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Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

5 Great Podcasts You Should Start Listening to Right Now

If you want to change your your business (or personal) life for the better, that is.<p>I don't need to convince you to start listening to podcasts.<p>But I do want to convince you to give <i>these</i> podcasts a try. (Some are a little off the beaten business podcast path, but in a very good way.)<p><b>1. WorkLife</b> …

Self-improvement

Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM

For nearly a half century, IBM came as close as any company to bearing the torch for the American Dream.As the world’s dominant technology firm, …

Sexual Harassment

The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln on 'unbearable' farewell

<b>SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, “Honor.”</b><p>Perhaps the only thing closer than …

The Walking Dead

Low-level alcohol consumption can help clean the brain

Everyone knows that drinking to excess is bad for your health (and potentially embarrassing), but a new study conducted by researchers at the …

A Long-Lost NASA Spacecraft Rises From the Dead

After 13 years of silence, scientists hear a mission calling home.<p>Rick Burley couldn’t believe what he was reading.<p>The email on his computer screen, forwarded by his former colleague Jim Burch, was from someone named Scott Tilley. Tilley, an amateur astronomer in British Columbia, recently had been …

Astronomy

Set Your Brain in Motion with This Fundamentals of Physics Intro Course

You didn't pay attention in Physics class, so let's fix that.<p>Look, paying attention in high school wasn’t everyone’s strong suit. There’s no shame in …

Physics

CERN May Have Evidence of a Quasiparticle We've Been Hunting For Decades

Meet the elusive odderon.<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the particle accelerator that just keeps on giving, and recent experiments at the site …

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

Researchers say it may be the shape of our brains, not the size, that makes us who we are

We all learned in science class that human’s have big ol’ brains, and that the size of our brains is responsible for all of the fancy things humans …

Researchers just accidentally found an effective Alzheimer’s treatment while trying to cure diabetes

Developing new treatments for ailments can be a tedious and frustrating process for scientists. Oftentimes, newly developed drugs just don’t work the …

Alzheimer's Disease

Man Had So Many Prostate Orgasms He Couldn't Stop, According to New Paper

One 63-year-old man had so many prostate orgasms that he couldn’t stop.<p>If you didn’t already know, it’s possible for someone with a prostate to …

Prostate Cancer

How to Finish Everything You Start | Heleo

“When you make a goal, it’s not just a goal—it’s a promise to yourself.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>How to keep promises you make to yourself</i>• <i><br>Why you should</i> …

Conspiracy theories, attacks on the press, praise for tyrants, and more

Timothy L. Hale/ZUMA<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Is Donald Trump a threat to democracy? From his executive orders …

Donald Trump

A Stanford scientist says he built a gaydar using “the lamest” AI to prove a point

Do our faces show the world clues to our sexuality?<p>Last week, The Economist published a story around Stanford Graduate School of Business researchers Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang’s claims that they had built artificial intelligence that could tell if we are gay or straight based on a few images …

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions, NASA made these stunning, free posters

The US spacecrafts Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched 16 days apart in August and September of 1977. Both the missions took advantage of a once-in-175-year alignment of planets that allowed between them to visit all the gaseous planets of the solar system.<p>PBS last month released a documentary to …

Experiment reveals evidence for a previously unseen behaviour of light

Beams of light do not, generally speaking, bounce off each other like snooker balls. But at the high energies in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN they have just been observed doing exactly that<p>Light is useful, versatile and perplexing. We see with it - that is, we make sense of our surroundings …

Physics

How to lose subcutaneous fat: All you need to know

For people trying to lose weight, it might feel as if all fat is the same. But there are two different types of fat: visceral and subcutaneous. …

What happens to the brain as we age?

Brain aging is inevitable to some extent, but not uniform; it affects everyone, or every brain, differently. Slowing down brain aging or stopping it …

9 Clever Tricks to Make Your Outdoor Space Look Expensive

The best outdoor spaces—whether they're 100 square feet or 10,000—are carefully curated, thoughtfully designed, and, most importantly, <i>inviting</i>. A …

Landscaping

Swedish 'Queen of Batteries' explains why a little-known material could knock lithium off its pedestal

Christina Lampe-Önnerud.Magnus Laupa/TT<p>“Lithium is a bit overrated. It’s simply not sensible that a single component in battery production is getting so much media coverage. What we should talk about instead is the recycling of lithium, which is something that needs to improve,” says Christina …

Electric Vehicles

Is Indoor Cycling Really Dangerous? Here's What the Experts Say

Recently, a study came out that made indoor cycling lovers everywhere stop cold in their Shimanos. You may have seen the headlines splashed across …

Indoor Cycling

How to Reverse Aging and Become Whoever You Want to Be | Inc.com

In 1978, Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist, conducted an important study. She gave houseplants to two groups of nursing-home residents. One group was told they were responsible for keeping their plant alive, and that they had autonomy in their daily schedule. The other group was told that staff …

Self-improvement
Computer Science

We should never have told people to start taking vitamins, and new research linking one type to cancer shows why

Not so fast. A growing body of research— including a study published August 22 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology— suggests that some supplements can carry real health risks. These risks range from vomiting and nausea to an increased risk of cancer and death.<p>Epidemiologists at two American cancer …

Wellness

Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in L.A.

<b>Griffith Observatory</b><br>Naturally, Griffith Observatory is hosting a viewing event, featuring telescope viewing from the lawn, sidewalks and on the …

California

Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein Proved Right Again

Scientists always seem to be finding new evidence of Albert Einstein "being right." The latest example comes from astronomers using the European …

Black Holes

How to Tell If Someone is Lying, According to Behavioral Experts

Nonverbal clues that someone isn’t telling the truth.<p>If you claim that you never lie, well, you’re a liar.<p>Those little white lies are slipping out more often than you realize: One study found that Americans, on average, tell about 11 lies per week. Other research shows that number is on the …

Psychology

11 Exercises That Will Help You Eliminate Low Back Pain for Good

Going through daily life with back pain is a serious downer. When a heavy squat snatch triggered something in my lower back during the CrossFit Open …

Workouts

10 Things Your Landscape Architect Wishes You Knew (But Is Too Polite to Tell You)

By all accounts, landscape architects Gretchen Whittier and Kate Stickley are courteous people. They must be: after all, along with partner Vera …