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How Anna Nicole Smith Became America's Punchline

From her first Playboy appearance in 1992 to her death in 2007, Anna Nicole Smith’s story was about a beautiful girl lifted up from the dust, and then about a beautiful woman destroyed.<p><b>How does a</b> <b>woman turn</b> from a mortal to an icon overnight? Think of Pamela Anderson, in a tight Labatt Blue shirt, …

Sweden 'on way to becoming cashless society'

Cash is falling out of favour in Sweden, according to a research study at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.<p>Many Swedes like people everywhere remain attached to their currency, the krona, which has been used since 1873.<p>However, it seems the embrace of technology in the country means …

Meet the firm designing futuristic UI for Iron Man and Samsung

Remember Tony Stark's glass smartphone and transparent coffee table in the <i>Iron Man</i> movies? Or how about that gorgeous statue rendering of the Avengers in action at the end of <i>Age of Ultron</i>? You've got one company to thank for those sequences: Perception, a New York City-based visual design firm. …

Experiment Finds No Evidence the Universe Is a Hologram (But It Still Might Be)

One inconclusive experiment doesn't mean we're any closer to understanding the nature of space-time.<p>The world's first experiment designed to look for evidence that the universe exists as a hologram has found nothing to suggest that is the case.<p>But not-so-fast, Matrix naysayers: The result, …

Physics

This is What Will Happen to Antarctica in 100 Years

In more temperate parts of the world, ice is just ice, but in Antarctica, ice is everything. It defines Antarctica: Earth’s southern polar ice cap, a …

The World’s Most Popular Banana Could Be Wiped Out

A potent fungus is killing off banana plants and could eventually wipe out much of the fruit around the world, according to a new study. Research …

Forestry

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …

Genetics

The Drug Lords of Tomorrow Will Be Biohackers

Brain stimulation is the future of drugs.<p>Through various sources—mainly transhumanist biohacker friends—I've been hearing about how some drug traffickers might be taking an interest in cranial implant technology.<p>If scientists can get a brain implant to give neural stimuli that affects our …

Singularity

A Dream of Secular Utopia in ISIS’ Backyard

One of the safer crossings into Syria is at a small town called Fishkhabour, in the far northwestern corner of Iraq. In a whitewashed shack on the shore of the Tigris River, an official from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government pointed out the window toward a pontoon bridge that bobbed in the …

Middle East

Teaching Grownups How to Eat

Until the twentieth century, Japanese food was often neither delicious nor nourishing. Junichi Saga, a Japanese doctor who chronicled the memories of elderly villagers from just outside Tokyo, in the nineteen-seventies, found that, in the early years of the century, most families scraped by on a …

Food

These 15 sci-fi books actually predicted the future

That's the question these 15 books force readers to ask themselves as they read about computer hackers, bionic limbs, and iPads, all thought up by authors decades and sometimes centuries before the inventions were created.<p>Inspired by this infographic of seemingly precognitive sci-fi books, we've …

Science Fiction

National Geographic Travel

Climate Change

Everyone loves an a**hole: Science explains our attraction to creeps and deviants

Always falling for the wrong guy or gal? New research suggests it may actually be a part of the human condition<p>Are you a nice, well-rounded person, yet can’t seem to hit it off with the opposite sex? Maybe you need to embrace your dark side, according to a new study that shows people with certain …

Psychology