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The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

When you are the first person to arrive in a meeting room, do you think of it as being empty or full?<p>If you were raised in the West, a meeting room is made for people to meet. Therefore, if there are no people in that room, then of course it must be empty. As philosopher Henk Oosterling remarks, in …

​Jennifer Lawrence Laughs Off Lack of Core Strength After Sexy Video Leaks

The video shows her dancing on a stripper pole and crawling on all fours<p>Gregg DeGuire / Getty Images<p>Who among us hasn't had one or two too many drinks at a party? And who among us, after having consumed said beverages, hasn't cut a little too loose as a result? (But do you drink <i>too</i> much? Click here …

23 Irresistibly Weird Books You Won't Believe Actually Exist

"I decided to order this book because my cat was out of control; promiscuous, a gun nut, and using the internet unsafely..."

Physicists Find That as Clocks Get More Precise, Time Gets More Fuzzy

The weight of time.<p>Time is weird – in spite of what we think, the Universe doesn't have a master clock to run by, making it possible for us to …

Quantum Mechanics

Eat These Foods Before Bed to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

How you eat affects so many of parts of your life, but did you ever wonder how it might influence your sleep quality and patterns? We know all about sleeping clean (thanks to health queen Gwyneth Paltrow) and how using screens at night can throw off our sleep patterns, but it turns out that what …

Sleep

Why happy music makes you do bad things

There may be a surprising dark side to easy-listening and feel-good tracks.<p>From the distinctive opening “Whooah” to the recurring funky brass riff that follows each line of lyrics, James Brown’s hit song I Got You (I Feel Good) is a recipe for happiness.<p>The iconic track is arguably one of the most …

Psychology

Earth - How the Universe can expand if there is no extra space

The Universe can expand without there being anything outside it for it to expand into, says science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker. He explains this mind-bending idea to BBC Earth's Michael Marshall and Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at <b>Pomona Pictures</b>.<p><i>Join over six million</i> …

Universe

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

It’s the most fundamental fabric of the Universe itself. But how does it work?<p><i>“‘Space-time’ — that hideous hybrid whose very hyphen looks phoney.” …

Physics

The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had

From gigil to wabi-sabi and tarab, there are many foreign emotion words with no English equivalent. Learning to identify and cultivate these experiences could give you a richer and more successful life.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>Have …

Language
Nature

LA Police Arrest 'Prankster' Who Changed Hollywood Sign to 'Hollyweed'

A man has been arrested after turning himself in on Monday for altering the famous Hollywood sign so it read ‘Hollyweed’ during the early hours of …

Pranks

Pauline Oliveros, pioneer of "deep listening", dies aged 84

<b>Pauline Oliveros, the composer whose concept of “deep listening” had a profound impact on the trajectory of 20th century experimental music, has died</b> …

Comedians

A rare sighting of the Milky Way

Due to increased amounts of light pollution, Iceland is one of the few countries left in Europe where it can still easily be seen.<p>In the late 1800s, an Icelandic poet and entrepreneur is fabled to have tried to sell the Northern Lights to a group of businessmen from Switzerland.<p>Although Einar …

Astronomy

Children's Books Are the New Frontier in Weed Normalization

The author of 'Hairy Pothead' and 'Green Buds and Hash' explains why children's books are the perfect way to make weed approachable.<p>When marijuana activist Dana Larsen first started writing his pot-themed fan fiction, he just thought it would be fun for other cannabis users to read. But after years …

Cannabis

From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change is a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and appointed to his Cabinet a retired neurosurgeon who doesn't buy the theory of evolution, things might look grim for science.<p>Yet …

Immune System

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

Quantum Mechanics

Red Wine and Hot Chocolate Is the New Food Trend | Men’s Health

And wine experts agree the drink is worth a try. But you want to make sure your chocolate is on the bitter side—like dark chocolate with a cocoa percentage of around 60 percent.<p>If the chocolate is too sugary, like a milk chocolate, the sweetness won’t mesh well with a red wine’s tannin—the …

Why You Always Want the People You Can't Have, According to Science

Dating the wrong people could be considered a rite of passage in your 20s. But pining for the people who are either emotionally unavailable or simply …

Physicists Have Observed The Light Spectrum of Antimatter For First Time

Putting Einstein's special relativity to the test.<p>After two decades of trying, physicists at CERN have reported the first ever measurement of the …

Physics

Why Bob Dylan Is a Literary Genius

Ahead of Nobel Prize ceremony, we explore how Dylan wrote not just songs or poetry, but history<p><i>Mikal Gilmore is one of the rare journalists to talk</i> …

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris: Pictures

Lady Gaga

Three bizarre (and potentially brilliant) ideas about music and health from TEDMED

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Walking around TEDMED 2016, I couldn't help but think of The Lonely Island song “Incredible Thoughts.” You know, the faux-philosophical rap that pokes fun at the world of Silicon Valley and big ideas with lines like “A Milk Dud sitting in the acid rain,” “Imagine if a fish …

Biographies
The Workplace

Robert Rauschenberg: ‘He was just something to be around’

From his paint-spattered bed to a stuffed goat, the artist broke boundaries. On the eve of a major retrospective, his friends recall a generous spirit on his island hideaway<p>Matt Hall vividly remembers his job interview with Robert Rauschenberg. A mutual acquaintance had approached Hall, then sous …

Art

H.P. Lovecraft and the phantom planet

Science and science fiction go hand in hand, so to speak… but science and <i>horror</i> fiction? There are, in fact, more connections than one might think. A …

Astronomy

Artist Uses Wood Scraps to Visualize a Dynamic Explosion of Color and Shapes

Breaking with purpose—this is how New Zealand artist Louise McRae describes her creative act. Selecting found wood, cutting it, and painting it before it's molded into dynamic assemblages, McRae's work demonstrates an explosive spirit. By fitting together the broken down wood into art that is …

Art

Humans are still evolving but in ways that might surprise you

It's often said that through our innovations in science, agriculture and medicine humans have become masters of our biological destiny.

Innovation

Brian Selznick: 'I wanted my story to exist between pictures and words'

In this latest piece from writers shortlisted for the Guardian children’s fiction prize, Selznick explains the visual storytelling of The Marvels<p>The Marvels is not an illustrated novel, but a novel told in words and pictures. It begins with roughly 400 pages of pictures, then there are 200 pages of …

Books

Why you can’t get that one song out of your head: The science of earworms

“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. “Don't Stop Believin' ” by Journey. Katy Perry's “California Gurls.”<p>If you spend the rest of the day with the words “Just a small town girl/living in a lonely world” or “Ra ra ah-ah-ah/Ro ma ro-mah-mah” running an endless loop through your head, we're sorry. But know …

University of London
Blade Runner