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Cherry Blossom In Japan Photography

Une rivière jonchée de pétales roses, un héron s’abreuvant sous des nuages de fleurs ; Avril n’est-il pas la meilleure période pour dévoiler les …

15 Million-Year-Old Flower Found 'Perfectly Preserved' in Amber

Researchers have discovered a new flower species that has been “perfectly preserved” in amber, much like in the dinosaur blockbuster <i>Jurassic Park</i>.<p>The …

Paleontology

Top 6 Must-See Sky Events for 2016

Get a sneak peek at the best skywatching sights of the new year.<p>Among other celestial delights, the upcoming year may be best remembered for a planetary disappearing act and a Martian close-up.<p>Mars will be at its biggest and brightest in May, and then in the fall will appear to pass close to a …

J.M. Coetzee and the Truth That Lies

Want painful honesty or your own comfortable fiction? Two new books explore the Nobel laureate’s unsparing self-criticism.<p>How do you evaluate a …

21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Every Day

Need to wake up? Just sniff an orange.

Research

Eli Horowitz Wants To Teach You How To Read

McSweeney’s was one of the most significant indie publishing houses of the last 20 years — and Eli Horowitz was a central force behind it. Armed with an app-based novel that aspires to be the most bonkers book ever written, can he change that world again?<p><b>It’s an exquisite</b> Indian-summer day in the …

Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

"The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said.<p>The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 …

Russia

iFixit Apple Pencil teardown reveals twin emitters to measure angle & orientation, logic board folded in half

No new Apple tech survives long without being taken apart by iFixit, and the Apple Pencil is no exception. Apple didn’t make it easy, however, with iFixit having to resort to a small circular saw to open up the device and needing to break a flex cable along the way.<p>Inside, it found that the plastic …

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed so vague and …

Meditation

A chemistry teacher's guide to the perfect cup of coffee

Sometimes you just want a caffeine hit to wake you up, but if you appreciate the finer points of a cup of coffee, it’s worth going right down to the chemistry of the water, milk, sugar – and salt<p>As a chemistry teacher, I’m inevitably fascinated by chemistry in general, but especially by the …

Coffee

A Mediterranean diet could protect your brain from shrinking in old age

Following a Mediterranean diet high in fish and low in meat may slow down the signs of aging in your brain, according to a new study.<p>Researchers found that among 684 elderly people with an average age of 80, those who stuck more closely to a Mediterranean diet that includes lots of vegetables, …

An Informative Illustration That Explains What Cats Are Communicating Through Their Body Language

Artist, animator and animal lover Lili Chin has created Cat Language, an adorable illustrated guide to what felines are saying with body language. …

Pets