Archaeology, Feature Post, News

Spectacular Archaeological Discovery: Lost City Belonging to Mysterious Culture Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest

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An expedition in the Honduras has emerged from the jungle with a spectacular announcement: they have discovered the remains of a lost city belonging to an unknown, mysterious culture. The team was investigating a lead regarding the site of a storied “White City,” also referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.”  La Ciudad Blanca (the White City) is

Feature Post, News, Science

Why we need to publish negative science – the perils of publication bias

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Science journal today seem to be dominated by positive results – that is those that are statistically significant and lead to a dramatic finding. The devil’s in the details they say, and the same hold true for the advances of science. While it’s true that groundbreaking research is what leads to leaps, these jumps are often ambiguous. Hundreds of other papers – some which control tidbits, other that replicate past findings – are paramount to filling in the blanks.

Feature Post, Science

Featured Researchers: This Week in Science

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OK, it’s been a while since we did this feature, but it’s back now – and it’s here to stay. This is where we take a look back at the past week, discussing the most interesting studies and the researchers behind them. Bees have false memories too   Article Featured Researcher: Lars Chittka Affiliation: Chittka Lab, Queen Mary University of London Research Interests: His

Feature Post, World Problems

The tragic story of Tanzanian Albinos – hunted for body parts for witchcraft

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Most of the time, the so-called civilized world would just rather turn a blind eye towards what is happening in Africa; right now, I’d like to shed some light on what it’s like to be an albino in Africa, and more specific, Tanzania.

Feature Post, Science

Airports all over the World are turning into Giant Bee Hives

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Airports, some of the busiest places, are now becoming unlikely hosts for bees. Not content with mechanical winged contraptions, airports all over the world, from Germany to the US, are stepping up their sustainability game and installing apiaries. Next time you’re down the airport concourse to your gate, stop for a second and look outside. You might be in for a surprise!

Biology, Feature Post

Worst pain known to man is caused by world’s largest ant

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Quick: imagine the worst pain you’ve been in. Now, triple the pain. That sounds like really harsh, but believe it or not chances have it you’d still not come close to being stung by the bullet ant – the largest ant in the world. A native to the western rainforests of South America, this insect packs a heavy punch that’s believed

Art, Feature Post

Crystallizing books – the spectacular art of Alexis Arnold

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We see this too often – loads and loads of discarded books in storage rooms, on the sidewalk, even in our homes. Abandoned books are a much too common sight, and at least to me, a depressing sight. This inspired San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold to embark on a fascinating quest to make something beautiful – crystallized books. “The Crystallized Book series

Feature Post, Great Pics

Places on Earth that actually look like Hell

"On the lava field" - photo credits Денис Будьков (Denis Buldakov)

The orange molten rocks beneath Kamchatka’s volcanic landscape looks surreally out of this world. It looks like a gateway to hell, or even yet, like Mordor. The Kamchatka peninsula, located in eastern Russia, is riddled with 160 volcanoes, including 29 active ones. The highest volcano is Klyuchevskaya Sopka (4,750 m or 15,584 ft), the largest active volcano in the Northern Hemisphere, while the Kronotsky is

Feature Post

Company wants to ressurect gladiators – with a modern twist

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Imagine for a moment how it would be like to recreate a gladiator fight. I’m not talking about martial arts or wrestling or something like this – I’m talking about full on, man versus man gladiator fights. An Australian company wants to revive the tradition, while using futuristic carbon fiber costumes to avoid any real bloodshed. Neo-gladiators The startup Unified Weapons Master wants to

Feature Post, Space

The First Woman in Space: the story of Valentina Tereshkova

Sketch of Valentina Tereshkova by Phillip J Bond.

Today, we still lament about the discrepant gender gap in STEM fields – science technology engineering mathematics – but in the past century, things were a lot worse. Only a select few women got to be scientists in the ’50s and early ’60s, at least compared to the number of men who went on to earn a PhD, and these were times when things started to drift towards more liberal ground. The USSR, however, didn’t seem to share the same gender bias in science like other countries, possibly because the Marxist doctrine upon which the regime was based took granting equal rights to both men and women very seriously, including places in society. In 1964, some 40% of engineering graduates in the USSR were females, compared to under 5% in the US. By the mid-1980s, 58% of Russian engineers were women.