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Russian Economy Hammered by Massive Money Drain

While Russian President Vladimir Putin plots his next move into Ukraine, capital is fleeing Russia.<p>Russia's central bank this week confirmed that some $64 billion in assets held by Russians headed for the exits in the first three months of this year — roughly matching the total for all of 2013. …

Give your house keys to a stranger?

When Sandra Zuluaga, rented out a room in her Mexico City flat to a couple over the winter holiday, she opened her front door to find an unexpected guest.<p>“They booked for two people, but showed up with a baby,” said the 39-year-old publicist. “The baby was lovely, but it was a surprise.”<p>It’s one of …

Breakthrough over 600-year-old mystery manuscript

Professor Stephen Bax found the word Kantairon alongside a picture of the medieval herb Centaury<p><b>A breakthrough has been made in attempts to decipher a mysterious 600-year-old manuscript written in an unknown language, it has been claimed.</b><p>The Voynich Manuscript, carbon-dated to the 1400s, was …

Simulated Tape and Universal Behavior – Uncertain Principles Archive

Having spent a lot of time solving equations related to sticky tape models, including trying to work solutions in my head while driving to Grandma …

Into Thin Air: Weight Loss At High Altitudes

In addition to a lack of oxygen, there may be another reason it’s called thin air--researchers have been exploring the relationship between weight …

The Mind-Blowing Mathematics of Sunflowers

Why do the number of spirals in a sunflower match up with the integers 34, 55, 89 and 144—numbers found in the famous Fibonacci sequence? <i>Scientific</i> …

Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In California

The world's largest solar power plant, made up of thousands of mirrors focusing the sun's energy, has officially started operations in the Mojave Desert, just inside southeastern California near the border with Nevada.<p>The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which …