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13 of the most epic, extreme adventures every active traveler needs to know about

Sometimes your only requirements for a healthy vacation are that it be warm, sandy, and, increasingly if possible, off the grid. Other times, it’s …

Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream Is Moving into Cryogenics

Apparently, turning various organic items into tiny balls and then flash freezing them is a super great way to keep them from spoiling. Or at least …

Experiments Show The Effects of a Fourth Spatial Dimension

Wow.<p>We're used to dealing with three physical dimensions and one extra dimension of time as we move through the Universe, but two teams of scientists …

7 questions to ask to help make sense of your life

My husband just so happens to be a giant nerd, which is precisely why I married him. By day, he geeks out as an IT systems architect at an engineering firm, and by night, among other things, he geeks out about astronomy.<p>One weekend, we were up at our cabin in the Colorado mountains. It was a crisp, …

Penguin Random House

Attention Vegans: Fill Up on These 12 Protein-Rich Meals

Healthy Eating

13 Surprisingly Weird Reasons Why Crows And Ravens Are The Best Birds, No Question

They're definitely better than monkeys.<p>We're sure you have your favourite animal. It may even be a really smart one. But corvids - such as crows, …

This is how a molten salt nuclear reactor works

Keepin' it radioactive.<p>Radioactive elements produce heat as they decay. Nuclear plants draw power from this process, and typically ­stabilize the temperature with water. But during a power outage, H2O—which needs pumps to flow—can’t always prevent meltdowns. Molten salt reactors, which instead …

14 Netflix Series And Movies That Will Totally @#$%&! You Up

If Black Mirror wasn't enough for you, here are some picks with more nightmares, disturbing visions, and very weird plots.<p><i>This post was translated from Portuguese.</i>

How to have the perfect Vegan Christmas

One of the first things people ask when someone says they are vegan is, ‘what do you eat then?’<p>As far as staunch meat-eaters are concerned, there …

Vegan

6 Ways to Win $1 Million if You're Really, Really Good at Mathematics

These problems need solving.<p>In 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced the Millennium Prize problems. These were a collection of seven of the …

Mathematics

DNA strand 'cages' leave imprint on polymer particles - Futurity

Chemically imprinting polymer particles with DNA strands could lead to new materials for things like biomedicine and "soft robotics."

These Quantum Droplets Are the Most Dilute Liquids in the Known Universe

A team of physicists in Barcelona has created liquid droplets 100 million times thinner than water that hold themselves together using strange …

Quantum Physics

Future Phones and Solar Panels Could Run on Newly Discovered 2D Nanowires

Three dimensions are so passé.<p>In 2004, a pair of researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK were wiling away a Friday night by doing a …

Nanotech

Changing a flower's color with the CRISPR gene-editing tool

It often takes years of careful cross-breeding for horticulturalists to turn flowers certain colors, but scientists can dig right in and change them …

Bill Gates and Richard Branson Are Investing in a Mysterious New Kind of Meat

It’s called “clean meat,” and it costs $18,000 a pound.<p>Just as Whole Foods shareholders and the Federal Trade Commission gave the green light to Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, news broke that a number of high-profile investors—including billionaires <b>Bill Gates</b> and <b>Richard …

Cyborg Bacteria Covered in Tiny Solar Panels Are Changing The Future of Clean Fuel

"These bacteria outperform natural photosynthesis."<p>In an effort to improve the efficiency of natural photosynthesis, a researcher at the University …

Clean Energy

5 Adventures Your Teenager Will Love

Once the kids hit their teen years, it’s almost impossible to convince them to go on another family trip that doesn’t include a posse of their …

Travel

Basic Assumptions of Physics Might Require the Future to Influence the Past

One of the most well-accepted physical theories makes no logical sense. Quantum mechanics, the theory that governs the smallest possible spaces, …

Tiny pockets of liquid make this polymer stiffer - Futurity

Inspired by the discs in our spine and the skin of some fish, scientists have accomplished a counterintuitive feat: using liquid to make a solid …

China Dismissal of U.K. Treaty Renews Doubts About Its Word

China’s dismissive critique of the U.K. treaty governing the return of Hong Kong raised new doubts about its commitment to the city’s autonomy and …

Hong Kong

The whole universe fits in one image with a special trick of math

The universe is enormous — so vast that it's almost impossible to picture what it might look like in one image.<p>But musician Pablo Carlos Budassi managed to do it by combining logarithmic maps of the universe from Princeton and images from NASA.<p>He created the image below that shows the observable …

The Future of Deep Space Propulsion May Soon Be Radically Altered

According to several experts who testified before Congress this week, we may be on the cusp of advances that could dramatically transform how we fly …

Space Travel

We Can Now Build Biomolecules From Computer Code — No Humans Necessary

Digital-to-Biological Converter<p>People often describe DNA as the “blueprint” for life, and geneticist J. Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic …

Physicists Just Found One of The Forces Holding The World Together Can Also Push It Apart

No, seriously, we really will need to update the textbooks on this one.<p>A type of force that makes molecules briefly stick to one another has been …

We Could Have Fusion Energy by 2030, Says Guy Who Knows

The big trick is shrinking the size of the reactors.<p>The reality of clean, stable energy produced in a ball of plasma seems to perpetually be around …

Physics

Solving the mystery of evaporating black holes: What happens to its stuff when it vanishes?

For all their extraordinary power, black holes are not immortal.<p>They have a life cycle just like we do. Forty years ago Stephen Hawking, the world’s …

Black Holes

One Step Closer To A Functional Fusion Reactor

Although the vacuum chamber in the British fusion reactor JET has a wall made of solid metal, it can melt if it gets hit by a beam of runaway …

Carbon Dioxide

The first time Einstein's theory was confirmed

Scientists announced Wednesday that they had observed starlight as it was warped by the gravity of another, more distant star - one of the key …

Physics

Unlocking The Power Of The Sun: How Far Away Is Fusion?

I’d like to think we’re smarter than the Sun.<p>Let’s compare and contrast. Humans, on the one hand, have made enormous advances in science and …

Universe

This Artificial Slope Lets You Ski Through Summer