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Your Brain Benefits Most When You Listen to Absolutely Nothing, Science Says

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain

You are surprisingly likely to have a living doppelganger

What are the chances of finding your exact lookalike? BBC Future investigates.<p>It’s on your passport. It’s how criminals are identified in a line-up. It’s how you’re recognised by old friends on the street, even after years apart. Your face: it’s so tangled up with your identity, soon it may be all …

Al Gore

Boeing turns 100: A look back at aviation history

Boeing turned 100 years old on Friday, marking a full century of aerospace innovation.<p>Today, the company remains one of the largest companies in the …

Aviation

7 Essential Moon Landing Stories From the TIME Archives

<i>In the more than four decades since a human first walked on the moon on July 20, 1969, hundreds of stories have been written about the lead up to the</i> …

Space Exploration

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press "play", …

The Brain

Elon Musk reveals his new master plan for Tesla

Elon Musk revealed the second part of the so-called "Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan" on Wednesday night, which the company is calling "Master Plan, …

Tesla

South African super-telescope reveals distant galaxies and black holes

At only a quarter of its eventual capacity, the MeerKat radio telescope captures 1,300 galaxies in tiny corner of universe where only 70 were known before<p>Even operating at a quarter of its eventual capacity, South Africa’s MeerKat radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power on Saturday, …

Universe

Chas Chandler: The man who discovered Jimi Hendrix

<b>His discovery of a young Jimi Hendrix in a New York club would change the face of music forever. Twenty years on from Chas Chandler's death, those who knew him look back at his life.</b><p>Summer 1966. A small Greenwich Village venue. There, a little-known guitarist performing under the stage-name Jimmy …

Guitar

Why Did the Mercury 13 Astronauts Never Fly in Space?

Jerrie Cobb kicked off her black pumps and crossed her stockinged feet on the floor. It was an unusual thing to do during a public hearing before a special subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, but natural for Cobb. And it was a relaxed gesture that belied her stress. …

San Francisco