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Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Albert Einstein

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

Elon Musk

Credit Suisse's 2015 Outlook For Everything In 30 Tweets

The firm sees the S&P 500 at 2,250 by the middle of next year, with a slight dip in the second half to end at 2,200.<p>It downgraded emerging markets because they've underperformed 62% of the time in a dollar rally, and the dollar is rallying.<p>Russia and Saudi Arabia will be the biggest losers to lower …

Markets

Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?<p>From the silly to the useful, these Google features (which we picked out of this great Quora thread) will make you love Google even more than you probably already did.

Hubble Space Telescope

Here’s the First True Color Photo of Earth Snapped by Japan’s New Himawari 8 Weather Satellite

The Japan Meteorological Agency launched its latest weather satellite called the Himawari 8 this past October. A few days ago the agency released the …

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

In nearly three circumnavigations of the globe and hundreds of thousands of overland miles, I have never had a puncture—not a single tire flattened …

Google launches service to store and share human DNA in the cloud

It turns out that a human genome — the complete set of genetic material encoded as DNA sequences — is 100 gigabytes.<p>That’s the amount of storage …

This Shocking Drain on Your Retirement Savings Leaves Millions Clueless

It's an obvious fact, but half of American retirement investors don't know about it.<p>When it comes to saving for retirement, many people struggle to …

Earth - Why is there something rather than nothing?

People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject. But science has had little …

Dark Matter

Alipay to U.S. Retailers: Let Us Be Your One-Stop Shop for Selling Into China

The company wants to make it easier for retailers to get orders to China.<p>Alipay, China’s popular online payments service, wants a piece of the U.S. e-commerce market and is using its close ties with Alibaba to pitch itself as the ideal conduit between American retailers and Chinese shoppers. With …

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Intel Underestimates Error Bounds by 1.3 quintillion

Intel’s manuals for their x86/x64 processor clearly state that the <i>fsin</i> instruction (calculating the trigonometric <i>sine)</i> has a maximum error, in …

800 year old Magna Carta manuscript reveals its secrets - Collection Care blog

Ground-breaking multispectral imaging work of the British Library’s burnt copy of the 1215 Magna Carta has recovered text which has not been read in …

Expect the Unexpected: More 9.0 Megaquakes Are Coming, Study Says

No one should be surprised if a magnitude-9 megaquake erupts off America's West Coast — or anywhere else around the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire," for that matter.<p>That's the upshot of a study in October's issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America: Researchers say that computer …

Natural Disasters

From Indonesia To Turkey

Illustrated (see end of article) with 26 photographs by Santha Faiia shot on location at Gobekli Tepe in September 2013 and at Gunung Padang in …

[Last chance] 25% off Sensordrone Bluetooth Sensor

Our smartphones are great at keeping us in touch with what’s happening around the world — but wouldn’t it be great they could also connect us to our surroundings? Enter the Sensordrone Bluetooth Sensor. Resembling a compact USB drive in form and size, Sensordrone houses 11 sensors to monitor air …

Gear & Gadgets

Look at How the Largest U.S. Races Have Changed

Half marathons are now 43 of the 100 largest races in the country.<p>The big keep getting bigger, but their type has changed significantly since the beginning of the century.<p>That's the takeaway message from new data on the 100 largest U.S. timed road races, compiled by Running USA for its latest …

Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago: NASA

Two years ago, we were all going about our daily business, blissfully unaware that our planet almost plunged into global catastrophe.<p>A recent …

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

Build your shiny new PC

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.<p>It's hardware that makes a machine fast. It's software that makes a fast machine …

New vision app keeps baseball players' eye on the ball

Batting practice seems like a no-brainer for David Andriese. Nearly every time he swings, he connects. It's the same for teammate Joe Chavez. But …

The Brain

World Population Day: how much do you know about our crowded world? Take our quiz

Friday is World Population Day. How good is your knowledge of all the other people on the planet? Take our quiz to find out<p>All figures are from the UN population division's estimates<p>What was the total world population in 1950?<p>1 billion<p>2.5 billion<p>3.5 billion<p>5 billion<p>What is the current world …

injured patients recover memory

<b>UCLA</b><p>Illustration of memory-restoring device to be developed by UCLA researchers.<p>UCLA has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency …

The Brain

With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

At an altitude of nearly 3 miles, the Tibetan plateau is an extreme place to live. It's cold, it's hard to grow food, and there's about 40 percent less oxygen in the air than there is at sea level.<p>Somehow, though, native Tibetans are adapted to it. Their bodies — and their blood in particular — …