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Solar-roadway backers set crowdfunding record

You've probably heard that people love an underdog, but one couple's Indiegogo campaign to fund the manufacture of " solar roadways" seems to prove that longshot lovers are even willing to throw their money at an insanely ambitious idea, just because.<p>Scott and Julie Brusaw have been working for …

What If Giant Space-Based Solar Panels Could Beam Unlimited Power To The Earth?

One of the major culprits is atmospheric carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels like oil and coal. Luckily for the Earth, the world's supply of fossil fuels is limited. And for the past several decades, researchers have been looking for renewable energy resources to provide power to …

Clean Energy

A Submarine to Explore the Ocean on Saturn's Moon, Titan

5 Intriguing Things is a curated collection of links that help us think about the future. Subscribe to the daily newsletter.<p><b>1. A proposed autonomous submarine for exploring the hydrocarbon sea of Kraken Mare on Titan, one of Saturn's moon.</b><p>"Titan is unique in the outer solar system in that it is the …

Scientists Say 'Printing' Humans May Be The Best Way To Conquer Space

From pizza to prostheses, 3-D printers are being used to whip up all sorts of things. And now scientists are talking about "printing" out batches of people to colonize outer space.<p>Sounds wacky, but these guys are serious.<p>"Our best bet for space exploration could be printing humans, organically, on …

The True Origins of ‘X-Men’

It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the …

Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of …

Colossal 'Hole' in Space Could Be Link to Universe Beyond Our Own

Leave this world, travel 6 billion–10 billion light years toward the Eridanus constellation, and you’ll run into a giant cosmic wall of nothingness.<p>A …

Astronomers Find First Evidence of Other Universes - MIT Technology Review

There’s something exciting afoot in the world of cosmology. Last month, Roger Penrose at the University of Oxford and Vahe Gurzadyan at Yerevan State …

Dark Matter

Environment: News & features

Enjoy The Feeling Of Adderall? You May Be Less Likely To Develop ADHD

A link between affinity for a drug and susceptibility to a condition<p>Amphetamine, the primary ingredient in Adderall, is commonly taken by people with ADHD to improve their focus, memory, and so on. Some people in particular who take this drug, also known as dextroamphetamine, report feelings of …

University of Chicago

DNA Nanobots Enter Living Organism For First Time - Human Trials Within 5 Years?

In the coming decades, a radical upgrading of our body’s physical and mental systems, already underway, <b>will use nanobots to augment and ultimately</b> …

How Behavioral Science Can Make You a Mind Reader

Understanding Misunderstanding<p>It was the perfect gift for her, without a doubt: A day spent as "trainer for a day" at the Shedd Aquarium in our hometown of Chicago. My wife loves dolphins. She would be thrilled: my gift would assure her that nobody knows, understands, and loves her like I do. She …

6 Incredibly Common Misconceptions About Psychopaths

Popular culture has offered some flamboyant, unrealistic images of the psychopath: the giggling, twitchy maniac; the silent, masked slasher; the snobbish, culturally refined, highly intelligent cannibal and--depending on how much you like your job--your boss.<p>Another potentially misleading image …

Is the Universe Made of Math? [Excerpt]

<i>Excerpted with permission from</i> Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, <i>by</i> Max Tegmark<i>. Available from Random</i> …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Astronomy

Tech and Science

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You Could Soon Read An Entire Harry Potter Book In Under 90 Minutes With This App

Soon you could read all 309 pages of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in under 77 minutes. Yes, you.<p>To get through it that quickly (a pace of 1,000 words a minute) you'll have to use an about-to-be released app and forgo the idea of reading page by page.<p>With Spritz, which is coming to the …

The Car That Runs On Air

Bringing new meaning to running on fumes<p>For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious upsides: It’s ubiquitous, clean, and, best of all, free. But air …

Electric Vehicles

The science of the musical brain

Researchers scanned the brains of jazz musicians while the musicians “traded fours.” Results show common brain circuitry for both music and …

Universe Is Made Of Math, Cosmologist Says

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is math? That's what cosmologist Max Tegmark believes.<p>In Tegmark's view, everything in the universe — humans included — is part of a mathematical structure. …

Dead Bigfoot Or Rubber Costume? (YOU DECIDE)

Coming to a town near you: The body of a Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch, killed by hunter Rick Dyer in Texas back in 2012. Dyer will also release the results of DNA testing on the large, hairy body that confirms the reality of Bigfoot.<p>OK, hold on, back up, take a deep breath here. We realize the words …

7 Fat Loss Superfoods That Live Up to Their Hype

I honestly can't remember what food, but this woman was waxing poetic about its numerous benefits. I was at a dinner party having a conversation with another nutritionist, trying to tune her out, but this woman became so impassionate about this "miracle food" she was practically shouting.<p>Seems that …

Study Explains Cognitive Illusion of Psychic Powers

Ordinary visual and cognitive processes can give the illusion of psychic powers. Continue reading →

7 Cool New Findings About the Brain

The human brain is the most complex and least understood biological structure in the known universe. President Obama's new BRAIN Initiative, which is co-led by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is designed to advance brain research. Here are examples of ongoing NSF-funded brain research that …

Prehistoric Sea Creatures Were Black, Fossil Pigments Show

Looking a bit like a dolphin, but with a long slim snout filled with pointy teeth, one species of ichthyosaur was practically invisible in the murky depths of Jurassic seas, thanks to dark pigmentation that covered its entire body. That’s one conclusion of a new study that provides an unprecedented …

Charles Duhigg Explains The Science Of How Habits Form In Our Brains (VIDEO)

What's the secret to breaking bad habits?<p>First, it helps to know how habits form in our brains. They are actually cemented there by a "three-part habit loop," Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business," tells HuffPost Live in the video above.<p>"The first …

8 Superfoods That Are Easy To Eat

<i>By Brianna Steinhilber</i><p>With the New Year in full swing, superfoods are back with a vengeance. Nutrient-packed and offering impressive health advantages, the foods that top the list are beneficial additions to everyone's diets -- especially those who have resolved to get healthy and slim down this …

Everything You Know About Dying Is Wrong

Better to be cremated than to fade away?<p>Although death and taxes have long been known as the only two things you can truly count on, what if dying isn't exactly what you thought it to be? From multiple well-funded immortality projects to new studies that are reshaping the way we think about what …

Dark Matter Search Leaves Scientists Questioning Basic Theories

Ever since astronomers realized that most of the matter in the universe is invisible, they have tried to sort out what that obscure stuff might be. But three decades of increasingly sophisticated searches have found no sign of dark matter, causing scientists to question some of their basic ideas …