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The 11 Smartest Documentaries on Netflix

Expand your mind with stories about conjoined twins, false confessions, and the time John Huston went off to fight in World War II.<p>Perhaps the quickest way to <i>Matrix</i>-download new knowledge into your brain is to consume it in documentary form. All you have to do is plop yourself in front of a screen …

Porn Industry

The Physics of Accelerating Spacecraft in The Expanse

If you like science fiction, I can recommend a show for you—<i>The Expanse</i>. It takes place in the not-so-distant future all right here in our own solar …

Creator of 'Grand Unified Theory of Mathematics' Wins Prestigious Math Prize

A mathematician who developed what some consider the "grand unified theory of mathematics" has won one of the most prestigious prizes in …

Lunar showstopper: Super blue blood moon awes and wows

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.<p>It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.<p>Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats, …

Super Blue Blood Moon

6 Deceptively Simple Maths Problems That No One Can Solve

Mind = blown.<p>We all know that maths is really hard. So hard, in fact, that there's literally a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to unsolved …

Why willpower is overrated

Psychologists increasingly think effortful restraint is not the key to the good life. So what is?<p>People with a lot of self-control — people who, when they happen upon a delicious food they don’t think they should eat, seemingly grin and bear the temptation until it passes — have it easy.<p>But why? …

Psychology

Somebody cut the cake – new documents reveal that American oil writ large was warned of global warming at its 100th birthday party.<p>It was a typical November day in New York City. The year: 1959. Robert Dunlop, 50 years old and photographed later as clean-shaven, hair carefully parted, his earnest …

Climate Change

How one of the richest dynasties in American history lost its fortune

Cornelius Vanderbilt might have been the greatest capitalist in history.<p>When he was just 16, in 1810, Cornelius borrowed US$100 from his mother. Using that money, he went on to build a fortune of around US$100 million. That would be worth over US$200 billion today. And it was roughly equivalent to …

Don't Bother Handing Out Full-Sized Snickers Bars, This Guy Already Won Halloween

You know how you were planning to impress trick-or-treaters this Halloween by handing out full-sized Snickers bars? If you live in San Francisco, …

San Francisco

Soviet submarine officer who averted nuclear war honoured with prize

A senior officer of a Soviet submarine who averted the outbreak of nuclear conflict during the cold war is to be honoured with a new prize, 55 years to the day after his heroic actions averted global catastrophe.<p>On 27 October 1962, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov was on board the Soviet submarine …

War

Feynman’s Breakthrough, Disregard Others!

Feynman (just off centre) at Wangerooge in 1987I started my career as a theoretical physicist, and in the late-80s I co-organised a specialist …

The Coming Software Apocalypse

A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes.<p>There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service. People who called for help got a busy signal. One Seattle woman dialed 911 at least 37 …

These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War

As tensions rise between the United States and North Korea, an elite squad of Air Force officers wait for the call the world hopes never comes.<p>The capsule is the size of a shipping container. At one end is a single bunk sectioned off by a red blackout curtain. At the other is a stall with a toilet …

Military

What you can learn from ancient coffee rituals around the world

For many caffeine lovers, coffee drinking is less of a habit and more of a sacred ritual. In fact, the history of coffee rituals around the world is …

Larsen C Ice Shelf Break is Only Start of Antarctica Melting From Climate Change

Seen from above, the Pine Island Ice Shelf is a slow-motion train wreck. Its buckled surface is scarred by thousands of large crevasses. Its edges are shredded by rifts a quarter mile across. In 2015 and 2016 a 225-square-mile chunk of it broke off the end and drifted away on the Amundsen Sea. The …

The bike at 200: World's craziest rides, then and now

New research: "Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented e...

<b>New research: "Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events"</b><p>My +Stanford University research group has a new …

A London Marathon runner helps struggling comrade cross finish line in inspirational scene

For anyone in need of some inspiration in trying times, or even just a basic reminder of the importance of solidarity and human compassion, here’s a …

A Quick Animated History of Why We Use the Numbers We Use

I find the history of numbers so much more fascinating than the application of numbers. Who cares about learning calculus, when you can geek out on …

Mathematics

Graphene's Superconductive Power Has Finally Been Unlocked, And It's Crazier Than We Expected

Okay, wow.<p>It's official: graphene has been made into a superconductor in its natural state - which means electrical current can flow through it with …

Sorry, But Your Brain Only Knows One Way To Multitask Effectively

Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you’ve developed in that particular context.<p>The news that multitasking is bad isn’t even news anymore. In recent years, people have begun to recognize what psychologists have known for decades: If you try to do two things at the …

Want To Live Forever? Science Says It’s Time To Start Chugging Coffee Now

Good news: Coffee will stunt your growth, just like your mother predicted! Better news: All that growth-stunting could actually be good for you because the stunting it’s doing is in your inflammation pathways. That’s according to a new study out of Stanford University which found that drinking more …

Read the full transcript of President Obama's farewell speech

Here is an unedited transcript of President Obama's prepared remarks during his farewell address in Chicago, as provided by the White House.<p>---<p>It's good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we've received over the past few weeks. But tonight …

Political Science

A Very Clever Parrot Uses His Own Discarded Feather to Scratch the Back of His Head

In 2007, a 29-year old yellow-headed Amazon named Poncho gratefully accepted one of his own discarded feathers from his human Cheryl Rampton and …

Amazon

Revealed! 97% of human body is made up of stardust! - IBTimes India

Stars are made up of almost two dozen chemical elements, but researchers only listed those elements that are considered to be the building blocks of …

What Are the Chances of Finding Two Identical Snowflakes?

Not good.<p>Do you know how many possible snowflake shapes there are? 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, …

South Africa

Meet Henry Orenstein, the Man Who Changed How the World Plays

Culture toys Holocaust<p>Henry Orenstein was standing outside his concentration camp barracks, shivering, when the amplified voice of his salvation cut …

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

Quantum Mechanics