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Physics

Star Trek's Warp Drive Might Become A Reality

Most of us alive today have never known a world where human spaceflight didn’t exist. Yet before we walked on the Moon, had an International Space Station, sent spacecraft to all the planets and even out of the Solar System, we had <i>Star Trek</i>, which brought even bigger dreams into the public …

Physics

Hosting Olympics Bankrupts Another Place: Rio De Janeiro Declares Financial Disaster

It’s one of the standard tropes of politics, that hosting the Olympic Games, or other such festivals for sportsmen like the World Cup, will boost the local economy. It’s one of the standard tropes of economics that hosting the Olympic Games, or other such festivals for sportsmen like the World Cup, …

Brazil

We just got better at detecting this quantum phenomenon that Einstein thought was too ‘spooky’ to be real

That's because entanglement, a voodoo-like phenomenon in quantum physics linking particles that once interacted, seems to surpass the speed of light, violating the cosmic speed limit.<p>Because of this, it doesn't fit in with Einstein's theory of relativity, so he concluded that it was too ludicrous …

Quantum Mechanics

Why Haven't We Explored the Ocean Like Outer Space?

The final frontier is right here on Earth.<p>Depending on who you ask, there exists not one—but two—final frontiers of discovery. Deep space has long captivated our imaginations, but the deep ocean, right here on Earth, remains one of the most underexplored places known to humans.<p>Only five percent of …

Seafloor

Renewable Energy Is Now Inevitable, Energy Secretary Says, Citing Price

Climate change may have inspired the clean-energy revolution, but price has made it inevitable, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said Thursday, citing plunging prices in solar, wind and efficient innovations like LED lighting.<p>“The discussion about climate and climate science and mitigation and …

Renewable Energy

20. The Lobster

As 2016's cinematic pickings are still pretty slim for the most part ahead of blockbuster season, what better time to catch up with all of those 2015 …

Olivia Colman

Alfred Gilman dies at 74; won Nobel for breakthrough research on proteins

Alfred Gilman, who won a<p>Nobel Prizefor his breakthrough research into the inner workings of cells and later left Texas' $3-billion cancer-fighting initiative, citing a lack of oversight that led to a scandal, has died. He was 74.<p>Gilman was the former dean of the University of Texas Southwestern …

Nobel Prize

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Set in Nazi death camps, 'Son of Saul' is a powerful, immersive vision of hell

"Son of Saul" is an immersive experience of the most disturbing kind, an unwavering vision of a particular kind of hell. No matter how many Holocaust films you've seen, you've not seen one like this.<p>A confident, audacious first feature by Hungarian director László Nemes and winner of the Grand Jury …

World History

Why Asia's Glaciers Are Mysteriously Expanding, Not Melting

<i>Updated on Oct. 13 at 11:33 a.m. ET.</i><p>Glaciers around the world are melting, retreating and even vanishing altogether. But in the mountainous Karakoram …

Climate Change

Amazon is in talks to lease 20 cargo planes to build its own overnight air operations

The report, citing anonymous sources, said that Amazon is in talks with Boeing to lease at least 20 767 air-delivery jets.<p>The bigger goal is to create a logistics department that can potentially replace a lot of the work that's been outsourced to USPS, FedEx, and UPS and lower the risk of shipment …

eCommerce

Earth's Great Oxidation Event: 'Multiple whiffs' of O2 2.5 billion years ago led to stable atmosphere

Earth developed its oxygen-rich atmosphere as a result of "multiple whiffs" of O2 from a sort of blue-green algae found in shallow oceans around 2.5 …

Scientists create quantum entanglement at room temperature

Quantum entanglement, where two particles are inextricably linked, is a real thing. However, creating that odd behavior has been extremely difficult so far -- you have to cool things down to near absolute zero to pull it off on a significant scale. Or rather, you did. Researchers have successfully …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's best quotes may make you fall in love with science all over again

But deGrasse Tyson also has a serious side, which he reveals time and again in his books, shows, Twitter page, and popular science articles.<p>Often, deGrasse Tyson's humor strikes a serious chord that not only makes us laugh but also think. As a popular science educator, deGrasse Tyson is out to …

Middle School

Nearly half of Japan’s working women are accused of “causing trouble” when they get pregnant

Getting pregnant should bring joy, but in Japan’s workplace, it can bring misery. Maternity harassment<i>—</i>in which workers are demoted, dismissed, unfairly treated, or verbally harassed because of pregnancy and childbearing<i>—</i>plagues female workers in the world’s third-largest economy. Survey results …

Maternity

A Grand Bargain With Putin Against ISIS?

What follows is not very pretty. But it may be the best option available in a crisis without good options.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin has made no secret of the fact that he would like some kind of political settlement with the West. The German magazine <i>Der Spiegel</i> has just published a leaked …

Middle East

Despite Google Denials, Chrome OS and Android Seem Destined for Merger

Apparently conflicting visions of the future of Google’s two Linux-based operating systems, Android and ChromeOS, do not directly contradict each …

Google

The GOP primary is now a total 'free-for-all' — and Republicans are getting nervous

"I'm going to win, I think," he told Business Insider.<p>Five months after Trump officially entered the presidential race, that possibility is beginning to set in for a wide swath of the Republican establishment — and the political-pundit class — that long assumed Trump would fade from front-running …

Republicans

Snowden gets European support but still remains in limbo

A European Parliament vote calling for the protection of whistle-blower Edward Snowden from prosecution and extradition is more than symbolic, …

Surveillance

Is the global economy heading for recession?

As far as economic expansions go, our’s is pretty long in the tooth. Since World War II, the average length of time between recessions is about 58 …

Economics

U.S. shale firms snap up $50 oil hedges, risking rally reversal | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Welcome to the oil market’s new vicious cycle.<p>A pump jack is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, California October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson<p>This past week, as oil prices barreled over 9 percent higher to break out of a weeks-long trading range, U.S. shale producers jumped …

Oil

Watch Astronauts Create Colored Orbs Of Water On The ISS

Can you paint with all the colors of food dye?<p>We showed you what it looks like when astronauts dissolve an antacid tablet in a floating ball of water.<p>Now, they've taken it a step further, making life on the station a bit more colorful by adding food coloring to their otherwise bland floating balls …

Belarus re-elects 'last dictator in Europe' for fifth term

The West has long ostracised Belarus over its human rights record and clamp-down on political dissent<p>Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko won a fifth term in office by a landslide on Sunday in an election that could see an easing of relations with the West and raise questions about his ties …

Obama had a very contentious interview with '60 Minutes'

President Barack Obama's interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday was anything but smooth.<p>During an interview that primarily covered Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East, correspondent Steve Kroft was combative with Obama, repeatedly asking questions about the president's strategy on …

Middle East

Google CEO Sundar Pichai assigns Hiroshi Lockheimer as head of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast

Google’s new business model was sure to result in plenty of changes around the company’s headquarters. While plenty of Google subsidiaries are breaking up to become their own projects (Alphabet), Google will continue thriving under the leadership of new CEO Sundar Pichai. The dust is starting to …

Android News

Vital information could be lost in 'digital dark age' warns professor

Paper archives are vital to prevent information stored on computers becoming inaccessible because of out-dated formats<p>The world faces an information 'dark age' because so much information is stored digitally, the former president of the Royal Society for Chemistry as warned.<p>Professor David Garner …

Bernie Sanders Is About as Radical as Harry Truman

The mainstream media continues to be shocked that Bernie Sanders keeps gaining traction against frontrunner Hillary Clinton. However, if you look at what Sanders actually stands for, it is well within the mainstream of what used to be the Democratic Party.<p>Ever since Jimmy Carter, it has been …

Middle-class

Coral bleaching epidemic devastates reefs off South Florida

Corals are turning chalk white and dying on reefs stretching from the Florida Keys to the Miami area, in what experts call one of the worst episodes in two decades of coral bleaching in Florida.<p>Under stress from unusually warm water, the corals are expelling the tiny bits of algae that give them …

Apple and Google are the world’s top two most valuable brands

Consultancy firm Interbrand has released its latest listing of the world’s most valuable brands, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and IBM have landed at the top of the chart for at least the fifth consecutive year.<p>Apple and Google remain in the top spots – the third year in a row that they’ve been in …