Ambitious plans to build a twenty kilometer (12.4 miles) tall space elevator tower have been announced by a Canadian space technology firm. Although this distance is a mere fraction of that reached in
Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple. A growing number of people, millions
Thinking differently about the time you have could put your work into perspective. There are 8,760 hours in a year. If you work full time, you’ll spend about 2,000 of those focused on your job. Sure, may
"At 50 kilometers up, Venus is remarkably Earth-like, excluding the need for any serious terraforming projects." Geoffrey Landis, 59, of Columbus, Ohio, is a scientist and prolific science fiction writer.
Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising. Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would
People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species. When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says “ow.” That’s only interesting if you know one more thing:
Is coffee much deeper than it appears? David Robson meets a philosopher who certainly thinks so – he's attempting to use the drink to probe the human mind. It’s like I’m drinking the dying embers of a
New research suggests that competent employees are assigned more work—but they don't always like it. The phrase “shit hits the fan” has uncertain origins. Some claim it’s a descendant of a World War II
Epigenetics is changing the way scientists look at genetic inheritance How does a mother’s weight-loss surgery affect her child’s risk of obesity? It’s a question scientists have been struggling with a
A leading scientist, who has been fighting breast cancer since 1987, says the disease is overwhelmingly linked to animal products In 1993, the breast cancer that had plagued Jane Plant since 1987 returned
Sweep every evening to prevent the buildup of dust, grime, and grit tracked in from the outdoors, which can scratch a floor's surface. Next, enhance the floor's finish a few times a year with a cleanser
Entertaining Ah, the first cup of ice-cold coffee of the summer. It’s funny how those dripping plastic cups have come to signify the change of seasons, just as pumpkin or gingerbread lattes do come fall.
The cracking sounds were ferocious. An ankle-deep, frozen lake in Death Valley National Park was breaking apart under sunny skies. As cousins Richard Norris and James Norris watched, a light wind began
It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve