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29 reasons why you should visit Iceland this spring

Iceland is most often seen as a winter (think Northern Lights and blankets of white) destination or summer (endless days and al fresco dining) adventure, but there's a lot to be said for visiting now, just as spring has sprung. It's only a three hour flight from London - here are 29 of the many …

Google's Company That Wants To Cure Death Now Has Its Own Website

Calico, the company Google launched in September to try to cure death by tackling aging and illness, now has an official website (hat-tip to SFGate, where we first saw the news).<p>When Google CEO Larry Page first announced the new lab, he didn't give much of a roadmap for how Calico would work on …

The birth of Disney's dark ride

Disney’s darkest dark ride, the Haunted Mansion, finally opened to the public on August 9, 1969, though Walt had started formal development of the …

Startling Photos Show Yazidis Under Siege By ISIS Fleeing Into Syria By The Thousands

As ISIS terrorizes northern Iraq and Kurdistan, they've picked out one group in particular to attack: the Yazidis.<p>The Yazidis are a small Kurdish minority who belong to a religion that blends Sufism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Zoroastrianism.<p>The Islamic State sees Yazidis as …

Team finds potential MERS transmission mechanism between bats and humans

Researchers have identified the mechanism used by the deadly MERS virus to transmit from bats to humans. Bats are a native reservoir for MERS and the …

Biological Psychology

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Why Great Ideas Always Come In the Shower (and How to Harness Them)

It's happened to all of us—you're in the shower and inspiration strikes. You struggle to remember when you get out. Sometimes you're successful, …

3 Business Lessons From The Sinaloa Drug Cartel

Innovate like a syndicate.<p>Blockbuster is gone. So are Lehman Brothers, Atari, Pan Am, Circuit City and countless others each year. Startups fail, too, with 80% going belly up within the first 18 months. But here’s something to consider in comparison: criminal syndicates don’t go out of business. …

The never-ending conundrums of classical physics

Even today, scientists still try to solve sprinkler brain teasers from the 19th century.<p>During its teenage and young adult years—what is now referred …

Purer-than-pure silicon solves problem for quantum tech

<b>In a quantum computer, pure silicon is not enough - only one specific type of silicon atom will do.</b><p>The good stuff is silicon-28, and physicists in the US have worked out how to produce it with 40 times greater purity than ever before.<p>Even better, they can do it in the lab instead of relying on …

Google is backing a new $300 million high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system between the US and Japan

Google has announced it is backing plans to build and operate a new high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system called “FASTER” by Q2 2016. In addition to Google, the $300 million project will be jointly managed by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and …

The planet’s 10 most (and least) peaceful countries

A new report from the Institute for Economics and Peace ranks 162 nations by violence and political instability<p>Allegra Kirkland<p>August 12, 2014 11:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>“We are living in the most peaceful century in human history; however the 2014 Global Peace Index …

Why the 'Libertarian Moment' Isn't Really Happening

The political philosophy hasn't captured America's youth. But it has made inroads within the Republican Party—inroads the GOP would be wise to resist.<p>Has the libertarian moment finally arrived? Robert Draper asks that question in the Sunday <i>New York Times Magazine</i>. His answer: Yes! Young voters are …

World's Most Beautiful Bike Trails

Cycling vacations aren't just for top-tier athletes. Many of the world's most beautiful bike trails take in the countryside on gentle paths that favor scenery over strenuous pedaling. Bonus: You won't feel guilty sampling the local cuisine after you've spent a day burning calories on a bike</i> …

North Sea

These Two Crazy Germans Just Drove a MINI Cooper Around the World

Meet Fritz Fritz Kreis and Thomas Fuerst, two insane Germans who just drove their MINI Cooper east from Heidelberg, Germany to New York City. If you thought that last coast-to-coast trip you took was pretty epic, you have now been officially one-upped<p>Meet Fritz Fritz Kreis and Thomas Fuerst, two …

San Francisco

Immortal - Photographs byVee Speers | LensCulture

The idea of stopping time and preserving fleeting moments is, in many ways, at the heart of photography and central to human desire. Psychologically and emotionally, humans have always dreaded growing old, losing youthful vigor, and falling prey to the weaknesses of old age, faulty memories, …

How To Non-Awkwardly Greet People From Different Countries

Cultural norms are confusing, but it's even worse when they're embarrassing: <i>nobody</i> wants to be that tourist who asks for cheese at dinner in Italy or forgets a gift in Japan.<p>We know how to "shush" people already, but before that, how do you greet someone in a new country? One kiss, two kisses, …

Robin Williams' Life in Pictures

Robin Williams in the 8th grade at Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Mich. in 1965.<br>Courtesy Williams Family

Robin Williams: A Photo Gallery

Robin Williams

10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

Many of the world's greatest scientists were inspired to go into their fields by reading science fiction books. And it's easy to see why. A lot of …

The 40 Best Beaches on Earth

It ain't summertime without at least spending a few days at the beach soaking up the rays and relaxing with family and friends.<p>Let's face it...it ain't summertime without at least spending a few days at the beach soaking up the rays and relaxing with family and friends. In the spirit of summer, …

Beaches

South Georgia Island: The Last Godforsaken Place

On a 25-degree austral summer day, loose clouds spackled the sky, and the dark skyline of South Georgia Island, a battering ram of 9,000-foot peaks, 160 glaciers, and frayed coastline, loomed off the bow of the ship. I stood on the lower deck, wrapped in industrial-strength rain gear and giant …

Massive 'Florida red tide' is now 90 miles long and 60 miles wide

There's a massive red tide blooming off the coast of southwestern Florida and it appears to be growing.<p>The red tide is patchy, but researchers say it stretches an amazing 60 miles wide and 90 miles long in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>Just a few weeks ago it was reported to be 50 miles wide and 80 miles long.<p>…

Florida

North Korea erases 'eternal president' from banknotes

North Korean authorities have begun replacing all 5000 won bills in the country with a new note, according to sources inside the country.<p>The move does not represent a currency redenomination of the sort implemented in November 2009, but rather, it is a currency replacement, and for the time being …

Fisherman Pulls Up Beastly Evidence of Early Americans

A 22,000-year-old mastodon skull and tool dredged from the seafloor in the Chesapeake Bay hints of early settlers in North America.<p>The two relics, …

APOD: Collapse in Hebes Chasma on Mars (2014 Aug 12) Image Credit & Copyright: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140812.html Explanation: What's happened in Hebes Chasma on Mars? Hebes Chasma is a depression just north of the enormous Valles Marineris canyon. Since the depression is unconnected to other surface features, it is unclear where the internal material went. Inside Hebes Chasma is Hebes Mensa, a 5 kilometer high mesa that appears to have undergone an unusual partial collapse -- a collapse that might be providing clues. The above image, taken by the robotic Mars Express spacecraft currently orbiting Mars, shows great details of the chasm and the unusual horseshoe shaped indentation in the central mesa. Material from the mesa appears to have flowed onto the floor of the chasm, while a possible dark layer appears to have pooled like ink on a downslope landing. A recent hypothesis holds that salty rock composes some lower layers in Hebes Chasma, with the salt dissolving in melted ice flows that drained through holes into an underground aquifer. http://www.esa.int/ http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMGQOXLDMD_people_0_iv.html http://www.esa.int/Services/Terms_and_conditions Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140812 #APOD