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You could fit the entire human race into a sugar cube — and 13 other facts to put the universe into perspective

It's full of exploding stars and immortal jellyfish and it's been kicking around for almost 14 billion years.<p>Here are 14 awesome facts to put it all into perspective.

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New, Nearby Earth-Like Planet Discovered

The exoplanet orbits a star called Proxima Centauri that's 4.24 light-years away.<p>Photo: The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of our nearest …

Universe

A New Study Says People With Higher IQs Are Happier With Less Social Interaction

Maybe that's why you're such a homebody.<p>While the average person is happier with a large friend circle, new research reveals those with higher IQs are better off with a small one.<p>Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management …

Psychology

A Nobel prize nominee’s step-by-step guide to improving emotional intelligence

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How can we improve our emotional intelligence? What are the benefits?</i> <i>Answer by Chade-Meng Tan, co-chair of Nobel-Peace-Prize-nominated campaign and New York Times bestselling author.</i><p>Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined as: The ability to monitor one’s …

Emotional Intelligence

This Is What Actually Happens to Your Body When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation messes with you from head to toe—and a third of the population is losing a lot of zzz's.<p>There's no question that sleep deprivation is an American epidemic, with a third of the country getting less shut-eye than the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night, according to recent research …

Sleep

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

How to Make a Relationship Last: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

Love is wonderful, love is joy, love is the greatest thing in the world… Love is also an enormous pain in the ass. Marriage is hard work.<p>(Older …

Relationships

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

My colleague-in-blogging Ethan Siegel does a regular reader-request feature, and this week’s edition drifts into my territory, answering a question about using quantum entanglement for faster-than-light communication. As I jokingly said on Twitter, Ethan’s answer is pretty good for an astronomer, …

Quantum Mechanics

8 Ways Body Language Beats IQ

When it comes to success, it's easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust, but social psychologist Amy Cuddy knows first-hand how attitude can outweigh IQ.<p>Cuddy suffered a car accident at the age of 19 which resulted in brain damage that …

Emotional Intelligence

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

Religion

Science Finds An Interesting Link Between Anxiety And Intelligence

People who think too much may have little reason to worry. Recent studies have shown that there is a link between anxiety and intelligence and it is …

Mindfulness
Russia

8 Signs From CES That Our Sleep Is Going To Get A Lot Better

We’ve all been there. The slack jaw, the sluggish step, the dead-eyed stare. No, this isn’t lunch break on the set of “The Walking Dead” -- it’s what we look like after a night of terrible sleep, and unfortunately it’s a daily waking nightmare for millions of people. But we just might be able to …

I am the Fox News atheist: “Some call me a militant atheist. Others call me a dick. I am neither”

I believe that religion poisons everything and I argue for truth and honesty, no matter the audience. It is working<p><i>Once again, abherrant [sic] groups like you and the homosexuals are complaining that you don’t have a golden cup and seat at the table. Listen, in America, you are allowed to exist</i> …

37 Science Facts We Didn't Know At The Start Of This Year

About dinosaurs, supernovas, and limpets' teeth.<p>1. Pluto is actually red.<p>2. There is probably water on Mars.<p>3. NASA confirmed the existence of the 1,000th planet to be found outside our solar system.<p>4. There's a four-mile-high mountain on dwarf planet Ceres.<p>5. Scientists found the first known …

What Christians Mean When They Use the Word “Atheist”

Christian media outlets are fond of touting the latest story about a “former atheist” becoming a Christian. These stories sell well, and I remember …

Faith

See what The Empire Strikes Back trailer would look like if it came out today

It's a testament to the enduring visual design of the original <i>Star Wars</i> trilogy that in order to make "modern trailers" for <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i>and <i>Return of the Jedi</i>, all YouTuber Tom F had to do was employ some clever cuts and overlay the haunting music used in <i>The Force Awakens</i>' trailers. The …

A science preview of the year 2016

<b>After a year that saw the first close-up investigation of Pluto and the unveiling of a new human species, what scientific discoveries are likely to make headlines in 2016?</b><p>Particle fever<p>Will the Large Hadron Collider discover a new particle in 2016? Well, the world of particle physics is currently …

Physics

Learning to Pick Locks Taught Me How Crappy Door Locks Really Are

About a month ago, I picked up a training lockpick set. I’ve always been curious about how lock picking works and how difficult it really is. In the …

Home Automation

Here's How Your Dog Really Feels About You, According To Science

Image: Yaisin Bulut via Getty Images<p>Let’s talk about puppy love. Not youthful romance, but the love between a person and his or her pooch. As every dog lover knows, canine companions make for some of the best friends we could wish for. They play with us, cuddle with us, listen to us and make us …

Marco Rubio Doesn't Like Being Called A Bigot For Acting Like A Bigot

If the shoe fits...<p>Marco Rubio doesn't like being called out on his opposition to marriage equality and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.<p>On Sunday, the Republican presidential hopeful, 44, told "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson that he's fed up with being "called a …

Sleep Scientist Says Starting Work At 10 A.M. Is What Nature Intended

Getting up any earlier is basically torture.<p>A sleep scientist in England just confirmed what we already knew: getting to work before 9 a.m. is torture.<p>"Staff should start at 10 a.m.," Paul Kelley, an honorary clinical research fellow at Oxford University's Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience …

New Year's Eve is your only chance to catch this beautiful comet in your lifetime — here's how to spot it

The visitor is the comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina); most people are just calling it Comet Catalina (the official name has a bit more complicated nomenclature). There are a couple of <i>very</i> cool things about this comet you should know about, but before I get to that part let me tell you how to see …

Astronomy

How I Taught Myself to Code in Eight Weeks

To a lot of non-developers, learning to code seems like an impossibly daunting task. However, thanks to a number of great resources that have …

A Harvard linguist reveals the most misused words in English

English, as a flexible, global language, has no such designated referee.<p>Therefore, there is no definitive answer to whether you're using a word "correctly."<p>It's all a matter of taste and context. But there are opinions. And some count more than others.<p>Steven Pinker is probably as good an expert to …

Linguistics

Large Hadron Collider may have detected a new particle

The rejuvenated Large Hadron Collider might have achieved another breakthrough... provided everything lines up, that is. Two teams of CERN scientists have detected an excess of gamma ray pairs that they suspect might represent the radioactive decay of a previously unknown particle. The data is far …

Take the Quiz, and Prove the <em>Times</em>‘ Nicholas Kristof Wrong About Secularists’ Knowledge of Religion

Last year, the <i>New York Times</i>‘ <b>Nicholas Kristof</b> wrote about religious illiteracy, and told the world that secularists know next to nothing:<p>Secular …

The Impossible Defense of an Accused 'Atheist' the Saudis Want to Behead

In Saudi Arabia the number of writers and bloggers facing the whip and the sword—and even crucifixion—is growing. Sound a bit like ISIS? Many think …

Abdulaziz Al Saud

The quantum computing era is coming… fast

Processors that use the strangeness of quantum mechanics are reportedly achieving much greater problem-solving speed than standard computers – but what will the effect on security be?<p>‘The world is not only queerer than we suppose,” said JBS Haldane. “It is queerer than we <i>can</i> suppose.” Haldane was a …

Sean Hannity’s searing hypocrisy: Having conservative beliefs is only OK if you’re a Christian

Sean Hannity wants Muslims to prove they’re liberal enough to live here, but gives a pass to Christians<p>While many Republican politicians are trying to distance themselves from Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. (or returning when they travel abroad), right wing talk show …