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These three strategies can help you master any subject

I learned a lot in 2017. I learned about how the European Union works, because Britain decided to leave it. I learned what a social media-obsessed presidency looks like, and the distinctive outlines of a political party that picks power over principle. I learned that a Trump presidency can force a …

Pedagogy

How to Be Creative, According to Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Stephen King

Creativity isn’t some esoteric quality that only the Bob Marleys and Salvador Dalís of the world possess — it’s a learnable, trainable skill that can …

Creativity

Alien hunters claim NASA image shows 'WOMAN standing on Mars acting as lookout'

NASA•YouTubeThe "figure" (inset in red) "proves alien life on Mars' say UFO chasers<p>Investigators are hailing a major coup in the race to find proof …

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

Life, the multiverse and everything

“I SEEM to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than …

Dark Matter

Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet

If you're trying to lose weight, kick off your diet by relaxing. Stress tinkers with your brain chemistry in ways that make it hard to make healthful food choices and maintain self-control, a new study finds.<p>Study volunteers who endured a somewhat stressful experience were 24% more likely to choose …

The Science Behind Our Love Of Storytelling

<b>GENEVA</b> — We are, you and I, narrative animals. The Homo sapien is "the great ape with the storytelling mind," as Jonathan Gottschall puts it. …

Compulsion

Amateur radio enthusiast contacts space station

<b>(CNN) —</b> We live in a world fascinated by space, but very rarely does the ordinary man reach up into the stars for a chat. Unless you're Adrien Lane, a radio enthusiast from England's West Country.<p>After checking with NASA and okaying it with British broadcasting authority, he managed to catch the …

7 surprising facts that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

A French architect has a vision for a sustainable floating city that looks like a manta ray

Jacques Rougerie says he has a special affinity for the sea, which makes sense—his life’s work has been designing aquatic architecture. Rougerie’s SeaOrbiter ship, a fantastical roving laboratory that has been described as “a starship <i>Enterprise</i> for the water,” is currently under construction. And …

Architecture

Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time | Life & Physics

Cosmic rays provide a free source of high-energy collisions, which have been used in the past to discover new particles. A recent study calculates how often they produce Higgs bosons<p>On Wednesday the whole of year six from my daughter’s primary school came to visit UCL. They saw the Slade School of …

Physics

Jupiter and Venus Conjunction – Watch the Skies

On Tuesday, June 30, there will be a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. A conjunction is a celestial event in which two planets or a planet and the …

GameWorks VR Will Blaze Trail for Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is among the most compelling advances in next-generation gaming, providing full immersion in a virtual world. But delivering a great …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Ancient Egyptian Statue Mysteriously Rotates Inside of Locked Display Case at Manchester Museum

video via Manchester Museum<p>Back in February curator Campbell Price at the Manchester Museum reported that an ancient Egyptian statue in the UK …

Archaeology

Ten books to read in March

Russia outlines plans to build national space station after ISS ends in 2024

Moscow assures it will continue funding the International Space Station until 2024 but will then disconnect its modules to build a national base<p>The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has revealed plans to build an orbiting outpost and land cosmonauts on the moon once the International Space …

Space

Have Americans given up on going to space?

It has plenty of close contenders, but I can't think of a more depressing statistic from the last week than one contained within this survey [PDF] on …

Watch Google's smart AI figure out how to beat this video game all on its own

Google has invented an artificial intelligence that learns how to beat video games, from scratch, without any help or direction.<p>The experiment, from Google-owned DeepMind Technologies, is designed to show how intelligent AIs can figure out complex tasks for themselves. The company released some …

Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

University of Chicago

Google wants its billion-plus Android users to bring their phones to work

Android for Work makes it easier and more secure for businesses to go all in with Google<p>Android has been oft-criticized for not being secure enough — it's why Apple's more locked-down approach has made iOS a success in business, and it's the reason that BlackBerry still manages to sell phones at …

NASA’s space probes have a record for aliens

Is there any intelligent life out there in the cosmos? And if so, are they into Chuck Berry?<p>Thanks to the Voyager space probes, launched in 1977, we …

Python

<b>Python</b> may refer to:<p>Pythonidae, a family of nonvenomous snakes found in Africa, Asia, and Australia known as pythons<p><i>Python</i> (genus), of nonvenomous …

UFO And Alien Egyptian Artifacts Discovered In Jerusalem Kept Secret By Rockefeller Museum

Alien and UFO circles are abuzz with claims of remarkable ancient Egyptian artifacts discovered in the former Jerusalem home of the famous …

NASA Pluto photos arrive after 9 year mission

The New Horizons mission has sent back its first photos here after 9 years and 1 month since launch. Onboard the LORRI craft, an 8.2-inch …

Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe

New data from Planck are helping scientists better understand the history and fabric of our universe, as well as our own Milky Way galaxy.