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Why We Need Science Now More Than Ever

At a get together with colleagues the other week, as we were commiserating about the abysmal state of politics today, one of them remarked in jest that didn’t we know, facts don’t matter anymore, we are living in a “post-fact” society. Although the term has been around longer than it may seem, the notion that […]

Machines have nothing on mom when it comes to listening

More than 99% of the time, two words are enough for people with normal hearing to distinguish the voice of a close friend or relative amongst other voices. His study involved playing recordings to Canadian French speakers, who were asked to recognize on multiple trials which of the ten male voices they heard was familiar […]

The creature with the key to immortality?

Sea anemones are a common sight on many coastlines, and despite their brightly coloured appearance it seems they may have a common ancestor with humans. What’s more, researchers are wondering whether the creatures could hold the secret to eternal life, writes Mary Colwell. Source: The creature with the key to immortality? – BBC News

Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015: Discovery of neutrino oscillations, showing that neutrinos have mass

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 to Takaaki Kajita Super-Kamiokande Collaboration University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan and Arthur B. McDonald Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.” Source: Nobel Prize in […]

Record-breaking solar flight reaches Hawaii after 5 nights and days airborne without fuel

The longest and most difficult leg of the Round the World Solar Flight attempted since last March by Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg ended successfully in Hawaii. At the controls of Solar Impulse 2, pilot André Borschberg landed safely in Hawaii after flying 117 hours and 52 minutes over the Pacific Ocean from […]

Robotic insect mimics Nature’s extreme moves

The concept of walking on water might sound supernatural, but in fact it is a quite natural phenomenon. Many small living creatures leverage water’s surface tension to maneuver themselves around. One of the most complex maneuvers, jumping on water, is achieved by a species of semi-aquatic insects called water striders that not only skim along […]

The Earth’s changing climate, 2014

In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several markers such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse gases — setting new records. These key findings and others can be found in the State of the Climate in 2014 report released […]

Breathtaking ruins of Soviet’s space shuttle program

(CNN)What was once the gleaming pride and joy of the Soviet space program now lies covered in dirt and bird droppings in a disused hangar in Kazakhstan.With their broken windows, missing tiles and ransacked interiors, these shuttles are a haunting — and fascinating — piece of space history, rarely seen by the outside world.Indeed, when […]

Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains

The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new Commission, published in The Lancet. However, the report provides comprehensive new evidence showing that because responses to mitigate and adapt to climate change have […]