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Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: Harvard Physicist Lisa Randall on the Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

A thrilling cosmological detective story of how the universe evolved and what made our very existence possible.<p>Every successful technology of thought, be it science or philosophy, is a time machine — it peers into the past in order to disassemble the building blocks of how we got to the present, …

Dark Matter

Why don't we just throw all our garbage into volcanoes?

Because it's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll<p>Great question. Glad you asked. While volcanoes might seem like the ideal natural incinerator for our massive amounts of garbage, there are a few obstacles between us and a magical geological trash chute to the center of the …

Geology

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

When asked recently to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed in the turbulent times ahead, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, Inc., replied, “I would place my bet on curiosity.”<p>Dell was responding to a 2015 PwC survey of more than a thousand CEOs, a number of whom cited …

Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy

And they're still dreaming.<p>But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might soon change.<p>Last year, after 1.1 million construction hours, the institute completed the world's largest nuclear-fusion machine of its kind, called a stellarator.<p>The machine, …

Physics

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Wildlife photographer of the year 2015 winners - in pictures

Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski has been named wildlife photographer of the year at London’s Natural History Museum for his image, Tale of two foxes. Here are the winning images in all categories

Curiosity rover: The reward for 'whale watching' on Mars

<b>Whale Rock. It's got quite a story to tell.</b><p>When scientists first saw it in images returned from Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars, they really weren't sure what to make of it.<p>Sitting proud on top of a stack of finely layered mudstones, this coarser sandstone outcrop seemed a little out of place.<p>So, …

National Parks

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

Photography

People around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not

If you live in the US, you're probably used to tossing banana peels in the trash. But people in other countries, including India, have been taking advantage of their nutritional benefits for decades.<p>While a banana's flesh is soft and sweet, the skin is thick, fibrous, and slightly bitter. To eat …

Nutrition

The AP will no longer use “skeptics” to describe people who don’t believe in climate change

Those who refuse to acknowledge that climate change is caused by human activity will no longer be called “skeptics” by the Associated Press, after the newswire service decided the term was too scientifically rigorous.<p>The AP explained their decision in a blog post:<p>Scientists who consider themselves …

Russia brain drain after Putin crackdown

<b>The increasingly harsh and reactionary political climate in Putin's Russia has sparked a wave of emigration among middle-class professionals, including several leading journalists.</b><p>Russia has seen this before - from the departure of left-wing revolutionaries in Tsarist times and the writers and …

Russia

Hungry Polar Bears Surround Arctic Researchers

"We managed to scare it off with a flare, but not far."<p>Russian weather scientists in a remote Arctic area are surrounded by five hungry polar bears and essentially trapped inside their research station, according to the World Wildlife Fund.<p>Two meteorologists and a mechanic have been unable to leave …

Ukraine's president made one of the gloomiest predictions for the country's conflict with Russia

Poroshenko made one of his gloomiest predictions on prospects for peace in his country days before he meets German and French leaders in Berlin for a summit he called to urge them to put pressure on Russia to comply with a 6-month-old peace plan strained by ceasefire violations and …

Russia

Amazing, never-before-seen World War II photographs

Most of the photographs were confidential photographs taken by the US Signal Corps; Palmer, then a brigadier general, was allowed to have them for private use after censoring (names of places, etc.).<p>Charles Day Palmer was born in Chicago on February 20, 1902. After graduating from Washington High …

World History

9 countries that ceased to exist in the 20th century

Whether they lost wars, were adopted by other countries, or simply got forgotten, here are nine countries that ceased to exist in the 20th century.​<p><b>Neutral Moresnet, 1816 to 1920</b><p>After Napoleon's fall in 1815, Europe had to rethink its borders.<p>This small piece of land, less than 1.5 square milesthat …

Sri Lanka

How to shoot the Perseid meteor shower with your phone

Stargazers are on the lookout for Perseid meteors streaking through the sky this week.<p>The meteor shower should peak tonight and into the wee hours of …

The Man Who Found the Titanic Is Not Done Yet

Thirty years ago, Bob Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic. He could have stopped there. Yet today, at seventy-three, he remains the world's most vigorous ocean explorer.<p>September 1, 1985, 1:05 a.m., the North Atlantic<p>Robert Ballard is belowdecks on the R/V <i>Knorr,</i> a 279-foot research vessel …

Plague Found in Child Camping in Yosemite National Park

In mid-July, a child from Los Angeles County became ill and was hospitalized following a family camping trip to Crane Flat Campground in Yosemite and the Stanislaus forest.<p>A child has contracted the plague after a camping trip to Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest, prompting …

Ukraine's President Says That Russia Has Invaded Ukraine

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of invading Ukraine as troop …

Ukraine situation 'has worsened considerably'

A top European Union official said Saturday that new sanctions will be proposed within a week against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sounded like he can't wait that long.<p>"I think we are very close to the point of no return," Poroshenko said Saturday …

Labor Day: Created in Six Days From Collective Guilt and a Stubborn Landlord

<i>The following was first published on Kevin's blog, MyMediDiary.</i><p>This weekend, we're celebrating the end of summer -- the bookend to Memorial Day and a great Monday to have off. Labor Day was created to supposedly honor the American worker but was passed in record time in 1887 by a Congress and …

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