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Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Mindfulness

3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water

Emerging Objects, frontrunners in the 3D printing industry, has developed a 3D-printed ceramic “Cool Brick” that uses nothing but water to cool homes …

3D Printing

Scientists Figure Out How To Unboil Eggs

Next step: Unscrambling<p>It has often been said that you can't unscramble an egg. But you might be able to unboil one.<p>When you boil an egg, the heat causes the proteins inside the egg white to tangle and clump together, solidifying it. New research published in <i>ChemBioChem</i> by scientists at UC Irvine …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Beagle 2 spacecraft found intact on surface of Mars after 11 years

British Beagle 2 probe had not been seen or heard from since December 2003 and had been presumed destroyed<p>So near and yet so far. New images show that the UK’s Beagle 2 successfully landed on the surface of Mars in 2003 but failed to fully deploy its solar panels. Without these, it could not …

Stegosaurus gets a Hollywood makeover

Computer modelling allows us a fresh look at the Natural History Museum’s rare new dinosaur<p>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 …

Amateur cloud enthusiast dreams up name for newly identified formation

Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s ‘undulatus asperatus’ could become first official new classification in 63 years<p>Un-du-la-tus as-per-a-tus sounds like an entry in the Hogwarts’ charms, spells and potions book.<p>“What would that induce?” ponders Gavin Pretor-Pinney, pictured right, founder of the Cloud …

Did European scientists find dark-matter signal buried in X-rays?

Scientists say they may have discovered a possible dark matter signal coded in the X-rays emanating from two bright objects in the sky.<p>The findings, set to be published next week in Physical Review Letters, could offer tangible evidence for the existence of dark matter -- and help researchers build …

Dark Matter

Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

Physics

Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Dust Blows, Stars Glow, and Volcano Explodes

Wintry views of the stars lead to vistas of volcanoes, clouds, and contrails in the week's best space pictures.

Space

How to be a pickup artist (with science)

With the recent backlash against Julien Blanc and Dapper Laughs resulting in successful campaigns against them, the world of pick-up artists has lost some powerful figures. But fear not, because with this handy scientific guide you too could become the sort of immoral soulless harassment machine …

60 seconds with the world's first Bluetooth padlock

In just a matter of three months, the Noke smart padlock managed to make its way from Kickstarter to our Expand event as an Insert Coin contender, so of course it's rather special. First of all, it's a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled steel bolt that can be unlocked with a click on the shackle when your …

This Chart Shows Just How Much Humans Are Driving Global Warming

But a quick look at the science leaves little doubt that the rising temperatures we've been observing for decades now are our own fault.<p>This chart, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shows two different models of climate change's effects in different parts of the world …

Climate Change

How man’s best friend could hold the key to anti-ageing

Drugs added to pet food may extend lives of dogs and lead the way to protect humans against cancer and heart conditions<p>Scientists are targeting a new set of recruits to test anti-ageing drugs: pet dogs. And according to their plans, not any old pooch will do. The researchers want to concentrate …

Psychology: The truth about the paranormal

In the 21st Century, why do so many people still believe in the paranormal? David Robson discovers that there’s good reason we hold superstitions – and a few surprising benefits.<p>Soon after World War II, Winston Churchill was visiting the White House when he is said to have had an uncanny …

Psychology

Canadian man Justin Bourque given five life sentences for killing three police officers

A man who killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers has been sentenced to five life sentences in prison, with no possibility of …

Crime

Man shot, fires set as Giants fans celebrate World Series victory

A man was shot in the arm, fires were set and bottles were thrown at police officers late Wednesday as revelers celebrated the<p>San Francisco Giantswinning the World Series, authorities said.<p>Shortly after the game a man was shot in the Mission District, at 21st and Valencia streets, said San …

Kansas City Royals

Marysville shooting: Family faces 'nightmare' as police seek motive in 14yo student's cafeteria rampage

Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage say they are living in a "nightmare" and struggling to understand why …

Crime

Canadian gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau 'was lost and did not fit in', friends and family say

The Islamic convert that police say killed a soldier in Ottawa and then rampaged through Canada's parliament before being shot dead was a misfit and …

Crime

Wedderburn shooting: Victim's family makes emotional gun control plea

The family of a man shot dead in central Victoria have made an emotional plea for tighter gun control in regional areas.<p>Peter and Mary Lockhart, aged …

Gun Control

Researcher: Beyonce’s Music Is For Dumb People, Radiohead’s Music Is For Smart People

First giving honor to Beyonce, who is the head of my pop charts, I would like the Beygency and all of its agents to know that TSS had nothing to do with the recent study, which argues that smart people do not listen to Beyonce.<p>Software application writer Virgil Griffith had to know that he was …

Canadian political figures have been the target of several previous shooting attacks

Mass shootings are rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States and security at government buildings in Ottawa is relatively …

Canada

Florida man sentenced to life in prison for killing teen over loud music

A Florida man has been jailed for life for killing a teenage boy during an argument over loud music.<p>Michael Dunn, 47, was convicted on retrial of …

Crime

New Smartphone Battery Goes From Dead To 70 Percent Charged In 2 Minutes, Scientists Say

A team of scientists say they've figured out a way to supercharge the lithium-ion batteries traditionally found in smartphones and tablets. And all it takes is adding a readily available substance usually found in sunscreen.<p>The new-fangled battery, developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological …

Space plane: Mysterious US military plane returns to Earth

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1116000/1116908_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518163317_0c4fe9fe005d6b51d34bebc50eecb1a3<p><b>An unmanned US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California.</b><p>The aircraft, resembling a miniature …

Space Exploration

Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C

Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the northern Alaskan outpost of Barrow have linked 7C rise to the decline in Arctic sea ice, reports Climate News Network<p>If you doubt that parts of the planet really are warming, talk to residents of Barrow, the Alaskan town that is …

Study: Good access to birth control prevents teen pregnancy, abortion

Birth control prevents teenage pregnancies and abortions -- when teens know about it and are able to use it.<p>Of 560 young women deemed at high risk for pregnancy who were given free access to hormonal implants and copper IUDs as part of a study, not a single one became pregnant during the years they …

Pregnancy

UFO Appears Above Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters

Ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have drawn tens of thousands of citizens, taking to the streets, demonstrating their opposition to news that China will choose the candidates for the upcoming 2017 election.<p>During one of those protests, the crowd got a little something extra as a brightly …

Dogs