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Health warning: five fashion trends that are terrible for you

It’s only fair to share…Health warning: five fashion trends that are terrible for you Naomi Braithwaite, Nottingham Trent University The media frenzy after a woman was hospitalised for wearing skinny jeans has seen a fervent increase of interest in the medical dangers of certain fashion trends. But the health hazards of wearing tight clothing are… Read more »

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Intelligent life in the universe? Phone home, dammit!

It’s only fair to share…Intelligent life in the universe? Phone home, dammit! Robert Scherrer, Vanderbilt University We’ve been conditioned by television and movies to accept the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. “Of course there’s intelligent life out there; I saw it last week on Star Trek.” We’ve seen it all, from the… Read more »

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From Newton to Hawking and beyond: a short history of the Lucasian Chair

It’s only fair to share…From Newton to Hawking and beyond: a short history of the Lucasian Chair Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne and Morgan Saletta, University of Melbourne On July 1 physicist Michael Cates will be the 19th person to sit in what is perhaps the most prestigious “chair” in science when he assumes the… Read more »

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Health Check: why do some people feel the cold more than others?

It’s only fair to share…Health Check: why do some people feel the cold more than others? Duncan Mitchell, University of Western Australia; Andrea Fuller, University of the Witwatersrand, and Shane Maloney, University of Western Australia When HMS Beagle docked at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, Charles Darwin remarked on the capacity of the… Read more »

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Sci-fi and Jurassic Park have driven research, scientists say

It’s only fair to share…Sci-fi and Jurassic Park have driven research, scientists say Elizabeth Jones, UCL The park is almost open. Two decades on and Jurassic Park has morphed into Jurassic World, the one and only dinosaur theme park. Science has apparently evolved too: the genetically-engineered dinosaurs are to take a secondary role to a… Read more »

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Busting myths: a practical guide to countering science denial

It’s only fair to share…Busting myths: a practical guide to countering science denial John Cook, The University of Queensland It should go without saying that science should dictate how we respond to science denial. So what does scientific research tell us? One effective way to reduce the influence of science denial is through “inoculation”: you… Read more »