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Climate Change Period Caused By Comet Crash, Ancient Carvings Show

Ancient people left clues of a comet strike 13,000 years ago that caused a period of climate change and helped create farming as we know it …

Uber Shows How Not to Apply Behavioral Economics

A recent New York Times article on how Uber is using various insights from behavioral economics to push, or nudge, its drivers to pick up more fares — sometimes with little benefit to them — has generated quite a bit of criticism of Uber. It’s just one of several stories of late that have cast the …

15 players to target in fantasy drafts

15<p>Matt Patterson/Associated Press<p>Round 1: Lamar Miller, RB, Texans<p>Miller just sneaks into the first round (ADP 1.09), and I think he's a prime player …

Draft prep: Updated top 200 fantasy football rankings

Here are the top 200 players in fantasy football for the 2016 season, according to our official rankings partner, FantasySharks.com. The rankings reflect overall fantasy value in a standard 12-team, point-per-reception (PPR) league.<p>For more in-depth position rankings, as well as strategy columns, …

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The Fiery Birth of Earth's Largest Ocean Exposed

The Pacific Ocean was born from a geological spasm that started 190 million years ago, when Earth’s crust ripped apart and fresh lava welled up from …

AI Visionary Eliezer Yudkowsky on the Singularity, Bayesian Brains and Closet Goblins

I’m perpetually astonished by smart people who believe things I find preposterous. For example, geneticist and National Institutes of Health Director …

2016 NFL Rookies Who Will Become Household Names by Season's End

Link to Media<p>It's tough for rookies to make a significant impact in the NFL. Most are buried on the depth chart, and those who do play often struggle to keep up with the veterans around them.<p>But every year, a handful of players step into situations conducive to making a strong first impression and …

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Team-by-Team NFL Rookie Class Report Card Heading into Preseason Week 3

Link to Media<p>Everyone involved with the NFL world knows it's a little silly to start throwing around grades the day after the NFL draft, but it's fun, so we do it anyway.<p>It doesn't make a whole lot more sense to hand out rookie report cards just two weeks into the preseason, but—heck, we're not …

Football (U.S.)

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Do You Want To Learn R ?

Dear R users,<p>If you prefer to learn R with video, we have compiled a list of basic R tutorials that will show your way through R from scratch. The …

Comments of the Week #43: from the escaping Universe to #AAS225

“Do you know where to find marble conference tables? I’m looking to have a conference… not until I get the table though” -@kanyewest on Twitter<p>If you …

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

IN MARCH, after a two-year shut down for an upgrade, the world’s biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will reopen for …

Watch: LeVar Burton Reads Profane Children's Book for Charity

Back when <i>Go the F*** to Sleep</i> debuted, Samuel L. Jackson seemed like the perfect narrator. "Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton's rendition from a …

Gravity versus the Standard Model

The two behemoths of theoretical physics are Einstein's theory of general relativity, and quantum field theory.<p>General relativity describes gravity, and the geometry and development of the universe on enormous scales. Quantum field theory, in the Standard Model of particle physics, describes the …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Newfound 'Hypervelocity' Star May Hold Clues About Milky Way's Dark Matter

The discovery of a super-fast star streaking away from the Milky Way may give astronomers a new glimpse at some of our home galaxy's most mysterious details, from its enormous central black hole to the invisible "halo" of dark matter at its far outer reaches.<p>The so-called "hypervelocity" star is …

Using maths to explain the universe

LEONARD SUSSKIND is a professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is …

How algorithms rule the world

On 4 August 2005, the police department of Memphis, Tennessee, made so many arrests over a three-hour period that it ran out of vehicles to transport …