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The 10 Worst Places To Live In The Universe

And you thought 97 degrees F was bad.<p>Recently, we told you about an exoplanet that rains glass. <i>Sideways</i>. Which got us thinking: 1.) we will never complain about the weather here on Earth again and 2.) surely that's got to be the worst place to live in the entire universe. But no! With the help of …

Who Would Win In A Fight, A Cold-Blooded Dinosaur Or A Warm-Blooded One?

One scientist hits upon a creative way to argue that dinosaurs were endothermic.<p>Were dinosaurs "cold-blooded" or "warm-blooded"? Paleontologists still aren't sure. Now, one environmental scientist has painstakingly gathered the data to answer a related question: Given they were the same size, who …

Streetlights Switch On Only When You Need Them

And help reduce CO2 emissions when you don't.<p>Streetlights leave a huge carbon footprint. One potential solution is to treat them more like houselights: shut them off when we're not around.<p>Tvilight, a smart streetlight project from Dutch designer Chintan Shah, does that by using motion-detecting …

For a healthy brain, don’t let the trash pile up

A study using rat cells indicates that clearing out defective proteins in the brain quickly may prevent a loss of brain cells.<p>Recycling is not only …

Evolution’s opportunists: ray-finned fish

<b>U. MICHIGAN / U. CHICAGO (US) —</b> <i>Fouldenia</i>, a shell-crushing, ray-finned fish, survived mass extinction 359 million years ago. Now, its descendants …

FYI: Could A Human Beat A T. Rex In Arm Wrestling?

A paleontologist examines the evidence.<p>"First, we're assuming that the T. rex won't just eat the person, right?" asks Jack Conrad, a vertebrate paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Right. This is a sanctioned match, and killing your opponent is strictly against the …

Bottlenose dolphins use names to identify companions

Bottlenose dolphins have distinct "names" that they use to identify individuals in their social group, according to a study by scientists who …

Backpackers' diaries: India's Panna national park

After accustoming myself to my new bike as I zigzagged sedately south from Dehli into Madhya Pradesh, I turn west on to National Highway 75, towards …

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A Rare Look at an Iridescent Cloud

We’ve been told that every cloud has a silver lining—but did you know some clouds wear a rainbow cap?<p><b>A halo of multicolored mist floats over an ominous storm. At first glance it looks like an angelic mural or even extraterrestrial activity. But this breathtaking photo is neither manipulated nor</b> …

Five Surprising Facts About Daydreaming

New computer model aims to simulate our mental escapes.<p><b>Whether it's worrying or fantasizing, all of us daydream—or let our minds escape from the task at hand.</b><p>Now, a new computer model that simulates these periods of mental wandering may give scientists clues about how our brains work. Specifically, …

From intricate textiles and ancient temples to salt plains and rare wildlife, the western state of Gujarat has as much to offer as its more popular neighbours, Rajasthan and Mumbai. http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130605-exploring-gujarat-india?OCID=fbtvl

How do smartphones reveal shoppers’ movements?

NORDSTROM, an American fashion retailer, is known for its high-touch customer service, which has engendered customer loyalty ever since it was …

I'm proud of my daughter's abortion bill placard, despite the backlash http://gu.com/p/3hf49/tw "Despite some of the negative comments we've seen this week, we have been and continue to be involved politically. We are proud of our daughter and we encourage everyone to get involved, no matter what their views are." - Billy Cain, writing for Comment is free

How do you continue to feed the world's rising population on the planet's limited resources? Here are six ideas scientists believe could help: http://bbc.in/15Do8d8 Printing food, better use of GM crops and reviving "forgotten" grains are among the suggestions being looked at. What do you think could be done to help?

Tuesday's Daily Telegraph front page: 'It's a boy'

Archive: Following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy and royal heir in London today, here is how The Economist covered the birth of his father, William in 1982. Read our short archived article announcing the birth of Prince William via our Facebook timeline http://econ.st/15bUQmN