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Our Sun May Have Had a Twin

<i>Love Curiosity? Subscribe to our email to get our stories delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.</i><p>This is a sad story about lost siblings.<p>The sun …

Cosmology

These Ants Explode, but Their Nests Live to See Another Day

Outside the kitchen door at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Center in Brunei, on a number of trees near the balcony, there is a nest of very special ants.<p>They explode.<p>This colony was studied in depth by scientists who, last week in the journal ZooKeys, published an in-depth description of the …

Zoology

Here's how we know the Big Bang happened

At 13.8 billion years ago, our entire observable universe was the size of a peach and had a temperature of over a trillion degrees.<p>That's a pretty simple, but very bold statement to make, and it's not a statement that's made lightly or easily. Indeed, even a hundred years ago, it would've sounded …

Universe

10 Times John Oliver Dropped Truth Bombs About India & Made Us Feel Super Existential

Ever since HBO blessed us with the profound wisdom of John Oliver, every week has been a hilarious minefield of exploding truth-bombs. Not only is …

Elections (India)

Google Is Replacing SMS With New 'Chat' Instant-Messaging Service

Here's everything you need to know about Chat and when it's arriving in the UK.<p>Sending a text message (SMS) sucks.<p>There’s no nice way of saying it, …

Chatbots

Stinky Molecules Confirm: Uranus Smells Like Farts

I’m sick and tired of Uranus jokes. It’s time to get serious about Uranus, because there is some really serious science surrounding Uranus’s …

Astronomy

'God of War' nailed Norse mythology so well it hurts

<i>Warning: this article contains minor spoilers for</i> <b>God of War.</b><p>Norse mythology grows ever bigger in pop-culture. Lots of people nowadays are familiar …

Santa Monica

If You're Losing Sleep Over Rude Co-workers, Science Has a Simple Solution (You're Sure to Like It)

A study finds a connection between abuse at work and restless sleep and offers an answer that could also prevent a heart attack one day.<p>If you've ever felt judged, unjustly criticized or even verbally abused by colleagues at work, you've likely felt the impact in the quality of your sleep.<p>Maybe you …

Sleep

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

PUBG Creator Says Bigger Maps May Be on the Horizon

The Creator of PUBG Is Considering More Map Variety to the Fight<p>Just yesterday PUBG Corp. announced their intention to address the current weapon …

Gaming Industry

How to See All the Apps That Have Access to Your Google Info

Over the past few weeks, there’s been a huge focus on paying attention to the apps you have connected to your Facebook account. While that’s …

Apps

What data does your iOS app collect, and why?

Facebook’s latest privacy scandal came courtesy of a personality quiz app whose data was sold to a third party.<p>What about other apps? What do they …

Apps

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google’s heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company’s software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What …

Artificial Intelligence

Want to Improve Your Communication Skills? Stop Saying These 25 Words.

Stop saying these words in the office. You'll improve your communication skills and your coworkers will thank you.<p>For thousands of years, our most powerful tools to change the world and our surroundings have been our words. That’s still true today.<p>From the lines you hear on TV, the commentary you …

Communication Skills

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Physics

Ask Ethan: How Will Our Universe End?

For centuries, the biggest questions about our Universe were philosophical ones. Where we came from, how we got to be here, and where we were headed in the future were questions for poet and theologians; science had no answers for the greatest cosmic mysteries of all. Over the past 100 years, all …

Black Holes

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Did Mark Zuckerberg just beat Congress?

Mark Zuckerberg survived Congress. Now what?<p>That's the big question now that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have put Facebook under the …

Social Media

These Are the Coolest New Features in Gmail's Redesign

If you use Gmail and Google Calendar, planning an event over email should be easy, but it can be annoying to jump back and forth between the two apps …

Apps

Forget Facebook – it’s the tech-illiterate politicians we should be worrying about

Watching Mark Zuckerberg testify in front of senators and members of Congress about Cambridge Analytica and wider concerns around Facebook’s …

Social Media

NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price | Ars Technica

The Exploration Upper Stage seems nowhere near readiness.<p>NASA will likely launch its first astronauts into deep space since the Apollo program on a …

Space Exploration

The Sad, Sad Story of Laika, the Space Dog, and Her One-Way Trip into Orbit

With a pounding heart and rapid breath, Laika rode a rocket into Earth orbit, 2,000 miles above Moscow streets she knew. Overheated, cramped, …

Space Exploration

NASA Just Dropped Its Most Detailed Video Tour of the Moon Yet

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, high-resolution imagery of our closest neighboring world is more accessible than ever.<p>NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released a breathtaking new video tour of the Moon in 4K resolution, stitching together some of the most detailed observations …

Astronomy

How gravitational waves could solve some of the Universe’s deepest mysteries

NEWS FEATURE<p>With the first detections behind them, researchers have set their sights on ambitious scientific quarry.<p>Davide Castelvecchi<p>Search for …

Physics

How to delete yourself from the Internet

Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user’s files hostage. And what about those websites that track your every move, targeting you with …

Privacy

17 Inspirational TED Talks on Motivation (Infographic)

Need a boost? These TED talks will get you excited and inspired.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s no doubt that during your entrepreneurship journey your motivation will be put to the test. Whether it’s stress from family or finances, staying motivated can be …

Motivation

10 Books to Read if ‘A Brief History of Time’ Was Too Brief for You

Inspired by the late Stephen Hawking’s beloved best-seller, the hosts of the ‘BookLab’ podcast offer more mind-bending musings on space and …

Books

Elon Musk warns that AI could become an 'immortal dictator'

Authoritarianism is nothing new.<p>But at least Mussolini and Hitler died. In the age of artificial intelligence, we could create "an immortal dictator …

Artificial Intelligence

Why I Own An iPhone When Everything About Me Screams Android

Image: Gizmodo Australia<p>If you want to do anything with your smartphone beyond the basics, there's no reason not to go Android. So, as someone who …

iPhone

The Milky Way’s Center Is a Cornucopia of Black Holes

Astronomers have detected evidence of a handful of the likely thousands of light-gobbling objects in the middle of the galaxy.<p>For the last few years, Chuck Hailey has had the center of the Milky Way hanging in his office at Columbia University. The picture, pinned above his desk, shows a bright …

Black Holes