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Is Dark Energy Gobbling Dark Matter, and Slowing Universe's Expansion?

Dark energy appears to be devouring dark matter and slowing the expansion of the cosmos, a new study suggests.<p>Dark matter makes up the backbone of …

Where Do Genitals Come From?

Scientists discover the embryonic origins of the phallus<p>Whence your phallus? You probably have one—the term includes clitorises as well as penises—and, until now, scientists had never examined which cells in an embryo make it.<p>In biology, that's unusual. Tracking which embryonic cells become what …

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun - And May Exist On Alien Worlds Too

Scientists have discovered that the life-giving water of Earth predates the formation of the Sun - and there could be a lot more of it out there.<p>Water is essential to life on Earth and likely indicator for alien life as well, which is why so much of the world’s space missions and astronomical …

Mutant models: Physics, statistics and genetics come together to reveal cancer's strategies

Nate Silver and Richard Feynman walk into a bar and bump into a biologist... While this may sound like the setup to some late-night nerd sketch, …

APOD: In Green Company: Aurora over Norway (2014 Nov 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Max Rive http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141103.html Explanation: Raise your arms if you see an aurora. With those instructions, two nights went by with, well, clouds -- mostly. On the third night of returning to same peaks, though, the sky not only cleared up but lit up with a spectacular auroral display. Arms went high in the air, patience and experience paid off, and the amazing featured image was captured. The setting is a summit of the Austnesfjorden fjord close to the town of Svolvear on the Lofoten islands in northern Norway. The time was early March. Our Sun has been producing an abundance of picturesque aurora of late as it is near the time of its maximum surface activity in its 11-year magnetic cycle. http://www.flickr.com/photos/apojapo/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Max-Rive-Photography/182378168614600 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141103 #APOD

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Diaphanous, Sometimes Deadly, Jellyfish Pictures From National Geographic's Archives

How G2 survived the black hole at our Milky Way’s heart

Astronomers watched in fascination as an object called G2 appeared to edge closer to our Milky Way’s central black hole. But G2 survived!<p>In 2011, …

Universe

The First Fully 3-D Printed LEDs Are Here

And they come in orange and green<p>3-D printing has been touted as the most amazing thing to happen to manufacturing since the assembly line. The idea is that, someday, every home could be a mini-factory, downloading CAD templates online and printing off eyeglasses, coffee mugs, shoes, and whatever …

CWRU Theoretical Physicists Suggest Dark Matter May Be Massive

<i>In a new study, theoretical physicists from Case Western Reserve University suggest that dark matter may be massive and that the Standard Model may</i> …

A Brief History Of Stephen Hawking

A new film tells the story of how the great scientist transformed the field of cosmology while fighting a degenerative disease.<p>Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientists ever--comparable to Darwin, Einstein, and Newton. Yet few people know the story of his life. In a new biopic, <i>The Theory of</i> …

5 Ways We Can Prepare the Next Generation of Workers for Tomorrow's Technology

Consider this: Many of today's top jobs didn't exist 10 years ago -- jobs such as app developers, social media managers, and cloud computing administrators. And, by 2018, it's predicted that there will be 21 billion networked devices and connections globally, up from 12 billion in 2013. The …

Employment

Archaeology

For other uses, see Archaeology (disambiguation).<p>"Archaeologist" and "Archeologist" redirect here. For the magazine, see The Archaeologist. For the …

The iOS @@ shortcut is so useful, you’ll never use your iPhone the same way again

Text shortcuts are one of the most useful settings in iOS. Having the potential to just hit a couple of keys to input an entire string of text is a wonderful time saver… as long as you have the foresight to set them up first.<p>Alas, most of us never delve into text shortcuts on iOS 8. But here’s a …

Guess Who Wrote Microsoft's 'Blue Screen of Death'

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>If you’ve ever used a Windows PC, you have most likely experienced the "Blue Screen of Death," which would show up when a program experienced a fatal error or became unresponsive. In later versions of Windows, you’d see this blue screen any time you …

Steve Ballmer

Inside the Plant Where Lockheed Builds the F-35

Step inside the building where the most complex (and expensive) warplane ever built is coming together.<p>Step inside the building where the most complex (and expensive) warplane ever built is coming together. <b>RELATED: The Inevitable F-35</b>

15 Genius Ways You've Never Thought To Decorate With Books

Why relegate books to a few storage shelves when there are so many unexpected ways to incorporate them into your home design?<p><b>1.</b> Build a dreamy archway out of similarly-colored books to create a dramatic structure that can be used to decorate special events, or as a statement piece inside your home …

Books

The secret to acing exams

In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone.<p>Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams, drivers’ exams, and professional exams. Many are true-or-false, or multiple-choice. If you get …

Mathematics