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How to get kids ready for, and excited about, the Great American Eclipse

By Terena Bell<p>You’re standing in the yard with your children. The temperature has just dropped 20 degrees, and it’s pitch dark. Not normal nighttime dark — your kids have seen that before — but completely black, as though all the light is gone from the world. Because it has.<p>The Great American …

Solar Eclipse

Time may be fuzzy. If so, the idea of causality may be in trouble

THE thing about <i>Gedankenexperimente</i>—or thought experiments, for those who find Albert Einstein’s native tongue too twisting—is that you never know …

Scientists Are About to Perform an Experiment to See if The Human Mind Is Bound by Physics

This could be interesting...<p>Perhaps one of the most intriguing and interesting phenomena in quantum physics is what Einstein referred to as a "spooky …

Cut Your Risk of Heart Disease in Half With These Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Did you know that anti-inflammatory foods can help you stop the sneakiest heart disease risks? Although our bodies rely on inflammation to help fight …

How to spot the new brightest supernova in the sky

There's a new exploding star in the night sky that's bright enough for anyone to check out with an amateur telescope.<p>A new supernova tediously named "2017 eaw" was first spotted by Utah amateur astronomer Patrick Wiggins on May 14. According to Sky and Telescope, he came to the conclusion he had …

What would happen if Earth started to spin faster?

Even a 1 mph speed boost would make things pretty weird<p>There are enough things in this life to worry about. Like nuclear war, climate change, and whether or not you’re brushing your teeth correctly. The Earth spinning too fast should not be high up on your list, simply because it’s not very likely …

In August 2017, America Will See Its First Total Solar Eclipse Since 1979

Start making travel plans, because you're not going to want to miss this one.<p>It's already being called the Great American Eclipse, and it's coming on August 21, 2017. For the first time in 38 years, the shadow of a total solar eclipse will cross the lower 48 of the United States.<p>If you have seen a …

First comes Path of Totality beer. Then St. Louis brewer throws an eclipse-watching party too

Where will you be during the Great American Eclipse in August? Missouri is primed for the state's moments in the dark. The total solar eclipse is reason enough for Schlafly Beer of St. Louis to throw a party and create a special brew.<p>St. Louis and much of the state falls in what's known as the path …

'Molecular Condoms' Could Be the Best Form of Birth Control Yet

In a breakthrough that almost sounds too good to be true, researchers have found a potential new form of birth control that could solve numerous …

Four dimensions

We have already seen that there is nothing terribly mysterious about adding one dimension to space to form a spacetime. Nonetheless it is hard to …

Mathematics

Does fasting on alternate days work? A new study weighs in

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whether you watch what you eat by counting your daily calories or practicing intermittent fasting, either approach can be effective for weight loss, a new obesity study suggests.<p>Intermittent or alternate-day fasting requires routinely alternating between eating little or no food and then …

Holistic Medicine

Almost every speed limit is too low

When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city …

USDOT

Spring Meteor Shower and 6 More Sky Events in May

Starstruck<p>Shooting stars and alien eclipses are among the best sky shows coming up this month.<p>Dazzling shooting stars kick off a month of great sky-watching opportunities, as the moon points the way toward some of the brightest worlds in our solar system. Backyard telescope users will also get a …

Time travel is 'possible' -- mathematically anyway

Pull out your list of regrets, mistakes and runs of just plain bad luck, because it turns out you can go back. A University of British Columbia professor has run the numbers on the feasibility of time travel, and he says they check out.<p>"People think of time travel as something fictional," math and …

How hot peppers and marijuana could help cure gut problems

Just don't try to fix your colitis with Sriracha<p>Your gut is something of an immunological mystery.<p>Unlike the rest of the body, which tends to treat foreign invaders with a singular purpose—seek and destroy—the stomach cannot afford to be so indiscriminate. It exists to help fuel the body, and that …

Artery-clogging saturated fat myth debunked

Among doctors and the public alike, there is a popular belief that dietary saturated fat clogs up the arteries and results in coronary heart disease. …

Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete

Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital.<p>The company, which is de-cloaking this week with a pilot in East London, has built a software platform that bridges the gap between …

FinTech

The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next

At last week's Facebook F8 conference in San Jose, California, CEO Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on his ambitious 10-year plan for the company, first revealed in April 2016.<p>Here's the current version of that roadmap, revealed by Zuckerberg last week:<p>Basically, Zuckerberg uses this road map to …

Augmented Reality

Recommended Reading: Clocks Hate Other Clocks – Thanks To Quantum Uncertainty, The More Accurate A Clock Is, The Less Accurate Nearby Clocks Are

The closer you look at reality, the weirder it tends to look, especially if you're using the twin lenses of general relativity and quantum mechanics. …

Quantum Mechanics

Arizona Sky Village's residents have one rule: 'Turn off your goddamned lights'

Take a nighttime drive into Arizona Sky Village, in a remote valley in south-east Arizona, and the only thing you can see clearly are the millions of stars twinkling overhead. Beyond the light show, the sky is a deep inky black, and the ground below is nothing but shadows. Dimmed car headlights …

Celebrated playwright Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” looks up to an astronomer who was ahead of her time

It would not be overstating it to say that Henrietta Leavitt had a twinkle in her eye. Heck, it’s not even hyperbole to say she had millions of …

Top 20 Herbs & Spices for Super Health

Your Kitchen, Your Pharmacy<p>Herbs and spices don't just make your food taste better, they also make it far more nutritious. They definitely fall into …

Fracking is ruining one of the last truly dark places in the US, and astronomers are on edge

On a near-cloudless night in mid-March, atop a mountain in the Davis range of the Chihuahuan desert in West Texas, hundreds of families sat on blankets in the pitch-dark, looking up at the starry sky while an astronomer pointed with a laser beam at the constellations of Taurus and Orion, …

Oil & Gas Industry

This Is the Top Grilled Cheese Recipe on Pinterest Right Now

Is there anything in the world more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich? After all, any grilled cheese recipe requires the three most important …

Cooking

The Invisible Hand of Physics Is Constantly Untying Your Shoelaces

Scientists have discovered an “invisible hand” constantly working against the knot in your shoelaces.<p>Mechanical engineers from the University of …

Google rejected an icon pack for "content owned by a third party"

Icon packs are in a tricky legal gray area. Almost all of them (if not all) contain trademarked images legally owned by the original developers, and …

Scientists want to be first to drill into the Earth's mantle

<b>(CNN) —</b> Humans have been to the moon and explored almost every corner of the planet -- but there's one place they have never been.<p>An international group of scientists say they plan to be the first group to drill successfully into the Earth's mantle, the planet's interior, which lies just beneath …

Earth Science

An introduction to Python on Android

There are many reasons that you might want to start Android development. Building an app that will make you rich and change the world is only one motivation; others include learning to code, building tools that you can use yourself or even just having fun and impressing others. Programming is a …

Python Programming

Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity

The theory of special relativity explains how space and time are linked for objects that are moving at a consistent speed in a straight line. One of …

Physics

Echoes of a black hole

Ripples in space-time could herald the demise of general relativity and its replacement by a quantum theory of gravity<i>By Sabine Hossenfelder</i>Read at …