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Missouri is installing solar power grabbing pavement on Route 66

Part of its ‘Road to Tomorrow Initiative,’ Missouri’s Department of Transportation is teaming with Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup (seriously, what’s going on in Idaho?) to cover an undetermined length of Historic Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.<p>“We expect them to be in place, I’m …

Clean Energy

Why Gravitational Physicists Don't Sleep at Night

Meeting the people behind the gravitational wave discovery.<p>"The best time to run an experiment," said Aaron Buikema, a PhD student in physics at MIT, "is between 8:30 in the evening and 4 in the morning."<p>It does lead to an unusual sleep schedule, Buikema admitted, but he's been working on something …

Physics

Four Elements Have Just Earned a Permanent Spot in The Periodic Table

The seventh row is now officially complete.<p>Officials from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have confirmed the discovery …

There's a disorder that makes it impossible to feel pleasure, and scientists are just beginning to understand how it works

In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, scientists stimulated the brains of rats to induce feelings of anhedonia, helping to explain how the phenomenon arises in the brain.<p>Hopefully, this understanding could one day lead to better treatments for depression and other related mood …

Neuroscience

5 Powerful Psychedelics That Reorganize the Brain and Elevate Consciousness

Psychoactive plants and hallucinogens have given us the opportunity to see life through different perspectives for thousands of years.<p>Michael …

Meet the dogs who can sniff out cancer better than some lab tests

<b>Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (CNN) —</b> Lucy, a cross between a Labrador retriever and an Irish water spaniel, failed miserably at guide dog school. As she was curious and easily excitable, random scents distracted Lucy from her master's path, and it wasn't long before she was unceremoniously kicked …

Pets

SpaceX landing hailed as giant leap for space travel

When<p>Elon Musk'sSpaceXrocket nailed its historic landing at Florida's Cape Canaveral on Monday night and the enormous dust cloud settled, it was more than an engineering feat hailed around the world.<p>The Falcon 9's landing made deep space travel seem attainable again — not just to aerospace engineers …

Space Travel

Here's How Your Dog Really Feels About You, According To Science

Image: Yaisin Bulut via Getty Images<p>Let’s talk about puppy love. Not youthful romance, but the love between a person and his or her pooch. As every dog lover knows, canine companions make for some of the best friends we could wish for. They play with us, cuddle with us, listen to us and make us …

Elon Musk just made an incredibly important point about solar energy

Visionaries like Elon Musk know how underrated solar power is.<p>In an interview on December 15 at the American Geophysical Union meeting, Musk …

Renewable Energy

The 7 Most Intriguing Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God

Nietzsche is famous for saying that God is dead, but news of The Almighty's demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some of the most …

What is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer.

The more we learn about the universe, the more we discover just how diverse all its planets, stars, nebulae and unexplained chunks of matter really …

!!! | Features

“I would say this is actually the year I re-embraced rock,” says !!! frontman Nic Offer over a crystal-clear line from Japan. Perhaps not surprising …

Former Olympic teammates brawl during badminton final

The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Third rule of Fight Club: don’t invite badminton players because those dudes know how to throw down.<p>In the doubles final at the Canada Open, Thailand’s Maneepong …

The Future of the Earth Will Be Decided This Week

The signs of climate change are all around us, and at long last, the world is taking action. This week, leaders from 196 countries are meeting in …

Scientists just caught a black hole swallowing a star — and burping a bit back out

Astronomers have caught black holes in the act of murdering stars before. But a study published Thursday in Science claims to have caught a step in the crime that has remained elusive until now.<p><i>[This is what it looks like when a black hole tears a star apart]</i><p>In addition to catching evidence of the …

Universe

Killing Them Safely

Amid debates on America's policing methods, Nick Berardini's debut feature "Killing them Safely" explains how two brothers revolutionized law enforcement by building the world's largest Taser manufacturer, arming and training America's police, and becoming millionaires in the process.<p>Startling …

Law Enforcement

Roald Dahl's greatest philosophical quotes ever

Not only did legendary writer Roald Dahl create unforgettable characters, he also put words of wisdom into their mouths! Discover our favourites here and tell us your favourites on Twitter @GdnChildrensBks or by email childrens.books@theguardian.com<p>Everything we ever needed to know about how to …

Discover the Weird Symptoms of a ‘Silent’ Heart Attack

Your ticker might be in trouble even if you haven’t experienced the obvious signs<p>Not all heart attacks cause chest pain and drenching sweats: Some heart attacks may strike “silently,” causing little or no symptoms, new research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests.<p>The researchers …

The government just proposed a sea change to American diets — and one industry is furious

As part of the new recommendations, reported by The New York Times, the FDA also wants to change nutrition labels to differentiate between two kinds of sugar in food and drinks:<p>That which is <b>naturally occurring</b> (like the kind in a super-sweet peach or honey-crisp apple)<br>• That which is <b>added in the</b> …

Nutrition

What’s the best way to remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables?

<b>The Question</b><p>Is rinsing fruit and vegetables under water effective at removing pesticides? Should I use a store-bought produce wash instead? Are there some fruits and vegetables that, no matter how I clean them, I should buy organically grown?<p><b>The Answer</b><p>There is a growing concern among Canadians …

Earth's climate entering new 'permanent reality' as CO2 hits new high

UN experts urge immediate action to cut emissions as CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are on track to hit historic high, up 43% on pre-industrial times<p>The Earth’s climate will enter a new “permanent reality” from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a …

Climate Change

Doctors Tested a Man’s Cancerous Tumors and Found the DNA Was Not Human. Here’s Why It ‘Really, Really Defied Belief’

When a 41-year-old Colombian man was seen by doctors in 2013 with fatigue, fever and weight loss, among other symptoms, they knew he had already been diagnosed with HIV in years prior and was not taking medication for it.<p>When doctors examined stool samples they found evidence of a parasitic …

Medicine

Japan's insanely tiny homes are the future of cities

Tiny homes are exotic to many of us, but they are extraordinarily functional as a reprieve from the busy neighborhoods of Tokyo.<p>As I discuss in my book, "The Hyperlocalization of Architecture," the secret to these Japanese tiny houses is not only the imaginative designs, influenced by centuries-old …

Architecture

Here's What to Know About Lewy Body Dementia

Robin Williams’ widow, Susan Williams, recently told <i>People</i> magazine that her late husband suffered from Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain …

Giant Haast's eagle attacking New Zealand moa (Art: John Megahan)

You are so glad these animals are dead<p>Dino-shark with a snout of doom<p>A 50-foot-long crushing machine<p>Gigantic aquatic scorpion<p>Walking worm<p>A dragonfly you'd need a tennis racquet to swat<p>A monster fish that could chomp through bone<p>Mega-crocodile that fought T. rexes (and won)<p>A rat the size of a …

There Actually Is Sound in Outer Space

You’ve heard it before: In space, no one can hear you scream. That’s because sound doesn’t move through a vacuum, and everyone knows that space is a …

Enormous, ‘catastrophic’ landslide in northern Canada almost went undetected by humans

It was enough rock and ice to equal the weight of 33 million pickup trucks. And for an earth-shattering two minutes, it barrelled down a mountain at …

Yukon Territory

Forced cannibalism, gang rape and mass graves: Anatomy of South Sudan's terrible war

In what could become a landmark for African justice, an<p>African Unionreport on South Sudan’s war has found evidence of gross human rights atrocities and recommended an African court be set up to prosecute those responsible.<p>The cruelty to civilians during South Sudan's two-year war shocked the AU …

Africa

These Cities May Soon Be Uninhabitable Thanks to Climate Change

Temperatures could reach 170ºF.<p>A number of cities in the Persian Gulf region may be unlivable the end of the century due to global warming if humans …

Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats increase risk of cancer, scientists say

The World Health Organization has confirmed some dietary advice that's unlikely to go down easy with most Americans: Bacon, hot dogs and other processed meats can increase your risk of cancer. Not only that, fresh cuts of red meat probably cause cancer too.<p>Doctors have long warned that steak and …

Cancer