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The truth about free will: Does it actually exist?

Acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett explains why free will is much more complicated than many people believe<p><b>David Edmonds: One way to exercise my freedom would be to act unpredictably, perhaps not to have a typical introduction to a "Philosophy Bites" interview, or to cut it abruptly short</b> …

The New Year will bring a comet you can see with the naked eye

2014 hasn’t even ended yet and we already have one of the best comets of 2015 showing off in our skies: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), already visible to the …

Move over duck face, NASA posts some awesome selfies on Instagram

A solar flare on the sun.<p>Jupiter’s moon Europa colorized.<p>Rocket launch during an aurora.<p>Hurricane Gonzalo<p>Advertisement<p>Advertisement<p>Florida and …

Top 10 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2014: Editors' Picks

From a snake virgin birth to a real-life unicorn, 2014 was a banner year for the bizarre. See our editors' picks for weirdest animal stories.

Nature

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

100 things we didn't know last year

<b>Interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from daily news stories and the Magazine picks out such snippets for its weekly feature, 10 things we didn't know last week. Here's an almanac of the best of 2014.</b><p><b>1. The Pentagon has</b> a plan for combating a zombie apocalypse.<p>Find out more (Foreign</b> …

Simon Cowell

10 Awesome Things That Happened In Space In 2014

There were some awesome things that happened in space this part year -- here's a few of our favorite NASA contributions.

UK scientists plan to grow lettuce on Mars

Photos of the lettuce are to be transmitted to Earth so the public and scientists would be able to watch the lettuce mature<p>A team of scientists have created a plan to grow lettuce on Mars, and it has been short-listed to be included in a future space flight to the red planet.<p>The project, being run …

Astronomy

Russia slashing vodka prices as economy reels

The Russian economy is in a tailspin, but hey, vodka is about to get cheaper!<p>The state agency that regulates the alcohol market said this month that it will slash vodka prices in February by about 16%.<p>The price cut marks a reversal for Russian policy makers, who have tried to discourage excessive …

The Surprising Reason We Make New Year's Resolutions

While many ancient traditions celebrate the beginning of a new year or season with an emphasis on renewal or re-birth, the New Year’s resolution as a means of self-improvement may be a uniquely American tradition.<p>And we may have one of the country's earliest religious traditions, Protestantism -- …

Twisted Ice Sculptures Form Atop a Frozen Mountain

The natural processes of wind and fog form surreal ice spikes on a mountain peak.<p><i>Images via</i><p>Massive, lifelike ice formations appeared atop Mount Javornik in Slovenia recently, after ten straight days of frozen fog assaulted the frosty peak. Photographer Marco Korosec took a break from his typical …

Modern Art

NASA's plan for an off-world colony: a floating city above Venus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Imagine a blimp city floating 30 miles above the scorching surface of Venus -- a home for a team of astronauts studying one of the solar system's most inhospitable planets.<p>NASA is currently doing just that; floating a concept that could one day see a 30-day manned mission to Earth's closest …

New blackhole hunter takes first photo—and it is absolutely stunning

NuSTAR—NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, the most sensitive high energy X-ray telescope ever invented—has taken its first picture of the …

Check out This Man's Badass Beard Sculptures

His motto: "Growing a beard is like growing a baby on your face."<p><b>While on the surface</b>, 30-year-old Isaiah Webb might look like a <i>Portlandia</i> extra, the San Francisco-based Sony employee is in fact the superhero "Incredibeard"—a remarkable man who can shape his facial fuzz into veritable works of art, …

Men's Fashion

An Interview with a Guy Who Lived Underwater for 31 Days for Science

Fabien Cousteau lived underwater for a month and built a robot shark to swim around in.<p>We all watched <i>The Little Mermaid</i> as kids and prayed that one day we'd sprout a tail and fins so we could join the magical world at the bottom of the ocean. In reality, for a human, spending extended periods of …

Scuba Diving

Climbing On Mount Denali

Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants

Not all restaurants come and go. Some of the world’s oldest date back centuries—and are still going strong, proud of their vintage, colorful, …

Inside Hitler's 10,000 room hotel that never had a single guest

67.9k views<p>Stretching for over three miles along the white sandy beach on Germany's Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, lies the world's biggest hotel with …

The top ice storm photos from 2013

Yes, your remember correctly: the berries on your holly bush really did become magical looking globes and your street revolted against daily traffic …