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33 Ways to Make a Long Flight More Comfortable

These tips and tricks will keep you sane on even the most grueling of journeys.<p>The amount of time spent in the air for somebody traveling from—oh, …

Learn the Basics About How to Use Flipboard

Flipboard is your all-the-time-place for the stories you care about. So how does it work?<p>Get know our most essential features:<p><b>Follow</b> your favorite topics, publications, and social feeds to populate the <b>For You</b> home feed <b></b>(previously known as Cover Stories).• <b><br>Flip</b> the articles that matter to you into</b> …

14 bucket list destinations that may soon disappear

Scientists have renewed warnings about the future of the Great Barrier Reef with one prominent researcher recently declaring the natural wonder ‘almost dead’.<p>But this isn't an isolated case. All around the world, destinations are under threat from urbanisation, global warming or simple human …

LISA Pathfinder will pave the way for us to 'see' black holes for the first time

It has been a century since Einstein presented his theory of general relativity but it is still helping us unveil some of the deepest mysteries of …

PAVE

Pandora CEO: This is why giving people access to on-demand music that's 'free all the time' is a problem

<i>Brian McAndrews is the CEO of Pandora.</i><p>A music industry executive was speaking to a class of undergraduate students at one of the top universities in the country.<p>He asked them how many listened to terrestrial radio and a number of hands went up. Then he asked how many listened to Internet radio, and …

Music Industry

LISA Pathfinder set to launch, paving way for discovery of gravity's secrets

Tomorrow’s mission is designed to test technology which, if successful, will allow us to “listen” to the universe using Einstein’s general theory of relativitiy<p>This Thursday at 04:15 GMT, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft from Kourou, French Guiana. The …

Apple’s R&D spending proves innovation isn’t all about money

When it comes to innovation, Apple is proving that it’s not all about the money.<p>While competitors like Google, Facebook and Qualcomm dump huge percentages of their revenue back into R&D on projects like autonomous cars and Internet drones, a recent Bloomberg report highlights how Apple has gotten …

Innovation

Gene Editing: Hope for New Cures or Scary Science?

Designer babies or an end to intractable illnesses: A revolutionary technology is letting scientists learn to rewrite the genetic code, aiming to alter DNA in ways that, among other things, could erase disease-causing genes.<p>How far should these experiments try to go -- fix only the sick, or make …

Genetics

‘Racing Extinction’: Documentary Explores Global Loss of Wildlife

A giant ape made its way up the Empire State Building in New York City in August earlier this year. Moments later, the ape was gone, replaced by a humpback whale barreling through the surf.<p>In a bar a few blocks down from the iconic building in Manhattan, filmmaker Louis Psihoyos smiled. This was …

Wildlife

US scientists urge ban on human genetic modification

Some prominent scientists in the US have called for a moratorium or ban on the genetic modification of children and future generations, after major developments in genetic engineering and synthetic biology, which, they say, could potentially have irreversible and monumental effects on humanity.<p>The …

Genetics

Sweden refuses to order ISP to block Pirate Bay

Stockholm District Court blocks rightsholder action against second-largest Swedish internet service provider, leaving file-sharing site accessible<p>Sweden’s internet service providers cannot be forced to block file sharing site the Pirate Bay nor be held responsible for copyright infringements by …

LGBTQI

‘Grandparent genes’ discovered by scientists

Grandparents are genetically programmed to care for their grandchildren, a new study suggests.<p>Genes which ensure the survival of grandparents so that they can care for grandchildren and pass on wisdom to future generations, have been found by scientists.<p>Special gene variants, which appear in large …

National Academy of Sciences

The Seven Most Over-Rated Things to Do in New York

New York is a city that, for the most part, lives up to the hype. The bagels, the pizza, even the tap water—all are justly celebrated. But for every …

Companies Can Now Officially Own Resources They Mine From Asteroids

President Obama signed the Space Act of 2015 over Thanksgiving<p>On Wednesday, as most Americans were stuck in holiday traffic or prepping their Thanksgiving feasts, President Obama signed the Space Act of 2015.<p>The bill is designed to encourage the fledgling private space industry. Among other things, …

The Rhetoric Over a Downed Plane

Vladimir Putin says Turkey shot down a Russian plane so it could protect its oil trade with the Islamic State.<p><i>Updated on November 30 at 2:41 p.m. ET</i><p>President Vladimir Putin is accusing Turkey of shooting down a Russian warplane last week so it could protect its oil trade with the Islamic State. The …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Iraq War A 'Huge Error,' US Blinded By Emotions Of 9/11, Says Former Top Intelligence Chief Michael Flynn

The former top US Special Forces chief claimed on Sunday that blinding emotion after the 9/11 attacks led the United States and its allies to take …

ISIS is preparing a 'backup' capital in case its major center in Syria falls

As western countries ramp up strikes against ISIS's de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, the terrorist group is looking to Libya as a potential back-up option at which to base its operations, according to The New York Times.<p>While ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) has other affiliates throughout …

Islamic State (ISIS)

SnowCast will help you find (or avoid) the powder this winter

Shake hands with SnowCast. Make some small talk. It’s in your best interest, since this app is very quickly going to become one of your best friends as the winter season rapidly approaches. SnowCast very simply lets you know how much snow you’ll be getting over the next 48 hours at any given …

Apps

Big Data Predicts Centuries Of Harm If Climate Warming Goes Unchecked

As diplomats argue in Paris over a new global agreement to fight climate change, their work is driven by scientists' dire predictions of how unchecked warming will transform our planet decades and centuries from now.<p>But how can researchers be so sure of what will happen that far off?<p>The Earth is …

Climate Change

Graphene microphone could pick up sounds beyond human hearing

Researchers have invented a microphone made of "wonder material" graphene, which is 32 times more sensitive than commercial mics<p>A newly-invented microphone made of graphene is 32 times more sensitive than conventional microphones.<p>According to a paper published by the University of Belgrade in …

There's no such thing as a 'male brain' or 'female brain,' and scientists have the scans to prove it

Do you have a male brain or a female brain? The answer, according to science, is no.<p>If you didn't expect this to be a yes-or-no question, you're not alone. Male brains do seem to be built differently than female brains. An analysis of more than 100 studies found that the volume of a man's brain is …

The Brain