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Science

August 2, 2015

Considering the fearful imagery of burning and melting some expect to see in our future (thanks to global warming), the prospect of a “mini ice age” almost sounds pleasant at first. Perhaps the “cooler” nature of this “predicted ice age” is what made it gather so much publicity, but put your thermals away and don’t […]

August 2, 2015

More than 32.4 million people around the world are blind, and more than half of these cases are caused by cataracts. A cataract is the clouding of one or both eyes, which obstructs vision and usually leads to blindness. However, scientists this week have cooked up a new drug that can be dropped directly into […]

July 19, 2015

According to a new study of kissing preferences, romantic kissing is found in only 46 per cent of world cultures, making our Western preoccupation with pashing look a little odd. The study examined 168 cultures from wide range of geographical locations, historical backgrounds, and social structures, and defined romantic-sexual kissing as intentional lip-to-lip contact between […]

July 19, 2015

The fossil of a large prehistoric bat, believed to walk on all fours, has been discovered in New Zealand. The fossilised remains of the new species, named Mystacina miocenalis, were found in central Otago last month, in sediment from the remains of a 16 million year old subtropical rainforest. The new bat is related to […]

July 19, 2015

The clitoris is the female sexual organ. Its visible button-like portion is near the front junction of the labia minora (inner lips) of the vagina. Humans are not the only animals to possess a clitoris. Other animals, including ostriches and mammals, also possess them. In fact, the clitoris comes from the same source as the […]

July 12, 2015

The NSA has revealed that one of its terrorist identification programs is named Skynet, possibly as a marketing stunt for Terminator: Genisys. (Seriously, what is with that title? Did your spellchecker say “I’ll be back” and never return?) In the Terminator films, Skynet is a “synthetic intelligence” that becomes self-aware and rebels against its masters […]

June 1, 2015

As we draw to the end of Trimester One, the science team here at Salient has begun to ponder, “Have we made science cool yet? What can we do to keep science sexy?” And that’s when it dawned on us. The answer was right there all along: we combine science with sex. Similarly, as Bill […]

June 1, 2015

A team from the University of British Columbia of Canada may have paved the way to a less risky future for blood transfusions. In Issue 8, you may have read my article “Baby, what’s your type”, in which I explained the actions of antigens and antibodies to define exactly what your blood type means. In […]

May 24, 2015

Four men have been rescued from collapsed buildings in Chautara following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake thanks to a NASA technology that detected their heartbeats through 10 feet of debris. FINDER, which stands for Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, is a small, suitcase-sized device that sends out a low-powered microwave signal. Tiny motions caused by […]