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Former Facebook Exec: ‘You Don’t Realise It But You Are Being Programmed’

This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives. Read More >>

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Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded to Creators of the World’s Tiniest Machines

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists for their pioneering work in developing molecular machines. These gadgets measure just a thousandth of a human hair in width, and they’re poised to revolutionise everything from manufacturing and materials to medicine and the functioning of the human body. Read More >>

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X-Ray Images of Bird Feathers Hold the Secret to Dinosaur Colours

Textbook illustrations and museum dioramas could soon be even more accurate in their depiction of the rich colours of long-extinct animals like dinosaurs. An international team of scientists used advanced X-ray imaging techniques to map out elements related to pigmentation in modern birds of prey, which they will use to reconstruct the likely color patterns of fossil specimens. Read More >>

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This Amazonian Caterpillar Sports Donald Trump’s Hair 

Did Donald Trump happen to lose one of his signature hairpieces in the Amazonian wilds of Peru? Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer snapped this image of a caterpillar sporting the Republican candidate’s signature bright orange-yellow tufts of hair while on a scouting expedition in Peru. Read More >>

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It Would Cost a Whole Lot To Live on the Moon

This week Elon Musk announced plans to plans to build a “self-sustaining city” on Mars. It’s a thrilling notion, although folks were quick to point out not just the technical challenges of accomplishing such a feat, but also the tremendous cost. Even living on the Moon for a year would be pretty pricey, as a new video makes clear. Read More >>

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How Venomous Creatures Can Kill You – Or One Day Save Your Life

If you’ve ever been stung by a jellyfish while swimming in the ocean, you know first-hand the pain that a venomous creature can inflict, even if it doesn’t outright kill you. But scientists studying the chemical properties of venom might one day be able to develop therapeutic drugs that could save lives. Read More >>

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Another Psychological Study Fails the Reproducibility Test

The field of psychology is currently in the midst of a kind of civil war, with one side claiming a widespread reproducibility crisis, and the other just as loudly proclaiming that concerns are greatly exaggerated. There’s certainly evidence for the former. Last year, a University of Virginia initiative called the Reproducibility Project repeated 100 experiments and failed to replicate fully one-third of them. Read More >>

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Those Used Coffee Grounds Could Get the Lead Out of Your Water

Those used coffee grounds you dump into the bin might just help remove lead and mercury from drinking water one day, according to a new study by a team of Italian scientists. Read More >>

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Breakthrough Quantum Cat Experiment Captured on Camera

The paradox of Schrödinger’s cat—in which a quantum cat is both alive and dead at the same time until we check to see which state it’s in—is arguably the most famous example of the bizarre counter-intuitive nature of the quantum world. Now, Stanford physicists have exploited this weirdness to make highly detailed movies of the inner machinery of simple iodine molecules. Read More >>

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Meet the Winners of This Year’s Ig Nobel Prizes

Rats in tiny trousers, pseudoscientific bullshit, the personalities of rocks, and Volkswagen’s, shall we say, “creative” approach to emissions testing were among the research topics honoured by the 2016 Ig Nobel Prizes. The winners were announced last night at a live webcast ceremony held at Harvard University. Read More >>

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Wonder-Gadget Allows Researchers to Read a Charred Biblical Scroll 

For over forty years, archaeologists have longed to peek inside a badly damaged ancient scroll found on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Now an international team of scientists has managed to do so by virtually unrolling the scroll, revealing the text hidden deep within: the first few verses from the book of Leviticus. Read More >>

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Scientists Made Beautiful Holograms Using Sound

We’re all familiar with holograms by now, the projected 3D images created by manipulating light. But can you create a hologram with sound? Read More >>

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Does Listening to This Pink Kinetic Sand Give You the Tingles?

Kinetic sand is a freaky-looking substance made of 98 per cent sand and 2 percent silicone oil, so it sticks to itself, but won’t stick to anything else. It’s like an especially granular type of dough, and you can watch — and hear — the stuff in action in a new short “trigger” video from The ASMR Circus. Read More >>

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How Tiny Algae Helped Form the Famous White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover were formed almost 100 million years ago from the crushed shells of tiny single-celled algae. Now a team of scientists has identified the specific ocean conditions necessary for these sea creatures to thrive. Read More >>

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Now We Know How Beer Foam Stops All That Sloshing

There’s something especially satisfying about a nice cold brew with a thick head of foam. But that foam also serves a purpose: not only does it enhance the flavour of your beer, it also helps dampen the inevitable sloshing when you and your pals clink glasses. Scientists now think they’ve pd out why. Read More >>