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On Morality, Time, and the End of the Universe

A new book serves as a reader-friendly guide to some of life’s biggest questions — and peeks into the lives of those who tried to answer …

Book Reviews

Ancient civilizations may have been more connected than previously thought

Ancient civilizations could have benefited, and at times suffered from belonging to an interconnected global economy, according to evidence presented …

Ancient Civilization

Aubrey de Grey is working to cure aging whether you like it or not

<b>In The Age Of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil writes, “Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it.”</b> <b>What does that stir up for you?</b><p><b>ADG:</b> It’s complete bullshit. It’s so obviously an excuse for putting aging out …

Aging

Camper fits in a Sprinter and expands to four times its size

The ioCamper can be used on the go or as a permanent guesthouse<p>Whether you love a teardrop or an adventure van, most campers stick to the basics: A place to sleep, cook, and lounge. But every now and again we see a camper design that is truly innovative, pushing the boundaries of what a camper …

Campers

What if … The universe is an illusion?

SOMETIMES, perceiving something as real doesn’t cut it. With the shimmering image of a hologram, the illusion is clear enough. That 3D representation …

Western Atheism: A Guide For the Perplexed

The modern world is nothing if not plural in the number of possible world views it offers in terms of religions, creeds and ideologies. The profusion …

Atheism

The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli

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Flower-shaped solar panel now sold in the U.S.

40 percent more efficient in energy production than traditional solar<p>Homes of the future will increasingly be built with sustainability in mind; California will require solar panels on all new homes by 2020. But exactly what that solar power might look like may surprise you.<p>The bulky tack-on solar …

Solar Panels

Fasting-induced anti-aging molecule keeps blood vessels young

New research has found that fasting triggers a molecule that can delay the aging of our arteries. The findings could help prevent age-related chronic …

Non-infectious Diseases

What is consciousness?

What is being in love, feeling pain or seeing colour made of? How our brains make conscious experience has long been a riddle – but we’re uncovering …

Up Your Couscous Game With This Tunisian Fish Dish

For years I had heard about the deliciousness of spicy Tunisian fish balls in a stew served over couscous from serious eaters like Jeffrey …

Couscous

The ‘me’ illusion: How your brain conjures up your sense of self

LOOK into a mirror and you may see pimples, wrinkles or unruly facial hair, but beneath the superficial lies something far more interesting. Every …

The Brain

More Americans are using this 'loophole' to save more for retirement—here's how it works

More and more Americans are using a health savings account (HSA) to supplement their retirement savings: As of January 2017, 21.8 million people had …

Retirement

How the brain creates the subjective experience of time

Everyone has felt, at one point or another, that time does indeed "fly" when we're having fun. Why does it feel different depending on what we do …

Research

Researchers Solve First Problem From Mathematical Physics Wish List

For every popular list of unsolved problems, there are scholars and students dreaming of — and working towards — solving the puzzles they contain. Many search for creative solutions, only to reach dead ends. Yet, rarely, knowledge and dedication align, giving birth to a solution to one of these …

Magnetism

Brain cell discovery could help scientists understand consciousness

A team of scientists today unveiled the discovery of a new kind of brain neuron called the rosehip cell. What makes this find important? It may be unique to the human brain – and it’s found in the same area thought to be responsible for consciousness.<p>A team of international researchers consisting …

Consciousness

This Man Has Lived Off the Grid For 20 Years—Here's How

Environment<p>“We want to be that average American icon that says, ‘You can do this.’”<p>In the far corner of the front yard of a large house in Florida, an RV rests, shaded by trees as clothing on a nearby line sways in the breeze. In this RV, Nat Geo explorer Thomas Henry "T.H." Culhane lives with his …

Off-grid

15 handy Samsung Bixby tricks you need to know

Samsung's assistant Bixby can do a wide range of tasks on your phone. Once you've learned the basics, here are 15 additional tricks that will help you get the most out of your assistant.<p>Add quick commands<p>Don't want to memorize long strings of commands? You can shorten them by going to <b>My Bixby</b> ></b> …

Bixby

An Answer To Fermi's Paradox

Time and place: Summer 1950, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.<p>Over lunch at the lab’s mess hall, Nobel Prize winning physicist Enrico Fermi and three colleagues are pondering the possibility of life out there. Could extraterrestrials exist?<p>A reasonable conversation, then as now. Although …

Universe

This astrophysicist explains the surprisingly complex concept of ‘nothing’

Philosophers have debated the nature of “nothing” for thousands of years, but what has modern science got to say about it?<p>In an interview with The Conversation, Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, explains that when …

Physics

Harvard Business Review

August 21, 2018<p>Give Yourself a Break<p><b>From Amy Bernstein</b><br>Editor, Harvard Business Review<p>What do you do when you screw up at work? Most of us respond in one of two ways: We get defensive or we beat ourselves up. Neither is particularly helpful or healthy. In the first case, you’re not learning from …

What determines human decisions?

One could call Daniel Kahneman the unicorn of economics. As a psychologist, he had a profound influence on people who criticized the homo economicus …

Psychology

NASA Astronaut Saw ‘Something Organic/Alien Like’ in Space

International Space Station (via NASA)<p>The universe is full of fascinating, unexplained, altogether alien things.<p>But whether extraterrestrial life …

How Andrew Carnegie Went From $1.20 a Week to $309 Billion ... Then Gave It All Away

Andrew Carnegie was one of the richest men in world history, but he didn't start that way -- and he intentionally didn't end up that way.<p>Andrew Carnegie: <i>The Gospel of Wealth</i><p>Andrew Carnegie's 1889 Essay, <i>The Gospel of Wealth</i><p>A Modernized Version of Andrew Carnegie's <i>The Gospel of Wealth</i><p>11 Great Quotes …

Is religion a universal in human culture or an academic invention?

If anything seems self-evident in human culture, it’s the widespread presence of religion. People do ‘religious’ stuff all the time; a commitment to …

University of Chicago

To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit

My back hurts when I sit down.<p>It's been going on for 10 years. It really doesn't matter where I am — at work, at a restaurant, even on our couch at home. My lower back screams, "Stop sitting!"<p>To try to reduce the pain, I bought a kneeling chair at work. Then I got a standing desk. Then I went back …

Sitting

How to Build a Homemade Windmill for Alternative Energy

Build a Homemade Windmill for Alternative Energy<p>Step 1<p>Order your windmill building plans as well as the DC motor. See the Resources section for a …

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p><i>Updated and corrected on September 7, 2018</i><p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport …

Extinction

Meet the Warrior Queen Who Battled the Arabs

Tall and powerful, the outnumbered female general named Dihya executed a final, stubborn act of defiance against an Arab army invading her homeland …

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …