Science

Irving's Hitler hair sample shown to be fake

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

The sample of Hitler’s hair which Channel 4 paid Holocaust denier David Irving more than £3,000 for, has been revealed as a fake.

The Channel bought the sample for its documentary series Dead Famous DNA, but said tests had shown it was not authentic.

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Sitting on your bum makes it bigger says science

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2014

It’s official: sitting on your tuchus all day will make you fat. How do we know? A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University say so.

Their findings may not exactly come as a surprise but they have spent the past two years making sure as part of a four-year study into obesity.

It’s all to do with the way prolonged periods of sitting still allows a build-up of fats in our rear ends.

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Big Bang? It’s kosher

By Nathan Aviezer , March 20, 2014

The scientific effort that led to the recent discovery of strong evidence for the Big Bang theory was miraculous in itself. A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian University Centre for Astrophysics, based at the South Pole, spotted “primordial gravitational waves”, long held to be an echo of the moment the universe exploded into being but never previously seen.

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James Joseph Sylvester - the maths genius you could count on

By Patricia Rothman, March 1, 2014

Those who value the versatility of their computers and tablets, rely on encryption to keep their data confidential,and wonder at the many marvels of the modern world, may thank James Joseph Sylvester, one of the giants of mathematics, whose work made all these advances possible. Later this year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

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Careless scientist admits plagiarism

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

An acclaimed scientist has apologised for plagiarism after more than 20 passages of his book were found to be taken from Wikipedia, academic websites and other online sources.

Professor Lewis Wolpert, 84, said the passages had been included by accident in his 2011 work on ageing, You’re Looking Well. The book has been withdrawn from sale by publisher Faber and Faber.

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Research says rats may hold cancer cure

By Charlotte Oliver, January 16, 2014

Rodents are hardly a man’s best friend — and the aggressive blind mole rat is no exception.

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Israeli scientists turn water into oil

By Nathan Jeffay, November 14, 2013

Israeli scientists are claiming to have discovered a commercially marketable alternative to crude oil that could revolutionise energy usage within a decade.

On Wednesday, a team from Ben Gurion University unveiled a process to make an eco-friendly substance that will perform the same functions as oil.

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Doctors learn Wiki-medicine

By Nathan Jeffay, October 25, 2013

At Tel Aviv University, trainee doctors do not just learn bedside manner — they learn online manner as well.

The academic year has just started, and medical students are being offered a new course called “Wiki-medicine: The Wonderful World of Wiki and Free Medical Information in Hebrew Wikipedia”.

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Swiss, Russian scientists disagree over Arafat poisoning

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2013

Long awaited results of a Swiss investigation show that when former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died, suggest his body may have contained higher-than-normal levels of the radioactive element that was used to kill former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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A remarkable week for Jewish Nobel Prize winners

October 10, 2013

No less than six Jewish scientists were awarded Nobel Prizes this week, and two others came very close.

Belgian-born Francois Englert won the accolade in physics for his groundbreaking work on the origins of sub-atomic particles.

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