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Getting Ready to Move to Mars

Scientists are hard at work preparing to create humanity’s second home.<p>One day, when earth is destroyed by war or rising seas or a wayward asteroid, humanity will be extinguished—and along with it reality television, baseball stadiums, and thousands of recipes for guacamole, with and without …

Paris cut its smog by nearly half on the city’s first “car-free” day

So successful was Paris’s first “day without cars” on Sept. 27 that the city’s mayor wants to expand the effort to help clean up the city’s terrible air quality. The single-day initiative made 30% of the city’s roads off-limits to automobiles, but even that minor reduction in traffic was enough to …

France

A Particle Collider Created Matter Not Seen Since the Big Bang

This is a recreation of some of the first states of matter.<p>When the Big Bang happened 13.8 billion years ago, all matter as we know it went from a single point of near-infinite energy to an ever expanding tapestry of matter, anti-matter, dark matter, photons, neutrinos, and more. In those early …

You can buy the only sunglasses made with NASA-certified technology for less than $80

From the surface of the moon to a crescent Earth, their eyes have experienced firsthand a grandeur that most of us will never witness.<p>But those breathtaking views come at a high price for many because in space, astronauts are exposed to higher levels of high-energy light, or radiation, compared to …

Clocks to read 11:59:60 tonight as time lords add leap second

Software could crash and markets suffer as a leap second is added to world time at midnight tonight<p>Airlines, trading floors and technology companies are braced for chaos today as world timekeepers prepare to add a leap second to global clocks.<p>Immediately before midnight dials will read 11:59:60 as …

Business Development

The ONE Smart Piano could make learning to play much more fun

When I was six years old, one of the ways I amused myself was to sit down at the baby grand piano in the living room and tap out tunes I heard on the radio. In response, my parents embarked on a six-year run of piano lessons.<p>While I eventually warmed to the disciplined practice required, once the …

Philae, Europe's comet lander, wakes up after seven months

Jubilation at European Space Agency as signal picked up after comet lander goes into sleep when solar-powered battery ran flat in November<p>A comet probe which ran out of power seven months ago, leading scientists to fear that crucial data about the early solar system had been lost, has woken up and …

A pilot lets us in on the view we're missing from the middle seat

The cockpit view from Dallas to Seattle is a well-kept secret: So few ever see the breathtaking tapestry scrolling under the nose that it's best no …

Meet the young women trying to revolutionise the way we fly

A team of three female students has come up with an energy-efficient way for aeroplanes to move - one that could change air travel. They tell Radhika Sanghani how it works and what their success can teach young women<p>Studying for a PhD in aerodynamics is essentially a full-time job. But three female …

Sleep Patterns of Successful People in Tech and Engineering

I used to only sleep between five and six hours a night. While this may sound crazy to some, I was pretty consistent with this sleep behavior, and I …

Success

Everything is better in the Tesla Model S P85D (pictures)

6 Side Effects Of Creatine: Myths Debunked

Creatine is one of the most popular supplements on the market. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about its side effects and …

Exercise

Microsoft's HoloLens explained: How it works and why it's different

Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science fiction.<p>But are we actually glimpsing that future? Yes and no.<p>Microsoft's HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with …

10 Jobs That No Longer Exist Today

Back in the day, there were jobs to do just about everything. You could be paid to reset the pins at a bowling alley or knock on people’s windows to …

Bowling Alley

6 problems with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and how to fix them

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was one of the most anticipated phones this year. Designed to be powerful and professional, it’s as feature-packed as ever, and certainly has a lot to offer. However, just like any other smartphone, the Galaxy S5 is not without its issues. With that in mind, we take a look at …

World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

Wind turbines have become airborne! An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough …

Wind is the World's Cheapest Source of Energy According to EU Report

A report prepared for the European Commission has found that onshore wind power provides the cheapest source of energy once external factors such as …

Fossil Fuels

9 out of 10 Australian households are considering switching to solar power

What are <i>you</i> waiting for to go solar?<p>A new survey of Australian households conducted by Ernst & Young across regional and metro Victoria, NSW and …

Why Orange Juice Tastes Disgusting After You Brush Your Teeth

Finally, an answer.<p>In a handy video, the American Chemical Society has explained why orange juice (and food in general) tastes like soap after you brush your teeth. The basic gist is that a detergent called sodium lauryl sulfate, found within your toothpaste, blocks the sweet receptors on your …

Passengers ebola joke triggers hazmat panic

When a dark-skinned man sneezed on a plane then joked about having ebola, the flight crew took no chances and called a team in hazardous material …

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the …

Single experimental tree produces 40 different kinds of fruit (Video)

Imagine a mythical tree that grows not one, but forty different types of fruits, allowing people to harvest an ample amount of fruits at different …

New York State

Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention

<i>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</i><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while …

This Robotic Tank Gives Goldfish The Steering Wheel

You go, fish!<p>If Thomas de Wolf gets his way, pet fish will soon navigate terra firma. A co-founder of Netherlands design firm Studio diip, de Wolf built a motorized tank that empowers goldfish to drive around. “We wanted to make something that showcases computer vision technology, but not in such …

The Solio Portable Solar Charger

Just yesterday we introduced an ultra compact power bank keychain, but if you need another option with larger battery capacity, the following Solio …

Gear & Gadgets

Plan to split California into six states gets enough signatures to appear on 2016 ballot

Venture capitalist Tim Draper's plan to split up California into six separate states has apparently gained enough signatures to earn itself a spot on the November 2016 ballot. A spokesperson for the "Six Californias" initiative told Reuters that the required signature threshold — approximately …

The App That Lets You Spy on Yourself and Sell Your Own Data

Facebook and other social networking sites aren't free. They don't charge you money to connect with friends, upload photos, and "like" your favorite …

Make sure your electronic devices are charged-up before flying to the U.S. – TSA requirement

If you’re flying (back) to the U.S. from overseas, make sure that all your electronic devices have enough juice left to power-up when you reach airport security, otherwise you won’t be allowed to take them on board due to a new TSA requirement.<p>The Transportation Security Administration said …

Make Your Own Forecasts With this Tiny Smartphone Weather Station

If there's one thing your local TV weatherperson is good at, it's getting the forecast wrong—at least according to anyone over 50. So why rely on a …

Samsung's latest ad shows just how irresistible the iPhone truly is

I'm not sure what Samsung was thinking with their latest Galaxy S5 ad. They're once again desperately, cynically trying to call iPhone owners stupid …