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These headphones were designed by audiophiles, and they're glorious

Fostex and Massdrop were, I confess, unfamiliar names to me before this November. But their collaboration on a glorious new product has turned me into an immediate and enthusiastic fan. I’m talking about a set of headphones designed by the audiophile community at Massdrop and built by the pro audio …

Watch Fallout 4's Entire S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Video Series To Train For Launch

<i>Fallout 4</i> hasn’t exactly had the most in-your-face ad campaign compared to most other AAA titles, but I think Bethesda is supremely confident that when they make a major sequel, it’s going to sell. And I don’t doubt that’s the case with the new <i>Fallout,</i> out November 10th.<p>What they have done, …

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars, told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

Human Evolution 101

Find out more about the origins of our species.<p>The origins of humankind have long fascinated scientists and the public alike—but the topic can get confusing. Here are answers to a few common questions.<p><b>Why are scientists certain that human evolution happened?</b><p>For a number of reasons. We share nearly …

Mutations

Review: Mac Miller, 'GO:OD AM'

<i>Note: NPR's audio for First Listens comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>It's a new day for Mac Miller. In just a few years the 23-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh has gone from teenage Internet sensation to …

7 books that will train your brain to overachieve

1. "Curious"<p><b>Subtitle:</b> The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It<p><b>Author:</b> Ian Leslie<p><b>5 Second Summary:</b> Harness your natural curiosity to develop the ability to think more broadly and deeply.<p><b>Best Quote:</b> "Curious learners go deep, and they go wide. They are the people best equipped for the …

Creationists Are Already in Denial About the Newly Discovered Species <em>Homo Naledi</em

Creationists Are Already in Denial About the Newly Discovered Species <i>Homo Naledi</i><p>September 11, 2015 by Hemant Mehta<p>By now, you’ve probably read about …

A new paper finds common errors among the 3% of climate papers that reject the global warming consensus<p>Those who reject the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming often invoke Galileo as an example of when the scientific minority overturned the majority view. In reality, climate …

Climate Change

The world’s most famous gorilla is showing signs of early speech

Koko, a 44-year-old gorilla famous for her ability to communicate with keepers using sign language, is now showing signs of early speech. “Koko has developed vocal and breathing behaviors associated with the ability to talk, which were previously thought to be impossible in her species,” The Daily …

Gorillas

Sprint's new program ensures you always have the latest iPhone

Sprint announced the start of its new iPhone Forever program on Monday, allowing customers to upgrade to the latest iPhone whenever they want.<p>The …

China’s Air Problem Is Worse Than You Think

A new study finds that air pollution kills 4,000 people per day in China.<p>Over the past 10 years of living in and then writing about China, I’ve struck these big three recurring themes:<p>That it is impressive and notable for the U.S. and China to have managed relations as well as they have over the …

China

21 Awesome PS4 Features You Might Not Be Aware Of

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been on the market for over four years now and in that time, it’s managed to carve out a reputation as the number one gaming …

19 Sadistic, Appalling, And Hilarious Things Gamers Have Done In "Skyrim"

Poor Lydia. H/t this Reddit thread and Skyrim Confessions.

Where are all the aliens?

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:<p>Some people stick with the traditional—feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. …

There's a fascinating difference between income inequality in red states and blue states

In an analysis of those, The Washington Post found that the bulk of cities with the biggest inequalities were located in red states while the majority of the most-distressed cities were in blue states.<p>Inequality was calculated by determining a "neighborhood advantage score" based on household …