Today is the autumnal equinox, which signals the end of summer and the start of autumn in the northern hemisphere – and when day and night are equal in many places. People genuinely believe this – thinking that there’s something to do with gravity which means that (for just one day) you can balance
Anti-fascist Twitter users in Seattle IDed and helped locate a man wearing a swastika armband. Antifascists claimed to have ‘tracked down’ a man wearing a Nazi armband – and then felled him with a single punch after he shouted racist abuse. As with many such viral stories, it’s difficult to verify
The mysterious flash of high-energy burst, called FRB 150215, was detected in February 2015 using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. A controversial project will send messages to stars with planets thought to be capable of sustaining life – with the first transmissions starting in 2018. Not everyone
A new paper in the scientific journal Frontiers in Education has highlighted 50 pairs of words which confuse people – and which are often used wrongly. ‘In psychology, many terms are confused not only by new students but also by advanced students, psychology instructors, and science journalists.
Police have stored 19 million photographs – covering nearly a third of Britain’s population – which could be used for facial recognition. The images could be used to identify people seen in CCTV images – and includes many people who have not committed a crime.
Most people have had that feeling – the fear that other people around you have more friends, and are generally having a better time than you are. Researchers from the University of British Columbia interviewed 400 first-year students about their lives – and what they thought other people were doing.
Could artificial intelligence soon tell if someone is left-wing or right-wing – just by analysing a photo of their face?
Atheists are generous towards Christians, but Christians don’t return the favour, a psychological study found. Researchers at Ohio University asked atheists and Christians to play a game with a partner where they shared a monetary reward.
NASA is about to crash a £3 billion spacecraft which has been in space for 20 years – hurling it into a death-dive towards Saturn tomorrow. On Monday, the Cassini probe flew past Saturn’s huge moon Titan one last time for a gravity assist – a final kiss goodbye, as NASA calls it – nudging the spacecraft