The Transit of Venus: Viewing Tips from an Astronomer

Invited guest post by Summer Ash On Tuesday June 5th, Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun for the second time in eight years and the last time for another 105 years. The transit of Venus, as it is called, is a very rare event in our [...]

Silicon trick for next-gen memory

Researchers have revealed details of a promising way to make a fundamentally different kind of computer memory chip.The device is a “memristor”, a long-hypothesised but only recently demonstrated electronic component.A memristor’s [...]

Young scientists, inventors and mathematicians score big

Cancer sensor, a better way to search tweets, and quantum teleportation are among research highlights at a global high-school-science competition Gordon E. Moore Award winner Jack Andraka is flanked by Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award [...]

Good science is not possible without freedom of thought: Ramakrishnan – The Hindu

‘Empirical view has shaped modern outlook of science that has the capacity to transform societies’ The idea of favouring experiment and observation over belief, and the empirical over the anecdotal, which was at the core of the evolution [...]

Science decodes ‘internal voices’

The studies focused on a part of the brain associated with sounds called the superior temporal gyrusResearchers have demonstrated a striking method to reconstruct words, based on the brain waves of patients thinking of those words.The technique [...]

Take my enemy, please

Relocated kangaroo rats can thrive when territorial rivals move with them Stephens’ kangaroo rats relocated to this new habitat were more likely to survive and have more pups when moved with their dear familiar enemies.Ken Bohn, San [...]

Trumpets of outrage over outback

An Australian biology prof is causing a rumble in the academic jungle by suggesting that his country should import elephants and other foreign species into its wild interior.Rhinos and even giant Komodo dragon lizards could be imported, David [...]

The mind’s eye revealed

New technology uses brain scans to see what a person is watching Researchers have just wrapped production on a special movie of the mind that stars a brain scanner, a sophisticated computer program and millions of YouTube videos. By monitoring [...]

Food makes male flies frisky

Courtship in a classic lab insect is driven by fruity smells It’s the smell of food that gets male fruit flies in the romantic mood, says a new study exploring the sexual habits of Drosophila melanogaster. When trying to woo an attractive [...]

News in Brief: Life

Birds’ share of dinosaur extinction, the ‘battle’ between cattle and wildlife and more in this week’s news An extinction to crow about Ancient birds took a heavy hit in the global catastrophe that wiped out the dinosaurs, [...]