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21 Inspiring Books That Will Make You Want to Quit Your Job

You’ve got about three years in your current gig, and you love it. But you are reminded every now and then that there is greener grass somewhere. You …

Employment

Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?

It would be almost three hours until Tesla’s big announcement, but inside a Northwestern University classroom near Chicago Thursday night, the famed nuclear critic Arnie Gundersen had the inside scoop:<p>Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was about to announce an industrial-scale battery, Gundersen said, that …

What is the most difficult concept to grasp in physics?

As a PhD student in Fluid dynamics, I can't prevent myself from quoting <i>Werner Heisenberg</i><p>"When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why …

Coherence review – impressive experimental sci-fi

James Ward Byrkit suggests multiple realities with remarkable economy in this believably down-to-earth sci-fi yarn<p>Shadows of <i>The Twilight Zone</i> and <i>Another Earth</i> hang over this impressively stripped-down, experimental sci-fi about a dinner party that fractures into alternative realities thanks to a …

How to draw… anything

Ever had a day when you want to draw, but don’t know what to draw? You just stare at the blank piece of paper? Well Moose Allain has some great ideas about how you can draw on days when you don’t have an ideas. And it all starts with a random bit of ink splashing...

Free online textbooks from top private school

<b>A leading private school, with some of the best results in England, is publishing digital textbooks which are available to download free online.</b><p>The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge is publishing 12 multimedia textbooks for IGCSE biology.<p>They are being made available on Apple's iBooks online …

The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral | Alex Bellos

Photograph: Edmund Harriss<p>The Harriss spiral.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/9/1418159374839/6f595021-96b3-44d2-89e7-d6c08bf35881-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Edmund Harriss<p>The Harriss …

Goldilocks planet: Deep in space, we may have found our 'twin’

The discovery of an Earth-like planet raises the question: are aliens also looking at us?<p>The starry sky is now far more fascinating to us than it ever was to our forebears. Stars may seem just points of light, but we’ve learnt recently that most are orbited by retinues of planets, just as our Sun …

Out of Fuel, Venus Express Is Falling Gently to Its Death in Planet's Skies

After more than eight years orbiting Venus, the European spacecraft's comes to an end.<p>Just above the surface of Venus, one of Earth's most intrepid robots is slipping into a sulfuric hereafter.<p>Over the next few months, Venus Express will fall slowly through the 150-mile-thick (250 kilometers) …

It's Alive! NASA's New Horizons Pluto Probe 'Wakes Up' for Work

From 2.9 billion miles away, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft let its handlers know on Saturday that it has awakened from hibernation and is ready for the climax of its nine-year trip to Pluto.<p>The first signals were received at the mission's control center at Johns Hopkins University's Applied …

Meet the first lady of graphene, turning harmful gases into the wonder stuff

Catharina Paukner is building a supersized graphene factory in Cambridge that can turn methane from landfill - or even cows - into modern-day black gold<p>The birthplace of graphene – the one-atom-thick carbon – is Manchester University, where it was created by two physicists. But Cambridge could …

Japan’s Asteroid-Bombing Spacecraft Launches Successfully

What's next for Hayabusa 2<p>While most of the East Coast U.S. was sleeping last night, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa 2, a deep space probe that will land on asteroid 1999 JU3, collect samples, and bring them back to Earth.<p>If you missed the liftoff, here are some highlights from …

NASA Stumbles Upon A Dead Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

Think our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns.<p>"You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," Dr. Fiona A. Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at the California …

The best crime and thrillers of 2014

Louise Welsh’s dystopian tale of plague in London and Tom Rob Smith’s Swedish family chiller are among the highlights in this year’s roundup<p>This year we welcomed some exciting new voices, with assured and perceptive police procedurals from Sarah Hilary (<b>Someone Else’s Skin</b>, Headline) and Eva Dolan …

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2014

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2014. Ranked in no particular order.

From hefty histories to chick lit: What I learned from reading two decades’ worth of NYT Notable Books lists

<b>(AP/Reuters/Virginia Mayo/Jens Norgaard Larsen/Katja Lenz/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>How the most anxiety-inducing of year-end books lists has reflected the changing publishing landscape<p>Laura Miller<p>December 5, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>The annual publication of the New York Times Book Review's "100 Notable …

Writers pick the best books of 2014: part one

Photograph: Marion Coutts<p>Marion Coutts with her husband Tom Lubbock and their son Ev.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/28/1417173973677/43ea6b8d-d19f-4696-9b90-5987a57645fa-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Marion Coutts<p>Marion Coutts with her husband Tom Lubbock and …

The Unusual Strategy That Made This Woman a Multibillionaire

Elizabeth Holmes's growth strategy flies in the face of conventional startup wisdom.<p>In each generation, an elite few entrepreneurs skyrocket to almost unimaginable heights. Among that already select group, an even more exceptional group emerges: those whose business success affects society in such …

Entrepreneurship

Stephen Hawking Wants To Be A Villain In A James Bond Movie

Stephen Hawking's latest career ambition has nothing to do with validating his theories about how the universe works. Instead, the famed theoretical physicist wants to be in the movies -- and he has a very specific part in mind.<p>“My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film," Hawking told …

Wanderers: A Stunning Short Video of Our Future in Space

Seriously, stop whatever you’re doing and WATCH THIS VIDEO. And yes, you very much want to make it full screen:<p>Holy. WOW.<p>Advertisement<p>This is one of …

Why Interstellar Should Be Taken Seriously -- Very Seriously

A few of my closest friends are physicists. In fact, when I went to see <i>Interstellar</i>, I made sure one of them was at my side. My physicist pal and I loved the movie, and to us (especially the physicist) the physics of the story were merely a layman's version of the real thing, but that was the right …

Personal Advice: Creating A New Identity

The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …

Fear Doesn't Have to Paralyze You

<i>Jason SurfrApp is the founder of IWearYourShirt and author of Creativity For Sale. Want to read more of his writing? Go to MoreJason.com.</i><p>If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself over the years, it’s that I’m not afraid to put myself and my ideas out there. For some of you reading this, you’re …