Category Archives: Science

Why you should love gross science

What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of “gross stuff” and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes … Continue reading

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Around the world, people have surprisingly modest notions of the ‘ideal’ life – ScienceBlog.com

It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether it’s the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In … Continue reading

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Everything big data claims to know about you could be wrong – ScienceBlog.com

When it comes to understanding what makes people tick — and get sick — medical science has long assumed that the bigger the sample of human subjects, the better. But new research led by UC Berkeley suggests this big-data approach … Continue reading

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A 3D atlas of the universe

For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it’s being shared with facilities … Continue reading

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This Quantum ‘Sixth Sense’ Could Allow Birds to Navigate Earth’s Magnetic Field

How do migrating birds know where to go? New research suggests “spooky action at a distance” might be involved.

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Why don’t most people become radicalised?

To understand what leads people into violent extremism, scientists are turning the question on its head and asking why it is that most young people don’t become radicalised. It’s part of a wave of research attempting to find ways of … Continue reading

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Researchers reverse cognitive impairments in mice with dementia – ScienceBlog.com

Reversing memory deficits and impairments in spatial learning is a major goal in the field of dementia research. A lack of knowledge about cellular pathways critical to the development of dementia, however, has stood in the way of significant clinical … Continue reading

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How do you weigh a galaxy? Especially the one you’re in? – ScienceBlog.com

A new technique for estimating the mass of galaxies promises more reliable results, especially when applied to large datasets generated by current and future surveys, according to a research team led by Ekta Patel at the University of Arizona. Published … Continue reading

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One and done: The sperm-storing bug that settled in Florida – ScienceBlog.com

The female cactus-feeding bug doesn’t need a male…for long. After a single, quick mating session, the female cactus bug (Narnia femorata) — an insect that eats the fruit and pads of cacti — can store enough sperm inside her body … Continue reading

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The Psychosocial Toll of Our Increasingly Online Lives – ScienceBlog.com

Want to book plane tickets? Order a pizza for dinner? Check available university courses? Write a note to your Aunt Sally? Chances are you’re going to need a smartphone (or laptop or desktop or smartwatch or Amazon Echo personal assistant…) for … Continue reading

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