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Science Offers Some Insight Into How Much Sleep You Really Need

Is there any symbol of the modern era more common than the sleep-deprived working parent? It’s a common refrain used to scold us on our lifestyles and sell us products — a reminder that we don’t get enough sleep thanks to our screens, that it’s ruining our health, and that eight hours a day is the …

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

The 50 Most Scenic Drives Across the Country

When you want to hit the open road, here's where to set your GPS.<p>Here are 50 drives—one in every state—where you'll lose yourself in the surroundings, stumble upon the unexpected, and possibly blank on where you're ultimately headed. Do final destinations really matter?

Signals from space aliens? Scientists disagree

The claim of two scientists that they may have found evidence of intelligent aliens is raising some astronomers' eyebrows.<p>Appearing in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the pair's study reports that 234 stars (out of over two million surveyed) have signals in the …

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5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

Tesla Unveils Electric-Car Battery With a 315-Mile Range

The company says its new ‘Ludicrous’ P100D will be the ‘fastest car in the world’<p>Tesla Motors Inc. said it is offering its electric vehicles with a battery capable of going up to 315 miles on a charge, the first time a major auto maker has provided that much electric range in a vehicle.<p>The company …

Electric Vehicles

The economics of electric garbage trucks are awesome

Garbage trucks are one of the least efficient vehicles on the road. Powered by diesel fuel, they average just 3 miles per gallon, burn about $42,000 of fuel per year, and emit about 20 times the carbon emissions of the average US home. As they rumble down city streets waking residents at dawn, they …

Natural Gas

Can this woman cure ageing with gene therapy?

Biotech boss Elizabeth Parrish has tried out her company’s anti-ageing gene therapy with, she says, amazing results. Too good to be true?<p>Elizabeth Parrish is CEO of BioViva, a Seattle-based biotech company working to develop treatments to slow the ageing process. In April, the company revealed that …

Cell Biology

Facebook's massive solar-powered drone takes its first flight

Facebook has flown its full-sized solar-powered airplane for the first time, after years of anticipation.<p>The large drone — named Aquila — had a …

Scientists Are Finally Figuring Out Why You Only Get Mitochondrial DNA From Your Mum

Sorry, dads.<p>Your relatives probably can’t stop talking about how much you look like your mum or your dad, but the truth is, while you might have …

Bill Gates and Neal Stephenson drive into the future in a Tesla in VR

Science fiction meets technology in the very best way in this short three-minute video posted by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates earlier this week.<p>In …

What Happens When You Shoot a Golf Ball at a Balloon Filled with Non-Newtonian Fluid?

Non-Newtonian fluids are liquids that are also sort of solid but also sort of neither but also sort of both? They’re very thick liquids or very …

Planning a baby? New research shows why dad's health habits are important, too

Women who want to have a baby are well aware of how their lifestyle and daily habits can affect their chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby. There's now a growing body of evidence showing men's behavior before pregnancy may also be important.<p>A new report linking caffeine …

Humans will live underwater in 100 years' time as the population is squeezed out of cities

A report predicts underground cities and floating neighbours will become commonplace in the next century<p>One hundred years from now, the human population will be living in underwater cities and in 3D-printed homes, according to a study that looks at the future of living.<p>Buildings and interiors will …

Dog owners are 'happier than cat owners' - study

Pet owners are are thought to be more satisfied with life than non-owners - and dog owners score higher than cat owners on all measures of well-being<p>Dog owners are happier, more conscientious and less neurotic than cat owners, according to researchers at Mahattanville College, New York.<p>In a new …

SpaceX Falcon 9 unmanned rocket launches and lands in upright position

Incredible moment SpaceX launches an unmanned rocket which then returns to Earth in a successful upright landing, paving the way for the use of reusable rockets in the future<p>A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Monday with a payload of communications satellites before the reusable …

Intelligence genes discovered by scientists

Imperial College London has found that two networks of genes determine whether people are intelligent or not so bright.<p>Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power.<p>Researchers have believed for some time that …