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Congratulations To This Year's Nebula Award Winners!

Last night, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 2013 Nebula Awards. Let's see who took home this year's …

More Parental Attention May Give First-Born Kids Advantages

Firstborn kids often do better in school and, on average, go on to earn more money than their younger siblings. A new theory tries to explain why.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>School-age children will soon bring home year-end report cards. Parents may notice that one kid gets better grades than …

Where Genes Come From

In today’s <i>New York Times</i>, I’ve written a story about a simple but important question: where do new genes come from?<p>Some four billion years ago, when cellular life emerged, a typical primordial microbe likely had only a small set of genes. Today, however, genes abound. We, for example, have 20,000 …

Monster Galaxy Tosses Stars to the Cosmic Curb

Changing Planet<p>This artist’s illustration shows the hypervelocity star cluster HVGC-1 escaping from the supergiant elliptical galaxy M87. HVGC-1 is the first runaway star cluster discovered by astronomers. It is fated to drift through intergalactic space. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)<p><b>Talk about</b> …

Secret Military Test, Coming Soon to Your Spanish Class - Issue 12: Feedback

Imagine a test that could tell you how good you can ultimately get in any foreign language, from Hindi to Welsh, from Igbo to Spanish, before you’ve …

The 5-Minute Warmup That Makes You Run Faster

Do this quick routine before any race so your body is at its peak to perform<p>Before any local road race, you're bound to see hundreds of runners milling around, lightly stretching out their calves, hamstrings, and quads. But traditional "static stretching"—tugging on a muscle with constant tension …

Our Universe May Exist in a Multiverse, Cosmic Inflation Discovery Suggests

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also supports …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

Himmler hoard of letters and diaries discovered in Israel

Lost letters, photographs and diaries by Heinrich Himmler have been discovered in Israel, shedding new light on one of the men most directly responsible for the Holocaust.<p>The stash of documents from the Nazi era is currently held in a bank vault in Tel Aviv, but has been authenticated by the German …

10 Winter Pastas

On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm <i>and</i> happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want …

Is Facebook really losing its appeal?

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, according to researchers at Princeton.<p>"Ideas, like diseases, have been shown to spread infectiously between people before eventually dying out, and have been successfully described with …

Time Travel Via Wormhole Breaks the Rules of Quantum Mechanics - The Crux

By Bill Andrews | January 16, 2014 12:52 pm<p>Science has done it again everybody! Brace yourselves for this groundbreaking news, freshly determined by …

How to set up multiroom audio with AirPlay speakers and iTunes

Turning your entire house into one giant speaker is not only possible, but likely already probable. That is, provided all of the speakers in your …

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

Cluster and Parallel Fields: Two for the Price of One

Hubble is doing double-duty as it peers into the distant universe to observe the Frontier Fields. While one of the telescope’s cameras looks at a …

Super-Earths likely to have oceans and continents

Massive exoplanets might be more like Earth than has been thought.<p>Massive terrestrial exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – called …

Astronomy

The "deepest ever" image of a group of galaxies - "Pandora's Cluster" - has been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope http://bbc.in/1lQ1DIL The blue arcs in the picture are distant galaxies as they appeared 12 billion years ago - not long after the Big Bang. The image was unveiled at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Washington DC. Photo courtesy of Nasa, Esa, HFF.

The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Employment

The WikiLeaks Mole

On a recent frigid night near Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson slips into a bubbling geothermal pool at a suburban swim club. The …

Twin Planets: The Same, But Very Different

It’s often said—we said it again ourselves just last week, in fact—that our own Solar System isn’t as typical as scientists once imagined. We’ve got …

Study Finds No Time Travelers On The Internet

If you've read this article in the future, feel free to skip it now.<p>If you had traveled from the future to the present, you might be likely to mention some things that you'd learned there (for example: buy <i>this</i> lottery ticket). Using this logic, physicists searched for prescient mentions of future …

Stephen Hawking

NASA's Super Ball Bot Will Be Exploring The Surface Of TItan

When it comes to exploring the far reaches of our solar system (and eventually beyond), it simply isn't practical to send out human beings. Until …

Solar System

Technology predictions for 2014: smarter cities, bigger games

This is the year that cities become even smarter. Local authorities and councils the world over have invested in social capital and connected infrastructure with the aim of better understanding the needs of their citizens.<p>The Watershed arts venue in Bristol, for example, organised a Playable City …

NASA's Warp-Drive Solution for Faster-Than-Light Space Travel (A 2013 Most Popular)

“Space has been expanding since the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago,” said Dr. White, 43, who runs the research project told the New York Times. “And …

How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do,”</i> Will Durant observed in summarizing Aristotle. <i>“Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state,”</i> William James wrote. But how, exactly, do we rewire our habits …

The Best Scientific Visualizations of 2013

Author: Brandon Keim<p>science<p>06:30 am<p>Author: Brandon Keim<p>science<p>06:30 am<p>#art<br>• #Biology<br>• #Brains and Behavior<p>Sponsored Stories<p>Powered By Outbrain<p>Amy …

Good grief: the psychology of mourning

There have been a worrying number of high profile deaths of late. First there was Paul Walker, yesterday we lost both Peter O’Toole and Joan Fontaine, even Brian the dog from Family guy died (sort of). Most high-profile of all was of course the recent passing of Nelson Mandela.<p>High-profile deaths …

Artificial intelligence: The machines with alien minds

Our smartest machines look nothing like we predicted – has the field lost its way, or do we need to rethink what AI actually means, asks Tom Chatfield.<p>Would modern artificial intelligence live up to the dreams of the field’s founders? Perhaps not. But in many ways, the smartest machines we have …

Mind-Bending iPad App Channels M.C. Escher

Co.Design gets an early look at Monument Valley, an Escher-esque computer game set for release next year.<p>Sixty years after creating landmark works like <i>Relativity</i>, M.C. Escher’s impossible architecture continues to bend our minds. But what if Escher were around today? Would he still work in …