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Elon Musk, Albert Einstein, and Richard Feynman Explain How to Learn Anything Faster

Two Nobel laureates and a super entrepreneur share their best tricks for faster learning.<p>In the video above, the always entertaining Tim Ferriss explains the techniques he used to teach himself to play a song on the drums in front of a live audience in only a week. This is indeed a fun feat that …

Albert Einstein

When quantum mechanics meets general relativity

When measuring time, we normally assume that clocks do not affect space and time, and that time can be measured with infinite accuracy at nearby …

Tiny Quantum Dots May Spell Doom For Deadly Superbug Infections

Scientists say the light-activated nanoparticles wipe out infectious bacteria without harming healthy cells<p>Does nanotechnology hold the key to stopping antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the deadly infections they cause?<p>Scientists in Colorado think it just might. They've developed light-activated …

Microbiology

How 11 Legendary Outdoor Destinations Formed

Hardcore adventurers will really go the distance in order to ski, surf, swim, or soar in Earth’s most incredible landscapes, but the places …

Costa Rica

These truisms proved false in 2015

Some truisms turned out to be false in 2015 — notably, <i>Brontosaurus</i> exists only in pop culture, the speed of light is always constant and fish are …

Dinosaurs

Max Planck, originator of quantum theory, tormented by war and personal loss

Planck<i><br>Brandon R. Brown</i><i><br>Oxford Univ., $29.95</i><p>Scientists are products of their times and their culture. Some see beyond those constraints. Some are …

Quantum Physics

What a 10,000-year-old massacre can tell us about the origins of human violence

On the banks of an ancient lagoon in Kenya, researchers have found evidence of a massacre that occurred 10,000 years ago.<p>The skeletal remains of 12 adult victims discovered in Nataruk, near Lake Turkana, tell a grim story of merciless violence by one group of hunter-gatherers against another -- the …

Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change

As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Lake Poopó’s water, say scientists who blame a warming environment, El Niño and mining<p>Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia’s second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a …

Climate Change

Everything Is Made Of Waves; Also, Particles

Everything in the universe has both particle and wave nature, at the same time.They’re really just different language describing the same mathematical object.

Physicists Can Now Achieve Quantum Entanglement at Room Temperature

Quantum entanglement—the process though which particle’s states become inextricably linked, despite being nowhere near each other—is usually carried …

Gravity will rip Martian moon apart to form dust and rubble ring

Mars will become the fifth ringed planet as the largest of its two moons disintegrate - in 20 to 70 million years, according to new data<p>Mars is on course to become the fifth ringed planet in the solar system according to astronomers, who claim that its mini moon, Phobos, will one day disintegrate …

Solar Wind

Android Defections To Apple Weaken Market For Samsung Galaxy S6

Apple’s impressive sales figures from Q4 2014 continue to have an impact on the smartphone market, with a recent survey highlighting the number of new switchers from Android to iOS devices (reports Apple Insider’s Neil Hughes). The numbers are great for Apple, but they also highlight the challenge …

The big bang: are we in a ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ type situation?

Scientists at Cern are suggesting they could soon detect miniature black holes, proving the existence of parallel universes and disproving the big bang theory of the creation of the universe. Or something

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

Today in science: Isaac Newton’s birthday

Born in 1643, Isaac Newton’s insights laid a foundation for our modern understanding of celestial motion, light and gravity.<p><b>January 4, 1643.</b> Isaac …

How NASA harnessed sunlight to revive its planet-hunting telescope

It wasn’t until the Kepler began collecting data in 2009 that we knew just how many planetary neighbors we have. Since then, the telescope has found over 4,000 planetary candidates within 3,000 light years from us, almost 1,000 of which have been confirmed by the observations of other telescopes.<p>It …

Inside The New Stealth Arsenal

A top secret class of autonomous drones is changing the way war is waged<p>On May 2, 2011, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—locked in a steady, predawn orbit above a residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan—transmitted live video of an unfolding military raid to a laptop in the White House …

Osama Bin Laden

Motion-detecting nanosensors could help find life on other planets

Much as we'd love to discover grey aliens with warp drive technology, any extraterrestrial life we're lucky enough to find will likely be pretty basic. But the chemical detection methods used by space probes like Curiosity or Philae are hit-and-miss -- they can't actually tell if something is <i>alive</i> …

11 of the best smartphones that launched in 2014

With the beginning of 2015 just days away, it’s time to look back at some of the best smartphones released this year – and there’s quite a list to choose from.<p>What follows are some of the biggest (in more ways than one) devices to be released in 2014, in no particular order. A lot will be familiar; …

Inventor sends smartphones and fireworks into the stratosphere

He built a bike with wheels of ice. He created a metal suit that can withstand fireworks. So what does amateur inventor Colin Furze have in store …

Stegosaurus gets a Hollywood makeover

Any small child, including my dinosaur-mad three-year-old nephew, can tell you that Stegosaurus was a large, lumbering, plant-eating dinosaur with large bony plates, menacing tail spikes and a tiny brain. But despite it being one of the most recognisable dinosaurs, most of what we know about these …

Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

Carbon Dioxide

Neil deGrasse Tyson's polarizing Christmas tweet gets 72,000 retweets

On Christmas day, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted about a man who was born Dec. 25, and changed the world by age 30. But he …

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.<p>"We just showed up in the …

The Most Amazing Science And Technology Images Of The Year

We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure<p>Each week at <i>Popular Science</i>, the staff scours the web for the most amazing images from the realms of science and technology. We liked this year's weekly gallery images so much that we compiled our favorite visualizations, …

National Parks

Animal photos of the year 2014: Part 1 - Telegraph

National Parks

Top 10 new species of 2014

Thousands of new species are discovered each year. This year’s notable finds include an Antarctic sea anemone and a leaf-tailed gecko.<p>Whether they …

Top 10 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2014: Editors' Picks

From a snake virgin birth to a real-life unicorn, 2014 was a banner year for the bizarre. See our editors' picks for weirdest animal stories.

A Fresh View of the Moon’s Surface

<i>National Geographic’s Dan Vergano contributed reporting to this story, as well as writing and editing. If I could post it with a shared byline, I would!</i><p>The moon is Earth’s nearest celestial companion, but we don’t often see fresh views of the lunar surface.<p>More than 40 years ago, the Soviet Luna …

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s test career—in five charts

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led India to its first cricket world cup victory in 28 years, its first T20 world cup victory and the top spot in the game’s one-day international and test rankings, has announced his retirement from test cricket.<p>Dhoni’s decision to move away from the longer form of the …

Cricket World Cup