Liz Welch

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The pill that might give you perfect pitch by altering your brain

Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, believes that absolute pitch — the ability to identify or sing a specific note without any reference points — is a learned ability, normally only acquirable by humans in a "critical period" early in our lives. In the …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

Sherlock Holmes is the archetypal scientist – brilliant but slightly scary

More than 75 different actors have taken him on, making him the most portrayed character on film and television ever. Ian McKellen will be the latest to add his name to the roster, playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes in a film set in 1947. The BBC's Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is back …

NASA Conducts Second Spacewalk to Fix Coolant Pump on ISS

2013: An incredible year in space

From an inspired cover version to one probe’s giant step for humanity, we look back at 2013’s most important space moments.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in amazing design<p>The year in wildlife<p><b>Want more space galleries...</b><p>Best space images of October<p>Best space …

When stars sneeze

If you could watch over thousands of years, you’d find that the star is having a sneezing fit. It’s firing off rapid releases of super-hot, …

Your culture determines what you remember

The details you remember about an event, such as your last birthday party, are determined in part by your cultural background.<p>Americans, for …

Never, ever give up | Diana Nyad

Robots to the rescue at international trials in Florida

HOMESTEAD (Reuters) - As a squat, red-and-black robot nicknamed CHIMP gingerly pushed open a spring-loaded door a gust of wind swooped down onto the track at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and slammed the door shut, eliciting a collective sigh of disappointment from the audience.<p>An LS 3 (Legged Squad …

Did Astronauts Really Eat Astronaut Ice Cream?

<i>Note: In 2016, Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham spoke with Phil Edwards of Vox and denied that the crew ever flew with ice cream. As Cunningham</i> …

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Mercury Craters Named After John Lennon, Nine Other Famous Artists (PHOTOS)

Imagine John Lennon on Mercury. It isn’t hard to do—at least it wasn’t hard for the folks tasked with giving names to craters on the planet. This week, they named 10 impact craters after famous artists, including the Beatles legend, Truman Capote, and Alexander Calder.<p>Just click through the …

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” writer Ned Vizzini dead at 32

<b>(Ned Vizzini's YouTube Channel)</b><p>The young adult novelist reportedly committed suicide<p>Prachi Gupta<p>December 20, 2013 6:42pm (UTC)<p>New York City's medical examiner has confirmed that writer Ned Vizzini is dead at 32, reports the Los Angeles Times. The novelist, who has written and spoken out about his …

How To Organize A Bookshelf

<b>Listen · 4:24</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Chances are, many of us will own a few more books after the holidays. But even if the books you have are carefully stored and cataloged, where do you put new ones?<p>We asked a few listeners how they organize their book collections. And there is no one …

Editors' Picks for 2013: Fiction

Looking back over a year in which thrilling debuts rubbed shoulders with long-awaited novels from literary lions, we’ve chosen fifteen powerful, …

Books

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells: A tribute to P.G. Wodehouse’s popular books

In this literary game where too many novelists will go on producing the same book over and over (with ever-less-convincing disguises), Sebastian Faulks has a demonstrated flexibility and range that few British authors since Anthony Burgess can match. Having already written about the trench …

Nasa spacewalk to repair International Space Station - video

Astronauts conduct a Christmas Eve space walk to fix the cooling system on the International Space Station<p>1:00<p>Published: 24 Dec 2013<p>Urgent cooling system repairs force Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins to make second spacewalk in four days<p>Published: 24 Dec 2013<p>Two American astronauts to make …

Today in science: Earthrise from moon

Click here for a video visualization of events leading to one of the best-known photographs of the 20th century – Earth rising over the moon – as …

Astronauts Ready For Marathon Spacewalks

NASA astronauts will be heading out to conduct critical repairs on the International Space Station early Saturday morning. The 6 1/2-hour spacewalk, the first in a series, will replace a faulty piece of cooling equipment.<p>Astronaut Rick Mastracchio is a seasoned veteran, while his partner Mike …

Does money make you mean? | Paul Piff

Researchers sent a text message using only vodka and a fan

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "drunk text," York University researchers in Canada have used vodka and a desk fan to send a new kind of text message. In the experiment, they encoded the alphabet in evaporated alcohol, assigning different concentration levels to represent bits 1 and 0. The …

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Washington, D.C.

You know it’s our nation’s capital, but were you aware of these fun quirks?<p><b>1.</b> The Capitol building was not designed by an American. William Thornton …

“Systematic textual analysis of The Hobbit supports our initial hypothesis that the triumph of good over evil may be assisted to some extent by the poor diet and lack of sunlight experienced by the evil characters…” Amazing Headline Alert: “Was Gollum Done In By Vitamin D Deficiency?” http://tpr.ly/1c1vj42

Largest-ever true-color photo of the night sky

The photographer trekked 60,000 miles (100,000 km) across the western United States and South Africa to create this massive composite image.<p>A …

Astronomy

Let This Amazing Hydrophobic Shirt Keep You Dry, You Slob

Perfect for when you accidentally spill an entire jug of orange soda all over yourself.<p>Human beings! Clothes-wearers! Folks who maybe drank some milk right out of the jug one time and spilled it all over themselves but okay it was Saturday night and no one was around and whatever it's not like …

For crops, water shortage could double effect of climate change

Shortages of freshwater used for irrigation may double the detrimental effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a new analysis that …

December 2013

Famous Writers' Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized

"In both writing and sleeping," Stephen King observed in his excellent meditation on the art of "creative sleep" and wakeful dreaming, "we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives."<p>Over the years, in …

Forget selfies, we want to see your shelfies

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Fourth Book In 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Series Planned With New Author

Looks like fans of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist will get another ending after all, with Swedish publisher Norstedts announcing on Tuesday plans for a fourth book in the bestselling series "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."<p>Author David Lagercrantz will take the reins from the late Stieg …