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Deep space: Are we smart enough to beat the physics?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Imagine something so distant that with our current technology it would take 2,400 generations to reach there -- and that's just our nearest star.<p>Even moving at 10 miles a second, like the Voyager spacecraft launched in the 1970s, it would take around 80,000 years to reach Alpha Centauri -- …

Universe

'Stranger Things': How Realistic Are Parallel Worlds?

<b>WARNING:</b> This article contains spoilers for the Netflix original series "Stranger Things."<p>The hit new series "Stranger Things" is more than just the …

Nanoribbons in solutions mimic nature

Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) bend and twist easily in solution, making them adaptable for biological uses like DNA analysis, drug delivery and …

The Photos of This Naturally Pink Lagoon in Mexico Are Out of This World

BRB, booking a trip ASAP.<p>In a small fishing village off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico is Las Coloradas, which is essentially one of the most picture-perfect destinations on the planet.<p>There, you'll find a lagoon with water in the prettiest pink hue you've ever seen. But the color …

Why you should never thaw frozen steaks before cooking them

Cooking with fresh beef will always be the ultimate way to prepare a steak, but it turns out that using a frozen steak is your next-best …

The 10 Most Deserted National Parks in America

There's more attention than ever to national parks, and travelers everywhere are reserving campsites and plotting adventurous itineraries to these …

National Parks

Ellen DeGeneres Photoshopped Lil' Baby Hands On Donald Trump

Not a huge difference, tbh.

8 Delicious Weeknight Dinners Under 400 Calories

When it comes to weeknight dinners, usually something's gotta give. Maybe you whip up a quick meal, but it's not that healthy. Or you take the time to make a healthy dinner, but it's not that satisfying. But these eight dishes have it all: They're fast, flavorful <i>and</i> fewer than 400 calories per …

Broad City's Ilana and Abbi on Their Favorite Edibles (Yes, Those Edibles)

As their Comedy Central show begins its third season, beloved Broad City stoners Ilana and Abbi skip the gummies (but leave room for the munchies).<p><i>Welcome to Bon Appétit's first-ever Culture Issue! All month long we'll be bringing you stories from the intersection of food and music and</i> …

Comedy

24 Valentine's Day Desserts That Are Better Than A Date

All the chocolate.<p>Unless you're one of the lucky few, Valentine's Day sucks. It either makes you feel like you're all alone (don't worry, you're not) or it convinces you that the romance from your relationship has simmered to a neutral (not true, either). The expectations of love for this one …

Dessert

11 Foods To Stock In The Fridge To Make Healthy Eating Easy

Who knew it could be this easy?<p>Eating healthy today presents lots of challenges. There's the whole willpower thing to conquer, which is huge considering how many great bakeries exist in the U.S. alone. Then, there's the planning that goes into how to pull it off with such a busy schedule -- …

New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code

Even parents who don’t know programming are using games, apps to teach basic skills<p>Filip Icev, 10, writes code on his laptop at his home in Kirkland, Wash., using a visual-programming language called Scratch.<p>Annabel Clark for the Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 9<p>•••••<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The …

Christmas Trees

9 Spanish mistakes that sound like you’re talking dirty

1. “Echar un polvo” instead of “estar hecho polvo”<p>You’re exhausted, which is what you wanted to say, but that’s the reason your brain has just failed …

Language

Does cannabis really lower your IQ?

My recent research has shown that differences other than cannabis use might be causing the much-discussed disparities in cognitive function<p>Whether or not using cannabis can lead to cognitive impairment is a hot topic of research and public interest. Given the extensive media attention granted to …

Cannabis

Periodic table's seventh row finally filled as four new elements are added

Discovery of four super-heavy chemical elements by scientists in Russia, America and Japan has been verified by experts and formally added to table<p>Four new elements have been added to the periodic table, finally completing the table’s seventh row and rendering science textbooks around the world …

Chemistry

After 8 years, Dawn probe brings Ceres into closest focus

Dawn spacecraft now in its closest orbit of dwarf world Ceres. Mission Director Marc Rayman explains how the mission will help unlock our solar …

Kenji's Favorite Recipes of 2015

This has been a fun year in recipes for me. Sure, there have been the deep-dives and weekend project pieces (hello, vegan ramen!), but I've also spent a great deal of time developing recipes for harried weeknight cooks who have under an hour to spend in the kitchen but want something that tastes …

The most exciting science books of 2016 (possibly)

2015 was a great year for books, science books in particular. 2016 looks set to improve on this with many titles that promise to be exciting and illuminating, as well as non-existent<p>Books. Everybody loves books, and this includes science books. As yet another year winds down, it’s traditional to …

Books

The Neuroscience Of Musical Perception, Bass Guitars And Drake

In June of 2001 musician Peter Gabriel flew to Atlanta to make music with two apes. The jam went surprisingly well.<p>At each session Gabriel, a known dabbler in experimental music and a founding member of the band Genesis, would riff with a small group of musicians. The bonobos — one named …

Flute

Watch Hundreds Of Exoplanets Twirl Around Their Stars In This Mesmerizing Animation

You are getting verrry sleeepy<p>Between 2009 and 2013, the Kepler telescope stared at a patch of stars in some faraway constellations. It waited patiently for planets to cross in front of those stars, detecting their presence when light from the star dipped.<p>A technical failure interrupted Kepler's …

California Has Become A Nationwide Leader In Better School Discipline Practices

Listen up, states.<p>California is leading the way in making sure that young kids don't get pushed out of school for minor misbehavior.<p>A new study out Monday from UCLA's Civil Rights Project shows that districts in the Golden State sharply reduced the number of suspensions given to kids between 2011 …

Black Students

A Fun Weekend in Vancouver on Just $25 a Day

Enjoy a short trip to this waterfront city for a song.<p>Vancouver can be an expensive city, but there are ways to keep daily expenses low. The big …

These Are Cabins? 9 Luxe Airbnb Rentals Around the World

Far, far from Little House on the Prairie, Airbnb has a host of luxe cabins that range from a chic glass house in Canada to a jaw-dropping tree house in Brazil.

Hudson Valley

Kangaroo farts won't save the world

Their gut microbes really aren't that special<p>Scientists locked kangaroos in a room to measure their farts. In theory, this was to see if their guts contained bacteria that might reduce methane emissions if placed in other animals’ guts; in reality, this was done because there isn’t much else going …

BlackBerry Priv is the best BlackBerry in a decade

Hello, old friend. I can’t say I’ve missed you, but it’s still a pleasant surprise to run my digits over your surface. The bumps and ridges feel, …

Should Human Stem Cells Be Used To Make Partly Human Chimeras?

An intense debate has flared over whether the federal government should fund research that creates partly human creatures using human stem cells.<p>The National Institutes of Health declared a moratorium in late September on funding this kind of research. NIH officials said they needed to assess the …

Genetics

California Enacts New Digital Privacy Laws

A new set of laws is giving Californians the strongest digital privacy rights in the U.S. The Electronic Communication Privacy Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown late Thursday, bars law enforcement agencies or investigative entities from handing over any sort of digital communications or metadata …