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New Higgs Boson Discovery Could Help Solve Cosmic Puzzle

Scientists can’t take pictures of the Higgs boson. But they can find proof of its existence by watching “E=mc2” play out in hundreds of millions of …

Physics

This is how, and why, explorers go cave diving

Bring multiple light sources, more than enough air, and follow the line.<p>With 12 boys trapped 2.5 miles deep in a cave in northern Thailand, one likely way for them to exit the winding chamber is for them to dive through the flooded portions—with help from rescuers.<p>Such cave diving, as it’s know to …

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Black Holes Might Not Exist, So Here Are 5 Weirder Alternatives

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Physics

Video games can either grow or shrink part of your brain, depending on how you play

If you’ve ever played a first-person shooter video game, at some point you’ve probably had to remember how to get from one place within the game to another. Perhaps you tend to think spatially, and plotted your path by judging where your destination was in relation to landmarks and objects. Or …

The Brain

NASA gives Jupiter the Van Gogh treatment with magnificent new image

Although originally slated to crash into Jupiter this month, Juno, NASA's Jovian explorer, has been given a three-year extension to gather all of NASAs planned scientific measurements, NASA announced earlier this month.<p>If it keeps producing images like this, showcasing Jupiter's writhing, stormy …

Astronomy

10 business classes you can take online for free

In 2018, the average salary for a recent business school graduate will be roughly $150,000, according to The Financial Times.<p>While the payoffs for …

Online Education

The Standard Model of particle physics: The absolutely amazing theory of almost everything

The Standard Model. What dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings.<p>More than a quarter of the Nobel Prizes in physics …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About the Female Orgasm

The easiest way to have one, how long the pleasure lasts, and other amazing things every woman must know.<p>It’s a no-brainer that the female orgasm is …

Sexual Health

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

What is relativity? Einstein's mind-bending theory explained

How our ideas about space and time changed forever.<p>When the theory of relativity appeared in the early 1900s, it upended centuries of science and gave physicists a new understanding of space and time. Isaac Newton saw space and time as fixed, but in the new picture provided by special relativity …

Physics

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

How do I know that the usual perception is right, and this is wrong?<p>In the elementary grammar of things, there is no distinction between ‘cause’ and ‘effect’<p>What do we know about time? Language tells us that it “passes”, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, …

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All Galaxies Take a Billion Years to Rotate. Which Is Really Cool, and Totally Weird.

Big or small, dense or empty, it's one thing they all share.<p>Galaxies come in all shapes and size, and NASA's best estimates indicate there are more than 200 billion of them in the observable universe. According to the latest findings from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research …

Stephen Hawking’s Beautiful Mind

<b>A brief history of Stephen Hawking</b><p>Stephen Hawking spent his scientific life exploring some of the deepest questions a human caught in the Einsteinian opera of space and time could ask.<p>Although Einstein himself never really accepted it, his general theory of relativity predicted that if enough mass …

Stephen Hawking explains what happened before Big Bang

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>So there was this chicken, OK? And then there was this egg.<p>No, wait. There was this egg, you see. And then there was this chicken.<p>It's easy to see quite a few scientific theories as relying on a decision as …

Physics

Elusive Higgs-Like State Created in Exotic Materials

If you want to understand the personality of a material, study its electrons. Table salt forms cubic crystals because its atoms share electrons in …

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Improved Hubble yardstick gives fresh evidence for new physics in the universe

Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to make the most precise measurements of the expansion rate of the universe since it was first …

1st Known Interstellar Visitor Is Tumbling Out of Control: How Astronomers Know

Last fall, a cucumber-shaped visitor zoomed through the inner solar system. Known as 1I/2017 U1 'Oumuamua, the unusual object sped around the sun …

This Is Exactly What Female Ejaculation Fluid Is Made Of, & It May Surprise You

When experiencing an orgasm for the first time, you don’t really know what’s happening to you, other than that it feels great. The more you know your …

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How to Give Your Portraits Beautiful, Rich Skin Tones

How skin is processed in the editing phase of your portrait can make or break the image. One easy and effective tool is Gradient Maps, as shown by …

Surprise Discovery Shows We Have Been Totally Wrong About The Size of Andromeda Galaxy

Whaaaat?<p>A new technique for measuring the mass of galaxies has been applied to our closest galactic neighbour - and it has found that the Andromeda …

Chaos Theory, The Butterfly Effect, And The Computer Glitch That Started It All

As Bob Dylan famously sang, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Yet if you do have enough wind velocity information, combined with an array of readings from barometers, thermometers, and such, you might ask a weatherman, particularly a trained meteorologist with access …

Quantum Physics

In experiments, researchers figured out what men and women really want in a mate

What do women want? And for that matter, what do men want? These are age-old questions, and they are particularly top of mind on Valentine’s Day when we celebrate romance. It turns out that behavioral science has some answers to offer based on careful empirical research, and perhaps not …

Social Sciences

Transform the Shape of Your Arms With These 16 Push-Up Variations

Along with lifting weights, push-ups are one of the best exercises you can do to sculpt and strengthen your upper body. These 16 variations range from easy to challenging, so choose the ones that suit your ability. You'll not only feel super sore after doing these, but you'll look and feel stronger …

Workouts

E=mc² became famous for all the wrong reasons

If a time traveler assassinated Albert Einstein before he figured out that E=mc², would we still have atomic weapons?<p><i>Note: Below is the script for the video, above. You may want to just watch the video instead. Oh, also, subscribe to</i> Popular Science <i>on YouTube.</i><p><b>President:</b> "Suppose I gave you a chance …

The Photoshop Filter You Need to Start Using Right Now

Hidden within the heart of Adobe Photoshop is a filter that many are familiar with, yet most fail to use to its full potential. It is a powerful, all …

Guys, Never Tolerate These 10 Critical Things In Your Relationship

Your relationship, whether it be romantic or not, should make you feel excited and happy about life, not stifled, repressed, or unloved. Many people …

Physicists Just Found a New Way to Bend a Fundamental Rule of Light Waves

This is incredible.<p>One of the more well-known rules in physics is that light can only ever go one speed, so long as nothing stands in its way.<p>But new …

Partial Solar Eclipse and 6 More Can't-Miss Sky Events in February

Get ready to see a sprinkling of meteors, a Martian showdown, a "false dawn," and more amazing celestial sights.<p>The coming month heralds the return of a cosmic pyramid, a series of stunning lunar pairings, and a partial solar eclipse. You’ll even have the chance to spy on Mars meeting up with its …

11 Chrome features you'll wish you'd known all along

Do you consider yourself a Chrome ninja? If not, these tips can help you navigate the web with deadly efficiency.<p>Pin tabs<p>I spend much of my day using Gmail and Google Drive, and with Chrome's tab-pinning feature, I can keep those tabs parked to the left of all of my many open tabs. It's a great way …

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