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Leonardo DiCaprio uses Oscars speech to address climate change

Leonardo DiCaprio used his Oscars speech to address climate change and attack politicians who don’t agree with him.<p>“Making ‘The Revenant’ was about …

Climate

The holy grail of ramen dishes

While Tokyo has Japan’s only Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, the noodle consistently voted as the nation’s most delicious comes from a tiny, family-run shop in Wakayama City.<p>I watched without blinking as a row of six hands performed a bullet-fast dance: a splash of soy sauce, a shower of …

Japan

Black holes banish matter into cosmic voids

Using a computer simulation, astronomers probe the ‘cosmic web’ of the universe, its honeycomb-like structure on the largest scales.<p>In recent …

Dark Matter

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

Danish Sea Ice Maps from Early 20th Century

Animated.<p>I’ve had these on my hard drive for years, can’t believe I never thought to make the animation. Now someone has. Here it is.<p>The Danes know …

Deadly Orangutan Attack: 2 Apes Team Up to Kill Another

A loud rumble, a scuffle and 33 long minutes of coordinated attacks by a female orangutan and her male partner led to the death of an older female …

Spectacular Single Image of the Earth and Moon Taken from Mars

Captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise), back in October 2007, this amazing photograph shows the Earth and the moon, as seen from the orbit of Mars. Collected by the HiRise camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the beautiful image places the two floating space …

Imaging

Beware of the angry white male public intellectual

Richard Dawkins is a bestselling author and atheist pundit who’s been credited with “redefining the role of the public intellectual in Western culture.” As recent events have shown, he’s also part of a largely unacknowledged problem with online harassers.<p>Late last month, Dawkins approvingly posted …

Bernie Sanders

5 spots to soak up the scenery from hot springs in Idaho and Montana

Like every traveler, I'm always searching for that little piece of paradise hidden from the masses. And I think I have finally found it in the form of hot soaks in Idaho and Montana.<p>As a newcomer to these parts by way of the gritty streets of East London, I noticed that there are two types of …

Hot Springs

Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk

A new study says a person’s risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.<p>It’s the latest in a series of studies of the Neanderthal genetic heritage in modern people. Past studies have suggested that heritage raises the risk of allergies, for …

Wild elephant stomps on 15 cars on a main road after straying from nature reserve

Tourists in Yunnan, China, got a taste of an elephant's "Hulk smash" when one wandered out onto a main road and wreaked havoc on 15 parked …

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

Brazen sexism is pushing women out of America’s atheism movement

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>I was eight years old when I decided that I didn’t believe in God. The realization occurred to me after my Methodist pastor reduced my queries about God and the universe to the same kind of “just because” reasoning my mother used for questions like why I couldn’t run …

Feminism

Dear Abby: Parenting at ex’s house is an issue for new wife

Should he feel guilty that his wife hates him spending time at his ex-wife's house, even if he's there to help his children with their homework assignments?<p><b>Dear Abby:</b> I am a divorced father who has recently remarried. I have parenting time with my children one weeknight and every other weekend. My …

100-Year-Old Hand-Colored Postcards Offer a Fascinating Glimpse of Pre-War Japan

Postcards can offer a fascinating glimpse into eras that have long since passed. The Digital Collections of the New York Public Library (NYPL) has released a selection of postcards from Japan in the early 20th century. Comprising hand-colored photographs, these landscape snapshots represent the …

‘The Cosmic Web’ weaves tale of universe’s architecture

Saudi Arabian women 'banned' from Starbucks coffee shop after gender segregation wall collapses

Women in Saudi Arabia have reportedly been barred from Starbucks because a gender segration wall in the coffee shop collapsed.<p>Female customers were allegedly told to 'send their driver' to pick up their drinks, after religious police noticed the 'gender barrier' had collapsed.<p>Posters outside the …

Saudi Arabia

The Ultimate Guide to Walking Meditation [Infographic]

<i>Walking meditation is a form of meditation where you put your entire awareness on walking. In this article, we’ll explore the roots of walking</i> …

The Most Romantic Islands in the World: Readers' Choice Awards

When it comes to romantic getaways, there's something infinitely appealing about the isolation and untouched beauty of an island. Whether you want a luxury resort for your honeymoon or a pristine beach for a last-minute Valentine's Day escape, you can't go wrong with these 20 destinations, voted …

How Chronic Pain Alters the Immune System

<b>Epigenetics may bring us one step closer to better treatments for chronic pain.</b><p>Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, …

Psychologist Reveals What Makes Kids' Brains Grow Bigger

A few years ago, I watched Brene Brown’s TED Talk on Vulnerability. Her story, her research, her authenticity, and yes, her vulnerability resonated …

TED Talks

Monstrous Cosmic Gas Cloud Set To Ignite The Milky Way

When we think about our galaxy, most people think about the stars in the sky, the grand, sweeping spiral arms, the disk-like plane of our Milky Way filled with dust, and the bulge in the galactic center. All of this combines to make up our run-of-the-mill home, complete with some 400 billion stars …

How far is the Universe’s most distant galaxy?

And how close does the farthest one we’ve ever found so far come to it?<p><i>“Science, however, gives me the feeling of steady progress: I am convinced</i> …

Water Risks are Growing; Here’s a Tool to Help Us Prepare

Changing Planet<p>This map shows annual, seasonal and dry-year depletion for 15,091 watersheds worldwide. The inclusion of seasonal and dry-year depletion estimates increases by 15-fold the number of watersheds experiencing depletion of 75% or more. Source: Kate A. Brauman et al., in Elementa, January …

Pentagon’s Progressive Revolution Adds More Maternity Leave

Servicewomen will now get 12 paid weeks off under another new social change. Many officers, steeped in tradition, worry Secretary Ash Carter is …

Germany tightens refugee policy as Finland joins Sweden in deportations

Germany will close its border to Algerians, Tunisians and Moroccans and will also prevent migrants from bringing their families to join them for two years<p>Germany has moved to toughen its asylum policies as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain …

Finland

Dilma Rousseff calls on Brazil society to unite against Zika virus

<b>President Dilma Rousseff has called on the whole of Brazilian society to help combat the spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.</b><p>Ms Rousseff said national mobilisation was needed to eliminate the mosquitoes that spread the virus, and urged community groups and unions to …

Brazil

The Anthropocene: Hard evidence for a human-driven Earth

Evidence for a new geological epoch which marks the impact of human activity on the Earth is now overwhelming, according to a recent paper by an …

Marine Biologists Could Hold Key to MH370 Mystery

With every passing day, it becomes more likely that the ships scouring the southern Indian Ocean for signs of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will come up empty handed. (Indeed, many independent researchers suspect that the odds of success are already zero.) If nothing comes up before the …

There’s Something Very Strange Lurking In the Space Between Galaxies

In the starless void of intergalactic space, there are clouds of cosmic gas as old as the Milky Way. They produce no visible light, and they barely …