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Dessert Bar Recipes That Are Way Better Than Brownies

Don't be mistaken, we're not saying we don't absolutely love brownies. (You should know that we do.) But dessert bars have a special place in our hearts. First, there are so many variations you can make: cookie bars, fruit bars, perfectly decadent bars loaded with lots and lots of candy. And …


33 Blueberry Recipes We’re Completely Obsessed With

From cobbler to pancakes to pies, here are our favorite blueberry recipes.<p><b>We're not saying we have a favorite berry</b> or anything, but we'll gladly admit that blueberries are one of the best. Try out these blueberry recipes now (now!), especially when blueberries are in season.


30 Photographs Capturing the End of World War II in Europe

On May 8, 1945, Germany conceded World War II and the world celebrated.<p>On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces, ending World War II in the West. The next day, parades marched, kisses flew, beer flowed, and the globe erupted in celebration. Though the Pacific theater continued to …

Winston Churchill

The Man Who Built the Universe

Dan Dixon and his diverse team of specialists have simulated the universe in extraordinary detail with Universe Sandbox.<p>Ever wondered what would happen if a rogue planet smashed into Earth? Or what would go down if Neptune magically teleported over to Saturn? Or, on an even bigger scale, what the …

Middle School

Meet the Newest State of Matter

Jahn–Teller metals offer new hope for high-temperature superconductivity.<p>It's only slightly less exciting than it sounds: a new state of matter. The discovery, which comes courtesy of an international team led by Kosmas Prassides of Tokohu University in Japan, offers a novel material with an …

Quantum Mechanics

Rare direct image of a super-Jupiter exoplanet

A giant planet 11 times the mass of Jupiter has been directly photographed, the closest such planet to Earth we've seen with our own eyes.<p>The big, wide universe has a lot of stars. The exact figure is unknown, although estimates put the number somewhere in the region of 70 sextillion. Some of those …


Home-Cooked Meals, Comfy Chairs and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

Space Science

Richard Feynman on How His Father Taught Him about What Is Most Important

How to plant the seed for the lifelong pleasure of finding things out.<p>Theoretical physicist and legendary science communicator <b>Richard Feynman</b> (May 11, 1918–February 15, 1988) remains known as “The Great Explainer” — a moniker at least as deserved as his Nobel Prize, merited by his enchanting …

Richard Feynman

Farewell to Milwaukee's Classic, Hand-Crafted Bus Passes

An important part of Milwaukee design history is coming to a close to make way for modern transit tech.<p>Kindra Murphy started her career as collector of Milwaukee transit design four years ago. More recently, she's run into a catch.<p>She initially discovered a cache of Milwaukee weekly bus passes at a …

Ghana: making education a priority - in pictures

Ghana spends 8% of GDP on schooling, higher than UK’s 6.5% and than the UN benchmark, though poverty still prevents some from going to school. This year’s British young ambassadors for global education visit the country to find out more


Month in Space: See a Black Sun and a Rocket's Red Glare - NBC News


How particle accelerator maths helped me fix my Wi-Fi

Using 19th century physics can demonstrate that light is a form of electromagnetic wave ... or improve your Wi-Fi reception<p><i>This piece was first published on The Conversation</i><p>Electromagnetic radiation – it might sound like something that you’d be better off avoiding, but electromagnetic waves of …


Adorable Teddy Bear-like "Magic Rabbit" Spotted for the First Time in Two Decades

Meet the Ili pika (<i>Ochotona iliensis</i>), an extremely elusive, cuddly creature that is rarely seen by human eyes. Native to a remote region of China, the adorable mammal has been spotted only a handful of times in the Tianshan Mountains of the northwestern province of Xinjiang. Nicknamed the “magic …


The best and oddest science-inspired music

Science inspires music more often than you might think. Philip Ball compiled a playlist of the good, the bad and the far-out.<p>In February 1930, a young astronomer called Clyde Tombaugh confirmed what some researchers had suspected for some time: the solar system was home to a ninth planet, orbiting …

5 ways to make money with your phone

You don't like to think about it, but between the up-front cost and the monthly contract payments, your phone costs you a fair bit of money. What you might not realize is that it can make you money, too.<p>You won’t get rich, but you can pay for a few trips to Starbucks. Here’s how to get started.<p><b>1.</b> …

Personal Finance

Help NASA discover new asteroids with this free app

You can now help NASA find new asteroids. At South by Southwest today, the space agency released its asteroid tracker desktop software, produced in conjunction with asteroid mining company Planetary Resources in an online competition. The software, which will run on any standard Mac or PC, will …