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Astronomers Say New 'Natural Gap' Theory May Explain Why Mars Is Smaller Than Earth

New ideas about how the solar system took shape are helping astronomers tackle a planetary puzzle — why Mars is so much smaller than its rocky neighbor worlds.<p>Models show that the Red Planet should be about as big as Venus and Earth if gas and dust were distributed relatively smoothly throughout …

'One of the Greatest Discoveries in the History of Science' Hasn't Been Peer-Reviewed—Does It Matter?

How scientific communication is evolving in the age of the Internet<p>Big scientific discoveries—the kind that shift our view of the world and our place within it—don’t come along very often.<p>This week, though, one did.<p>It's a process that is purposely inefficient, one meant to distinguish scientific …

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World's Most Horrifying Mummies

<i>Photo Courtesy of Patrick Landmann, Getty Images. Article by Sean O'Neill, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Mention the word mummy, and you probably think of the shiny case of King Tut or the linen-bandaged walking dead in a George A. Romero film. But if you haven't seen a real mummy (a.k.a. a body …

Archaeology

Here’s why Motorola’s Project Ara for modular phones exists (and could succeed)

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Want to build your own phone with modular blocks of functionality? That may not sound appealing until you think of the …

How to Celebrate Your Birthday Abroad

Here's the thing about birthdays: When they go as planned, they can be a day full of celebrations, fresh starts and warm and fuzzy Facebook notifications. But they can also be a crushing disappointment when expectations are too high -- not to mention, admitting another year has flown by is …

Travel

Why House Stenographer Dianne Reidy Snapped

The shutdown upset Dianne Reidy, her husband says. Something else kept her up at night. By Michael Daly.<p>The husband of the 48-year-old woman who is …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

What Happens When White Women Have Black Hair?

How are women perceived at work? Endia Beal talks to Isabel Wilkinson about her provocative photos.<p>When Endia Beal began her internship in Yale …

How Fast Does An Elephant Pee?

David Hu's "Law of Urination" says nearly all mammals empty their bladders in the same amount of time. And he's got videos to back it up.<p>David Hu wanted to know what it'd be like to change an elephant's diaper. Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and biology at the Georgia …

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Magnetic Levitation

Maths is fun (sometimes)

Mathematics is seen by many as hard, boring or both. But evidence suggests that a love of maths is no barrier to fun and humour, although a poor understanding of maths can have unpleasant consequences<p>In my secondary school, one of the maths teachers had a sign in his window saying "Maths is Fun". …

Lauren Cohan of 'The Walking Dead' Admits "Guts in Your Hair Really Is No Fun"

Photo: Courtesy of Gene Page/AMC<p>If last season's finale is any indication, Lauren Cohan will have most of the world—the living, breathing world—tuning in to watch her every move tonight. As farm-girl-turned-vigilante Maggie Greene on AMC zombie drama <i>The Walking Dead</i>, Cohan and her costars have …

TOMS Shoes rethinks its 'buy one, give one' model of helping the needy

The "buy one, give one" business model of TOMS Shoes - buy a pair and the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need - has spawned many copy-cats.<p>These days, you can buy an array of products - from solar panels, to baby goods, to soccer balls - and the manufacturer will give a …

The little-told story of the massive WWII pet cull

<b>At the beginning of World War II, a government pamphlet led to a massive cull of British pets. As many as 750,000 British pets were killed in just one week. This little-discussed moment of panic is explored in a new book.</b><p>The cull came as the result of a public information campaign that caused an …

Pets

Peter Higgs responds to winning Nobel award for physics - video

Thirty-nine years after Peter Higgs identified the Higgs boson particle, he won the 2013 Nobel prize. Here he reveals he has never sent an email or browsed the web – and reckons no one would employ him nowadays<p>Published: 6 Dec 2013<p>Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now …

Rupert Grint Talks About ‘CBGB,’ Harry Potter, and His Butt

Rupert Grint tells Kevin Fallon about playing a punk rocker in ‘CBGB,’ life post-Potter, and, um, his butt.<p>On a given night in the late ’70s, you …

A Cat Playing Ping Pong

A skilled cat plays ping pong against a human competitor in Taiwan. The cute feline may be cheating by touching and hugging the net, but its return …

Cats Can Also Unlock An iPhone 5S

It's not just human nipples that can enjoy the safety and security of the new iPhone's "fingerprint" scanners. Cats can now also sleep easy knowing …

iPhone

A Crazy Size Comparison Of Sci-Fi's Greatest Ships [Infographic]

The _Star Wars _vessels are puny compared to the ship from _Independence Day. _<p>Being a small child, I often think to myself: <i>What if the _Star Wars _spaceships got into a fight with the ships from _Star Troopers</i>? _Thanks to this infographic from DeviantART user Dirk Loechel, I finally have an …

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NASA Scientists Answer Your Burning Questions About Voyager 1

Voyager 1 has officially entered interstellar space. How long will the spacecraft have power? When might it reach another star? The NASA team answered these questions and more on Reddit.<p>NASA announced yesterday that its Voyager 1 spacecraft, which blasted off in 1977 and is the farthest human-made …

California Legislature passes fracking regulation bill

SACRAMENTO — A heavily lobbied bill that would give California the nation's toughest regulation of a controversial oil drilling technique won easy passage Wednesday from the Legislature.<p>The bill now goes to Gov.<p>Jerry Brown, who said Wednesday that he would sign it into law.<p>At issue is the practice …

Simulation Predicts How Robots Will One Day Walk

Or crawl. Or squirm.<p>How will robots of the future get around? Some say tank treads. Some say legs and feet. But nobody knows for sure, and that's why researchers at Cornell University designed a computer program to figure it out. The software simulates evolution. Robots begin as blocks of muscle, …

More Than 200,000 Sign up for One-Way Trip to Mars; Next Phase Launched

More than 200,000 people have expressed interest in traveling to Mars and never coming back, Mars One announced on September 9.<p>Mars One announced in …