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Scientist says there are over 100 planets in our solar system

Most of us grew up learning that there are nine planets in our solar system. Back in 2006 that all changed, when Pluto was demoted from being labeled …

How Much Force Do Bacteria Produce? It’s Now Been Measured - MIT Technology Review

Bacteria migrate using a range of curious ambulatory mechanisms. These migrations allow them to follow prey, to form biofilms, and simply to …

Biology

The Ultimate Canadian Bucket List Travel Guide in Honor of Canada’s 150th Birthday

Canada is enjoying a moment—not only because of Justin Trudeau mania and the country’s post-U.S.-election appeal, but also because it’s celebrating its sesquicentennial. That’s right, 2017 is the 150th anniversary of confederation, a milestone that will be celebrated countrywide. It’s no wonder …

There's a great new way to reuse your old Amazon shipping boxes

Turns out, Amazon has a new way to prevent its extra packaging from ending up on the curb.<p>Amazon announced it's participating in a program called "Give Back Box" earlier this week. Basically, if you ship donations to Goodwill in a used Amazon box, Amazon will cover the shipping.<p>Here's how it …

eCommerce

9 Rules of Storytelling from Moneyball Writer Michael Lewis

“Have the nerve to be yourself” — and other advice from a master storyteller<p>Michael Lewis is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of multiple books …

Historic Pictures Show the Hidden Women of the Space Race

Gifted in math, these African-American women were shattering stereotypes during the earliest days of NASA’s mission to the moon and beyond.<p>As a girl growing up in rural West Virginia, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted everything: the steps between her house and the road, the number of …

Recommended Reading: Physicists Wonder: Does Time Really Exist Or Does It Just Look That Way?

As it turns out, time is a pretty complicated thing. And I'm not talking about measuring it, or making little devices to chime out the hours, either. …

Quantum Mechanics

Hubble Telescope captures stunning new view of stars being born

There’s lots of awesome sights out there in the universe that we never get to see from our vantage point here on Earth, but thanks to tools like the …

More Female Heroes in Hollywood? Yes, but Not Nearly Enough

Carrie Fisher said she was basically the only woman on set when she was filming the original <i>Star Wars</i>. Forty-some years later, we’re in a new age of …

Movies

Voyager Probes Are Still Making Amazing Discoveries

In August 2012, Voyager 1 went where no human-made object has gone before: it crossed the “heliopause,” the outermost edge of the Sun’s heliosphere, …

Astronomy

Why don't we teach Einstein's theories in school?

The discovery of gravitational waves, announced earlier this year, marked the ultimate test of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Einstein …

Holy shit, Lady Gaga can sing the hell out of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”

Every so often Lady Gaga reminds us just how dang talented she really is. Like the time she sang the hell out of <i>the Sound of Music</i> at the Academy …

Hawaii’s Mysterious Coral Reefs Turn Out to Be Super Weird

The Hawaiian coral reefs you know—the brilliant blue waters and rainbow fishes and the occasional sea turtle—are just a facade. Sorry, but it’s true: …

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II might be the most flexible mirrorless camera

Olympus unveiled the OM-D E-M1 Mark II at Photokina this year, and the follow-up to the company’s original pro offering is the kind of evolution you’d expect from a digital camera coming four years later on. Everything about the camera has been touched, from exterior design, to sensor and …

Olympus Cameras

Scientists followed 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here's what they learned about success

Follow thousands of super-bright kids for four and a half decades and you learn a thing or two about how to raise a high-achiever.<p>One of the biggest …

Self-improvement

What to do if your child is being bullied at school

Schoolyard bullies don’t pick on just anyone. Like wolves culling caribou, they single out the wounded, the stragglers, the loners who stray from the herd.<p>More often than not, bullies are the popular kids, the ringleaders with a competitive streak, researchers say. In their baboon-like displays of …

British Columbia

Why do we sleep? Scientists uncover how late nights can physically change the brain

We all sleep – some of us less than others – and yet the exact role sleeping plays on our bodies and minds has largely remained elusive.<p>By focusing …

Neuroscience

An MIT Scientist Claims That This Pill Is the Fountain of Youth

I recently received in the mail a small cardboard box, solidly constructed and colored a subtle metallic gray, from the future. ELYSIUM HEALTH was …

Physicists Believe They've Discovered a Fifth Fundamental Force of the Universe

Although physics may seem complicated to the uninitiated (or even to the trained professional, for that matter), it’s worth remembering that physics …

The 25 Best Movies of 2016

With just days left before we turn another page in the calendar, here's a look back at the year's best films.<p>The movie year is just about over, and a review of the past twelve months makes clear that cinephiles have been spoiled with sterling movies, from blockbuster superhero sagas and low-budget …

New Orleans Saints

Biologists are close to reinventing the genetic code of life

The term "life hacking" usually refers to clever tweaks that make your life more productive. But this week in Science, a team of scientists comes a …

Possible Earth-like planet discovered orbiting star nearest Earth

The scientific rumor mill is saying that astronomers in Chile have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting the star nearest Earth, Alpha Proxima, …

Science And Poetry Both Depend On Metaphors

1. Science, like poetry, depends on metaphors*. They can hide, sometimes causing mischief.<p>2. Science’s signature moves deploy two or more metaphors. …

Nate Silver

Will Smith And Margot Robbie Swap Playground Insults For Your Amusement

Historically speaking, there has arguably never been a greater time to be a master of the common insult. Comedy Central’s roasts consistently push the line between a playful burn and borderline cruelty, Jeff Ross’ <i>Roast Battle</i> is taking over the nation, and according to IMDb at least, <i>Yo Momma</i> is …

Scientists crack programmable quantum computer challenge

Researchers have created the first programmable quantum computer using a technique called ion trapping.<p>Researchers have developed a small quantum …

Quantum Computing

Bill Bryson hails 'thrilling' Royal Society science book prize shortlist

Author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, chairing this year’s judges, says finalists are ‘as interesting, useful and accessible as any writing you will find in any genre’<p>Bill Bryson has warned that readers are “short-changing themselves” if they aren’t reading science books, as he revealed …

Books

Being overweight makes brain '10 years older' than if you are slim

Being overweight in middle-age makes the brain age by 10 years, research by the University of Cambridge has found.<p>The study, which scanned 473 brains, found changes in the brain structure of overweight people which are normally seen in those far older.<p>The volume of white matter - the tissue that …

NASA maps thawed areas under Greenland ice sheet

NASA researchers have helped produce the first map showing what parts of the bottom of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet are thawed—key information in …

Global Warming

Engineer Finds a Huge Physics Discovery in Da Vinci's 'Irrelevant Scribbles'

It was right in front of us all along.<p>Until now, art historians dismissed some doodles in da Vinci’s notebooks as “irrelevant.”<p>But a new study from …

Physics

What lies beneath Antarctica's ice? Lakes, life and the grandest of canyons

There are few frontiers in the world that can still be said to be unexplored. One of these <i>terra incognita</i> is the land beneath Antarctica’s ice …