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The best SF and fantasy books of 2016

In a year in which new and important voices from around the world made themselves heard, Adam Roberts reflects on SF’s ever-expanding universe<br>• Vote: What was your favourite book of the year?<p>In 2016, SF and fantasy went global. It wasn’t a question of success – both genres have been globally …

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How We'll Finally Wind Up Testing Quantum Gravity

If you have good eyes, the smallest objects you can make out are about a tenth of a millimeter: roughly the width of a human hair. Add technology, and the smallest structures we have measured so far are approximately 10^-19 m, that’s the wavelength of the protons collided at the LHC. It has taken …

The oil industry knew about climate change before we landed on the moon

The year before we landed Neil Armstrong on the moon, the largest oil industry trade group was aware of the consequences burning fossil fuels had on …

Fossil Fuels

A Shocking NASA Photo. Literally.

That big bright thing is the Sun. The <i>other</i> thing is not a telephone pole or a spider blowing in the breeze. It’s actually a T-38C jet, a plane …

Drone hunt for Loch Ness Monster finds its film double

LONDON (Reuters) - A high-tech marine drone scouring the depths of Scotland's Loch Ness for one of nature's most elusive beasts has found a "monster" - but not the one it was looking for.<p>Rather than the fabled Loch Ness Monster itself, the probe has discovered a 30-foot (9 meter) replica used in …

NASA Really Is Trying to Grow Potatoes on Mars

Scientists cooking up test with potato pros in Peru; 65 varieties, red desert dirt<p>PAMPAS DE LA JOYA, Peru—As humans prepare to blast off to Mars, there is still the question of what they’ll eat once they colonize the red planet. Scientists who have traveled here to the Peruvian desert say they have …

Study Skills

Controversial new theory of dark matter could rewrite history — NOVA Next | PBS

Dark matter is currently one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. It’s thought to be an invisible substance that makes up roughly five-sixths …

Dark Matter

The billionaire’s race to colonize space: Blue Origin versus SpaceX

The two vehicle also differ in the use and number of engines to launch, modify trajectory, and land.<p>The New Shepard contains a launch burn to lift the vehicle to 100km and a landing burn to slow down the return velocity. While, the Falcon 9 contains the same launch and land burn, but also requires …

10 Silly Fun Science Experiments You Can Easily Do at Home

Other than youth and recess and summer vacation and nap time and candy and junk food and energy and fast metabolism and hope and excitement and …

We Could Have a Moon Base for As Little as $10 Billion

A big increase in a NASA budget could put a permanent base on the moon in six years.<p>Everything has a price, and the one for getting a moon base going might not be as much as you'd think. A group of NASA researchers, Google Lunar X Prize foundation leads, and other stakeholders assembled in secret …

Astronomers Have Discovered a Super-Fast Star System That Breaks Current Physics Models

No one can explain those speeds.<p>Thousands of light-years away, on the outskirts of the Milky Way, astronomers have detected something no one’s ever …

The Science of Soulmates

Do you believe in soulmates?<p>If so, you're not alone. According to a Marist poll:<p>73% of Americans believe in soulmates.<p>More men than women believe that they are destined to find their one, true soulmate (males: 74%, females: 71%).<p>79% of people younger than 45 believe in soulmates, while only 69% of …

Relationships

How did we miss Planet 9? — Bob McDonald

While scientists are excited about the latest evidence of a new planet beyond Pluto, actually seeing it will be more difficult than spotting galaxies …

40 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Will Rock Your World In 2016

2015 was a fantastic year for books, including a lot of titles that did things we’d never seen before. But 2016 looks like it could be just as …

Books To Read While You Wait For George R.R. Martin To Finish 'GoT'

There are other books in the sea.<p>George R.R. Martin recently ‘fessed up that the final installment of <i>Game of Thrones</i> won’t be done anytime soon -- or at least not quickly enough to please his ravenous fans, whose love for him has proven to have limits.<p>If you’re of the hungrier and hungrier …

Books

Psychology explains the main reason rejection hurts so much

Humans evolved to experience rejection in our hunter-gatherer days, when being cast out from your social group could be fatal, scientists say.<p>But why does rejection hurt so much?<p>It comes down to the way our brains are wired, writes psychologist Guy Winch.<p>Rejection hurts<p>Rejection activates the same …

Psychology

Will I Risk Going to Star Wars Opening Night?

Last week, some friends and I were sitting around, when one of the friends offered an extra ticket he had to the opening night of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens.</i> While I internally debated the hassle of a packed theater and being at the movies at midnight on Thursday, another friend piped up, "There's …

Guns

Photo of the Day: Best of 2015

Movie Review: Spectre

Sadly, Not The Bond We Were Hoping For<p>I had only been sitting for two minutes in the screening of the twenty-fourth installment of the James Bond franchise, <i>Spectre</i>, before I met a fanatic. Sporting a James Bond 40th Anniversary Omega Seamaster ("number 007 of only 1007 made", he told me, beaming …

Movie Reviews

Rated: the best James Bond films – and the ones that die another day

As cinemas gear up to release the latest 007 film, Spectre, the Guardian’s film critic looks back at how its predecessors measure up<p>Sean Connery’s first outing in the Bond role. It gave us the gun-barrel titles and the Monty Norman theme. There was Ursula Andress in the bikini and the exotic Johnny …

James Bond

Depression Part Two

I remember being endlessly entertained by the adventures of my toys. Some days they died repeated, violent deaths, other days they traveled to space …

Hilarious Nerdy Math Jokes You'll Love To See

Mathematics is a subject some of us loved and others detested back in school. But we are all going to agree after we view the following hilarious …

Photographer Uses iPhone to Playfully Merge Pop Culture Characters with Real Life

Photographer Franois Dourlen fuses fictional characters from pop culture with the real world in an ongoing photo series. Using only his iPhone, the artist superimposes beloved characters into existing scenarios. His clever, implied interactions allow the viewer to tap into their own imaginations …

Robin Williams

Apple Is Forcing Ubiquity And Conformity On Consumers

I stepped off a train in London one morning and it struck me how many genuine and knock-off Barbour quilted jackets were among the commuter throng. And it made me think about just how commonplace they’ve become to the point that they’ve diluted their own brand image. “<i>By Appointment to Her Majesty</i>” …

Apple Music

We’re not even close to discovering all the dinosaur types that ever existed

The human urge to recreate the world of dinosaurs never really gets old—<i>Jurassic World</i>‘s blockbusting is but the latest proof. Though the movie takes some liberties in imagining its dinosaurs, nature is hardly less creative. Recent discoveries include a long-nosed Tyrannosaur, a cat-sized …

Hillary Clinton sends support to gay teenager on Humans of New York Facebook page

Hillary Clinton joins thousands in sending her support to a gay teenager featured on the Humans of New York Facebook page<p>A photo of a gay teenager “worried about his future” was reportedly removed from Facebook after attracting thousands of comments.<p>The photograph was posted on the Humans of New …

Social Media

Box Office: 'Terminator Genisys' Continues To Self-Terminate With $10.8M Friday

<i>Terminator Genisys</i> continued to make its own grim fate. The Arnold Schwarzenegger sequel earned $10.8 million on Friday, which brought its cume to $26.55m and set the stage for a $28m Fri-Sun and $42m Wed-Sun holiday debut. I know I tend to try to find the positive in almost any big weekend debut, …