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375 top scientists warn of 'real, serious, immediate' climate threat

375 National Academy of Sciences members sign an open letter expressing frustration at political inaction on climate change<p>Yesterday, 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. In the letter, the scientists report that the …

Climate Change

The True Story Behind Alice In Wonderland

The man behind <i>Alice In Wonderland</i> is much like the tales he wrote: an enigma that straddles the line between childlike innocence and darkness. Like …

Literature

Can You Smell Your Way to a Better Brain? Science Says Yes.

Having trouble focusing? Remembering things? Here are some easy tips to improve your brain power.<p>A wildly underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain's many functions. Any odor you breathe in affects your limbic system, which governs emotional …

Essential Oils

A new experiment could let us ‘see’ quantum entanglement for the first time

While it would be incredibly cool to be the first person ever to witness quantum entanglement with your own eyes, the experiment has been designed to answer some important and far-reaching questions, such as what does quantum entanglement actually look like, and what does it feel like to be …

Quantum Mechanics

Software Tools

Climate Modeling<p>GISS GCM - Model E<p>FORTRAN 90 source and documentation for the GISS ModelE series of coupled atmosphere-ocean models. These models …

Columbia University

The Metaphysical Astronauts

Why so many astronauts like Edgar Mitchell have life-changing epiphanies in space—and return to Earth forever changed.<p>When Edgar Mitchell died last week, the flurry of obituaries that followed each noted his impressive career as an astronaut; specifically, that he was the sixth person to walk on …

Space Science

Scientific Research and Industry Money Create a Toxic Mix

With shrinking support for government research, corporations are stepping in to play scientist, a practice that obscures the truth about dangerous …

Chemicals

3D Printing Reveals the Hidden Physics Behind the Brain's Folds and Furrows

Understanding how the brain's outermost layer develops means new understandings of intelligence, neurological disorders.<p>The outermost layer of the brain, the cortex, is a confounding geography of furrows, folds, and wrinkles. One could even say that the defining physical feature of the brain is the …

Neuroscience

Ask Ethan: The Multiverse And The Road Not Traveled

The Multiverse is a word used by a great many people, yet not everyone means the same thing when they say it. Reader Chris Olson wrote in and asked about two different meanings in particular:<p>In what way, if at all, are the ideas of Everettian Quantum Mechanics and Eternal Inflation related? Can we …

Dark Matter

The world's wealth is going to just 62 people

And since 2010, wealth has become more and more concentrated in favor of the richest of the rich while those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder have seen their positions worsen, according to a new report from Oxfam International.<p>The wealth of the richest 62 people grew by more than half a …

Income Inequality

The mathematically proven strategy to win 14 of the most popular games

<i>Originally published May 8</i><p>From Risk to tic-tac-toe, popular games involve tons of strategic decisions, probability and math. So one happy consequence of being a data nerd is that you may have an advantage at something even non-data nerds understand: winning.<p>So how do you win (almost) every game in …

Mathematics

10 TED Talks That Will Help You Be a Better Parent

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TED Talks

32 Healthy High-Fiber Breakfast Ideas That Will Keep You Full

By now it’s not news that breakfast does a body good, replenishing energy, kick-starting your insulin response, and even preventing heart disease.<p>But …

Healthy Eating

The most uplifting videos of 2015

Amid the sad news that often overwhelmed headlines in 2015, there were some shining moments of joy, kindness and humor. Whether it was celebrities going out of their way to perform good deeds or everyday people brightening others’ moods in unexpected ways, here are some of the best feel-good videos …

Documentaries

The Hottest Space Porn of 2015

We got up close and personal with a bunch of beautiful space rocks this year.<p>If 2014 made space look easy, 2015 made it look hot.<p>Thanks to boundary-pushing missions that have taken us closer than ever before to a bunch of photogenic space bodies and increasingly high resolution imaging …

Solar System

What's the Fastest Bike Color?

We researched the shades of every Tour de France-winning bike to find out, and used the results to create a stunning poster<p>It started with a debate at <i>Bicycling</i> HQ: What's the fastest bike color?<p>For our limited-edition poster "<i>Les Couleurs de la Victoire</i>," writer Kip Mikler chronicled the hues of …

Cycling

22 ways to earn passive income

Making money while you sleep.<p>Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?<p>After reading books like "Rich Dad Poor Dad" and "4 Hour Work Week," I became interested obsessed with making passive income.<p>Whenever someone needs additional income, the stereotypical suggestion offered is to "get a part-time job."<p>But …

Personal Finance

A Turning Point For Quantum Computing

Dario Gil Contributor<p>Dario Gil is the vice president of Science and Technology at IBM Research.<p>Quantum computing is moving from theory and experimentation into engineering and applications.<p>But now that quantum computing is going mainstream, it is incumbent on businesses and governments to …

Quantum Computing

The Secrets To Handling Passive-Aggressive People

Dealing with people who exhibit passive-aggressive behavior is easily one of the most challenging aspects of our social lives. Here’s what you need …

You Might Never Upload Your Brain Into a Computer

Many futurists predict that one day we'll upload our minds into computers, where we'll romp around in virtual reality environments. That's possible — …

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Apply These Five Concepts to Become More Successful at Anything

Whether you're an entrepreneur or in pursuit of more balance in your personal life, the road to success is not easy. It's a lot of work, very stressful and at times brings on emotional pain. That's the bad news. The good news is, every bump in the road leads to an eventual win when you crush it; …

Motivation

This trick from a famous physicist can help you learn anything faster

Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, "His Feynman aura...was still strictly local"), so he took his preparation seriously.<p>Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place "where he could be alone." …

Physics

NASA is accepting astronaut applications, and this quiz will tell you if you qualify

On December 14, for the first time in four years, NASA began accepting applications.<p>"This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars generation to reach for new heights, and help us realize the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet," NASA's Charles Bolden said in a …

Space Science

Greenpeace Exposes Academics Hired To Deny Climate Change

Climate change is the most serious issue facing humanity today. Rising sea levels threaten not only developing nations; some U.S. cities are already …

Climate

Scientists Propose "Peace-Promoting Technology" To Counter Terrorism: An Interview With Quantum Physicist John Hagelin

As governments falter in their struggle to find a solution to unpredictable outbreaks of terror, an international alliance of concerned scientists has offered a possible solution.<p>The Global Union of Scientists for Peace has recently published an Open Letter to Presidents Obama, Hollande and …

Geopolitics

The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time

How the debris of a landmark disagreement became the foundation of our present ideas about the fabric of existence.<p><i>“It is the insertion of man with his limited life span that transforms the continuously flowing stream of sheer change … into time as we know it,”</i> Hannah Arendt wrote in her brilliant …

Computing with time travel

Why send a message back in time, but lock it so that no one can ever read the contents? Because it may be the key to solving currently intractable …

Time Travel

10 stunning space missions you've never heard of

Introduction<p>2015 has been a great year for space exploration. Astronomers landed the Philae probe on a comet, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter found …

Space Exploration

What Is Spacetime, Really?

A hundred years ago today Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity—a brilliant, elegant theory that has survived a century, and …

Quantum Mechanics