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Here Are the Best Books of 2016 So Far

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Books

30 books you should read this summer

Summer is the season when, for whatever reason, many of us allow ourselves to be entertained by books again. Maybe it's the appetite for something "light" to read while pool- or beachside, something topical to discuss at the annual family picnic, or something suspenseful and absorbing to ease the …

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Afford to Miss in April

Spring is here, and so are some great beach reads! What does April have in store? <i>Two</i> Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry …

15 Best Science Fiction Movie Dystopias Of All Time

A dystopia is a fictional, futuristic society gone horribly wrong. In the last year’s <i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2</i> we saw the collapse of one …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 6 – A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)

The theoretical physicist’s mega-selling account of the origins of the universe is a masterpiece of scientific inquiry that has influenced the minds of a generation<p>• What should make the list? Have your say here<p>Curiosity is one of the human animal’s essential qualities, and two questions – where …

Physics
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Electric concrete could make snow-shoveling a thing of the past

As much as 42 inches of snow covered the ground last week after a historic blizzard slammed the East Coast.<p>Days later, cities are still working to clear roadways and sidewalks.<p>Chris Tuan, a civil engineer at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, thinks there's a better way to manage this huge …

Engineering

Five movies we've loved at Sundance so far

This year's Sundance Film Festival is proving to be an edition for the ages, supplying more than its typical share of indie gems. Extending a …

5 Hot Books: The Koch Brothers' Dangerous Influence, Investigating a Georgia Lynching, and More

This article first appeared in The National Book Review:<p>Five books people are talking about this week -- or should be:<p>1. <i>Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Maye</i>r (Doubleday)<p><i>Dark Money</i> originated as an article about the Koch family in the</i> …

Artificial Intelligence: Gods, egos and Ex Machina

Even with its flaws, last year’s Ex Machina perfectly captured the curious relationship between artificial intelligence, God and ego. A tiny change in its closing moments would have given it an intriguing new dimension.<p>It’s taken me a year and a several viewings to collect my thoughts about <i>Ex</i> …

Singularity

ISS SCIENCE, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PANEL ON NASA TV

The best young adult books of 2015

<b>How many of our best YA books of the year did you read in 2015?</b><p><b>Reveiws by Martin Chilton (and Rebecca Hawkes, where stated). The list is in no particular order.</b><p>See also: <b>best YA books of 2016</b><p><b>1. THE ART OF BEING NORMAL BY LISA WILLIAMSON (DAVID FICKLING BOOKS)</b> <br>Lisa Williamson's debut YA novel The Art …

Books

This project in Google's secret research lab could change the future

It's not just about making sure our cell phones last a little longer, though that's a nice side-effect too. Really, what's going on is that the new wave of wearable devices, flying drones, electric cars, and what-have-you are going to have higher and more specific power needs than what you get with …

Google Glass

Cool Arctic squirrels may hold key to Alzheimer’s cure

The processes in their brains during hibernation are exciting scientists<p>This month, Arctic ground squirrels emerge in Alaska after eight months’ hibernation. It hasn’t been easy: during hibernation, their body temperature can drop as low as -2.9C, a record for mammals, and stay there for two to …

Alzheimer's Disease

HIV: new approach against virus 'holds promise'

<b>The first human trial of a new type of HIV therapy suggests it could be a promising weapon in the fight against the virus.</b><p>Reports in the journal Nature show infusions of so-called broadly neutralising antibodies could suppress the amount of HIV in a patient's blood.<p>The approach uses clones of …

Immunotherapy

Burn-It-Down Memoirs From Women Who Lived Their Truth

<i>These writers made unconventional choices, risked judgment -- and discovered what they really wanted out of life.</i><p><b>Phenomenal</b><p><i>By Leigh Ann Henion 288 pages; Penguin Press</i><p>When 32-year-old Leigh Ann Henion gives birth to her first child, she finds herself "afraid to tell the whole truth." As much as she …

3 Things to Know About the Origins of Chinese Civilization

Changing Planet<p>The ornate dragon in the center of the colorfully painted ceiling in the Pavillion of Ten Thousand Spring Seasons in the Forbidden City dates back some 400-600 years but pulls from artistic traditions far older and still current today. (Photo by Andrew Howley)<p>Two things everyone …

NASA Chief Scientist Is Sure We'll Find Alien Life Within 20 Years

The truth is out there<p>NASA is certain: We’re not alone in this universe.<p>Speaking at a public panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C., NASA scientists discussed the likelihood of finding organic life in our solar system. Given the surprising number of oceans residing throughout our celestial home, they …

Watch Lykke Li Crash in 'Never Gonna Love Again' Video

"Here's an intimate glimpse of how it can be to live your dream whilst stuck in your dream," says singer about somber new clip<p>Though Lykke Li …

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Literature

Black hole winds stop star formation

It’s the first time astronomers have seen a supermassive black hole in action, blowing away its galaxy’s reservoir of star-making gas.<p>One of the …

Universe

5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

"What is your favorite book?"<p>I've been asked this question numerous times throughout my life. Even now as a 19-year-old college student, I find this question nearly impossible to answer. I've read hundreds of books in my lifetime; how can I pick just one as superior to all the others?<p>I think this …

Literature

The big bang: are we in a ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ type situation?

Scientists at Cern are suggesting they could soon detect miniature black holes, proving the existence of parallel universes and disproving the big bang theory of the creation of the universe. Or something<p><b>Name:</b> The big bang<p><b>Age:</b> 13.8bn years, or no age at all, because it didn’t happen.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Big …

Miniature

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

Circular thinking: Stonehenge's origin is subject of new theory

Wiltshire monument may have been equivalent of ‘an ancient Mecca on stilts’ according to an idea put forward by former museum director Julian Spalding<p>Whether it was a Druid temple, an astronomical calendar or a centre for healing, the mystery of Stonehenge has long been a source of speculation and …

Oxford University

“Cymbeline”: Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson and Ed Harris highlight a weird Shakespeare update

Ignore the haters: One of the Bard’s least-loved plays becomes a bloody, no-budget biker movie — and it’s awesome<p>“Every good servant does not all commands,” muses Posthumus, the tormented young British warrior in Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline,” played by Penn Badgley in Michael Almereyda’s eccentric but …

Mashups

Tomorrowland today: watch the trailer for George Clooney's sci-fi blockbuster

Given the seemingly endless influx of sequels, remakes, reboots and reimaginings, the prospect of an original blockbuster is quite thrilling. While recent attempts (Jupiter Ascending, Chappie) have been patchy, Brad Bird’s latest adventure, Tomorrowland, looks set to buck the trend.<p>We’ve already …

Movies

Meet the Merchants of Doubt: The PR Firms Giving You Cancer, Causing Acid Rain and Killing the Planet

A new documentary, Merchants of Doubt, shows how you’re being lied to.<p>Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary <i>Merchants of Doubt</i>, but he …