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14 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this August

Space opera, vikings, and epic fantasies<p>Summer is in full swing, which means that there’s plenty of time to grab a book and head outdoors to enjoy the sun and warm weather — at least here in Vermont, where the outdoor temperatures haven’t quite topped 90 degrees yet.<p>I helped cover San Diego …

Quantum Computing: Researchers Build Converter Capable Of Modifying Properties Of Individual Photons

The field of quantum computing relies on a quantum mechanical phenomenon known as superposition, which allows subatomic particles to assume more than …

Pilgrim’s Progress: Inside the American Nuclear-Waste Crisis

On a mild September day in 2012, Paul Rifkin asked a friend with a helicopter to help him perform an experiment. Rifkin, a retired restaurateur turned amateur photographer, wanted to capture aerial images of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which sits on the shores of Cape Cod Bay, a quick drive from …

Nuclear Energy

Over 1,000 African skulls in Berlin are a reminder of Europe’s dark colonial history

This week, the German public broadcaster ARD obtained information regarding the existence of thousands of human skulls and other remains of African people in the possession of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which presides over state museums in Berlin.<p>According to Deutsche Welle, ARD …

The Essential Guide to Adding Essential Oils in Your Beauty Routine

Holistic beauty isn’t anything new – people have used natural substances in their beauty routines for thousands of years – but the concept is gaining …

Artificial intelligence is now Intel's major focus

The chip firm powering your laptop today might power your robot by the end of the decade<p>With technology governing almost every aspect of our lives, …

19 Natural Beauty Products That Actually Work

Yes, you can do a natural deodorant that really does make you smell good.<p>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.<p>And if you want to be featured on BuzzFeed, follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!

What Every Layperson Should Know About String Theory

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Germany planning to 'massively' limit privacy rights

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is planning a major limitation of privacy rights in Germany, say data protection groups. Germans will no longer …

Renewable energy is violating human rights as much as fossil fuels have for decades

Before she was killed, prominent indigenous activist Berta Caceres wrote a letter to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.<p>“The threat to Rio Blanco has returned due to this new onslaught by DESA Corporation,” Caceres wrote in Spanish in …

Human Rights

Did Life Begin On Mars?

In 1877, the Italian astronomer Giovani Schiaparelli conducted an exhaustive and detailed observation of the surface of Mars.<p>He described huge streaks across the surface, which he called <i>canali</i> or "channels." In English, the word was incorrectly translated as "canals," and compared to the …

Here's a Glimpse of the New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

With the full trailer for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> on its way Monday night, Lucasfilm has begun releasing short glimpses of what to expect.<p>First …

The government seems intent on ending the solar power industry. It’s madness | Howard Johns

My company was left untenable by cuts to subsidies, so I had to close it. The ‘greenest government ever’ needs to act fast before it destroys the sector<p>It was with great sadness last week that I announced the closure of Southern Solar – a firm I set up in 2002, which I grew for the first 10 years, …

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

One Of The Most Important Strategies For Changing Your Habits

In an excerpt from her new book, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin explains how to schedule habit change into your daily routine.<p>The Strategy of Scheduling, of setting a specific, regular time for an activity to recur, is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit formation. …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Can We Still Recognize Professional Photography?

In the wake of mass layoffs of photographers from major news organizations like the Chicago Sun Times and Sports Illustrated, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) wanted to find out whether or not typical newspaper readers preferred — or could even tell the difference between — …

A Rare Glimpse Inside North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival

While the world is only too aware of what North Korea’s leader thinks about a certain Sony comedy, less is known about his dynasty’s long history with—and love of— the cinema. Assessing the 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival and touring the vast “Cholliwood” studio complex, built in 1947 by …

TED 2015: Eighteen minutes to change the world

Patience Mthunzi is off to the TED conference in the Canadian city of Vancouver this week hoping, among other things, to raise money for a project that could lead to medicines being delivered via laser rather than pills.<p>As a laser physicist, she and her team at the Scientific and Industrial …

Bill Clinton

Want to Save Money? Change Your Mindset

Do you sometimes feel like saving money is impossible? That the bills just keep piling up, and you keep suffocating underneath them? When’s the last …

Is Your Laziness Costing You Money?

Lately, I feel like I haven’t been as frugal as usual.I’ve been letting little things slip and it’s mostly because I’ve been more lazy about being …

Video Games Are Better Without Characters

The real legacy of SimCity is its attempt—and failure—to make complex systems the protagonists instead of people.<p>In the mid-1980s, the easiest way to check out the latest computer games was to go to a bookstore in the mall. Past the John Grisham and the bargain history books in the B. Dalton …

SimCity

How your face betrays your personality and health

We are more than just a pretty face. It turns out the shape, size and even colour of our looks can relay some very important information about our personalities, health and sexuality. David Robson investigates.<p>You might expect a great philosopher to look past our surface into the depths of the soul …

The great big question about nanomaterials

A few years ago Arturo Keller began spending an awful lot of time working with pigskin—spreading things on it, lighting it up, heating it, looking at …

I Completed a 30-Day Minimalism Challenge In Order to "Live More Simply" And Have Less Stuff

It is just dawning on me that my life will never look "chic," "effortless," or "minimal." Though I like to think that Future Claire will have a wardrobe of expertly-tailored basics in muted tones — shirts and sweaters in shades like "pebble" and "bone" — I will always be the girl who impulsively …

Minimalism

Foreign policy alters contours of GOP race

International issues have come front and center.<p>Two days after signing the Senate GOP’s letter to Iranian leadership Monday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul found himself stretching to square his past statements advocating the “diplomatic option” with Iran with his support for a hard-line effort that …