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What’d Make a Better Rocket, Nuclear or Ion Engines?

Author: Rhett Allain. Rhett Allain Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.09.15.<p>Time of Publication: 8:00 am. 8:00 am<p>All rockets work on the same basic …

Outdoor Geometric Structure is the World's First Hanging Zome

Using mathematical formulas and patterns, structural engineer Richie Duncan invented the Kodama Zome, which is the world's first hanging zome. A <i>zome</i> is a building or structure that features unusual geometric properties, combining aspects of a dome with the shapes of a polygon known as a zonohedron. …

Folklore
Investing

Century-Old 'Mini-Supernova' Captured in Gorgeous NASA Photo

A stunning new photo shows the expanding celestial fireworks created by a stellar explosion that first lit up Earth's skies more than a century …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

This tiny animal can survive basically anything, including the vacuum of space

When we talk about 'extreme' animals, the tardigrade easily takes the cake: Also known as the water bear, the tardigrade is a microscopic critter (just 1.5 mm across, at most!) that can withstand <i>just about anything</i>. So it's no surprise that the water bear is the clear star of the American Natural …

Biology

EmmaSofia and the case for psychedelic legalization

“MDMA is not illegal because it’s dangerous. It can be dangerous because it is illegal”<p>On Wednesday, Teri Krebs, a neuroscience research fellow at the Norway University of Science and Technology, published a letter in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal.In the letter, Krebs, board leader of non-profit …

Psychedelia
Climate Change

Jonathan Franzen’s global-warming nihilism: Saving the climate might mean destroying everything else

Franzen feels “bullied” by climate change’s dominance over all other environmental issues<p>A new football stadium rises in downtown Minneapolis, its glass facade a death trap for the thousands of birds anticipated to collide with it each year.<p>The National Audubon Society, meanwhile, puts out a …

Minneapolis-Saint Paul

How Long Can Oceans Continue To Absorb Earth’s Excess Heat?

For decades, the earth’s oceans have soaked up more than nine-tenths of the atmosphere’s excess heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions. By stowing …

Global Warming

Reform of US chemical safety rules back on

The venerable law that governs the US’s chemicals policy appears poised to receive a revamp. The law, which is almost 40 years old, is one that …

Test Data

The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

Adventurous Londoners will soon be able to take a dip in the chemical-free King’s Cross swimming pool, a man-made freshwater pond filtered and kept …

Swimming Pools

Monsanto slapped with $600K fine for not reporting toxic chemicals released in Idaho

Surprise, surprise—turns out Monsanto didn’t report toxic chemical releases that occurred between 2006 and 2009 at a phosphate plant in eastern …

U.S. Department of Justice

Science explains why hipsters grow beards

Men might be growing beards to appear more attractive to women and more dominant to other men, a study on monkeys suggests<p>Scientists think they may have solved one of the great mysteries of the age. Why <i>are</i> so many of today's men growing beards?<p>The answer, according to The University of Western …

Injured tortoise given 3D printed shell

Cleopatra the leopard tortoise has been given a 3D printed prosthetic shell to protect her from injury<p>A tortoise has been given a 3D printed prosthetic shell to protect her own, as she suffers from a painful disease which has caused it to wear away.<p>Cleopatra, a leopard tortoise who was taken in by …

Here's how Steve Jobs trained his own brain

What's less known, though, is that Steve Jobs was a pioneer in what was once a rather esoteric "mind technology" — the use of Zen mindfulness meditation to reduce his stress, gain more clarity, and enhance his creativity.<p>As the Financial Times recently pointed out, Jobs was quite specific about how …

Meditation

5 Books Helping You Master The Mind

Here is a list of 5 Books helping you master the mind. From mindfulness to neuroplasticity there is now a huge array of science and ancient …

This Startup Is Designing Yeast To Make Brand-New Scents, Flavors

Rose perfume, the smell of fresh-cut grass, cosmetics: It's all part of the brave new world of synthetic biology.<p>For centuries, humans have used yeast to make beer and bread. Now, a startup is using it to engineer designer fragrances, cosmetics, pesticides, and biofuels.<p>A self-described "organism …

FEMA won’t give money to states that don’t plan for climate change

Climate deniers like Rick Scott just may be forced to reconsider their anti-science opinions<p>Rick Scott may have found a way of making climate denial state policy, but the Florida governor is going to have a hard time ignoring this. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just updated its …

Climate

Robot vs. Robot

Can a computer forge a painting well enough that it fools the algorithms designed to detect fakes?<p>Beautiful mathematical patterns are hidden in the chaos of Jackson Pollock’s famous drip paintings. The repeating designs—fractals of grey, black, and yellow—were first uncovered in 1999 by Richard …

Jackson Pollock

In Big Shift, 23andMe Will Invent Drugs Using Customer Data

23andMe, the Google-backed personal genetics startup, will no longer just sell tests to consumers, or genetic data to pharmaceutical companies. This morning, it announced that it plans to start inventing medicines itself.<p>It’s not just talk. The company has hired Richard Scheller, who led drug …

FDA

7 Winning Habits of Millionaires | Inc.com

<i>The Millionaire Next Door</i> made an impression on me when I first picked it up in the late 1990s. I was running a business that aimed to help very large companies market to small-business owners. The book's author, Thomas J. Stanley, was also advising big companies (in his case, on how to sell to …

Small Business

World’s Largest Tree Of Life Visualizes 50,000 Species Over Time

The circle of life meets family tree.<p>Biologists love a good family tree. Mapping the relations between species since the beginning of time is an important aspect of researching the history of evolution. However, classifying and visualizing the links between the millions of species of fauna in the …

Evolution

20 Legendary Day Hikes in the National Parks

The greatest hikes in U.S. national parks aren't necessarily the longest. Here are 20 treks that get hikers into the best a park has to offer in just a day.

40 maps that explain outer space - Vox

Space is uniquely difficult for us to wrap our heads around. It's bigger, by many orders of magnitude, than anything we ever experience firsthand, and involves processes that unfold over the course of billions of years. One thing that can help you visualize space is maps and graphics like these — …

Astronomy

7 Ways To Visualise Data Without Excel

If you’re at all familiar with Microsoft Excel, chances are you’ve used it at one point or another to organize and present critical data. And chances …

5 Cool and Handy Apps For Outdoor Enthusiasts

Spending time outdoors is highly delightful and does you a lot of good. A mere 10 min walk can drastically reduce your stress level and give your …

Apps

Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs

Researchers conclude they are 99 percent certain that hormone-altering chemicals are linked to attention problems, diabetes, other health problems.<p>Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year …