James Francis

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Mountain Profile: Zion National Park, A Photo Essay

<i>In 1904 the artist Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh wrote of the landscape that became Zion National Park: "Never before has such a naked mountain of</i> …

6 New Home Design Ideas That Will Make You a Trendsetter

When it comes to home décor and design, we've covered it all: We've discussed the trends that are hopelessly outdated, the ones that are the …

Five things Science says will make you Happier

Did you know that happiness has its own holiday? Four years ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 20 to be the …

Happiness

My exhausting meditation retreat: 10 days of Vipassana, silence and spiders

I went to New Zealand to break my brain and put it back together, without ever having meditated before. I had no idea what I was in for<p>I signed up for a Vipassana course in a moment of quiet desperation. I was coming up on close to a year of insomnia. I found myself exhausted by the anxiety of not …

This Clever Bunk Bed Is Also a Sofa

How's that for handy?<p>If you're constantly hosting houseguests, you probably have a few pieces that pull double duty — like a pull-out couch or a room divider. But Resource Furniture's Palazzo wall bed system takes that concept to the next level.<p>Its bunk beds convert into a sofa — or the sofa …

Furniture

15 Colorful Scandinavian Decor Ideas for a Minimalist Spring Vibe

It’s no secret that Scandinavian decor is trending in the interior design world. From its minimalist vibes to the clean lines and uber-modern look, everything about it is simply stylish. If you’ve been meaning to add a touch of Scandinavian style to your home, this spring is the perfect time to …

Home Decorating

Living cells ‘hacked’ and hijacked by MIT

Scientists at MIT have proven they can ‘hack’ living cells and programme them to carry out new tasks.<p>In the same way that computer language tells a machine how to operate, researchers have shown it is possible to write DNA ‘code’ and insert it into bacteria to alter how they function.<p>They hope that …

What Causes Autism? What We Know, Don’t Know, And Suspect

We're finally getting closer to understanding.<p><i>This article was originally written by Andrew Whitehouse from the University of Western Australia, and</i> …

Autism

Fighting Cancer By Putting Tumor Cells On A Diet

Cancer dogma holds that most malignancies are caused by DNA mutations inside the nuclei of cells, mutations that ultimately lead to runaway cellular proliferation. Given the countless genetic blips that have been associated with various cancers, the illness has actually come to be seen as a complex …

Cancer

Economics: Current climate models are grossly misleading

Nicholas Stern calls on scientists, engineers and economists to help policymakers by better modelling the immense risks to future generations, and …

Science News' favorite books of 2015

This biography of Alexander von Humboldt explores how the 19th century German naturalist’s expeditions helped lay the groundwork for our modern …

Homebuyers Quit Making Offers in January. Why?

For more than a year, homebuyers have been playing defense as good houses get harder to find. In places like Denver and Seattle, sellers command top dollar and bidding wars are the norm as house hunters lock horns over a limited supply of homes. In January, though, we saw something new.<p>Prices rose …

How to plan your trip to Nepal: 5 great itineraries

Whether you want peaks, wildlife, adrenaline or culture, you'll find it in Nepal. Which of these 5 independent routes would you choose?<p>Wildlife …

He falls, he dies: a climber’s account of hanging over the abyss

By Timothy R. Smith<p>Timothy R. Smith<p>Bio Follow<p>Climber Alex Honnold is known for his bold free-solo ascents of rock faces in Yosemite. Free-soloing — climbing without a rope or gear — is so exacting that there’s little room for error: You fall, you die. Honnold has pushed the technique beyond …

Climbing

Here Are the 20 Most-Edited Wikipedia Pages of 2015

"Deaths in 2015" and "Geospatial Summary of the High Peaks/Summits of the Juneau Icefield" won big this year.<p>Yesterday, Wikipedia released its list of the most-edited Wikipedia articles of 2015, compiled by Wikimedia Foundation's Aaron Halfaker, who also released a similar list last year.<p>This list …

The Coming College Divestiture

Thirty years ago, William J. Bennett became Ronald Reagan's second Secretary of Education. He succeeded Terrell Bell, whose major accomplishment was issuing the landmark 1983 report, <i>A Nation At Risk</i>, which decried "a rising tide of mediocrity" in the nation's elementary and secondary schools. …

Dow closes worst year since 2008

The new year couldn't come soon enough for many investors.<p>U.S. markets finished 2015 mostly in the red: The Dow was down 2.2%. The S&P 500 ended the year down 0.7%. It was the worst year for those two indexes since markets collapsed in 2008.<p>The Nasdaq finished 2015 up 5.7%. However, it had double …

BMW At The Detroit Auto Show: Dial M For Murderously Fast

BMW introduces a hot cherry pepper on top of its 2 Series, the BMW M2, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 11.<p>The M2 gets a newly developed M TwinPower Turbo technology 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 365 hp and 343 ft.-lbs. of torque, enough in a small package …

These are the coolest cars of the past 100 years

Curving lines, powerful engines, and outrageous luxury draw people in like nothing else.<p>That's why we've assembled this list of the 50 sexiest cars of the past century.<p>We've got American muscle, Italian speed, and British luxury. We even have Swedish power.<p>Some of these cars were lemons, some were …

Le Mans

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Scientists Say This Strategy Can Help You Learn Anything Fast

We've been studying all wrong.<p>In his book <i>Fluent Forever</i>, opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to …

Royal Society Meeting to Discuss Evolution Paradigm Shift, What That Means for Science and for All

<b>PAUL NURSE</b><p>Sir Paul Nurse has just completed his five-year term as president of the Royal Society. The Nobel laureate and molecular biologist has been succeeded by Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan, who is a structural biologist.<p><b>VENKATRAMAN RAMAKRISHNAN</b><p>But Nurse, who will continue …

Vincent Callebaut Imagines "Oceanscrapers" 3D Printed from Recycled Trash

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has envisioned a radical underwater colony for "climate change refugees" 3D printed from recycled materials taken …

Scientists Stand By NOAA Administrator Who Refuses To Hand Over Emails To Congress

Climate scientists unite against Lamar Smith's "bullying tactics"<p>Everyone wants to read other people's emails now. From the Sony Hack to the Clinton emails, there is huge interest in the words pouring between people electronically.<p>Tussles over political or entertainment emails make headlines, but …

NOAA

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

From arid deserts to lush forests, America's landscape is as varied as it is stunning.<p>Picking 50 wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.

National Parks

What Would a Futuristic Low-Carbon Tech World Actually Look Like?

Let’s face it, if we’re going to save the planet from ourselves, we’re going to have to develop cleaner technologies. Here’s what the future has in …

Synthesizers

Science Explains...When You Should and Shouldn't Trust Your Brain

<i>This article originally appeared on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Sarah Sloat</b><p>Advice is usually boiled down to regurgitations of the idea that you are the best judge. Follow your heart, trust your gut, <i>to thine own self be true</i> -- all utterances that essentially say, hey, what you're feeling and what you're thinking is …

Climate Change

Tattoos Elegantly Combine Delicate Natural Subjects with Bold Geometry

Spanish tattoo artist Marla Moon adorns her clients with works that beautifully combine nature and geometry. Although minimalist in their appearance, her permanent body art makes a bold statement using elegant lines and carefully-stippled dots. Together, these two elements depict animals, trees, …