Science and Development

Could your job be making you obese?

Research reveals link between having to make lots of decisions at work and increased BMI. The findings suggest for the first time that these two psychological measures of control...

Learning in your sleep, the right way

You can swot up on vocabulary in your sleep, but only if you don’t confuse your brain in the process. Researchers have invited people to their sleep lab for...

Oldest DNA sequences may reveal secrets of ancient animal ancestors

Researchers have discovered early conserved DNA sequences from almost 700 million years ago. Source: Science Link: Oldest DNA sequences may reveal secrets of ancient animal ancestors

Scientists develop a new method for predicting volcanic eruptions

Researchers have developed a new method which could more accurately determine the conditions needed for a volcano to erupt. Source: Science Link: Scientists develop a new method for predicting...

Nordic Seas cooled 500,000 years before global oceans

The cooling of the Nordic Seas towards modern temperatures started in the early Pliocene, half a million years before the global oceans cooled. A new study of fossil marine...

Brain imaging can predict success of large public health campaigns

In a new study, brain activity in 50 smokers in Michigan was able to predict the outcome of an anti-smoking advertising campaign sent to 800,000 in New York, demonstrating...

New component of Milky Way discovered

Astronomers have discovered a previously unknown component of the Milky Way. By mapping out the locations of a class of stars that vary in brightness called Cepheids, a disc...

Alerting the immune system's watchmen to improve vaccines

As the days get colder and shorter, we carve jack-o-lanterns and drink pumpkin spice lattes. But one fall tradition can actually keep you healthy: getting your flu shot. Like...

Black hole has major flare

The baffling and strange behaviors of black holes have become somewhat less mysterious recently, with new observations from NASA’s Explorer missions Swift and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or...

Seven key facts about Cassini's Oct. 28 'plume dive'

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will sample the ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when it flies through the moon’s plume of icy spray. Source: Science Link: Seven...