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By Ken Clark, Queen's University, Ontario Picture a scientist. Seriously, right now. I’m not going to discuss the nature of the person that you have in your mind (although I am going to guess: White? Male? Crazy hair? That’s not...
How Famous Magic Tricks Work Magic is the alleged ability to manipulate supernatural forces.  More specifically, stage magic is the art of making things happen that appear to be impossible. It is an ancient art, used over the centuries for both entertainment...
Organisations such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Mars One are all in a race to be the first to colonise Mars, with SpaceX founder, Elon Musk announcing plans for this as early as 2025! But what will Mars really...
Dungeons and Dragons has managed to remain a pinnacle of gaming for more than four decades due, in large part, to how well it stimulates the imagination (it also helps that it was referenced extensively on the show Stranger...
Does the size of the universe prove God doesn't exist? Emily Thomas, Durham University Scientists now know that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies. It’s a mind-scrunchingly big place, very different to the conception of the universe we had...
Vaccines are generally considered to be the most successful public health intervention ever devised. The successful use of vaccines in preventing disease means that most parents of young children in first world countries today have never seen a life-threatening case...
Neil Dagnall, Manchester Metropolitan University From ghosts to ghouls, witches to wizards, Halloween is the one time of the year when people come together to celebrate everything supernatural. But beyond the fancy dress and trick or treating, belief in ghosts...
Earth’s ancient history is full of giant versions of modern animals. Evolutionary forces, like competition for resources, or changes in climate, pushed these species to become incredibly large. And we're not just talking about giant dinosaurs - there were...
The recently released Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 4 (2017 edition) includes a number of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from belief in Bigfoot and psychic powers to visits by aliens and haunted houses. Currently the most common...
Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland As the United Nations warns of the dire consequences of global warming, the commitment of the Australian government (in 2014) to the reality of climate change remains unclear, with a history of disturbingly uninformed...
In the 1990s, a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) formed a blackjack team which became famous around the world due to their success. They achieved something seemingly impossible – they took down Las Vegas....
Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video...
Ageing can seem like a scary prospect, but many scientific studies have found that youth isn't all it's cracked up to be. There are plenty of cases in which human beings peak well into middle and old age. Teenagers may...
Self-driving cars, autonomous cars, driverless cars – regardless of what you want to call them – are expected to revolutionize the entire automobile industry. For over a century, cars have consisted of a fairly straightforward combination of wheels, steering...
R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ll bet that’s true,” before you had all the facts? Most people probably have at some point. Where people differ is in how often they do so. A...
The Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia (Cappadocia, Turkey) These rock formations have made Cappadocia one of the most popular destinations in Turkey. The surreal land wouldn’t look out of place in Star Wars or Game Of Thrones. The spiraling stone formations...