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7 Whiskies to Celebrate Burns Night

In case you can't get your hands on any haggis.<p>Members of America’s vibrant Scottish community were rubbing their hands with glee last year when the …

How Iceland Drilled For Renewable Energy And Struck Tourists

<b>A View Of The Clean Energy Landscape From One Of The First Countries To Arrive</b><p>PARIS—The president of Iceland credits renewable energy for reviving the tiny island nation’s economy after financial collapse.<p>Geothermal energy provided the baseload Iceland needed to recover, said President Ólafur …

Clean Energy

North Korea's version of Linux is extremely oppressive

It's no secret that North Korea has its own Linux distribution, Red Star OS, that limits you to a government-approved view of the world. However, researchers have just taken an in-depth look into how Red Star works -- and it's clear that software is as authoritarian as the country that created it. …

Six questions about your phone's battery answered

Battery life is a perennial problem for smartphone owners. While our handsets have become faster and more powerful over the years, smartphone batteries often last less than a day under heavy use, or even moderate use after a few months.<p>The lithium-ion battery has been around for more than two …

The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

So what’s going to make you happy? Let’s get more specific: what’s going to make your <i>brain</i> happy? And let’s focus on things that are simple and easy …

How to Get People to Like You: 7 Ways From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

A breakthrough may make the mega flow battery commercially viable in the near future

With renewable power becoming more common, researchers are increasingly focused on figuring out how to safely store and discharge large amounts of energy. Expensive lithium-ion batteries don't do this well. Flow batteries, on the other hand, show a lot of promise — and a new design from researchers …

The 50 (New) Healthiest Foods of All Time—With Recipes

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15 Quotes That Take You Inside the Mind of Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in history. Today, he has an estimated net worth of over $70 billion, making him the third …

Six Million Dollar Plant: Scientists grow cyborg roses

When you think of cyborgs, plants probably don't pop into your head. But it's time for that to change.<p>A team of researchers at the Laboratory for Organic Electronics at Linköping University in Sweden has managed to grow living roses with electronic circuits in their vascular systems. The research …

Top 10 Extreme Environments

Travel Photography

Living Legends: Colonel John Blashford-Snell

“Would you like to see Stanley’s compass?” It was a gray, drizzly morning in southwest England. The man standing next to me opened a small wooden …

50 things to do before you die

<b>1. Set foot on each of the seven continents.</b> Antarctica might seem like a tough one, but here’s how. Once you’ve reached all seven you can truly call …

Scientists now believe; Aliens created our species and manipulated our DNA

Researchers who worked for 13 years in the Human Genome Project indicate that they came across an amazing scientific discovery: They believe that the …

Paranormal

Georgia Nuclear Bunker Takes Mole Life to Luxury Levels

For those who fear the end of the world, there's a great opportunity to snag what may be the most unique piece of real estate available in Georgia and possibly the Southeast. While many multi-million dollar listings tout stellar views, this one's being marketed for what it allows potential buyers …

Sailing Halfway Around the World to Find Our Oldest Ancestors

Wildlife<p>The view of the coastline around Mossel Bay in South Africa from the deck of Hōkūle’a. This is where some of the oldest remnants of humanity can be found. (Photo by Daniel Lin)<p>Last week, Hōkūle’a arrived in Mossel Bay, South Africa, which marks the farthest point away from Hawai’i that this …

Supersonic 'Skreemr' Jet Could Fly Faster than Mach 10

If this thing ever really gets airborne, it could take passengers from New York to London in half an hour.<p>The Skreemr supersonic jet concept could be the passenger airliner of the future, making the Atlantic seem more like a lake than an ocean. If this wild creation ever gets off the drawing board, …

Aviation

Skype’s co-founders are building small robots that deliver groceries for less than $2 a pop

It might not be long before your groceries are delivered by a robot that found its way to your house on its own.<p>Starship, a new startup founded by one of the co-founders of Skype, Janus Friis, and one of its original developers, Ahti Heinla, aims to use small, self-driving robots to deliver …

Robotics

How a Bitcoin Rival Could Create a Global Supermoney

<i>Editor's note: This article is based in part on SUPERMONEY: The New Wealth Beyond Banks and Bitcoin, which appears on Samson’s Futurist blog</i> …

There's a Scientific Reason That Siri's Voice Is Female

And Siri isn't the first thing to take advantage of it.<p>If you use Apple's Siri virtual assistant, you probably refer to it as "she," since its voice comes preloaded sounding like a nice, if a little snarky, woman. If you load up your Google Maps to drive to your friend's house, a female voice pops …

Siri

4 Meditation Secrets For People Who Can’t Meditate

Scientists, businessmen, and yogis agree that meditation is one of the most beneficial and effective practices for a happy, healthy, and …

Meditation

Spooky Action at a Distance: The Strange Science of Radionics

Homebuilt machines, fringe science, and the everlasting human desire to make our wishes come true<p><b>I'm in a leafy garden</b> behind a San Francisco coffee shop, holding on to a copper rod connected by a wire to a big wooden box. Inside the box are glowing knobs that look like red jewels. There's an empty …

22 Strange & Weird Animals You Probably Won't Believe Exist On This Planet!

22 Strange & Weird Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist<p>on October 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm<p>Photo Credit …

Appliance Science: Edible water bottles and the strange chemistry of spherification

I just drank a cup of water. Nothing unusual there, but this was without a cup or other container. Instead, the water was held in a clear, edible membrane that I popped into my mouth and bit down on. It tasted, well, just like water, because this clear sphere was made just from water and two …

The 17 funniest expressions in Swedish (and how to use them)

<b>1.</b> A Swede doesn’t tell someone to “take a hike”… he tells someone to “throw themselves in the wall.” (<i>Släng dig i väggen</i>)<p><b>2.</b> A Swede doesn’t “beat …

The 10 Best Countries In The World For Living Abroad

Ever think of moving abroad? Leaving your whole life behind for an island paradise or a vibrant city halfway around the world might sound like a dream, but for millions of expatriates, life abroad is a reality. Whether it's for a job, a better quality of life, or for love, there are plenty of …

Work-life Balance

Feel Good Songs: 10 All-Time 'Feel Good' Songs, According To Science (VIDEOS)

The power of music when it comes to lifting spirits and comforting depression is well-documented. Time and again, researchers have determined that …

27 bizarre restaurants to eat at in your lifetime

You could have dinner surrounded by ice, or immerse yourself in a Barbie dream world, or even dine suspended 150 feet above the ground.<p>And if being served by robots or eating on the toilet sounds like a dream come true, then look no further.<p>We've rounded up some of the wackiest restaurants around …

The likeliest reasons why we haven’t contacted aliens are deeply unsettling

1/<p>Aliens 101: The Kardashev Scale & Fermi Paradox<p>Universal Pictures<p>Think about how far humanity has progressed in its short 200,000 years of …