Category Archives: Science

There are seven types of near-death experiences, according to research

Depending on your beliefs, the experience of death hovers over our lives like an unknowable but inevitable void. Aside from the well-cited ‘bright-light at the end of the tunnel’ cliché, we have no idea what it’s going to look or … Continue reading

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Here’s what happens when rural Africans eat an American diet for 2 weeks

We all know that a diet heavy in processed foods isn’t doing us any favours, but a new study has now provided insight into just how quickly fast food can trigger biological changes. In the study, researchers asked 20 fast … Continue reading

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Dark matter and stars ‘conspire’ to keep elliptical galaxies’ spin stable

There’s more going on here than meets the eye. An international team of researchers has found what they’re calling a “conspiracy” inside elliptical galaxies. It appears dark matter and stars are working together to alter the speed at which elliptical, … Continue reading

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Changes in your blood can reveal cancer 13 years before it develops

A new study has shown that there are tiny genetic changes happening in our cells more than a decade before cancer is diagnosed, and they can be detected through a simple blood test. The research found that there are changes … Continue reading

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Michael Faraday’s Early Scientific Life

Alfy’s comment regarding gesturing mentioned Michael Faraday’s scientific lectures at the Royal Institution in London. This reminded me of a documentary I watched recently. Here are a couple of clips about Faraday. Part 1 Part 2

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Scientists discover an enzyme that can change a person’s blood type


Scientists have discovered that a particular type of enzyme can cut away antigens in blood types A and B, to make them more like Type O – considered the ‘universal’ blood type, because it’s the only type that can be … Continue reading

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‘Alternative Protein’ Could Make Up One Third of the Market by 2050

Could the source of our protein be the most pressing environmental question of the day? Bill Gates seems to think so. The software tycoon has invested in two big plant-based protein start-ups: Hampton Creek and Beyond Meat, and has gone … Continue reading

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Mathematicians argue that the ‘golden ratio’ is NOT the formula for beauty

If you’ve read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, you’ll be familiar with the golden ratio – the idea that there’s one ratio that’s reflected throughout the Universe’s most aesthetically pleasing objects, from the Greek Parthenon and the Pyramids of … Continue reading

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New mitochondrial DNA editing technique prevents genetic diseases in mice

A new technique to edit mitochondrial DNA has been tested on mice, and if replicable in humans, could help prevent mothers living with certain incurable disease from passing them onto their children, researchers say. Mitochondria are tiny powerhouses found inside … Continue reading

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Are centrioles carriers of biological information?

EPFL scientists discover that certain cell structures, the centrioles, could act as information carriers throughout cell generations. The discovery raises the possibility that transmission of biological information could involve more than just genes. Centrioles are barrel-shaped structures inside cells, made … Continue reading

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World’s largest vertical farm opens this year in the US

A 21,031-square-metre vertical farm will open in Newark, New Jersey later this year, and is expected to grow close to a million kilograms of pesticide-free produce annually. Made out of an old steel factory, the farm will not only be … Continue reading

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How Big Is The Sun?

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Calbuco Volcano In Eruption Southern Chile

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Exercise ‘not key to obesity fight’


Physical activity has little role in tackling obesity – and instead public health messages should squarely focus on unhealthy eating, doctors say. In an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, three international experts said it was time to … Continue reading

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The Universe

Edited from an article by Paul Davies To begin with the only hard fact we have on this topic: Nobody knows the structure or form of the universe. It’s debatable whether or not we will ever be able to know with any … Continue reading

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World’s First Battery Powered Rocket Could Slash Launch Costs

The world’s first battery-powered rocket not only sounds like something straight out of science fiction, it could very well upend the space industry by ushering in a new wave of frequent and low-cost rocket launches. The carbon composite “Electron,” unveiled … Continue reading

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The Scientific Power of Thought

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Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies

After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA’s WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them. “The idea behind our research is that, if an … Continue reading

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New study finds significant genetic basis for sex offending

Researchers have found that male relatives of convicted sex offenders are five times more likely to commit a similar crime themselves, and that the risk is influenced heavily by their genes. The study, led by Niklas Långström, a professor of … Continue reading

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Manganese and Photosynthesis

One of the most important elements used to make the photosynthesis process complete is Manganese. Photosynthesis has two main stages: light reactions and dark reactions. The light processes the light from the sun, the dark is the internal process creating … Continue reading

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