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The 5 best free travel apps

Sometimes, you don't even have to pay $1.99 to take advantage of the best ones.<p>Here are five of the front runners, all free to download.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Describes The 'Morbidly Funny' Death You'd Experience In A Black Hole

"If you knew you had to die, that's the way you die."<p>As an astrophysicist, cosmologist and celebrated science icon, Neil deGrasse Tyson knows a thing or two about the universe. He also happens to think that the universe is hilarious.<p>When Tyson appeared on HuffPost Live on Thursday, host Josh Zepps …

Physicists 'Squeeze' the Uncertainty Out of the Uncertainty Principle

Thank absolute zero temperatures and something called 'quantum squirting.'<p>Life in the quantum realm means never sitting still. A photon doesn't rest (or "stop") because it turns out that achieving zero energy and, thus, complete predictability requires a bit more effort than it does to just buzz …

27 Brilliant Hacks Every Cat Owner Needs To Know

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See Highlights From The 'Supermoon'

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Astronomy

The pivotal climate-change challenge that America isn’t talking about nearly enough

<b>(Reuters)</b><p>While we’ve made some strides already toward a clean-energy future, we risk leaving much of the population behind<p>Lew Daly<p>August 28, 2015 11:57am (UTC)<p>In the 2016 presidential election, we are approaching a singular and momentous crossroads in our nation’s history. Will we, or will we not, …

Fossil Fuels

NASA: Sea Level Rise Is Going To Get Much Worse

Start swimming<p>Eleven of the fifteen largest cities in the world are located on the coast. The tenuous barrier between land and sea was a boon for humanity in the past, providing access to ports around the globe, building lifelines of trade between countries, and raising triumphs of steel and …

Scientists Find That Bacteria-Based Nanowires Could Lead to Natural, Chemical Free Nanotechnology

1/4<p>Bacteria-Based Nanowires Will Lead to All-Natural, Chemical Free Nanotechnology<p>Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have …

Scientists created a magnetic wormhole that could transform the way we use MRI machines

Ripped from the pages of a sci-fi novel, physicists have crafted a wormhole that tunnels a magnetic field through space.<p>The idea of a wormhole comes from Albert Einstein's theories. In 1935, Einstein and colleague Nathan Rosen realized that the general theory of relativity allowed for the existence …

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

Editing humanity

THE genome is written in an alphabet of just four letters. Being able to read, study and compare DNA sequences for humans, and thousands of other …

Bacteria With Synthetic DNA Create Protein Never Found In Nature

For when the usual four nucleotides can’t give you what you want<p>Your DNA, like that of everything else on the planet, is made of four nucleotides: A, C, G, and T. These are like a blueprint that your body reads to produce 20 different amino acids, which combine to make up the proteins that enable …

IBM has built a digital rat brain that could power tomorrow’s smartphones

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>In August 2014, IBM announced that it had built a “brain-inspired” computer chip—essentially a computer that was wired like an organic brain, rather than a traditional computer. These chips are designed to work like neurons—the brain’s nerve cells. Wired reported on …

Quantum Computing

IBM's 'Rodent Brain' Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart

Dharmendra Modha walks me to the front of the room so I can see it up close. About the size of a bathroom medicine cabinet, it rests on a table …

Deep Learning

‘Alien’ genome reveals octopus secrets

Scientists have discovered striking differences between the octopus and other invertebrates.<p>The first whole genome analysis of an octopus also …

Biology

Detecting Alzheimer's Disease by Drawing a Clock Face with a Digital Pen

<b>Team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab detects dementia using AI and a digital pen.</b><p>For all of the advances in medical …

Why Oculus isn't pursuing augmented reality

Oculus has been a pioneer in virtual reality, literally kickstarting the current growth in the field. Yet the company has shown no real interest in …

Augmented Reality

How a language that went unspoken for a half-century was brought back from the dead

In the summer of 1930, at the dawn of the Great Depression, a 21-year-old linguist named Morris Swadesh set out for Louisiana to record the area’s Native American languages, which were disappearing rapidly.<p>Morris and his peers were in a race against time to document them, and in the small town of …

Linguistics

The best TV programmes to watch online this summer

From classics such as Pride and Prejudice to Paris is Burning, Patrick Smith suggests ways to escape the summer TV drought<p>Summer TV: what a wasteland. Just as the long, cosy nights of autumn and winter are the seasonal home for flagship dramas such as Downton Abbey and Line of Duty, so our summers …

Behold, the majesty of weird, but beautiful science!

Artist or scientist? Work of art or laboratory machine? The two pairs needn't be exclusive and we've collected a batch of real-world photos to prove it. The artistry in crafting experimental machines to explore the fabric of our world rivals that used to create futuristic movie sets or avant-garde …

Art

The Father Of Modern Mecha Design Finally Gets His Own Exhibition

There are a few artists that have had quite the same kind of impact as Kunio Okawara. Responsible for penning some of the most successful and influential mecha designs of the last forty years, he recently received an exhibition showing off his very large body of work.<p>While arguably his most widely …

Anime

Are Microbes Stealing Your Mind?

Could bacteria hold the answer to an Alzheimer’s cure? Some researchers say yes.<p><i>Time moves in one direction, memory in another. — William Gibson</i><p>One …

These terrifying wasps can turn spiders into zombie-slaves

Some parasitoid wasps are capable of hijacking the nervous system of their poor unsuspecting victims, turning them into slave nurseries for the developing offspring.<p>In the case of the emerald jewel wasp, this nursery happens to be the living host's innards - delightful.<p>Now, scientists have detailed …

The Little Particles That Might Help Explain Why We're Here

One abiding mystery about the cosmos is why there’s more matter than antimatter. Nobody’s <i>complaining</i> about that imbalance: if there had been precisely the same amount of both in the universe’s earliest moments, we wouldn’t be here, because everything would have destroyed itself in an instantaneous …

Chinese internet companies are taking over the film industry

Some go further and predict that internet companies will take over the industry altogether.<p>"Filmmaking will be new media-oriented and characterized by the internet," said Feng Jun, a senior analyst with EntGroup, a leading research centre for China's entertainment industry.<p>"It is possible that all …

Cutting-edge science as you’ve never seen it before

By viewing scientists at work in the lab as artistic, creative figures, photographer Dan Stier has created a surreal series that shows researchers in a whole new light<p>A woman marches towards the camera on a sloping treadmill, fists clenched. Above her head is a muddle of electrical cabling; behind …

23 pictures not to look at if you're terrified of heights

But when people conquer those fears, the places they go and views they see can be truly breathtaking.<p>Reuters curated a series of images of brave individuals who take the concept of "living on the edge" to the next level.<p>Whether it's for a specific job function or just for enjoyment, these images …

16 of the world's most enormous statues

Taking up to 20 years to build and millions of dollars to create, these 16 enormous creations do just that. They'll stand for centuries as icons of history and culture for visitors to enjoy. From the world's largest reclining Buddha to a 105 foot tall sculpture of Mao Zedong, keep scrolling for a …

Best ever showstopping cake recipes

We've chosen ten beautiful cakes that could make a showstopping centrepiece for a birthday, afternoon tea or any special occasion. Our cakes are all …

Dessert

Want virtual reality, but don’t want a Rift? Don’t worry — you’ve plenty of options

Virtual reality is clearly an emerging market, with its competitive landscape incessantly proving it to be a viable platform for application …