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9 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Ever since he was a child in South Africa, Elon Musk has been a big reader, of everything from science-fiction novels to historical biographies.<p>The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has said that reading books taught him how to build rockets.<p>We combed through years of interviews with Musk to find out which …

Spectacular motorcycle crash sends Casey Stoner flying through air

It's not the best way to revive your career.<p>Australian former world MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has been injured in a spectacular crash that took …

Here's the only way to destroy a black hole

I've suggested a bunch of crazy ideas, like blasting it with rockets, shooting lasers at it, smashing planets into it. Nothing would work, everything would just make it bigger and angrier.<p>Turns out the only way to defeat a black hole is to sit on your hands and wait for it to evaporate. That's not …

Physics

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

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Here's how the US military's uniforms have changed over the past 250 years

The Army has made substantial changes to its uniforms over the years, with more on tap for this year.<p>In 1775, soldiers put together makeshift hunting shirts to distinguish themselves from the British at the Siege of Boston. Today, they wear sophisticated digital camouflage patterns that help them …

These Superhumans Are Real and Their DNA Could Be Worth Billions

Steven Pete can put his hand on a hot stove or step on a piece of glass and not feel a thing, all because of a quirk in his genes. Only a few dozen …

Biotechnology

The world's smallest language has only 100 words — and you can say almost anything

In Icelandic, a compass is a direction-shower, and a microscope a small-watcher.<p>In Lakota, horse is literally dog of wonder.<p>These neologisms demonstrate the cumulative quality of language, in which we use the known to describe the unknown.<p>"It is by metaphor that language grows," writes the …

CERN's Large Hadron Collider has discovered a new class of particle

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the pentaquark, a class of subatomic particle consisting of four quarks and one antiquark bound together. Like the Higgs boson before it, the pentaquark's existence has been theorized for years, but experiments in the …

The Matterhorn for hikers

Not long to go now. At 1.40pm today, the Matterhorn-shaped laser display board outside Zermatt station will complete its countdown, 150 years to the minute since Edward Whymper and Michel Croz ran up the last slope of the last unscaled Alp in a head-to-head race that ended in a dead heat.<p>What about …

Paragliding

We already knew the Earth was not the center of the universe, but now we know exactly where it is.

Scientists have mapped more than 8,000 galaxies to find the Earth's official address, and it turns out the universe is even bigger than we …

Universe

New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet

Scientists hope that new genetic letters, created in the lab, will endow DNA with new powers.<p>DNA stores our genetic code in an elegant double helix. …

Meet the dreadlocked hippie who’s an encryption guru and has the NSA freaking out

While encryption and secured messaging has long been a topic of interest in tech circles, the issue became a mainstream and hot-button issue in 2013 …

Privacy

Wimbledon 2015: Roger Federer destroys Andy Murray with devilish serve

Seven-time winner's serve was so potent that in the third set Murray shouted at his coaching team: 'What do you want me to do?'<p>Killing me softly with his serve. It would seem at an apt title, at least from Andy Murray’s helpless perspective, for Roger Federer’s latest symphony in whites. Deep in …

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This Super-Strong 3-D Printer Material Lets You Print Tough Stuff Like Chains And Cogs

The next step in 3-D printing our entire world.<p>You can switch out the ink in your fancy photo printer, and now you can switch out the resin in your 3-D printer. Want something a little more heavy duty than your standard 3-D printed object? FormLabs’ Tough Resin is a new printer material for making …

3D

Six Things Everyone Should Know About Quantum Physics

Quantum physics is usually just intimidating from the get-go. It’s kind of weird and can seem counter-intuitive, even for the physicists who deal with it every day. But it’s not incomprehensible. If you’re reading something about quantum physics, there are really six key concepts about it that you …

Quantum Mechanics

Obama predicts more 'setbacks' in war

President Barack Obama on Monday acknowledged problems with the fight against the Islamic State and conceded there would likely be more but used a visit to the Pentagon to reaffirm his overall strategy for battling the terrorist group that has declared its own state.<p>“There will be periods of …

National Security

Scientists 'resurrect' gene believed to have helped woolly mammoths tolerate cold

No one has brought a woolly mammoth back from extinction, but a team of scientists has brought back a woolly mammoth gene, discovering that it and others unique to the long-vanished elephant-like beasts probably helped the animals withstand the harsh cold of the Arctic tundra.<p>The work helps to …

Genetics

Beauty leaves the Brazilian game as glitter gives way to grit

Brazil’s Copa América loss to Paraguay underlined a descent into workaday pragmatism that has longer roots than romanticising marketeers would have you believe<p>It was not 7-1. It was not an epic humiliation. It was not a result that will reverberate through the generations. But in a sense, Brazil’s …

Soccer

Some physicists believe we're living in a giant hologram — and it's not that far-fetched

Some physicists actually believe that the universe we live in might be a hologram.<p>The idea isn't that the universe is some sort of fake simulation out of <i>The</i> <i>Matrix,</i> but rather that even though we appear to live in a three-dimensional universe, it might only have two dimensions. It's called the …

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10 Most terrifying civilizations in history of the world (With Pictures)

5. Nazi Germany<p>Nazi Germany, also known as the Third Reich, is the common name for Germany during an era where the country transformed from a …

We debunked 6 of the craziest myths about the US military

While the military keeps trying to debunk Jade Helm 15 rumors, there are plenty of other military myths that have gotten ridiculous.<p>WATM has covered Army and Marine Corps-specific myths before. Here are 6 more urban legends from around the Department of Defense.<p>The Army has 5,117 aircraft — which …

Yes, 'Diddy arrested after kettlebell fight with UCLA coach' is a real headline

Good morning! It's your daily digest of yesterday's college football news.<p><b>Bad Boy for life.</b> Move over satellite camps, we have a new story of the college football offseason. Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs — the former Puff Daddy — whose son is a defensive back on UCLA's football team, was arrested and …

College Sports

What It Feels Like to Crash a Motorcycle at 120 Mph at the Isle of Man TT

Motorcycle racing legend in the making William Dunlop discusses the terrifying moment he crashed while racing the world's most deadly road course.<p><i>The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) is unlike any other motorsport event on Earth. It boasts more history, is more challenging and has claimed more lives</i> …

Russian man to undergo world's first full head transplant

Mr Spiridinov, from Russia, suffers from Werdnig Hoffman disease, a muscle wasting condition that seriously diminishes his physical capabilities and left him dependent on a wheelchair.<p>Now he has announced his intention to become the world’s first subject of a full head transplant, so that his brain …

Heart Surgery

Portraits of the Disappearing Tribes of the World

Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent three years between 2010 and 2013 visiting some of the indigenous cultures found in the furthest corners of our …

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

It's on: Djokovic vs. Nadal in French Open quarterfinals