24 Nov 2017

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Three-mile-wide asteroid named after ‘destroyer’ God is heading towards Earth

Three-mile-wide asteroid named after ‘destroyer’ God is heading towards EarthNASA classifies it as 'potentially hazardous'


24 Nov 2017 9:53am GMT

Robert Mugabe Won't Face Prosecution, Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Says

Robert Mugabe Won't Face Prosecution, Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Says"Prosecuting him was never part of the plan," said ruling party whip Lovemore Matuke


24 Nov 2017 1:37am GMT

23 Nov 2017

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Smart People Have Better Connected Brains

Smart People Have Better Connected BrainsScientists may understand a bit more about how a smart person's brain acts, according to a paper published Wednesday in Scientific Reports. Ulrike Basten, a cognitive scientist at Goethe University Frankfurt, and her team compared the results of an intelligence test given to 309 people to data collected from brain scans. Specifically, they found that connections within and between modules could be correlated with those results.


23 Nov 2017 9:27pm GMT

See the Moment President Trump Challenged a Coast Guard Member to an Arm Wrestle

See the Moment President Trump Challenged a Coast Guard Member to an Arm WrestleHe admitted he'd "be in trouble"


23 Nov 2017 6:37pm GMT

'Dowsing works' says Humphrys after using it to find water on his Welsh farm 

'Dowsing works' says Humphrys after using it to find water on his Welsh farm Dowsing works, John Humphrys has said, after he used it on his farm to find a broken pipe. Speaking to Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire, the Today Programme presenter said he "felt a force" when using the method, also known as water divining, to find a pipe which had been cut through by a plough. The exchange followed the discovery earlier this week that engineers from most of the UK's major water companies use the method to find leaks or broken pipes. 10 of the 12 companies admitted on Twitter to using the method, which involves using rods which are meant to move when the user walks over underground water, after science blogger Sally Le Page began making enquiries. Humphrys had previously hired a dowser to find a water source on his farm in west Wales, and was encouraged to try the method again when a ploughman suggested he use it find the broken pipe, which had stopped the water supply to his house. He said: "'I brought in a dowser for that little farm I bought in Wales. The well had run dry and it needed a bore hole. 'I brought in a dowser and he found a wonderful supply. Now OK you could say that was a bit of luck and he knows the land and all that." "However, a few years later we'd laid the pipe and all that and I brought in a man to plough the field above the house and the water stopped in the house." He said the man "handed me a bent coat hanger" and suggested he use it to find the cut pipe. "I felt a total fool walking up and down this field. "And then, kapow, the thing bent forward - I couldn't stop it - I felt a force I really did. "And he dug down and I did it again thinking 'this is just stupid', but he dug down and there was the cut pipe where this had happening. Dowser John Baker, dowsing in his local churchyard at St Paulinus' in Crayford, near Dartford Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley "I know it's not science but explain it." Professor Wiseman, an expert in the psychology of luck and the paranormal, said: "It's a great example of you saying 'OK, I did this thing and something surprising happened.' "The question would be, how many people did that thing, something surprising didn't happen, they didn't find any water? "They're not going to be on the radio going 'It was amazing'." Mr Humphrys responded by saying "Ah well, they weren't in tune with nature." The method is still widely believed in and used by farmers and businesses to find water sources but controlled tests have found no evidence that it works. Scientists believe it is a product of the ideomotor effect, which causes subconscious movements when the user picks up on other environmental factors such as the vegetation and climate in the area. The effect is also thought to be behind movement on Ouija boards.


23 Nov 2017 4:53pm GMT

11 Most Innovative Companies in the World

11 Most Innovative Companies in the WorldRanking the 11 most innovative companies in the world is tough given that the term innovation has become a cliché these days. Thousands of people and startups claim to have innovative ideas and products that will make the world a better place. But if we look beyond the fanfare of startup pitches and fancy claims, we […]


23 Nov 2017 2:02pm GMT

World’s First Cloned Dog Used to Make More Cloned Dogs So Scientists Can See What Happens

World’s First Cloned Dog Used to Make More Cloned Dogs So Scientists Can See What HappensScientists have used a cloned dog to create four more dogs in an experiment to find out what happens when animals are re-cloned. The team created the dogs-Afghan hounds-with stem cells from Snuppy, the world's first ever cloned dog, which was born in April 2005. Snuppy's birth came nine years after that of the first ever cloned animal, Dolly the sheep, but the acheivement was still so ground-breaking that Time magazine named Snuppy one of the most amazing inventions of the year. Seoul National University has raised Snuppy in an experiment to study the health effects cloning has on animals.


23 Nov 2017 12:54pm GMT

Depression and anxiety are increasing among farmers and we need to do more to help

Depression and anxiety are increasing among farmers and we need to do more to helpNew research reveals a link between poor crop yield and depression


23 Nov 2017 11:26am GMT

Here’s how one company is helping farmers get more from their land

Here’s how one company is helping farmers get more from their landRabobank has launched Kickstart Food - a three-year programme focusing on four areas considered key to addressing the world's sustainable food challenge. Nutrition: ensuring everyone has access to diets with balanced nutritional value. United Nations forecasts suggest that by 2050 the world population will be almost 9.8 billion people - a rise of more than 2 billion on current levels.


23 Nov 2017 10:02am GMT

Man who claims Earth is flat says he'll prove his belief by taking flight in a DIY rocket

Man who claims Earth is flat says he'll prove his belief by taking flight in a DIY rocketScience has long been the target of conspiracy theories, some of which have persisted for centuries.


23 Nov 2017 10:01am GMT

Will Uber's Data Breach Cover-up be the Final Straw for Its Most Loyal Users?

Will Uber's Data Breach Cover-up be the Final Straw for Its Most Loyal Users?Customers could start deserting the ride-hailing company after a strong of scandals


23 Nov 2017 8:08am GMT

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Are Forcing Democrats to Face Up to the Politics of Predation Too

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Are Forcing Democrats to Face Up to the Politics of Predation TooAllegations against Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are putting Democrats in hot water over how to respond


23 Nov 2017 7:23am GMT

Man Dies From Cancer Hours After Being Charged With Murder

Man Dies From Cancer Hours After Being Charged With MurderHe had fatally shot a 27-year-old man in April, police said


23 Nov 2017 6:23am GMT

A Former Prisoner of North Korea Has Been Found Burned to Death in California

A Former Prisoner of North Korea Has Been Found Burned to Death in CaliforniaAijalon Mahli Gomes, 38, was imprisoned in North Korea in 2010


23 Nov 2017 6:12am GMT

What To Buy On Black Friday On Amazon

What To Buy On Black Friday On AmazonLast week, we shared with you a sneak peek at Amazon's Black Friday deals that we just couldn't wait for.


23 Nov 2017 5:05am GMT

Your Kids Could be Seeing too Much Adult Content on YouTube, and It's Cracking Down

Your Kids Could be Seeing too Much Adult Content on YouTube, and It's Cracking DownYouTube removed more than 50 user channels in the last week in response to criticism


23 Nov 2017 3:56am GMT