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3 Simple Steps to Mastering Any New Subject, According to a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Learn anything faster using the Feynman Technique.<p>As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than …

In Defense of Fahrenheit

A lot of scientific thought went into developing the United States' stubbornly-held temperature system.<p>Celsius is the obvious temperature scale of choice when conducting scientific experiments. Water freezes at 0. It boils at 100. It is beautiful and simple and has a lot going for it, not least of …

How the Enormous Field of Physics All Fits Together

Physics has a bit of an image problem. To some, it’s a fascinating and diverse field of study. To others, it’s a trigger word for math anxiety, or an …

Watch Humans Destroy the Earth in 30 Years With Google Earth Time Lapse

Humans do not treat the Earth kindly, and now we have even more evidence. Google just updated the Google Earth Engine to include four years of …

According to Neuroscience, These Are the 10 Most Relaxing Songs Ever

Sure to both stir your soul and calm your nervous system.<p>Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.<p>So here's a science-backed one: make a …

The Brain

Technology is taking jobs away from men—and reviving a pre-industrial version of masculinity

Many men lost their jobs when technology made them obsolete. The new jobs available were soul-crushing, undignified, and required an arduous commute—and that’s assuming companies would hire them. Most employers wouldn’t, because the men were considered too old and unskilled for the new work. And …

Manufacturing

The Science Behind How Dogs Make Us Happier, Healthier, and Fitter

<i>The health benefits of owning a pup go far beyond extra exercise. New research shows canines help ward off disease, lower stress levels, and even</i> …

Pets

These are the best arguments from the 3% of climate scientist 'skeptics.' Really.

When I give a presentation and mention the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming, I’m often asked, “what’s the deal with the other 3%?”. These are the publishing climate scientists who argue that something other than humans is responsible for the majority of global warming, although …

Climate Change

How Big Data Is Helping the NYPD Solve Crimes Faster

On December 4, 2015, NYPD officers in New York’s 73rd precinct received alerts on their mobile phones from a new high technology “shot-spotter” …

Science reveals 8 plants that will purify your home

In the late 1970s, buildings were designed to reduce energy bills by increasing insulation and reducing airflow. However, these changes came at a much greater cost.<p>These poorly ventilated office spaces were full of chemicals that caused health problems including itchy eyes, headaches, coughing and …

‘It was supposed to be a dialogue about free trade. It morphed into a national feud over immigration’

For the past two months, people across Britain have been waving banners reading: “We want our country back!” This weekend, millions of their fellow citizens are wandering around in a daze wondering where their country has gone. Pre-referendum Britain, that apparently gentler and seemingly more …

United Kingdom

Sweeping Changes In Store For Curling After 'Broomgate'

"Broomgate." Yes, that's really what some people are calling it.<p>OK, it may not quite rise to the level of a "-gate" scandal, but it is bringing about some big changes in the sport of curling.<p>But before we get into what exactly the controversy is about, it's necessary to give a little background on …

Curling

How to become luckier, according to science

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don't mean …