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From Bernie to Trump: Where every candidate stands on science and tech

Presidential candidates on science and tech<p><b>Update:</b> This article has been updated to include the poll numbers from the Iowa caucus as well as the …

Government

Physicists Are About to Test a Hypothesis That Could Rewrite The Textbooks

Forget everything you think you know about protons.<p>An international team of physicists is about to test a "sacrilegious" hypothesis about protons - …

Physics

What Actually Happens When You Drink Too Much Soda?

Most reasonable people can generally agree on two things: the Earth is round and soda is bad for you. And though we know the first to be absolutely …

Scientists observe the largest solar system ever discovered

Astronomers have discovered that a huge planet and star 104 light years from Earth form the largest solar system ever seen. The planet, dubbed 2MASS J2126-8140, and its red dwarf star are a full 7,000 astronomical units (AUs) apart, or a trillion miles (an AU is the distance between the Earth and …

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco …

UC Berkeley

Can You Spot a Liar?

Probably not. But here are some techniques grifters use, courtesy of Maria Konnikova and her new book about con artists.<p>In November, I came across a story that made absolutely no sense to me. A 33-year-old consultant named Niall Rice gave $718,000, little by little, to two Manhattan psychics who …

Framing

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Universe To Put Your Ego In Check

We are, as the saying goes, but a tiny speck.<p>And from time to time, it's important to put things into perspective. Or, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would tell you, have your mind blown.<p>Just consider for a moment that while Earth has an equatorial diameter of 7,926 miles, the Milky Way's is …

Universe

Why people get more stupid in a crowd

The “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t always apply – sometimes group-think nudges people to make wrong-headed decisions.<p>The downstairs room of a central London pub is not where most psychologists would choose to stage an experiment in decision-making, but for Daniel Richardson it is ideal. A researcher at …

Psychology

You Don’t Need More Free Time

AMERICANS work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is one of <i>quantity</i>: We simply do not have enough free time. “If I could just get a …

Stanford University

China wants to go to the dark side of the Moon in 2018

State media says the country will launch a probe in two years time<p>China could be the first nation to visit the dark side of the Moon, with the country's state media announcing plans today to send a probe to the satellite's unexplored hemisphere in 2018. A spacecraft named Chang'e-4 will attempt the …

Space Science

A Universal Basic Income Is The Bipartisan Solution To Poverty We’ve Been Waiting For

What if the government simply paid everyone enough so that no one was poor? It’s an insane idea that’s gaining an unlikely alliance of supporters.<p>There’s a simple way to end poverty: the government just gives everyone enough money, so nobody is poor. No ifs, buts, conditions, or tests. Everyone …

Income Inequality

Can There Really Be A Planet In Our Solar System That We Don't Know About?

How skeptical should we be, and how will we find out if this mystery planet is really out there?<p>Scientists have long suspected that our solar system might harbor a hidden planet. Now, after decades of searching, they may be on to something.<p>This week, in <i>The Astronomical Journal</i>, astronomer Mike …

How are all those screens changing kids' behavior?

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, businessman and author Tony Schwartz offered an honest yet troubling account of what he calls his "addiction" to technology.<p>The medical and research fields have not yet come to a clear consensus on what constitutes technology "addiction" and which factors …

Parenting

How did it take McDonald’s so long to see that all it really needed was all-day breakfast?

Go figure. In October, McDonald’s debuted all-day breakfast across the US—and just like that, that the long-ailing company produced its best quarter in four years. The rebound makes all-day breakfast, which McDonald’s itself identified as “the primary driver” of its results, a rare silver bullet …

GOP rivals mock Trump, try to make the most of his absence

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Absent Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidates strained to take advantage of a rare opportunity to step out of the front-runner's shadow in Thursday night's debate — a staid, policy-heavy contest that offered a glimpse of what the GOP contest might have been …

Government
Oil

How much are you worth to Facebook?

Facebook has set new records for both the number of users it has, far outstripping every other social media company, and the amount of revenue it generates. But how much are you actually worth to Facebook?<p>During the Facebook earnings call on Wednesday, the social network revealed that it now has …

Targeted Advertising
Stock Markets

Our weird sleep pattern might be why we are the top species on the planet

There’s much that we share with our primate ancestors: opposable thumbs, ability to eat many kinds of food, living in large social groups, and so on. Yet, it is perhaps one trait we don’t share with them that has made us the top species of the planet: a weird sleeping pattern.<p>Across populations and …

Lemurs

Hospital, Tech Stocks Boost Wall Street

U.S. stocks ended stronger on Monday, helped by bounces in Apple and Microsoft as well as a rally in hospital stocks after more Americans signed up for subsidized health insurance.<p>Shares of Apple Inc, under pressure in December over concerns that iPhone sales could miss estimates, rose 1.23 percent …

Suspect in Vegas crash said she was stressed living in car

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A homeless woman accused of slamming a car carrying her 3-year-old daughter into a crowd of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip told authorities she was stressed out after being chased by security guards from parking lots where she had been trying to sleep before the crash, …

Las Vegas