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Meet the Nobel Laureate who detected ripples in the fabric of space and time

The Nobel committee honored a trio of physicists today for their work on gravitational waves.<p>But Rainer Weiss received top billing.<p>The MIT professor emeritus and his colleagues dreamed up the idea behind the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO. It's a sort of massive …

Here's The Real Reason Why Some People Become Addicted to Drugs

It's not about willpower.<p>Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted.<p>It's difficult to …

Mitochondria keep nutrient-starved cells alive

Researchers have discovered a mechanism through which mitochondria, the energy factory of our body’s cells, play a role in preventing cells from …

You Can Travel Around the World in 18 Days for Just $1,300

Hit up Honolulu, Paris and Singapore.<p>Ready to pack your bags and hit the road? And the planes? And the boats? Well, here's a dream trip for you!<p>The flight deal site Airfare Spot has mapped out a vacation that'll cover 24,597 miles between November 14 and December 1, with six stops along the way. …

17 Places Book Lovers Need to Visit

For many book lovers, the most perfect place in the world is a cozy reading nook where no one will talk to them for the next, oh, ten hours. But there are places outside of the home (and beyond the pages) that seem to have been made specifically for the literary minded, including charming …

An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Dessert

A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw — except one legendary novel

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — It's science fiction's job to entertain us, not sooth-say. Yet even older, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi works have predicted numerous technologies we now take for granted.<p>If there's one book or movie that best foretells what humanity could become, though, it's Aldous Huxley's 1932 …

Singularity

Scientists Rediscover A Part Of The Brain That Was Forgotten For 100 Years

In 2012, researchers made note of a pathway in a region of the brain associated with reading, but "we couldn't find it in any atlas," said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. "We'd thought we had discovered a new pathway …

The Brain

The Molecule That Might Give Us All Super-Memories

At the very least, FXR1P should be able to help treat Alzheimer's and autism.<p>Total recall would be a pretty sweet special skill, particularly if the recaller finds themselves witnessing crimes and/or playing poker on a regular basis. It's probably handy in other situations too … like quoting movies …

How DNA Is Reshaping How We See Ourselves—and Our History

Many of our traits and decisions are shaped by our ancestors, author says.<p>In her early 20s, Christine Kenneally discovered something about her Australian forebears that upended her sense of identity and family history. In her new book, <i>The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History</i> …