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India’s Mysterious Skeleton Lake

For decades, experts puzzled over hundreds of ancient dead bodies found at a remote lake. Were they victims of disease? Mass suicide? War? The answer …

Video: Which is healthier, fresh or frozen?

You assume that fresh vegetables are more nutritious than frozen, right? Maybe not …<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She …

Vegetables

Phantom Traffic Jams: What Causes Mysterious Highway Backups?

Sometimes highway traffic jams up for no apparent reason. There's no accident, and no real reason to step on the brakes — except to avoid hitting the car in front of you. What causes these backups? An MIT scientist thinks he's found a way to prevent these tie-ups.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>If you …

Lift off with the Crouch to Superman tubing exercise

You'll feel like Superman after this press-and-pull exercise that works most of the major muscle groups in your body. Demonstrated here by Long Beach fitness instructor John Garey who uses it in his "Core Total Body Tone With Tubing" DVD, it's a great get-it-all-done move to use on days when you're …

Hypnosis: You are getting sleepy ... and calm, and thin, and ...

Ever wonder why some people, even under adverse circumstances, set goals and achieve them effortlessly? Some of them, undoubtedly, are hard-wired to succeed. They just set themselves in a direction and their mind handles the rest.<p>But that ability is atypical; most of us, at one time or another, are …

Comet Ison appears to survive close encounter with the sun

Comet Ison appears to have survived a close encounter with the sun that had threatened to vaporise it. The remnant could now go on to be visible from Earth in December, but astronomers do not know how bright it might become.<p>Travelling at more than 200 miles per second, Ison passed 730,000 miles …

Comet Ison: a viewer's guide

Ison has survived its encounter with the sun – or at least part of it has. This means that it could still brighten sufficiently to be visible to the unaided eye in December's night skies. Estimates of what we will be able to see will improve over the next few days as astronomers track the comet's …

Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy's Prospects

There is a broad scientific consensus that to keep global warming in check, we need to phase out 80 percent of all oil, coal and natural gas by midcentury. President Obama has set a nonbinding target to do precisely that.<p>There are technologists who say this national goal is well within reach, but …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

APOD: A Laser Strike at the Galactic Center (2013 Dec 01) Image Credit: Yuri Beletsky (ESO) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131201.html Explanation: Why are these people shooting a powerful laser into the center of our Galaxy? Fortunately, this is not meant to be the first step in a Galactic war. Rather, astronomers at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) site in Chile are trying to measure the distortions of Earth's ever changing atmosphere. Constant imaging of high-altitude atoms excited by the laser -- which appear like an artificial star -- allow astronomers to instantly measure atmospheric blurring. This information is fed back to a VLT telescope mirror which is then slightly deformed to minimize this blurring. In this case, a VLT was observing our Galaxy's center, and so Earth's atmospheric blurring in that direction was needed. As for inter-galaxy warfare, when viewed from our Galaxy's center, no casualties are expected. In fact, the light from this powerful laser would combine with light from our Sun to together appear only as bright as a faint and distant star. http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1036a/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131201 #APOD

Sleep: the secrets of getting a good night's rest

The Observer<p>First published on Sun 1 Dec 2013 02.00 EST

How to see Comet Lovejoy in December 2013

Around mid-December, Comet Lovejoy is near the famous Keystone asterism in the constellation Hercules. Photos and charts here.<p>Want to see a comet? …

Astronomy

Whitehorse and the Yukon Territory

During the 1897-98 Klondike Gold Rush, thousands of wealth-seekers stampeded through the <b>Yukon</b>—over the brutal Chilkoot Trail from Alaska; through treacherous rapids where the capital, Whitehorse, now stands; and down the Yukon River to Dawson City and its goldfields. Today visitors can hike the …

The Wildest Hangover Cures From Around the World

From ceviche marinade to pickled sheep eyeballs to ground rhino horns, here are the craziest hangover cures from around the globe.<p>A Bloody Mary may …

Want to Travel Smarter? Try Mass Transit

You could almost say <b>Micheline Maynard</b> grew up with jet fuel in her veins. Her father worked for American Airlines, and she boarded her first flight as a toddler and flew solo at age 16 -- an overseas trip to Paris. "I rebooked myself on a connecting flight from JFK Airport to Detroit after we …

Transit

Annoying Airplane Passenger Thinks She's The Only One Who Celebrates Thanksgiving (PHOTOS, TWEETS)

<b>UPDATE 12/3</b>: Elan Gale revealed on his Twitter account on Monday night that his supposed airplane feud with Diane was, in fact, all a ruse.<p><b>PREVIOUSLY</b>: This extremely passive-aggressive airplane feud is one for the ages.<p>It took place on Thanksgiving Day between a middle-aged woman known as "Diane" …

Passenger Plane Between Mozambique and Angola Goes Missing

A Mozambican Airlines aeroplane carrying 28 passengers and six crew members went missing en route from Mozambique to Angola on Friday, the airline …

China's New Air Defense Zone Not Meant for Commercial Flights, But Flights Complying Anyway

The United States advised U.S. carriers to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense …

How To Find The Bars That Women Love

We've been playing with a preview of it and really like it.<p>It uses some pretty cool big data technology to look at the photos, understand what's going on in them (are people smiling? what are they wearing?) and match them to their GPS locations.<p>From that, the app tells you, city by city things like:<p>…

San Francisco

6 Ways Hawaii Will Absolutely Ruin Your Life Forever

Maybe you've only been to Hawaii once. Maybe you come every year. Or maybe you come any chance you can get.<p>Regardless of your time spent in Hawaii, this list serves as a warning. And those of you who have ever left the Honolulu International Airport with tears in your eyes and that stinging, lump …

Ryanair's O'Leary Doesn't Want to Be Scrooge Again This Holiday Season

Passengers checking in on Ryanair flights on Sunday will be the first to experience a modern-day seasonal redemption. The vow boss Michael O’Leary …

Load Adjustments: How To Make A Backpack Carry Its Own Weight

<i>Photo by Jeff Wilson, Illustrations by Mike Sudal</i><p>Years ago, trying to hastily pack out a mule deer buck from Idaho's backcountry in one trip, I …

Check Mates: Why Roadside Stations Still Matter

<i>Photo by Jason Hammers/Flickr</i><p>In the digital age of automated deer-checking and online tag registration, why pull off the highway to stop at a hunter …

Food Fight Friday: Venison Pastrami Edition

It's a cured-meat battle this week, as I pit my venison pastrami up against Wild Chef reader and frequent Food Fighter Justin Swope. If you haven't …

In Texas, the Feral Hogs Are All a Part of the Deer Hunt

My favorite pair of pants has a rip in it. I got the tear from the scissor-like tusk of a rank wild boar.<p>On Nov. 14, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and made …