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Monday, 22 September 2014
A surprising new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in health care: differences in payment and income between physicians who perform operations, procedures or tests,...
Monday, 22 September 2014
Babies can absorb information in their native language even before their first birthday, new research shows. In addition, toddlers in a Mandarin-speaking environment can differentiate intonations by...
Monday, 22 September 2014
No one has ever directly observed gravitational waves, phenomena predicted by Einstein's theory of General Relativity, and such a discovery would have profound implications for the study of the...
Monday, 22 September 2014
The computer programmes used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialised. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments...
Monday, 22 September 2014
Japanese researchers showed monkeys a number of images representing various glosses and then they measured the responses of 39 neurons by using microelectrodes. They found that a specific population...
Monday, 22 September 2014
Once the realm of science fiction, a Japanese company has announced they will have a space elevator up and running by the year 2050. If successful it would revolutionise space travel and potentially...

Highlights

This piece notes how a robot is giving lectures in theology – or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it’s being used as a prop for some theology lectures. It helps dramatise certain human...