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New Research Suggests That Our Universe Could Be a Giant Hologram

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?<p>As far as mind-melting ideas go, the 'hologram principle' is right up there. It predicts that, …

Hiking Essentials: List of Necessities from Experienced Hikers

Every hiking experience can be a pleasure and joy, but when it comes to the necessities it can feel tedious and boring. Sometimes when you come to …

Backpacking

B.C. caviar farmer takes over where Russia left off

<i>Each week, we seek expert advice to help a small or medium-sized business overcome a key issue.</i><p>Justin Henry knows that good things come to those who wait. Mr. Henry is general manager of Target Marine Hatcheries, Canada's lone producer of certified organic farmed white sturgeon. Target Marine began …

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

TONY COLES COULD have had any job he wanted in the drug industry. In five years at the helm of cancer drug developer Onyx Pharmaceuticals he increased its market cap eightfold by purchasing an experimental blood cancer drug for $800 million, developing it into a big seller and flipping the whole …

Immune System

Ancient tablets reveal daily life of exiled Jews in Babylon 2,500 years ago

"It was like hitting the jackpot," says Filip Vukosavovic, an expert in ancient Babylonia, Sumeria and Assyria after reading the tablets.<p>><br>• ><br>• ><p>Cuneiform …

The Latest Scientific Research on Why Organic Is Better for You

In preparation for an upcoming talk, I thought it would be a good idea to check in on the latest scientific research regarding agricultural chemicals …

War is the new normal: 7 reasons America can’t escape conflict

No sooner do we withdraw from one Middle Eastern country than we reengage another. It’s a cycle we refuse to break<p>William Astore<p>February 3, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>It was launched immediately after the 9/11 attacks, when I was still in the military, and almost …

Reza Aslan: Sam Harris and “New Atheists” aren’t new, aren’t even atheists

<b>Richard Dawkins, Reza Aslan, Sam Harris (Comedy Central/Malin Fezehai/HBO/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>EXCLUSIVE: Renowned scholar calls Harris, Dawkins anti-theists, and as dogmatic, fundamentalist as true believers<p>Reza Aslan<p>November 21, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Not long ago, I gave an interview in which I …

The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People. This Man Is Re-Creating the Virus.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka caused a global uproar by re-creating history's deadliest flu virus. That might sound crazy. But when a real influenza pandemic strikes, you're going to want him on your side.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin–Madison<p><b>FIELD</b> Virology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> Flu pandemic …

Brett Ratner’s ‘Hercules’ Sucks On Chariot Wheels

Hollywood loves rights-free content. It saves them the trouble of having an actual living writer say, “Hey, why are you ruining my story??” Plus, they can then throw a couple of scribes (old-timey word for an old-timey epic) at the subject material who treat it as a j-o-b, working only 9-5, what a …

Computer Models Show What Exactly Would Happen To Earth After A Nuclear War

Cheery happy times<p>You've seen what a nuclear winter looks like, as imagined by filmmakers and novelists. Now you can take a look at what scientists have to say. In a new study, a team of four U.S. atmospheric and environmental scientists modeled what would happen after a "limited, regional nuclear …

Supposed and Filmed Locations of Fictional Places

Ever wonder where Gotham City was filmed? (Hint: not in New York) Hoth? Tatooine? Middle Earth? Or where the Kaiju Portal and SpongeBob's Bikini …

Chemist With Visual Flair Answers Burning Food Science Questions

Chemistry teachers don't need to go the way of <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s Walter White and make methamphetamine if they're looking for a compelling side gig.<p>Andy Brunning, a high school chemistry teacher in the U.K., makes beautiful infographics on everyday chemistry on his blog, Compound Interest. Thanks in …

3 Days to Kill review – cinema's shallowest auteur surpasses himself

In the great death of cinema narrative, candyflossed airhead McG (aka Joseph McGinty Nichol) will never be more than a mere <i>petite mort</i>. From the dress-up-and-watch tosh of the <i>Charlie's Angels</i> movies to the emptily mechanical dross of <i>Terminator: Salvation</i>, McG makes films that leave you longing for …

The Man Who's Making A Home 3-D Metal Printer

Plus other ways to get your ideas cast in steel, bronze, and bismuth alloy<p>Sure, manufacturing companies have 3-D printers that are able to weld metal pieces. You can even send designs to Shapeways to get them printed in steel. But wouldn't you want your own metal 3-D printer at home? One California …

Vaccine recruits T cells to attack pancreatic cancer

A new vaccine triggers the growth of immune cell nodules within pancreatic tumors, potentially making them vulnerable to immunity-enhancing drugs, …

First Person: 12 Invaluable Tips for First-Time Filmmakers

<i><br>Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of May’s Indie Film Month. “Cheap Thrills” is</i> …

Filmmaking

The Lost Creators Come Clean

Ten years later, they talk about their mistakes, their successes, the worst episode, and why we're all still talking about this damn show<p><b>Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse</b> are seated around the infamous hatch from <i>Lost</i>. The duo, who became the voice of the ABC series during its six-season run, have met …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

How Shared Movie Universes Are Hurting Superhero Films

Of course, those numbers do not include revenue from Blu-ray/DVD sales, licensing, and retail merchandise, which have added millions more to the Disney coffer. There's no doubt that Marvel Studios' recent shared cinematic universe was a game-changer - weaving nine films (so far), the <i>Agents of</i> …

Marvel Universe

401(k)s are retirement robbery: How the Koch brothers, Wall Street and politicians conspire to drain Social Security

<b>David Koch (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)</b><p>The decades-long tale of how the Kochs, Reagan, Wall Street and even Democrats have tried to gut Social Security<p>James W. Russell<p>May 10, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis”<p>On the eve of the Reagan presidency in …