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Top 10 Books of 2016

Fiction<p>Commonwealth<p>By Ann Patchett<p>An illicit kiss at a christening wrecks two marriages in Los Angeles but blends the six children from different families. As we follow them over the next half century, their stories come into focus the way our own family legends cohere — from scraps of information …

Books

Stephen Hawking: Humans will die out within 1,000 years unless we leave Earth

Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that mankind will not survive another millenia unless it makes a home beyond Earth's atmosphere.<p>The celebrated physicist was addressing a lecture audience at the Oxford Union debating society on Monday evening when he gave the stark warning.<p>"Most recent advances …

The uncanny physics of empty space

<b>Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing.</b> By James Owen Weatherall. <i>Yale University Press; 196 pages; $26.</i><p><b>Get our daily newsletter</b><p>Upgrade your inbox and …

Physics

The Power and Politics of Fiction Writing

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>Literary star Colson Whitehead won the 2016 national book award last night. He accepted the accolade during somber ceremony that was sprinkled with dark humor as many of the authors bemoaned the results of the presidential election. …

Writing

It’s only wrong when YOU do it! The psychology of hypocrisy

Hypocrisy seems to be everywhere lately. How do people reconcile themselves to saying one thing and doing another? And are there benefits?<p>Thriller: why do our brains allow us to enjoy being scared?<p>In these times of political turmoil, aggressive online discourse, “post-truth” society and lord knows …

Critical Thinking

What I Learned From Testing My Ancestral DNA

I can almost guarantee that the majority of you have seen ads recently concerning the possibility to "test your DNA" and "find out what your real background is". I have always been slightly curious as the ads make it seem like you may get unexpected results. I however, had a pretty 'certain' …

New Theory of Gravity Does Away With Need for Dark Matter

<i>Erik Verlinde explains his new view of gravity</i><p>Let’s be honest. Dark matter’s a pain in the butt. Astronomers have gone to great lengths to explain …

Ransom Everglades student earns perfect score on national AP calculus exam

<b>John Mistele</b> of <b>Ransom Everglades School</b> was recognized during an honors assembly for being one of 11 students worldwide to earn a perfect score on …

This Virginia high school led the nation with six perfect AP test scores

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a selective public school in Northern Virginia, led the nation this year in the number of perfect scores achieved on Advanced Placement exams.<p>TJ, as the school is known, notched six AP perfect scores — two each on tests in computer science, …

High School

Why doesn’t dark matter form black holes?

They’re the darkest, most massive things in the Universe. How come they have nothing to do with each other?<p><i>“All enterprises that are entered into</i> …

Climate change is turning into a race between politics and physics

On Friday, a major milestone will arrive for global climate change diplomacy. The so-called Paris climate agreement, an international accord forged last December by countries across the world, will become a legal reality far sooner than almost anyone anticipated.<p>The rapid pace with which countries …

Climate

What Character Traits Do Geniuses Share in Common?: From Isaac Newton to Richard Feynman

Back in 1993, James Gleick wrote <i>Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman.</i> A decade later came his biography on Isaac Newton. As Gleick …

This Maths Problem Will Make Your Brain Hurt - But It Could Save Your Life

Algebra meets a suicide squad.<p>The most rewarding maths problems look simple at first, get really tricky when you try and figure them out, and then …

With second round in eight days, Obama's commutation power 'reinvigorated'

WASHINGTON — President Obama's decision to grant 72 more commutations Friday — just before getting on Air Force One for a two-city campaign tour of North Carolina — shows how far he's gone in his efforts to "reinvigorate" the pardon process.<p>Just a year ago, it might have been unthinkable for a …

Obama Administration

New York City Authorities Alerted Of Election Day Terror Threat

Federal officials have warned New York City authorities about potential attacks by al Qaeda around election day.<p>The New York Police Department and …

Overthinkers May Be Smarter And More Creative Than Everyone Else

Validation, at last.<p>The inner dialogue of an overthinker is often filled with uncertainty and self-doubt (sounds fun, right?). But it’s certainly not all bad news.<p>The constant chatter in a neurotic person’s mind can also yield some pretty positive traits. Psychologists and research studies are …

Psychology

Smoking’s effects on genes revealed for the first time ever in horrifying study

The full extent of the genetic damage that smoking does to our genes has been revealed for the first time.<p>Smoking just one pack a day can lead to 150 …

Stanford scientists discuss the "hard problem" of consciousness with playwright Tom Stoppard - Scope

I’ve been a fan of Tom Stoppard’s plays since I had to read his great play "Arcadia" for a class years ago. In it, Stoppard wove in questions of …

The First Drug Breakthrough in the Race to Cure Alzheimer's By 2025

Amyloid beta plaques are gooey globs that clump together, stick to neurons inside the brain and kill them off, outright. The slow but steady …

Five Independent Signs Of New Physics In The Universe

Since the Large Hadron Collider at CERN turned on, it’s brought with it an incredible slew of results. Large numbers of rare, exotic and unstable particles have been created, and their decays have been measured to unprecedented precision. The Higgs boson has been created and observed to have a mass …

Physics

As galactic light fades, astronomers study the death of the universe

Here's some cosmically bad news: The universe is dying. An international team of scientists that used seven powerful telescopes around the world to capture light coming from more than 200,000 galaxies has found that they're putting out half of the light that they did just 2 billion years ago – and …

Universe

What really helps girls do better in school, according to science

While it’s been long-proven that girls are outperforming boys in everything from test scores to percentages of students who get a college degree, a …

Astronomers just confirmed the universe is dying

How does one confirm that the universe is slowly dying? For starters, you use "as many space and ground-based telescopes as we could get our hands on." That according to Simon Driver, a principal investigator with the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) project.<p>Driver explains that the group used those …

Here's how much money Donald Trump's 'rapist' comments may have already cost him

The billionaire Republican and television personality is losing business relationships left and right after he used harsh rhetoric to describe Mexican immigrants.<p>Macy's canceled its Trump clothing line. NBC said Trump will no longer be allowed to host "The Apprentice." Univision, NBC, and a host of …

Finally, a prominent conservative rallies to Donald Trump’s defense: He has “a point” about immigrants!

<b>Donald Trump (Reuters/Dominick Reuter)</b><p>Was Trump on to something when he called Mexican immigrants rapists? Rich Lowry seems to think so<p>Simon Maloy<p>July 2, 2015 3:26pm (UTC)<p>With Donald Trump receiving near-unanimous criticism and derision for calling all Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, it …

Donald Trump

Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain

Kamila Shamsie always revises her work by reading aloud, but AS Byatt looks for the rhythms of the page. Richard Lea goes in search of what happens in the brain when we write and read fiction<p>The novelist Kamila Shamsie measures out her life as an author in chapters, punctuated by a familiar …

Creative Writing

Are ancient buildings as important as human lives?

<b>The destruction of beautiful historic buildings in Yemen has provoked an online debate, with people asking if buildings are being valued more than human lives.</b><p>Yemen's war is entering its third month, and on Friday Yemenis woke up to news that five houses in the old city of Sanaa, a UNESCO world …

Middle East

Teen Romance Novels Prove that Kids Love Supernatural Sex Partners

SwoonReads publishes steamy hot teenage romance novels, often featuring vampires and werewolves. I went to one of their recent events to find out why teenyboppers are so obsessed.<p>He was wolf and passion as much as he was man. She let out a groan as he covered her body with his, burying his face in …