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Apple is giving Netflix and Hulu a pass on its 30 percent tax

A lower subscription fee from Apple could make its Apple TV a serious option for cable channels<p>Apple has been charging a 30 percent subscription fee to publishers using subscription models in its App Stores since 2011, but it looks like that practice hasn't been extended to the Apple TV. According …

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Today in science: Isaac Newton’s birthday

Born in 1643, Isaac Newton’s insights laid a foundation for our modern understanding of celestial motion, light and gravity.<p><b>January 4, 1643.</b> Isaac …

Why does the new year begin on January 1?

New Year’s Day is a civil event. Its date isn’t precisely fixed by any natural seasonal marker.<p>The date of New Year’s Day seems so fundamental that …

The Smarter, Safer, Stronger, Far-Out Materials Of The Future

Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.<p>Materials science has been at the root of material progress, and indeed all progress, for so long that we may be tempted to think that its greatest contributions are behind us. The …

Men forget more than women do, says study

Nine out of 10 men have problems with remembering names and dates, according to new study on gender differences in memory.<p>If your husband is …

The Brain

Are we born good or evil?

Do humans have an innate sense of morality? If so, where does it exist in the brain and how did it get there? BBC’s Horizon shows how scientists looking into the minds of babies and criminals are rewriting our ideas of right and wrong.<p>Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, David Berkowitz – these men were …

Ted Bundy

Stephen Hawking Says There Are No Black Holes

The physicist offers a new theory that allows energy to escape.<p>Stephen Hawking has a big announcement. No, it's not that aliens exist or that humans won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth. The physicist claims, in a paper posted online Wednesday, that the idea of an event horizon—the point of …

Stephen Hawking

Video: The science of kissing

Why do we kiss? Well, duh, because it feels good. But why does it feel good?<p>The EarthSky team has a blast bringing you daily updates on your cosmos …

Why Does White Noise Help People Sleep?

A white noise machine is the simplest solution to blocking out noise.<p>On its face, flipping on white noise before hitting the sack must be the most counterintuitive idea out there. Want to sleep better? Simple solution: make a bunch of noise. Sweet dreams ahoy.<p>And yet, not only do some people swear …

Mathematics

The Science of Stupid: Galileo is Rolling Over in His Grave

So here’s a fine howdy-do for Galileo Galilei: Exactly one day—<i>one flipping day</i>—after the great man’s 450th birthday, on Feb. 15, 2014, a study by …

How did I get here?

This week I took my dad to Geneva, to show him CERN, and ATLAS, the experiment I work on at the Large Hadron Collider. Describing my job to people reminds me of how privileged and fortunate I am to be working on a project which would have been beyond my wildest dreams as a child, and the feeling is …

Poster

Oct 23, 2013 at 1:08pm UTC