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California Drought Won't Keep Us From Showering, Make Us Eat Insects

California’s drought won’t force a major lifestyle change on us, but it does signal a change in the ways and places we grow our foods.<p>Whether you believe in climate change or not, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 40% of California is in the “exceptional drought” category – which is up 23% …

How Many Stars Are In The Universe?

Looking up into the night sky, it's challenging enough for an amateur astronomer to count the number of naked-eye stars that are visible. With bigger …

Travel

Travel

Russia capital flight more than doubled in 2014 to $151 bn

Russia in 2013 had already seen its high level of capital flight, a recurring problem for the country, reach $61 billion.<p>In early December, the central bank estimated that capital flight would amount to $128 billion but it was pushed higher by the ruble's steep plunge at the end of the year on the …

There's a functional $1 million mech robot for sale on Amazon

<i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> journalist Brad Stone billed Amazon as "The Everything Store" in his 2013 book about the company. Now, here's irrefutable proof: if you have ¥120,000,000 (about $1,020,000) handy, you can currently buy a rideable mech robot through Amazon Japan.<p>Completely normal and unassuming<p>…

Secret worlds ‘lurking in space’

The secret worlds are thought to exist beyond the orbits of Neptune, the furthest true planet from the Sun, and the even more distant tiny “dwarf …

Black holes are on collision course

But be patient. The distant galactic smashup is still some million years away.

Black Holes

Sunita Narain: Real pride of ancient Indian science

I write this with considerable impatience and one question. Do we really have the time to waste on controversies like what ancient India did or did …

Handler Shares Her Amazing Images With Birds of Prey

Imgur user wolfgirl2345 recently posted an amazing gallery of images of birds of prey (aka raptors, birds that hunt and feed on other animals). She …

Birds

'At least two more planets' beyond Pluto, scientists say

Secret worlds thought to exist beyond the orbits of Neptune and Pluto<p>At least two as-yet undiscovered planets as big as Earth or larger may be hiding in the outer fringes of the Solar System, scientists believe.<p>The secret worlds are thought to exist beyond the orbits of Neptune, the furthest true …

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Begins First Stages of Pluto Encounter

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several …

The Paradox of Intellectual Promiscuity: Stephen Jay Gould on What Nabokov’s Butterfly Studies Reveal About the Unity of Creativity

“There is no science without fancy, and no art without facts.”<p>The history of human culture is rife with creators hailed as geniuses in one domain who also had a notable but lesser-known talent in another — take, for instance, Richard Feynman’s sketches, J.R.R. Tolkien’s illustrations, Sylvia …

New Snowden documents show how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users

Snowden documents published today by <i>Der Spiegel</i> give new insight into the British GCHQ's efforts to track targets through their iPhones. Previous leaks have revealed specific NSA exploits used to compromise the famously malware-resistant iPhone software controls, but the new documents show that …

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO Sells for Over $2 Million

A 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO just sold for $2,750,000 at an auction in Phoenix, Arizona on January 15.<p>A 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO just sold for $2,750,000 at an …

The Wisdom of No Escape: Pema Chödrön on Gentleness, the Art of Letting Go, and How to Befriend Your Inner Life

“Our neurosis and our wisdom are made out of the same material. If you throw out your neurosis, you also throw out your wisdom.”<p><b>Pema Chödrön</b> (b. July 14, 1936) — a generous senior teacher in the Buddhist contemplative tradition of Shambhala, ordained Buddhist nun, and prolific author — is one of …

Man's House Hit By Six Meteorites! Targeted By Extraterrestrials?

For many millennia, humans have believed that there exist extraterrestrial beings who emerge from the depths of the cosmos. Documented contacts with …

Simon de Montfort: The turning point for democracy that gets overlooked

<b>In June the world will celebrate 800 years since the issuing of Magna Carta. But 2015 is also the anniversary of another important, and far more radical, milestone in British democratic history, writes Luke Foddy.</b><p>Almost exactly 750 years ago, an extraordinary parliament opened in Westminster.<p>For …

Would you date your dad? Teen to marry and have kids with her own father

iPhone & iPad App Price Drops – January 18, 2015

No need to pay full price to get awesome apps, just check out these 19 iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale right now.<p>This app deal alert includes</i> …

HTC's M9 flagship phone reportedly coming in March alongside smartwatch

The M9 could make some big camera changes<p>HTC has already begun the hype cycle for its next flagship smartphone by teasing its March 1st Mobile World Congress event, and now Bloomberg has some more details on what might be in store. The follow-up to the HTC One M8 is indeed codenamed M9, the news …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

New Arrivals<p><i>GQ</i>’s editors pick the freshest menswear, sneakers, watches and more worth your disposable income.<p>19 Photos3 days agoView …

Men's Fashion

Astronomers Spy "Bullet" Galaxy Blasting Through Other Galaxies

A speedy space collision rips gas from a fast-moving galaxy.<p><b>What's New</b><p>A distant galaxy pierced another group of galaxies like a bullet, astronomers report, in a cosmic collision some 1.4 billion light-years away.<p>Observations from Europe's XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope reveal that the bullet …

Snowden files reveal how GCHQ spies tracked iPhone users

A new trove of classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal how British spy agency GCHQ tracked iPhone users by compromising their …

Top 10 Extreme Environments

Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

While there is, without a doubt, some good in Microsoft embracing other mobile platforms, some of its own Windows Phone users feel a bit left out, if …

UFO Spotted During Apollo 7, Astronauts Redact Truth With Duct Tape

A UFO has been spotted in archive footage of Apollo 7 - the first manned Apollo mission to take astronauts into space and around the Earth.<p>The …

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.<p>The paper contends …

Climate Change

Samsung’s Upcoming Round Smartwatch Will Feature Wireless Charging

Samsung is rumored to be working on another smartwatch which will feature a round display, as well as a rotating bezel ring and crown-shaped power …

Microsoft optimizes Xbox One SmartGlass for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Microsoft has just issued a small yet nonetheless notable update to Xbox One SmartGlass, particularly for users of Apple’s latest smartphones.<p>Xbox …

Apps

Alien Ship Seen Close Up On Apollo 7 Mission, NASA Source, Jan 2015 UFO Sighting News.

Date of discovery: January 19, 2015 <br>Location of discovery: Earths Orbit <br>NASA Photo: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS07-07-1874 <br>Duct …