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How to learn 30 languages

Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?<p>Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …

Language Learning

A Way To Heal The Body Using Electricity

Cincinnati scientists may have found a way to use electricity to help our bodies quickly heal from injury and wounds.<p>Their experiment works on the …

This teacher let one of her students shave her head for the sweetest reason

Teachers routinely go above and beyond expectations. They arrive at school early, stay late and often pay for supplies from their own pocket book, among many other things. But few would let their students shave their heads.<p>On Monday, Tori Nelson struck a deal with one of her fourth-grade students …

Apple Prepping Software and Hardware Updates for Apple Watch

Apple is reported to be working on both software and hardware updates for the Apple Watch. A new report, from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, claims Apple is …

Apple readies first significant Apple Watch updates, ’TVKit’ SDK for Apple TV

Nearly a month after the release of the first-generation Apple Watch with Watch OS 1.0, a proven source has disclosed a collection of upcoming Apple Watch software and hardware updates. Currently in development, the features seek to enhance Apple Watch security, connectivity with other Apple …

Smart TV

How to add a digital clock to Apple Watch’s analog faces

The Apple Watch has a bunch of faces to show you the current time, but here’s a simple tip if you want to combine the classic look of an analog face with the speed-to-read convenience of digital.<p>Reddit user Derptato shares the handy advice, which involves customizing the face to add a World Clock …

Smartwatches

New tweaks to try: Adiutor, ADKeys and iPicar

As always the jailbreak tweak developers were hard at work as they have released some really nice hacks in Cydia, which are now available for …

How to sync playlists and listen to music on Apple Watch without iPhone

The Apple Watch has eight gigabytes of onboard storage, of which up to two gigabytes can be used to keep music files on the device. You can sync a …

iPhone 6s might launch as soon as August

Ever since the release of the iPhone 4s Apple has launched its annual smartphone updates in September, but according to supply chain sources, the production of iPhone 6s components is going so well, Apple might be able to launch the device sooner than expected.<p>Apple is already lining up component …

Apple TV

Mercedes-Benz is launching its own Apple Watch app sometime this fall

Controlling vehicles with the Apple Watch is certainly one area that’s starting to pick up attention, and now Mercedes-Benz wants to get in on the …

On the Apple Watch and Morse code

We communicated across wires in dits and dahs, once. Why can't we use it to communicate across Apple Watches?<p>Why tap at all?<p>In an age where most …

How to get your Apple Watch to leave you alone

If you’ve spent any time with an Apple Watch, you might have noticed that it notifies you quite a bit. There’s the ubiquitous Stand Up commands, notifications from Messages, Calendar and the like, and then all the third-party apps that send you taps all day long.<p>If you chose to have your Apple …

Smartwatches

New evidence emerges that suggests Apple is indeed building an electric car

Many reports have claimed that Apple is working on a brand new type of product: An electric car that may also include self-driving features. …

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How Did The Moon Form? Scientists Finally Solve Pesky Problem With Giant Impact Hypothesis

Scientists have long believed that the moon formed from debris created when a Mars-sized object crashed into Earth about 4.5 billion years ago. But there's one very big problem with this so-called giant impact hypothesis.<p>If the moon indeed formed from the collision between Earth and another object, …

Artificial Lightning Gives A Detailed View Of Thunder

Now if only they could catch it in a bottle<p>Seeing sounds might seem like a product of too much coffee, but scientists in Florida have successfully imaged thunder.<p>To produce these acoustic maps of thunder, atmospheric scientist Maher Dayeh fired a rocket trailing a copper wire into a cloud during a …

Space Science

Asteroids probably deliver water to other planets - Futurity

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth.

Planets

Far out, man: 13.1bn-year-old galaxy is most distant yet seen by humans

Galaxy EGS-zs8-1 has moved 30bn light-years away from Earth since it was born: ‘We’re actually looking back through 95% of all time to see this galaxy’<p>A team of astronomers has measured a galaxy farther than any other ever seen by human beings, reporting this week that the ancient star system …

DNA 'Printing' A Big Boon To Research, But Some Raise Concerns

Here's something that might sound strange: There are companies now that print and sell DNA.<p>This trend — which uses the term "print" in the sense of making a bunch of copies speedily — is making particular stretches of DNA much cheaper and easier to obtain than ever before. That excites many …

Genetics

How far is a light-year?

How can we comprehend the distances to the stars? This post explains light-years in terms of a scale of miles and kilometers.<p>Stars other than our sun …

Astronomy

What makes a red rainbow?

Red rainbows happen when the sun is on the horizon. They’re created in much the same process that causes a sunset or sunrise to look …

Astronomy

Mercury's mysterious magnetic past goes back 4 billion years, study finds

Examining rocks on Mercury’s surface, scientists using data from<p>NASA’s Messenger spacecraft have revealed that the planet probably had a much stronger magnetic field nearly 4 billion years ago.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, offer insight into the field's power source: the liquid …

Astronomy

Revisiting the Sun: They Might Be Giants on SciFri

December guide to the bright planets

Of the 5 bright planets, Mars and Jupiter appear in the December 2017 predawn sky all month. Mercury joins them around the December solstice. Venus …

Astronomy

Lopsided Supernovas, A Ferrari For The Sky, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

What is a dwarf planet?

You’ll know in 60 seconds. New Space Shorts video from NASA.<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of …

Astronomy

The Science Club Looks Into the Heart of the Sun

News Roundup: The Oldest Bird, a Distant Galaxy, and the Beard Microbiome

At 13 Billion Light-Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth

A new glimpse of what the universe looked like in its youth has been captured, thanks to researchers who determined that light from the galaxy known as EGS-zs8-1 has spent more than 13 billion years traveling to reach us here on Earth.<p>The blue galaxy, which was named for its coloration after its …

Astrophysics