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Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may try to hold both in …

Earth heading for 'mini ice age' within 15 years

Research has predicted a new solar 'Maunder minimum' in the 2030s<p>The earth is 15 years from a period of low solar activity similar to that last seen during the "mini ice-age" of the 17th century, when the Thames froze.<p>Solar researchers at the University of Northumbria have created a new model of …

Ice Age

The 20 books you’ll be reading – and talking about – for the rest of the year

<b>Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, July 14</b><p>How does a writer follow up one of the most beloved books of all time? Released in 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird is a deeply felt and beautifully told story of childhood, family, race, and friendship. Most everyone figured Harper Lee would never publish another …

7 Beautiful Buildings in Unexpected Places

For every brand-name skyscraper, there's an equally interesting building off the beaten path. In fact, some of the most interesting structures require a pilgrimage to a far-flung location—proof that, for these seven projects, the trip is part of the design.<p>Mug Hakdong Hotel, Mongdol Beach, Geoje, …

Hall of Fame

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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25 exercises you've never tried in your life

Maybe you’ve been working out forever. You’ve got your workout routines down, and at this point it’s just getting it in and getting out. But at some …

Science in a Republican Senate: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Republican Party is widely predicted to win control of the Senate as a result of today’s midterm elections. In broadstrokes, that outcome …

I is For Infection? The Role of iPads in Pathogen Spread

The weather in San Francisco on January 27th, 2010 was cool but inside the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the atmosphere was sizzling. Onstage, the genius behind the computer giant Apple, Steve Jobs, was expected to change the landscape of computing yet again. He didn’t disappoint as he …

Mobile Devices

Why the steep rise in disease outbreaks since 1980?

Ebola has a lot of company, researchers say. Since 1980, the world has seen an increasing number of infectious diseases, including enterovirus, …

You’ll never hear successful people say these 15 phrases

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful.<p>Here are some phrases you'll never hear a successful person say:<p><b>1. We can't do that.</b> One thing …

19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day | Inc.com

Long Quest for Ebola Vaccine Slowed by Science, Ethics, Politics

There are no approved vaccines or treatments, but some in development look promising.<p>DALLAS—Ebola vaccines are so effective in monkeys that macaques can be protected or rescued even if they're injected with a hundred times the lethal dose of the Ebola virus after vaccination. But no one knows for …

Dallas hospital workers went two days without face protection while caring for Ebola patient

For the first two days of Thomas Duncan's stay at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, healthcare professionals didn't wear the necessary protective gear. This gear usually includes goggles and a face mask, but staffers reportedly stuck to their scrubs and gloves while waiting for Duncan's …

Humanity's terrifying impact on Earth justifies new Anthropocene epoch

The greatest transitions in the geological timescale are marked by the flowering or decimation of life. With species extinction and global warming gaining speed, humanity’s impact on Earth is clear<p>The events marking a new geological chapter in the Earth’s history need to be epoch making – …

Tech and Science

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Severe weather alert: U.S. study finds tornadoes coming in swarms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tornadoes in the United States are increasingly coming in swarms rather than as isolated twisters, according to a study by U.S. government meteorologists published on Thursday that illustrates another trend toward extreme weather emerging in recent years.<p>A U.S. flag sticks …

Booker prize winner 'ashamed' to be Australian over 'foolish' environment policies

The Tasmanian author, who took out the prestigious literary prize for his novel “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”, said he was saddened by the …

Cloning Cows From Steaks (and Other Ways of Building Better Cattle)

Can animal geneticists breed—or clone—a cow that will taste great and have a smaller environmental hoofprint too?<p>The clones were so glad to see us, out on the frozen pasture, that they almost wouldn't let us out of the pickup. I had to shove one aside with the door to get out. Kelly Jones had …

4 Scenarios For The Future Of Transportation

By Ben Schiller4 minute Read<p>It’s 2030. Google has taken over Atlanta’s transportation system. Automated cars have failed to solve Los Angeles’s …

Urban Design

Overcaffeinators May Have More Trouble Expressing Their Feelings

I'm feeling lukewarm<p>If you often have trouble with finding the right words to express your feelings, empathizing with other people’s emotions, or waiting for your next caffeine fix, you may be alexithymic.<p>Alexithymia, derived from Greek for “no words for feelings,” is a personality trait …

Psychology

The water on Earth is even older than the sun

Next time you reach for a “fresh” glass of water, think of this: some of the molecules in that water are billions of years old — older, in fact, than the solar system itself.<p>On the face of it, this seems impossible: how can water on Earth pre-date the solar system in which it exists? But a new …

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Scuba Diving

717-hp Hennessey HPE700 Mustang Is Out for Hellcat Blood

Just a week after Saleen released information and images of its upcoming Mustang-based S302 mega pony car, Hennessey Performance has dropped into our laps renderings and information on its sinister HPE700 Mustang. (Coincidence? We think not.) And as usual with a Hennessey product, it is absolutely …

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Supermarkets and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach.<p>With consumers demanding large displays of unblemished, fresh produce, many retailers end up tossing a mountain of perfectly edible food. Despite efforts to cut …

Switch to Natural Gas Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds

Will burning cheap gas just make us use more energy and delay the rise of renewables?<p><b>Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable</b> …

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

Algorithms