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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.

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 des Poids et Mesures.<p>His mission: “To set the whole world’s system of mass …

Physics

Trump’s call for a Space Force, explained

Trump thinks it would be a good idea to have a Space Force. Here’s what that means.<p>American troops are currently serving in hundreds of countries around the world. But if President Donald Trump and some members of Congress get their way, US forces may soon be fighting in a brave new frontier: space.<p>…

Today, Kids Need To Learn More Than Facts, But To Solve Problems And Innovate | Inc.com

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 asked a question they could shoot their hand up and be praised for their good …

Education

I f**king hate science

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s streamlined astrophysics book and the perils of popular scientism<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 using his laptop on the train like a dumbass nerd lol.” The …

David Bowie

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 …

Nintendo Switch

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 …

Physics

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 …

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> …

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, …

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

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 short film called “Eagle Hunters In A New World,” which …

Wildlife

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 …

Neurophilosophy

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> …

Universe

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 …

Political Science

Science Says Listening to These 5 Songs Will Make You Remarkably Happy | Inc.com

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 allow humans to access a different mental or emotional space than the one they …

Brain Imaging

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> …

Space Exploration

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 …

Physics

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 a lot to choose from. With competing classics from subgenres like cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic …

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 …

Space Exploration

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Spaceflight Startup Wants to Launch Rockets Out of the Ocean

In the constant search for low-cost spaceflight, Norwegian startup Ripple Aerospace has come up with a unique solution: How about we just get rid of, …

Space Exploration