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When Will Humanity Finally Pull The Plug On Power Cords?

Look, ma, no wires!<p>In the mobile age, we're largely unfettered by wires, thanks in no small part to Wi-Fi, cellular networking, and the rise of laptops, smartphones, and tablets. But one thin tether keeps us perennially bound: power. Though battery technologies have improved, we still need to …

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The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

In the Energy Shadows, the US Continues Push Toward Nuclear Fusion

The US Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee recommends going all-in on Europe's ITER reactor project.<p>Fusion is an old energy dream. Free power, or something like it. It's smashing atoms without the waste or risk, with efficiencies untouchable by any other power generation scheme known to …

Protein that causes frontotemporal dementia also implicated in Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes have shown that low levels of the protein progranulin in the brain can increase the formation of amyloid-beta …

The Cosmic Accident of Life: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist

Questions like why our world exists and what nothing is have occupied minds great and ordinary since the dawn of humanity, and yet for all our scientific progress, they continue to do so, yielding only hypotheses rather than concrete answers. But there is something immutably heartening in the …

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

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Study: Low-carb diet beats low-fat for weight loss and heart health

Good news for people who like oil more than bread: People on a low-carbohydrate diet lowered certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease and lost nearly three times as much weight as those on a low-fat diet, a new study found.<p>"This isn't a license to hit the butter and meat fats," cautioned Dr. …

Peek-a-boo! Astronomers spot 'T-Rex' of galaxies

If there's any one thing astronomers have mixed feelings about, it must be dust. On the one hand, cosmic dust can provide valuable information that can give clues to the origins of the universe, or to life on Earth. On the other hand, it can just plain get in the way.<p>In the case of a humongous …

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Feynman Lectures On Physics Now Available Online Free Of Charge

From his work on the Manhattan Project to the key role he played in explaining the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Richard Feynman (1918-1988) is known for many things. But to generations of students, the late physicist is perhaps best known as the brain behind The Feynman Lectures On Physics.<p>A …

6 Ancient African Architectural Marvels Built Before Greece or Rome Existed

<b>South African Ruins</b><p>The recent discovery of an ancient circular monolithic stone structure site in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is thought to be at least …

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

Get the max from your gym time—without adding more reps or more minutes<p>You're all about multitasking when it comes to your job, your to-do list, and even your free time (seriously, who <i>just</i> watches TV these days?). So why shouldn't your workout—and your body—benefit from the same smart shortcuts? …

What is calculus?

Yesterday, as I walked in the sunshine from a friend's exhibit at The Illustrators' Fair behind the newly developed Kings Cross, to the Open City Docs Fest at UCL, I cut through the British Library, past the statue of Isaac Newton. Apart from making me think, not for the first time, what an amazing …