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U.S. Election Results Show The Real Divide In America Is Economic

This past week, the electoral college confirmed Donald Trump was going to be the next USA President. He did not win the majority of popular votes …

Elections

5 Scientific Myths You Probably Believe About The Universe

The Universe is a vast, mysterious place, encompassing everything we’ve ever known, observed or could ever hope to come into contact with. For millennia, a look up at the sky — our window into the cosmos beyond our world — was met with wonder, awe, and a fascination with the unknown. Thanks to all …

Physics

Find out how David Attenborough makes the magic happen in 'Planet Earth II'

We simply can't imagine anything other than Sir David Attenborough's dulcet tones guiding us through the beauty and savagery of <i>Planet Earth II</i>.<p>Now …

Two Must-Read Science Books -- And Why You've Only Heard Of One

Precision medicine fans were treated this year to two must-read popular science books–one you’ve probably heard of, written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York physician-author, the other, less familiar, produced by a self-published biotechnology writer who grew up “shoveling pig sh-t” on a farm …

Books

Exposed: The Climate Fallacy of 2100

It’s shocking for me (Robert) to accept that my home could be wiped out by greatly rising seas. That’s because I live on a hill north of San Diego, …

How the western water wars may end

A novel plan in Washington State overcomes old animosities and offers the region a way forward in era of global warming.<p>October 16, 2016 Yakima, …

A Google Maps for the Human Body

A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas—a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.<p>Earlier this year, Steve McCarroll announced that his team had discovered the gene that most powerfully drives our risk of schizophrenia. Known as …

Genetics

Play Kerbal Space Program like an astronaut with this custom control board

<i>Kerbal Space Program</i> is a tough game to describe, but the best possible description I can give it is "NASA: The Game." It’s a spaceflight sim, where the goal is to design ships and launch the adorable Kerbals into space, helping them explore their solar system without reaching an untimely and fiery …

Turn any hard drive into networked storage with Raspberry Pi

Networked hard drives are super convenient. You can access files no matter what computer you're on -- and even remotely.<p>But they're expensive. Unless you use the Raspberry Pi.<p>If you happen to have a few of hard drives laying around you can put them to good use with a Raspberry Pi by creating your …

Raspberry Pi

The Madness Of Humanity Part 4: Science Vs. Religion

<i>This is the fourth in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural</i> …

Dimensional Reduction: The Key To Physics' Greatest Mystery?

What if the Universe – and fundamentally, space itself – were like a pile of laundry?<p><i>Have one.</i> <i><br>See this laundry pile? Looks just like our universe.</i> <i><br>No?</i> <i><br>Here, have another.</i> <i><br>See it now? It’s got three dimensions and all.</i> <i><br>But look again.</i> <i><br>The shirts and towels? They’re not truly three-dimensional. They’re</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

Does IPCC Practice Willful Blindness of Water Vapor to Prove a Scientific Point for a Political Agenda?

<b>Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball</b><p>The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) definition of climate change was drafted so the …

Five Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online Completely Free

Science often gets a bad rap for being inaccessible. But it’s actually never been easier to satisfy your curiosity on subjects ranging from computer …

The Invisible Catastrophe

‘It just seems like a beautiful day in Southern California,” Bryan Caforio said.<p>It was late January in Porter Ranch, an affluent neighborhood on the northern fringe of Los Angeles. Caforio and I sat at a Starbucks overlooking an oceanic parking lot crowded with shoppers. The air was still, dry, 70 …

AP Investigation: China launders cash of foreign criminals

ASHDOD, Israel (AP) — Scam artists, drug cartels and gangs from around the world have found a new haven for laundering money: China. The country's …

Our biology wants us untethered. So why does society place so much emphasis on monogamy?

Monogamy is a mystery. A Martian zoologist, visiting Earth and noting our basic biology — not to mention our frequent philandering — would conclude that monogamy is not "natural" to the human species. So why is it so widely promulgated, especially in the modern Western world?<p>Of course, just because …

This week’s summit has explicitly left the door open and unlocked for gene editing for human reproduction. This concerns us all: we need a wider debate<p>An international summit on human gene editing drew hundreds of people to Washington DC for three days this week, with many more joining online. The …

Genetics

These Are Mathematical Sets

The following images look like animals, but they are not drawings. These are actually connected subsets of the plane. I have defined these sets by some families of circles which are related to trigonometric functions. In addition to the images in this post, you can see some images made by drawing …

Dalai Lama: Religion Without Quantum Physics Is an Incomplete Picture of Reality

His Holiness on emptiness and entanglement.<p>Ever since Copernicus published <i>On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres</i> in 1543 to outline his heliocentric cosmology and thereby kick start modern scientific inquiry, an uneasy truce has existed between science and religion. Although Copernicus wasn't …

With CodinGame, Learning To Code Becomes A Game

French startup CodinGame just raised $1.6 million from Isai for its innovative code learning platform. As the name suggests, CodinGame is all about games — not game development, not gamification, just plain games. The logic behind each exercise is tied to an actual game so that you get visual …

A Brief History Of The Individual And Corporate Income Tax

The U.S. government has been taxing its citizens for most of its history. However, during the early years, the tax was minimal and applied only to the affluent. Beginning with the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal, the government has been growing larger and requiring more and more revenue. Where …

Income Inequality

NASA Will Release New Portraits Of The Earth From Space Every Day

A daily dose of beautiful from the DSCOVR satellite<p>Time to add another website to your morning internet routine. After checking in on the latest news, head over to NASA's new website, where fresh photos of Earth will be added on a daily basis.<p>Every morning, a minimum of 12 pictures from the Earth …

Digging Deep Reveals the Intricate World of Roots

If you’ve ever driven past wild prairie grasses swaying in the Kansas breeze and felt a wave of appreciation for America’s heartland, you should know that those visible grasses are just the tip of the iceberg.<p>“We’re pretty blind to what’s going on beneath the soil,” says photographer Jim …

Gardening

On the Red Couch with Lonely Planet Travel Writers

<i>Being a travel writer sounds mighty glamorous: basically you’re paid to live abroad, enjoy new cultures and document all your exotic experiences, right? The short answer is “sort of”; the long answer is a little more complicated.</i><p><i>For perspective, we asked professional travel writers from Lonely</i> …

How To Build A Hovercraft From Styrofoam Plates

Just in time for Marty McFly's arrival in the future<p>If you believe the old Hollywood prophecies, Marty McFly will be hopping out of Doc Brown’s DeLorean on October 21st. And when he gets to the future, he’ll need a hoverboard. You can do your part to prevent a time paradox--just slap together this …

NASA Releases Apollo Moon Mission Photos: Pictures

Every Solar System Image You’ve Ever Seen is Wrong. Till Now.

So which one are we (we human beings, I mean)?<p>Infinitesimal<p>String scale<p>Nanoscale<p>Subatomic scale<p>Atomic<p>Molecular<p>Mitochondrial<p>Cellular<p>Microscopic<p>Minuscule<p>Tiny<p>Lilliputian<p>Small<p>Medium<p>Bulky<p>Large<p>Immense<p>Massive<p>Giant<p>Mammoth<p>Colossal<p>Leviathan<p>Vast<p>Galactic<p>Cosmic<p>Universal<p>Well, it depends on who’s asking. To a …

Space

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …

Psychology

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Hillary Clinton said last week in Boston. “You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people …