A total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the United States Aug. 21, treating amateur and professional astronomers alike to sights similar to this NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory ultraviolet image of the moon eclipsing the sun on Jan. 31, 2014. (NASA)

How to safely watch an eclipse

People reject science such as that about climate change and vaccines, but readily believe scientists about solar eclipses, like this one reflected on the sunglasses of a man dangerously watching in Nicosia, Cyprus, in a 2015 file photo. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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Neuroscience explains Google diversity memo

Modern neuroscience doesn't support the idea that intrinsic differences between men and women are fixed and unchangeable.
From European beginnings, Spotify looks set to take the crown of the #1 music streaming service in the US later this year. dougliz/flickr

Why Spotify may become the Google of music

While Pandora continues to lead in the US in streaming music all the signs from investors, user momentum and tech talent indicate Spotify is on the verge of seizing the crown.
Tiny hairs cover the bodies of honeybees — including this one dusted in pollen — that allow them to detect molecular “fingerprints” similar to how home security sensors work. (Shutterstock)

How home security resembles dancing honeybees

Bees and home security cameras use the same complex techniques to monitor their environments.
The Sarahah app urges users to send ‘constructive’ messages, but cyberbullying is rife. Sarahaha

‘Honesty app’ Sarahah: Validation lure at all costs

Apps inviting anonymous comments play upon our desire to know our social standing, but are an open goal for bullies.
Oh the terrible irony. Photo by Mar Hicks

What Google ‘manifesto’ says about Silicon Valley

Five years after a major sexism scandal, Silicon Valley's misogynist culture remains strong and pervasive – and history reveals the stakes could be as high as the entire US tech sector.
The Bolt – Usain Bolt – after coming third in the men’s 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in London. Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Data reveals if Usain Bolt is greatest athlete ever

Jamaican Usain Bolt is often hailed as the greatest athlete of all time. But when you crunch the numbers, his name doesn't come top of the list.
Male scientists dominate labs, often with little to no female representation in the work or research subjects. Shutterstock

Sex matters: Male bias in the lab is bad science

Research laboratories are dominated by men, and that's not only bad for lab culture, it can be dangerous for science.
Science is a human approach to understanding the world. Nitirak Rakitiworakun/shutterstock

Climate change altered how I think about science

Science provides a useful way to explore and understand the natural world. But it also has a richness, diversity and creativity that is often overlooked.
Controversial gene editing should not proceed without citizen input and societal consensus. (Shutterstock)

Human genome editing: We should all have a say

A team in the U.S. is said to have safely and effectively altered human embryos. The news is a reminder that citizens must be consulted on developments potentially affecting the future of the species.

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