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Can Meditation Make You 10% Happier?

If you think you’re having a bad day, you might want to consider the case of Dan Harris, a correspondent for ABC News, anchor for Nightline, and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Ten years ago Harris had a panic attack during a routine live TV newscast – in front of …

HyperSciences Wants To Drill Into The Earth With A Huge Gun

Stick 'em up<p>It’s no secret—there’s a lot of energy held just a few thousand feet under Earth’s surface. To harness any sizable amount of our planet’s underlying geothermal energy for steam power, we would have to bore more than two miles into the crust. Unfortunately, the current drilling process …

Earth 2.0: NASA finds planet that matches our own

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, NASA has said.<p>Named Kepler 452b, the planet is about 60 percent larger than Earth. It could have active volcanoes, oceans and …

Telescopes

This robot passed a 'self-awareness' test that only humans could handle until now

An experiment led by Professor Selmer Bringsjord of New York's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute used the classic "wise men" logic puzzle to put a group of robots to the test.<p>The roboticists used a version of this riddle to see if a robot is able to distinguish itself from others.<p>Bringsjord and his …

Beyond Carbon Fiber: The Next Breakthrough Material Is 20 Times Stronger – Feature

Carbon Nanotube: The nanotube’s strength stems from the tight bonds joining every carbon atom.<p>From the April 2015 issue<p>Now that carbon-fiber composites have migrated from the world of blank-check motorsports to semiaffordable production cars such as the BMW i3 and Chevrolet Corvette, what’s next? …

Life Exists On 'Billions' Of Alien Planets Says Study

Billions of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, have between one and three planets which could potentially support life, according to …

Object Bigger than Pluto Discovered, Called 10th Planet

Updated at 11:17 p.m. ET :<p>Astronomers have discovered an object in our solar system that is larger than Pluto. They are calling it the 10th planet, …

Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red—Are Enough People Listening?

As scientists and much of the public differ on the causes of climate change, the planet keeps getting warmer … and the effects are adding up.<p>Scientists are having trouble convincing the public that people are changing the climate.<p>A Pew Research Center survey, released last week as part of a broader …

Next Year, NASA Could Get An Extra $500 Million And A Mission To Europa

Finally!<p>President Obama wants to give NASA’s missions a big boost. Monday afternoon, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden updated the nation on the state of its space agency, noting that the Obama administration is proposing an $18.5 billion budget for NASA for the 2016 fiscal year. That’s about $500 …

2016 Ford Focus RS: The Mega Focus, Revealed at Last

The all-wheel-drive, 315-plus-hp, super-bad-ass hatchback is coming to America.<p>It’s always nice to be proven right. We’re going to try to play down the triumphalism and try not to say, “We told you so.” But we’re very happy to report that, with regard to the “How Many Driven Wheels Will the New …

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4: The Cayman's Potential, Unlocked

Knocking on the 911's pedestal.<p>Hear that? It’s the sound of the Porsche 911’s pedestal cracking. The plinth on which Porsche has ensconced the 911, safe from threats like the 914, 944, and, most recently, the mid-engine Cayman, has been heretofore unassailable. Browse the spec sheets of the 911 and …

Human Soul Found? Quantum Theory Of Consciousness ‘Orch OR’ Claims Both Science And Religion Are True

Has the human soul been found by science? A controversial quantum theory of consciousness called “Orch OR” (which stands for “orchestrated objective …

Buy Your Own Experimental Navy Warship for Just $180K

This is the <i>Sea Slice</i>, an experimental Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and perhaps the coolest craft currently available to civilians. No one else in Monaco or even Lake Havasu will have one, and for a craft that cost $15 million in the late 1990s, the current price is a steal at just $180,000.<p>Lockheed …

March 2015

The Ford Focus RS's Clever AWD System Will Spread Elsewhere

Ford’s engineers rarely get to do things that upset the Blue Oval’s all-powerful accountants. Given that, our biggest surprise at the unveiling of the new Focus RS was the car’s extremely clever torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, considering the massive costs that must have gone into …

Who Can Challenge Apple In Tablets?

Before the iPad popularized tablet computing and introduced consumer uses of tablets, they had already been established for decades in the commercial sector as mobile data capture devices with brand names like Symbol, Intermec, LXE, Psion, and Vocollect. In recent history, the industry has …

NASA Eyes Mission to Jupiter's Ice Ocean Moon

The king of planets swings into view, as destination mission starts.<p>Jupiter's mysterious moon Europa, famed for its role in <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, may soon host an intense search for life.<p>The White House this week presented a 2016 U.S. budget that includes $30 million in funding for the development …

Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself driving the raw materials for more stars out into space at two million miles per hour – and in the process …

'Dongle' turns smartphone into mobile lab to diagnose HIV, syphilis

Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter.<p>They created a compact, handheld device that plugs into an iPhone and turns it into a mobile laboratory that can diagnose HIV and syphilis in just 15 minutes.<p>The diagnostic device – the engineers call it a “dongle” – was …

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Allegedly Beats Chevy Camaro Z/28's Nürburgring Time

As of yet, there is no independent confirmation on this—meaning treat this with a boulder of salt—but British mag <i>Evo</i> has published a report claiming that Ford’s new Shelby GT350R has lapped the Nürburgring in 7:32.19, more than five seconds faster than Chevy’s monstrous Z/28, which did the deed in …

Why Bill Nye Calls Evolution 'Undeniable' and Creationism 'Inane'

Darwin's theory explains so much of the world, from bumblebees to human origins, says the Science Guy.<p>With a jaunty bow tie and boyish enthusiasm, Bill Nye the Science Guy has spent decades decoding scientific topics, from germs to volcanoes, for television audiences. Last February, the former …

Dealers Sue to Block Tesla Sales in Missouri

The Missouri auto dealer cartel is on the move, trying to prevent citizens of that state from being able to buy a Model S sedan or (when it finally shows up) a Model X crossover. <i>Automotive News</i> reports that the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association filed a suit late last week accusing the state’s …

How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source? - podcast

At Iter in the south of France, seven international partners have pooled their financial and scientific resources to build the biggest fusion reactor in history. Their aim is to resolve critical scientific and technical issues, and take fusion to the point where industrial applications can be …

Energy

Too shy to buy condoms and lube at the store? This new site wants to make it less awkward for Indonesians

Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world and its population has a median age of 28. According to Grace Natalia, co-founder and CEO of …