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The pee color spectrum: What it means

Did you know that looking into the toilet bowl is like looking into a crystal ball for your health? The color of your pee can change depending on how hydrated you are, what foods you've been eating, and even as a weird side effect to certain medications. Here's what your urine color says about your …

Wellness

Genetics or Good Living? Why People in Iceland Outlast Rest of World

But Kari Stefansson, founder of DeCode Genetics, says the key to Icelandic staying power probably has more to do with Vikings than volcanoes.<p>"It is probably because of a genetic background," said Stefansson. "I don't think it has anything to do with the environment we live in. I don't think it has …

Molecular Biology

The Digital Dirt

How TMZ gets the videos and photos that celebrities want to hide.<p>In the early-morning hours of February 15, 2014, Ray Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, stepped into an elevator at the Revel hotel and casino, in Atlantic City. Palmer and Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, were arguing …

Journalism

5 Indications That 'Side-Gigging' Is More Than a Fad

<i>This piece was originally published on Entrepreneur.</i><p>In recent months, the media has labelled the rise of traditionally employed workers taking on …

Palau vs. the Poachers

Late on a January 2015 evening in Shepherdstown, W.Va., a data analyst named Bjorn Bergman, surrounded by whiteboards scribbled with computer code, was orchestrating a high-stakes marine police chase halfway around the world. Staring at his laptop in a cramped ground-floor office, he drank from his …

Watch: Short videos that TED says will recharge your brain

With more than 100 speakers over five days, attending TED conferences can be an emotional roller coaster ride, as attendees flit from talks on virtual reality to racial prejudice, climate change to Google art, incarceration to drones. TED uses brief videos in between talks to reset the mood and …

Pharrell Williams

Play nice! How the internet is trying to design out toxic behaviour

Online abuse can be cruel – but for some tech companies it is an existential threat. Can giants such as Facebook use behavioural psychology and persuasive design to tame the trolls?<p>It was a book on the curious decline of the murder rate that gave Aja Bogdanoff her idea.<p>Her job back then stopped …

Sheryl Sandberg

Your Letters Helped Challenger Shuttle Engineer Shed 30 Years Of Guilt

When NPR reported Bob Ebeling's story on the 30th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, hundreds of listeners and readers expressed distress and sympathy in letters and emails.<p>On Jan. 27, 1986, the former engineer for shuttle contractor Morton Thiokol had joined four …

Space Travel

16 Massive Scientific Facilities at the Cutting Edge of Research

To detect some of the biggest mysteries, you need some of most colossal facilities on Earth.<p>To do big research, sometimes you need some massive machines. Here are 16 facilities that have done out-there work in the last decade, whether hunting for mysterious particles, looking for distant stellar …

Physics

The Value of Empathy

In December of last year, I clicked on an article from <i>Fast Company</i> about the most empathetic companies in the world. In fact, that was the title: …

15 Amazing Photos from Astronaut Scott Kelly's Year in Space

The NASA astronaut has retired after completing one of the longest space flights ever—and taking incredible photos from space along the way.<p>U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly has retired from NASA, after 20 years of service and more than 520 days in space—more time in space than any other American. He also …

Space Exploration

Physics of brain wrinkles copied in a jar

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1223000/1223875_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1514563064_769dc13e09771d8fe0465d0b6362e2c2<p><b>Scientists have reproduced the wrinkled shape of a human brain using a simple gel model with two layers.</b><p>They made a solid replica of a …

10 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar

“Eat less sugar” may be a short and sweet suggestion, but the USDA’s most recent dietary guidelines have gotten some pretty long-winded responses …

A sigh's not just a sigh - it's a fundamental life-sustaining reflex

Research reveals that sighing is more than a sign of depression or despair: it’s a reflex that happens several times an hour and helps preserve lung function<p>Californian scientists have identified the source of the sigh. It is not just a response to sadness, depression or despair: it is, also, they …

How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

After decades of speculation and searching, a signal came through. It promises to change our understanding of the universe.<p><i>Note: On October 3, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics would be awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, three</i> …

Forget Funny Movies--Just Watch These 7 TED Talks

Sometimes we need more than information to get us inspired. We also need entertainment. These 7 TED talks are up there with the funniest movies of all time.<p>As business, entertainment, and comedy become ever more intertwined, many top business speakers are turning to humor as the ultimate tool for …

Comedy

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Beijing

Japanese researchers created holograms you can touch

The touchable holograms, called Fairy Lights, could serve as the beginning to developing technology where humans could interact with the hologram.<p>This could particularly come in handy in medicine, where hologram technology is used to demonstrate certain procedures.<p>The holograms were made using …

Augmented Reality

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle

What happens after you toss it into the bin?<p><i>Editor's note: This article has been significantly revised post-publication to correct for factual errors in the original version.*</i><p>Most of us do not think much about recycling. We might clean bottles and jars, crush cartons and break down boxes. We might …

Sustainability

We Just Saw the Birth of a New Planet for the First Time

Astronomers confirm the discovery of a still-forming exoplanet 450 light years away.<p>Of the thousands of new exoplanetsidentified in the past few years, none has been quite like this one—because it's still forming. Astronomers led by Stephanie Sallum at the University of Arizona and Katherine …

Universe

The FDA finally approved ‘Frankenfish’ — the first genetically modified animal you can eat

The agency also issued guidance for manufacturers who choose to voluntarily label their products as containing ingredients from GMO sources.<p>The FDA regulates genetically engineered animals under new provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, because the modified DNA introduced into the …

Agriculture

41 Ways to Give Back (That Don't Involve Writing a Check)

Crisp, cool temps and the return of pumpkin-spice everything mean one thing is for sure: The gifting season’s almost upon us. While that means lots …

The Hidden Features of Google Maps

Staying on top of new navigation features is a little tedious so it's a good thing we do it for you! But like, for serious.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy<i>.</i><p>Sometimes I don't even notice until I'm in the middle of something and notice my phone is doing this weird thing it never used to do. …

The 10 Best Countries In The World For Living Abroad

Ever think of moving abroad? Leaving your whole life behind for an island paradise or a vibrant city halfway around the world might sound like a dream, but for millions of expatriates, life abroad is a reality. Whether it's for a job, a better quality of life, or for love, there are plenty of …

Caramel Apples Are Disease Breeding Grounds, Say Buzzkill Scientists

Caramel apples are arguably as much a part of Halloween as trick-or-treating and trying to find a non-“sexy” version of a costume at your local pop-up Halloween shop. But maybe they shouldn’t be, according to some buzzkill scientists.<p>To be fair, this surprised even the people doing the study. …

Halloween

New genome reveals higher Eurasian migration into ancient Africa - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

Researchers who uncovered a male skeleton in an Ethiopian cave have reported one of the first successful cases of sequencing the full genome of an …

How the expansion of the universe is affecting galactic speeds

Warp speed galaxies come up when I talk about the expansion of the Universe.<p>Perhaps it's dark energy acceleration, or the earliest inflationary period of the Universe when EVERYTHING expanded faster than the speed of light.<p>Imagine our expanding Universe. It's not an explosion from a specific place, …

Astrophysics

What 2,500 Sequenced Genomes Say About Humanity's Future

When the geneticist Gonçalo Abecasis stood up in front of a group of scientists in 2007 and proposed sequencing 1,000 genomes from people all over …

Your Full Genome Can Be Sequenced and Analyzed For Just $1,000

It used to cost $100 million just a few years ago<p>Yesterday, personal genetics company Veritas Genetics announced that it had reached a milestone: participants in its limited, but steadily expanding Personal Genetics Program can get their entire genome sequenced for just $1,000.<p>Relatively low-cost …