

There are lots of theories about why food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease have been on the rise. Dr. Martin Blaser speculates that it may be connected to the overuse of antibiotics, which has resulted in killing off strains of bacteria that typically …

Discovery could lead to better spermicide

A component of the sperm membrane tightly controls a crucial step in fertilization, making it a prime target for efforts to either assist …

Asteroid 2000 EM26: 'potentially hazardous' space rock to fly close to Earth

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of three football fields will come uncomfortably close to Earth early on Tuesday.<p>The space rock, known as 2000 EM26, poses no threat and will pass the Earth at just under nine times the distance to the moon.<p>But it is defined as a potentially hazardous …

Talking to babies boosts their brain power, studies show

Reading bedtime stories to babies and talking to them from birth boosts their brain power and sets them up for success at school, researchers say.<p>Studies on babies and toddlers found that striking differences emerged in their vocabularies and language processing skills as early as 18 months …

Male sexual orientation influenced by genes, study shows

A study of gay men in the US has found fresh evidence that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes. Scientists tested the DNA of 400 gay men and found that genes on at least two chromosomes affected whether a man was gay or straight.<p>A region of the X chromosome called Xq28 had some impact on …

Pupil reflections in photographs could help investigators solve crimes

The eyes are more than windows to the soul, thanks to technologies that can reveal reflected faces in pupils of photographs. Dr. Rob Jenkins of the University of York's Department of Psychology published a study that showed how pupils in photographs of faces can be "mined" for hidden …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are."<br>"Where are we then?"<br>"Do you see that mountain over …

A luddite link to nano-terrorists | Michele Catanzaro

Nanotechnology has incited the wrath of a sect of anarchists who see nature as the supreme good<p><i>• This article was amended on 14 November 2013 to remove an image of the Earth First logo. There was no intention to suggest a link between Earth First and any of the terrorist attacks referred to in the</i> …

It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and suspicion, frequently reified as a chaotic, corrupted symptom of illness. But that is changing, with a growing acceptance of voice-hearing …

How Biking In Traffic Affects Your Body

The interesting biology of breathing in diesel exhaust<p>Ever wondered what all those fumes are doing to your lungs while bike or walk in heavy traffic? I certainly have, especially when biking up a hill behind a bus. (Argh, not again!) So I had to check out this <i>Globe and Mail</i> story about a recent …

The Psychology Of Loving Heavy Metal

Fans of contemporary heavy metal tend to share a dislike of authority and a bit of a self-esteem problem, one study finds.<p>You can tell a lot about someone from their taste in music. Especially if they have a penchant for contemporary heavy metal. Researchers at the University of Westminster in the …

Psychology

Drug-Resistant Germs Bred In Humans Show Up In Wild Animals

A new study finds a hospital superbug in crows.<p>Crows don't often hang out in hospitals, where the overuse of antibiotics has created drug-resistant germs. Yet crows in some areas of the U.S. carry drug-resistant bacteria in their bodies, according to a new study. Poop from about 2.5 percent of the …

Research

The moral life of babies

If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been thought that children are born amoral and that it is the job of their culture to teach them the difference between good and …

15 Volcanic Eruptions Seen from Space

A volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet’s surface or crust, which allows hot magma, volcanic ash and gases to escape from the magma chamber …

Why is light slower in glass? - Sixty Symbols

Animal invisibility cloak makes cat and fish vanish

Scientists have shown off their latest "invisibility cloak" by making a pet goldfish and a small cat vanish from plain sight.<p>The device is crude and …

How to Capture Really Sharp Photos

One of the most frustrating experiences for a photographer is to get home from a photo trip with some great images only to find that some of the …

Microsoft working on $99 video-streaming set-top box

Microsoft is looking to create a set-top box for media playback, according to a report. As well as previous rumors, this new one says that the …

Set-Top Boxes

Evolutionary theory gone wrong

Evolution? It is only a theory, many creationists will tell you.<p>"Only a theory" is meant to be dismissive, yet much of science is based on things …

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …

Engineering

Change the colour of your eyes with a laser

This week we've discovered two possible elixirs of youth, the secret to being more attractive to the opposite sex, and a back-pain breakthrough that …

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Bear Vs. Monkey Bike Race Circus

Seriously, though. What happens when a bear (who kind of looks like Master Splinter from <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i> because of the low-quality …

Turtles

Big brains, no fur, sinuses … are these clues to our ancestors' lives as 'aquatic apes'?

It is one of the most unusual evolutionary ideas ever proposed: humans are amphibious apes who lost their fur, started to walk upright and developed …

World's oldest and stickiest lab study ready for drop of excitement

In terms of output, Queensland University's pitch drop study – the world's oldest laboratory experiment – has been stunningly low. Only eight drops …

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