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Get Ready — Quantum Computing Is Finally Here

The hype that has been building around quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary technology that has been a dream of physicists and computer …

Craft play

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What an AI ethics expert thinks of 'Black Mirror' Season 4

The best <i>Black Mirror</i> episodes don't just leave you wondering whether these futures <i>could</i> happen. They force you to consider what it would mean if they …

Budweiser is sending barley to Mars to make outer space beer for humans

Although humans have yet to set foot on Mars, Budweiser is already planning what astronauts will drink when they eventually do. In March, the company …

The 6 Best Toys of All Time

Reading Time: 9 minutes<p>Whether you braved the crowds for Black Friday (or Thursday) or are getting your mouse-clicking finger ready for Cyber Monday, …

The hunt for Einstein’s gravitational ripples in space-time is about to begin

More than 100 years ago, Albert Einstein set out his theory of general relativity, arguing that space and time are two aspects of a single fabric. Extremely large objects cause space-time to curve, he said, and large, moving objects cause gravitational waves that ripple through the space-time …

Albert Einstein

With Secret Hitler, Cards Against Humanity's co-working space becomes an idea machine

For those who aren't in the know within the tabletop game community, you may have missed the launch of a strangely titled card game on Kickstarter last week called Secret Hitler. Designed to be a World War II-themed deduction game similar in ways to Werewolf and Mafia, Secret Hitler is the latest …

Board Games

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Rocket could defy laws of physics, fly to moon in 4 hours

German scientists have confirmed that the so-called "EMDrive" rocket created by NASA could defy the known laws of physics and be capable of flying to …

Physics

Charles Bukowski's guide to writing and life

<b>"I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter," said Charles Bukowski, the author of more than 40 books of poetry, prose and novels, including Ham on Rye and Post Office. Bukowski, who died on March 9, 1994, aged 73, used his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life in</b> …

Literature

What evidence would convince me skinny jeans are bad for health?

Skinny jeans have been implicated in a woman losing feeling in her legs. But does this show that they’re harmful?<p>You’ve probably seen recent headlines decrying that staple of teens and hipsters everywhere (regardless of gender), the skinny jeans, as being bad for your health, after an article in …

Clothing

Is life's happiness curve really U-shaped?

Ageing doesn’t mean a steady descent into misery – evidence suggests that happiness is likely to increase as we head towards old age, but is it that simple?<p>“I hope I die before I get old,” wrote Pete Townsend of the Who in 1965, neatly encapsulating our culture’s veneration of youth – and disdain …

Happiness

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

Breast Cancer

Black Holes: Facts, Theory & Definition

Black holes are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects found in outer space. They are objects of extreme density, with such strong …

5 Rules for a Vacation that’s Truly Worth It

Photo by Jacob Walti<p>“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, …

Spooky Quantum Action Might Hold the Universe Together

Author: Jennifer Oulette, Quanta Magazine. Jennifer Oulette, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.10.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 …

Crossing your fingers might reduce pain, says study

Next time you hit your finger with a ill-judged strike of the hammer, cross your fingers, scientists suggest.<p>A study has found that crossing the fingers can confuse the way the brain processes feelings of hot, cold and pain – in some cases reducing painful sensations.<p>Scientists believe the …

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Google's Knowledge Vault Helps Rank Sites By Accuracy

Just the facts, ma'am<p>Imagine you want to figure out how accurate something is. How would you go about it? Well, you might go to the library, find the relevant encyclopedia article, and read it. But let's be honest: in this day and age, you'll probably just type your question into Google.<p>Just …

How Does a 28-Year-Old Californian Prepare Himself for Life (and Death) on Mars?

An interview with Andrew Tunks, one of the finalists for Mars One's ambitious interstellar mission.<p>Andrew Tunks has his whole life ahead of him, but the 28-year-old from the outskirts of LA is vying for the chance to leave it all behind. This week, he found out there's a 25 percent chance he'll die …

25 Dumplings for Chinese New Year and Beyond

Whether we’re talking gnocchi or dim sum, we’ve yet to meet a dumpling we haven’t liked. By design, they know how to deliver pure comfort in just a bite or three, and this collection of 25 parcels all bundled up in a thin wrap is no exception. You’ll find an assortment of traditional Chinese …

This Computer Program Can Tell Whether You’ve Taken A Placebo

Even when you can’t<p>What’s the difference between a working painkiller and a placebo? Well, you can see it in people’s brains. Brain and pain researchers in the U.K. and U.S. report they’ve developed a prototype algorithm that is able to tell whether a patient took a working analgesic versus a …

Medicine

The Gig Economy Won’t Last Because It’s Being Sued To Death

If Uber, Lyft, and others don’t stop relying on contract workers, business could crumble. Is it time for a new definition of employee?<p>When Vilma and Greta Zenelaj came across a Craigslist job ad that promised they could make as much as $22 an hour and get paid fast, it seemed like a good deal. The …

The fine art of matching beer with bar snacks

What's best for washing down a packet of pork crackling, Twiglets, wasabi peas or pickled onion Monster Munch? Beer experts Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham explain<p>During this week's <b>London Beer Week</b>, a seven-day celebration of the capital’s craft brewing scene, there will inevitably be a lot of …

Snacks

Experiencing mild shocks while learning can enhance related memories

'This might be a way to build a really smart person'<p>Memory is a tricky thing. Remembering details of past experiences — details like what you had for lunch last Friday, or what you learned in history class — is often an exercise in futility. But then sometimes, for what appears to be no reason at …

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat. I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity of a dozen viewers. …

This Speaker Upgrades Its Software So It Never Becomes Obsolete

Futureproof your sound system<p>Obsolescence is one of the most annoying problems in technology: You save up to buy the newest piece of hardware only to have it eclipsed by a newer, shinier version just a few months later. What if our electronics were built to evolve instead?<p>That’s the thinking behind …

CES 2015: A Life-Size Erector Set Robot Kit

Hey there, big guy<p>Kids these days, right? You've always been able to build some pretty impressive systems with Erector Sets, but this may be the best: a build-it-yourself robotic kit named Meccanoid G15 KS.<p>Meccanoid is about the size of a small child (it's designed for kids 10 and up) and looks …

The Large Hadron Collider sets its sights on dark matter

After finding the Higgs boson, the LHC has had a refit to enable it to operate at even greater extremes – and to solve more questions about the beginnings of the universe<p>There is no shortage of superlatives that can be applied to the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, though many are strange and …

Physics