Nature, Nurture and God: The Science Behind Religious Belief


Faith is a great mystery of life. For some, religion is the very basis and purpose of existence, whereas for others, it is the stuff of delusion. But what determines who is and is not a believer in religion and other supernatural phenomena? Is it our family, our friends, or are some people simply ‘born believers’?

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bot? Advances in AI


From Star Trek to I, Robot, sci-fi has always loved artificial intelligence; but smart machines are no longer purely the stuff of fiction. AI is already a part of our daily lives. If you’ve ever had Facebook automatically recognise your face in a photo or browsed your Netflix or Amazon recommendations, then you’ve used a form of AI.

But the potential for this technology goes much further than that.

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When Disaster Strikes: Exploiting Pioneering Tech in Disaster Zones


This year, we’ve seen a succession of catastrophic natural disasters – from Hurricane Harvey in the US to the devastating earthquakes in Iran and Iraq. Within mere minutes, nature is capable of downing power lines, ravaging transport links, and leaving entire towns completely destroyed. 

So in the hours, days and weeks following a disaster, what can we do to help keep people safe?

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The Crusade Against Nature’s Deadliest Killer


The malaria-carrying anopheles mosquito

The world’s deadliest animal does not possess extraordinary strength. It hasn’t got razor-sharp teeth or piercing vision, or the ability to outwit its prey. In fact, the world’s deadliest animal has none of the attributes we might associate with a ferocious killer. It can be found quietly moving around our houses, sometimes hovering above us in the air at night. Continue reading