Scientists explain why we (probs) won’t rebel against totalitarian rulers

Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation was the...

How to recognize an alien when you see one

What would convince you that aliens existed? The question came up recently at a conference on astrobiology, held at Stanford University in California....

How to train your brain to release more happy chemicals

Do you ever wish you could just turn on the happy chemicals in your brain? Imagine how much easier it would make getting out of bed each morning, gett...

MIT engineers made a cheaper and more efficient device to trap carbon dioxide

Capturing carbon dioxide from smokestacks, and even removing it directly from air, might be the only way to avert the most catastrophic effects of cli...

Scientists discovered a galactic ghost — but there’s nothing paranormal about it

It’s a classic Halloween tale. A group of ghost hunters visit a grand old house that is rumoured to be haunted. But after thoroughly exploring, they l...

Study: Women and ethnic minorities in data science probably won’t get promoted over white men

Despite a significant growth in the number of women working in the tech industry, female representation has stalled over the last decade. Only 18 perc...

New physics research boldly indicates ‘warp drives’ may be possible

Humans are within years of sending the first crewed mission to Mars. And then what? Maybe another 100 years from now we’ll eventually have the resourc...

Why this Polish village hasn’t seen a boy born in 10 years

The tiny Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie has become the unlikely source of international media attention over the past fortnight as a result of w...

You’re still you when you’re drunk, science says

Many of us know that feeling of waking up, headache in tow, struggling to remember what we said and did after that extra drink the night before. And t...

Embodying taller avatars in VR can make us more confident in real life

The high immersive capacity of virtual reality is often acknowledged as its main virtue when compared to other media and communication technologies. I...

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