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Exomoons as habitable environments

There are quite a few teams currently trying hard to detect moons around known exoplanets. The main approach they're using is to search...

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The tactics of prehistoric man

In the quest to understand the evolution of intelligence, one of the most tantalizing questions is this: when did prehistoric man...

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Google releases self-driving car video, internet goes crazy

Google released a video a couple of days ago about the progress they've made on their self-driving car project. Predictably, this was...

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Media portrayal of insects: freaky, dangerous, sexual.

In a world of 7 billion people, we are vastly outnumbered by arthropods. Occupying every niche in our world, from the the bottom of the...

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Tracking Innocence on Death Row

A recent student indicates that as many as 1 in 25 criminal defendants handed the death sentence in the U.S. is innocent. Contrasting...

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Let's do the time warp again...

Finally I have an idea of why time seems to move in very weird ways when living in Oxford (because living here is a bit like being on a...

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Searching for Innovation

As the west continues to struggle its way out of the GFC, one of the hot topics is innovation - where it comes from and how to get more...

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The Fermi Paradox

Here's a thought-provoking article by Andrew Snyder-Beattie of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. In it, the...

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Why Y?

Since the discovery of the Y chromosome and its general state of health, so to speak, there have been observations/expectations/musings...

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Mosquito-hunting laser death ray

Pure genius - a laser that can shoot down mosquitos in mid-flight as they annoyingly buzz around your head! Apparently the lasers in DVD...

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Worth every penny? The cost of going Green

Cool infographic that puts a lot of impressive figures into perspective. The complexity of global energy sectors can never be represented...

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Hollywood stars, striking cinematography, dramatic soundtrack...and climate change?

Walking into my US hotel room this week, I was surprised to find an advert for Years of Living Dangerously @YEARSofLIVING lying on the...

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New discovery may mean 'life goes on'

You may have heard about the discovery of gravitational waves - or at least evidence thereof - last month by the BICEP2 collaboration....

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In search of another Earth

Exciting day in astronomy! Recently-discovered exoplanet Kepler-186f is almost the same size as the Earth, and is in the habitable zone...

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Capital Punishment's Bloody History

This article provides grisly snapshots of capital punishment in the United States. Despite the gruesome practices described here, the...

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A tree is a tree- isn't it?

George Mombiot questions Owen Paterson's motives for agreeing to build a motor service station in an ancient woodland with historical...

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Consciousness as a state of matter?

You've probably heard of the canonical states of matter. Solid, liquid, gas. Maybe plasma if you've got a physics friend. (She's the...

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100 years of Manufacturing - what an achievement!

I wonder just how many of today's start ups or early stage companies will be around in 30 years never mind achieving 100 years of...

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When Science Meets Politics

Nowhere is the clash between politics and science more stark than in the climate change reports released by the Intergovernmental Panel...

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Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It

Here is a link to a great 20 minute podcast from Freakonomics that captures both sides of the bitcoin argument. They talk to bitcoin fan...

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Biting the 'GREEN' Apple ?

Reading these articles is always interesting as it is perpetually hard to distinguish good intentions from scheming corporate objectives....

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Bach to basics: scientific modelling of musical instruments

Scientists are a long way from being able to accurately computationally model exactly what distinguishes an excellent instrument from a...

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Photography for its own sake

These days we always have a camera of some sort with us; we document our lives obsessively ("pics or it didn’t happen!"); we flood...

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Resourceful bees make use of an abundant resource

As bees start to emerge from their winter hibernation, many solitary bees will begin to search out places to raise their young. Many...

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Summer mega-heatwaves

The heatwave and drought that hit Europe in 2003 led to thousands of extra deaths and had widespread and long-lasting impacts on...

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Distant cousins.

We share over 99% of our genome with Neanderthals. Yet the differences between us and them are pretty huge - from physical appearance, to...

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VC is a new software industry - We think so too

Angel List, FudnersClub and CircleUp have led the charge here. However the big boys like Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia and Andreessen...

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Our self-regulating Earth

James Lovelock suggests that Earth is self-regulating and does not need saving. He also mentions, in the short video, that social insects...

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The procrastination gene?

I must admit, I definitely have a tendency to procrastinate. Has it always been the case though? I'm not sure - perhaps previously I...

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Near miss... by a pebble

A ballistics analysis by a NASA scientist suggests that the footage of the rock could either be: (A) a small pebble from the parachute...

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Positive climate news

More action sooner, and we might have a chance of staying below a 2ºC global temperature rise... and it won't break the bank.

Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the...…

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House of Spiders

Incredibly, many entomologists suffer from arachnophobia - the fear of spiders. This is a beautifully written piece by EO Wilson, one of...

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Sony Getting Back Into Robotics?

It seems that just about every large company on the planet has suddenly decided that robots are the next big thing. The latest is Sony,...

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Can't beat them? Why not eat them?

Globalisation is not a term saved solely for anthropomorphic purposes. The movement of people across geographic and political...

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Cereal Box Psychology

As a huge cereal lover, this is really interesting stuff. Any brand character displayed on a cereal box makes eye contact with...

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The quest for knowledge can be painful

The quest for knowledge is noble. You must be tactful, passionate, and dedicated. Few would doubt that Michael Smith (a PhD student at...

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It doesn't cost the world to save the planet

The IPCC says that abandoning fossil fuels and investing in renewable energy will get us on the right track in lowering the anthropogenic...

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Equality and Diversity - one step too far??

Whilst I approve of the light being shed on the disparity of women and ethnic minorities in the legal profession, I do not agree with...

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Less wind more sun

The UK is a windy place with little opportunities for sun. Let's be honest. If you want sunshine the UK is the last place you'll go....

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Ukraine's combat dolphins switch allegiance to Russia

Who knew dolphins had political agendas? Don't miss the "How to train your dolphin to be an assassin" link!

The dolphins are trained to patrol open water and attack or attach buoys to items of military interest, such as mines on the sea floor or...…

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A change of heart

Turns out space does some crazy stuff to your body: your heart becomes spherical.

When astronauts go to space, they are not only affected by a loss of muscle mass, but new research shows that their hearts are also at...…

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A moon made of cheese

Jupiter's moon Io is like a huge ball of fondue in space: friction-induced heating from intense gravitational forces keep its...

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The human diet

Have we evolved to desire and crave energy rich food consisting of fats and sugars? Do we become sated sooner on proteins compared to...

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What should be our governing principles?

Two sides have inarguable 'right' on their side:

On one side: protecting the poor from themselves is patronising and an excuse...

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Royal experts don't exist

The statement Princess Anne made to BBC's Country File in regards to badger culling was irresponsible and may encourage illegal killing....

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The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary combating disease and cultural ignorance

Absolutely fascinating story about a brave and determined man who risked everything, losing his wife, family and social status along the...

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Imagine this strange place

I cannot even begin to imagine what it's like in the dark waters of the ocean under the surface of one of Saturn's moons. However, this...

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Perfect Channel on Bdaily

Ten strangest things sold by auction in the last year

By Phil Bird

The strangeness of the things in my top ten is inspired by this variety. As CEO of an auction technology business, I keep note of amusing...…

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Really really cool use of light and space and a little haze.

Very effective.

United Visual Artists invites you to experience 'Momentum', a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement, which...…

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Are rarer pets more desirable?

This study by Bush et al. has shown that rare birds are not the most traded birds. My master thesis was on the international bird trade...

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Incredible life cycle of parasitic wasp

The life cycle of this parasitic wasp is a great example of how intricate and complex nature is.

Most animal species on Earth we never see. In fact, we have no idea what they look like, much less how spectacular they are. This...…

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A Robot To Perform Surgery In Space

Imagine trying to do surgery in a zero-gravity environment. Bodily fluids flying everywhere, no table to sit surgical tools on. It would...

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Smelling is believing (in a perfect match)!

A dating firm has been inspired by studies showing that women judge a man's attractiveness by his personal (biological, not aftershave)...

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