Taz Allen

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Researchers Reveal How Climate Change Killed Mars

Climate change isn't just something to worry about here on Earth. New research published today shows that Mars has undergone a dramatic climate shift in the past that has rendered much of the planet inhospitable to life.<p>About 3.8 billion years ago, Mars was a reasonably pleasant place. It had a …

The Surprising Way You Should Be Storing Celery

<b>Question:</b> If you aren’t supposed to keep celery in the plastic bag it came in, where are you supposed to keep it?<p><b>Answer:</b><p>“Not in a box.<br>Not with a fox.<br>Not in a house.<br>Not with a mouse.”<p>Oh wait, no: That’s where not to eat Green Eggs and Ham—sorry. You can definitely keep your celery in your house. …

From ancient lakes to a stripped atmosphere, the planet has given up several secrets in 2015 thanks to the Curiosity rover and teams all around the Earth<p>With a rover trundling over red soil, a spacecraft diving through the atmosphere and teams at work all around the Earth, Mars has given up a …

Astronomy

Inside The California Desert Community Where Societal Rules Do Not Apply

Welcome to Slab City.<p>Slab City is an unregulated squatter settlement in the dusty Sonoran Desert, located about 140 miles east of San Diego. In a former life, it was a Marine training base, but over the past 60 years, it's become a community for hippies, rebels and misfits of all kinds. Living in …

Photo Booth for Dogs Reveals the Playful and Compassionate Nature of All Breeds

Photographer Lynn Terry designed a dog-friendly photo booth that's allowed her to show the world just how loving pit bulls can be. For a local animal rescue, the artist created a calendar featuring photogenic pits who were adorably posing within her unique construction. Since the resulting images …

This Marine Biologist Photographs Rare, Otherworldly Oceanic Creatures

While scientists, explorers, and Google Earth have mapped much of the terrestrial world, the expanses of the sea remain a great mystery. Marine biologist Alexander Semenov, head of the dive team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station, has dedicated his career not only to closing …

Star Wars: why Princess Leia is nearly two years older than twin Luke Skywalker

Relative velocity time dilation means that Princess Leia is older than Luke Skywalker, according to scientists<p>They are supposed to be twins, but Princess Leia would actually be nearly two years older than Luke Skywalker because of Einstein’s theory of relativity, say scientists.<p>The fact that Luke …

Theory of Relativity

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Homemade ice lollies for kids and grown-ups

Popsicles are cool again – and this time, they’re not just for children<p>Those sharp, sweet ice lollies from the ice cream van have always had a particular charm for me. There were three main contenders: the white citric-acid tart lemonade one, the delightfully cloying cola and the rather risqué …

Budget 2015 summary and highlights: Everything you need to know

National Living Wage, tax calculator, buy-to-let and other key points from George Osborne's emergency July budget<p>George Osborne has presented his first budget since the election in parliament. Here are his key tax and spending changes.<p>Opening statements<p>• We don’t build enough, train enough or …

Income Tax

Ramadan: a guide to the Islamic holy month

Muslims around the world are preparing for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. From waking up in the early hours for a quick bite and sip of water, to the waiting – date in hand – for the seconds to tick by until the call to prayer at sunset, why do Muslims fast and what is Ramadan?<p><b>What is …

Islam

New test can predict cancer up to 13 years before disease develops

People who develop cancer have shorter telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes which protect the DNA<p>Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research.<p>Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening …

8 Life-Changing Lessons You Can Learn in 3 Minutes From Ultra-Short TED Talks

If you've got three minutes, you can learn what you need for success, how to start a movement--and a better way to tie your shoes.

Is Revolution Coming in the Auto Industry?

After 30 years of intense convergence in the auto industry -- a period that has seen most mass-market products and brands evolve toward …

Innovation

Women drivers could force a draconian drink-driving limit on us. Why not set a higher limit for men?

Drink-driving is back. Which isn’t to say it’s on the rise – quite the contrary –but it’s high on the agenda at every level of government. The Department for Transport has recently stopped offering an alternative to the notoriously inaccurate roadside breathalyser.<p>In Scotland the limit was reduced …

My dad asked me to eat McDonald's for 10 days. This is what happened

Genetics student Tom Spector explains why his father asked him to eat junk food for every meal - and what the effects were on his body<p>The idea was hatched on a family holiday in Brazil, two Christmases ago. My father was researching microbes in the gut, which make up as much as three pounds of our …

15 Tricks For Getting Way Better Smartphone Battery Life

In theory, modern smartphones can last hundreds of hours on a single charge.<p>Hundreds of hours, that is, until you actually start using the things. In …

Encrypting Your Email: What Is PGP? Why Is It Important? And How Do I Use It?

The basics of encrypted communication.<p>In the summer of 2013, the U.S. woke up one morning to learn that NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden had dumped some of the federal government’s biggest secrets on the front pages of newspapers worldwide. As we would later learn, Snowden’s revelations became …

Life Before ‘Having It All’: Portrait of a Working Girl in 1940

The White Collar Girl: Model Carol Lorell stands in for Ginger Rogers, star of the upcoming adaptation of novel "Kitty F<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Alfred …

The image of Sudan the rhino, surrounded by the armed guards who protect him from poachers, shows how little humans have learned since the ice age<p>What is it like to look at the very last of something? To contemplate the passing of a unique wonder that will soon vanish from the face of the earth? …

Extinction

Dodos still exist, say one in four Brits

Research by the WWF also finds nearly one in five Britons believe the Friesian cow is under threat<p>One in four Brits think the dodo still exists, according to new research.<p>A survey of 2,000 adults found many Brits have little knowledge about endangered species, with nearly one in five believing the …

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Why Driverless Cars Don't Need Windows

Automated vehicles shouldn't look like the ones humans operate.<p>For the last 80-some years, the model car has been pretty standard. The tail fins and bucket seats came and went, but there were almost always four wheels, two headlights, and windows, plenty of big, clear windows ringing the car. All …

Tom Wolfe

Everyday injustices for working women: The slights add up

<i>This story is part of Solving for XX, a CNET special report exploring what people and companies are doing to make the tech industry more diverse, more equitable and more welcoming to women.</i><p>As an editor, writer and, above all, a human being, I've taken a keen interest in the issue of women in …

Feminism

Thought-Provoking Experiment: Free Shelter Pets Are Placed in a Pet Store with a Price Tag

Brazilian animal rights group Accoviaco Quatro Patinhas recently teamed up with an animal-loving pet store to prove that a price tag means nothing when it comes to finding a devoted furry companion. The compassionate store agreed to see if they could get customers to adopt affectionate shelter …

What Edward Snowden Said At The Nordic Media Festival

<i>On May 8, Edward Snowden spoke to the audience at the Nordic Media Festival in Bergen, Norway about surveillance and digital security. The session was moderated by journalist Ole Torp, who started by asking me how Snowden and I first met. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of my interview</i> …

Tesla's Newly-Announced "Powerwall" Home Battery Already Sold Out Through Mid 2016

On April 30, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the Powerwall home battery system, his company's newest and highly anticipated product. It charges by using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your house in the evening. The response to the Powerwall was …

How to Hack Your Smartphone to Take Good Photographs of Birds

You know that part in <i>Casablanca</i> when Ilsa tells Rick, “You’ll have to do the thinking for both of us now”? Well, that’s exactly how I feel about my …

Lady Killers: Meet the Women Fighting the Taliban in Pakistan

NOWSHERA, Pakistan — Explosions and the rat-tat-tat of automatic weapons ring out as commandos clutching rifles dash across the field.<p>It could be any military training ground in the world — but the fluttering black niqabs covering the fighters' faces are out of place, especially in this …

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa