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Keep your shirt on! The science behind the perfect online dating profile picture

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Name: Tinder profiles. Age: Ten years old. Appearance: That’s your problem. What do you mean? The profile picture you upload to the popular dating site is entirely your choice. So you’re saying it doesn’t really matte...

Wearing shoes inside the house is gross – and there’s science to back that up

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There’s an old African proverb that states: “When you leave your shoes at the doorstep, you leave your troubles behind.” And if you – like me – can’t stand the thought of people traipsing through your house with their...

A bite mark, a forensic dentist, a murder: how junk science ruins innocent lives

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Charles McCrory is haunted by a memory from his 1985 trial in which he was accused of murdering his wife, Julie Bonds, in a bloody attack at their home in Andalusia, a small town in deepest Alabama. What haunts him is...

As a science journalist I’m reconsidering having kids. I’m not the only one

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Walking in the park the other day, I overheard a conversation between two women. “I’m running out of time, but I’m also not gonna be like, ‘I’m having a baby for the sake of having a baby,’” said the younger of the tw...

120 years of Cancer Research UK: how science transformed survival rates

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In October 2001, the cell biologist and geneticist Sir Paul Nurse received a phone call from Stockholm telling him that he had won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine. He didn’t quite believe it was true until h...

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror – reviews roundup

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Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda (Virago, £14.99)A young artist arrives in London for an internship at a prestigious gallery. Without enough money for another room, she plans to sleep on the floor of her unfurnished stud...

‘It’s not rocket science’: how the world’s fastest parrot could be saved

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What if a critically endangered bird could be given a chance at survival by protecting just 7% of Tasmanian native forests earmarked for logging? And what if the Tasmanian forestry administrators had – for different r...

‘This is rocket science’: micrometeorite collision blamed for NBN satellite internet outage

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A micrometeorite slamming into a satellite was the likely cause of a seven-hour outage for NBN Co internet users in December, a Senate hearing has been told. About 46,500 of NBN Co’s 112,000 satellite users in regiona...

The Guardian view on social media’s metaverse: it may remain science fiction

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In the 1992 sci-fi dystopia Snow Crash, the author Neal Stephenson imagined a bleak 21st century where the collapse of the global economy had seen governments fall and their power replaced by a few giant businesses. T...

Are we witnessing the dawn of post-theory science?

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Isaac Newton apocryphally discovered his second law – the one about gravity – after an apple fell on his head. Much experimentation and data analysis later, he realised there was a fundamental relationship between for...

The Expectation Effect by David Robson review – mind-changing science

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When dozens of apparently healthy young men who had emigrated from Laos started dying in their sleep in the late 1970s, US medical authorities couldn’t fathom what was going on. They termed the phenomenon “sudden unex...

What are the current rules on self-isolation for Covid in UK, and what does the science say?

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Doctors and health officials have warned that the rising number of Covid-19 infections poses a significant threat to the UK’s ability to run trains, buses, hospitals and other key services. More and more people face g...

Home truths about domestic science

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At my grammar school in the 1960s, girls took domestic science while boys studied civics/local history (Letters, 17 December). DS lessons began with the making and embroidering of a gingham apron; for the practical le...

No 10 parties raise questions about whether PM will follow Covid science

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Cast your minds back to 15 May 2020. Matt Hancock, the then health secretary before he quit for breaking restrictions by having an affair, was giving a press conference where he said people should be “staying at home ...

Science Museum ‘must lay down conditions’ to fossil fuel sponsors

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Sir David King, one of the UK’s leading scientific figures, has intervened in the row over fossil fuel sponsorship at the Science Museum, calling for the institution to end any deals with big oil corporations unless t...

‘It’s about finding your outlet’: visual artist Tishk Barzanji on fusing art and science

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“It’s always a tussle between two worlds,” says British-Kurdish visual artist Tishk Barzanji, describing the underlying tensions in his work, which involves crafting distinctive landscapes and designs that feel contem...

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