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Literary Lives

The writing life is an anxious, competitive, and disappointing one (“Life is so constructed that the event does not, cannot, match the expectation,” Charlotte Brontë wrote). But it can also be thrilling and joyous, with occasional intimations of greatness. This week, we’ve collected six pieces …

Literature

Scientists Pinpoint When Humans Had Sex With Neanderthals

Scientists have long-known that our human ancestors got down and dirty with Neanderthals. But when exactly did this interbreeding first occur?<p>A study from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany offers a new answer.<p>For the study, researchers sequenced the genome …

Los coches de F1 son ahora 8 segundos más lentos que hace 10 años

Para muchos seguidores de la Fórmula 1, la actual temporada es una decepción. El cambio de motores y otras regulaciones de carrera han alterado por …

#SabíasQue Woody Allen es el director más recurrente en la Muestra Internacional de Cine. http://t.co/bLyzkV9ZNL

Who are the 20th Century’s 10 best composers?

It was a turbulent and fascinating 100 years in music history – who made the greatest contributions? Clemency Burton-Hill makes her picks.<p>Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Glass on the eve of the world premiere of his new opera The Trial<i>,</i> based on Kafka’s masterpiece. Researching …

The Arts

Scientists Want To Test Lab-Grown Penises In Humans

Manmade man parts, in case you've lost part of yours to injury, illness, or a congenital condition<p>Are you ready? A team of scientists say they're getting ready. They want to implant lab-grown penises onto human volunteers within the next five years, the <i>Guardian</i> reports. The pensies are designed to …

Wake Forest University

John O’Keefe, May-Britt and Edvard Moser win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – as it happened

We’ve had a late reaction from Hugo Spiers, who as the head of the Spatial Cognition Group at University College London is perfectly placed to explain the research behind this year’s prize. His morning schedule was disrupted by a fire alarm at UCL, but he found time to send us this neat summary:<p>All …

En la cárcel pese a las pruebas de ADN

Un holandés está preso desde 2003 por tres agresiones sexuales en Fuengirola pese a que la policía alertó en 2007 de que los restos hallados eran de …

Starwatch: The ice giants

When Pluto was exiled to the class of dwarf planets in 2006, it left a solar system of eight planets that could be divided neatly into two sets of four. Closer to the Sun we have the smaller rocky worlds of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars while beyond the asteroid belt are the gas giants Jupiter, …

A Step-by-Step Guide to Your Next Creative Breakthrough

Take a moment to look at the image on the opposite page. What do you see? Just a neural network? Perhaps you spotted the hidden figure. If so, you …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Communicating Your Science to the Non-Expert

On July 23, the Society for Neuroscience held its first interactive webinar titled “Communicating Your Science to the Non-Expert.” During the …

Rinden homenaje a Hermann Hesse

Reforma/Redacción<p>Con actividades artísticas y culturales, el escritor Hermann Hesse será evocado este fin de semana a 52 años de su fallecimiento, …

10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

Many of the world's greatest scientists were inspired to go into their fields by reading science fiction books. And it's easy to see why. A lot of …

Science Fiction

How to Brew Coffee: 8 Step-by-Step Videos from Stumptown Coffee & Bon Appétit

We got a major lesson on how to brew coffee—eight different ways—with these videos from java experts Stumptown Coffee Roasters<p>Coffee. Any way you look at it, it's become way easier to get a decent cup in the past decade or so. The rise of good coffee (and the attendant coffee nerdery) has made us …

Coffee

Podcasts: Where to Start, What to Listen To, and How to Do It Yourself

Podcasting has long since broken out of the niche corners of the internet. If you haven't gotten into it yet, it's time to. Here's what you need to …

Siria: Islamistas lapidan a mujer por adulterio

BEIRUT (AP) — Un clérigo leyó el veredicto antes de que llegara el camión con una pila de piedras cerca del jardín municipal. Combatientes yihadistas …

Human brain subliminally judges 'trustworthiness' of faces

Finding from brain scans adds to evidence that we make spontaneous, largely unconscious judgments of strangers<p>The human brain can judge the apparent trustworthiness of a face from a glimpse so fleeting, the person has no idea they have seen it, scientists claim.<p>Researchers in the US found that …

Astronaut performance jeopardized by sleep deprivation

Astronauts working on ISS missions sleep just over six hours a night.<p>Ever since the Apollo 11 headed to the Moon in late 1969, astronauts have …

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …

Inventions

Apunta lente de Tunick a México

Reforma/Redacción<p>San Miguel de Allende. El fotógrafo estadounidense Spencer Tunick informó que en el otoño próximo regresará a la Ciudad de México …

Una buena fotografía se obtiene sabiendo dónde pararse. Ansel Adams. Os dejamos una galería con las mejores imágenes de la semana. ¿Con cuál os quedáis? http://mun.do/UI2nZO

Brains Vs. Bias: Crash Course Psychology #24

With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

Basic biology has it that girls are girls because they have two X chromosomes — the things inside cells that carry our genes. Boys are boys because they have one X and one Y. Recently, though, there's been a lot of debate in scientific circles about the fate of that Y chromosome — the genetic basis …

The Little Rover that Could: Opportunity Reaches Odometer Milestone

NASA’s Opportunity mars rover now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles of driving. Given that the rover has been …

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs is required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may …

Una nueva forma de rastrear tus movimientos en la red que es prácticamente imposible de eliminar

Un equipo de investigadores de la Universidad de Princeton y de la KU Leuven de Bélgica han descubierto una nueva herramienta de seguimiento que es …