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13-Second Proof the Sun Is Crazy Powerful

The sun is more than 92 million miles away, but you can almost feel a ripple of heat when watching NASA's incredible footage of its fiery hiccup.<p>The …

Are Birds Evolving To Not Get Hit By Cars?

Shorter wings make it easier to take off quickly when a car is coming.<p>If you've ever had the soul-crushing misfortune of hitting a bird while speeding down the road, you can at least take heart in the fact that some birds are, on the whole, getting better at dodging them. A new paper published …

The most incredible pictures of every planet in our solar system

Each and every planet—and one dwarf planet—in our solar system, represented with the single best image ever taken of it. Say hello to our neighbors.<p>Updated:<p>Captured with NASA's Messenger spacecraft, this is the most complete view of Mercury ever taken. It was compiled very recently, on February …

Google Flu Trends Misrepresented the Severity of This Year’s Flu Season [Infographic]

A cautionary tale about the limitations of big data<p>Last year, we wrote about Flu Trends, Google's search engine–based influenza barometer. The takeaway: after calibrating its results against the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control--which are based on emergency-room visits--Google did a …

How It Works: The Most Powerful Space Rocket

When the firm SpaceX launches its Falcon Heavy rocket into space late this year, the craft will become the mightiest rocket in the world. Only NASA's Saturn V, which sent Americans to the moon, has ever generated more power.<p>In rockets, the most important measure of power is thrust. Falcon Heavy's …

Mindfulness: An Ancient Skill for Thriving in the Modern Innovation Economy

At first glance, an ancient practice might not seem like the modern path to disruptive innovation. But hear me out.<p>In 1942, the economist Joseph Schumpeter argued that creativity was the soul of economic development. For decades, his "innovation economics" theory was treated as an interesting, …