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Study Suggests Free Will Is An Illusion

The Brain Photo credit: Is some sort of mental time travel going on? QQ7/ShutterstockPsychology attempts to define and investigate some genuinely …

Vacation Bucket List: The Top 10 Trips of a Lifetime

Your complete guide to the must-have travel experiences across the globe.<p>For those of us suffering from an incurable case of wanderlust, the question is always '<i>where am I going to vacation to next?</i>' If you don't have your travel bucket list already mapped out, luxury travel consortium Virtuoso is …

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29 of The Most Surreal Landscapes on The Planet

Alien landscapes on Earth.<p>Earth is full of bizarre landscapes. Some are land formations moulded over thousands of years, while others are human-made …

16 action-packed adventure trips

Want to explore the places that tour buses can't go? Try these high-energy explorations...<p>Climb Asia’s tallest volcano – in Iran<p>Summit a classic …

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …

This Year's Biggest Discoveries in Science

From the edge of the solar wind to ancient human DNA, science made big strides in 2013.<p>Science mattered more than ever in 2013. Climate science questions raged after Super Typhoon Haiyan pummeled the Philippines. And scientific expertise figured in disarmament debates in Syria and in Iran's …

Element of the week: ununseptium

One of this element's parents traveled across the Atlantic Ocean more times in just a couple days than a career diplomat!<p>This week's element is ununseptium, a superheavy synthetic chemical element that has the temporary symbol, <b>Uus</b>, and the permanent atomic number, <b>117</b>. This is the penultimate …

Astronomers try to explain why these rare supernovae are so bright - Futurity

Two newly discovered supernovae are 10 billion light-years away and a hundred times more luminous than a normal supernova.

Q&A: The 5 Big Questions in Brain Science

A bioethicist suggests that neuroscience challenges how we view ourselves.<p><b>Advances in our understanding of the brain have turned neuroscience into one of the hottest frontiers in research, and in ethics. (See "Beyond the Brain.")</b><p>On Wednesday, the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of …

Gaia satellite lifts off on mission to map the Milky Way in 3D – video

The European Space Agency successfully launches the Soyuz rocket which is carrying Gaia, an advanced satellite, into space. The satellite's mission is to conduct a cosmic census and chart all the stars in the Milky Way in a 3D map. The satellite is expected to be in orbit for five years

Doubling down with rare white dwarf systems

In the middle of the 20th century, an unusual star was spotted in the constellation Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs. Years later, astronomers …

New Study Finds Milky Way Has Four Arms, Not Two

Sometimes it’s hard to see the shape of something from the inside.<p>A new study provides evidence that our own home galaxy actually has four major spiral “arms,” instead of two. Can I just point out this is 100 percent more arms than our latest understanding of the shape of the Milky Way?<p>The evidence …

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New Research Affirms That Milky Way Has Four Spiral Arms

Our Milky Way galaxy has four arms instead of two, according to just published results of a 12-year study by scientists in the U.K.<p>The findings, published in the <i>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society</i>, affirm what astronomers surmised in the 1950s but began to doubt in 2008 after seeing …

Heating Water To 600 Degrees Celsius In One Trillionth Of A Second

A new trick of science could trigger some interesting chemical reactions.<p>It may only work on tiny amounts of water, but it should be the fastest transfer of energy to water on Earth. Scientists have figured out how to heat about one billionth of a liter of water 600 degrees Celsius in one …

$19 million might produce the first ever image of a black hole

Astrophysicists think there's a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It's supposed to be four million times more massive than our Sun, but despite its stupendous size, we've never been able to see it. That might soon change. The European Research Council has given 14 …

NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency.<p>An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent …

Crab Nebula: Noble Gas Molecule Found in Crab Nebula--a First in Space, Say Researchers

The Crab Nebula has a noble gas molecule, researchers said this week, noting that the find is startling because it has been assumed noble gas …

Ozone Hole 2070: Hole Likely Won't Heal Until 2070, NASA Says

The ozone hole is healing but won’t be fully healed until about 2070, a NASA scientist said.<p>The space agency has just published findings that the …

The shadow genome: why DNA isn't destiny

Epigenetics is changing the way scientists look at genetic inheritance<p>How does a mother’s weight-loss surgery affect her child’s risk of obesity? It’s a question scientists have been struggling with since a Laval University study published in April, which looked at children born to mothers who’d …

Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Spoken And Unspoken.<p><b>About Mark Pagel's TEDTalk</b><p>Biologist Mark Pagel says our complex language system is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.<p><b>About Mark Pagel</b><p>Mark Pagel is the head of the …

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Spoken And Unspoken.<p><b>About Amy Cuddy's TEDTalk</b><p>Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for …

Spoken And Unspoken : TED Radio Hour : NPR

We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

Element of the week: livermorium

What do ununhexium, eka-polonium and nottingium share in common?<p>This week's element is livermorium, which has the atomic symbol, <b>Lv</b>, and atomic number, <b>116</b>. This is the last of the elements that we'll meet that has a permanent formal name (at this time). This element originally was given the …

Coldest place in the universe

The ghostly Boomerang Nebula, coldest known place in the universe, reveals its true shape in this image from the giant ALMA radio telescope.<p>The …

Classical carrier could create entanglement

Quantum entanglement between two distant parties could be achieved using a non-entangled or classical information carrier. That is the conclusion of …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

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Climatologist: Nuclear Power Only Way To Curb Climate Disruption

Addressing the American Geophysical Union, James Hansen urges fellow scientists to study, share facts on nuclear energy<p>Polluters must pay for their carbon dioxide emissions, and nuclear energy must expand, says climatologist James Hansen, who retired this year from the NASA Goddard Institute for …

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