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Amazon's Last Chance: If It Doesn't Catch #1 Microsoft In The Cloud In Q1, It Never Will

<i>(Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.)</i><p>CLOUD WARS — I wonder if …

Amazon Web Services

Spring clean your garden in 8 simple steps

The pussy willows have burst forth across P.E.I., and as the crocuses bloom and the tulips begin to bravely poke up, it's time to assess what's going …

Gardening

The Council of Constance puts an end to the Three-Pope-Controversy

Bishops debating with the pope at the Council of Constance<p>On April 22, 1418, the <b>Council of Constance</b> ended, which should put an end to the …

Christianity

How To Grow Unlimited Amounts Of Blueberries In Your Backyard

Blueberries are not only delicious snack but they are also very healthy fruit too. Whether you eat them raw, squeezed in your juice, added to your …

Gardening

The Mountain Man Who Outran His Captors Barefoot and Naked

The wind-swept plains stretched out before him, seemingly endless as he ran faster than he’d ever run before. Buck naked, cactus spines piercing the …

Yellowstone National Park

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass

If you combine two or three metals together, you will get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms arranged in rigid …

Machine Learning

This is how wheat is growing in microgravity

The International Space Station is the last place where you'd expect to find wheat growing, but NASA researchers have been doing it for months. This …

Space

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Wait Till You Hear About Entangled Time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

Quantum Mechanics

This Single Image Profoundly Sums Up Einstein's Landmark Theory

You might think you have gravity pretty well figured out. If you drop a ball out of a window, a short time later it will hit the ground. The higher …

Physics

Looking for Planet Nine, Astronomers Gaze into the Abyss

Two years on, the search for our solar system’s missing world is as frenzied as ever—and the putative planet is running out of places to hide

Universe

This Man Destroyed The Myth Of Biblical Time

During the documentary “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” America’s favorite science communicator traveled to rural Grant County, Kentucky, to visit Ark …

Geology

Featured Maps! Plate Tectonics & Earthquakes

<b>Theme for the week:</b> Plate Tectonics & Earthquakes<p><b>March 1-16, 2018</b><p><b>T</b>he feeling of the ground shaking can be a scary experience. But have you ever …

Geology

Asteroid-bound spacecraft finds signs of life—on Earth

Nearly 30 years ago, the Galileo spacecraft flew past Earth on its journey to Jupiter, prompting astronomer Carl Sagan to develop a novel experiment: …

Space

Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

Beetle wings are often hidden. Nestled behind armored shields on the beetle’s back, they unfurl in whirring sheets, whisking their clumsy owners from danger. Beetles don’t have more than two sets of wings — unless they’re in Yoshinori Tomoyasu’s lab.<p>In research recently published in the Proceedings …

Biology

Christian Tate’s Transit Map of Middle-earth

Christian TateChristian Tate’s map of Middle-earth in the style of a transit map, showing the journeys of the characters of <i>The Hobbit</i> and <i>The Lord of</i> …

Maps

A Brilliant Map of the Supercontinent Pangaea With Modern Day Country Borders

In 2012, digital artist Massimo Pietrobon created “PANGEA POLITICA“, which takes a look at the world as it once was before all the tectonic plates …

Two Women Are Building A Pregnancy Test-Like Device To Spot Cervical Cancer

One in every 100 women in Europe will develop cervical cancer.<p>If diagnosed early, this can be treated. Undiagnosed, it spreads into other parts of the body – leading ultimately to death.<p>Yet life-saving cervical cancer screening is today at an all-time low, with many women skipping so-called ‘PAP …

Cancer

10 Facts About the Dwarf Planet Makemake

Within the Kuiper Belt—that ring of ices and volatile material beyond the orbit of Neptune—are all but one of the known dwarf planets in the solar …

Army of Nanorobots Successfully Strangles Cancerous Tumors

Tiny moving robots made of DNA are being used to deliver cancer drugs.<p>Nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are detected in the United States each …

Immunotherapy

A Race Against Time to Excavate an Ancient African Civilization

Archaeologists in Nubia are struggling against erosion, desertification, and government plans to develop the land.<p>In 1905, British archaeologists descended on a sliver of eastern Africa, aiming to uncover and extract artifacts from 3,000-year-old temples. They left mostly with photographs, …

Archaeology

Regulate Weapons Like We Do in the Military, Says an Army Officer

For the list of previous entries in this series, please see the index at the end of the post. But: if you’re revving up to send me a note explaining what kind of ammunition the AR-15 uses, and how it is similar to (and different from) the military’s M-16 (and so on), please first at least look at …

Guns

NASA Just Got Curiosity’s Drill Back Online With This Genius Method

Can you dig it?<p>In late January, NASA revealed one of its Mars rovers, Curiosity, was back in action by posting the first ever Martian selfie. While …

Woodworking

Giovanni Battista Belzoni and the Egyptian Adventure

Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778-1832)<p>On March 2, 1818, Prolific Italian explorer <b>Giovanni Battista Belzoni</b> – also known as ‘The Great Belzoni‘ – …

Henry the Navigator and the Age of Discoveries

Henry the Navigator (1394 – 1460)<p>On March 4, 1394, Infante Henry, Duke of Viseu, better known as <b>Henry the Navigator</b>, was born. He was an important …

Family Tree Goes Back 11 Generations, Includes 13 Million People

Thirteen million people and 11 generations later, researchers have mapped out what may be the largest family tree to date.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>And now to what's considered the largest family tree ever scientifically mapped - it stretches back five centuries and includes 13 million people …

Genealogy

The Last Families Living in Tunisia's Underground Houses

Reuters photographer Zohra Bensemra recently spent time in southern Tunisia's Djebel Dahar region, where locals have lived in underground homes for centuries. The cave houses, also known as troglodyte houses, offer protection against the extremes of summer and winter in the arid desert. A cluster …

Luke Skywalker

How the Islamic world saw science from ancient times

Between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Islamic world absorbed and interpreted lessons from classical Greece and Rome, leading to advances in science, medicine and philosophy — and finding expression in astonishing manuscripts and objects.<p>Those items are the focus of “Romance and Reason: Islamic …

National Libraries

These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights

At slightly less than two inches long, triplefin fish don’t seem like much of a threat. But as new research shows, these aquatic carnivores have a …