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Stephen Wolfram: 'The textbook has never interested me'

The British child genius who abandoned physics to devote himself to coding and the cosmos<p>Ask a factual question of Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, and chances are the maverick British computer scientist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram is responsible for the answer. For when posed a question such …

Five discoveries taking science by surprise

If you thought dying of loneliness was just an old wives' tale, or that genetic inheritance is fixed – think again. Michael Brooks on science's most unexpected findings<p><b>1 | Lifestyle can change genes</b><p>We have come to think that if something is "in our genes", it is our inevitable destiny. However, …

Newfound Alien Planet 'Gliese 832c' May Be Able To Support Life

A newfound alien world might be able to support life — and it's just a stone's throw from Earth in the cosmic scheme of things.<p>An international team of astronomers has discovered an exoplanet in the star Gliese 832's "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water …

Ancient Asteroid Destroyer Finally Found, And It's a New Kind of Meteorite

For 50 years, scientists have wondered what annihilated the ancestor of L-chondrites, the roof-smashing, head-bonking meteorites that frequently …

Earth Science

Why older adults should aim for 8 hours of sleep - Futurity

A new study shows that there is an association between both quality and duration of sleep and brain function which changes with age.

Sleep

Freaky Higgs Physics Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Exist

The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory.<p>Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests.<p>"During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation — this is a rapid …

Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered

Sometimes big, bad things comes in threes, including jumbo black holes.<p>The discovery of a trio of jumbo black holes circling the center of a distant galaxy, reported by astronomers on Wednesday, suggests that pairs or triplets of such monsters may be surprisingly common.<p>Astronomers have learned …

Astrophysics

Newly Discovered Shrew May Look Like A Mouse, But It's More Closely Related To The Elephant

By Laura Zuckerman<p>(Reuters) - A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said on Thursday.<p>The new species of elephant …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Learning

NASA tests Mars 'flying saucer'

LOS ANGELES — A saucer-shaped vehicle launched by balloon high into Earth's atmosphere has splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, completing a successful test of technology that could be used to land on Mars.<p>The $150 million experimental flight Saturday tested a novel vehicle and a giant parachute …

Toyota's first hydrogen car is priced to go head-to-head with Tesla

Sure, Elon Musk is giving away Tesla patents, but don't be surprised if more established manufacturers politely decline his offer. Instead of batteries and electric charging stations, players like General Motors, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota are focusing their efforts on a very different sort of fuel …

With The World Cup, TV Everywhere Has Finally Arrived

Thanks to the World Cup, millions of people will never watch TV the same way again. Literally.<p>As a cable television subscriber for the past two years, I knew I could stream ESPN to my iPad or phone through its authenticated app, WatchESPN. But I never got around to actually downloading the app, …

5 Apps For A Citizen Science Summer

With summer just around the corner in the northern hemisphere (and that nasty winter not quite a distant-enough memory), a lot of us are looking for any excuse we can to go outside. Here are five citizen science apps that will give you all the reasons you need to get some fresh air.<p><b>Noise …

The Kiwi, New Zealand's National Bird, Isn't From Australia After All

The kiwi, a bird endemic to New Zealand, was long believed to be an Australian import. However, new research published Thursday in the journal <i>Science</i> …

Top 10 New Species Announced

Scientists from the International Institute for Species Exploration at SUNY just announced the top 10 species discovered during the past year.<p>A committee of taxonomists and experts from around the globe selected the winners from among the approximately 18,000 new species named during the past year. …

Zoology

New scans unlock the secrets of the 'first bird'

A new 3D X-ray fossil-scanning technique has produced some of the clearest images yet of <i>Archaeopteryx</i>, often described as "the first bird".<p>Hidden details of its feathers will help solve the mystery of whether or not it could really fly.<p>BBC News visited the laboratory to see how the team were …

Birds

Australia PM Tony Abbott says his wink was 'a mistake'

<b>Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that it was "regrettable" that he winked and smiled during a chat with a distressed voter.</b><p>The gaffe, which drew intense criticism, comes as Mr Abbott battles fury from some voters over his latest budget.<p>Many see proposals to cut health and education …

Australia

World Cup 2014: England's Rooney ready for Brazil finals

<b>Wayne Rooney has said there will be no excuses if he fails to perform for England at the 2014 World Cup.</b><p>Rooney's last two World Cups have been undermined by injuries and he is yet to score in eight matches at the finals.<p>But the Manchester United forward, 28, insists he is fully fit following a …

Soccer

Dame Kiri attacks 'bullying' opera critics

<b>Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has branded opera critics "bullies" after Glyndebourne singer Tara Erraught was described as "stocky" and "dumpy" in the press.</b><p>The mezzo soprano was criticised by several male reviewers after making her debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier last weekend.<p>Dame Kiri told BBC Radio …

The Arts

Prince Charles's Putin remarks outrageous - Russia

<b>Remarks attributed to the Prince of Wales likening Vladimir Putin's actions to some of those of the Nazis are "outrageous", the Russian embassy says.</b><p>Deputy ambassador Alexander Kramarenko has met Foreign Office officials to ask for official clarification.<p>The alleged comments were made during a …

Russia

Controversial Indian ring auctioned at Christie's

<b>A ring belonging to an 18th Century Indian ruler has been sold at an auction in London amid criticism from heritage groups.</b><p>The jewelled golden ring was sold for £145,000 by Christie's auction house.<p>It belonged to Tipu Sultan, a Muslim king, and is notable because it was inscribed with the name of a …

India