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Scientists find 'world's oldest' biological colours

Australian researchers have uncovered the world's oldest biological colour in the Sahara desert, in a find they said Tuesday helped explain why …

Biology

Surfing To Your Ears

<b>Podcasts have to be one of the more exciting formats to emerge from the chaotic digital media landscape, and surfing, like everything else considered</b> …

Aquatic Sports

I sold my house to live in a van — 9 years later I'm facing an uncomfortable truth

I didn't reach some kind of breaking point or encounter any life-changing event that I wasn't fully in control of.<p>It just kind of happened.<p>As crazy as it sounds, I just felt like living in a van.<p>Since there's not a ton of room in a van and storage units aren't cheap, it made sense to get rid of …

Global Warming Grows Less Nutritious Rice

Global warming could bring a serious problem for the two billion people on the planet who depend on one grain for their staple diet: less nutritious …

This 'Shit'-Talking Reporter Says the Media and Government Failed America

Charlie LeDuff's latest book, 'Sh*tshow,' is a wide-ranging travelogue of a country on the brink of collapse.<p>When I last saw Charlie LeDuff two years ago, he was rifling through my freezer looking for ice, bitching about how my old Chicago apartment was a “hole.” (It was.) We needed sun, he said, …

No Tools Required: 20 Modern Flat-Pack Furniture Pieces for Your Next Move

Having to disassemble, pack and move heavy furniture is tough. But there’s a solution: flat-pack furniture. This new wave of moving-friendly …

Hubble's Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We've Ever Seen

Space is mind-bogglingly vast, and it’s practically impossible for our puny brains to comprehend just how huge it really is. Using the Hubble Space …

The Handbook of Tyranny: stark infographics on human cruelty

<i>Handbook of Tyranny</i> tells the story of human cruelty in a series of beautifully designed inforgraphics, like this chart showing methods of crowd …

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

Not Only Can Horses Read Your Facial Expressions, They'll Hold It Against You Later

Nice horsey!<p>Giving your horse the old stink-eye is a sure way to get it on your bad side, and research backs that up.<p>A new study shows they don't …

Plants 'talk to' each other through their roots

Plants use their roots to “listen in” on their neighbours, according to research that adds to evidence that plants have their own unique forms of communication.<p>The study found that plants in a crowded environment secrete chemicals into the soil that prompt their neighbours to grow more …

Biology

The Feminist Lunch That Broke Boundaries 150 Years Ago

For women, dining in public without men was revolutionary.<p>On April 20, 1868, a dozen women filed into Delmonico’s. The New York restaurant was the …

Dining Rooms

Logan Paul livestreamed Fortnite for the first time—and it did not go well

Logan Paul probably should have predicted this. As soon as the YouTube star announced a few weeks ago that he would begin livestreaming <i>Fortnite</i> on …

Internet

World's oldest message in a bottle found by beachwalker in Australia

Gin bottle was thrown overboard from a German ship before ending up on a beach in Western Australia 132 years later<p>The world’s oldest message in a bottle has been found on a beach in Western Australia by a couple who thought it might “look good on a bookshelf”.<p>Tonya Illman found the 132-year-old …

Australia

The dark reasons so many rich people are miserable human beings

It’s no picnic having a massive bank balance<p>Mo money, mo problems.<p>New research shows the richer we get, the less happy we become. A study, published …

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

India has a new caste for native English speakers only

Sometime around 2012 or 2013, my daughters stopped speaking in Konkani, our mother tongue. It isn’t entirely clear what provoked it, perhaps it was a teacher at their Mumbai school encouraging students to speak more English at home. Or perhaps it was something else. It doesn’t matter.<p>What did …

India

New research links human consciousness to a law that governs the universe

Human Entropy<p>Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience …

Why More One-Person Businesses Are Breaking $1 Million In Revenue

The number of solo entrepreneurs and partnerships hitting seven-figures rose 33 percent since 2011.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>[Adapted essay from <i>The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business</i>]<p>When Katherine Krug raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter to manufacture …

Business Strategy

What are bosons and how did they get their name?

Festivities began today to commemorate the 125th birthday of the famous physicist Satyendra Nath Bose, who was born this day in 1894. Bose’s name was …

Physics

Opioid abuse in the U.S. is so bad it’s lowering life expectancy. Why hasn’t the epidemic hit other countries?

For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped.<p>It is not hard to understand why: In 2016, there was a 21 percent rise in the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses, with opioids causing two-thirds of them. Last year, the opioid epidemic killed 42,000 people, more …

Public Health

People still aren't buying smartwatches — and it's only going to get worse

Wearable technology still isn't catching up.<p>Despite a year full of exciting new smartwatches, tech-enabled clothing and jewelry, and fitness-activity trackers galore, the growth of the wearables market is still on the decline, according to a new report from the research firm eMarketer.<p>In fact, the …

Smartphones aren't a smart choice in middle school

<b>(CNN) —</b> Not too long ago, one of my daughter's middle-school teachers told me that my daughter was spending a lot of time on her phone during class. As a mother, this was concerning. But I was not surprised. I am a physician and filmmaker who dedicated my time to make the documentary "Screenagers: …

Middle School

I tried a lot of smartwatches in 2017 — here are my top 5 picks

Throughout the past year, I've had the chance to try out a lot of different smartwatches. While they all have their limitations — battery life is still holding back the entire category — I found five watches I think rise above the rest, thanks to beautiful design, comfort, or ease of use.<p>Here are …

Tesla's giant battery bailed out a coal power station nearly 620 miles away

Tesla's giant battery is already proving its worth, bailing out a coal power station nearly 620 miles (1,000 kilometres) away.<p>The world's largest …

Tesla

The Untold Story of How Massive Success Made GoPro's CEO Lose His Way. Can He Recover?

Nick Woodman created GoPro to reflect his own freewheeling image. It worked really well. Until it didn't.<p>Nick Woodman is crying.<p>Red-tailed hawks wheel around the sky outside the wall of windows of the GoPro founder's hilltop office in San Mateo, California. A few miles east and far below, the San …

GoPro

One of Japan's few female Shinto priests was killed in a Samurai sword attack. Was it sibling rivalry?

The attackers struck as the priestess stepped from her chauffeured car.<p>It was last Thursday night at the Tomioka Hachimangu, a centuries-old Shinto shrine in Tokyo famed for its annual festival and association with Japanese sumo wrestling. Nagako Tomioka, the chief priestess, was returning home to …

Japan

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

Artificial Intelligence

Colourful and Geometric Architecture Pictures

In his « Await » series, Italian photographer Luca Abbadati tried to capture the instant right before the unknown, to let everyone imagine what came …