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Pope says computers are filthy, bad for your soul

The head of the Roman Catholic Church has a word or two for you if you're constantly buried in your computers. Pope Francis believes computers (and …

China is building the most extensive global commercial-military empire in history

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun famously never set on the British empire. A commanding navy enforced its will, yet all would have been lost if it were not for ports, roads, and railroads. The infrastructure that the British built everywhere they went embedded and enabled their power like …

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Noise pollution is making us oblivious to the sound of nature, says researcher

Gift of hearing birdsong and trickling water is being lost to a process of ‘learned deafness’, says US scientist, as people screen out background noise<p>The tranquil chorus of the natural world is in danger of being lost to today’s generation as people screen out the noises that surround them, a …

National Parks

Long Tails May Save Luna Moths From Hungry Bats [Video]

A new reason to shake your tail feathers<p>For butterflies, distinguished wing markings can be great for confusing predatory birds, either by scaring them or by luring them away from vital body parts. Now, it turns out that moths, the nocturnal cousins of the butterfly, may use a similar strategy to …

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Mars One shortlist: five Britons among 100 would-be astronauts

More than 200,000 people applied to join the proposed one-way Mars One project, aiming to set up a permanent human colony<p>An Oxford physicist who can recall 90 digits of the mathematical entity pi is among five Britons to make the shortlist of would-be astronauts for a proposed one-way trip to Mars.

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Watch A Timelapse Of A Slow-Moving Landslide [Video]

Not all landslides happen quickly<p>Usually, when people think of landslides, they think of avalanches of dirt, mud, and rock pouring down a hillside like an avalanche. While many of the most disastrous landslides happen quickly--triggered by storms, earthquakes, or volcanoes--landslides can also move …

Dark Matter: an Axion to grind? | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

Dark matter is high on the list of possible discoveries in the next run of Cern’s Large Hadron Collider. However, depending on what dark matter actually is, shining light through walls might get there first<p>I’m reading Philip Pullman’s trilogy, <i>His Dark Materials</i>, to my daughter, and am again …

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both noise and …

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Mars One mission: Watch the trailer for £4bn colonisation programme

Known as the Mars One project, 24 oridinary people are hoping to be selected as part of a red planet colonisation programme that will also be filmed for a reality tv series<p><b>Five Britons have been shortlisted</b>for a one-way trip to Mars as they hope to become the first humans to step foot on the Red …

Iran's supreme leader sends letter to Obama

Iran's supreme leader has sent a letter to US President Barack Obama in response to American overtures, amid talks to strike a nuclear accord, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reported.<p>The newspaper cited an Iranian diplomat as saying Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had written to Obama in response to the president's …

10 Ways to Stop Overthinking and Start Living

<b>“Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life….My precept is, do something, my sister, do good if you can; but</b> …

This Timelapse Shot in 10K Resolution Is Fantastically Bonkers

4K? That's so last year. 8K? Yesterday's news. This timelapse video was shot in an astonishing 10K resolution using an 80 megapixel camera. The level …

The Top Five Places to See the Giant Redwoods in California

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