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A gay Sulu enters 'Star Trek,' but Takei disapproves

NEW YORK (AP) — USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu is portrayed as gay in "Star Trek Beyond," but George Takei, who originated the role, isn't pleased.<p>A scene in the upcoming film plainly presents Sulu, played by John Cho, with a male spouse raising an infant daughter. Cho told Australia's Herald …

Science Fiction

Mars breakthrough: Amazing picture that shows Red Planet could have once teemed with life

NASACrust-like rocks deep in the crater are evidence of<p>Data and images sent back by the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover - an all terrain space probe …

Geology

Dos and don’ts for common colds

Many of the methods advised to ward off the common cold are based on pseudoscience rather than fact. David Robson looks at what works and what doesn’t<p>Covering your chest with brown paper and vinegar, soaking your feet in hot water, or wearing wet socks – the old cures for the common cold can seem …

Alternative Medicine

Evolution: Why are most of us right-handed?

Right-handed people are dominant worldwide – but why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>We humans don’t typically agree on all that much, but there is at least one thing that an impressive amount of us accept: which hand is easiest to control. If you use one hand for writing, you probably use the same …

Anthropology

Why do we have pubic hair?

[This video contains adult themes]<p>Greg Foot explains what makes pubic hair grow where – and when – it does. What does science have to say about the pros and cons of removing this hair? Foot explores the pro-hair versus anti-hair camps, finds out what the most common removal-related injury is, and …

Hair

Psychology: Why does guilt increase pleasure?

Feelings of guilt can make our temptations feel even more seductive. So could we be healthier and happier if we just embraced a little bit of vice, asks David Robson.<p>This year, my New Year’s Resolutions are going to take a somewhat different form to those of previous Januaries. I’m forgoing my …

Psychology
The Brain

Experiment: Does sound affect your taste?

Here’s a simple way to find out whether your taste buds are affected by what you listen to – grab a coffee and watch this video.<p>Science has shown how certain sounds can make crisps taste crunchier, oysters taste saltier, and aeroplane food taste bad.<p>But could sounds play tricks on your taste …

Coffee

Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

Lips

How the blood of the young could reverse ageing

The best reads from around the web, including vampire-inspired rejuvenation, why suicide isn’t more common and the dilemmas of artificial intelligence.<p><b>Digital</b> <b>philanthropy</b> | Interview: Bill Gates<p>Conversation about the work of the Gates Foundation, with a digression on Bitcoin and a coda on …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

Singularity

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto

Pluto, get ready for your close-up.<p>After traveling nine years across more than 3 billion miles of space, a spacecraft the size of a grand piano is about to give humanity its first high-resolution view of the dwarf planet that's about two-thirds the size of our moon.<p>Nobody knows what the rendezvous …

Rosetta Spacecraft, First to Orbit Comet, Finds Surprises Aplenty

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft reports unexpectedly bumpy, dusty, and dry discoveries on its new home.<p>Drama abounded when Europe's Philae probe landed on a comet last November—especially when the lander bounced a half mile into the air before its final touchdown, then quickly lost power. (See "Comet …

Why Do People Sneeze in Twos and Threes?

Why Do People Sneeze? Because Your Sneezes Are Wimpy<p>Sneezes never seem to be lonely. As soon as you expel your first mighty “achoo,” there’s usually another sneeze lurking right behind to follow it up. For some people, there may be two, three, or even 10 that come after that original sneeze, making …

Biomedicine

Orson Welles Hates ‘Vertigo,’ Calls ‘Citizen Kane’ A Comedy And More From ‘My Lunches With Orson’

Orson Welles Hates 'Vertigo,' Calls 'Citizen Kane' A Comedy And More From 'My Lunches With Orson'<p>The rise and fall of Orson Welles’ filmmaking career …

IFTTT launches iPhone app: 'Mobile has always been in our plans'

Quietly, IFTTT has become an indispensable tool for a growing number of internet users, making connections between web services including Facebook, …

Every Car Can Be Connected to the Cloud

Even older vehicles can now be easily linked to the web. Is this a revolution, or an answer in search of a question?<p><b>You probably haven't missed</b> that every product in our lives is getting connected to the Web. Computers, phones, and tablets are old news; now it's televisions, refrigerators, washing …

If you made a sphere of all Earth’s water, how big would it be?

Earth is the water planet. What if you could take all of the water on Earth and form it into a sphere? How big would it be?<p>We think of Earth as the …

Karl Lagerfeld Staging Fashion Show In Dallas, 'Loves' Texas

Karl Lagerfeld may just be the most chatty designer in fashion. Hardly a week passes without the fashion figure giving his brutally honest two cents on something or someone (like Pippa Middleton or Adele). Fortunately for Texans, Karl decided to play nice when he turned his attentions to the Lone …

Researchers Trace Languages Of Billions Back To One Ancient Ancestor

At the end of the last ice age, a single language fractured, until it became the languages we speak across Asia and Europe.<p>At least 15,000 years ago, a single language started to break up. It broke into about seven different languages and, over the next 5,000 years, splintered into thousands more. …

More on sexy dinosaurs

As readers may know, I've been away in Canada for the last few weeks, and coupled with a rush at work, the Lost Worlds had rather ground to a halt. …

Babylon's hanging garden: ancient scripts give clue to missing wonder

The whereabouts of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – the fabled Hanging Garden of Babylon – has been one of the great mysteries from …

Estee Lauder, Cosmetics Legend, And Her Flawless Skin (PHOTO)

Estée Lauder's childhood dream wasn't to become a cosmetics creator. In fact, the New York native saw her "name in lights" as a movie star. Lauder may not have won any Academy Awards, however, her name has become emblematic of the American dream.<p>As the youngest of nine children, Lauder spent her …

Coffee For A Cause: What Do Those Feel-Good Labels Deliver?

What does it take to find guilt-free coffee?<p>Much of our coffee comes from places where the environment is endangered and workers earn very little — sometimes, just a few dollars for a whole day's work. Coffee farmers have helped cut down tropical forests, and most of them use pesticides.<p>It doesn't …

How are humans going to become extinct?

<b>What are the greatest global threats to humanity? Are we on the verge of our own unexpected extinction?</b><p>An international team of scientists, mathematicians and philosophers at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute is investigating the biggest dangers.<p>And they argue in a research paper, …

Singularity