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Scene from the movie, Troy, loosely based on Homer’s Iliad. (Troy)

Matthew A. Sears, University of New Brunswick

Homer’s Iliad has been used by some men to hail the virtues of traditional masculinity in the 21st century. Typically, the famous work of literature serves as a sort of manual of

Giovanni Sala, University of Liverpool and Fernand Gobet, University of Liverpool

Scientists achieved astonishing results when training a student with a memory training programme in a landmark experiment in 1982. After 44 weeks of practice, the student, dubbed SF, expanded his ability to remember

Image showing where scientists believe dark matter resides in the galaxy cluster Abell 520 – near the hot gas in the middle, coloured green. Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, CC BY-SA

Kevin Pimbblet, University of Hull

Dark matter and dark energy are mysterious, unknown substances that are thought

Penny Moore, University of the Witwatersrand and Lynn Morris, University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa has made tremendous advances in providing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for HIV infected people. The country has the largest treatment programme in the world.

Despite this, the HIV epidemic

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the “G20: Compact With Africa”. Reuters/Mike Theiler

Danny Bradlow, University of Pretoria

Prudence teaches that societies experiencing difficult and uncertain times should hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

South Africa should take this lesson

Is this how we got the sperm and the egg? Sebastian Kaulitzki/Shutterstock

Arunas L. Radzvilavicius, University of Pennsylvania

Evolutionary interests of males and females do not always coincide. This is known as sexual conflict: male innovations that allow them to reproduce more sometimes hurt

Margot Susca, American University School of Communication

Considering the history of television news a few years ago, iconic anchor Ted Koppel declared that CBS’ 1968 debut of “60 Minutes” forever altered the landscape of broadcast journalism: A news program drew enough advertising to turn a profit

The winning design: a journey. Adjaye Associates

David Tollerton, University of Exeter

The UK government has announced that Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects have won the design competition for the new Holocaust memorial to be sited next to the Houses of Parliament.

The design is for a mainly


Healthy humans take for granted their five senses. In order to mold metal into perceiving machines, it requires a significant amount of engineers and capital. Already, we have handed over many of our faculties to embedded devices in our cars, homes, workplaces, hospitals, and