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Ask Ethan: Could We Reach The Speed Of Light By Christmas?

So, you want to head on an interstellar voyager, and reach your destination as quickly as possible. You might not have a chance of getting there by this Christmas, but if you had the right tools and technology — and got a little help from Einstein’s relativity — could you get there by next …

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

Study Finds Where You Lost Your Train of Thought

Researchers have found just where you lost your train of thought.<p>They’ve seen what’s happening in the brain at the moment we get startled and lose our train of thought, and they’ve turned up a link between that just-lost thought and one of the classic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.<p>It might come …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

Former Russian spy Anna Chapman features in Putin army recruitment video

Miss Chapman, who was deported from the US, is seen firing a Kalashnikov and training with elite Russian guards in the promotional video<p>Former spy Anna Chapman has been filmed training with an elite Russian tank division as the Kremlin seeks to boost support for its war machine.<p>Miss Chapman, 32, …

Bringing The Safari To Your Mansion: When A '70s Hollywood Actress Lived With A Lion

After shooting in Africa, Hollywood stars tried to master nature and live life with several pet lions. As you might imagine, it didn't go too …

20 best Android apps this week

The Best Android Apps roundup is back, Back, BACK after a few weeks off due to travel, and the difficulties of finding anyone else foolish enough to dig through RSS feeds, press releases and information from developers on new Android apps.<p>So, this is a catchup week: the 20 best (in this writer’s …

An All-Liquid Battery For Storing Solar And Wind Energy

Making alternative energy cheaper and more reliable<p>You could call it a rainy-day fund. A team of MIT researchers has built an all-liquid battery prototype that's designed to store excess energy from solar and wind power plants. When the sun isn't shining, or the wind isn't blowing, future versions …

Gordon Brown did more for the UK in these 13 minutes than in three years as prime minister

After a survey predicted (wrongly, it turns out) that the majority of Scots would vote for independence, the Better Together campaign resorted to disturbing former prime minister (and Scotsman) Gordon Brown’s state of quasi-retirement and enrolled him as a representative of the No front. Many were …

Scotland

Snøhetta's New 'Plus House' in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission …

Architecture

The Ozone Layer Is On The Mend

FTW<p>An international agreement to phase out use of chemicals that damage the ozone layer appears to be working. A new report finds that ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere are down by 10 to 15 percent, and that the ozone layer is by and large getting thicker.<p>The reason is that nations have …

The Unlikely Alliance of Hackers Fighting the Islamic State

A motley crew of unlikely allies are taking on the Islamic State online, taunting them, taking down Twitter accounts and allegedly jamming the …

New Map Shows Milky Way Lives In Laniakea Galaxy Complex

Even our galaxy is a mere speck in a larger structure, which was just revealed for the first time by a group of scientists who created a map of more than 8,000 galaxies in an effort to understand where they fit in the universe.<p>The team placed the Milky Way on the outskirts of a massive, previously …

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry | Mo Costandi

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.<p>On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of …

How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds.<p>Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called …

Happiness

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time

The H2Pro turns dirty water and sunlight to clean water and power. What were you doing when you were 17?<p>Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don’t have clean drinking water also don’t have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both …

British sisters describe how they swam for eight hours to reach safety after their Indonesian ferry sank

Katherine and Alice Ostojic, who spent 18 hours in shark infested waters, email their mother telling her 'we're fine having swum to the shore'<p>Two sisters who were on board a ferry that sank off a remote Indonesian island have revealed how they spent ten hours clinging to the wreckage before …

The shark-tracking camera that kept rolling when a great white attacked

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25 Powerful Robin Williams Quotes That Encapsulate His Genius

1 of 26<p>"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."<p>2 of 26<p>"Comedy is acting out optimism."<p>3 of 26<p>"Never pick a fight with …

This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit

Even the most beautiful trees tend to bloom in only a single color, but artist Sam Van Aken is growing trees that turn into a kaleidoscopic array of flowers come spring. A project of his, the "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single tree, ultimately …

Hamas Caught On Video Firing Rockets From A Densely Packed Residential Neighborhood

Militants in the Gaza Strip were caught on camera Tuesday morning assembling a rocket launch site which they then used to fire a flurry of rockets into Israel on Wednesday minutes before a ceasefire came into effect in Gaza.<p>Sreenivasan Jain and NDTV filmed suspected Hamas members assembling the …

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen

Changing Planet<p>Illustration shows the suite of instruments that will be on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Courtesy: NASA<p><b>Living off the land looks like the key to survival on Mars, so NASA’s next red planet rover will help show the way by brewing up its own oxygen, the space agency announced Thursday. The</b> …

This Algae-Powered Building Actually Works

The BIQ algae-powered building has been operating for over a year. It’s faring well so far.<p>Does it make sense to power buildings with algae? That’s the question that arises with the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building, in Hamburg, Germany, which has now been operating for more than a year. …

Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision for putting him in Call of Duty

The studios behind the <i>Call of Duty</i> series may have garnered some extra sales by putting real people into their over-the-top shooters, but it looks like that strategy could land them in court. Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has sued the games' publisher, Activision, for using his likeness …

LED-lit indoor farm produces 10,000 lettuces a day

A newly opened indoor farm in Japan has been built with LEDs that emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth.<p>It's the work of plant …

The Forgotten Woman Who Made Microbiology Possible

Lab work can be a lot like cooking. You have to follow directions to measure, mix, and heat different chemicals to the right temperature to get the desired result. For some experiments, the desired result is actually something that can be eaten by a range of different organisms. In microbiology …