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Experience John Lennon’s First Acid Trip In This Mind-Bending Animation

<b>WHAT:</b> An animated depiction of John Lennon narrating his first-ever acid trip.<p><b>WHO:</b> The team at <i>Rolling Stone</i>.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> It is never okay to dose your friends’ food or drink with acid unbeknownst to them. However, if <i>Co.Create</i> would allow for one possible exception to this rule, it would be that it …

You can finally afford a kickass VR-ready PC graphics card

Review: AMD's Radeon RX480 is the video card for people who don't buy video cards.<p>It's worth waiting until the fever goes down.

The Doomed Hitomi Telescope Had a Spectacular View of the Universe As It Died

It viewed a monster tangle of galaxies known as Perseus.<p>The Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite, which met its untimely end in March, didn't die in vain. It turns out that, in the five weeks or so that it was alive and whole up in space, Hitomi managed to do some pretty amazing science.<p>The view it …

Life on Saturn’s frozen moon: Scientists believe they’ve discovered a habitable world

Enceladus contains a source of energy and a subterranean ocean. The challenge now is how to explore its surface<p>Saturn’s frozen moon Enceladus is a tantalizing world—many scientists are increasingly convinced it may be the best place in our solar system to search for life. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, …

Paris-based photographer bends reality with stunning Photoshop edits

Paris-based photographer Vincent Bourilhon uses digital photography and Photoshop to merge various images together, creating stunning illusions and …

No Man's Sky Lets You Explore a Universe-Sized Universe

If you budget just one second for each planet in Hello Games’ imponderable <i>No Man’s Sky</i>, you’ll still spend 585 billion years visiting them all. In …

LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a trip in the name of science, have given researchers an unprecedented insight into the neural basis for effects produced by one of …

Consciousness

11 European destinations everyone should travel to alone

To help you figure out where to go next, the European travel website RoutePerfect.com has released a list of the best destinations in Europe for solo travellers.<p>The ranking is based on data from over 100,000 trips saved and booked by solo travellers from around the world through the site.<p>From grand …

Body-image studies explore the source of much of our anxiety

For David Frederick, body image is about more than just self-esteem. It's a critical part of a person's overall health.<p>That's why the assistant professor of psychology at Chapman University in Orange has spent much of his career researching the topic.<p>"Body satisfaction is related to so many aspects …

The Best Spring Getaways Near Denver

From the desert to the mountains, here are seven spots where you can enjoy the springtime sun.<p>If winter is one of Colorado's best seasons, some may …

Skiing

17 photographs that prove Ireland is the most beautiful country on Earth

28 places to party before you die

Some of the world's most stunning destinations are also home to incredible nightlife for travelers to explore.<p>From iconic clubs to world-renowned festivals, these places give travelers the chance to experience the party of a lifetime.<p>We've put together 28 party destinations to cross off your bucket …

Artist Takes 20 Different Drugs And Creates 20 Illustrations To Show Drug Effects

Graphic designer Brian Pollett, aka Pixel-Pusha, pusha-ed himself to the limit by doing a new drug every day for twenty days and making art. “The …

Psychedelia

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Astronomers now have a way to rank the likelihood of life on other planets — and Earth's score isn't what you might expect

The Kepler Spacecraft is focused on a tiny patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy, hoping to detect planets as they transit in front of their stars.<p>But if alien astronomers are doing the same, and detect Earth transiting in front of the Sun, how habitable would Earth appear?<p>You might think, because, …

Einstein's most incredible prediction may be proven right this week — or a big rumor debunked

Gravitational waves may have been detected for the first time, but we won't know for sure until February 11, 2016 — when scientists will either …

3 Zen Short Stories with Incredible Depth

Zen stories are ancient words of wisdom from Zen masters, originating with the Buddha himself. The stories are often amusing and humorous, but at the …

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants the rapper B.o.b. to know that the Earth is not flat

Uh oh, B.o.b., you're in trouble now.<p>Everyone's favorite science-explaining astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, posted a series of tweets directed …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

What Are the Three Ways to Train Your Brain to Be Happy?

You can train your mind to be unhappy and you can train it to be happy.<p>Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like …

2 young dopes with 20 pounds of weed get so paranoid they call cops on themselves

Two men traveling from Nevada to Montana with over 20 pounds of marijuana got so incredibly stoned they handed themselves over to police in a bout of …

TrumpScript Is Donald Trump in a Programming Language

A group of computer science students wants to make Python great again.<p>TrumpScript, tagline "making Python great again," is Donald Trump in a programming language. The creation of four computer science students at Rice University—who put it together in a 36 hour hackathon—it's surely a novelty …

Scientists Find Hints Of A Giant, Hidden Planet In Our Solar System

The astronomer whose work helped kick Pluto out of the pantheon of planets says he has good reason to believe there's an undiscovered planet bigger than Earth lurking in the distant reaches of our solar system.<p>That's quite a claim, because Mike Brown of Caltech is no stranger to this part of our …

Universe

The most colourful cities in the world – in pictures

From the arts hub of Valparaiso to the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur, we take a look at the neighbourhoods and cityscapes that have been transformed by colourful paint<p>• Share your own photos on Twitter and Instagram using #guardiancolourfulcities

Jodhpur

Future iPhones could feature Li-Fi, a technology 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

iOS source code has revealed Apple may be planning to incorporate superfast Li-Fi technology into future iPhones<p>The next iPhones could feature Li-Fi technology, a method of transmitting data through light which is around 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.<p>Codebreaker Chase Fromm spotted mention of …

Five planets align: how to see this spectacular celestial show

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are visible together in the night sky for the first time since 2005<p>Keen astronomers still have time to see five planets in the night sky, in a rare alignment which has not happened for more than a decade.<p>For the first time since 2005, Mercury, Venus, Mars, …

Astronomy

Michael Caine Once Smoked A Joint And Learned A Hilarious, Yet Undignified Lesson

When you think of cinema legend Michael Caine, you think of a lot of things, from <i>The Italian Job</i> to <i>Batman Begins</i> and everything in between. What you <i>don’t</i> think of, though, is marijuana. Michael Caine is too cool to be associated with such things, but it turns out he actually had a weed encounter …

These Psychedelic GIFs Show the Future of Brain Mapping

Brain mapping in the most psychedelic visual of all.<p>In 1956, Aldous Huxley and psychiatrist Humphry Osmond were in the throes of a multi-year struggle to come up with a term to describe the mind-altering effects of mescaline when Osmond suggested the neologism "psychedelic," drawing its roots from …

The 5 Most Stunning Cities In The World

<i>by Caitlin Morton, Katherine LaGrave, and the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>We seek beauty in many forms: through art and architecture; from water views and mountain highs; in its people and its history. This list circles the globe, finding the best examples of beauty in cities from Italy to</b> …

Hong Kong

A psychologist interviewed a bunch of murderers and learned 5 surprising things about what drives people to kill

<i>Who could do something like this? Who is truly that evil?</i><p>Forensic psychologist James Garbarino might have some answers.<p>Earlier this year, the Loyola University psychologist published a book tying these experiences together, entitled "Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a …