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Elon Musk Says a Tesla Solar Roof Could Cost Less Than Your Crappy Normal Roof

Interesting...<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the solar roof that will be sold under a combined Tesla-SolarCity will likely cost less than a normal roof to …

Tesla

Like It or Not, Donald Trump Saw the Economic Crisis the Others Didn’t

The Great Recession changed everything, and the leading figures in both parties failed to grasp how deeply. And so we got what we’ve got.<p>Donald Trump …

Traveling the galaxy: What will it take for humans to colonize the Milky Way?

If we don’t create sustainability on our own world, there is no Planet B<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>The idea that humans will eventually travel to and inhabit other parts of our galaxy was well expressed by the early Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, …

Magnetism

The 'Impossible' EM Drive Is About to Be Tested in Space

Time to get to the bottom of this crazy thing.<p>An actual EM Drive is about to be launched into space for the first time, so scientists can finally …

Space Travel

This New Equation Promises to Unify Physics Theories with the Help of Wormholes

As far as famous equations go, none are more known than <b>Einstein’s</b> <b>E=mc2</b><b>.</b> This insight by Einstein that relates mass and energy has been linked to the …

7 Morning Routines That Will Spark Your Productivity

Follow these simple steps and watch your productivity and wellbeing skyrocket.<p>The problem with morning routines is that most people don't have one.<p>For many individuals, waking up in the morning is a chaotic experience, full of terrible alarm clock noises, scrolling through email, and sprinting out …

Time Management

Can Quantum Physics Solve Time Travel's Most Famous Paradox?

Maybe you can go back in time and kill your grandfather.<p>If you have ever sat down and thought about time travel for even half a second, you have grappled with the Grandfather Paradox. Of the many mind-boggling questions raised by the specter of time travel, it is probably the most common. What …

How the US Can Defeat Putin’s Shadow War

Vladimir Putin has a czarist vision of a greater Russia, and his first order of business is getting the U.S. out of Europe. To defeat him, we first …

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

The Brain

The Democrats have no soul: The Clintons, neoliberalism, and how the “people’s party” lost its way

Republicans never had one. That makes Democrats’ betrayals, deceit and crisis of legitimacy that much more serious<p>Looking beyond the daily tussle between Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party, or Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party, let’s consider the larger historical picture to see what …

Political Science

10 Ways to Win at Budget Travel

You booked a dream vacation and ended up spending <i>way</i> more than you expected. What happened? Yes, it's your vacation and you should make the most of it, but it's also important to make sure you can pay the bills when you get home. Here are 10 money saving tips to follow when planning your next …

Budget Travel

How to touch someone, according to science

With a stroke of the hand he or she wishes to convey an ancient and deeply human message: You are cared for, you are safe. But what makes for a meaningful loving touch?<p>Is it something baked into the structure and function of our skin, nerves, and brain, or the result or our culturally constructed …

The Brain

There are really good reasons why we should — and shouldn't — genetically engineer human embryos

For the past three days, scientists, bioethicists, and other stakeholders at an international summit in Washington, D.C. have been debating some tough questions related to the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR/Cas9.<p>They discussed the technique's enormous potential to cure genetic diseases and …

Genetics

Cruz Unveils A Gun-Rights Coalition In The Wake Of Yet Another Mass Shooting

JOHNSTON, Iowa – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) campaigned at an Iowa indoor shooting range on Friday, defending gun rights two days after another mass shooting and announcing the formation of a “National Second Amendment Coalition” to represent gun-rights supporters.<p>“You don’t stop bad guys by taking …

Guns

Over a thousand years ago, the sun exploded — and changed life on Earth forever

Not by aliens, but by a natural event—and it was very, very powerful.<p>Whatever it was, it subtly altered the chemistry of our planet's atmosphere, creating trace amounts of radioactive elements like chlorine-36, beryllium-10, and carbon-14.<p>And those provide the clue to what the event was: Those …

Magnetism

18 Secrets About Being An Astronaut That NASA Won't Tell You

"It's like seven people in a camper van with a porta-potty for two weeks."

Space Science

Nasa reveals solar winds stripped Mars' atmosphere

Nasa announces new findings relating to the atmosphere of Mars which could give insight into the planet's past and the possibility of life on the red planet

Colleges are spying on prospective students by quietly tracking them across the internet

“So, where else are you applying?”<p>It’s a question—sneaky, disquieting, and likely familiar to anyone who’s applied for a job—that used to be asked by many of America’s 4,800 colleges. Nervous applicants’ answers could be taken, sometimes unfairly, as indicators of how likely they were to accept an …

College & University

How to Have Discreet Sex (and Communicate Discretion)

Hey! Chase Amante here.<p>You've read all the free articles I can offer you for this month.<p>If you'd like to read more, I've got to ask for your help …

Why Hitler was such a successful orator

One of the world's most influential orators created the largest German political party, conquered a dozen nations, and slaughtered as many as 21 million people during his brutal 12-year Third Reich.<p>In more than 5,000 persuasive speeches, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler bewitched his audiences and promised …

German Politics

In defense of American elitism: The alarming truth about the rise of Donald Trump

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane)</b><p>Donald Trump is all the proof you need that populism isn’t all its cut out to be<p>David Masciotra<p>October 25, 2015 10:00am (UTC)<p>One of the imperishable clichés of American political discourse is the idea that a populist uprising could cure all the ills currently afflicting the …

Political Science

Nasa images of cosmic catastrophe give glimpse of Earth's ultimate fate

Earth’s final days are in the distant future, but the the death of a far-off solar system revealed in images from Kepler 2 shows how the world might end<p>The destruction of a solar system has been captured for the first time by astronomers who said the violent events provide a grim glimpse of Earth’s …

Universe

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Astronomy

Hunt for alien life on Jupiter begins

European Space Agency joins forces with Airbus to develop new space probe to look for extra-terrestrial existence<p>In the past year humanity has landed on a comet, ventured to Pluto and discovered another planet which is so like our own it has been dubbed Earth 2.0.<p>But in the coming decades, space …

Clever animation shows the shocking human cost of World War II

An estimated 60 million to 80 million people died before the war officially ended in 1945. A new data visualization created by Neil Halloran and posted on i09 attempts to make this vast sum comprehensible, conceptualizing the fatalities using charts and graphics that convey the toll of war.<p>The …

World War II

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Mammoth black holes may be on a collision course

Scientists believe the impending crash could transform our understanding of extreme physics<p>Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole lurking at their centers, but a galaxy 10.5 billion light-years away looks like it might have two—and the pair may be set to crash together in just 21 years. If …

Black Holes

Why ISIS is winning, and how its foes can reverse that success

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been exactly a year since the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began its rampage through northern Iraq, seizing Mosul and Tikrit in short order as Iraqi security forces fled south. The group has proved its resilience since, despite thousands of coalition airstrikes and multiple …

Human Rights

China plans to be the first to land on the dark side of the moon

The Pink Floyd album aside, the “dark” side of the moon is not <i>actually</i> dark—it receives just as much sunlight as the hemisphere of the moon that we can see from Earth. It’s “dark,” because it’s mysterious, as it has never been explored by humans before.<p>Until now, that is. Wu Weiren, the chief …

Space Science