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The science of small talk

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

This constant roar of the river of chat within us that rises to the surface and comes out as 'small talk' seems to be one of the most striking traits that define us as humans

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:34 PM

A start-up based in Tokyo says it developed the micro-satellite for a celestial show over Hiroshima early next year which it calls a 'shooting stars on demand'

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UT - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the hoodoos named Thor's Hammer (L) and the Three Sisters (R) early on August 13, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today

SATURN'S RINGS. This October 28, 2016 NASA file photo shows one of the last full views of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft acquired at a distance of approximately 870,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers). AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Lentils with a side of rice: the save-the-world diet?

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:11 PM

This meal plan could rein in climate change: porridge for breakfast, rice for lunch, a dinner of lentils and vegetables, and a single hamburger every few weeks, as a treat

SAVE THE WORLD. A bowl of lentils is an ideal  mea, says a new study. Photo from Shutterstock

China's moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night

Jan 17, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The Chinese space agency says that a cotton seed germinated inside a special canister aboard the Chang'e-4 probe

This screen grab taken from a CCTV footage shows a photo of the Jade Rabbit moon rover taken by the Chang'e-3 probe lander on December 15, 2013. China's Jade Rabbit rover vehicle sent back photos from the moon after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades marked a huge advance in the country's ambitious space programme. The Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, was deployed at 4:35 am (2035 GMT Saturday), several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe landed on the moon, said the official news agency Xinhua. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / CCTV ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CCTV " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS CCTV / AFP

Human diet causing 'catastrophic' damage to planet – study

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The key is a dramatic shift in the global diet – roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts

Brazil museum holds first exhibition since fire

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The director of the National Museum, Alexander Kellner, says that the exhibition is 'major proof that the museum is alive and operating with available tools'

NATIONAL MUSEUM. The director of Brazil's National Museum Alexander Kellner shows fossils found among the debris in the building, destroyed by a fire last year, during a press conference on the expo 'When Not Everything Was Ice: New Discoveries in the Antarctic Continent,' based on discoveries and the museum's collection during the Paleoantar Project, part of the Brazilian Antarctic Program, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

'Zebra' tribal body paint cuts fly bites 10-fold – study

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:47 PM

It is known that zebras get bitten far less than animals with a single fur color, so a team of researchers decided to see if the light stripes painted on humans would have a similar deterrent effect

DENR to fine establishments up to P200,000 for polluting Manila Bay

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:10 PM

‘They have to pay a penalty for dirtying the environment,’ Cimatu said

Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel conducts an inspection at Estero de San Antonio Abad along Mabini Street connecting to Manila bay in Manila on 11 January 2019 to determine how a large amount of coliform made its way to Manila Bay. Photo - Lito Borras

Antarctica ice loss increases sixfold since 1979 – study

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Sense, sensibility, and vocabulary

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Our vocabulary is shaped by what we sense

China's moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The mission's first panoramic image of its landing site shows the grey moonscape it is exploring and the track marks left by the rover in the lunar soil

This picture released on January 11, 2019 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS shows a 360 degree panoramic image made by China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon. China's lunar probe has sent the first panoramic image of its landing site since its historic arrival on the far side of the moon, showing the cratered landscape it is exploring. China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS / AFP

World's oceans are heating up at a quickening pace – study

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The findings in the US journal Science debunk previous reports that suggested a so-called pause in global warming in recent years

'Repeating' radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:45 AM

What corner of the universe these powerful waves come from and the forces that produced them remain unknown

CHIME file photo from Wikipedia

Fossil of prehistoric deer found in Argentina

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The fossil – which hasn't yet been given a definitive age – includes almost 70% of the animal, including its spine, extremities and teeth

PREHISTORIC. Handout picture taken on October 26, 2018 and released by the Museo Paleontologico 'Fray Manuel de Torres' on January 7, 2019 showing fossil bones of a prehistoric deer specimen found recently at the Campo Sposito palaeontological site in San Pedro, in the north of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO/MUSEO PALEONTOLOGICO/HO

Joni Mitchell and the Dying Planet Report

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is a deadline before our planet's dying trend becomes irreversible. The reversal has to begin today. What will you do?

In space, the U.S. sees a rival in China

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:33 AM

China launches more rockets into space than any other country, with 39 last year compared to 31 by the US, 20 by Russia, and 8 by Europe

SPACE RACE. his file picture taken early on December 8, 2018 shows a Long March 3B rocket, transporting the Chang'e-4 lunar rover, lifting off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province. Photo by STR/AFPChina OUT

Russia demands explanation over U.S. snub to space chief

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Dmitry Rogozin, chief of Russia's space agency and a nationalist politician known for his anti-Western rhetoric, is set to visit the US in February but NASA postpones his visit indefinitely

SPACE SNUB. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, meets with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 10, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/Pool/AFP

Will China's moon landing launch a new space race?

Jan 05, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Because of the secrecy that surrounds many aspects of the Chinese space program, its exact capabilities are unknown. However, the program is likely on par with its counterparts.

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A neuroscientist's tips for a new year tuneup for your brain

Jan 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Shrink those distorting brain bubbles and build realistic connections to enrich life’s simple pleasures

Pop metaphorical ‘brain bubbles’ by grounding your brain in the here and now. Sofiaworld/Shutterstock.com

Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:31 PM

'Although this was one small step for the rover, I think it is one big step for the Chinese people,' says the chief designer of China's lunar project

This screen grab taken from a CCTV footage shows a photo of the Jade Rabbit moon rover taken by the Chang'e-3 probe lander on December 15, 2013. China's Jade Rabbit rover vehicle sent back photos from the moon after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades marked a huge advance in the country's ambitious space programme. The Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, was deployed at 4:35 am (2035 GMT Saturday), several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe landed on the moon, said the official news agency Xinhua. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / CCTV ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CCTV " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS CCTV / AFP

Scientists boost plant yield by 40% through 'genetic hack'

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The wider goal isn't to produce more tobacco but to apply the technique to wheat or soy beans, in order to meet mankind's growing appetite

Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:58 PM

A new research conducted for the World Economic Forum shows that efforts to replace meat and especially beef could provide huge benefits for human health and the environment

China lands probe on far side of moon – state TV

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The probe lands at 10:26 am Beijing time and relays a photo of the 'dark side' of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications between controllers on Earth and the far side of the moon

CHANG’E-4. China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover lands on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019, the first probe to do so, state broadcaster CCTV reported. File photo by STR/AFP

NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

Jan 03, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The first detailed images allow scientists to confidently determine the body was formed when two spheres, or 'lobes,' slowly gravitated towards each other until they stuck together – a major scientific discovery

ULTIMA THULE. This handout image released January 2, 2019 by NASA, the first color image of Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 85,000 miles (137,000 kilometers) at 4:08 Universal Time on January 1, 2019, highlights its reddish surface. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

Why two people see the same thing but have different memories

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:00 AM

How different people focus their attention on an event will affect what they remember

DIFFERENCE IN MEMORY. Two people may wtiness the same vent but leave with different memories. Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

NASA's New Horizons succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have a healthy spacecraft,' says the missions operations manager for the unmanned spacecraft

FLYBY. This artist's illustration obtained from NASA on December 21, 2018 shows the New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 –€“ nicknamed '€œUltima Thule'€ –€“ a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Handout by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/AFP

When you look up, how far back in time do you see?

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Without really trying, you can see years into the past. And with the aid of a telescope you can see millions or even billions of years into the past with your very own eyes.

Distant stars above the ruins of Sherborne Old Castle, in the UK. Flickr/Rich Grundy, CC BY-NC

NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

Dec 31, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Hurtling through space at a speed of 51,500 kilometers per hour, the spacecraft aims to make its closest approach within 3,500 kilometers of the surface of Ultima Thule

FLYBY. The New Horizons spacecraft is poised to zoom by Ultima Thule, an icy body in the Kuiper Belt, at a distance of just 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers). Image from NASA

Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Traffic pollution is associated with dementia, delinquent behavior in adolescents, and stunted brain development in children who attend highly polluted schools

HEALTH HAZARD. Long-term exposure to air pollution was linked to cognitive decline in elderly people. Tao55/ Shutterstock

Iran sees 'revival' of imperilled Lake Urmia

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Incoming Iran President Hassan Rouhani says he is still committed to prioritize the revival of Lake Urmia

REVIVAL. This picture taken on December 8, 2018 shows a general view of recreational boats along the shore of the salt lake of Urmia and Shahid Kalantari causeway crossing it. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Considerata VIII

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

As you insist on your humanity, let it grow. 
Start by changing your mind.

Making New Year's resolutions personal could actually make them stick

Dec 30, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The most beautifully constructed goals will be ineffective if they aren’t personally relevant. Here are 5 steps to setting personalized New Year’s resolutions.

MAKE IT STICK. Do you want to learn how to play guitar? Write down why that’s important to you. Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash

If someone hurt you this year, forgiving them may improve your health (as long as you're safe, too)

Dec 29, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Research shows forgiveness helps us feel better and may help us live longer. But forgiving others is only beneficial if the advantages exceed the potential costs.

IDEAL APOLOGY. Promising not to repeat hurtful actions makes an ideal apology. priscilla du preez unsplash, CC BY

NASA spaceship closes in on distant world

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The historic flyby to Ultima Thule, the most distant world ever studied, is set to 'take us back 4 and a half billion years to the birth of the solar system'

BEAMING UP. Artist's impression of the New Horizons probe sending data towards the Earth. File Photo by NASA

India to send three-person crew on landmark space mission

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The 3-member crew is set to be India's first manned mission to space

SPACE EXPLORATION. India invests more into its space programs in the past decade. File Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Indonesia tsunami raises fears for endangered Javan rhino

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Conservationists continue to find another habitat for the critically endangered Javan rhinos which are now believed to have less than 70 living species

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Javan rhinos are shy creatures whose folds of loose skin give the appearance of wearing armour plating. Photo from Shutterstock

Australia swelters in record-breaking heatwave

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:50 PM

In major cities, the thermometer pushes towards 40 degree Celsius with the heat set to linger into the new year

Sunbathers are seen on Bondi Beach as temperatures soar in Sydney on December 28, 2018. - Australia's vast continent is sizzling through extreme heatwave conditions this week, with temperature records falling and emergency services on high alert for bushfires. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

2018 top science stories: Rhino skeleton, climate change, and Lego heads

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

As we wrap up 2018, the Mind Movers of the Mind Museum write about some of this year's most important science stories

Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Japan forges ahead with full-fledged commercial hunts off its coast, but stops its annual expeditions to the Antarctic

WHALE IN JAPAN. Huge tail of humpback whale in Keramashoto, Okinawa, Japan. File photo from Shutterstock

Time travel is possible – but only if you have an object with infinite mass

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Can we travel much further into the future? Absolutely. The really interesting question is whether we can travel back into the past.

'TIME MACHINE'. Dr Who used the this time machine, called the TARDIS, to travel through space and time on the BBC television show Dr Who. Babbel1996 / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

NASA rings in New Year with historic flyby of faraway world

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The flyby takes place about a billion miles beyond Pluto, the most faraway world visited by a spacecraft so far

The superpower gift to stop

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The one thing that smartphones have taken away from us is the Stop Sign. This holiday season is the perfect time to press pause on social media and pay attention to our real lives.

CHR concludes landmark climate change investigation

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The Commission on Human Rights' probe scrutinizes giant companies like Shell and ExxonMobil and their impact on climate change

CLIMATE JUSTICE. Hundreds of Woman from Various sectors march to the Department of Enviroment and Natural Resources to denounce coal and fossil fuel industries and call for a transformation of dirty energy to renewable energy systems. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] More urgency for the Philippines after Poland climate talks

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:34 PM

'The Philippines has actively championed the cause of vulnerable nations in the international arena, but now it needs to proactively lead its citizens toward a social transformation'

Storm in a teacup in Britain over eco-friendly bags

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Britons are up in arms over new biodegradable teabags that leave a bitter taste in the mouth as they split open, spilling their contents into teacups

'Justice' is Merriam-Webster's 2018 Word of the Year

Dec 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM

People look up the common word for the meaning behind the abstract concept

Cross-cutting topics for holiday conversations

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are 5 conversational themes that could mend or fill in some gaps in your family and friend connections

Nations agree on rulebook for Paris climate treaty

Dec 16, 2018 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) But environmental groups say the rulebook lacked the bold ambition needed to protect states already dealing with the severe effects of climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice protest ahead of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'It belongs to a high official priest... (and) is more than 4,400 years old,' says Egypt's antiquities minister