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National Geographic Travel

How the Arcane Antiquities Act Helps Save National Parks

Recently, U.S. Representative Rob Bishop celebrated a victory. He managed to push bill HR 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act, through the House. Its aim is to weaken the President's ability to designate public lands as national monuments, an authority …

National Parks

Germany Sets 23.9 GW Solar Power Generation Record!

Despite the long and dark winter, solar panels keep lining Germany’s residential rooftops. According to <i>SMA</i> Solar Technology, the country has just set …

Coal Ash Is More Radioactive Than Nuclear Waste

The popular conception of nuclear power is straight out of <i>The Simpsons</i>: Springfield abounds with signs of radioactivity, from the strange glow …

Nuclear Energy

Powdered alcohol may be coming to a liquor store near you

Putting a can of beer in a brown paper bag is about to look like child's play. A new product that's somehow been approved by US regulators makes booze as discreet as a packet of sugar. It's called Palcohol, and it transforms a shot of vodka or rum into a pocketable pouch of powder. Tear it open, …

Film Review: Oculus

Ginsburg, Scalia discuss freedoms

They often seem to be polar opposites on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, but Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia sat down together at the National Press Club on Thursday to discuss the First Amendment, government surveillance and their own personal friendship.<p>Journalist and host …

Pitch drops again in world's longest experiment

A Map of all the Places in the U.S. Where Nobody Lives

10 hidden Galaxy S5 features, according to Samsung

The Galaxy S5 has been on the market for a week now, and with dozens of reviews and hands-on posts hitting the web, fans of the device probably already know about its main features.<p>But Samsung reckons there are some hidden features on the Galaxy S5 that you might not be aware of, and helpfully …

Apps

Pandora might lose all music recorded before 1972 due to copyright infringement

Major music companies are suing online radio service Pandora for what they claim is a major case of copyright infringement.<p>Typically, Pandora pays a licensing fee every time one of its listeners plays a copyrighted song. The third-party organization SoundExchange tracks this data, and it’s also …

‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Universe

Hans Blix explains the advantages of thorium energy

As scientists in Shanghai are told to accelerate plans to build the first fully-functioning thorium reactor within ten years, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Hans Blix runs through the aspects of the fuel that make it a viable source of energy<p>At the Thorium Energy …

Google encrypts Gmail between data centers to keep the NSA out of your inbox

Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn't hiding the fact that it's actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email activity. Google says that Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection whenever you check or send email, …

NASA-Sponsored Study Warns Of Possible Collapse Of Civilization

Two scenarios of how it may all come crashing down<p>We've heard many times that if we don't change our ways, our civilization may be doomed. But such suggestions are often pushed aside. Nobody likes a whiner, as they say. And our society isn't big on long-term thinking. Well, a new NASA-funded study …

Space

A Silicon Valley Military Contractor Is Making A Battery That Vanishes on Command

Today’s wearable tech suddenly seems like very old news.<p>If you haven’t heard of SRI International, you might know the nonprofit research group and regular defense contractor by its work: the computer mouse, color TV, the early work on the technology for Siri, and the design of Disneyland, to name a …

WATCH: Scientists Suspend Objects in Midair with Sound Waves

No smoke, no mirrors, just sound was all scientists needed to levitate objects in midair.<p>NPR reports that researchers at the University of Tokyo have …

New ‘liquid metal’ will let you print circuits on paper, T-shirts, or even leaves

Three Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to create a metal that’s liquid at room temperatures, can be printed as if it was ink in ordinary, everyday desktop printers, and will adhere to surfaces as diverse and supple as rubber, paper, cotton T-shirts, or a leaf off an oak tree.<p>Need an RFID …

Living Rooms

How To Trick Others Into Doing Your Bidding

Soon, they'll be eating out of the palm of your hand.<p>We like to think of ourselves as rational beings, but there are many ways we can be subconsciously influenced. At least, that’s the premise of ABC’s new series <i>Mind Games</i>. Christian Slater and Steve Zahn star as consultants who use psychological …

Consumer Behavior

Comcast's first transparency report reveals over 25,000 government data requests

Comcast must not want to feel left out as telcos begin publishing regular government data request statistics -- the cable giant has just posted its first transparency report. The document reveals that Comcast obeyed more than 25,000 government demands for info during 2013, including 24,698 criminal …

Seattle Police Re-Examine Nirvana Frontman Kurt Cobain's Death

Nearly 20 years after Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home near Lake Washington, Seattle police have reexamined the case.<p>Last month, police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting for years in a Seattle police evidence vault.<p>Read more on KIRO

Microsoft: We have the right to search your Hotmail account (updated)

An ex-Microsoft employee was recently arrested for allegedly leaking company secrets, all because Redmond found evidence against him in his contact's Hotmail account. Hold on, is it even legal for the company to go through someone's account without permission? Well, according to Microsoft, it sure …

Are computers ruining music?

Thanks to automatic tuning you no longer need talent to create a flawless performance. But can it turn even the worst of voices into that of pop star?<p>With the help of music studio engineer Estelle Rubio, science journalist Alok Jha finds out. He hears how his voice sounds auto tuned. He then meets …

Celebrity Gossip

Music

Listen to your favorite music ad-free on all your devices, online or off. Start streaming today with a free, three-month trial of Apple Music and …