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Arctic Ocean 'acidifying rapidly'

<b>The Arctic seas are being made rapidly more acidic by carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report.</b><p>Scientists from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) monitored widespread changes in ocean chemistry in the region.<p>They say even if CO2 emissions stopped now, it would take …

Global Warming

The man who lives without food

Rob Rhinehart has replaced all his meals with a nutrient-rich shake he calls ‘Soylent’. Is it dangerous? Or the future of food? Will Storr reports.<p><b>Last Christmas, Rob Rhinehart</b> realised that <b>food</b> doesn’t work. At least, not very well. Its function is to deliver the energy and nutrition that the body …

UFOs 'Roam Our Skies' Says Former US Air Force Intelligence Officer

WASHINGTON—A former U.S. Air Force major with 5,000 flying hours described in detail his encounter with an UFO, telling former members of Congress at …

Paranormal

Royal Society scientists angered by Prince Andrew's election as fellow

After more than 350 years of largely happy association with assorted royalty, Britain's pre-eminent scientific institution, the Royal Society, faces …

Science Weekly podcast: the genetics of gender and sexuality

This week <b>Camila Ruz</b> meets Dr Helena Cronin, co-director of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics, …

Cicadas on the rise: Bug fans and scientists get ready for the big buzz

Backyard bug-watchers are seeing the winged bugs known as cicadas come out of their holes in New Jersey and North Carolina after 17 years of underground slumber — and scientists say a full-scale outbreak may not be far behind.<p>"There are some pretty convincing reports coming out," John Cooley, an …

Telling time on Saturn

Undergraduate student shows how planet’s magnetosphere changes with the seasons.<p>A University of Iowa undergraduate student has discovered that a …

Why Don't We Have Artificial Gravity?

"Why Don't We Have" is a PopMech series explaining just why some of the technologies promised by science fiction have yet to become fact. Today: artificial gravity.<p><b>One thing that nearly all spaceship-based</b> sci-fi movies have in common is their portrayal of an artificial gravity system. People walk …

What Makes Ebola So Deadly?

Ebola viruses prevent the body from mounting an immune response against them, but a new study finds that mutating just one gene makes the virus unable to suppress the immune system.<p>A new study has found, at a molecular level, what makes the Ebola virus so deadly.<p>The virus uses a combination of …

Me, Me, Me: People Who Overuse The First-Person Singular Are More Depressed

A new study links first-person singular pronouns to relationship problems and higher rates of depression.<p>Researchers in Germany have found that people who frequently use first-person singular words like "I," "me," and "myself," are more likely to be depressed and have more interpersonal problems …

New Dinosaur Species Found In China

A new dinosaur found in China may be the oldest of its kind--and a crucial link between lizard-like dinosaurs and the feathered, late-period creatures that bore a closer resemblance to today's birds.<p>A team of international researchers led by James Clark, from the George Washington University, found …

How long is a spoonful of water?

Officially, Alex Bellos covers the maths beat around here but I'm pretty sure he doesn't have exclusive rights. Anyway, this is just a bit of fun. I …