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Grow A Bacterial Zoo In A Bottle

How to build your own Winogradsky column<p>In the 1880s, Russian microbiologist Sergei Winogradsky sealed pond water, mud, and nutrients in a clear tube. The column gave rise to a diverse mix of pond bacteria, which organized into layers based on their energy sources: carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, or …

Ten Deadly Lies about Israel

As Israeli civilians are butchered by Palestinian terrorists, the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also being butchered by a campaign of vicious lies. Here are 10 of the most pernicious myths about the current attacks:<p><b>First</b>: <i>Israel is trying to change the status quo on the Temple</i> …

Sunscreen ingredient toxic to coral, killing off reefs: research

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A common ingredient found in sunscreen is toxic to coral and contributing to the decline of reefs around the world, according to new research published on Tuesday.<p>Oxybenzone, a UV-filtering chemical compound found in 3,500 brands of sunscreen worldwide, can be fatal to …

10 Common Mistakes People Make at the Car Dealership – Feature

Driving a brand-new car can be one of the great experiences of life. Walking into a dealership and buying one, on the other hand, ranks up there with public speaking and visits to the dentist atop most people’s lists of anxiety-inducing prospects. But it’s not really that scary if you’re prepared …

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5 founder-friendly financing terms that give power to entrepreneurs

In the first half of this year, the level of venture-capital investment hit its highest quarterly mark since Q2 2001. Big M&A deals like WhatsApp, Oculus and Zillow have become prolific. And more and more companies are getting financing at eye-popping valuations.<p>For many startups, the hot …

Is 'Interstellar' An Antidote To Humanity's Space Apathy?

It may be set in the distant future, but the movie highlights the issues that stymie space travel today.<p>A few years ago, I caught a glimpse of one of the biggest obstacles to space exploration. In a movie theater line, I overheard two people discussing the concept of building a human base on our …

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Can the world’s most promising electric-car battery be saved?

HALIFAX, Canada—Over the last half-dozen years, a swarm of companies from around the world including General Motors has snapped up licenses for a lithium-ion electrode that promised to deliver the next big step in making electric cars competitive with conventional vehicles. The companies and …

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

Scientists use lasers to understand how water stays liquid below its freezing point

We only remember a few things from science 101, but we're reasonably certain that water boils at 212 degrees (Fahrenheit) and freezes at 32. Scientists at Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, armed with a Linac Coherent Light Source X-Ray Laser, however, have shown us otherwise. Should …

Physicists Pin Down Value Of Newton's Gravitational Constant

Physicists have used the quantum nature of matter to obtain a highly precise value for the universal gravitational constant, the 'big G' that appears in Isaac Newton's law of how gravity pulls together everything, from planets to apples. Although the technique still needs refinements, physicists …

A Jetliner For A Fuel-Starved Future

Slimming down the classic passenger jet<p>An MIT team has turned a multi- million-dollar NASA contract into the most advanced rethink to date of the classic passenger jet. The design, nicknamed the Double Bubble, calls for an extra-wide fuselage and rear-mounted turbo­fan engines. The configuration …

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The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …

Breaking down F1's 2014 regulations into layman's terms

Some racing series are easier to understand than others, but to put it mildly, Formula One is not NASCAR. With 500 members of each team spending millions upon millions each year to gain an advantage, F1 is about as technically complex as rocket science. But if you thought you had managed to wrap …

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In Okinawa, 1000-hp outlaw racers rule the streets at night

Go undercover and see the illegal racing scene in this video.<p>Here in the US, cheap, open-format drag racing events organized in cooperation with law enforcement agencies have brought many would-be street racers to the controlled environment of the drag strip. Unfortunately, it's different in …

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Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Captured in Mexico: What You Need to Know

The notorious, even mythical, cartel chief's prosperous stint as a fugitive came to an end Saturday morning, following an epic 13-year manhunt that left a trail of blood and tragedy.<p><i>Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images. This story is from VICE News, our new news website. See more and sign up now at</i> …

Seth Meyers Launches His Late Night

Maybe the most unusual thing about <b>Seth Meyers</b>‘ debut as Late Night host, which taped at 30 Rock in New York Monday evening, was how <i>un</i>-unusual it was. …

A Scientific Look At Why You Hate Hawaiian Shirts

Structuralist analysis reveals why you think soft, floral patterns are so tacky. (Ugh, so tacky.)<p>A couple jokes, from _New Yorker _cartoons:<p>A penguin arrives at work with other penguins, except the arriving penguin is wearing a Hawaiian shirt. "You're kidding," he says. "I thought it was Friday.”<p>A …

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Golden Meaning: graphic artists depict the golden ratio – in pictures

A selection of images from Golden Meaning, a book project in which 55 of the world’s top graphic designers illustrate the maths of the golden ratio<p>Read my blogpost about the book here

Golden Meaning: 55 graphic artists reveal the maths of the golden ratio

Pictured above are two self-portraits of the British designer Oli Kellett.<p>Which one is most attractive?<p>The left one is untouched. The right one is retouched so that the features of his face conform to the golden ratio.<p>The golden ratio – or golden mean - is a number that is said to provide the …

Panel: N. Korea crimes vs. humanity

A U.N. panel has found that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea and will call for an international criminal investigation, The Associated Press has learned.<p>The report, to be released Monday, is the most authoritative account yet of rights violations by North Korean …

Maduro accused of silencing dissent as Venezuelan press runs short of paper

For the editors of Venezuela's oldest newspaper, going web-only is not a commercial strategy to reflect dwindling circulation figures. El Impulso halved its print edition from four sections to two in October, and on Friday it will be reduced to one – because the regional daily is simply running out …

North and South Korea Hold Their First Talks in Years

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, North and South Korea held the first substantial, direct conversation between the two …

Cartel hitman testifies to 800 murders, daily quotas at kingpin's trial

The ongoing trial of a man accused of killing three U.S. Consulate workers and family members in Juarez is revealing the shocking depravity of one of Mexico’s most violent gangs, including the charge that it had a daily murder quota calibrated to instill fear in police and the public.<p>Jesus Ernesto …