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Why has the act of not voting become fashionable?

This article in the Daily Mash is obviously a joke although quite a thought provoking one. Only 36% of the population in the UK voted in...

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Life from statistical mechanics

Jeremy England claims to be able explain the existence of self-replicating objects--such as life--using non-equilibrium statistical...

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Climate change posing challenges for flood management

Councils everywhere, including Australia, should be following this lawsuit with much interest. While the rest of us don't really have...

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Bison reintroduced to Romania

Great to see the number of wild European bison increasing after being declared extinct in the wild after the first world war.

After a 200 year absence, the European bison has been returned to southern Romania in the biggest reintroduction of the species to take...…

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UKIP's "Surge"

The votes are counted, the results are in, and every media outlet in the country would have you believe that a party that took control...

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BICEP's mistake?

Apparently, it's looking as if the BICEP team might have made a mistake in estimating their foregrounds (galactic dust), which would...

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Blood Donations, Homophobia, and Bad Science

South Africa has debuted a new blood donation policy that bars anyone - male, female, homosexual, heterosexual - from donating blood if...

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Netflix at 48 Million

The conversation around television we should be having now is international. The U.K. is an important territory in the influence it has...

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Sorry, Archbishop. You can't have your (gay) cake and eat your (homophobic) one too.

The Church of England had to clarify the Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks earlier this week when he stated that "We have to accept,...

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The Truth Behind that "Life in a Drop of Seawater" Image

I am not a scientist, but came across this image several times through Twitter and Facebook beside some caption along the lines of...

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"Can't" Should = "Can"

Turning "I can't" into "I can" can be a very challenging endeavor - not only for people who have any sort of disability, as I do, but for...

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Never become the story...

UKIP Director of Comms Patrick O'Flynn broke every PR's golden rule yesterday - he became the story.

The former journalist turned...

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Energy Security and Climate Change Move Up the Ranks

Though the actual support for renewable energy technologies hasn't changed over the past few years (80% support in 2014 vs 79% support in...

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Crouching Black, Hidden Wormhole

Sagitarrius A* is a super interesting object in the center of our galaxy, and we have solid evidence that it weighs a lot: it is...

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Can Social Media "Bring Back the Girls"?

The "Bring Back Our Girls" Campaign has spread like wildfire among westerners on social media this past week. The campaign is focused on...

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Protesting Against Lack of Subtitles on Amazon

In the UK, Amazon's Prime instant video streaming service bizarrely -- and inexplicably, considering the presence of technology being...

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Going beyond ourselves: scientists create new form of life

What do you have in common with E. coli, a brachiosaurus, and Jesus? The language in which genetic code is written. There are only...

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Education as an Experience

Recent shifts away from traditional liberal arts models and towards online learning (MOOCs) and specialized classes open doors to...

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Conchita wins Eurovision!

I am thrilled that Conchita has won the Eurovision Song Contest. Having a contestant who does not conform with gender stereotypes is one...

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Nutritional Earth Science

Another year and another great cooking contest comes to a close. This one may not have a television show, but for the last month the...

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1 sheet = 2000x magnifying power... Not sure about the math

Who knew! A single sheet of paper and a couple of ball lenses is all you need to make a microscope that can magnify samples up to 2000...

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Banksy and The Boys

Broad Plain Boys Club has been running in Bristol for well over 100 years and has helped many boys to realise their full potential....

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Therapeutic Mexican jumping Bean

If you have never heard of or played with a Mexican jumping bean before, they are worth checking out. They are seed pods that house...

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Stanford the first major university to begin divestment from fossil fuels

This is major, major news. On the same day that the National Climate Assessment was released, which gave dramatic evidence of the climate...

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Interactive road markings

The idea is that during the day, the road markings absorb light and then at night keep glowing, which sounds like an excellent idea....

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#cash4science

When I moved to the UK six months ago, I kept spinning the faucet handles the wrong way to turn off the water. I ended up with a lot of...

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Palaeontology in 3D

The University of Michigan has set up a website where you can look at scans of fossils from their collection in 3D, you can spin them...

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Would you wear "smart" contacts?

Shoving a circuit board into your eye may seem rather nearsighted. However, a research team at Google believes that this sort of...

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Of glass ceilings and discrimination

I am puzzled when I encounter disbelief from colleagues, male and female, about glass ceilings and discrimination in academia. "Didn't...

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Saving Minds and Souls?

Anthropologist (of both mental illness and religion) T.M. Luhrmann has picked up on a new policy of evangelical churches to get...

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Nigerian Government Moving Forward

In advance of this week's World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, recent comments regarding economic growth in Nigeria from the Minister...

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Get Exciton-ed!

Woah! The colourful picture - below left - may not look like anything spectacular, but it is the first image of an exciton, captured...

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A Single Pixel

A wonderful turn of phrase in a thoughtful article about the orthogonality of religion and science, and the overwhelming scale of the...

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Go ahead, throw your money away

The forest of neurotechnology startups is tangly and sinister. Tangly for the sake of most brain-computer interface technology not being...

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Coldest brown dwarf

Astronomers have recently announced the discovery of the coldest known brown dwarf, WISE-J0855, with a temperature of -20 degrees...

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Change or just window dressing

Johnson & Johnson join APP on the list of recent companies to commit to "zero deforestation".

I'm posting this because it's an...

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Rotation rate of Beta Pictoris b

Beta Pictoris b is a gas giant exoplanet about 7 times more massive than Jupiter, orbiting its star at about the same distance as...

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The Cosmic Web

If you flew out in a spaceship and parked in a spot between the Milky Way and Andromeda, what else would be there?

New observations...

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No more Neanderthal insults: they were as smart as Homo sapiens

“You’re such a Neanderthal!” A wealth of archaeological evidence has destroyed the stereotype of the dumb Neanderthal; our...

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Better storytelling with a collection of photographs

Sometime you happen to shoot one image and it already tells a story. Failing that, a more bullet-proof way to present a narrative is to...

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Drying and Browning in the Congo forests... but biomass still increasing

In recent decades networks of permanent research plots has been established in tropical forests around the world, providing many...

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Are monocultures making us more vulnerable to climate change?

This article is suggesting that we look to other crops as climate change reduces yields of favourite staples like wheat and corn - but...

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Mite-y Speedy

Most kindergarten students would tell you with a smile that the cheetah is the worlds fastest land animal. Although this is true when...

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Bad science

This takes bad science to new heights...so people were given a VOODOO doll (!) and asked to take it home with them for 3 weeks and then...

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China GDP surpasses US pretty much now.

So it seems that China has done (or is doing) it. It appears they will become the world's largest economy this year.

It'll likely...

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