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  • Pop quiz can predict STIs in women (but not men)

    Evaluates risk of infection based on “yes or no” questions.

    A pop-quiz developed to assess a person’s risk of sexually transmitted infection has proven accurate for women, but n...

    Society January 31, 2016
  • Book: The Quotable Feynman

    Hard book to review but a great one to read.

    This is a hard book to review but a great one to read. How do you single out one or two quotes when every time you di...

    Society January 28, 2016
  • Ada Lovelace remembered

    The prophet of the computer age.

    The Science Museum in London is celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of pioneering computer scientist Ada Lovelac...

    Society January 26, 2016
  • Book: Even more things that nobody knows

    The pleasure of pondering questions we cannot answer.

    It turns out there are many things we do not understand. This is Hartston’s second volume, adding another 501 mysteri...

    Society January 25, 2016
  • Book: Light from the East

    Science of medieval Islam on shaping the Western world.

    In their frustration and disgust at the barbarity of the modern day Islamic extremists, many commentators in the West...

    Society December 28, 2015
  • Anatomy of a start-up's failure

    A what-to-avoid lesson for future entrepreneurs and investors.

    In what has to be one of the most costly bankruptcies in startup history, in May 2013 the Israeli electric car charge...

    Society December 16, 2015
  • Books: Holiday science reading

    A mathematical colouring book, a sci-fi anthology and more.

    You might think there are already enough editions of the Lewis Carroll classic until you pick up this stunning new of...

    Society December 14, 2015
  • Top science news pics for 2015

    One image from the news that captures their imaginations.

    Nervous Disposition A new technique to light up nerve cells in living tissue – including the dense tangle of nerve en...

    Society December 9, 2015
  • The brain according to Sam Harris

    Neuroscientist Sam Harris is a prominent atheist.

    US neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris never really expected to spend his career in a lab. A co-founder of sci...

    Society December 7, 2015
  • How do we fix bad science?

    Verifying research helps science regain credibility.

    Ten years ago epidemiologist John Ioannidis blew the whistle on science. His paper: “Why Most Published Research Fin...

    Society December 7, 2015
  • Book: Southern surveyor

    The ship and scientists that explored Antarctica for CSIRO.

    For those who love the sea, saying farewell to an old ship can be a sentimental business – particularly when that shi...

    Society November 30, 2015
  • Derek Muller's Veritasium goes viral

    Derek Muller and his YouTube science channel success.

    Look at the agenda for any major science communication event – December’s World Congress of Science and Factual Produ...

    Society October 26, 2015
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