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Jon Ronson is ready for blast-off. Is Richard Branson?

Photograph: Winni Wintermeyer<p>Richard Branson posing for photos with SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave desert, California, September 2013. Photograph: Winni Wintermeyer for the …

Richard Branson insists he will be aboard first Virgin Galactic space flight

Branson says SpaceShipTwo will enter service this year – with him and his children aboard – despite unproven technology<p>Richard Branson has reiterated his plan to fly with his children on the inaugural flight of his long-planned commercial space operation, Virgin Galactic, despite the relatively …

No Mars For Muslims? Mars One Asks Imams To Rescind Fatwa

Islamic leaders ruled that a Mars journey would be akin to suicide, but the private Mars colonization project disagrees, citing a 14th century Muslim explorer.<p>Martian colonization is a risky proposition. So risky, in fact, that a group of Islamic leaders in the United Arab Emirates issued a …

Mars

How does your memory work?

Why don’t you remember names instantly and what’s the best way to improve your powers of recollection? This video explains all.<p>To remember something your brain goes through the following process:<p>First your brain consciously registers the memory, a process called encoding. The reason most people …

Utah Lawmaker Says Atmosphere Needs More Carbon Dioxide Emissions

"We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants," said state representative Jerry Anderson, who is also a former science teacher.<p>The majority of climate scientists who believe that concerning levels of carbon dioxide are being pumped into the atmosphere have got it wrong; Instead, there …

Carbon Dioxide

Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Now more than ever before, we have the tools to study the mysteries of consciousness. Memory, dreams, the self are now being examined using high-tech brain scans developed by physicists on the cutting edge of their field.<p>Dr. Michio Kaku, professor at the City College of New York, is among them. In</i> …

Why Does White Noise Help People Sleep?

A white noise machine is the simplest solution to blocking out noise.<p>On its face, flipping on white noise before hitting the sack must be the most counterintuitive idea out there. Want to sleep better? Simple solution: make a bunch of noise. Sweet dreams ahoy.<p>And yet, not only do some people swear …

Mathematics

The future of particle physics?

Just over a year ago I was up a mountain, in fog and hail, at the South-Western tip of Sicily. Along with about fifty other delegates, I was discussing the future of particle physics. This was the Erice meeting where we drafted the update of the European Strategy for particle physics. Although the …