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Read This: The murky origins of Time Life’s Mysteries Of The Unknown

Back in the 1980s, the Time Life organization was leading a strange double existence. On the one hand, its namesake magazines, <i>Time</i> and <i>Life</i>, were …

Books

10 New Fall Books That Should Be On Your Nightstand

I can't wait to get my hands on all of these books! From the soul-soothing words of Brene Brown to the historical observations of Margo Jefferson, there's something here for everyone.<p><i>Rising Strong</i> by Brene' Brown -- Getting back up after failing is the theme of Brown's newest book of inspiration. …

Books

Extreme altruism: should you care for strangers at the expense of your family? | Larissa MacFarquhar

The world is full of needless suffering. How should each of us respond? Should we live as moral a life as possible, even giving away most of our earnings? A new movement argues that we are not doing enough to help those in need<p>For many years, Julia Wise wondered if she would ever meet another …

NGOs

Who’s that with Pope Francis? The seven kinds of people you meet in a papal entourage.

By Dan Zak<p>, Feature writer<p>The pope’s entourage is about 100 people, which makes it less of a flock and more of a herd. No, His Holiness is not trailed by a stylist and personal trainer, although there <i>is</i> a papal physician and a few attendants in charge of wardrobe. When you’re traveling as both a …

Pope Francis

Nasa releases new photos of Pluto that 'make you feel you are there'

The pictures, gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft that swept past the dwarf planet in July, shed new light on Pluto’s mountains, glaciers and plains<p>The newest pictures of Pluto are so up-close and personal that the mission’s top scientist says it “makes you feel you are there”.<p>Nasa released the …

Solar System

25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Want to expand your mind? A little bit of effort every day goes a long way.<p>In the Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every …

Kickstarting Your Longevity Genes -- The Epigenetic Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

It's been 20 years since scientists discovered that putting mice on a super-low-calorie diet extends their lifespans dramatically and combats age-related diseases. But applying that knowledge to humans, who like you and me are reluctant to endure famine, has proven notoriously difficult.<p>Now, …

Jay Whitacre takes the Lemelson-MIT Prize for his saltwater battery

The 2015 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize has gone to Jay Whitacre for his invention of the Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery. The battery, used primarily …

How We Plan to Bring Dark Matter to Light

Long before we had the atomic theory of matter, scientists knew the air was real, even though it was invisible. This was because we could see its …

Dark Matter

The Rise of Work-Doping

The drug modafinil was recently found to enhance cognition in healthy people. Should you take it to get a raise?<p>If you could take a pill that will make you better at your job, with few or no negative consequences, would you do it?<p>In a meta-analysis recently published in <i>European</i> …

Medicine

How Does an Orange Peel Pop a Balloon? Chemistry, of Course!

<b>By Tom Kuntzleman, Tori Talaski and Charles Schaerer</b><p>There is a new experiment circulating the web. Check it out:<p>Isn’t that cool? The juice from an …

Study identifies nine risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease

New research in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry found that nine risk factors may be the cause of two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases, TIME reported.<p>The analysis of more than 300 existing studies identified the potentially fixable factors as: obesity, carotid artery narrowing, low …

Clinicians Play Catch-Up With the Genome Revolution

It's an increasingly common scene, playing out in clinics all over the country: A patient comes in with a worried look and a fat printout from …

Organic food starts to prove its worth

Organic food often comes with a higher price. But research is showing that food grown this way can be better for the environment — and possibly for …

Scientists Pull Carbon Nanofibers Out Of Thin Air

Pulling some strings to capture CO2<p>Rumpelstiltskin may have been able to spin straw into gold, but even he couldn't pull carbon fibers from thin air. Yet that's exactly what researchers at George Washington University have managed to do.<p>Led by Stuart Licht, researchers have created a solar-powered …

George Washington

What would happen if the sun disappeared right now?

It wouldn’t be the best thing that could happen.

Seafloor

5 brain technologies that will shape our future

The race to decipher the workings of the human brain, and build new economies around it, is on. Today’s great entrepreneurs – people such as Paul …

Artificial Intelligence

How DNA detectives are helping solve the rise of superbug

DNA sequencing could be the key to quickly and cheaply identifying pathogen strains, as well as tracking routes of transmission and monitoring mutations<p>It is now 12 years since the first set of genetic instructions in a human was sequenced. Many of our hopes for using knowledge about the human …

Why the 'Prime Meridian of the World' Shifted Hundreds of Feet

Once called the Prime Meridian of the World, the invisible line running north to south that divides the world into Eastern and Western hemispheres …

ready Robot

Megabots, Inc. has launched its Kickstarter campaign to raise half a million dollars for a major upgrade on its existing Mk.II — a 12,000 pound, 15 …

How to optimise your brain's waste disposal system

New research suggests that body posture during sleep may affect the efficiency of the brain’s self-cleaning process<p>The human brain can be compared to something like a big, bustling city. It has workers, the neurons and glial cells which co-operate with each other to process information; it has …

graava Uses Artificial Intelligence to Record Your Best Memories

This is an action camera that only records what you want to see again.<p>This smart action camera offers the best alternative to a GoPro for adrenaline …

Graphene Manufactured Using Tea Tree Extract Paving Way For Cheaper Method: Study

Graphene -- which is capable of outperforming steel and Kevlar in bulletproof vests, and has uses in solar cells, electrical circuits and medicine -- …

See how much NASA has learned about hurricanes in the 10 years since Katrina

Science is, naturally, the never-ending pursuit of knowledge that has spanned the entirety of human existence and will continue, in some form, ad infinitum—but it’s incredible to see how much progress can be made in just a decade. With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this week in mind, …

Space Travel

New study supports link between ADHD and traumatic brain injury

A recent study of Canadian adults has found links between traumatic brain injury and a history of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, …

The Brain

Deep beneath Antarctica's ice, signs of bizarre cosmic particles

An observatory on the southern continent has detected high-energy neutrinos, some of which come from beyond our galaxy.<p>Buried deep in the Antarctic …

This Is What The Center Of Our Galaxy Looks Like

Astronomers take an unprecedented, x-ray view of the black hole in the center of the Milky Way.<p>This new, unprecedented image of the Milky Way shows that our galaxy's core is a pretty tumultuous place.<p>The compiled image of photos taken by the European Space Agency's x-ray satellite XMM-Newton …

Single Molecular Event Holds Key to How We Evolved to Become the Smartest Animals

<b>Benjamin Blencowe, a professor in the University of Toronto’s Donnelly Centre and Banbury Chair in Medical Research, and his team have uncovered how</b> …

Biology

Mars Facts: Life, Water and Robots on the Red Planet

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. Befitting the red planet's bloody color, the Romans named it after their god of war. The Romans copied the …

Mars