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Hummus Recipes

Hummus is a dip/spread that is made from chickpeas. In fact, hummus is the Arabic word for chickpea. You may notice that many hummus recipes call for …

Selena Gomez Goes Glam in Shimmery Black Dress & Strappy Sandals for More Birthday Celebrations

Selena Gomez celebrated her big 25th birthday this past weekend, and it turns out that that was only the beginning of her celebrations. Based on her …

These smart glasses automatically focus on what you’re looking at

They could become available in two to three years<p>When Carlos Mastrangelo hit his early 50s, he started suffering from a vision problem many people have as they age: he couldn’t focus up close anymore and so, his eye doctor told him, he needed to wear glasses whenever he wanted to read a book.<p>“I …

Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.<p>Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd.<p>In 2011, the lab showed it was possible to recreate movie clips just from observing the brain activity of people …

Machine Learning

Gravity waves from black holes verify Einstein’s prediction

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — Tremors in the cosmic fabric of space and time have finally been detected, opening a new avenue for exploring the universe.<p>The historic …

As India celebrates the festival of Ganesh, spare a thought for the 15,000 Asian elephants still in captivity

Nearly one in three Asian elephants live in captivity—about 15,000 in all.<p>The existence of such a large captive population of this endangered, intelligent, and long-living animal poses a number of ethical and practical challenges, but also some opportunities.<p>Asian elephants, like most land-based …

Triple entanglement feat adds new twist to quantum cryptography

In the world of quantum mechanics, entanglement is a weird realm where particles that were once joined exhibit mirror-opposite reactions when …

Reaching Mars in a few days? It's possible, NASA video says

Ever since NASA announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s and Hollywood got in on the action with "The Martian," the Red Planet has loomed large in our collective imagination. Now, thanks to a video released by NASA, we can add a new bit of heat to Mars fever -- the idea that we …

Space Travel

This $14-billion machine is set to usher in a new era of nuclear fusion power

It's called ITER, Latin for "The Way," and is expected to usher in a new era of nuclear fusion-powered electricity — something scientists and engineers have been working toward for over 40 years.<p>By fusing two forms of hydrogen, called deuterium and tritium, together, the machine would generate 500 …

Is The Multiverse A Scientific Theory?

Anyone can come up with a theory, which in common parlance, simply means “an idea for how something works.” But in order to be a <i>scientific</i> theory, you have to do a lot more. In particular, any new scientific theory has to look at the current framework of science, including the current leading/best …

4 cosmic phenomena that travel faster than the speed of light

But that's not the entire story. In fact, it's just the beginning.<p>Before Einstein, mass — the atoms that make up you, me, and everything we see — and energy were treated as separate entities. But in 1905, Einstein forever changed the way physicists view the universe.<p>Einstein's Special Theory of …

Google is testing signing into accounts using just your phone, no password required

Google’s battle against poor passwords is continuing. The company is now testing a new Google Account option that lets users login using their phone, skipping the part where you have to enter your password. The feature uses your phone to authenticate your identity by bringing up a notification that …

Apple and Star Wars together explain why much of the world around you looks the way it does

This is the story of two big round things that loom large in our culture.<p>The first of these is Apple Computer—and its ideas and ethics, as embodied in its monumentally circular new headquarters, now finishing construction in Cupertino, California (above).<p>The other is the Death Star—the spherical, …

Surprise: The Third Most Common Element In The Universe Isn't What You Think

One of the most remarkable facts of existence is that every material we’ve ever touched, seen, or interacted with is made up of the same two things: atomic nuclei, which are positively charged, and electrons, which are negatively charged. The way these atoms interact with each other — the ways they …

Stephen Hawking Says 'God Particle' Could Wipe Out the Universe

Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from Australia to …

7 Glaciers for Summer Skiing

Just because it's summer, that doesn't mean you have to completely give up your love of skiing or snowboarding. One option is to head to the southern hemisphere. Another option is to ski the glaciers.<p>There are several ski resorts located on glaciers that are open during the late spring, summer and …

Why can't we see the center of the Milky Way?

Over a century later, William Herschel created the first theoretical diagram of what the Milky Way (1785) looked like. In it, he described the shape …

How an 8-minute surgery could completely fix your poor eyesight

One of the things technology will most likely fix at some point down the road is poor eyesight. And it might happen sooner than we think, if …

Cure for thinning hair? Scientists find plucking stimulates huge growth

Pulling out hair follicles sends a 'help' signal to the scalp which triggers a huge surge of regrowth, scientists have found<p>For people with thinning hair the idea of plucking out the few strands that remain may fill them with horror.<p>However, a new study suggests that pulling out the lingering …

hair loss

Top 10 Ski Runs & Lodges

Whether you want to hit the slopes or just drink some hot chocolate by the fire, these are the places to be this winter.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Whistler/Blackcomb</b><br>British Columbia, Canada <br>www.whistlerblackcomb.com <br>These two towering mountains provide excellent …

Scientists Have Discovered an On/Off Switch For Ageing Cells

Image: mopic/Shutterstock<p>In our bodies, our cells are constantly dividing in order to replenish our lungs, skin, liver and other organs. But most …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by.<p>In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the planet and got high enough to look down on the real Earth spinning beneath him. He …

Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.<p>The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours …