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7 Times Mathematics Became Art And Blew Our Minds

So pretty.<p>While maths might seem like a purely formulaic pursuit, the patterns and ratios it produces can help create some of history's most striking …

Photo Friday: How to Edit Photos on Your Phone

Ever uploaded a photo to Instagram and got zero likes? It could mean anything: your focus is off, lighting’s flat, or the subject’s not interesting. But allow us to present you with a fourth possibility: you don’t really know how to edit photos on your phone.<p>Many photographers think of a photo as …

Mobile Photography

Obama's Climate Goals Jeopardized By Shutting Working Nuclear Plants

Concern is mounting in the Obama Administration over a growing number of nuclear reactors that are being closed prematurely. For the wrong reasons.<p>On Thursday, Dr. Peter Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, told attendees at the Platts 10th Annual Nuclear Energy Conference that the U.S. …

5 Questions to Discover Who You Are and What Will Make You Happy

<b>“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.</b>” ~<b>E.E. Cummings</b><p>At twenty-five I was happily married and had a great career, many friends, …

Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

SANTA MONICA, Calif. –- You have been diagnosed with lung cancer.<p>There is a bewildering array of drugs, and combinations of drugs, that may shrink the tumor and prolong your life. Or they could make matters worse and give you terrible side effects.<p>In the past, this decision was mostly a crude …

Mapping The Wealth Of U.S. ZIP Codes Shows The Haves Hiding From The Have-Nots

This interactive graphic, which lets you see the economic stats for every ZIP code in the country, shows the emergence of “Super ZIPs”–communities where nearly everyone is wealthy.<p>The Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel calls it the “skyboxification of American life”–the way in which the wealthy and …

Demographics

Comet Ison to light up morning skies in the run-up to Christmas

If it survives an encounter with the sun this week, comet Ison will put on an impressive early morning display in the run-up to Christmas. But anyone hoping for a Bethlehem-style celestial sign on the big day will be disappointed. By then the comet will probably be too faint to see with a naked eye.<p>…

If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Whenever the phrase "comet of the century" gets tossed around, we recommend remembering all the buzz about Kohoutek.<p>If you were around in 1973, you may recall that Kohoutek was supposed to give us an amazing show.<p>Well, it fizzled.<p>But we do want to make sure everyone knows about comet ISON, which as …

Math matters: how big data is building the future of everything

To speed up innovation, scientists are sequencing 'the materials genome'<p>New materials lead to new innovations. Gorilla Glass is a big selling point for smartphones. Kevlar saves lives and has worked its way into consumer products. Lithium-ion batteries have enabled a host of energy-storage …

A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and …