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Pioneering scientists share £23m Breakthrough prize pot at US awards

No one becomes a scientist to make themselves rich, but for a growing minority at the top of their game, big money has found them regardless.<p>At a lavish ceremony in California on Sunday night, more than 60 biologists, physicists and mathematicians shared prizes worth $36m (£23m) for work that has …

How to build a backyard roller coaster

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Brooklyn's Newest Starbucks Claims To Be The 'Coolest Starbucks' Ever

You can just hear the collective groan.<p>When Starbucks opened its first location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a collective groan rang out in the streets and you could hear people murmuring, "There goes the neighborhood." While the neighborhood may have "gone" a few years ago -- Williamsburg is now …

'Lego Batman 3' Takes Kids Back To The 1960's

With Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham releasing tomorrow, I had a chance to visit the developer TT Games and find out more about the game and talk to the people who put these super popular games together.<p>The studio were keen to showcase their 60′s Batman Levels that recreate the original hit TV show …

Your science questions answered

Q Given the fact that the atom consists mainly of empty space and glass has a much higher density than paper, why is it that I can’t look through a sheet of paper but easily through centimetre-thick glass? asks Thoralf Schubert<p>A As Professor Philip Moriarty from the University of Nottingham …

'Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare' Season Pass Is Pricey, But Zombies Are A Perk

<b>Update 11.3.14</b><p>Activision and Sledgehammer have put out an official statement on the zombie mode DLC:<p><i>The plan for Advanced Warfare from the start was to deliver a great campaign, to re-imagine multiplayer, and to create a fast and frenetic co-op experience all based on the new Exoskeleton mechanics.</i> …

World Trade Center opens for business, 13 years after 9/11

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center has again opened for business – marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation.<p>Some staffers of publishing giant Conde Nast began working at 1 World Trade Center on Monday. The 104-story, …

Catching Zombies in the Act: How to Picture Parasites

Picture Stories<p>Picture Stories<p>Photographing a horsehair worm bursting from the body of a drowning cricket is as difficult as it sounds. But it was a challenge that Anand Varma threw himself into for his first <i>National Geographic</i> story.<p>“Mindsuckers” in the November issue is all about parasites that …

Ozone hole layer remains size of North America, Nasa data shows

Antarctic hole in protective layer of gas stands around same level as 2010, 2012 and 2013, but scientists say recovery is on track<p>The Antarctic ozone hole, which was expected to reduce in size swiftly when manmade chlorine emissions were outlawed 27 years ago, is stubbornly remaining the size of …

15 Gravity-Defying Homes From Around the World

Ingenious engineering and the will of slightly crazy homeowners, brings architecture to new heights.<p>Ingenious engineering and the will of slightly crazy homeowners, brings architecture to new heights.

National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!

Trio tests Australia’s security rules with KKK hood, niqab and biker helmet

Three men who attempted to enter Australia's Parliament House on Monday wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood, a <i>niqab</i> and a motorcycle helmet said they were unfairly treated under new regulations targeting Muslim face veils.<p>The men want Muslim veils that cover the face banned from the nation's seat of …

Fighting the Invasive Stinkbug

TRACY LESKEY, RESEARCH ENTOMOLOGIST, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE:<br>Brown marmorated stink bug is not a native species. It’s native to Asia.<p>Some time in the mid-1990s it was accidentally introduced into the United States. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we have seen some of the most significant problems …

26 signs you’ve been in Budapest too long

<b>1.</b> When you visit another town, you walk into old, abandoned houses because you assume there is a bar inside.<p><b>2.</b> You’ve completely accepted that …

Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Changing Planet<p><b>The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms.</b><p>From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of …

Elusive Wolverine Caught on Camera

Wildlife<p>A wolverine scavenges for its next meal in northern Canada. Photograph by Peter Mather.<p><b>By Laurie McClellan</b><br>for National Geographic, Polar Bear Watch<p>It’s one of the most elusive superstars of the northern wilderness: the wolverine.<p>Nicknamed “the devil bear” for its fierce disposition, the …

Hikers discover firearm booby trap across Oregon trail

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT PORTLAND’S WEIRD and I am a partisan of keeping it that way, but <i>this</i> is going a little too far.<p>When going for a hike in Forest …

Why a Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break

Wildlife<p><b>A swordfish’s “sword” is its most prominent feature, but scientists have only now discovered the unusual properties that keep the sword strong and ready to slash.</b><p>A study published Monday in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> reveals that the fish have an unusual way to …

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Homer's Last Theorem

David S. Cohen pictured in the Dwight Morrow High School yearbook of 1984. The running joke was that everyone on the Math Team was co-captain, so …

What Happens After Someone Survives Ebola?

Learning more about patients who've recovered from Ebola -- as well as people who are naturally immune -- could save lives.<p>While most of the recent coverage of the ongoing Ebola outbreak has focused on rising death tolls and a few infected U.S. citizens, other segments of the population have passed …