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The Day I Got Old
I turn 60 today, and I feel vaguely embarrassed about it, like I've somehow let myself go, like I've been bingeing on decades and wound up in this unappealing condition. Chances are, most of you haven't crossed this border station yet, so you'd better listen up. Because if you play your cards right, it's going to happen to you too. Here's what it feels like to turn 60: weird. On the one hand, you


Try, try and try again: why did modern humans take so long to settle in Europe?
Homo sapiens migrated to the continent in waves – but the reasons for their early failures to overcome Neanderthals are a mystery Modern humans made several failed attempts to settle in Europe before eventually taking over the continent. This is the stark conclusion of scientists who have been studying the course of Homo sapiens 's exodus from Africa tens of thousands of years ago. Researchers ha
On Covid, we need to be careful when we talk about numbers
A recent wave of mistakes shows how misinterpreting data risks misrepresenting the impact of the virus Since we have just had Maths Week in England, it seems appropriate to look at a wave of recent errors when communicating numbers. First, the statistics may be described wrongly. The chief executive of NHS England recently claimed : "We have had 14 times the number of people in hospital with Covi
Can lucid dreaming help us understand consciousness?
The ability to control our dreams is a skill that more of us are seeking to acquire for sheer pleasure. But if taken seriously, scientists believe it could unlock new secrets of the mind Michelle Carr is frequently plagued by tidal waves in her dreams. What should be a terrifying nightmare, however, can quickly turn into a whimsical adventure – thanks to her ability to control her dreams. She can
The Desperate Scramble to Stop an Insider Election Threat
T he people who fear the most for the future of American democracy weren't watching the election returns in Virginia and New Jersey earlier this month for clues about next year's midterms. These voting-rights advocates didn't pay much attention to who won mayoral or school-board races. Instead, they've spent the past two weeks trying to discern how many Donald Trump loyalists captured control of
I used to hate exercise, but with support from my parents, I'm now jumping for joy
I was turning 40 and very unfit. Now my super-healthy parents, both in their 70s, have inspired me to exercise and I love it It's Saturday morning and I'm standing in the middle of Osterley Park, west London, between my mum and dad, getting ready for the weekly park run. My dad is jogging on the spot, my mum is doing the same. I am thinking how do I get out of this? Both of them are full of energy
Taylor Swift's Dazzling, 10-Minute Victory Lap
When Taylor Swift was only 22, she laid awake at night and worried about her age. That's the confession the now-31-year-old singer makes on "Nothing New," a track she wrote for her 2012 album, Red , but only released on Red (Taylor's Version) , the new, rerecorded version that came out on Friday. In the song, she describes how society tells young women to have fun and then shames them for experie
The Moon's Surface Has Enough Oxygen to Sustain 8 Billion People for 100,000 Years
Alongside advances in space exploration , we've recently seen much time and money invested into technologies that could allow effective space resource utilization . And at the forefront of these efforts has been a laser-sharp focus on finding the best way to produce oxygen on the moon. In October, the Australian Space Agency and NASA signed a deal to send an Australian-made rover to the moon unde
Publisher retracts nearly 80 articles over three days
The publisher IOS Press retracted a total of 79 papers last month from two journals, some for citing work unrelated to the subject of the articles and some for, well, everything. The retraction notice in one of the titles, the Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems reads: The Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of … Continue reading
Any plans to design cars to be drunk driving resistant?
I saw an article of a boy who was basically a living testament to Final Destination, who died on his second accident with a drunk driver. It made me wonder if car manufacturers have considered to design cars such that the brake system kicks in to stop a car if it detects irrational driving behaviour caused by drunk driving and automatically issues a 911 call to the operator to check on the driver
Save on Science Toys And DIY Kits During This Pre-Black Friday Sale
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All fruits are not created equal. In September the pear tree produces an army of hard pellets tasting of twine, of whining, tasting of the word but . What animal sprayed its body's bitter water across this bark year after year? Who knelt here to bury amulets forbidding flavor? Other pears require company to produce fruit, but this tree bargained with the local devil: Permit me to self-fertilize a
Biologisk forskning overdriver kønsforskelle
PLUS. En stor gennemgang af biologiske studier viser overrapportering af kønsforskelle, som ikke understøttes af evidens. Mangel på kritisk statistisk analyse betyder, at tilfældige forskelle fejltolkes som signifikante.
2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #46
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, November 7, 2021 through Sat, November 13, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: The Keeling Curve: What path will we take , Extreme Makeover: Human Activities Are Making Some Extreme Events More Frequent or Intense , The Keeling Curve: Monitoring our progress to N
From the archive: a colourful personality test, 1970
Six well-known public figures take the colour test. Who chose calming blue? The Observer Magazine of 8 March 1970 had a bit of fun with a colour test developed by the psychologist Dr Max Lüscher that supposedly revealed personality and character traits ('Showing your true colours'), despite his stern warning that 'it is not a parlour game or a horoscope'. Robert Shields, the Observer 's psycholog
Han hoppas kunna se till tidernas begynnelse
Anton Vikaeus forskning handlar om att försöka begripa hur det gick till när de första stjärnorna och galaxerna bildades i universum. För honom kommer det nya James Webb-teleskopet att bli avgörande. – Det vore fantastiskt om vi kan hitta en första generationens stjärna, säger han.


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