Some of the world's greatest cities during the Middle Ages were on the eastern coast of Africa. Their ornate stone domes and soaring walls, made with ocean corals and painted a brilliant white, were wonders to the traders that visited them from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. They were the superpowers of the Swahili Coast, and they've long been misunderstood by archaeologists. It's only recently that researchers outside Africa are beginning to appreciate their importance.
Humans need beliefs in order to live, and great scientists are no exception. The essential point of Mario Livio’s book Brilliant Blunders is to show the passionate pursuit of wrong theories as a part of the normal development of science. Science is not concerned only with things that we understand. The most exciting and creative parts of science are concerned with things that we are still struggling to understand. Wrong theories are not an impediment to the progress of science. They are a central part of the struggle.
Although many health professionals who treat people with psychiatric problems overlook their patients' smoking habits, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that people who struggle with mood problems or addiction can safely quit smoking and that kicking the habit is associated with improved mental health.
A planet-hunting project is snapping pictures of alien worlds or other objects orbiting nearby stars. Project 1640 is designed to probe the atmospheres of exoplanets to create new, low-resolution images of the planets and their stars.
When facing a flood, ants build rafts and use the buoyancy of the brood and the recovery ability of workers to protect their queen and minimise injury and death, scientists at the University of Lausanne have shown.
SanDisk has announced a new USB flash drive this morning. This one is called the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive and offers up to 64GB of storage along with a full-sized and micro-sized USB connection. This drive is intended for ...