Science 

What happens when you die?

GETTY Bodies decompose quickly unless they are embalmed Do we live on after death? If so, where? Is there a heaven? What is heaven like? What happens to my body? What happens to my soul? They are the greatest of all of life’s imponderables which have been tackled, with varying degrees of success by science, art and religion. Here we look at the latest thinking in all these areas… What happens to your body after you die? Medically speaking, death happens in two stages. The first, clinical death, lasts for…

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Inside Stalin’s permafrost palace: Ice tunnels designed by exiled WW2 German now THAWING

It is hailed as the creation of a forcibly exiled German genius banished to Siberia by Stalin during the Second World War. Gustav Backmann and other exiled labourers – women as well as men – spent years digging through the rock-solid permafrost soil in Novy Port to build a vast natural freezer. Its purpose was to store mountains of Arctic fish before processing and export to Europe. The 75,000 square feet of tunnels and chambers maintain a constant temperature of -12C to -14C all year round. Related articles THE SIBERIAN…

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Science 

REVEALED: Scientists find ‘KEY CLUE to Alien life’ in meteorites that SMASHED into earth

GETTY Chance of alien life after scientists find water in meteorites In 1998, two meteorites smashed into the earth, with one landing near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco. Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components. The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds, including hydrocarbons and amino acids it is believed. A study released on January 10 by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water…

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Entertainment 

Cirque du Soleil OVO: Spectacular show is the company’s finest family fun yet

If you don’t like insects, look away now. If you like having your breath taken away by jaw-dropping displays of beauty, power and freakishly flexible bodies, then this is the show for you. What’s more, I have never heard so much laughter mixed in with the gasps and involuntary profanities from a gobsmacked Cirque du Soleil audience. The inevitable clown interludes don’t always translate for UK audiences, but this show mixes silliness and style, thrills and (no) spills to dazzling effect. Celebrities including Sir David Jason, Natalie Dormer, Alexandra Burke,…

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Science 

Space news: China sending insects and seeds to Moon to set up conditions for life

Potatoes will be among the first veggies sent on a two-stage mission to the Moon and they will be joined by silkworms in an attempt to create a simple sustainable ecosystem. Chang’e 4, the latest mission in the ambitious Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP),  will use a Long March 4C rocket to put an initial satellite in orbit around the Moon in June this year. Six months later a Moon lander and rover will follow – and, more importantly, so will the seeds and insects of the mini eco-system. The…

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Technology 

You can now buy Geckskin gecko-inspired wall mounts – CNET

Hanging stuff on your walls doesn’t always go smoothly. You might never find a stud to securely drive nails into. Maybe your screws refused to stay in their plastic anchors. Materials company Felsuma might have a compelling alternative. Called Geckskin, Felsuma says its mounting devices firmly stick to almost any surface. They’re reusable too, and peel off easily to prevent damage. The best part is you can buy some of these adhesives right now, at an accessible $1.50 apiece (about £1.10 or AU$1.90). Geckskin might sound like science fiction. The…

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U.S. Military Wants Bat Drones With Lasers, Because Life Is Apparently a 'Black Mirror' Episode

01_05_bat_drones More The Pentagon wants laser-powered bat drones, because we’re apparently living in a Black Mirror episode.  Earlier this week, the Department of Defense introduced the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative, a pilot program dedicated to incentivizing collaboration between university and industry teams “with the aim of discovering novel solutions to challenging defense and national security problems.”  Trending: Stop Buying ‘Cute’ Dogs with Smashed-In Faces Because They Are Really Unhealthy, Vets Say in New Campaign An announcement regarding the $6 million grant being dedicated to this initiative stated, “The biological study of agile organisms such as bats…

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Donald Trump looks to fund laser-powered bat drones amid World War 3 fears

Earlier this week, the US Defence Enterprise Science Initiative announced a competition for basic science grants to build “new paradigms for autonomous flight, with a focus on highly manoeuvrable platforms and algorithms for flight control and decision making”. An accompanying Broad Agency announcement said: “The biological study of agile organisms such as bats and flying insects has yielded new insights into complex flight kinematics of systems with a large number of degrees of freedom, and the use of multi-functional flight surface materials. “Wireless power transmission could augment existing technologies and…

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How besieged ants decide when it’s time to abandon their nests

Alex Wild/alexanderwild.com By Joshua Rapp Learn Colonies of turtle ants behave as if they are playing a game of Risk. They spread out their forces to control more resources, but also retreat if their position is not defensible. “They’re sensitive to changes in the environment. They can change the allocation of their defenses in response to that,” says Matina Donaldson-Matasci at Harvey Mudd College in California. Cephalotes rohweri is a species of turtle ant that lives in trees in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona. Each colony can hold a few…

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