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Science Says This 5-Second Rule Will Make Your Brain Stop Procrastinating

How to use neuroscience to beat procrastination and have more time for what really matters.<p>I've been meaning to write this column for some time. The reason I'm finally getting to it is because it's an excuse to avoid doing something else.<p>Let's face it, few of us, if we're honest, wouldn't confess …

Procrastination

Extremism from both sides: What does the research tell us about Islamist extremism and far-right extremism?

Looking at 10 years of data, one fact stands out: There are more, if less deadly, attacks from far-right extremists<p>On a Tuesday morning in September 2001, the American experience with terrorism was fundamentally altered. Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six people were murdered in New York, …

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Genetics

600-Year-Old Starlight Bolsters Einstein's 'Spooky Action at a Distance'

A group of scientists has used starlight to test a feature of quantum mechanics that gave Albert Einstein the creeps.<p>Entanglement is what Einstein …

Quantum Mechanics

How This New Material Can Cool A Rooftop With Zero Energy Consumption

Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder say they’ve created a new material that can work like an air conditioning system for structures. The material can cool down buildings in the hot sun with zero energy and water consumption.<p>The material was developed from a three million dollar grant …

Clean Energy

Trump’s immigration order means bureaucrats have to decide who’s a “real” Christian

President Trump’s executive order on immigration has a clause that is supposed to protect religious minorities. Trump has made clear he has in mind primarily Christians from the Middle East. If implemented, individuals who can show evidence of being persecuted as Christian will qualify for a fast …

Religion

Flecks of "solar glitter" can make almost anything solar powered

A solar technology invented years ago at Sandia National Laboratories has gotten a step closer to being on the market and that should make you pretty …

Are Kids Getting Too Many Vaccines?

Political leaders and parents have expressed concerns that young children are getting too many vaccines, often for diseases that aren’t raging …

Public Health

Ireland votes to stop investing public money in fossil fuels

Ireland just took a big step toward cutting coal and oil out of the picture. Its Parliament has passed a bill that stops the country from investing in fossil fuels as part of an €8 billion ($8.6 billion) government fund. The measure still has to clear a review before it becomes law, but it would …

Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to a new age of anti-viral drugs

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses.<p>What makes the discovery remarkable is that scientists expect such communication …

Microbiology

Move Over, Subway Tile: The Old-World Material Making a Comeback

All things cozy and comforting are set to trend in 2017, and what you'll see more of in tile is no exception. Recently, we've noticed the design …

Interior Design

The CIA Has Released 13 Million Declassified Documents on UFOs and Psychic Experiments

Spooky stuff.<p>The truth is out there—and by there, we mean Google.<p>The CIA has released 13 million pages of declassified documents online due to a lawsuit and a long-term campaign from freedom of information advocates.<p>The full archive, containing almost 800,000 files according to the <i>BBC</i>, spans many …

Paranormal

World’s northernmost plus-energy office could spark an energy revolution

Creating a building that produces more energy than it consumes is already a hefty goal – but real estate developer Emil Eriksrød wants to take it …

Clean Technology

Wyoming Bill Would Outlaw Renewable Energy

Republican lawmakers in Wyoming have introduced a bill that would block the use of renewable energy in the state. If passed, utilities that use wind …

Why more and more countries are taking an interest in geothermal energy

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Ensia</i><i>.</i><p>At 2:46 pm local time on Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to strike its shores. The 9.1-magnitude quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. It also took out the backup emergency generators that …

Hydroelectric Power