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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, … Continue reading

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A computer system that knows how you feel – ScienceBlog.com

Could a computer, at a glance, tell the difference between a joyful image and a depressing one? Could it distinguish, in a few milliseconds, a romantic comedy from a horror film? Yes, and so can your brain, according to research published this … Continue reading

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7 Nests That Will Change How You Think of Birds

SciShow Published on 4 Aug 2019 There are estimated to be over 18,000 different bird species with a wide variety of nest shapes and sizes. From teeny, adorable cups to massive compost mounds, the diversity of birds’ nests is definitely … Continue reading

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Member Voices: Debbie Hawker

“The local members of our team were amazing! They had been working for months during the epidemic and had international staff come and go but they welcomed us with open arms.” This month, with World Humanitarian Day marked on 19th … Continue reading

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Skywatching Spider Photobombs Perseid Meteor Shower

How do you spot a “shooting star”? Well, you don’t look for eight legs; that’s for sure. But a NASA camera designed to photograph meteors spotted more than it bargained for during the Perseid meteor shower, when a curious spider … Continue reading

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Coming to a farm near you: The humble microbe boosting Europe’s food industry

By: Alex Whiting Farmers who want to produce bigger chickens, fewer greenhouse gas-filled cow burps or healthier animals are increasingly able to turn to one tiny source: microbes. The microbes… Source: Coming to a farm near you: The humble microbe … Continue reading

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Space champagne science ready for celebrating space travel

Quartz Published on 24 Sep 2018 Drinking champagne in outer space is now possible, thanks to a new kind of bottle created by Maison Mumm. The champagne company made the product specifically so that space tourists can share bubbly in … Continue reading

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Bats use leaves as mirrors to find prey in the dark – ScienceBlog.com

On moonless nights in a tropical forest, bats slice through the inky darkness, snatching up insects resting silently on leaves–a seemingly impossible feat. New experiments at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) show that by changing their approach angle, the echolocating … Continue reading

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What causes antibiotic resistance? – Kevin Wu

TED-Ed Published on 7 Aug 2014 View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-antibio… Right now, you are inhabited by trillions of microorganisms. Many of these bacteria are harmless (or even helpful!), but there are a few strains of ‘super bacteria’ that are pretty … Continue reading

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First pictures of enzyme that drives new class of antibiotics – ScienceBlog.com

Understanding how antibiotic scaffolds are constructed in nature can help scientists prospect for new classes of antibiotics through DNA sequencing and genome mining. Researchers have used this knowledge to help solve the X-ray crystal structure of the enzyme that makes obafluorin … Continue reading

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