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iPhone battery life bad after installing iOS 11.4? Here's what you can do

Installing a new iOS update can hit your battery life hard. Here's how you can make things better. (Updated for iOS 11.4)<p><i>Video: Uh-oh: Your iPhone's</i> …

The True Story of Semiramis, Legendary Queen of Babylon

History Magazine<p>The only woman ever to have ruled the mighty Assyrian Empire, Semiramis titillated writers and painters from the Roman period to the 19th century.<p>Female rulers in ancient Mesopotamia were rare. But those who did rule made their mark on history. In the Neo-Assyrian regime of the …

Ancient History

Here's a rescue bird singing Mozart and stealing our hearts one beautiful note at a time

Here to steal your hearts and soothe your ears is this adorable rescue bird singing Mozart. According to <i>Mashable</i>, the opera-loving avian creature is …

musicologists have found a missing part of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

1 April 2017, 09:29<p>A chance find in a Vienna apartment has uncovered a crucial fragment of Schubert’s score, and an orchestral recording of the …

Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 3 CD review – a pure delight

Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)<br>(Hyperion) (2 CDs)<p>This is the third in the ongoing Mozart sonata series from Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien, and once again it is hard to imagine a better partnership. Each of the six works in this double CD programme is a pure delight, …

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 …

The Brain

9 mind-expanding documentaries to increase your intelligence

Be honest, now and then we all spend our free time watching various TV series, don’t we? And while some may consider it to be a rather meaningless …

Dashboard Lights

What makes us conscious?

Do you think that the machine you are reading this story on, right now, has a feeling of “what it is like” to be in its state?<p>What about a pet dog? …

Consciousness

MIT’s Not-So-Crazy Plan To Get Rid Of Stoplights

The intersection of the future has no stoplight—just a very, very intelligent algorithm.<p>The first stoplight was a complete disaster.<p>Installed in London in 1868, the gas-powered traffic signal exploded, killing the policeman who was responsible for operating it. In the 150 years since, the stoplight …

USDOT

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How Is It Possible That Galaxies Are Moving Away From Us Faster Than the Speed of Light?

According to Albert Einstein, the speed of light is an absolute constant beyond which nothing can move faster. So, how can galaxies be traveling …

Exploring the Universe with Nuclear Power

In the past four decades, NASA and other space agencies from around the world have accomplished some amazing feats. Together, they have sent manned …

Space Exploration

Philae is hibernating, says European Space Agency as it calls off searches

European Space Agency controllers have called off the dedicated search for Philae, the probe that landed on a comet in November last year.<p>Instead, they will now rely on “co-riding” opportunities presented by the planned mission programme for Rosetta, the lander’s orbiting mothership.<p>Scientists …

Space

Three New Earth-Size Planets Found "Nearby"

The Kepler space telescope has spotted over 1,000 exoplanets beyond our solar system, and its latest finds are three almost Earth-sized planets, including one in the habitable zone circling the star EPIC 201367075, just 150 light years from Earth.<p>In the cosmic sense, that’s right around the block, …

Big Bang waves offer ‘staggering’ evidence of rapid expansion

Astronomers have detected gravitational waves from the Big Bang and say the discovery bolsters the theory that the universe expanded by 100 trillion …

Universe

Fossils reveal earliest known live birth

The fossil embryos of three little ichthyosaurs are preserved within the body of their mother that died while giving birth, 248 million years …

Tiktaalik Fossils Reveal Key Link in Evolution of Hind Limbs

Fossils of <i>Tiktaalik</i>, an ancient fish and crocodile-like creature, reveal a key link in the evolution of hind limbs. <i>Tiktaalik roseae</i> lived 375 million …

System turns solar energy into hydrogen fuel for later use

Researchers have built a system that converts the sun’s energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it to use after the sun goes down.<p>“So called ‘solar …

Energy

Inside The Largest Simulation Of The Universe Ever Created

A giant supercomputer is making massively detailed models of the cosmos.<p>Imagine being asked to solve a complex algebra problem that is roughly 95 percent variables and only five percent known values. This is a rough analogy perhaps, but it paints a fairly accurate picture of the task faced by …

The Big Bang Afterglow --New Mysteries Revealed (Holiday Feature)

One of the most surprising findings is that the fluctuations in the CMB temperatures at large angular scales do not match those predicted by the …

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Maps Master

The Maps Wars are on in earnest—with Apple Maps now finding its feet after a shaky start, and Bing Maps forming an integral part of Windows Phone, …

Wallpapers of the week: purple and blue set the mood

Almost into double digits, Wallpapers of the Week is now moving into week nine with another great set of walls. The reason we are able to continually …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

The Tyranny of Buffness

My boyfriend expected me to be lean and muscular. But I couldn't live up to that standard, and neither can a lot of guys—and we shouldn't have to.<p>I didn't know I was skinny-fat until my Russian boyfriend told me so. Actually, I didn't even know that was a thing until he told me so.<p>I went to use the …

Beautiful, minimalist periodic table probably won't get you through chemistry class

London graphic designer Allison Haigh has designed what could easily be called the pinnacle of minimalist periodic tables. While it probably won’t get you through your chemistry mid-term, its elegant entries lay out the atomic structure of each element, making it a lot more suited to hanging on …

APOD: Hidden Galaxy IC 342 (2013 Jul 18) Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Leshin http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130718.html Explanation: Similar in size to large, bright spiral galaxies in our neighborhood, IC 342 is a mere 10 million light-years distant in the long-necked, northern constellation Camelopardalis. A sprawling island universe, IC 342 would otherwise be a prominent galaxy in our night sky, but it is hidden from clear view and only glimpsed through the veil of stars, gas and dust clouds along the plane of our own Milky Way galaxy. Even though IC 342's light is dimmed by intervening cosmic clouds, this deep telescopic image traces the galaxy's obscuring dust, blue star clusters, and glowing pink star forming regions along spiral arms that wind far from the galaxy's core. IC 342 may have undergone a recent burst of star formation activity and is close enough to have gravitationally influenced the evolution of the local group of galaxies and the Milky Way. http://sleshin.startlogic.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130718 #APOD

APOD: Twisting with NGC 3718 (2013 Aug 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh (Heaven's Mirror Observatory) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130803.html Explanation: A careful look at this colorful cosmic snapshot reveals a surprising number of galaxies both near and far toward the constellation Ursa Major. The most striking is NGC 3718, the warped spiral galaxy near picture center. NGC 3718's spiral arms look twisted and extended, mottled with young blue star clusters. Drawn out dust lanes obscure its yellowish central regions. A mere 150 thousand light-years to the right is another large spiral galaxy, NGC 3729. The two are likely interacting gravitationally, accounting for the peculiar appearance of NGC 3718. While this galaxy pair lies about 52 million light-years away, the remarkable Hickson Group 56 can also be seen clustered above NGC 3718, near the top of the frame. Hickson Group 56 consists of five interacting galaxies and lies over 400 million light-years away. This picture was chosen as the overall winner in the 2013 David Malin Astrophotography Competition. http://www.martinpughastrophotography.id.au/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130803 #APOD