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The Languages That Take the Most (and Least) Time to Learn

So, you want to learn to speak and write a new language, huh? Not just “hello” and “thank you,” but really learn it well enough that you could live …

Exploding binary stars will light up the sky in 2022

Stellar collisions are an amazingly rare thing. According to our best estimates, such events only occur in our galaxy (within globular clusters) once …

Universe

Finally Putting Some Fun in Erectile Dysfunction

To whisper into the millennial’s heart, as the 2017 playbook says, look first to his houseplant. Millennials: They love plants! So when Hims, a new company dedicated to marketing and selling attractively branded wellness products, announced its debut earlier this month, one teaser image, propagated …

Packaging Design

Scientists are hoping to turn the compound resveratrol into medicine to slow down aging

By the middle of this century the over 60s will outnumber the under 18s for the first time in human history. This should be good news, but growing old today also means becoming frail, sick and dependent. A healthy old age is good for you and a remarkably good deal for society. Improving the overall …

Biology

Houseflies Are More Capable of Spreading Disease Than We Realized

It’s never a nice feeling to watch a fly land on your next bite of food, but as new research shows, you may be justified in wanting to toss that …

Microbiology

A moment by the beach — Australian paramedics fulfil dying woman’s wish

Paramedics in Australia went above and beyond the call of duty this week to fulfil the wish of a terminally ill woman.<p>While being transferred to …

Voyager 1 Spotted from Earth with VLBA and GBT Telescopes - National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Share This:<p>Earlier this year, the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array telescope turned its gaze to NASA’s famed Voyager 1 and …

You Should Go Ahead and Order 2 Burgers At McDonald’s–Here’s Why

We’re all for a home-cooked meal, but sometimes the electric glow of the Golden Arches beckons, and we just can’t say no to the promise of a burger …

Food

Check Out How Giant Curved Mirrors Are Being Made For This Enormous Telescope

Takes years to polish each one, and they need seven in total!<p>The fifth mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is now being cast, according to …

Telescopes

A Neuroscientist Reveals The Most Important Choice You Can Make in Life

Choose wisely.<p>According to Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making for over a decade, the …

Self-improvement

IBM has just achieved an 'impossible' step in quantum computing

The company has simulated a quantum computer with 56 qubits on a classical computer<p>In the race to build a working quantum computer, IBM has just …

Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It's Posted Online

<b>Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday</b><p>Interest in "Properties of Expanding Universes" is at an all-time high: Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis of that name crashed Cambridge University's open-access repository on the first day the document was posted online.<p>The Cambridge Library made several PDF files of …

Physics

Next-Level Banana Bread, Courtesy of One Basic Ingredient

Banana bread plays an important role in most home baking repertoires. It holds sway in our minds as a delicious comfort food. It’s a staple of bakery counters; you can find it everywhere easily. But despite all that, it’s so ordinary. So simple. No one swoons over banana bread they way they do over …

Live Blog: The Huge Gravitational Wave Discovery We've Been Waiting For Is Here

"We shared in the joy and excitement of that moment."<p>Well folks, that massive gravitational wave announcement has been well worth the wait.<p>Read on …

LIGO

This nuclear-explosion simulator shows where radioactive fallout would blow using today's weather

Imagine a 150-kiloton nuclear bomb exploded in the city closest to you.<p>Do you know how the city, its surrounding region, and its inhabitants would be affected? If you can't think of much more than "a lot of people would die," you're not alone.<p>"We live in a world where nuclear weapons issues are on …

North Korea

Watch NASA’s Cassini mission come to an end 20 years after launching

A bittersweet goodbye<p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will bid farewell later this morning, after spending 13 years orbiting the Saturn system. It’s a bittersweet goodbye — the probe was launched in 1997 and has successfully lasted through two mission extensions. Today it will dive into Saturn’s …

Astronomy

Best Cooking Method for Steak: The Reverse Sear | The Art of Manliness

While on book tour in Chicago a few months back, I had the honor and pleasure of sitting down to enjoy a leisurely meal, and a few cold beers, with …

Cooking

Everything is offensive: Here are Canada’s other politically incorrect place names

Last week, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario called on all school districts to strip the name of Sir John A. Macdonald from all Ontario …

A Trip from the Sun to Jupiter at the Speed of Light. Bring a Sandwich.

Douglas Adams said it in <i>Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, and he wasn’t wrong:<p><i>Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely,</i> …

The Mutation That Helped Ancient Humans Survive Frostbite Probably Gave Us Arthritis

Careful what you wish for.<p>When humans began their slow migration out of Africa some 100,000 years ago, they carried with them the genetic seeds …

Anthropology

Biggest 3D map of the universe yet

Astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey used the most luminous objects in the universe – quasars – to create their new 3D map of …

Universe

27 of Hubble's Best Photos for Its 27th Birthday

Hubble turns 27 today. Here's a look back at some of its most noteworthy accomplishments.<p>Hubble turns 27 today. Here's a look back at some of its most noteworthy accomplishments.

Tip: Grow Thicker Muscle Fibers

This natural compound improves insulin sensitivity, manages testosterone and estrogen, and makes muscle fibers grow.<p>Unlike most supplements, the lay …

Collectively, humans have watched Adam Sandler on Netflix for longer than civilization has existed

The human race has collectively spent a perplexing amount of time watching Adam Sandler on Netflix.<p>Together, Netflix’s 99 million users worldwide have devoted more than half a billion hours of their lives to Adam Sandler’s lowbrow humor since the December 2015 debut of <i>The Ridiculous 6</i>, Netflix’s …

Entertainment

Researchers Have Found a Way to Delay Aging

Focusing on the Cell’s Power House<p>More and more, scientists are becoming convinced that aging is a disease that can be stopped or, at least, slowed. …