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Hurricane Harvey's might seen from the International Space Station

Images from the International Space Station showed the full scale of Hurricane Harvey as it smashed into the US coast yesterday (August 25).<p>As Harvey formed into a Category 4 storm a swirling mass of clouds could be seen from the sky.<p>Harvey landed about 70 km east of Corpus Christi in Texas, and …

11 Baking Ratios Every Pro Should Memorize

You’ve heard it said before that baking is a science — and it’s true. Ratios are the backbone of our favorite recipes for cookies, cakes and more. …

Muscat

US teen who punched Sikh, called him 'Bin Laden' on 9/11 anniversary gets two years' probation - Firstpost

<b>New York:</b> A US teenager, charged with hate crime after he brutally assaulted a Sikh man last year, calling him a "terrorist" and "bin Laden", has …

100 years on, is this Einstein’s greatest gift to human understanding?

The detection of gravitational waves will open up a new spectrum of the universe – finally demonstrating a theory presented a century ago<p>History may judge 2015 as the year when mankind opened up a completely new window on the universe, exactly a century after Albert Einstein laid the scientific …

Physics

Columbia engineers build biologically powered chip

Columbia Engineering researchers have, for the first time, harnessed the molecular machinery of living systems to power an integrated circuit from …

Research team finds detailed record of mysterious fast radio burst

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), brief yet brilliant eruptions of cosmic radio waves from the distant universe, have baffled astronomers since they were …

National Geographic Travel

Confirmed: Oldest Fragment of Early Earth is 4.4 Billion Years Old

Ever heard this life advice? When solving a big problem seems impossible, break it into smaller steps.<p>Well, scientists just took one of geology's …

Earth Science

How Europeans became tall and fair-skinned 8,500 years ago

When agriculture arrived in Europe some 8,500 years ago, humans didn’t simply adapt their lifestyles and eating habits, but also their genes.<p>Researchers, led by geneticist David Reich at Harvard Medical School, analyzed the DNA of 230 ancient humans who lived between 3,000 and 8,500 years ago and …

Evolution

21 Reasons You Should Be Thankful For Your Cat

They're just the best.

Strengthening Brain Connections

<b>Newly identified mechanism allows the brain to strengthen links between neurons.</b><p>When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the …

A Tower of Molten Salt Will Deliver Solar Power After Sunset

Solar power projects intended to turn solar heat into steam to generate electricity have struggled to compete amid tumbling prices for solar energy …

Renewable Energy

Climate change could slash polar bear numbers 30% by 2050

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said a reassessment of the status of the polar bear in its famous Red List of threatened species confirmed the giant mammal's status as "vulnerable".<p>IUCN said there were currently between 22,000 and 31,000 polar bears globally, but …

Global Warming

Cloaking Buildings from Earthquakes and Tsunamis

In August 2012, civil engineers from the French firm Menard drilled three rows of shallow holes into the soft clay soil at the base of the Alps near …

Geology

Quantum computing breakthrough: Engineers manage to write quantum code to silicon chip

Engineers have been able to successfully write the quantum version of a computer code to a silicon chip for the very first time – a breakthrough that …

Americans Over 30 Aren't as Happy as Their Parents and Here's Why

Americans 30 and older are less happy than generations past, while teens and 20-somethings seem more satisfied with their lives than ever, a new …

Happiness

How to Make Your Relationship Last: 3 Secrets Backed by Research

The beginning of a relationship is amazing. But often, it starts to fizzle out later on…<p>The things you used to love about them start to annoy you. …

Self-help

New “tricorder” technology might be able to “hear” tumors growing

When Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy needs to diagnose an ill member of the Starship Enterprise, he simply points his tricorder device at their body and it …

3 Simple Habits to Boost Your Happiness

<i>By meQuilibrium</i><p>Happiness isn't all fun and games. Research shows that it can improve your life substantially, and that unhappiness sets you up for less success and poorer health. Happier people are more productive than their less happy peers, and also tend to be more financially responsible. …

Happiness

The Secret To Danish Happiness

<i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In November, GGSC is hosting a summit on Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work; find out more here.</i><p>For over 40 years in a row, Denmark has been voted as one of the happiest countries in …

Happiness

Star Trek ‘tractor beam’ invented by British scientists

Scientists have tuned sound waves to act like sonic tweezers which can pick up and move objects<p>A Star Trek inspired ‘tractor beam’ which can levitate and move objects using sound waves has been invented by scientists.<p>The world’s first sonic beam can only move a tiny particle of less than one …

How we invented a Star Trek-style sonic tractor beam

When I think of a tractor beam – a stream of energy that can move objects – I imagine a ray emerging from a spaceship gripping an object outside and …

Astronomers Peer Inside Stars, Finding Giant Magnets

Astronomers have for the first time probed the magnetic fields in the mysterious inner regions of stars, finding they are strongly magnetized.<p>Using a …

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

Self-help

Hubble spies Big Bang frontiers

Before light travelled across it, the universe was a dark place. For about a billion years after the Big Bang, the cosmos was cloaked in a thick fog …

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …

Self-help

Astronomers catch a black hole shredding a star to pieces

When a star comes too close to a black hole, the intense gravity of the black hole results in tidal forces that can rip the star apart. In these …

5 Toxic Habits That Are Destroying Your Happiness

In the quest for eternal happiness we are often blind to the things that take it away from us or prevent us from having it. We get so caught up in …

Happiness