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New desalination technology turns the world’s oceans into unlimited lithium mine (+drinking water)

You know that argument that comes up when someone sees your electric car and says something like, “it is way worse to mine lithium needed for batteries than oil and what happens when the lithium runs out? I saw a Meme on the internet so I know it is true.” Well…<p>Fun fact: The earth’s ocean water is …

Desalination

This is how long cannabis stays in the body after you smoke it

New figures have revealed cannabis is the West Midlands' favourite drug, with a spike in the amount seized by police last year.<p>Cocaine is a close …

Cannabis

NASA's 'Quiet Supersonic' Plane Could Change Airports Forever

Breaking the sound barrier was a challenge of engineering. It was also incredibly, and perhaps maddeningly, loud.<p>In the heady days after the end of …

Aerospace

11 Scientific Tips That Will Help You Learn Anything Faster - And Actually Remember It

Hack the learning process.<p>Kids can and should practice the skill of learning if they want a fighting chance at fulfilling all those lofty goals their …

Self-improvement

The surprising origins of your f*cking favorite swear words

As a society, we like to swear.<p>Swear words have a strange power over us. It starts when we are young, when they are deliciously taboo. Then, as we …

Linguistics

HyTech Power may have solved hydrogen, one of the hardest problems in clean energy - Vox

The “hydrogen economy” may be a thing after all.<p>It is an odd twist of chemistry that there is fuel embedded in the most common substance on earth: water.<p>Hydrogen — the H of H2O fame — turns out to be something of an all-purpose element, a Swiss Army knife for energy. It can be produced without …

Energy

Britain First unsure who to hate after discovering the first Briton had dark skin

<b>Amusing band of merry racists Britain First have been left stunned and bewildered following the revelation that their earliest British ancestor had</b> …

Dark skin, blue eyes: DNA shows first modern Briton wasn’t fair-skinned

The first modern Briton had dark skin and blue eyes, London scientists said on Wednesday, following groundbreaking DNA analysis of the remains of a …

Evolution

The Details of JFK's "Affair" With Marilyn Monroe Are Way More Chill Than We've Been Told

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most glamorous and sought-after stars of her time. John F. Kennedy was, well, the president of the United States. After Marilyn performed a steamy rendition of "Happy Birthday" at the commander-in-chief's 45th birthday party in May 1962, rumors of an affair were …

Marilyn Monroe

Dinosaur-killing asteroid caused molten rock to burst from ocean floor – study

Scientists believe asteroid set off chain of cataclysmic eruptions Violent eruptions occurred on floor of Pacific and Indian oceans<p>The giant space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs may have set off a chain of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and undersea, claims a new study that is already …

Earth Science

Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Deer across North America are dying from a mysterious disease that gradually destroys the animal’s nervous system.<p>And scientists are concerned that …

‘Mythconceptions’ – 10 things from history everyone gets wrong

This week we were told that rats didn’t spread the plague and the Aztecs weren’t wiped out by smallpox. From Harold II’s arrow in the eye to the first men in the sky – what other ‘facts’ are historically suspect?<p>You wait years for a historical theory to be debunked and then three come around at …

Farmhouse Chicken Casserole is a solution for busy nights

I have a few friends who hate slow cookers. They say the ubiquitous devices produce mushy food.I get that, but used correctly, I think slow cookers …

17 Probiotic Foods To Include In Your Diet

Have you ever heard about probiotics? Wondered how to include them in your diet when they are considered to be healthy. This post delves you through …

Here's why you should never take antihistamines when you fly

iStock<p>Every day, more than 10 million people take a flight somewhere in the world. While flying is relatively safe, the unique environmental …

Self-healing fungi concrete could help repair buildings

Scientists have used fungi to create a self-healing concrete that could repair cracks in ageing buildings and save crumbling …

Secrets of longevity protein revealed

Scientists have unveiled the 3D structure of a protein linked to longer lives, paving the way for new therapies to treat a wide range of medical …

The One Dish Rick Bayless Is Obsessed with Making in His Pressure Cooker

Even celebrity chefs are not immune to the allure of the pressure cooker, known to many as the Instant Pot, a device that has revolutionized …

Researchers Find Genes to Repair Damages of Spinal Cord

In a new scientific discovery, US researchers said genes that can repair damages of spinal cord in fishes, may also repair them in humans.<p>The …

Spinal Cords

A surprising study found people who had smoked pot as teens performed better on a memory test

Cannabis users performed better than those who never tried cannabis in a recent study that tested participants’ working memory.<p>“Although some suggest …

Cannabis

The Secret To Perfect Rice Every Time

Sick of gummy, gluey rice? There’s a simple trick to getting a pot full of light and fluffy yet separate grains every time. And this tip works for …

Norway is aiming to decriminalise drugs. The UK should choose legalisation

The government must realise it’s hopelessly out of step with sensible drug policy. Legalisation would take the market out of the hands of criminals<p>In 2001 Portugal decriminalised all drugs. Last month the Norwegian parliament made clear its intentions to follow this lead. Republican senators across …

BBC Radio 4 - Word of Mouth, Like, Totally Awesome: The Americanisation of English

Listen now<p>You must enable JavaScript to play content<p>Like, Totally Awesome: The Americanisation of English<p>Word of Mouth<p>Michael Rosen is joined by writer Matthew Engel and linguist Dr Lynne Murphy to discuss the Americanisation of English. Is the pace of Americanisation of British English really …

Language

Can Your Hip Replacement Kill You?

When Stephen Tower’s right hip gave out in 2006, he asked his surgeon to implant an artificial one — specifically, a metal-on-metal hip called the ASR XL, made by Johnson & Johnson. He knew what he was talking about: As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Tower specializes in complex hip replacements. But …

Medicine

The ‘Sanskrit effect’ and how rigorous memorising helps the memory

Considerable excitement has been triggered through email and social media across India due to a recent “observation” reported by one Dr James …

The 'father of the iPod' has designed a new kind of mechanical watch

Ressence's new watch has combined the latest tech with a mechanical watch movement to enable the user to set it by simply tapping the glass, according to wristwatch website Hodinkee.<p>Its latest concept watch, the Type 2 e-Crown, was in part designed by ex-Apply designer Tony Fadell and connects …

Jaeger LeCoultre

Ursula K. Le Guin on Aging and What Beauty Really Means

“A Dog is, on the whole, what you would call a simple soul,” T.S. Eliot simpered in his beloved 1930s poem “The Ad-dressing of Cats,” proclaiming that “Cats are much like you and me.” Indeed, cats have a long history of being anthropomorphized in dissecting the human condition — but, then again, so …

Genetic research reveals secrets of extinct Tasmanian tigers

The most complete genome yet for an extinct species – the Tasmanian tiger – suggests this truly unique marsupial might have struggled to survive, if …

Groundbreaking new studies suggest the presence of a fourth dimension

We live in a three-dimensional reality. Because of that, it’s pretty hard to imagine what a four-dimensional reality might be like, but that isn’t …

The ‘Gold Standard’ Meat Sauce

When Marcella Hazan, the cookbook author who revolutionized the way Americans cook Italian food, died in September 2013, The Times asked readers to submit their favorites of her recipes. Many wrote in to sing the praises of her famous (and contentious) red sauce made with just four ingredients — …