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A New "Solar Paint" Lets You Transform Your Entire House Into a Source of Clean Energy

Powerful Paint<p>Powering homes using clean energy is becoming easier thanks to a growing number of innovative technologies and initiatives. Some …

Clean Energy

Scientists Watch DNA Copy And Paste Itself For The First Time

Scientists have watched DNA being copied up-close for the first time, and they say their new window into the replication of genetic material shows it …

Teleportation Could Be Possible Using Quantum Physics

In the video below, minutephysics explain how teleportation could be theoretically possible using quantum physics. Quantum teleportation uses quantum …

Quantum Physics

Scientists: "We Have Detected the Existence of a Fundamentally New State of Matter"

3D Quantum Liquid Crystals<p>Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal. …

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Bill Nye, the science guy, says I convinced him that philosophy is not just a load of self-indulgent crap

Bill Nye, the science guy, is now a budding philosopher.<p>It’s a big turnaround for Nye, who last year dismissed philosophy as useless and misguided. That prompted a strong backlash, including a piece that I wrote: “Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?”<p>“Thank you for writing …

Critical Thinking

We Accidentally Invented Plastic That Conducts Electricity

The Birth of Conductive Plastics<p>Before the 2000s, conductive plastics were virtually unheard of. The recycle bin fodder was only utilized as an …

Solar Panels

6 Secret Camping Spots in California You've Never Even Heard Of

Summer is coming up fast, and that means one thing: campsites throughout California will soon start filling up like wildfire. Even if you manage to …

Ask Ethan: What Was The Entropy Of The Universe At The Big Bang?

The second law of thermodynamics is one of those puzzling laws of nature that simply emerges from the fundamental rules. It says that entropy, a measure of disorder in the Universe, must always increase in any closed system. But how is it possible that our Universe today, which looks to be …

Dark Matter

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Elon Musk Thinks So.

Simulation Hypothesis<p>While many people take reality at face value, others believe the far more intriguing theory that we are living in a computer …

Trump's Unlawful Attack in Syria

Trump launched an attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government without the legal authority to do so.<p>"It should be more easy to get out of war than into it," Oliver Ellsworth told the Philadelphia Convention on August 17, 1787.<p>With the malignant political genius of the nuclear age, Americans have reversed …

Listening to John Adams: The true conception of liberty is far larger than mean-spirited conservative ideology

<b>John Adams; Thomas Jefferson (Wikicommons)</b><p>As debated by Adams and Jefferson, true “liberty” has nothing to do with today’s right-wing talking points<p>Nancy Isenberg • Andrew Burstein<p>April 8, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>The sad conditions we face at this moment in our political life as a nation summon a …

George W. Bush

SpaceX's SES-10 Launch Wasn't Just Successful -- It Looked Amazing

SpaceX just released a spectacular photo series documenting its historic SES-10 launch on March 30. Elon Musk’s ambitious project employed the first …

The One Thing No One Realizes About Happiness

Last year I was reading about a European billionaire who, after losing a good chunk of his wealth in a bad investment, ended his life. The day he …

Why Is Hydrogen the Most Common Element in the Universe?

<i>This story was updated April 4 at 12:24 p.m. EDT.</i><p>Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, but why is that?<p>To answer this question, "we …

This psychedelic drug seems to affect the brain in ways that are surprisingly similar to meditation

Across the Atlantic, researchers in an ornate, blue-tiled hospital in Barcelona, Spain, study ayahuasca's physical effects on the brain.<p>The teams in those two disparate locations approach the study of the psychedelic drug differently, but researchers at each are coming to similar conclusions about …

The Brain

Is there a nature of time?

As time goes by we realize that there seems to be only one direction. In our retrospective view of events time moves from past to present to future, …

When quantum mechanics meets general relativity

When measuring time, we normally assume that clocks do not affect space and time, and that time can be measured with infinite accuracy at nearby …

Why String Theory Could Be The Key to Uncovering The 'Theory of Everything'

Life, the Universe, and everything.<p>A central goal that modern physicists share is finding a single theory that can explain the entire Universe and …

Do You Believe In God, But Not Intuition?

Not long ago, I wrote in this space about intuition, focusing mostly on intuitive intelligence: those leaps of insight that happen after you study, research, analyze… and then let everything sit for a while.<p>But now I want to take this a step further and focus on a more profound form of intuition, …

Pew Research Center

The internet reacts to Scott Pruitt’s ignorant denial that CO2 is driving climate change

Scott Pruitt, the newly appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said in an <b>interview with CNBC</b> yesterday that he didn’t believe that …

The Resistance Now: Bernie Sanders issues a rallying cry

Sanders says ‘despair is not an option’; the ACLU plans to thwart Trump with ‘Freedom Cities’; the Statue of Liberty dims – coincidentally? – on women’s day<p>Sign up now for our weekly newsletter about the Resistance The Resistance Now on Facebook<p>The big interview: Bernie optimistic about resistance<p>•</b> …

Bernie Sanders

A Bizarre Space Phenomenon Might Just Be Proof Of Aliens

“Fast radio bursts” have been confusing astronomers and astrophysicists for a decade — since they were first discovered in 2007. Basically, they’re absurdly powerful pulses of radio waves, only lasting milliseconds, if that. We only discovered them in 2007 because our gear finally became good …

5 Ways to Slow Down and Be Happy

When we are in hurry and try to get things done quickly, we realize that there is hardly any joy in what we do. It becomes only a means to an end …

The House GOP is pushing a bill that would let employers demand workers' genetic test results

Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a 'workplace …

Health Care

You Can Have Your Ashes Turned Into a Playable Vinyl Record, When Your Day Comes

Even in death we are only limited by our imagination in how we want to go out. There are now ways to turn our corpse into a tree, or have our ashes …

Paul Ryan's Tax Plan May Not Do What Trump Says It Will

The president appears to be considering a border adjustment tax, which many economists favor. But its supporters warn it won’t give him what he wants.<p>For as loudly as Donald Trump complains about foreign trade, it’s hard to pin him to specifics. Does he prefer a 20 percent tariff on Mexican …

TrumpBeat: Is Trump Already Messing With Government Data?

<i>Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. Want to get</i> …

You Only Need 10 Minutes to be More Creative

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of “you’re so <i>talented</i>,” but truthfully, …

Oxford Dictionary’s New Words, Herrera Speaks Out, and More

StaffDaily NewsTwenty-four senators sign letter to White House to defend the NEA and NEH; the risks of depicting family members in fiction; the <i>New</i> …

Creative Writing