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Evidence for a new fundamental particle thrills and baffles physicists

Physicists are both thrilled and baffled by a new report from a neutrino experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago. The MiniBooNE experiment has detected far more neutrinos of a particular type than expected, a finding that is most easily explained by the existence of a …

Physics

Enigmatic Stone Balls from 5,000 Years Ago Continue to Baffle Archaeologists

Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age — intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball — …

Archaeology

AGNI Energy Claims Nuclear Fusion Isn't As Far Away As You Think

On Feb. 22, 2016, Bill Gates said, an ‘energy miracle is coming and it is going to change the world.’<p>He was talking about nuclear energy.<p>Gates formed a nuclear engineering company a few years back, in Bellevue, Washington, to design and build a game-changing reactor that can burn old reactor fuel, …

Nuclear Energy

​Graphene tech: What if five minutes were enough to charge your battery?

Catalan startup Earthdas says its graphene battery charges 12 times faster than lithium-based tech.<p><i>Video: Samsung to make batteries charge faster and</i> …

Graphene

Inversion: The billionaire thinking skill you were never taught in school

“All I want to know is where I’m going to die, so I’ll never go there.”<p>These are the famous words of Charlie Munger, the business partner of Warren …

Self-improvement

Exciting insight into role gut bacteria play in obesity-related depression and anxiety

A compelling new study from researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center has shed more light on the mysterious connection between our diet, gut bacteria and …

Microbiome

The discontent of civilization

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>During the post-World War II decades, global leaders and intellectuals were tortured with the prospect of a planet with too many …

Demographics

We are a big step closer to sci-fi like floating video hologram displays

There are two attributes that, for most people, are at the core of the holographic dream: floating 3D scenes that groups of people can interact with …

Augmented Reality

Here’s a story about how machines learn. Say you are the US Army and you want to be able to locate enemy tanks in a forest. The tanks are painted with camouflage, parked among trees, and covered in brush. To the human eye, the blocky outlines of the tanks are indistinguishable from the foliage. But you develop another way of seeing: you train a machine to identify the tanks.

Single Page<p><i>By James Bridle, from</i> New Dark Age, <i>which was published this month by Verso. Bridle is a writer and artist.</i><p>Here’s a story about how …

Artificial Intelligence

Where have all our insects gone? | Environment | The Guardian

When Simon Leather was a student in the 1970s, he took a summer job as a postman and delivered mail to the villages of Kirk Hammerton and Green Hammerton in North Yorkshire. He recalls his early morning walks through its lanes, past the porches of houses on his round. At virtually every home, he …

Ecology

Tripling the energy storage of lithium-ion batteries

As the demand for smartphones, electric vehicles, and renewable energy continues to rise, scientists are searching for ways to improve lithium-ion …

Batteries

America Has a Fatherless Problem. A Group in Seattle Is Setting an Example to Fix It.

Seattle has suffered from a lot of bad publicity lately: horrendous homelessness problems, intractable traffic congestion, through-the-roof housing …

Housing

What HR Professionals Should Know About Chatbots

​There is a tremendous amount of buzz and excitement about chatbots and their potential application to the HR function. It's exciting to see the …

Human Resources

How Tidally Locked Planets Could Avoid a 'Snowball Earth' Fate

Tidally-locked planets in the habitable zone of stars may be able to avoid global ice ages, according to a study that models the interplay of where …

Astronomy

Mozambique: the secret rainforest at the heart of an African volcano

Standing in a pit in the red soil of a mountaintop forest in northern Mozambique, Dr Simon Willcock was dirty but very excited. “Undisturbed forest is incredibly rare,” he said. “That is why we scaled a 125-metre-tall cliff with a pickaxe.” Willcock, from Bangor University in Wales, knew of no …

Natural History Museum

How to Build a Gymnast Body

Gymnasts look like bodybuilders. Gymnasts have very defined muscles and extremely low body fat levels. To build a gymnast's body, you must train in a …

Gymnastics

My dad taught me how to deal with bullies, because he was one

Lifelong lessons no kid should ever have to learn.<p>“Teddy, what’s three times five?” It’s asked in a voice I can’t ignore.<p>“Fifteen.”<p>“And what’s four times five?” More demanding now.<p>“Twenty,” I say, dreading the next question, knowing exactly where he’s going with this. Knowing, too, that tears are …

Self-help

P.E.I. electric utilities involved in pilot project for heat pumps that store energy

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Three entrepreneurs, including one from P.E.I., think they’ve come up with a home heating innovation that will “stash” energy …

Clean Energy

The final nail in the ACLU’s coffin

The ACLU’s move from the neutral protector of civil liberties to a partisan advocate of hard-left politics is both a symptom and consequence of it's …

Political Science

How China censors the net: by making sure there’s too much information

One of the axioms of the early internet was an observation made by John Gilmore, a libertarian geek who was one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “The internet,” said Gilmore, “interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” To lay people this was probably …

Asia Pacific

Starting Kettlebells at 60

Strength training only gets more important as you get older. For most people, starting a kettlebell routine at 60 will be more challenging than it …

Exercise

How to design a lucky life for yourself

In 1993, Joan Ginther won a $5.4 million Texas Lotto jackpot. And this was just the start.<p>More than a decade later, Ginther walked home with another …

Self-improvement

The Supreme Court decides that faith is now banned from Canada’s public spaces

<b>By Ray Pennings</b>Trinity Western University suffered a stinging loss in the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday, which found that law societies in B.C. …

Religion

NASA's Lunar Orbiter pics from 1967/8 were deliberately fuzzed and downsampled to hide US spying capabilities

In 1967, the Lunar Orbiter missions sent back exciting -- but grainy and low-rez -- photos of the moon's surface.<p>But it turns out that the Orbiters' …

Magnetism

Tip: Lose the Fat, Spare the Muscle

The so-called fat burning zone is a myth. To dump the chub, go hard and fast or low and slow. Here's why and how to do it.<p>Regardless of what it says …

Exercise

Trump may win second term because his supporters say 'they still don't hear us'

Those who recoil at Trump winning a second term need to understand the people who voted for him in 2016. Otherwise, Trump will shock the world again in 2020.<p>Sally Tedrow voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008. Four years later, the retiree and devoted Methodist from Keokuk, Iowa, did it again.<p>…

Donald Trump

Problems at the Justice Department and FBI Are Serious

And they won’t be solved by whining about criticism.<p>What do you do with an FBI agent, sworn to uphold the law, who flagrantly violates the law in a …

Corruption

Animals are becoming nocturnal to avoid humans

Researchers have learned that dozens of species of animals have reacted to increased contact with human beings by shifting their internal clocks to …

Nightlife

These Tests Will Tell You Just How Good Your Eyes Are at Seeing Color

Let’s talk about how you’re perceiving color. The idea came to me when a coworker asked if they should get the computer with 100-percent sRGB or …

OLEDs

AfriCOBRA: the collective that helped shape the black arts movement

With bright Kool-Aid colors (“Everyone was drinking Kool-Aid,” said the original member Barbara Jones-Hogu), political slogans and portraits of Duke Ellington and Malcolm X, the AfriCOBRA art movement was first founded in 1968 on the south side of Chicago by five artists who wanted to define a …

African-American News