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Cosmic Bulletins: Two Major Discoveries Rock Science

The Theory of General Relativity seemed truly bizarre when Albert Einstein first articulated it 99 years ago: gravity, the great physicist declared, …

Physics

Watch A Crow Solve A Complex Puzzle

How smart are crows? They are so smart!<p>Crows are smarter than great apes and about on par with a 5-year-old child. We know they (and similar birds) can already complete complicated tasks, like putting a stick through a tube to finagle out food. But in this BBC video, the crow, after thinking it …

Is Methane Hydrate the Energy Source of the Future?

Shale has the spot­light for now. But there’s an­oth­er, less­er-known sub­stance with the po­ten­tial to yield even great­er quant­it­ies of …

10 money-making ideas for 2014

Slide 1 of 12<p>After a stellar year for stocks in the U.S. and other developed markets, what can investors expect in 2014?<p>If the Federal Reserve’s …

Stock Markets

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Tech and Science

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Science

Pope Francis: Capitalism is “a new tyranny”

“The culture of prosperity deadens us,” the pope writes in a document laying out the platform for his papacy<p>Pope Francis on Tuesday called capitalism "a new tyranny" and very explicitly called on global leaders to act on poverty and growing inequality.<p>Francis' remarks are part of an 84-page …

Star Wars lightsabers finally invented

Scientists in America have 'accidentally' found a way forward to the creation of real-life weapons as used by Jedi Knights<p>• Star Wars pet clothing range has puppies feeling the force • How to make your own Jedi lightsaber<p>Wannabe Jedi Knights rejoice, for scientists have discovered that the famous …

Higgs boson scientists awarded Nobel Prize in physics

Drs. Peter Higgs and François Englert share award for theoretical work on the 'God particle'<p>Drs. Peter Higgs and François Englert have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in identifying and discovering the Higgs boson, the so-called "God particle" that could explain how the …

MIT has built a dark-matter hunter out of a modified particle accelerator

Dark matter is estimated to make up a vast majority of the universe's mass, yet no one has ever definitively detected it before. Now researchers from MIT are working to modify a particle accelerator to allow it to test select theories on what dark matter could actually be like. The work, described …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

The Higgs boson does a new trick (probably)

Today the ATLAS experiment at CERN announced the strongest evidence so far that the Higgs gives mass to leptons<p>At a seminar at CERN this morning, Aliaksandr Pranko announced an interesting new result on the Higgs boson from the ATLAS experiment.<p>In brief - we know the Higgs boson is there, and is …

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

They spawned the 1 percent: How Washington and Lincoln explain inequality today

The competing economic visions of our two most famous presidents have big implications for the middle class today<p>George Washington, our first president, and Abraham Lincoln, our 16th, are the twin icons of that office. Their portraits are side by side in our wallets, in our change purses and on …

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

The first thing T. Jeremy Gunn says when you ask him about President John F. Kennedy's assassination is, "I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't have a theory about what happened."<p>But he knows <i>a lot</i> about it from his work for the Assassination Records Review Board, established by Congress in 1992, …

This Might Be the Most Beautiful Castle in the World

I'm never one to turn down a castle visit. From England's Windsor Castle to Namhansanseong in South Korea, if a travel destination has a royal residence -- currently inhabited or long abandoned -- I'll add it to my to-tour list.<p>But after spending time in Scotland earlier this fall, I think I've …

Visions of Earth 2012 - Photo Gallery

Photograph by Musadeq Sadeq, AP Images<p><b>December 2012</b><p><b>Afghanistan</b>—Overnight snowfall slows the pace of a Monday-morning commute in residential Kabul. The street is lined with flags heralding the opening of the Afghan parliament.<p>Photograph by Sergey Anisimov<p><b>December 2012</b><p><b>Russia</b>—Rosy from the bitter …

Watch Jonah Hill try to talk through his huge fake teeth in the new Wolf of Wall Street trailer

To commemorate their new Christmas Day release date (read: Oscar eligible!) for Martin Scorsese’s <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i>, Paramount has released a new trailer, featuring all the wealth porn of the first trailer, now with even more Jonah Hill trying to talk around his enormous teeth.<p>Mmmph slurp …

The Most Complete Guide To Beer Ever [Infographic]

It's... it's beautiful.<p>The artists at Pop Chart Lab, who've created gorgeous visualizations of everything from classic Nintendo games to bicycles, are tackling beer. A lot of beer.<p>Pop Chart has already released two beer posters, but since you can never, ever have a problem because of too much beer, …

Posters