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Elements Of Life Discovered Everywhere In The Milky Way

For a long time, humanity has known that the raw ingredients for life weren’t created at the same time as the Universe, but rather needed to be created, over time, from previous generations of stars. Measuring and mapping the abundances of the individual stars within the Milky Way has previously …


Researchers are giving religious leaders psychedelic drugs in the interest of science

Despite the fact that psychedelic drugs have been used for millennia as medicine in ritualistic ceremonies, there remain many questions in the scientific community about the relationship between their spiritual qualities and healing potential. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and New York Universities …

Pew Research Center

23 Small Things You Can Do Every Day That Will Make You Happier

According to a happiness expert.<p>We asked a happiness expert for some easy ways to feel great that don't involve buying a fifty grand watch, going to the Maldives, or dating a supermodel.<p>Step forward Andy Cope—a happiness expert and co-author of <i>The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence: How to</i> …


Seven science-backed tips for forming habits that stick

Banishing bad habits and converting them to good ones is not easy. As Mark Twain once wrote, “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs one step at a time.” But how do we coax the bad habit down the stairs and out the door while encouraging the new one up …

Mark Twain

Best photographs of the day: chilly swimmers and dawn watchers

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of new year photo highlights from around the world, including a novice monk and a young refugee


Vera Rubin obituary

Astronomer who found evidence of the existence of dark matter and became an inspiration for women in science<p>Vera Rubin once tweeted: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough. My science teacher once told me I wasn’t good enough for science and look at me now.” In the 1970s and early …

Dark Matter

Barack Obama's 2016 Year, Photos by Pete Souza

Pete Souza

Hubble Has Photographed a Disturbingly Beautiful Galaxy That Acts as a Huge Laser

Ending the year with a pew pew.<p>To send 2016 off properly, Hubble has captured the most detailed image to date of the mysterious galaxy IRAS …

How to Shoot Street Portraits With Permission

If there is one genre of street photography I specialize in, it is street portraiture. I love talking with my subjects, engaging with them, and …

Street Photography

40 Cheapest Countries to Travel to on $30 a Day or Less

Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, I’ve found that I often spend less when I travel than when I spend a month at home in the US. When …

Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.<p>Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd.<p>In 2011, the lab showed it was possible to recreate movie clips just from observing the brain activity of people …

How To Use Mindfulness To Create A Healthier Mindset For 2017

Just as the body is influenced by what you eat, your mind is also influenced by your thoughts, your mindset and your life experiences. With mindfulness, you can train your mind to be in the present moment and spend less time preoccupied with unhelpful, unproductive thoughts. Recognizing that I am …


Wolverine-inspired material could help robots self-heal

Self-healing is an increasingly common ability in the world of new materials, with a wide range of gels and polymers potentially lending their …


The best of the wildlife photography awards 2016 – in pictures

Winning images from national and international wildlife photography competitions of the year