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Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Radio Faces A Big Test In Pennsylvania That Will Affect The Country

Having grown up in Pennsylvania and returning there frequently to visit family, I can tell you with some certainty that the state isn’t exactly on the bleeding edge of radio. In fact, I’m always struck by the fact that it seems stuck in the 1970s because you hear songs predominantly from that era …

Watch: This black nurse from Queens invented the basis of the home security system

Marie Van Brittan Brown engineered a solution to her problem<p>Marie Van Brittan Brown returned home from her nursing shifts at odd hours of the night. …

These absurd photos of young travelers on the ‘Hippie Trail’ raise a lot of questions

Let me see that sarong<p>Pity the boho “traveler” in search of authentic adventure in foreign lands. Softened by privilege, backpack crammed with the …

The ages you're the smartest at everything throughout your life

If you think you've already witnessed the rise and fall of your peak self, researchers have news for you: As far as your intelligence is concerned, you likely have several new highs to look forward to. Some of them, like the ability to read others' emotions or do basic arithmetic, don't arrive …

Sri Lanka signs port deal for China's one-belt one-road plan

Sri Lanka has signed a long-delayed billion-dollar deal that allows a Chinese state-owned firm to take over a loss-making port. The move worries many …

She thought she was Irish — until a DNA test opened a 100-year-old mystery

Five years ago, Alice Collins Plebuch made a decision that would alter her future — or really, her past.<p>She sent away for a "just-for-fun DNA test." When the tube arrived, she spit and spit until she filled it up to the line, and then sent it off in the mail. She wanted to know what she was made of.<p>…

Sri Lanka signs deal on Hambantota port with China

<b>Sri Lanka has signed a $1.1bn (£837m) deal with China for the control and development of the southern deep-sea port of Hambantota.</b><p>The deal had been delayed by several months over concerns that the port could be used by the Chinese military.<p>The government has given assurances that China will run …

Image: Hubble's cosmic atlas

This beautiful clump of glowing gas, dark dust and glittering stars is the spiral galaxy NGC 4248, located about 24 million light-years away in the …

How a YouTube Video of Bouncy Balls on a Hot Pan Led to a Weird Physics Discovery

Squeee!<p>It all started when a Ukrainian programmer and aspiring rapper dropped a handful of hydrogel balls on his piping-hot pancake griddle.<p>The …

Talking to Yourself in The Third Person Can Reduce Stress And Negative Emotions

You're not crazy, honest.<p>Talking to yourself in the third person can help you keep your emotions in check, based on new research that aims to find …