Was campaign to guard Somerset Levels driven by politics or science? —> Read More Here
Britain will experience three times as many heatwaves as it does now by 2100
Sale could fetch $3.5 million, money which DNA pioneer says he will use to ensure the academic world remains a place for great ideas
Muggle magic: Scientists use Harry Potter’s Sorcerer’s Stone to pinpoint the areas of the brain that allow us to understand stories
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of eight people as they read a chapter of a Potter book. —> Read More Here
Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities. —> Read More Here
The US Special Operations Command is funding a radical new drug being developed by Australian scientist to put the injured into a ‘survival window’. —> Read More Here
The San Francisco firm said the move will help it build a ‘more personal experience’ for users – and gives them the option to switch it off. —> Read More Here
A report by The Royal Society in London, warns that floods, droughts and heatwaves are set to increase as global climate and population size, location and age continue to change. —> Read More Here
A few of my closest friends are physicists. In fact, when I went to see Interstellar, I made sure one of them was at my side. My physicist pal and I loved the movie, and to us (especially the physicist) the physics of the story were merely a layman’s version of the real thing, but that was the right way to do it. A third member of our viewing party, a girl whose interests could be described as more spiritual than scientific (not that the two are mutually exclusive), utterly despised it. What I couldn’t figure out, despite her attempts to explain, was why. I kept coming back to the conclusion that it was because she didn’t understand it, but the reality is that plenty of people — very intelligent people — don’t fully understand the physics behind Interstellar, but its ratings would suggest that they don’t mind the confusion.
The truth, though, is that she just wasn’t interested.
Many people just aren’t interested in space.
As Pope Francis slammed Europe as “elderly and haggard” in an address this week in Strasbourg, the speaker of the Polish parliament, Radek Sikorski, warned in the WorldPost that Europe’s starkest challenge is defending “a world of rules” against an aggressive Russia. Writing from the Vatican for our “Following Francis” series, Sébastien Maillard looks at the “holy ghostwriters” behind the pontiff’s tweets and encyclicals.
WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports from Istanbul on yet another retrograde move in Turkey’s modern history taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who declared this week that men and women can’t be equal. Though Erdogan still considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party a terrorist organization, Nazand Begikhani writes from Iraqi Kurdistan about how women from that party who have taken up arms to defend their fellow Kurds from the radically misogynist Islamic State are also advancing equal rights in their own society.
This week, as the Israeli cabinet moved to define Israel as a “Jewish state,” the French parliament, like other European parliaments of late, is voting on whether to recognize a Palestinian state. Writing from Paris, —> Read More Here