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Natural selection favours darker pigeons in cities

A fun study, which reminds me of the peppard moth at school - where the dark forms became common in smoky cities, and the white mottled...

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Move the Clocks Forward at 4pm on Friday

So we all just lost an hour of our weekends - not very fair considering we work 5 days a week and only have 2 days off. We love those...

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Climate change

Climate change is most likely due to increased greenhouse emissions that has had a noticeable effect on the average global temperature. ...

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Rats absolved!

Nothing like a plague and death to draw a little interest on a Sunday morning!

This comparison of the genome of Yersinia pestis - ...

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Bitcoin 2.0 Shows Technology Evolving Beyond Use as Money

Active dinner party chat about this last night at chez Jones!! People seem to be twigging that the bitcoin rails (block chain) could...

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King in the car park?

Two academics say that there is doubt that the skeleton found in the car park in 2013 did belong to Richard the III. However, the...

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Cybathalon 2016: A Competition for Augmented Humans

Every Olympic games, athletes have access to new technology designed to give them the slight edge they need to win medals. Whilst the...

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Image management

If you could arrange to have your face shown next to around 10 other faces, who would you choose? How about 6 or 7 young beautiful...

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Crows are pretty awesome

Crows are generalists, so like us, they need to learn to find food. My favourite crow story is that apparently they've learned how to ice...

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Welcome to the family

Looks like we've found another dwarf planet in our solar system: 2012 VP113. I think we need to give it a more welcoming name...

Today, astronomers announced the discovery of 2012 VP113, a world that, assuming its reflectivity is moderate, is 280 miles (450...…

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FeeX launches in the U.S. to be the ‘Waze of retirement fund planning’

Some people just cant stop themselves.. Uri Levine (co-founder of Waze) has turned his gun turret towards the US retirement plan market...

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Badger cull madness

Maybe I am naive, but I was shocked to hear that the government are planning to go ahead with the badger cull again this summer. The 219...

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Imaging an Earth twin

Detecting life around an M dwarf would be exotic by solar system standards. It will be more challenging to detect life on a planet...

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Cultural Barriers Impeding Progression of Women to Senior Roles

New Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) research finds cultural barriers are impeding uptake of paternity leave and...

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Everyone loves a new dinosaur

So I have sort of being trying to resist posting about new dinosaurs, people find them surprisingly regularly (there was a mini T.rex...

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1500yr old cryogenically preserved moss

Scientists have managed to re-grow moss that became frozen in Antarctica 1500 years ago. By extrapolation, this implies that ecosystems...

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Quantum mechanics and Cosmology meet

It will be very interesting to see if this results stands the test of time. Pretty amazing that we can actually draw conclusions about...

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Edward Snowden at TED

Very interesting to hear him talk through his ideas; he certainly didn't just lunge at the 'cc all' button.

Things were...

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Drinking and Not Driving?

To some, the idea that a self-driving car could take you to the pub and back without worrying about drink driving may seem trivial. But...

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Bill Gate's time management

This article about leadership and how to organise your time brought to mind a story I was told several years ago about Bill Gates.

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X-Ray Laser

It won't be long before every country in the world builds a 3 km x-ray LASER.

Physicists have set up an extreme obstacle course for some of the world's fastest electrons. First the particles are accelerated through...…

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Deep Diamond "Oasis"

Battered diamond hints at "wet zone" deep inside the Earth!

Without the diamond - and the water-rich mineral inside it - scientists had no hope of confirming the make-up of material so deep inside...…

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Death of a ladies' man

Love is suicide -- at least for semelparous species where sex is a once in a lifetime fatal affair.

He’s a complete mess, but he’s still after sex.

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Time to start thinking about energy efficiency...

I think we all appreciate that our ageing energy infrastructure needs upgrading and it's going to come at a cost. As consumers that's...

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Waves on Titan

A possible detection of tiny waves on one of Titan's hydrocarbon lakes. Although it sounds like a fairly tentative detection, it's...

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Dampening vole cycles: why we should give a hoot

You would think that stable yearly vole populations would be beneficial for owls, but this long-term study has shown that fluctuations in...

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The real Crash bandicoot!

Brand new paper out describing a new fossil species of Bandicoot from Australia, they've chosen the scientific name for the new species...

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A Big Difference Between Land and Sea Ice

"When the Mackenzie River's water is held back behind the sea ice barrier, it accumulates and gets warmer later in the summer," said...

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WhatsApp and $19 billion. How!?

For me, this article hits the nail on the head.

Facebook have purchased the future of mobile messaging by acquiring WhatsApp. People...

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Hungry hungry galactic center

A sizeable cloud of gas and dust is headed straight toward the center of our galaxy: directly into the mouth of the supemassive black...

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63 year old bird hatches a chick

At 63 years old, Wisdom the Laysan albatross is the oldest wild bird on record, first banded in 1956. If that wasn't impressive enough,...

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Protecting our pollinators

Many pollinators need specific habitats and specific conditions within that habitat. A prime example is the Large Blue butterfly which...

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Should you trust a robot over a human?

The perceived trustworthiness of a robot is tied to a belief it will do good, but ultimately this will always throw up problems. Even...

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The Correct View on Design

A different perspective on designing appliances to solve the world's problem of waste. She proposes focusing on the whole life-cycle of...

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Is Instagram a new tool for pro photographers?

Is Instagram a new type of massive online photo exhibition? Or merely a new social media fad full or pictures of what you had for...

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Facebook "Fraud"

A very convincing video from Veritasium video blog suggesting that advertising on Facebook actually damages your presence online.

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Humans relying on fewer crops has damaging consequences

Not only does relying on fewer crops have implications for diet and drought but homogenisation of the landscape in this manner decreases...

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Tinder Matches In Antarctica

Could it be a (slightly belated) Valentines PR stunt for Tinder? Possibly, particularly as the researcher in question asked not to be...

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