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10 Japanese Travel Tips for Visiting America

With the help of Google Translate (and an ability to interpret completely random sentence structure), an American can find out what kind of advice …

Stanford scientist to unveil 50-state plan to transform US to renewable energy

Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues recently developed detailed plans to transform the energy infrastructure of New York, California …

The lie that won’t die: “We don’t know enough about marijuana!”

Drug warriors insist we still don’t know enough about its possible therapeutic properties. It’s simply not true<p>Speaking recently with the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, UCLA professor and former Washington state "pot czar" Mark Kleiman implied that we as a society are largely ignorant when it comes to the …

Billion Star Sky Surveyor Launches

Changing Planet<p>Europe’s Gaia Space Telescope promises to create the most accurate map of the Milky Way galaxy ever attempted. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier<p><b>Astronomers plan on rewriting the star-charts with the latest space telescope, which aims at unlocking the secrets behind</b> …

Four Travel Resolutions You Can Keep

I get it. We see New Year’s as a fresh start and all that. But, really, are those life-changing resolutions such a good idea? Many people say no, and point to the failure rate of such promises–particularly the more pie-in-the-sky ones (say, a resolution to cut out greasy food or to jog more <i>and</i> use …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Moonlight for 2018 Quadrantid meteors

The 2018 Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to exhibit its narrow peak January 3 around 21-22 hours UTC. The full supermoon nearly coincides, and …

Astronomy

How to treat the mental fog that comes with chemo - Futurity

Chemotherapy patients who suffer from mental fogginess may benefit from similar therapy approaches that are used to treat Alzherimer's and depression.

Chemotherapy

Hack Your E-ZPass So It Alerts You Whenever It's Scanned

Car tags like E-ZPass aren’t only read at tollbooths. Follow these instructions to sound the alarm whenever (and wherever) yours is scanned.<p>Tollbooth plazas aren’t the only locations that scan car tags like the E-ZPass. One wary driver in New York City, known to the Web as Puking Monkey, recently …

Obama review panel: strip NSA of power to collect phone data records

The National Security Agency should be banned from attempting to undermine the security of the internet and stripped of its power to collect telephone records in bulk, a White House review panel recommended on Wednesday.<p>In a 300-page report prepared for President Obama, the panel made 46 …

How Not to Buy The Most Costly Weapon System in the History of the World

The <i>good</i> news is that someone finally did a study to see if <i>one-size-fits-all-services</i> warplanes actually save the taxpayers money.<p>The <i>bad</i> news is that …

Jettison NSA phone database, panel tells Obama

Ending the NSA's massive phone database is just one recommendation in a report from the White House's surveillance review panel.<p>A report from the White House surveillance review board released Wednesday recommends the US National Security Agency end its bulk collection of Americans' phone records …

Surveillance