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17 sex things you should never feel bad about

<b>1. Not wanting to perform a sex act that “every other woman does!”</b> You do not have to spit, swallow, deep throat, do a goddamn standing 69, or <i>whatever</i> just because they've seen it in porn or done it with an ex. If "every other woman does it" and you don't want to, they can go find someone who isn’t …

Relationships

A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR

“There’s no doubt in my mind that somebody is going to end up hurt eventually.”<p>When a biotech CEO dropped his pants at a biohacking conference and injected himself with an untested herpes treatment, Josiah Zayner realized things had gone off the rails.<p>Zayner is no stranger to stunts in …

Genetic Engineering

Are We Closer to Finding a Fifth Dimension?

The discovery of gravitational waves toppled what we thought we knew about dimensions.<p>In Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i>, the …

Dark Matter

14 Underrated '90s Action Films You Should Watch Every Year

There's nothing more exhilarating than going to the movies, having yourself a seat, and watching a film where things blow up for a couple of hours. It's a great break from our own lives, and who doesn't love seeing someone say something incredibly clever, before firing a gun at a car, which causes …

Construction

Ask Ethan: How Do We Know Space Is Expanding?

If you take a look out at the Universe, and in every direction you look, you see objects rushing away from you, what would you conclude? Would it be that you’re a repellant, somehow? That the fabric of space itself is expanding? That you’re at the center of an earlier explosion, and everything else …

Astrophysics

Newly Discovered Super-Earth Give Clues On How Planets Form

In a constellation 100 light years away, Carnegie astronomers discover largest super-earth to date<p>In the Pisces constellation, 100 light-years away, …

Universe

We Just Got More Details on How The Moon Left Earth 4 Billion Years Ago

It was a crazy breakup.<p>That orbiting lump of rock we call the Moon is thought to have been formed by a giant object smashing into Earth's crust, and …

Earth Science

From forgetting about debts to blow-job power – 9 women reveal what they love about sex

<b>In an attempt to make some sense of the whole messy business of sex, I wrote a probably award-winning blog on what men love about it.</b><p>Men do the do …

Relationships

This Asteroid Can't Wait to Snuggle Earth on Friday

Filed Under Science & NASA<p>On Friday, a small asteroid called 2018 CB will safely whiz by Earth, posing absolutely no threat to humanity. It will get …

Astronomy

Your smart TV is watching you watching TV, Consumer Reports finds

Testing found the televisions were also constantly tracking what their owners were watching and relaying it back to the TV maker and/or its business partners, using a technology called ACR, or "automated content recognition."<p>ACR helps the TV recommend other shows you might enjoy watching, but can …

Televisions

Scientists have proven the existence of the strangest state of matter: superionic ice

In 1935, the <i>Harvard Crimson</i>, a student-run newspaper of Harvard University, carried the following clip:<p>Percy W. Bridgman ’04, professor of physics, can now make ice which will not melt until a temperature higher than the boiling point of water is attained.<p>This was newsworthy indeed. Bridgman went …

Chemistry

We Can Now Harvest Electricity From Earth's Heat Using Quantum Tunnelling

Wow.<p>Researchers have come up with a way we could harvest energy from Earth by turning excess infrared radiation and waste heat into electricity we …

Quantum Mechanics

Sending a Tesla into space wasn’t such a dumb idea

There might just be a method to Musk’s madness<p>Maybe it’s my instinctive distrust of bored billionaires treating the world as their playground, but I’m always dubious about Elon Musk’s various moonshot projects. He seems to be enjoying it all a little too much. Latest among his outlandish ideas was …

Tesla

Elon Musk has launched Falcon Heavy, but how long does it take to get to Mars?

Ever wondered how long it would take to get to Mars?<p>With Elon Musk's successful launch of the world's most powerful rocket – SpaceX's Falcon Heavy – on February 6, humans journeying to Mars looks increasingly likely.<p>The problem is that there's an immense distance between Earth and Mars, which means …

Elon Musk

Disney’s greatest strength is about to become its biggest weakness

Star Wars fatigue is here<p>Disney CEO Bob Iger hinted at a few new Star Wars series possibly being developed for Disney’s upcoming streaming platform yesterday, leading to concerns over Star Wars fatigue.<p>Iger’s announcement was bookended by two equally important pieces of news. <i>Game of Thrones</i> …

Disney XD

‘I love the pleasure/pain of not being able to sit down on the bus the next day’: 9 men reveal what they love about sex

<b>Sex is awful, of course. And, in my humble, shouldn’t be encouraged.</b><p>But apparently some of you a) do it, and, b) like to do it.<p>What the literal …

Relationships

100-million-year-old spider with a tail longer than its body discovered

A brand new species of arachnid that looks like a spider with a tail has been discovered in Myanmar.<p>The eight-legged creepy crawly is estimated to have scuttled along the forest floors as far back as 100 million years ago.<p>Scientists found the creature trapped in a piece of amber from the …

Zoology

Here's what will happen to the Tesla that SpaceX shot into space

Experts predict smooth sailing — and, ultimately, salvage.<p>The Tesla Roadster that rode SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket into space Tuesday afternoon seems poised to overshoot its mark, with company CEO Elon Musk tweeting a diagram showing that the car's current trajectory will take it beyond Mars and …

Tesla

Volcanoes, Then an Asteroid, Wiped Out the Dinosaurs

Several species went extinct before the impact 66 million years ago, adding to evidence that volcanoes were a culprit in the mass die-off.<p>What killed the dinosaurs? Few questions in science have been more mysterious—and more contentious. Today, most textbooks and teachers tell us that nonavian …

Paleontology

That beautiful shot of 'Starman' in a Tesla Roadster is your new wallpaper

Say hello to your new wallpaper.<p>And then say thank you to SpaceX, and to Reddit. On Tuesday, Reddit user "AB-nebula" posted a gorgeous wallpaper of …

Tesla Roadster

Mutant all-female crayfish clone themselves, make males irrelevant

A global invasion is underway.<p>A 10-legged mutant crayfish is on the march throughout the world.<p>They’re all female. They don’t need males to fertilize …

Genetics

Harrison Ford Is (Unofficially) Involved With ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

For being a notorious grump, Harrison Ford is sure happy to revisit his old characters (and cashing paychecks from doing so). He starred in <i>Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull</i> 19 years after <i>The Last Crusade</i>, <i>Blade Runner 2049</i> 35 years after <i>Blade Runner</i>, and <i>The Force Awakens</i> 32 years …

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket heading towards asteroid belt after overshooting Mars' orbit

Elon Musk's super-rocket has taken flight and overshot Mars' orbit, going further out into the solar system than originally planned.<p>His cherry-red Tesla, carrying a dummy and blasting Bowie's Life on Mars, was supposed to take a path around the Sun which would take it out into Mars' orbit.<p>It …

Falcon Heavy

30 Years of Satellite Data Reveal Unexpectedly Bad News for the Ozone Layer

The holes at the poles are no longer our biggest concern.<p>In June 2016 scientists announced that there was evidence of the “first fingerprints of …

Global Warming

For The First Time Ever, Astronomers Have Detected Planets Outside Our Galaxy

This is crazy!<p>In an incredible world first, astrophysicists have detected multiple planets in another galaxy, ranging from masses as small as the …

Universe

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

Quantum Computing

Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects.<p>My intention going in was to try …

Breakthrough in restoring vision: Genes from algae could cure blindness

Blindness can be treated by inserting algae gene into people's eyes.<p>An innovative gene therapy, which has been invented by a French biopharma …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Yes, really. Sci-fi technology that can float objects in mid-air like magic could become reality.<p>Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the …

Incredible new images make Jupiter look pretty inviting

Jupiter is, scientifically speaking, not great for humans. The gravitational pull is about 2.4 times that of Earth and its atmosphere is mostly …