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The Cambrian - Adelboden, Switzerland One of...

<b>The Cambrian - Adelboden, Switzerland</b><p>One of Switzerland’s most scenically located hotels, The Cambrian offers high-end facilities and accommodation …

Maya Angelou quotes: 15 of the best

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.<p>If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.<p>There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.<p>I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, …

Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

A few years ago, physicist Brian Skinnerasked himself: What are the odds I will die in the next year? He was 25. What got him wondering about this, I have no idea, but, hey, it's something everybody asks. When I can't wedge my dental floss between my two front teeth, I ask it, too. So Brian looked …

How do planets form? | How It Works Magazine

<b>Can you explain the current understanding of how planets form?</b><br>When gas collapses to form a star, a portion of the gas forms into a disc. As the disc …

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

• <b>Author:</b> Simon Singh<p>You may have watched hundreds of episodes of <i>The Simpsons</i> (and its sister show <i>Futurama</i>) without ever realising that they contain enough maths to form an entire university course. In <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i>,Simon Singh explains how the brilliant writers, some of …

10 Reasons to Visit Switzerland

Haven’t decided on a place to celebrate winter yet? Look no further! Even though Switzerland is perfect for skiing and snowboarding, there’s still …

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013 shortlist announced

An eclectic list of books is competing for the biggest ever prize offered by the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books<p>I know you've been waiting for this exciting news all summer: the shortlist for the Royal Society's 2013 Winton Science Book Prize! As if that's not exciting enough, …

This Year's Nobel Prize in Economics Was a Big, Fat Critique of Financial Media

Three economists won for showing it's impossible to predict short-term stock prices. Don't tell the constellation of stock pickers orbiting around business columns and TV segments.<p>Reuters<p>Eugene Fama revolutionized economics by proving that markets are efficient. Robert Shiller revolutionized …

The Illustrated Theory of Everything

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen Hawking<p>Stephen Hawking is widely believed to be one of the world’s greatest minds, a brilliant theoretical physicist whose work helped reconfigure models of the universe and define what’s in it. Imagine sitting in a room listening to Hawking discuss these achievements and place them …

Warren Buffett thanks BofA CEO Moynihan for $5.3 billion profit

It's common for shareholders to score private meetings with company executives, but it's newsworthy when that means Warren Buffett is having a …

Seeing Further

• <b>Author:</b> Bill Bryson<p>Edited and introduced by Bill Bryson, with contributions from Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Richard Holmes, Martin Rees, Richard Fortey, Steve Jones, James Gleick and Neal Stephenson amongst others, this book tells the story of science and the Royal Society, from 1660 to the …

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.<p>The files provided by Edward …

Binary stars explained | How It Works Magazine

It is estimated that a third of the stars in the Milky Way are part of a binary (two) or multiple (three upwards) star system, with more than one …

Understanding vitamins | How It Works Magazine

Vitamins are organic chemical compounds required in small amounts for essential functions throughout the human body. With the exception of vitamin D, …

Does evolution always make a species better? | How It Works Magazine

Evolution does not make a species ‘better’, but natural selection – the mechanism that drives evolution – selects for traits that improve an …

What would happen if you tried to freeze water in a container filled to the brim? | How It Works Magazine

As water freezes, it expands by nine per cent and will force its way out of almost any container. But if you trap it in an ultra-strong canister, a …

What is centrifugal force? | How It Works Magazine

Centrifugal force describes the sensation one has of being pushed outward when moving on a circular path, but it’s not really a force. The feeling of …

Which bird migrates the farthest in winter? | How It Works Magazine

The Arctic tern holds the record, making a round trip of 70,800 kilometres (44,000 miles) a year. It spends summer in the Arctic and then flies …

The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 Years Ago

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Pickett's Charge, the last serious effort by Confederate forces to attack Union lines during the three-day Battle of Gettysburg -- considered to be the turning point of the American Civil War. The following day, July 4, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's …

50 best apps for kids from 2013 that parents can trust

Oh SpongeBob. The memory of seeing my sons' favourite square-panted cartoon character putting his name to a mobile game selling Jellyfish Jelly …

Interview: Dr Michael Scott | How It Works Magazine

<b>How It Works:</b> What drives your fascination of Ancient Greece, and Delphi specifically? <b><br>Dr Michael Scott:</b> I’m currently writing a book about the entire …

U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try

From beetles to stinkbugs, people in dozens of countries eat insects.<p><b>Ants are sweet, nutty little insects, aren't they?</b><p><b>I'm not talking about their personalities, but how they taste. Stinkbugs have an apple flavor, and red agave worms are spicy. A bite of tree worm apparently brings pork rinds to</b> …

Interview: Sir David Attenborough | How It Works Magazine

<b>How It Works:</b> In your new show Natural Curiosities you look at just ten animals across five episodes. How did you decide which creatures to focus on?</b> …

Top hedge funds bet on Greek banks | Financial Times

Some of the world’s leading hedge funds are pouring money into the Greek banking sector in expectation of huge potential returns, even as the country …

Paradox

• <b>Author:</b> Jim Al-Khalili<p><i>This book is about my own personal favourite puzzles and conundrums in science, all of which have famously been referred to as paradoxes, but which turn out not to be paradoxes at all when considered carefully and viewed from the right angle.</i><p>A true paradox is a statement that …

Can Facebook lead to psychosis? One study says so

Sometimes, normal humans take a liking to clinical terms and adopt them.<p>You go out on a date, and when your friends ask how it went you reply: "Oh, she's psychotic." Or perhaps: "He's delusional."<p>The justifications for such adjectives being used might be simple.<p>In the former case, the lady might …

20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week

It's time for our weekly roundup of brand new and notable apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It covers apps and games, with the prices referring …

How Facebook Designs the 'Perfect Empty Vessel' for Your Mind

Tussling with the philosophy that's structuring a billion social lives<p>One day in March, I was sitting across from Facebook's design director, Kate Aronowitz, at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park when she told me, "It takes a lot of work to create the perfect empty vessel." In this near koan, lay a design …

The Autobiography of Mark Twain

• <b>Author:</b> Charles Neider<p>Due to copyright restrictions, this eBook may not contain all of the images available in the print edition.<p>"Mark Twain's autobiography is a classic of American letters, to be ranked with the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Adams.... It has the marks of greatness …