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Critical Code in Millions of Macs Isn't Getting Apple's Updates

As any nagging cybersecurity expert will tell you, keeping your software up-to-date is the brushing and flossing of digital security. But even the …

Molecular ‘time machine’ shows chance’s role in evolution

By studying a massive set of genetic variants of an ancient protein, scientists have been able to examine the myriad other ways that evolution could …

Biology

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

Astronomy

The Surprising Science Behind the Changing of Seasons and Your Sleep

The seasons are changing! In addition to back-to-school prep, wardrobe changes and falling leaves, autumn, like other seasons, has an effect1 on your …

See NASA’s Most Detailed Map of Where the Total Solar Eclipse Will Be

Wondering where the upcoming total solar eclipse can be seen in America? Look no further than this NASA video, which shows the most detailed map yet …

Solar Eclipse

Everything you need to know about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will sweep across America, casting millions of people into temporary darkness. It will be the biggest astronomical event America has seen in years, watched by millions of people from within the path of totality and tens of millions more who are outside it. One …

5 Must-Have Travel Items That Save You Money in the Long Run

They make travel easier too.<p>Traveling is often pricey, and there’s nothing more annoying that seeing your vacation bill rise because of overpriced …

Personal Finance

Why Hiking Is the Perfect Mind-Body Workout

At first, walking and hiking may sound like two words for the same form of exercise. The footwear and scenery may vary, but the lower-body mechanics …

Muscle

A Solar Eclipse Can Blind You (Read This Before Looking at the Sun!)

During the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, millions of people will gaze at the sun to see the moon slowly pass in front of it, …

Solar Eclipse

Xiaomi's $30 Yeelight LED lightstrip takes on Philips Hue for a fraction of the cost

Xiaomi has managed to carve out a niche for itself in the smart lighting segment with its Yeelight sub-brand. Yeelight's LED bulbs offer an …

15 best items for those who are obsessed with outer space

Outer space is a polarizing concept. Some people are terrified, while others can't get enough.<p>Consider this a little tribute to those of you who are …

Space Travel

The first results from the Juno mission are in – and they already challenge our understanding of Jupiter

Ten months after its nerve-wracking arrival at Jupiter, NASA’s Juno mission has started to deliver – forcing scientists to reevaluate what they …

Why the Total Solar Eclipse Is Such a Rare Event

This cosmic coincidence will be visible across the lower 48 states.<p>Astronomers — amateur and professional alike — are looking forward to the next …

San Francisco

Watch a Simple Experiment Make Sense of Quantum Mechanics

“No One Understands Quantum Mechanics”<p>Quantum mechanics: a branch of physics that is, to many, confusing and misunderstood. It encompasses and deals …

Scientists Have an Experiment to See If the Human Mind Is Bound to the Physical World

Spooky Action<p>Perhaps one of the most intriguing and interesting phenomena in quantum physics is what Einstein referred to as a “spooky action at a …

Closest Supernova In Years Brings Cosmic Fireworks To Earth's Skies

After burning bright for millions of years, the brightest stars of all are destined to explode in one final blaze of glory: a supernova. Capable of shining as bright as many billions of stars put together, the light from a single outburst can be seen with the naked eye if it occurs in our own …

The Odds Of Your Unlikely Existence Were Not Infinitely Small

In order for you to exist, a great many unlikely events needed to unfold in exactly the way that they did. The exact sperm cell and egg cell needed to meet to create you with the DNA sequence that encoded you, and brought you into existence; a one-in-250 million chance for a sperm cell alone. That …

Mathematics

FDA proposes that doctors learn about acupuncture for pain management

Chiropractors and acupuncturists who have lobbied for a bigger role in treating pain have won a preliminary endorsement from federal health officials.<p>…

string theory FAQ in nLab

This page is to provide non-technical or maybe semi-technical discussion of the nature and role of the theory of fundamental physics known as <i>string</i> …

Astronaut snaps unreal sunset spacecraft photo

The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission on Saturday, but a spectacular image of its approach is anything but ordinary. The photo shows Cygnus floating like a giant bee above a wash of dark blue with pinkish-orange streaks created by …

All of NASA's out-of-this-world images are now in one place

NASA first announced that all of its photo archives would be made available on one easily searchable website in late March. But an interview with some of the minds behind the merger, courtesy of ArsTechnica, rekindled our memories and reminded us just how amazing the archive really is.<p>The new site …

How do I protect my privacy online?

Digital security expert Tony Gambacorta answers your questions about security and privacy on Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>Even for the technically minded, weighing all the potential threats to your digital privacy can be a headache. But especially for non-techies who take it for granted, the need to …

Google Play Music

5 Ways to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

Outdoor Adventure<p>This Is the Best Way to Protect Against Mosquitoes<p>Travel<p>7 Things You Need to Do to Protect Yourself from Ticks<p>Subscribe & …

Mosquitoes

Your Backpacking Checklist

Oh My God, Look at Saturn's North Pole [Updated]

Recently, Gizmodo space writer Rae Paoletta called Saturn “the golden retriever of the solar system,” and I’m not here to dispute that …

Astronomy

Comments of the Week #154: from Earth as seen from the Moon to the Universe at its birth

“What I find cool about being a banned author is this: I’m writing books that evoke a reaction, books that, if dropped in a lake, go down not with a …

Cosmic superclusters, the Universe’s largest structures, don’t actually exist

You may have heard of Laniakea, but don’t count on it being real.<p><i>“It’s the gravity that shapes the large scale structure of the universe, even though</i> …

You can now learn two of Africa’s most widely spoken languages on an app

Cape Town<p>Everyone’s favorite language app is now teaching Swahili, Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn announced on stage at the Design Indaba conference. Added to that, Zulu will be the next African language available, he told the cheering crowd in Cape Town.<p>Swahili launched on Friday (Mar.3) Ahn told …

Africa

An astrophysicist explains dark matter — the most mysterious part of the universe

Columbia University astrophysicist, Janna Levin, explains dark matter — a mysterious type of material that comprises 84.5% of all matter in the universe. Yet, experts understand very little about it. What is dark matter? Why does it dominate our universe? What role does it play in the formation of …

Quantum Entanglement is Just as Einstein Predicted

We owe a lot to Einstein, and this week physicists have confirmed another of his theories by unraveling and proving that quantum entanglement does in …