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This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …

Gossiping benefits society, study claims

Gossiping can have a positive impact on society by helping encourage co-operation and reform bullies, a new study found<p>Gossip can benefit society by preventing bullying and encouraging co-operation, a new study suggests.<p>In contrast to the conventional belief that gossip and social exclusion are …

Rare Pictures: Snow Leopards Caught in Camera Trap

Endangered big cats photographed in northern Pakistan.<p>The cat's out of the bag—or, should we say, the mountains.<p><b>Notoriously elusive snow leopards have been caught by a camera trap in northern Pakistan as part of a three-year study by scientists with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The</b> …

Comet LINEAR 2014: New Meteor Shower Predicted on May 24

Comet LINEAR is going to bring a new meteor shower in May 2014, according to meteor experts.<p>The comet will bring the shower on May 24, according to …

Coffee may boost brain's ability to store long-term memories, study claims

A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain's ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of pictures were better at distinguishing them from similar images in tests the next day, the scientists found.<p>The task gives …

Super-Earths: Planets Likely Have Stable Climate Similar to Earth's

Super-Earths, massive planets that have been discovered both in and outside the Milky Way, have been found to have a climate more like Earth’s than …

Starwatch: The night sky in 2014

Our Starwatch preview of the coming year begins with a chart of the looping motions of Mars and Saturn over the coming months. Both planets lie in our lower S sky before dawn at present, but rotate the chart slightly counter-clockwise (N pointing up) for a better orientation.<p>Mars's easterly motion …

28 Delicious Whole Wheat Pasta Dishes

Even when you're eating healthy sometimes you NEED PASTA.

Slow Cooker Recipes: 20 Warming Soups for a Frosty Day

Ah, winter. It's bliss-sparkling ice-covered trees abound, making us long for warm places to curl up inside, and sip on warm liquids. It's time to grab your slow cooker and pour in the ingredients to craft a steamy slow cooked concoction that will warm up your dinner table tonight. Try one of our …

12 Ways You'll Actually Enjoy Eating More Greens In 2014

With a spoonful of pancetta, the medicine goes down.

Beyond human: How I became a cyborg

When writer Frank Swain joined the ranks of the cyborgs, he discovered that it meant losing control of a part of his body. In the first of our Beyond Human series, he explores why enhancing the senses raises surprising personal and ethical problems.<p><i>Listen: What does red or green sound like? In the</i> …

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The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Infographic: Absolute zero to ‘absolute hot’

BBC Future takes the temperature of our planet – and the Universe – to find the hottest and coldest things ever measured.<p>How cold can it get on Earth? How hot can hot truly get? And, perhaps more importantly, what’s the ideal temperature a hazelnut souffle should be cooked at?<p>All important …

29 Popular DSLR Lenses Among Our Readers

How QWERTY Will Save The PC

There’s no getting around it: keyboards are holding tablets back.<p>As analysts like Gartner throw out predictions that worldwide tablet growth is expected to be 53.4% this year and PCs are declining by 11.2% in the same period, there are a lot of people who are proclaiming doom and gloom for the PC …

Study Finds Line Is Censoring Politically-Sensitive Words In China

The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab has just released a study on how messaging service Line is systematically censoring politically-sensitive keywords in China on its dedicated Chinese-language app Lianwo.<p>In May, we reported that Line was preparing the groundwork for such censorship, with a …

Electric Cars Drive Demand For Cheaper, More Powerful Batteries

If there's one person you'd expect to have an electric car, it's Venkat Srinivasan. He's in charge of battery research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.<p>"I'm actually in the market for a new car and would love to buy an electric car," he says. "But there are practical …

Tiny 'Lego' blocks build two-faced nanotubes - Futurity

Scientists have created tiny protein nanotubes that may offer a new way to accurately channel drugs into the body’s cells.

World's Oldest Animal Accidentally Killed by European Scientists

The world’s oldest living animal was discovered by scientists in Europe, but the scientists accidentally killed the animal in the process of studying …

3 Astounding Stories of People Having Same Dream, Same Night

<b>1.</b> Dan Pearce asked followers on his Facebook page “Single Dad Laughing” to recount the creepiest things their children have said. One response read …

The Science of Doctor Who, BBC Two, review

Professor Brian Cox gave an excellent science lecture at the Royal Institution on the subject of Doctor Who – though those hoping to discover the secret of time travel may have been disappointed<p>For 188 years, the Royal Institution’s lecture hall has seen worthy addresses on such topics as the laws …

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Interactive Infographic: What Would A Hyperloop Nation Look Like?

If Elon Musk's mass-transit plan came to fruition, this is what it would mean for travel.<p><i>Explore a hypothetical North American Hyperloop network, where total travel time between cities by Hyperloop is represented by color. Click on a city to re-center the map at a different origin. Mouse over a</i> …

Cognitive Computing For All: IBM Releases a Legion of Watsons

Watson is dead. IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer, whose calculations resided on a custom-built bank of servers roughly the size of a master bedroom, is no more.<p>But Watson has descendants. They’re also called Watson, and they are legion. Some of those Watsons will grow up to be medical experts. Other …

Nanosatellites Will Give Everyone Access To Space

In the future, everyone on Earth will have ubiquitous access to outer space. That might seem to be a bold statement or to border on science fiction, yet a glance back in time at the influence and trajectory of technology in our lives makes it seem almost inevitable.<p>The nascent commercial space …

How honey bees may one day help detect signs of cancers

Honey bees have a powerful sense of smell and can pick up on a plethora of odours, from concealed explosives to telltale chemicals, or biomarkers, that signal disease.<p>Harnessing such sensitivity, the designer Susana Soares recently created a buzz at Dutch design week with a series of dual-chamber …

The Secrets Of A Memorable Infographic

New research refutes a common perception about what makes infographics stick in your mind.<p>Human memory is very fallible, but lately cognitive scientists have found that our minds capture much more visual detail in a moment than once believed. A 2008 paper reported that people who saw thousands of …

Explaining nuclear fusion: is it the way forward for cheap energy?

With a new nuclear fission power station given the green light, Professor Steve Cowley examines whether nuclear fusion could soon be a viable alternative<p><b>The government has recently approved a new</b> <b>nuclear fission</b> <b>power station. But could nuclear fusion soon be a viable alternative? Professor Steve</b> …

It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and suspicion, frequently reified as a chaotic, corrupted symptom of illness. But that is changing, with a growing acceptance of voice-hearing …