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Stephen Hawking: 'If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up. There’s a way out.'

Physicist says information sucked into a black hole may emerge in another universe<p>All is not lost if you fall into a black hole – you could simply pop up in another universe, according to Stephen Hawking.<p>The celebrated physicist has a new theory about where lost information ends up after being …

We Finally Have Clues to How the Lost Roanoke Colony Vanished

Artifacts suggest some members of ill-fated English settlement survived and assimilated with Native Americans.<p>The search began when an anxious Englishman named John White waded ashore on North Carolina’s Roanoke Island 425 years ago this month. Appointed governor of the fledgling Roanoke colony by …

Archaeology

Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes

For most authors the prospect of their books sending readers to sleep would be horrifying.<p>But the latest publishing phenomenon which is topping the Amazon charts is a book which promises to do just that, at least for children.<p>The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, has been created by Swedish …

Books

Paleo diet should include carbohydrates to be authentic, say scientists

Early humans would have needed a diet high in both meat and carbohdrates to fuel the rapid evolutionary expansion of the Pleistocene<p>The Paleo diet has won thousands of fans with its seemingly straightforward logic that what was good for our metabolisms as we evolved is likely to be good for us …

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Consciousness

27 Stunning Lakeside Campsites

Photo by Matthew Hosford, Explorer for The Outbound<p>There's something special about waking up at sunrise to a glassy mountain lake outside your tent. If you're ready to make this a reality, check out this list of lakeside campsites and start planning your next adventure.<p>1. Mono Lake<p>California | Car …

Fly Over Dwarf Planet Ceres’ Mysterious Bright Spots in New NASA Video

With or without 3-D glasses, a newly released video tour of Ceres offers a new perspective on the dwarf planet's dramatic and diverse surface.<p>The new Ceres video tour, which was compiled from images gathered by NASA's orbiting Dawn spacecraft, scopes out the mysterious bright spots at the bottom of …

Solar System

Women, There's A Reason Why You're Shivering In The Office

He was probably about 40 years old, 155 pounds, white and wearing a suit. And he's the reason why women are shivering at their desks in air-conditioned buildings.<p>At some point in the 1930s, someone defined "metabolic equivalents" — how much energy a body requires while sitting, walking and running. …

Metabolism

Helpful Tips For Nuking An Asteroid

Preparing for a worst-case scenario, scientists are stepping up research into the nuclear option.<p>“Did you see the movie <i>Deep Impact</i>?”<p>Yes, I did, I tell David Morrison, the chief scientist for the Planetary Defense Team at NASA's Ames Research Center. That’s the 1998 film where astronauts pilot a …

Space

11 Pixar Short Films That Are Guaranteed To Brighten Up Your Day

All the emotion of Toy Story or Wall-E, but in just a few minutes.

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

National Parks

The survey says ... women are less happy with their relationships than men are

The details of the HILDA survey allow us to paint a picture of who would be the most and least satisfied partners:<p>Overall, on a scale of zero to 10, …

Loneliness

iPhone’s encryption is so good, not even cops can get past it

Law enforcement has a love-hate relationship with the iPhone. Features like Activation Lock have helped crack down on smartphone thefts, but there’s always the lurking threat of someone asking Siri about 9/11 and accidentally dialling 911 in the process.<p>The latest issue police are butting heads …

Privacy

Greek financial crisis sparks gadget-buying frenzy with Macs high on the list

Forget gold. When the next economic apocalypse comes, hoarding pricey computers may be the new way to save your cash.<p>At least that's what appears to …

Race and Gender Shape Views of Science in Surprising Ways

A poll finds women tend to oppose genetically modified food and animal research, and African Americans are optimistic about population growth, regardless of political party.<p>If you’re a Republican and a fan of Sean Hannity, global warming is a scam. If you’re a Rachel Maddow-watching Democrat, you …

Demographics

What you may not know about taking a flight

There’s a lot going on around you when you board a plane. BBC Future reviews some of the more surprising facts about your journey.<p>The number of people in the air at any one time is climbing steadily toward one million – and at this time of year, many people around the world are planning a …

Jet Lag

Get this: spiders can “sail” on water

Spiders can use their legs or abdomens as “sails”, helping them to disperse across large bodies of water<p>If, last week, you’d quizzed me about the dispersal strategies of spiders, I would have told you all about “ballooning”, how Charles Darwin, at sea on the Beagle in 1832, was stunned to see …

Watch out females! Apparently, too much sex will make you become like overused sticky tape

Year 7 girls have been warned not to have multiple sex partners or risk becoming like overused sticky tape, in a Christian sex education program at a …

The Government's 'allegiance' law sends us back to the Middle Ages

<b>By inserting the requirement for "allegiance to Australia" into the proposed citizenship laws, the Government is invoking an idea that hasn't really</b> …

Australia

University production line is a road to nowhere

The university system is failing our young. A culture of irresponsibility within higher education has created conditions where the job market is …

Google AI chatbot threatens human master

<i>Human: what is the colour of blood ?</i> <i><br>Machine: it is the same as a black eye .</i><p>Artificial intelligence just got threatening. A chatbot has learned how …

Artificial Intelligence

Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is and Receive the Best Response Ever

The Twitterverse lost their marbles Monday night over a fabulous in-joke from the tech wizards at Apple. Feel the burn.<p>Siri has always been too …

Siri

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Artificial Intelligence

How successful people beat stress

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe they can make things happen and those who believe things happen to <i>them</i>.<p>The first group are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their …

Self-help

This is what happens when you scatter 225 cameras around the Serengeti

Hundreds of thousands of Serengeti "selfies" are giving researchers a candid, and often amusing, picture of what life is like on the African plain.<p>Zebras munch on dried grass, lion cubs play with their mother, elephants go for a stroll, and birds hitch a ride on the back of a wart</b> …

Wildlife

Dinosaur Physiology Debate Continues to Simmer

Were dinosaurs warm-blooded, cold-blooded, or what? This is one of the most persistent questions in paleontology, and one that we don’t yet have a good answer to. Aside from the flaws in the question itself – life isn’t neatly divided between the warm and the cool – reconstructing a dinosaur’s …

Paleontology

World’s Oldest Murder Mystery Was 430,000 Years in the Making

The first known murder was just as brutal as any other. The attacker smashed the victim twice in the head, leaving matching holes above the victim’s left eyebrow. The dead body was then dropped down a 43-foot shaft into a cave—where it lay for nearly half a million years.<p>Talk about your cold …

Anthropology

Shipwreck Shines Light on Historic Shift in Slave Trade

A longer route from Africa to South America brought cheaper captives and less competition, but greater risks.<p>In December 1794, Portuguese slave traders on the east coast of Africa outfitted their vessel for a daunting voyage. The 7,000-mile, months-long journey from Mozambique round the turbulent …

Black History

How much do oceans add to world’s oxygen?

Most of Earth’s oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the …

Global Warming