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Electric cars could use another big battery breakthrough — this CEO says he’s got it

Experts say solid-state batteries are still years away, but Henrik Fisker disagrees<p>Elon Musk is well known for trying to disrupt old industries. He builds spacefaring rockets in-house and makes them reusable, dramatically lowering the cost to leave Earth. He showed electric vehicles can be made and …

Electric Vehicles

Click If You Dare: 100 Favorite Horror Stories

Angela Hsieh/NPR<p>Who doesn't love a good scary story, something to send a chill across your skin in the middle of summer's heat? And this year, we're celebrating the 200th birthday of one of the most famous scary stories of all time: <i>Frankenstein</i> — so a few months ago, we asked you to nominate your …

Horror

A drug’s weird side effect lets people control their dreams

Have you ever wanted to fly? A drug that helps people control their dreams could let you try it from the comfort of your own bed.<p>A small number of …

Consciousness

Lincoln’s funniest jokes

Abraham Lincoln told jokes as a tonic, an ice-breaker and a political weapon. From biting put-downs to bawdy quips, Richard Carwardine celebrates the …

Jokes

The absolutely definitive list of the best ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ episodes

• story of the day<p>The Gang Has Their Finest Moments Compiled Into A Listicle<p>If you’re reading this, then you, like us, are probably huge fans of the …

TV

A Powerful Psychedelic Drug Gave Users a Taste of a Near-Death Experience

A new study sheds light on a myth surrounding DMT.<p>There’s no universally accepted definition of a near-death experience, but those who have come …

6 Fascinating Masturbation Facts, According To A New Survey

There are a lot of great reasons to masturbate. There's a sense that you're getting to know yourself and your needs better, there's a self-care …

Superhot

These Swirls of Light Could Be Signs of a Previous Universe Existing Before Ours

Something feels familiar.<p>If our Universe happened to be locked in an eternal heartbeat of expansion and collapse, black holes would leave an …

Physics

12 Things Mentally Strong People Do That Nobody Else Does

Most people run away from their fears, but not the mentally strong.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve no doubt heard a million times that you should exercise. But how many people have suggested that you become more mentally fit?<p>I’m not just talking about doing a …

Self-help

The Greatest Mistake In The History Of Physics

We all love our most cherished ideas about how the world and the Universe works. Our conception of reality is often inextricably intertwined with our ideas of who we are. But to be a scientist is to be prepared to doubt all of it each and every time we put it to the test. All it takes is one …

Physics

Good Bones and Weltschmerz

Two years ago, a poet named Maggie Smith wrote a poem called ‘Good Bones.’ I printed it out, and I find myself reading it over and over again. “The …

University of Cambridge

New chemical causes deadly brain cancer to self-destruct

Scientists have discovered a chemical compound that cuts off the "energy supply" to glioblastoma cells, making them self-destruct. Glioblastoma is a …

Cancer Cells

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

University of California

Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage

A new type of energy storage system could revolutionise energy storage and drop the charging time of electric cars from hours to seconds.<p>In a new …

Clean Energy

How a Battery Breakthrough May Lead to Electric Cars That Charge in Seconds

Why "flow batteries" might be the answer.<p>An impediment to electric car adoption is the fact that they can take a long time to charge. That means for …

Clean Energy

The first graphene jacket is here, and it’s magical

And it only costs $695.<p>At 595 euros ($695) a pop, Vollebak’s new graphene jacket isn’t for everyone. But if even half of what its creators promise is true, it could be worth every cent. According to the company, it shares many of the magical properties of graphene–absorbing heat and then warming …

Graphene

The AI detectives

As neural nets push into science, researchers probe back<p>Jason Yosinski sits in a small glass box at Uber's San Francisco, California, headquarters, …

Deep Learning

Alexa and Cortana are now BFFs: Amazon and Microsoft buddy-up on digital assistants

<b>The big picture:</b> The digital assistant niche is getting crowded and like every crowded space, you either step off or gang up on the other guys. Given …

Windows 10

New Horizons Just Found Hints of a Huge Structure at The Edge of Our Solar System

Oooooh.<p>Way out past Pluto, in the region of asteroid-filled space known as the Kuiper belt, NASA probe New Horizons just got a tantalising hint of a …

Solar Wind

Elephants Have a Secret Weapon Against Cancer

The biggest animals should have the highest risks of developing tumors, but they don’t.<p>In 2012, on a whim, Vincent Lynch decided to search the genome of the African elephant to see if it had extra anti-cancer genes. Cancers happen when cells build up mutations in their DNA that allow them to grow …

Elephants

How brand new science will manage the fourth industrial revolution

It's about artificial intelligence, data, and things like quantum computing and nanotechnology. Australian National University's 3A Institute is …

Artificial Intelligence

The upside of quitting: Why quitters always win and losers never quit

“Quitters never win and winners never quit.”<p>These are the infamous words of legendary NFL coach, Vincent Lombardi, considered by many to be one the …

Motivation

Vacation Reading; Or, What's on My Tablet

Do you read when you're on vacation? I always have high hopes of quiet evenings or relaxing afternoons with my books, but in fact, I rarely read at …

Books

The 6 classics from The College Board: 101 Great Books list you should read right now

We know <i>The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers</i> can seem like an endless list of dusty tomes written by authors who …

Books

The 4th Industrial Revolution Is Here - Are You Ready?

We’re on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. It’s quite different than the three Industrial Revolutions that preceded it—steam and water power, electricity and assembly lines, and computerization—because it will even challenge our ideas about what it means to be</b> …

Manufacturing

The Mystery of Jupiter’s Swirling Colors Is Finally Solved, Scientists Say

The answer was buried way below the surface.<p>A new study has finally offered an explanation for Jupiter’s trippy colors and unusual swirls. These …

Astronomy

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

<b>The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people</b> <b>but it</b> <b>is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 20</b><b>5</b><b>0, say researchers. Is it too late?</b><p>It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and …

Asia

We may finally know why marijuana helps people with chronic gut problems

And it could have implications for other inflammation, too.<p>As John Mayer tells us (and tells us, and tells us), your body is a wonderland. When it comes to microbial life, this holds especially true for your gut. There, hundreds of residential species eat, breed, and excrete waste. Somehow, your …

Research

How many humans would it take to keep our species alive? One scientist's surprising answer

Given the threats posed by asteroid strikes, pandemics and the like, it's not an idle question.<p>In recent years, astronomers have found thousands of planets orbiting nearby stars, making the old science-fiction trope of off-world colonies seem a bit less absurd.<p>But it was the 2016 discovery of a …

Science Fiction

Common words that came from the Vikings

Probably you’ve never studied Conversational Viking, let alone claimed to speak it.<p>However, the language of the Vikings, Old Norse, has influenced …

Language