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Root intelligence: Plants can think, feel and learn

STEVE SILLETT has been hanging out with giants all his working life. He climbs and studies the canopies of giant redwoods along the coast of northern …

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Presents<p>S2 E10 Picasso: Chapter TenAfter leaving Picasso, Françoise Gilot struggles to escape his shadow. Picasso (Antonio Banderas) withdraws to create the perfect painting.<p>Aired 6-20-18 • TV-14 LV<p>SEASON FINALE<p>Aired 5-29-18 • TV-PG L<p>• • •<p>SERIES FINALE<p>Aired 8-24-16 • TV-PG D<p>• • •<p>New<p>Aired 7-3-18 • …

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The Supreme Awakening: What Did Buddha, Emerson, Einstein and Saint Teresa Have in Common?

<b>Interview with author Craig Pearson</b><p><i>"There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies ... Life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being."</i> -- Albert Einstein<p>An ongoing theme in human culture is the …

Why Gravitational Physicists Don't Sleep at Night

Meeting the people behind the gravitational wave discovery.<p>"The best time to run an experiment," said Aaron Buikema, a PhD student in physics at MIT, "is between 8:30 in the evening and 4 in the morning."<p>It does lead to an unusual sleep schedule, Buikema admitted, but he's been working on something …

Einstein Was Right: Scientists Just Proved His Groundbreaking Theory

The scientific community just reached a breakthrough that was a literally a century in the making.<p>It's official: Einstein was right. And it took only 101 years to prove it.<p>A century after announcing his Theory of Relativity, the most elusive premise of which suggested the existence of gravitational …

Physics

Storm Imogen: Huge Waves Batter British Coast As 100mph Winds Pound South Of England And Wales

Huge waves measuring up to 19.1m (63ft) pounded seaside towns across the UK on Monday as Storm Imogen brought gusts of nearly 100mph.<p>Sections of the …

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Is The Multiverse A Scientific Theory?

Anyone can come up with a theory, which in common parlance, simply means “an idea for how something works.” But in order to be a <i>scientific</i> theory, you have to do a lot more. In particular, any new scientific theory has to look at the current framework of science, including the current leading/best …

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Thousands visit Stonehenge for winter solstice in what could be mildest December day

Thousands gathered at Stonehenge to witness the winter solstice sunrise on what could be the mildest December day on record.<p>A crowd of almost 5,000 …

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English socialites through the eyes of Cecil Beaton - CNN Style

Written by Allyssia Alleyne, CNN<p>Celebrated portraitist Cecil Beaton is renowned for his images of Queen Elizabeth II and Golden Age Hollywood starlets including Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.<p>But when he wasn't photographing stars for the likes of Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines, he turned his …

See People Celebrate Winter Solstice at Stonehenge

People gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire on the Winter Solstice to witness the sunrise on the shortest day of the year,<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Ben Birchall—PA<p>1 …

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If Your Biology Professors Believe in Adam and Eve, You’re Not Getting a Proper Science Education

January 19, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>A month ago, when the brouhaha at Wheaton College (in which a professor got in trouble for saying Muslims and …

Faith

Today's Oceans Are Different Than They Were Twenty Years Ago

While we can’t say that climate change causes El Nino, the evidence is mounting that the warming of our planet could be intensifying the natural phenomenon, which in turn can lead to some extreme weather events. New research published today in the journal <i>Nature Climate Change</i> found that half of the …

From temple plains to golden rocks: Myanmar's must-see Buddhist sites

Myanmar (Burma) is perhaps the most devoutly Buddhist nation on earth, with a dizzying array of golden pagodas and ancient temples, perched in splendid isolation on hillsides and sandwiched between busy city streets.<p>With so many impressive Buddhist sites to choose from, here are just a few that are …

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Who is behind Cicada 3301? A brief history of the hardest puzzle on the internet

A new challenge may have been set for the world’s most skilful code-breakers by the enigmatic Cicada 3301 ‘organisation’<p>A complex internet challenge for the world’s brightest brains has reportedly returned with a cryptic tweet from the anonymous group.<p>Who is behind Cicada 3301?<p>Cicada 3301 is the …

Why a rumor about the discovery of something Einstein predicted 100 years ago is going viral

Right now, the rumor is just that. The scientists to which the rumor refers work at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and told Business Insider that there is no basis for such a claim, yet.<p>"We are still taking data, and we won't finish analyzing and reviewing results …

This Simple Morning Ritual Primes Your Brain for Success

Gratitude can make your dreams come true. Here's how.<p>Want this to be the year you finally achieve some of your biggest goals? It can be--if you get your subconscious mind on board. That advice comes from May McCarthy, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and author of <i>The Path to Wealth</i>.<p>"Good …

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16 Sci-Fi Things To Look Forward To in 2016

From comics to movies to TV to books, here's what lies ahead in the next year for science fiction and fantasy.<p>2015 wasn't too shabby when it came to sci-fi, but there are great things ahead in 2016. Here are just a few of the things you have to look forward to in 2016 (and there's plenty more we …

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

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Pink Floyd released an EP of their earliest material last week, and nobody noticed

Record Store Day Black Friday came and went, and if you thought you got everything on your wish list, there’s a good chance you missed one — probably …

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Have a Very Pink Floyd Christmas with this Dark Side of the Moon Tree Topper

The standard store bought Christmas tree star is boring! There, I said it! It needed to be said and many of you might be thinking the same thing.<p>Not to say the significance of the Christmas tree star is lost on me. I grew up in the Catholic Church and can appreciate the meaning of the star of …

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How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.<p>You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

Happiness

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

The Religious Right Is Right to Be Scared: Christianity Is Dying in America

Why try to understand complicated things like demographics for the decline of your faith when you can blame gays and liberals for waging a ‘war on …

Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice

From astronomy to religion, the year's shortest day brings enduring mysteries.<p>The Northern Hemisphere's procession of dwindling days is about to reach its nadir. The winter solstice is the year's shortest day, but the start of winter also launches the sun's steady climb towards the long, warm days …

The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful.<p>Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Kromlau, Germany<p>Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia<p>Valle de Cocora: Quindío, Colombia<p>Mendenhall Ice Caves: Juneau, Alaska<p>Angel …

100 years on, is this Einstein’s greatest gift to human understanding? | Paul Davies

The detection of gravitational waves will open up a new spectrum of the universe – finally demonstrating a theory presented a century ago<p>History may judge 2015 as the year when mankind opened up a completely new window on the universe, exactly a century after Albert Einstein laid the scientific …

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How directed daydreaming helps your creativity

The academics started by giving people a series of short creative problems to think about.<p>Around 100 students were chosen at random and told to sit in front of computers. Then, a series of word ‘triads’ flashed up on their screens.<p>The triads challenged them to find what single word connected a …

Surprise: The Third Most Common Element In The Universe Isn't What You Think

One of the most remarkable facts of existence is that every material we’ve ever touched, seen, or interacted with is made up of the same two things: atomic nuclei, which are positively charged, and electrons, which are negatively charged. The way these atoms interact with each other — the ways they …

The major concern about a powerful new gene-editing technique that most people don't want to talk about

The technique, known as CRISPR/Cas9, lets scientists cut-and-paste DNA inside cells to correct genetic defects or, potentially, add new capabilities. It offers enormous promise to improve our understanding of biology and to treat or even eliminate genetic diseases.<p>But there's a dark side to …