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How ion thruster technology will power future NASA missions

For its crazy 2020 asteroid capture mission and other projects, NASA is developing next-gen "Hall effect thrusters" to corral an asteroid and put it into the moon's orbit. At the same time, the European Space Agency (ESA) is trying to improve its own Hall thrusters to power future missions. If …

Space Exploration

Space Images 2014: The Best, Most Creative And Most Amazing Pictures of The Year

It's been an amazing year for space. Yes, in a sense they all are, celestial cosmology being the extraordinarily ace thing that it is. But still. …

Reading from tablets before bed alters sleep cycles

If you're in bed reading this, you may feel sleepy tomorrow morning.<p>A study has found that reading from a light-emitting device, such as an e-reader, before bedtime can shift your body's natural clock and delay the onset and characteristics of your sleep. And that could leave you feeling more …

Harvard Psychologist Explains Why Buying Experiences Makes People Happier Than Buying Things

We buy things: clothes, cars, and home goods.<p>We buy experiences: meals, vacations, and movies.<p>Research shows that experiences are the much better buy — if you're looking to maximize the happiness for your dollars.<p>In one study of over a thousand Americans, people were asked to think about a material …

10 Scientific Images That Changed How We Looked at the World

The most important images in history<p>Whether it was a drawing or photograph, these images changed the course of human understanding, and science itself, forever.

University of California

13 Weird Psychological Reasons Someone Might Fall In Love With You

There's no shortage of advice on where to meet the right person, how to make people like you, and how to build a successful relationship.<p>Sometimes, though, people are attracted to each other for seemingly arbitrary reasons, such as what color you wear or whether you have a pet.<p>What might influence …

3 Reasons Skateboarders Make Great Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On a brilliant summer's day, skateboarders might seem the last set to be considered entrepreneurs in the making. After all, these teenage kids bear strange clothing and rebellious attitudes and might have offbeat tastes in music.<p>But look …

Make your Android Device Smarter with these Handy Apps

The leap from feature phones to smartphones didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but steadily, our phones grew smarter and smarter until they’d become capable enough that we could fulfil most of our computing needs on these pocket-sized devices. The onset of powerful third-party apps spurred that …

Can Beautiful Design Make Your Resume Stand Out?

The amount of time a recruiter spends looking at your resume is roughly six seconds — the length of a Vine video.<p>For people who are unemployed or …

Time Flies When You're Crazy Busy. Here's How to Slow It Down | Inc.com

Remember when you were a kid and summer vacation crawled by and an afternoon could seem endless. It’s the opposite now, right?<p>As a busy adult and business owner your days probably pass by in a whirl of activity -- so much so that whole weeks or months can feel like they’re racing past, like you …

The Brain

6 Steps To Turn Strangers Into Connections

Networking doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right approach, that person sharing the elevator with you could become a future business partner, a career-changing connection, or a lifelong friend.<p>Two years ago, presentation coach Deborah Grayson Riegel attended a crowded networking event in New …

The 'Circle Of Competence' Theory Will Help You Make Vastly Smarter Decisions

<i>"I'm no genius. I'm smart in spots—but I stay around those spots."</i><i><br>— Tom Watson Sr., Founder of IBM</i><p>The concept of the "Circle of Competence" has been used over the years by Warren Buffett as a way to focus investors on only operating in areas they knew best. The bones of the concept appear in his …

38 Nutrition Experts Reveal Their Favorite Things To Eat For Breakfast

Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day — and the research agrees. Study after study shows that breakfast boosts brainpower and helps to control cravings later in the day.<p>To see what a healthy breakfast looks like, we asked dozens of nutrition experts what they ate for …

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

One thing that will never change in business is the advantage charisma offers. The ability to form lasting relationships built on genuine empathy will always beat out a cold-blooded Machiavellian approach in the long run<p>The writer Napoleon Hill recognized this as a young business journalist and …

Here's The JPMorgan Summer Reading List

Every year, the firm compiles book suggestions from their advisors all over the world.<p>From more than 500 entries, the bank narrows it down to just ten titles they think are timely and innovative.<p>We've included the ten books in the slides that follow.

The Most ’90s Thing That Could Ever Exist

The zeitgeist summed perfectly in one technological artifact, which is a VHS tape promoting Windows 95, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.<p>Wow.<p>Just. Wow.<p>This image is bouncing around on Twitter thanks to Jehan Ranasinghe, who dug this thing up, presumably with a time machine, and then …

Was This 1997 Encounter The Moment Larry Page First Got The Idea For Google?

The reason Google quickly became the dominant search engine is that it did something that other search engines had not bothered to do: It examined the number and relevance of links between pages, not just the keywords on them.<p>Today, Bloomberg tells a charming story of the other guy — an Italian …

Want To Make $1 Billion? Just Solve One Of These Huge Tech Problems

There's a lot of room for improvement when it comes to things like artificial intelligence, mobile payments, internet speeds, and even how we think and communicate.<p>So here's our list of the ten biggest problems in tech right now. Solve one of these, and you're on your way to billions.

6 Books That Will Change The Way You Think For The Better

Reading what everyone else reads is good for conversation, perhaps, but it's not going to help you to think differently. And if you can't think differently, you're always going to be a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.<p>With that in mind, here are 5 books that you've (probably) never heard of …

These Beautiful Graphics Reveal The Chemistry Of Everyday Foods

Literally everything around us is made up of chemicals. That includes all foods. And the different kinds of chemicals they contain give the stuff we eat their flavors, colors, and smells.<p>On the blog Compound Interest, a chemist and teacher in the United Kingdom has illustrated the chemistry behind …

Here’s How To Write The Perfect Cover Letter

Serial entrepreneur James Caan says in his recent LinkedIn post that trying to get your cover letter noticed can be especially challenging, as recruiters get hundreds of applications for any given opening. He suggests "steering clear of flashy gimmicks or stunts," and instead, researching the …

The Most Notable College Commencement Speakers Of 2014

Colleges and universities traditionally invite an outside graduation speaker to address matriculating seniors before they leave campus.<p>Across the board, this year's commencement speakers are leaders in their fields, from business to politics to entertainment. Perhaps the biggest speaker this year …

How Venezuela Exploded

Last month Venezuela exploded, as discontent with the Socialist government that has ruled the country for more than a decade reached a boiling point.<p>You can blame food shortages and inflation; you can blame joblessness and corruption. Ultimately, though, these problems have been compounded by the …

Unbelievable Photos Capture The Disappearing Art Of Hunting Honey In Nepal's Cliffs

It's a fascinating event, one that documentary photographer Andrew Newey knew he had to see. This past year, Newey stayed with the Gurung tribe in a hilltop village, photographing their culture and attending the annual autumn honey hunt.<p>The hunt that Newey witnessed was six weeks later than usual …

Here's The Eureka Moment That Led To The Inflation Theory Making News Today

Today researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics announced the first data that shows the inflation theory of the Big Bang is correct.<p>That theory dates back to 1978, and was first developed by Alan Guth. The New York Times recounts: "One night late in 1979, an itinerant young …

Why Clever And Lazy People Make The Best Leaders

Ideally you want all three but people don't always cooperate. These qualities tend to be difficult to judge in hiring someone.<p>So we end up with all sorts of combinations and permutations in organizations.<p>A lot of people feel that stupid people are the 'worst' problem. (I'd argue that intelligent …

How Luis Von Ahn Turned Countless Hours Of Mindless Activity Into Something Valuable

People exercising on machines can generate electricity, he figured, and that energy is valuable. So why not eliminate gym fees, hook all the machines to a power grid, and sell the wattage produced to a major electric company? Everyone could go free of charge, the world would have a new source of …

What You Need To Know About The Construction Of A Suit Jacket

There are a lot of things I don't know about guys' style. Yes, still. And while I usually turn to Google with the questions I don't want you guys to know I don't know, sometimes I have the benefit of being able to turn to uber-knowledgeable friends for a style primer.<p>Recently, I asked my pal Jon of …

Why curlers sweep the ice

Curling is one of the more unusual sports of the Winter Olympic, often drawing comparisons to shuffleboard, but played on ice.<p>A roughly 42-pound curling rock, or stone, is pushed then slides down a sheet of ice, while two players furiously sweep the surface in front of the stone. The sweeping …

Here's Proof That No One Sang About Sex Until The 1990s — And More

Words have a tendency to increase or decrease in popularity over time. One of the best ways to figure this out is by looking at popular songs throughout time.<p>Artist Nickolay Lamm recently mapped out how often certain words have been used in popular songs since 1960.<p>Here's how to decipher the graphs:<p>…