Best of Last Week – World record for tabletop accelerator, mystery of Earth's water source and roller coaster strokes
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Dutch scientists use smell to recreate JFK, Diana and other famous deaths
Dutch scientists are recreating the deaths of some of the world's most famous personalities by reconstructing their last moments using scents and sounds.
'Text overlap' clutters scientific papers, arXiv analysis finds
Computer text analysis of a huge database of scientific papers shows a large amount of "text overlap," where authors use text from previous papers of their own and others, not always with attribution. This ...
Rosetta comet-landing is Science's 2014 breakthrough
The top scientific breakthrough of 2014 was the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft's rendez-vous with a comet, the US journal Science said Thursday.
Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape
The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.
Earliest known piece of polyphonic music discovered
New research has uncovered the earliest known practical piece of polyphonic music, an example of the principles that laid the foundations of European musical tradition.
Some can jump research paper paywall thanks to Nature group
The most influential scientist you may never have heard of
Gaze at Alexander Von Humboldt's 1814 self-portrait and you peer into the eyes of a man who sought to see and understand everything. By this point in his life, at age 45, Humboldt had tutored himself in every ...
Colin Firth the neuroscientist? Real-life role reveals ethical dilemma in science
As you snuggle by the fire this holiday season to watch Love Actually, you should know that you're also viewing the work of a published academic neuroscientist. That's right – actor Colin Firth is cited ...
Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize
Russia's richest man says he is returning a Nobel prize he bought at auction for $4.7 million just days ago to the man who put it on the block: controversial American geneticist James Watson.