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An 11-Year-Old Just Became 'America's Top Young Scientist' With This Clever Invention

Congratulations!<p>Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge …

As ISIS Nears Defeat, Old Rivalries Flare Up With Oil at Stake

In 2014, when Islamic State rushed into northern Iraq, the region’s rival factions and their international backers turned their attention to …

Carbon Capture And Storage: An Expensive Option For Reducing U.S. CO2 Emissions

The electric power sector accounts for 29% of the U.S.’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and electricity demand is expected to increase between now and 2050, making GHG emissions reductions from our electricity system one of the most promising ways to address climate change.<p>While many technologies …

Fossil Fuels

Tesla announces start of ‘solar roof tile’ production within next two months

Tesla released its first quarter 2017 financial results and shareholders letter today. In the letter, the company gave an update on its plans for Model 3 production and Solar Roof tiles production.<p>The company says that it plans to start the ” pilot manufacturing” of the first types of tiles during …

The biodegradable burial pod that turns your body into a tree

<b>(CNN) —</b> Your carbon footprint doesn't end in the grave.<p>While you rest in peace, the wood, the synthetic cushioning and the metals generally used in traditional coffins -- as well as the concrete around reinforced graves -- continue to litter the earth.<p>"A lot of energy also goes into producing these …

Sustainability

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, outdoor spaces are carefully choreographed and Dutch gardens have traditionally been an orderly affair.<p>But there’s a paradox. For …

The Secret Meaning of the Lotus Flower

A prominent figure in Buddhist and Egyptian culture, and native flower for <i>both</i> India and Vietnam, the lotus holds enormous symbolic weight. It spans …

California's wildflowers are freaking out, can be seen from space

<b>After years of devastating drought, the Golden State's bodacious blooms are having a raucous celebration.</b><p>The wildflowers in California are exploding, …

California

Landscape Ideas: 9 Flowers to Add Color to a Garden

For gardeners who crave color–and really, who among us is immune?–the sudden decline from a giddy, glorious springtime into the dusty doldrums of …

“Spirituality Without Quantum Physics Is an Incomplete Picture of Reality” According to Dalai Lama

Ever since Copernicus published On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres in 1543 to outline his heliocentric cosmology and thereby kick start …

The 15 Most-Pinned Healthy Dinner Recipes on Pinterest

When I'm strapped for new and exciting recipes, Pinterest is the first place I look for inspiration (pinspiration?).<p>Pinterest is especially helpful …

Struggling with a mid-afternoon energy slump? This hormone might be the culprit

You’re Superwoman in the morning, you power through lunchtime meetings, and then you fade around 3 p.m.—just to feel wide awake when 9 p.m. rolls …

Project aims to end 'ambiguity' of plant-based medicine

<b>A team of scientists at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew has embarked on the mammoth task of creating a single database of the world's medicinal plant species.</b><p>Our knowledge of beneficial botany is dispersed across many sources, and is complicated with most species having a variety of different names.<p>The …

Plants

Scientists reconstruct largest ever family tree of major flowering plant group

Scientists have developed the largest ever family tree of a major group of flowering plants called monocots, which could help protect their diversity.<p>…

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

If you have Iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBS), you may benefit from the skilled treatments of a physical therapist to help relieve your pain …

Why too much choice is stressing us out

From jeans to dating partners and TV subscriptions to schools, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options create anxiety and leave us less satisfied. Could one answer lie in a return to the state monopolies of old?<p>Once upon a time in Springfield, the Simpson family visited a …

Peter Thiel

So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors

The United States is producing more research scientists than academia can handle.<p>We have been told time and again that the United States needs more scientists, but when it comes to some of the most desirable science jobs — tenure-track professorships at universities, where much of the exciting work …

Higher Education

Thin Slices of Anxiety: An Illustrated Meditation on What It’s Like to Live Enslaved by Worry and How to Break Free

A guided tour of this pernicious prison of the psyche, honest and assuring in its honesty.<p>Kierkegaard called anxiety “the dizziness of freedom” and believed that it serves to power rather than hinder creativity. For Darwin, it was a paralyzing lifelong struggle — he accomplished his breakthroughs …

2,300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

In 2008, neuroscientist Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Sleep and Consciousness put forward his “integrated information theory,” which is currently accepted as one of the most compelling explanations about what consciousness is.<p>One of the central claims of the …

Consciousness

Fossil skull connects continents

Manot is a karstic cave in the North of Israel, very close to the Lebanese border. The first excavations began in 2010 and are continued up to day. …

Anthropology

Level Up Your Plank Workout: 11 Planks to Build Core Strength

When you were a kid, you probably did sit-ups at school for an ab workout. But is the sit-up the best ab exercise? That’s actually a simple question. …

Workouts

Scientists Just Captured The Flash of Light That Sparks When a Sperm Meets an Egg

Sparks really do fly.<p>For the first time ever, scientists have captured images of the flash of light that sparks at the very moment a human sperm cell …

You are here: the mysterious architecture of the universe – in pictures

Astrophysicist J Richard Gott leads us on a mind-expanding tour from the familiar precincts of the solar system to the Great Wall of galaxies, the cosmic web and beyond

Universe

Mars Gears Up For Its Closest Approach To Earth In Over A Decade

Relative to the stars in the sky, planets generally move slightly towards the east from night-to-night.<p>But beginning tonight, Mars will move to the west, commencing retrograde motion, which continues until June 30th.<p>This isn’t due to Mars changing its motion, but rather to Earth, orbiting inner to …

Astronomy

NASA releases glorious 4K footage of Earth as seen from the ISS

NASA is on fire: Shortly after releasing beautiful, high resolution footage of Aurora Borealis, the agency posted a 4K video of Earth, as seen from …

Wind-powered vertical Skyfarms are the future of sustainable agriculture

What if the future of farming took root in the city rather than in the countryside? London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners explores that idea …

Aquaponics

I went to a 'mindful drinking' meditation class — here's what happened

But it might also do us some good to stay mindful about why and how much we're knocking back.<p>On Wednesday, I tried a class at M N D F L (meaning "Mindful"), a new meditation studio in New York City's Greenwich Village that offers meditation classes. All of its classes gear toward incorporating …

Story of cities #5: Benin City, the mighty medieval capital now lost without trace

With its mathematical layout and earthworks longer than the Great Wall of China, Benin City was one of the best planned cities in the world when London was a place of ‘thievery and murder’. So why is nothing left?<p>Read other articles in our story of cities series<p>This is the story of a lost medieval …

Archaeology

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Tutankhamun's secret tomb, lost tribes and ancient fish sauce: 7 of the world's most unusual discoveries

Secret chambers may reveal Queen Nefertiti's final resting place - but that isn't the only major archaeological find of recent times<p>Discoveries of ancient hoards – whether they be coins, ingots or the remains of British monarchs – seem to be increasingly prevalent nowadays, particularly given the …

Archaeology