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Spectacular Lightning Show Over the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon inspires many people to photograph its grandiose scale and scenic landscape, but Sedona-based photographer Rolf Maeder has managed to capture a sight less seen–the Grand Canyon being hit by a spectacular thunderstorm. Being drawn to nature, Maeder originally moved to Sedona 13 …

Grand Canyon

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Six beautiful and bizarre bridges

Many bridges are the archetype of urban blight, essential yet uninspired. But informed Quora.com users know better. They identified fantastic structures that double as art.

Bridges

Listen: Gorillaz’s unreleased song “Whirlwind”

Over the weekend, Damon Albarn filled in for Dermot O’Leary as host of his BBC Radio 2 show. In addition to interviewing both Idris Elba <i>and</i> The …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – review<p>…

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Eye Contact: Not As Persuasive As We Thought

A new study finds more eye contact makes people less likely to agree with a persuasive argument, especially if they're already skeptical.<p>Here's a lesson straight out of my high school speech class: When making an argument, make eye contact with your audience. Connect with people. Stare deeply into …

Public Speaking

Top 4 keys to mastering moon phases

The most important key is to think of the moon as a world in space, with a day and night side.<p><b>Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night?</b> …

MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

It stores up to 24 songs with four hours of battery life for completely hands-free jamming.<p>Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in …

Big Pic: The Universe Reimagined As A Fiery Egg

Jonathan Feldschuh's work remixes data from Europe's Planck satellite.<p>The European Space Agency calls the Planck satellite its "time machine." Launched in 2009, Planck spends its days collecting data on Cosmic Microwave Background, the faint radiation remnants of the Big Bang spread throughout the …

How a glass can give champagne extra fizz

Drinking champagne from glasses with dimples etched into the bottom can make the drink produce more bubbles and help to improve the way it tastes<p>It is often available at weddings and celebrations in limited amounts, but now there may be a way to help ensure that guests get the most from their …

What World War II Soldiers' Dreams Were Made Of

British soldiers who were captured by the Germans during the Battle of France dreamed about lots of food, and not that much violence.<p>Endless meals. Family. Escape. These were the dreams of 79 British soldiers who were captured in an early World War II battle and imprisoned in Germany, according to …

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What's Up With Science's Gender Gap?

Still not sure women face more obstacles than men on the way to a science career? Read Eileen Pollack's story.<p>Now, as ever, it's a tough time to be a lady in science. As <i>Nature</i> wrote in its women in science issue earlier this year: "Despite some progress, women scientists are still paid less, …

A Cyberpunk Skyscraper And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Nobel prize predictions: Higgs offers headache over division by three

Bob Dylan for literature prize? The physics committee has a much bigger dilemma over rewarding the Higgs boson discovery<p>• Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine – as it happened<p>And so once more to that time of year when nations join to celebrate the best of humanity, the overlooked sink into …