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What To Do To Survive A Disaster

In a catastrophic event, most people fail to do the one thing that would save their life, says Michael Bond.
At seven o’clock in the evening of 27 September 1994, the cruise ferry MS Estonia left Tallin with 989 people on board, heading for Stockholm through the Baltic Sea. It never got there. Six hours into the journey, pushing through a force nine gale, the bow door broke open and the ferry started taking on water. Within an hour it had sunk, taking with it 852 of its passengers and crew.

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Why Do We Have Blood Types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.

When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types – a biological mark of distinction.

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Could Insects Feed the Hungry World of Tomorrow?

The world is running out of resources to feed the animals we raise for food. As the human population rises, should we be making more of our meals from insects?

More and more of the world is clamouring for protein. But our land and water resources are coming under increasing strain to farm enough beef, pork and chicken to feed everyone who wants to eat it. The answer might be wriggling around our feet: insects.

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The Contrived Rumblings in The NPP: This One Too Shall Pass

Boakye Agyarko, the writer

Mr Victor Owusu granted an interview to the now defunct Legon Observer. A leadership contest was emerging within the ranks of what became known as the Progress Party. Many were those who wanted to push Victor Owusu into the race.
 

These sensible and respectable words were captured in the Legon Observer interview; “I will not contest so long as Professor Busia intends to”.

Victor, contrary to all the speculations sown about him deferred to Professor Busia, for he believed him to be the man of the moment to win power for the Progress Party.

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‘I Drove a Car With My Thoughts’

A car in Germany can be steered with thought alone. Rose Eveleth asks its driver and his team about the fiendishly difficult skills required to steer mind-controlled vehicles.

Henrik Matzke is in the driving seat of a car, poised to make a very unusual manoeuvre. The car pulls up to a junction. He concentrates for a moment, willing the car to turn. The steering wheel spins, and the car veers to the right, accelerating away.

With his hands on his lap, Matzke is driving the car with thought alone.

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The Greatest Threat of Robots

Robots often navigate with cameras for eyes, but some fear others might be watching through the lens (SPL)

The idea that robots will conquer humanity is a myth, says Marcus Woo, but has one of the real concerns they pose been ignored?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

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Human Hibernation: Secrets Behind The Big Sleep

Human hibernation: Secrets behind the big sleep (Thinkstock)

The extreme survival tricks of hibernating animals… and the occasional human… could help us overcome life-threatening injuries, as Frank Swain discovers.

Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your blood haemorrhages unseen from ruptured vessels. The loss of blood is starving your organs of vital nutrients and oxygen. You are entering cardiac arrest.

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Will We Ever…...... Control The Weather?

We’ve long tried to make it rain, and now scientists aim to harness lightning with lasers and hurricanes with oil slicks. Is manipulating weather possible?

With 2,000 drummers, 15,000 other performers and vast quantities of fireworks, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was a dazzling spectacle. It was also a dry one. In the run-up to the event, held during the rainy season, the Chinese authorities fired 1,100 rockets into the skies in an effort to intercept and trigger downpours before they reached the capital city.

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The People With ‘Animal Powers’

Nadya Vessey lost both legs and had a 'mermaid' tail designed for her that allowed her to flow quickly through the water (AlamyCelebrity/Alamy)

By augmenting their bodies and minds to acquire animal-like abilities, some people are trying to sense a world that most humans cannot experience, says Frank Swain.

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A Short story: Beginning of NUGS Agenda

When I woke up, the moon was brightening. Soft rays sifted through the curtains and filtered across the floor where I sat, feeling a sense of tiredness and a gush of emptiness in me, I reached for my dairy from beneath my pillow.

Am I dreaming? My body remained motionless, the feeling of me presenting my manifesto to the entire student Union, National Union of Ghana Student, I moaned.

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