From the ancient Aztecs to Woodstock hippies, mind-altering plants have been used by different cultures for thousands of years, for everything from shamanic rituals to staying awake. A new exhibition at Londons Kew Gardens looks at some of the most popular. It runs until 12 October 2014 Continue reading...
Instead of brooding over a failed relationship, psychologist advises a couple of aspirin and distancing oneself from the event
Four British universities recognise a qualification from creationist schools teaching that evolution is a hoax and electricity can be generated from snow
Timelapse video filmed by an astronaut shows the view from the International Space Station as it circles the Earth completely over 90 minutes. Each orbit the station moves around 1,367 miles to the west in relation to 90 minutes before. During this period, astronaut Alexander Gerst passes from daytime to nighttime and back again, capturing spectacular images of the northern lights
A new study argues that the theory biologists use to predict an ecosystem's biodiversity should be modified to account for the global economy. The post How Global Shipping Could Change Our Understanding of Biodiversity appeared first on WIRED.
Brazilian researchers release thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses dengue fever into the environment in Rio de Janeiro.
Two of the rarest birds of prey in England, which had been satellite tagged, vanish in unexplained circumstances.
India's space agency releases its first pictures of Mars as its satellite begins work a day after entering orbit around the Red Planet.
The Amazon rainforest is being fertilised by the remains of ancient fish blown in by great duststorms from Africa.
The smallest exoplanet yet to have its atmosphere probed is full of water and heavy elements, hinting it formed far from its star
Significant advances were made at the latest United Nations climate meeting, though we won't really know if it has delivered until next year
Sensors worn by office workers reveal how optimising building layouts can promote spontaneous conversations
IBM’s senior vice president says Watson could find success with commercial apps in wealth management, call centers, and medicine.
Record number of genomes being decoded, but cost of DNA sequencing might not fall much further, says Illumina president.
Scientists who discovered phenomena as different as the molecular mechanisms of pain, organic light-emitting diodes that illuminate mobile phones and a new quantum state of matter are top contenders for Nobel prizes next month, according to an annual analysis by Thomson Reuters.
If greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace, these areas will be under water by 2100
At the University of Southern Maine, Carles Largay is training the next generation of cybercrime-fighters
The way the National Institutes of Health doles out research grants accentuates booms and busts in the financing of scientific research. More variety in the length of grants could help.
Major food companies have cut trillions of calories, and studies show Americans are consuming fewer calories because of it. But some advocates think companies should do more to improve our diets.
Obama creates massive protected area in Pacific
The fish is facing an upstream struggle to survive. Can human ingenuity find a solution?
Surgeons only have to go so far before the brain takes over and reconnects the nervous system
Robert Ballard, the famed explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, ponders what else is on the ocean floor
Counter intuitive effect may be the result of relatively few men mating with multiple women
History suggests that scientists opposition to ideological manipulation has often been feeble. Philip Ball argues that the failings are not individual but institutional
Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.
A UK technique for projecting the extent of summer sea ice in the Arctic demonstrates its skill by accurately calling this year's melt events.
"Restaurants" of dead meat set up for endangered vultures also attract an undesirable clientele of hyenas and jackals, according to a six-year study.
The mighty baobab tree attracts incredible legends – but living for thousands of years and storing 100,000 litres of water is a pretty impressive feat
The National Institutes of Health is providing $10 million to explore sex difference in disease, part of a move to boost female numbers in clinical trials