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Here's What Juno Discovered When It Flew Through Jupiter's Great Red Spot

That storm is older than any living human.<p>Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a storm like nothing this world has ever seen.<p>This crimson-hued anticyclone …

How an erratic sleep schedule affects your ability to lose weight — and the exact time you should go to bed to get results

A good night's sleep improves your ability to lose weight effectively, according to a new survey.<p>As adults, it's recommended that we get at least seven and a half hours of sleep a night — preferably heading to bed at the same time every night, too.<p>Sports nutrition company Forza Supplements surveyed …

Sleep

Crows Are Doing the Best They Can

It’s time to give these resourceful, community-minded creatures some credit.<p>The first thing to know about crows is that a group of them is called a <i>murder</i>.<p>In America, crows count as a Halloween decoration, like skeletons and mini-gravestones. Homeowners perch plastic ones in their trees to instill …

The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

On this day 500 years ago, an obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe. Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation changed not just the way Europeans lived, fought, worshipped, worked and created art but also how they ate and drank. For …

Beer

The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson’s biography portrays a man obsessed with knowledge and almost impossible to know.<p>In Renaissance Florence, a number of designated boxes placed throughout the city allowed citizens to make anonymous denunciations of various moral crimes—in 1461, for example, the artist-monk Filippo …

Literature

A fund betting on robots and AI is crushing it — and it's targeting millennial investors (BOTZ)

When Jay Jacobs, director of research at Global X, and his team were looking to start new theme-based exchange-traded funds last year, a robotics and artificial intelligence ETF just made sense.<p>"I think a lot of times the finance world gets lost in its own jargon of risk adjusted returns and Sharpe …

The Loneliness of Having an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand

If someone told you she had something called chronic fatigue syndrome, you might not take her very seriously. Who among us <i>isn’t</i> tired all the time? …

Scientists Teleport A Photon From Earth To Orbit For The First Time

This is literally making our brain hurt.<p>In what is a world first, scientists have managed to teleport an object from Earth to orbit using a process …

CERN's New Particle Discovery May Help Us Better Understand What Governs the Universe

The Xicc++ Particle<p>Researchers at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have discovered a new particle in their work on the LHC beauty (LHCb) …

Castro Theatre: The epic history of a San Francisco and LGBTQ landmark

Shining a spotlight on the cinematic jewel of the Castro<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>As the Castro Theatre celebrates 95 years in the neighborhood today—it's important to know that it's more than just a place …

New confirmation of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

Albert Einstein predicted that whenever light from a distant star passes by a closer object, gravity acts as a kind of magnifying lens, brightening …

Cosmology

We're Way Below Average! Astronomers Say Milky Way Resides In A Great Cosmic Void

If you went to give our cosmic address, you might tell someone that we lived on planet Earth, orbiting our Sun, on the outskirts of a spur of the Milky Way’s spiral arms, in the second largest galaxy in our local group, about 50 million light years from the Virgo Cluster, embedded within the …

Universe

Merging Black Holes Can Now Be Used To Test Quantum Gravity

During the Archean Eon of planet Earth, when life was figuring out how to harness energy from the Sun, two black holes in a distant galaxy merged with a ripple of gravitational waves. Over the next 2.9 billion years these ripples traversed a vast and empty space, while on Earth a plucky little …

Black Holes

“Every one of them words rang true”: The best Bob Dylan lyrics about reading, writing, and literature

My high school poetry teacher couldn’t get enough of Bob Dylan. He had us pour over the lyrics to “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” in class, and brought in photocopies of the songwriter’s deliciously unreliable magazine interviews. Once, he even showed us a novelty dollar bill he’d acquired, with Bob …

Literature

Studying history of art is more than a posh hobby

I was 16 the first time I properly looked at a piece of art. I was alone in a darkened room with a woman I had only just met. She put a postcard of Seurat’s <i>Bathers at Asnieres</i> on the desk in front of me, illuminated by a single spotlight from the ceiling. “Tell me what you see,” she said.<p>This was …

Art

We Were Very Wrong About the Number of Galaxies in the Universe

Using the Hubble Space telescope and other observatories, astronomers have completed the most accurate census of galaxies in the observable universe …

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Universe

This barista may be the best coffee artist in San Francisco, even the world

Melanie Aquino's cafe mochas are dazzling masterpieces.<p>The barista at Elite Audio Coffee Bar in San Francisco's SoMa uses a metal skewer and a pot of chocolate to draw remarkably detailed sketches of everything from sweet-faced pugs to London's Big Ben atop the frothy foam.<p>Aquino first started …

Muslim view of LGBT people in spotlight after Orlando attack

NEW YORK (AP) — After the massacre in Orlando, the head of a prominent Muslim advocacy group stood before a bank of microphones and made remarks beyond the expected condemnations.<p>Along with denouncing the attack by gunman Omar Mateen as a violation of Islam, and offering prayers for the victims at …

Hello From Londinium: Oldest Handwritten Documents In British History Discovered

Archaeologists in London have unearthed the oldest handwritten documents in Britain — a collection of notes, bills and contracts dating back nearly 2,000 years.<p>The discovery, a collection of more than 400 Roman waxed writing tablets, was announced Wednesday by the Museum of London Archaeology. The …

Archaeology

The Bay Area's weekend events you need to know about (for every budget)

Here's what you're doing this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday<p>Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day weekend?<p>Whether you're going green for any of the weekend's holiday events or planning to avoid revelers as best as you can, there are plenty of events going on all around the Bay for singles, couples, and …

St. Patrick’s Day 2016: Here are 10 of our favorite Irish pubs - Inside Scoop SF

Related Links<p>Celebrate Pi Day 2016 with a pie crawl through San Francisco’s Mission District<p>Pi Day is over, so now we can turn our attention to this week’s other big holiday, <b>Saint Patrick’s Day</b>.<p>Always popular with lovers of the Emerald Isle (as well as the Guinness and Jameson’s), this year’s …

Ireland

‘Genius’ Trailer: First Look At Colin Firth-Jude Law Literary Drama

“They’re calling you a genius, god help you.” Here’s the first trailer for the Berlin competition pic that stars Jude Law as literary giant Thomas …

13 Irish Writers to Read This St. Patrick's Day

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf<p>St. Patrick's Day is a time to honor Irish heritage and culture, whether that means attending a performance of Irish music or dancing, wearing green and searching for four-leafed shamrocks, or sampling some fine Irish whiskey. We at Off the Shelf will be taking …

Apple’s March 21st ‘Let us loop you in’ event is official: 4-inch iPhone SE + 9.7-inch iPad Pro & much more expected

Apple has officially announced its upcoming spring event (via @tim) scheduled for March 21st in Cupertino at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop campus at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. The company is expected to introduce the 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands, software updates, and more. As for …

IPad Pro

On porn, prose and loneliness: An appreciation of David Foster Wallace

I've been thinking a lot this week, which marks the 20th anniversary of <i>Infinite Jest</i>’s publication, about the first time I ever read David Foster …

The Most Romantic Hotels in Paris

Winding through the streets of Paris, over the Seine and past bijou patisseries, the idea of ferreting out the most romantic corners of the city feels like a redundant proposition. The shabbiest garret in Paris is still in Paris, and that will put you miles beyond the rest of the world. With a view …

A Harvard linguist reveals the most misused words in English

English, as a flexible, global language, has no such designated referee.<p>Therefore, there is no definitive answer to whether you're using a word "correctly."<p>It's all a matter of taste and context. But there are opinions. And some count more than others.<p>Steven Pinker is probably as good an expert to …