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Why Gravitational Waves Are Red Herrings

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Menas C. Kafatos, PhD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.<p>When big science gets a major boost, the news goes around the world with an air of celebration. The latest such event was the confirmation of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Einstein in his General Theory of …

10 Incredible Tree-House Hotels in the U.S.

If you've ever wanted to take your love of the great outdoors to new heights, get ready to climb up to the canopy and sleep in one of these amazing treetop hotels. Feats of contemporary engineering, these contemporary tree houses are certain to astound, with amenities ranging from Jacuzzis and …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Anthropology

No Barista Needed: How To Brew Your Own Coffee At Home

Emily Dullea of Toby's Estate Coffee shows us the easiest and best ways to make the perfect cup of coffee at home—in under five minutes.<p>Why start off your morning waiting in line at your local coffee shop when you can relax with your own perfect, homemade cup of coffee at home? While brewing your …

My Pacific Crest Trail Moleskine Journals

It was about ten months ago that I posted a few scanned pages from my hiking journals. In 2010, I carried Moleskine plain pocket-sized notebooks …

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

The Eiffel Tower’s iron-clad frame turned slightly greener last week, with the installation of two new wind turbines along its lower deck. Perched some 400 feet above the ground, atop a ritzy, second-level restaurant, the slender turbines are part of a broader effort to make Paris’ most iconic …

Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today - Enlightened Consciousness

Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James …

Plan Your Spring Break: 12 Under-the-Radar Destinations

So what if Europeans get the entire month of August off—spring break is an American birthright. Whether you're toting the kids or fleeing civilization, we've got the trip for you.<p>Try an Island That's Better Than Bali<p><b>Raja Ampat, Indonesia</b><br>It’s hard not to love Bali, with its abundance of surf breaks …

Ski Area

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the island could see a new wave of tourism — with visitors treated to music and scenery that has been closed to most U.S. residents for more than half a century.<p>But beyond the beaches and cabarets, there's a spectacular world of …

Cuba

Frozen 'Slurpee' Waves Lick the Shores of Nantucket

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Massachusetts

Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Remembering him with the science of the TV show<p><i>Sad news today: Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy was many things—an actor, a poet, a singer of hobbit songs, and someone who understood what it was like to be alienated. At</i> Popular Science, <i>we, like many others, will remember him</i> …

Science Fiction

Google's future campuses are as flexible as its technology

Hey, Apple and NVIDIA: you aren't going to be the only Silicon Valley giants with outlandish office space. Google has revealed a proposed redesign of its Mountain View campuses (specifically, four sites) that not only doesn't resemble a traditional workplace, but mirrors the company's open, …

Familiar 'smoke and mirrors' promote e-cigs - Futurity

Just as "light" cigarettes were marketed in the 1960s, e-cigarettes are now touted as a healthy alternative to tobacco. Why do smokers buy it?

Spark's Electron Brings Simple Cellular Connections to the IoT

Spark has been on a mission to simplify the business of making connected products for some time. It started with the Spark Core, then moved on to the Photon and the Internet Button. Those products all relied on Wi-Fi. Its latest takes on the even trickier task of bringing cellular connectivity to …

Internet of Things