Parisian mushrooms are reclaiming their space in the dark spaces under the City of Light. “When cars arrived in Paris in the 1930s they pushed out “champignons de Paris” (known in English as button mushrooms),” explains Jean-Noel Gertz, CEO of Cycloponics, the start-up that has transformed an abandoned car park into[…]
Astrophysicists are known for mind-bending theories that are often too difficult for mere mortals to understand but new research suggesting the universe is actually a closed loop really takes the cake… or, erm, the donut? An international team of astronomers led by Eleonora Di Valentino of Manchester University pored over[…]
Scientists claim they have traced the homeland for all modern humans to a region of northern Botswana, south of the Zambezi River. The area is now salt pans, but 200,000 years ago it was home to Homo Sapiens and hosted a population of modern humans for at least 70,000 years, according to[…]
The University of the Western Cape is launching a new DNA profiling system to help with sexual offences. The new DNA kit targets will help in sexual offence cases, a crime that is plaguing South Africa. The kit targets DNA that is only carried by men – the Y-Chromosome. Head[…]
It’s a scenario straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, an asteroid is careening towards Earth and is set to wipe out human existence. To mark Asteroid Day, here are four space rocks on a collision course with our planet. The United Nations fears that the possibility of an asteroid smashing[…]
The publishers and authors of a study on the thinking ability of coloured women on Thursday retracted the controversial article. The Stellenbosch University study found that the women presented with “low cognitive function and which is significantly influenced by education”. The highly-criticised study, titled “Age- and education-related effects on cognitive functioning in[…]
A newly discovered distant cousin to modern humans may have trekked across oceans far earlier than scientists once thought. The find present challenges for researchers looking to understand mankind’s origins. The species, given the name Homo luzonensis, was discovered in a cave on Luzon island in the northern Philippines. The[…]
A miniature brain grown in a lab from human stem cells has developed a mind of its own – or at least enough awareness to send out neural ‘tendrils’ to connect to the spinal cord and muscle tissue of a mouse, then flex that muscle. “We like to think of[…]
Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76. His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming his death at his home in Cambridge. Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert[…]
Palestinian physics students just got a boost from world famous British physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking, perhaps the most influential living scientist, asked his 3.8 million Facebook followers to pitch in to the Palestinian Advanced Physics School, a physics lecture series for West Bank masters students. Hawking gave a video greeting[…]
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