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Is 'Interstellar' An Antidote To Humanity's Space Apathy?

It may be set in the distant future, but the movie highlights the issues that stymie space travel today.<p>A few years ago, I caught a glimpse of one of the biggest obstacles to space exploration. In a movie theater line, I overheard two people discussing the concept of building a human base on our …

Space Travel

Turn Your Pasta Into Ramen With Baking Soda

Pop quiz: You're dying for some ramen but aren't anywhere near a place that serves it—and no, the 99-cent instant stuff isn't going to cut it. You live in a neighborhood overflowing with all the ingredients you'd need for, say, Mexican food, but Japanese? Not a chance. <i>What do you do?</i><p>If you'd asked …

Out of thin air: is this the world's newest type of cloud?

Ten years ago, Gavin Pretor-Pinney decided to rebrand clouds, or what he likes to refer to as the “patron goddesses of idle fellows.” For too long, clouds had been co-opted by bleak expressions like “head in the clouds” and “under a cloud”; dismissed as stains on otherwise beautiful blue skies; and …

Can graphene transform an apple into a doughnut? - Futurity

Physicists have used a double layer of graphene to show it may be possible to transform the topography of an object.

Why The CDC Thinks 1.4 Million People Might Contract Ebola By February

A crash course in modeling the outbreak of a deadly disease<p>Last June, the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone built a temporary ward in anticipation of an influx of Ebola patients. The makeshift building was covered with thin, tin metal sheets, haphazardly held to the walls by wire …

Disease

What's in a face? Clues to evolution, scientists say

Helen of Troy might have had "the face that launched a thousand ships," but that visage might not float anyone's vessel in Fiji.<p>It turns out that a person's bias toward highly feminine or masculine facial features in the opposite sex might have more to do with how many people live close by than …

Indian space program workers celebrate Mars orbit

(photographer unknown): India's Mangalyaan satellite attained Martian orbit on Wednesday; at $74m, it's "staggeringly cheap" for an orbiter.<p>Martian …

The US just created the world’s largest marine sanctuary

The US is establishing the world’s largest marine protected area to preserve some of the country’s most wildlife-rich waters in the Pacific Ocean.<p>US president Barack Obama will sign an executive proclamation today, three months after he initially proposed action, detailing the expansion of the …

Conservation

D-Wave CEO: Our Next Quantum Processor Will Make Computer Science History (Video)

In a joint interview, D-Wave's Vern Brownell and DFJ's Steve Jurvetson discuss the weird world of quantum computing.<p>Things get weird at the atomic scale.<p>The rules of classical physics governing the objects we can see and touch break down. Particles can occupy two places at once or connect across …