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The US Would Need a Mega-Constellation to Counter China's Hypersonic Weapons

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Pentagon admittedly is already five to 10 years behind in the development of an anti-missile system to thwart advanced …

Conversation Starters for Texting That Go Beyond "Hey"—Try This Instead

For most of us, texting multiple people throughout the day is as normal as brushing our teeth or fixing dinner after work. We don't necessarily think …

Text Messaging

Physicists Just Found the Last Missing Protons and Neutrons In the Universe

The universe's missing matter has been found, and it's floating between the stars.<p>Researchers who study the ancient history of the universe know how …

5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life

It's best to learn these lessons while you're still young.<p><i>"What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Alyssa Satara, co-founder</b> …

A Curious Girlfriend’s Guide to Finding a Threesome

Do couples who threesome together stay together? I decided to find out.<p>Judging by the spread of new apps designed to hook couples up with an extra pair of hands or feet or whatever it is they so desire, the “third” has been enjoying a bit of a cultural moment. Chances are if you’ve been swiping …

This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our 'Theory Of Everything'

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Particles

Let There Be Light At The Largest X-Ray Laser In The World

A year after generating the first x-rays at the European XFEL, the third light source was switched on. By 2019, the third light source will feed x-rays into the Material Imaging and Dynamics (MID) and the High Energy Density (HED) Science instruments for users. At the year anniversary of the first …

Psychedelic Bamboozle: Want To Learn 255 Ways To Get High Without Drugs?

<i>“My attorney has never been able to accept the notion – often espoused by reformed drug abusers and especially popular among those on probation – that you can get a lot higher without drugs than with them. And neither have I, for that matter.” –</i> <b>Hunter S. Thompson</b><p>It began as an offer I couldn’t …

Psychedelia

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

The surprising reason your kid is acting defiant and difficult

My son was 6-years-old.<p>He was reading chapter books and could string together a story about the Pokemon sitting on his shoulder who didn’t need a seatbelt because he could just fly into the air if we got into a collision—yes, he could use words like collision accurately—and he loved to learn and …

10 “Notes to Self” that Will Stop You from Taking Things Personally

Let’s start off with a simple question:<i>Why do we always take things so personally?</i>There are admittedly quite a few viable and valid answers to …

Stephen Hawking's Final Theory About Our Universe Has Just Been Published, And It Will Melt Your Brain

His final word on whether multiverses exist.<p>Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking left us one last shimmering piece of brilliance before he died: …

Are the outer edges of the universe moving faster than the speed of light?

As children it’s driven into us in early science classes as a cardinal rule: nothing can travel faster than light. But at least <i>one</i> thing is thought …

Universe

The largest thing in the universe? Cosmic collision 12bn years ago created mega-galaxy

The colossal merger of 14 galaxies more than 12 billion years ago has been captured by astronomers who used the world’s most powerful telescopes to peer 90% of the way across the observable universe.<p>The cosmic pileup occurred 12.4 bn years ago and the resultant gigantic galaxy will have continued …

Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history

It’s a colossal pump-and-dump scheme, the likes of which the world has never seen.<p><i>This is a contributed post by Bill Harris, former CEO of Intuit and founding CEO of PayPal and Personal Capital.</i><p>I’m tired of saying, “Be careful, it’s speculative.” Then, “Be careful, it’s gambling.” Then, “Be …

Consciousness: The Psychology of Awareness

Consciousness refers to your individual awareness of your unique thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations, and environment.<p>Your conscious experiences …

Consciousness

10 Ways You Might Be Giving Other People Too Much Power Over Your Life Without Even Realizing It

You only have so much time and energy. Don't let people take it from you.<p>A few years ago, I wrote a book called <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>. I've received thousands of emails over the years from readers telling me which "thing" they struggled with the most. The struggle people seem to …

7 things I wish my current self learned when I was younger

I wish I had learned these 7 lessons when I was younger. It would have helped me get on the path to a happier and healthier life:<p>Health is priority #1<p>…

'Lost In Space' Ending: Binary Stars Could Be This Real Milky Way Location

Binary stars are all the rage in science fiction again. After Luke Skywalker wistfully looked at out at a binary sunset in 1977 in the first <i>Star …

Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray review – fascinating study of disbelief

The British philosopher has produced a thought-provoking account of the tradition of atheism and the problems with it<p>There is an old story of two atheists in Northern Ireland who expressed relief that they had risen above the religious rivalry of their contemporaries. Then one defined himself as a …

Atheism

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Check Out Entangled Time

Where the future influences the past.<p>In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and …

Only a Black Hole Could Make a Black Hole That Massive!

Scientists are getting familiar with black holes bumping in the night. Back in 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (or …

Why the universe shouldn't exist at all

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Why is there something, rather than nothing?" could be the oldest and deepest question in all of metaphysics. Long exclusively the province of philosophy, in recent years this question has become one that can be addressed by scientific methods. What's more, a new scientific advance has …

Particles

8 surprising things ultra productive people do every day

When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge — there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they …

3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Focus on the Things That Matter Most

Getting rid of the mental clutter makes room for the things that really matter.<p>Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.<p><i>I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house</i> …

Self-help

Scientists Made a New Life Form to Learn About The Common Ancestor of All Living Things

And it was not what they expected.<p>Once upon a time, there was just one form of life on Earth - the last universal common ancestor of all cells, or …

E.coli

This New Study Suggests Time Did Actually Exist Before The Big Bang

So... is physics broken or not?<p>According to a straightforward interpretation of general relativity, the Big Bang wasn't the start of …

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

For decades, physicists have struggled to create a quantum theory of gravity. Now an approach that dates to the 1970s is attracting newfound …

Physics

'Hack-proof' quantum internet networks closer to reality, studies say

A powerful quantum internet that's impervious to hacking is a little closer to reality thanks to breakthroughs outlined in two new studies this …

NASA is headed to the sun

Ah, the sun. What is it? Is there beer on it? Should we blow it up? These are the sorts of questions pop culture has asked for decades, and now, NASA …