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5 Conferences That Will Expand Your Mind (And Your Network)

It wasn’t too long ago that nearly everyone expected conferences to be staid affairs where businesspeople gathered in hotel ballrooms to discuss the fine technical points of their industries over bad coffee. Those days are over. In an age where people can learn about the newest developments in any …

14 Epic Fantasy Series You Need To Read That Aren't 'A Song Of Ice And Fire'

Look, I love <i>Game of Thrones</i> as much as the next nerd<i>.</i> I am all about dragons, zombies, and dragon-zombies. But A Song of Ice and Fire is not the <i>only</i> …

A celebration of Indian design, from the humble lota to the iconic Ambassador

Beyond the globally familiar sari or tandoor oven, there’s a whole world of Indian design that is rarely recognised.<p>From the <i>dabba</i> (a stacked lunchbox) to the <i>jhola</i> (a cloth bag) to Mysore sandalwood soap, this design often takes the form of beloved everyday objects that can be found in households or …

From Stephen Hawking to AI: nine of the best science talks

It's never been easier to learn about the wonders of science from the comfort of your own home. The internet is packed with enthralling lectures from …

Scientists are about to change what a kilogram is. That’s massive.

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>If Jon Pratt were an international criminal mastermind, he would fly to Paris, don an all-black suit and ski mask and sneak into the elegant French baroque building that serves as headquarters for the Bureau International …

Physics

Today, Kids Need To Learn More Than Facts, But To Solve Problems And Innovate

We need to shift from teaching how to answer questions to learning how to ask them.<p>Traditionally, we went to school to attain knowledge. The smart kids knew that Columbus discovered America in 1492 and that the square root of 64 is eight. They studied diligently at home so that when the teacher …

I f**king hate science

<b>(AP/Dennis Van Tine)</b><p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s streamlined astrophysics book and the perils of popular scientism<p>John Semley<p>May 7, 2017 3:00pm (UTC)<p>In late July 2014, a Twitter user named @dogboner posted a photo of a man on a subway train working on his laptop, accompanied by the caption, “Some guy …

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook’s headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif. The Frank Gehry-designed building has a pristine nine-acre rooftop garden, yet much …

Journalism

Nintendo Switch eShop now has one of the best party games of all time

All hail Jackbox<p>This week’s list of new Nintendo eShop games runs short, with the Nintendo Switch seeing just three titles and a demo. The good news is that one of those new games just so happens to be <i>The Jackbox Party Pack 3</i>, the latest entry in what has quickly become an all-time classic …

We May Be Able to Build a Rocket That Can Go 99.999% the Speed of Light

Theoretical Spacecrafts<p>Theoretical physics often lifts the sanctions we set on our own imaginations. Whether it’s exploring the possibility of warp …

Giant Ice Bubbles Could Soon Be Used as Homes for Astronauts

One area that astronauts have always had a problem with when it comes to space travel is the amount of radiation they’re exposed to. Because the …

For Pi Day, NASA Wants You to Solve These Real-Life Rocket Science Problems

Do you have what it takes to be a NASA engineer?<p>March 14 is Pi Day, and instead of letting us just sit back and celebrate with a piece of pie, NASA …

Mathematics

The forgotten Trump-like terror lurking in a sci-fi classic

<i>The Dystopia Project</i> <i>is Mashable's ongoing book series reflecting on what dystopian fiction has to teach us under our new political climate. This</i> …

Science Fiction

YouTuber Finds a Way to Make Nerf Darts Dangerous

Most people would agree that Nerf Blasters aren't a threat to anyone's safety; it's hard to imagine the soft, foam darts cutting through a tin can, …

YouTube

Eagle Armed With A GoPro Hunts A Fox, And It's Intense

You don't want to be a fox when a golden eagle's around.<p>It’s clear from this video that eagles do <i>not</i> mess around.<p>Watch as a golden eagle with a GoPro hunts a fox. “Hunt” might even be too generous a word. The eagle is like a fox-seeking drone missile, homing in on its prey.<p>The clip comes from a …

The discovery of a giant neuron could help explain how the brain creates consciousness

Nobody yet understands how a collection of mushy cells in the brain gives rise to the brilliance of consciousness seen in higher-order animals, including humans. But two discoveries give scientists vital clues to how human consciousness works.<p>In 2014, a 54-year-old woman went to George Washington …

Here Are the 2016 Nebula Award Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced its 2016 Nebula Award nominees—honoring the best works of scifi and fantasy …

BEST 3 BUDGET ACCOMMODATIONS for an Authentic Travel Experience

Last week on #TRLT’s Twitter travel chat we discussed ACCOMMODATION on “The Road Less Travelled”.<p>When it comes to travel accommodation I consider …

In Photos: NASA's Historic Launch Pad 39A, from Apollo to Shuttle to SpaceX

NASA's Most Historic Launchpad<p>Credit: NASA<p>Launchpad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida sent the first astronauts to the moon, supported …

Earth - How the Universe can expand if there is no extra space

The Universe can expand without there being anything outside it for it to expand into, says science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker. He explains this mind-bending idea to BBC Earth's Michael Marshall and Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at <b>Pomona Pictures</b>.<p><i>Join over six million</i> …

A Clarifying Moment in American History

There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.<p>I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he …

Science Says Listening to These 5 Songs Will Make You Remarkably Happy

Music has long been tied to deep emotion in all living beings--including happiness.<p>For as long as sound has existed, music has always been tied to deep emotion in all living beings. It's one of the stimuli that are most likely to evoke a memory or intense reaction, one of the strange phenomena that …

So You Want to Read Military Sci-Fi: Here’s Where to Start

<i>The Forever War</i> is probably one of the most powerful works of science-fiction I’ve ever read, military or not. Written by Vietnam vet Joe Haldeman,</i> …

An Indian team will launch the third private moon mission seeking the Google Lunar XPrize

The global race back to the moon has a fourth entrant: TeamIndus, an Indian enterprise, has secured a contract with the Indian government for a rocket that will fly a probe to the moon in 2017 in an attempt to win the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize.<p>TeamIndus will be the first private entity to …

It's Official: NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published

It works.<p>After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has <i>finally</i> been peer-reviewed and published. And it …

The Non-Technical Guide to Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

I have a challenge for you.<p>In a few seconds, I want you to <b>stop reading this article, and follow the instructions below.</b><p>Here you go:<p>I hope my point is …

The 30 Best Science Fiction Books in the Universe

When it comes to quality science fiction, there’s quite a lot to choose from. With competing classics from sub-genres like cyberpunk and …

Science Fiction

Barack Obama: America will take the giant leap to Mars

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandfather's shoulders, waving a flag as our astronauts returned to Hawaii. This was years before we'd set foot on the moon. Decades before we'd land a rover on Mars. A generation before photos from the International Space Station would show up …

Barack Obama

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