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No, We're Not All Doomed by Earth's Magnetic Field Flip

A geomagnetic apocalypse may not be on the horizon, but there is some fascinating science behind the doomsday hype.<p>Many times over our planet’s history, Earth’s magnetic poles have reversed, meaning that sometimes a compass pointing north will be aimed at Antarctica rather than the Arctic. This …

Are you as fit as you should be for your age? Pass this simple test

It's National Fitness Day, so today seems like the perfect opportunity to rethink your approach to exercise. According to Virgin Active’s latest research, 52% of British women between the ages of 25 and 34 would rather look slim and toned in their holiday photos than be fit enough to run a …

Exercise

You Can Sleep In These Pods Attached To The Side Of A Cliff

You leave by zip-lining down the mountain<p>If you're looking for a real adventure for your next holiday, you may want to consider booking up one of …

Adaptogens: The Ayurverdic Ingredients You Need To Know

Beauty & Hair<p>by Cassie Steer | 31 01 2018<p>© Getty<p>Adaptogens. They may sound like something out of a Ridley Scott movie but, having been used for …

Smith sharpens visuals with ChromaPop lens for glasses and goggles

Next month Smith is adding a new type of lens technology to its PivLock sunglasses and two MTB goggles. The new ChromaPop lens, which Smith claims …

Skip Bali, Head To Yogyakarta Instead

Yogyakarta has the cultural richness of Bali plus temples that rival Angkor Wat.<p>Indonesia can seem like an overwhelming destination. There are thousands of islands, more than 250 million residents and a huge range of languages and customs.<p>While most visitors stick to Bali, the tried and tested …

The Many Colors of Sound

White noise isn’t the only sonic hue—pink, blue, gray, and brown all affect listeners in different ways.<p>Most people are familiar with white noise, that static sound of an air conditioner that lulls us to sleep by drowning out any background noise.<p>Except technically, the whirl of a fan or hum of the …

Music Production

'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years

"For future civilizations — or whatever else is out there"<p>Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay — with successive generations passing on information from one …

Angel Columns Optical Illusion

Here is a new set of columns featuring negative-spaces that form an interesting optical illusion. Photo was taken at the Phaeno Science Center in …

The Art of Lorella Paleni

Dreamlike Paintings.<p>Selected paintings by Lorella Paleni. The artworks look as if someone cut them out of a dream. Lorella Paleni mixes different …

How to Calculate and Use Hyperfocal Distance for Better Landscape Photography

Hyperfocal distance, much like the “Sunny 16 Rule,” is one of those things that has arguably lost some relevance in the age of digital photography; …

Changing the Course of our Freshwater Future

Wildlife<p>We’ll cut right to the chase. We’re building a water stewardship movement, and we hope you’ll join us. Some 170,000 people and 22 companies already have. We have restored billions of gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands, and with your help, we can restore many billions more.<p>Our …

Colorado River

Rosetta probe studies released, revealing fullest picture of comet yet

From the ‘frozen primordial soup’ of organics on the comet to new pictures, the discoveries made during the Philae lander’s first days have been published<p>The Philae lander may have spoken its final words, but with the data beamed back to its mothership, Rosetta, scientists have painted the fullest …

Space

We finally found out how BB-8 really works

It is widely agreed that the true breakout star of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is the tiny ball robot, BB-8. His loyalty, sense of humor and just …

Disney's New Rolling Robot Climbs Walls Like a Gecko

Not even walls can stop Disney’s and ETH Zurich’s new four-wheeled robot called VertiGo that can quickly transition from rolling on the ground to …

Behold: 'The Screams of a Star Being Ripped Apart'

By a black hole, no less.<p>There is more to the violence of a black hole than the cataclysmic inward suck of infinite gravity. There is a yang to the yin of a black hole's inward attraction (accretion), which takes the form of relativistic jets that blast outward from the black hole stretching for …

1201 Laurel Way Residence | Beverly Hills California dream home by Whipple Russell Architects

1201 Laurel Way is perfect for the Californian indoor-outdoor lifestyle<p>Few homes merit the title of dream home and 1201 Laurel Way Residence by …

Beverly Hills

Forget Windows, This Private Jet Has Floor-To-Ceiling Panorama Views

The views afforded by the tiny airplane window–whether it’s cloud cover, city skylines, or mountain ranges–apparently aren’t good enough for design firm Technicon. Their French office has created a concept for a private jet called the Ixion that would replace windows with floor-to-ceiling digital …

Panoramic Photography

Cueva Ventana, Puerto Rico’s Natural “Star”

Puerto Rico’s picturesque vista, Cueva Ventana, is no stranger to cinema. The cave has been featured in “Treasure Island”, “The Wizards of Waverly …

MOS Reach

MOSorganizer’s versatile power strip, the MOS Reach has one three-pronged outlet and two USB charging ports. It has a 3ft. cord with a slim plug and …

Thailand tour in two weeks: holiday itinerary

From dazzling temples and night markets, to hill tribe treks and idyllic islands, this itinerary takes in the classic sights as well as more off the beaten track experiences and destinations, including Thailand's cowboy country<p><b>Did we miss your favourite place? Share your tips and suggestions in the</b> …

Cosmic Peanut Points to Ancient Mystery

Changing Planet<p>Artistic representation showing the Trojan asteroid Hektor and its tiny moon. Credit: H. Marchis & F. Marchis<p><b>Our solar system is full of strange objects. One particular asteroid dubbed 624 Hektor, the largest known “Trojan” asteroid, takes the prize.</b><p>SETI Institute astronomers now …

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Father-Son Bonding on Grand Teton

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>When my family and I returned from a yearlong trip around the world in 2009, people often asked me to recall the places we liked best along our route. Instead of choosing between so many beloved locales, I’d flip the question around and would give them the places we’d most …

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Discovering the Story Behind a Temple Devoted to the Cult of a Dead King

We have just finished our first week of excavation at El Kurru in northern Sudan. This site has been known to be an important center of ancient Kush since the excavations of the American archaeologist George Reisner in 1919. Reisner found a sequence of elite burials that began with traditional …

Beautifully Accurate Glass Sculptures of Deadly Viruses

<b>H5N1</b><p>In 2004, artist Luke Jerram began a visually scientific sculpture series entitled <i>Glass Microbiology</i>. With help from both expert virologists and talented glassblowers, Jerram has created a collection of glass sculptures accurately depicting some of the most prevalent viruses out there, including …

Watch Music Bring Back Memories for Alzheimer's Patients

How songs can help people whose minds are deteriorating.<p>One day in 2006, New York social worker Dan Cohen realized that with today's devices, all of his favorite music—he's a fan of '60s rock—is at his fingertips, but he might no longer be able to listen to it if he winds up in a nursing home when …