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Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

How to Always Be Getting Smarter | Inc.com

As we do new things, we always want to make sure we're doing things that help the business and not hurt. We may have a feeling of intuition that something may be successful, but how do you really know?<p>We run experiments. For example, maybe I believe that emailing our users about how fun our games …

Neuroscience

Hubble senses water on five planets, bodes well for finding new Earths

There’s water in them thar planets – five massive “hot Jupiters” spied by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But if you just thought "Life?!" think again. Despite the presence of water molecules in their atmospheres, none of these five planets is suitable to life as we know it. They are all gas giants, …

People with HIV Can Live as Long as Uninfected Populations

A new study reports that young people with HIV have a life expectancy similar to that of the general population.<p>Researchers of the new study …

Recycled lunch: Using human waste to grow food, and fight climate change

<i>Synthetic fertilizers have helped fuel a food boom over the last century, but they also contribute mightily to climate change. So now there’s a growing push for a return to the ancient practice of using human waste as fertilizer, but with modern sanitary safeguards. The idea is starting to catch on</i> …

The hidden costs of hamburgers

August 02, 2012 | 2:26 PM<p>On average, Americans eat three hamburgers a week. That's nearly 50 billion burgers per year nationwide. They typically cost a few dollars at a fast food outlet. But what are the costs to our health and the environment? Is there anything we can do to lessen the impact? …

Radio Industry

Five Examples of Successful Urban Agriculture Done Differently Around the World

<i>On Wednesday, the Landscapes Blog focused on the right to food in honor of World Food Day and Blog Action Day. While hunger, nutrition, and food</i> …

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21 Essentially Insane Things That Happened In Science In 2013

Researchers taught us a huge amount of interesting and important things about science, technology, space, gadgets and ourselves in 2013.<p>But this year …

Forget polar bears: Global warming will hit the tropics first

In the next decade, the tropics will suffer unprecedented climate change effects, long before the Arctic and its polar bears see big …

Climate Change

Horrors of India's brothels documented

<b>British photojournalist Hazel Thompson has spent the last decade documenting the lives of girls trafficked into India's thriving sex industry. She spoke to Atish Patel about her experiences.</b><p>Guddi was only 11 years old when her family was persuaded by a neighbour to send her to the city of Mumbai …

India

14 Food Resolutions to Bring in The New Year

As we enter 2014, there are still nearly one billion people suffering from hunger. Simultaneously, 65 percent of the world’s population live in …

How Stephen Harper is rewriting history

Starting with a $25-million museum overhaul, the Conservatives want to change the way Canadians perceive their past<p>Mark O’Neill, president of the …

A Plan to Create Just Two Time Zones in the Continental United States

Daylight Saving Time is a reminder that losing another hour of evening light isn't just annoying—it's an economically harmful policy with minimal energy savings.<p>Updated: Nov. 5, 2017<p>Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Nov. 1, 2013. The original headline was, “Daylight Saving Time Is …

Peter Doolittle: How your "working memory" makes sense of the world

New archeological evidence pins down Buddha's date of birth

Archeologists investigating a site long believed to be the birthplace of Buddha have found new evidence to establish when the profoundly influential sage was born. The discovery marks the first time, researchers say, that any firm link has narrowed Buddha's date of birth to within a certain century.<p>…

Andreas Raptopoulos: No roads? There's a drone for that

A birth control pill for men could soon be a reality

Researchers say an oral contraceptive for men could be a reality in the next ten years<p>Scientists in Australia may be closer than ever to developing a birth control pill for men.<p>Researchers at Melbourne's Monash University say they have succeeded in genetically blocking two proteins that control the …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Black Holes

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

Perfluorotributylamine is an unregulated, long-living industrial chemical that breaks all records for potential climate impacts<p>A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto.<p>The newly discovered gas, …

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

Cancer Immunotherapy Named Science 'Breakthrough of the Year'

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 12/19/2013 02:12 PM EST on LiveScience<p>A type of cancer treatment that directs the body's own immune system to fight cancer cells has been named as the "breakthrough of the year" by one of the world's top science journals.<p>The journal Science said today …

10 cars almost no women drive

The differences between men and women have mystified psychoanalysts, philosophers and divorce lawyers. Perhaps the keys to solving this age-old …

Kelley Blue Book

Last-minute tax tips for 2013

The new federal budget legislation did not include any new tax provisions – or extenders to expiring tax breaks. So, even though the IRS won’t be …

Personal Finance