Taking a vacation from your daily routine and a break from all the excitement (and horror) of the latest science happenings is certainly very healthy. But a lot happens in science, even in only a few days, so we’ve put together the top 9 science highlights you may have missed over summer. 1. Space is
Breaking from a conversation in Spanish and turning it into a discussion in German is a two-step process that requires a degree of cognitive effort. Until now, researchers have never been sure which part required more work: ending the first language or starting with the second. A new study reveals just what’s going on upstairs
Sexual pleasure was once thought to be a cure for female hysteria – a totally fabricated disease meant to explain fainting, anxiety, sleeplessness and, of course, a woman’s “tendency to cause trouble“. As little as 100 years ago, it was routine practice for doctors in the Victorian era to bring their female patients to orgasm
Several hundred kilometres to the east of what is today Cape Town, South Africa, stands one of the world’s oldest art galleries. The cave is already known for ancient inscriptions, but one art-piece discovered back in 2011 stands out from the rest. It consists of a handful of intersecting red lines on the side of
A literal pot of gold has been found not at the end of a rainbow, but in the basement of an old, abandoned Italian theatre. During an archaeological dig last week, historians discovered a broken soapstone amphora – a kind of stone urn – at the bottom of the Cressoni Theatre in Como, northern Italy.
A man is suing a cryonics ‘life extension foundation’ for failing to freeze his father’s body – preserving only the head – and sending the rest of his decapitated, cremated remains home in an unexpected package. Laurence Pilgeram passed away at his home in California in April 2015 after a cardiac arrest. He was 90
Ever been in a situation where passing wind is going to be hugely embarrassing and you’ve had to hold in a fart? Let’s face it – we all have. Trying to hold it in leads to a build up of pressure and major discomfort. A build up of intestinal gas can trigger abdominal distension, with
What is the purpose of life? Whatever you may think is the answer, you might, from time to time at least, find your own definition unsatisfactory. After all, how can one say why any living creature is on Earth in just one simple phrase? For me, looking back on 18 years of research into how
You’re at home, making your dinner and suddenly you see an eight legged intruder waltzing around your kitchen. Although it probably won’t be much comfort in the moment, your spider encounter is extremely typical, according to a new study out of the UK. The researchers, from the University of Gloucestershire and the Charles Darwin House
I feel a sentimental longing when I recall the day I attended a The Cure concert with my friends, the mornings I drew on the condensation of the school bus windows, and the evenings I played board games and watched Disney movies with my brothers. Clearly, this wistful longing for the past is quintessential nostalgia.
Medical training exercises are getting more and more realistic. Recently, companies have developed robots that medical students can practise on. The idea is that these pretend people can lead us a little way into the uncanny valley, so we have to deal with the emotional response as well as the methodology behind a procedure. One
A series of attacks with a microwave weapon is the latest theory for what could have sickened or distressed roughly two dozen people associated with the US Embassy in Cuba over the past two years. This hypothesis, advanced in recent days in several news reports, dominated a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on Cuba policy
New research suggests the human eye and brain are capable of seeing ghosted images, a new type of visual phenomenon that scientists previously thought could only be detected by a computer. It turns out our eyes are more powerful than we thought. The discovery could teach us more about the inner workings of the eye
At 58 storeys and 645 feet high (197 metres), the luxury Millennium Tower is the tallest concrete structure in San Francisco. It’s also one of the most unstable. On Saturday, an apartment owner detected a large fissure in his window on the high-rise’s 36th floor, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Earlier that day, residents
Residue on 7,200 year old pottery found in Croatia has pushed back the dawn of cheese making in the Mediterranean. The find resets the timeline of agriculture in the region, with fermented dairy products being made a mere five centuries after milk was first stored. But its innovation was more than just a culinary milestone
Why is it sometimes so hard to convince someone that the world is indeed a globe, or that climate change is actually caused by human activity, despite the overwhelming evidence? Scientists think they might have the answer, and it’s less to do with lack of understanding, and more to do with the feedback they’re getting.
It’s an irreversible tragedy that has been felt the world over. On Sunday, a huge and devastating fire ripped through Brazil’s National Museum (Museu Nacional). And just like that, in a matter of moments, two hundred years of work, research and knowledge was wiped from the collective history of humanity. The museum, which was founded
The paywall that separates millions from free access to scientific knowledge is finally being torn down, thanks to a radical new initiative announced by 11 European nations. The UK, France, Italy, and eight other countries have formed a bold pact called cOAlition S, designed to ensure that from 1 January 2020, all publicly funded scientific
Do you want $500? No, seriously, you can have it right now. Or, if you can hold off for a little while… you can actually have $1,000. So, what’s it going to be? As it turns out, the way you decide to answer this hypothetical question may in fact be a predictor of your earning
Scientists say microwave signals may have caused brain injuries to 33 US officials and their family members at embassies in Cuba and China. The saga began in 2016 when 24 US diplomats and their family members fell ill after being exposed to what US officials claim was some form of “sonic attack”. The victims suffered