Dennis Coombs

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OK, WTF Is a Time Crystal?

Physicists have made a new phase of matter called a time crystal—but what does that even mean?<p>Last month, a team of physicists from UC Berkeley said they'd created a blueprint for a new phase of matter called a time crystal. Their paper, in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>, turned what was once a pretty far …

The 10 best places to visit in England - and where to stay

Our experts offer a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in England for family holidays and couples, and the best hotels to stay when there, in locations including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lake District, Bath, Cotswolds, London, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and Brighton.<p><b>1. Yorkshire</b><p>Visitors …

Why I Quit My Job Before It Was Too Late to Begin Living

I was fearless and thirsty for adventure. I was searching for something. I didn't know then what that was, but my constant curiosity was moving me towards new ventures, new places, and new people. I was happy with what I have experienced but continued to have this anxious feeling of excitement …

Earth Could Be Unique Among 700 Quintillion Planets in The Universe, Study Finds

One of these things is not like the others.<p>So much of humanity’s astronomical research is based around the notion of finding something like us out …

Are the aliens extinct?

Australian astrobiologists say an early Armageddon on most distant worlds makes advanced lifeforms unlikely. If true, our Milky Way galaxy is a …

10 of the best adventure holidays in Europe

Horse-riding, Turkey<p>The Persians named Cappadocia “the land of beautiful horses” after its wild mountain ponies – and the striking landscape of deep canyons and strangely shaped rocks is perfect for an unusual horseback adventure. Ride Worldwide has an eight-day group trip that crosses plateaux, …

European Travel

57 small things you can do every day to be happier and more successful

1. Assume people have good intentions.<p>Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.<p>2. Avoid using …

This Icelandic hotel was designed for optimal Northern Lights viewing

Iceland's ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights.<p>The swanky hotel was made from an abandoned building that belonged to a nearby geothermal power plant, and has won many awards, like the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Award for Europe's best …

Northern Lights

Ancient crystal suggests life on Earth appeared 4.1 billion years ago

New research suggests life appeared on the planet around 300 million years earlier than previously thought<p>An ancient zircon crystal unearthed in Western Australia may hold evidence that life appeared on the planet 4.1 billion years ago, or about 300 million years earlier than previously thought, …

‘Alien megastructure’ could explain mysterious new Kepler results

There’s a new mystery in the universe and it goes by the name KIC 8462852. It is a star approximately 1500 light years away from the Earth, and displays a strange pattern of dimming that has astronomers scratching their heads.<p>With many natural causes apparently ruled out, there is even the …

Penn State

This Is How To Survive If You Lose Everything (Including Your Home)

<i>The following survival guide was originally published by Nomad at The Survivalist Blog.</i><p><i>Editor’s Note: With the global economy in shambles and</i> …

Researchers May Have Discovered Alien Structure

A distant star observed through NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope features a strange diming pattern that a university researcher says might indicate the presence of alien “megastructures.”<p>Jason Wright, a Pennsylvania State University researcher who looks for Earth-like planets with conditions favorable …

Universe