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Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single …

LIGO

Johor: Jewel of Malaysia

This month's great read, selected by our editors: A chance encounter on a train sparks a journey into Malaysia's most colorful state.<p>It all started with an invitation to a palace. And now I’m on a trip to the “End of the Earth.”<p>That’s what locals once called Tanjung Piai, a coastal nub of mangroves …

This Is The Most Detailed Map Yet of The Universe's Dark Matter

10 times bigger than the last one.<p>New research conducted as a part of the ongoing Dark Energy Survey (DES) has used the way mass distorts light to …

Dark Matter

Top Ancient Sites for Stargazing

From petroglyphs to castles carved into hilltops, explore our night sky through our ancestors at these amazing archaeological sites.<p>The night sky is a time machine and so is archaeology. Since I was a teenager in Iran, a land filled with ancient sites, my passion for the night sky has blended with …

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

Quantum Mechanics

26 places you should visit before they disappear forever

But because of climate change and human carelessness, some of them are in danger of disappearing in the next 100 years — or even sooner.<p>From Patagonia's glaciers to Africa's Congo Basin, these threatened natural wonders span the globe.<p>Keep scrolling to see where you should visit sooner rather than …

National Parks

Watch the Cosmic Evolution of the Universe in This Stunning Short Film

In <i>Infinitude</i>, abstract, geometrical shapes condense into stars, which explode into supernovae, sending an asteroid careening through space towards a …

Latest breaking news from Nigeria & world

East African Community warns of regional instability as tensions mount between Burundi and Rwanda

Burundi closes border with Rwanda, whom it accuses of arming Burundian rebels, as diplomatic relations worsen.<p>Representatives of the East African …

Africa: Experts Call for Greater Private Sector Role in Agriculture

Workers on a greenhouse farm. Some experts say the focus should turn to mechanising agriculture.<p>The issue of how farmers from Africa can gain access …

4 Simple Habits That Earn You Instant Respect at Work

If you make a commitment, honor it.<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.</i><p><b>Answer by John L. Miller, Software Engineer/Architect who</b> …

Quora

400-year-old Greenland shark is oldest vertebrate animal

Shark, which would have reached sexual maturity at around 150 years, sets new record for longevity as biologists finally develop method to determine age<p>She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw …

Biology

All plants on Earth may owe their existence to a spooky trick of quantum physics

Plants are possibly the most fundamental life form on Earth, supplying food and oxygen to ecosystems around the planet.<p>And yet many aspects of their leafy lives remain mysterious.<p>Photosynthesis — <i>the</i> process plants use to turn light into energy — is especially something of an enigma. Scientists have …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists still have questions about the mysterious Eye of the Sahara

For millennia, the Eye of the Sahara was hiding in plain sight.<p>That's because this huge and mysterious geologic formation is hard to spot from ground level, walking around on Earth.<p>It turns out that we really discovered this incredible bull's-eye in the sand only when we began sending humans into …

Earth Science

Mobile money’s unique moment in Kenya

M-Pesa, the phenomenally successful Kenyan mobile money platform, has created excitement from all corners of the globe. Kenyans paying utility bills …

FinTech

11 travel gadgets that will help you survive your next trip

Traveling is easy when you have the right accessories.<p>Whether you're dealing with over-sized luggage, changing weather, or shoddy hotels, it always pays to be prepared.<p>These are some of the best and most innovative products to ensure that your vacation goes smoothly, from start to finish.

Shopping

Plan your own Brexit: The world's cheapest places to emigrate to

As the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is debated in the Lords, the constant uncertainty and debate about Britain's future in Europe (not to mention the rain and relentlessly rising house prices) may have left you plotting your own Brexit. If you want to ditch the UK in favour of a …

Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

That's something biologists have known for years, and they've even been able to figure out some of the proteins responsible for folding up DNA. But now a group of physicists have been able to demonstrate for the first time through simulations how this hidden information controls our evolution.<p>Let's …

Genetics

17 of the World's Most Extraordinary National Parks

<i>Canada's Pacific Rim National Park is one of the world's most extraordinary national parks.</i><p>Yellowstone was the world's first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National …

National Parks

Why your skin goes wrinkly in the bath

Ever wondered why your fingers go wrinkly in water but not other parts of your body? The answer’s in the evolution of your gripping hands…<p>Some parts of human skin, better known as glabrous skin, have a unique response to water. Unlike the rest of the body, the skin of our fingers, palms, and toes, …

Skin Care

Does your mind, body or soul need healing? Here’s where to go

Looking after oneself has never been a bigger priority, with lifestyle diseases steadily on the rise. People are now choosing health sanctuaries for …

Yoga

Aren't Sculpture Gardens Supposed To Be Outside?

Step inside Pangolin gallery and it’s like being outside again.<p>A sculpture garden has been created inside the gallery, complete with a massive …

Art

21 reasons why your next holiday should be to Chile

Chile has just become much more accessible for Britons, thanks to the launch of a direct British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Santiago, the country's capital, this week. Here’s why it ought to be next on your travel wishlist.<p><b>1. The Atacama Desert</b><p>Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest …

Visiting the Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

Traveling in Madagascar will thicken your skin and earn you a very large, very cold beer at the end of your trip. There are so many sites to visit, all offerings of nature - white sand beaches up North, whales migrating along the East coast, one of the longest reefs in the world off the West coast. …

Asia Travel

The 14 Best European Cities for Solo Travelers

Europe is one of the best places to go for a solo trip—the flight isn’t too long, there’s great tourist infrastructure, and the people are friendly. …

European Travel

Tourists in Africa get close, but not too close, to gorillas

In some parts of Africa, tourists and researchers routinely trek into the undergrowth to see gorillas in their natural habitat. There are no barriers and no enclosures, and the apes, many of whom are accustomed to people, sometimes move past first-time visitors frozen in place, their awe mingling …

Wildlife

21 world wonders that you're not supposed to visit

Peacock spiders: scientist finds seven new species of 'fairly cute' creatures

Sydney biologist has a Facebook page dedicated to the colourful arachnids, which he says behave more like cats and dogs<p>Peacock spiders - in pictures<p>A scientist with a passion for peacock spiders – only a couple of millimetres long, extraordinarily colourful and “like dogs or cats” in their …

Zoology

The 13 cities with the best work-life balance in the world

Using data from Swiss banking group UBS, the site compiled information on the biggest, most important cities globally, taking into account how many hours per week and per year people work as well as how many days holiday they take, before creating the ranking.<p>All 13 cities are in Europe, although …

European Travel

14 amazing secret gardens around the world