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Five wonder materials that could change the world

Materials such as graphene and shrilk are so new that the scientists who discovered them hardly know what to do with them – they only know they might yet transform our lives<p>"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, …

A Saudi fatwa shuns the first comic book to feature Muslim superheroes

There are many strange things about the new fatwa from the Saudi Grand Mufti. Perhaps most strange of all is that the comic was designed to celebrate Islamic values.<p>The comic book in question, The 99, was the first to feature a team of superheroes from the Muslim world and their virtues are those …

20 Fun Facts About Our Mysterious Feline Friends

1. They can be allergic to you.<p>Does your cat cough frequently? You might be to blame. According to a 2005 study, feline asthma—which affects one in …

Pets

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …

“There are as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in a typical galaxy. The same is true for dogs, bears and every living thing. We are, each of us, a little universe.” — Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; Episode 2

What are gravitational waves?

What does the apparent discovery of gravitational waves by the Bicep telescope say about inflation and the big bang?<p>What are gravitational waves?<p>Gravitational waves are ripples that carry energy across the universe. They were predicted to exist by Albert Einstein in 1916 as a consequence of his …

Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster

Work is underway around the world to revolutionise computers using the principles of quantum mechanics<p>Around the world teams of scientists are working on the next technological revolution: quantum computing. But what makes it so special? And why do we need it? We ask physicist Dr Ruth Oulton of the …

Radiohead mobile "game" is a beautiful, explorable fantasyland

Radiohead has released a mobile game that explores its music in a hypnotic alien sandbox-style setting, based on recording sessions from its most …

How did I get here?

Is the universe around us an inevitable consequence of some master equation, some theory of everything? Or was there an element of chance in how it formed, and if so how big were those chances? Most people would like a theory in which we were not ridiculously unlikely.<p>This week I took my dad to …

Broken Age's Adventure Started Long Before Pressing Start

The new adventure game Broken Age: Act I is groundbreaking.<p>To clarify, the actual design of the game itself is nothing revolutionary, and that's on purpose. Broken Age is an intentional throwback to the old-school adventure genre. These games focus almost entirely on storytelling, driven by puzzles …

Sound system simulates a rocket blast, would kill you just as dead

Sure, your stereo may go up to 11 and beyond, but you probably couldn't murder your listeners with it. The European Space Agency has a bigger budget, however, and its Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) has a 36-foot wide by 54-foot high wall of sound designed to simulate the level of noise …

Billionaire Jewelry King Launches TaskWorld, A Management Tool All About Performance

Billionaire jewelry king Fred Mouawad has a different take on the world of task management. Most providers have some play on keeping a list or offer a schedule of reminders. But Mouawad, after hanging out at Stanford University to get in geek mode, has built something different. It’s called …

New European Edtech Accelerator Kicks Off Search For 10 Startups Eager To Disrupt The Classroom

Another development in the European edtech ecosystem: early stage startups with a plan to disrupt education are being encouraged to apply to join a new incubator that will kick off its first programme this September.<p>The European Incubator for Innovation is currently accepting applications for its …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Are we hardwired to believe we're immortal? - Futurity

A new study sheds light on questions of immortality by examining children's ideas about "prelife," the time before conception.

Svbtle opens its simple and stylish blogs up to everyone

The blogging platform Svbtle is opening up to everyone. For nearly two years now, Svbtle has garnered attention for its simple and beautiful blog designs, but membership has been quite exclusive, at times requiring interested members to actually apply for access. Svbtle creator Dustin Curtis says …

How the 'Netflix of books' won over the publishing industry (Q&A)

Oyster has grown its library of books available to its all-you-can-eat subscribers to more than 100,000 titles. CEO Eric Stromberg told CNET how it happened, and how the company is changing the world of reading.<p>The world in which people have to rent movies one at a time from a video store, or buy …

Books

The Top 5 Times Someone Called Out Fox News On Fox News

Fox News doesn't have the best reputation for accuracy — and more than one guest has called them on it.<p>This weekend, Media Matters, a non-profit progressive research and information center, posted a YouTube video ranking the five most memorable segments when a Fox News guest debunked the network.<p>5. …

Religion

The 4 Ways You'll Get Hacked

Amid all the news that hackers gave gotten their hands on millions of credit card numbers and contact information from at least five retailers – …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Jimmy LaSalvia, Founder of GOProud, Leaves Republican Party

GOProud Founder Jimmy LaSalvia.<p>Jimmy LaSalvia co-founded political action group GOProud to prove to America that the Republican Party is a safe home …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special relativity, a way of relating the motion of objects …

How Big is the Universe? How Small Are We in It?

What our present science understands about the size of the universe already shows us a vast and immense realm—yet it may still only be a tiny drop in …

Universe

Economic progressivism isn’t just popular now — it has been for years

Those suddenly seeing a “liberal resurgence” are missing one big thing: The last two decades of American history<p>When Bill de Blasio was sworn in as mayor last week, the Washington establishment took it at as a sign of a “liberal resurgence” in America on economic issues. “The progressive wing of …

Myths about how the brain works have no place in the classroom

There is a shortage of rigorous research into teaching methods, and results are poorly disseminated among teachers<p>Are you left-brained or right-brained? Are you more creative or rational? You can find out easily enough – there are myriad online tests that will help you find your dominant hemisphere.<p>…

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Seeing receptor in flux could lead to new drugs - Futurity

Using Google Exacycle's cloud computing platform, researchers have conducted an atom-scale simulation of a receptor site's transformation.

Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

It could rightly be called the most massive debate of the year: Physicists are locked in an argument over what happens if you fall into a black hole.<p>On one side are those who support the traditional view from Albert Einstein. On the other, backers of a radical new theory that preserves the very …