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Silicon Valley is so expensive that people who make $400,000 a year think they are middle-class

Some wealthy residents of Silicon Valley may be falling out of touch with how the rest of the US thinks about money.<p>The Palo Alto Weekly, a community newspaper published in Palo Alto, California, surveyed more than 250 residents in December and January. Among the questions: "How do you define your …

Silicon Valley

A Mysterious Radioactive Particle Has Been Detected Above Alaska

It was "definitely not from a natural source".<p>The team was on a routine pollution-sampling flight from Anchorage to Hawaii when they discovered it by …

Nuclear Energy

What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life - Vox

What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.<p>When I finally puked on the fourth night, I felt an odd sense of pride.<p>Inside the loud, stuffy ceremony room, people were laughing, crying, chanting, gyrating, and, yes, vomiting, around me. When my time finally comes, I think: Just aim …

Mind

6 Subtle Red Flags That Could Mean You’re Sleeping Way Too Much

Have you ever woken up after an unusually long night of sleep and felt, well, kind of awful? Whether you roll out of bed feeling super dehydrated, …

Sleep

Google Killed its Popular 'View Image' Feature, and the Internet Isn't Having It

People online are upset over a new decision from Google that makes it a little harder to download photos.<p>The search giant removed its popular “view …

Image Search

Want to live forever? You just have to make it to 2050

"If you're under 40 reading this article, you're probably not going to die unless you get a nasty disease."<p>Those are the words of esteemed futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson, who told The Sun he believes humans are very close to achieving "immortality" – the ability to never die.<p>Humans have been trying …

Working-class

People Have Believed a Lie About Rabbit Domestication for Decades

Scientists don’t know when bunnies became docile—and they're not even sure if that's an answerable question.<p>It is often said, in both popular articles and scientific papers, that rabbits were first domesticated by French monks in 600 AD.<p>Back then, Pope Gregory the Great had allegedly decreed that …

Animals

Genes remain active after death

<b>Cells continue to function even after an individual dies.</b><p>That's according to a scientific study published in Nature Communications.<p>Analysing post-mortem samples, an international team of scientists showed that some genes became more active after death.<p>As well as providing an important dataset for …

Genetics

Picture of Single Trapped Atom Wins UK Science Photography Prize

Zoom in close on the center of the picture above, and you can spot something you perhaps never thought you’d be able to see: a single atom. Here is a …

Quantum Mechanics

'Time-traveller from 2030' PASSES lie detector test over whether his future predictions are true

A man who claims he is from the year 2030 - and has revealed a number of predictions for the future - has undergone a lie detector test and …

Frankfurt Motor Show

Monster Hunter World Shines a Light on Our Guilt

As a newcomer to this series, the first time I saw an injured monster in Monster Hunter World lying down, like a dog crawling under the deck to die, …

Monster Hunter

SpaceX Hid a Second, Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy, And It Sounds Amazing

Designed to last for millions of years.<p>Elon Musk's personal Tesla might have gotten all the headlines during SpaceX's historic rocket launch last …

Space Exploration

A Giant Version Of Pong Played With Feet Should Be The Next Olympic Sport

<b>Video:</b> The most entertaining part of watching the modern Olympics is hoping you catch some kind of drama, scandal or debacle. And while the IOC has …

Retrogaming

Cockroaches Were There When The Continents Split Up, And Will Probably Outlive Us All

They're older than we ever thought.<p>A new study on the genes of the famously indestructible cockroach shows they last had a common ancestor sometime …

Paleontology

Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.<p>On February 6, SpaceX made history with the largely successful first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket—and National Geographic was there, right alongside SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.<p>In …

Elon Musk

Watch A Crowd Lose Its Mind Over Dramatic Fortnite Finish

It’s not every day you get to see a battle royale match come down to the wire.<p>With the storm that constricts players having closed in as much as …

Gaming Industry

Monster Hunter World Is Capcom's Fastest Selling Game

Monster Hunter World has been flying off the shelves by all accounts, with five million copies shipped in the three days following its launch. Capcom …

Gaming

An oil and trash 'fatberg' from the sewers of London is going on display, and the curator says it's like nothing you've seen

People throw all kinds of oily, greasy, messy stuff down the drain at home. Now, some of that sewage is taking its revenge above-ground.<p>Hunks of a massive London "fatberg" are going on display this Friday at the Museum of London.<p>The stomach-churning rock-hard mass, which weighed as much as ten …

Environmental Health

These tiny baby octopuses hatching will brighten your miserable existence

We know you're probably sick of cute octopus videos at this point but please, bear with us.<p>The Virginia Aquarium posted a video of octopuses (yes …

Zoology

Could Dark Matter Spawn 'Shadow Life'?

The vast majority of mass in our universe is invisible, and for a while, physicists have been trying really hard to understand what this elusive …

Dark Matter

Want to Get a Job With Elon Musk? You May Want to Study These 16 Interview Questions

Interns at SpaceX reportedly work 80 hours per week.<p><b>SpaceX interns work 80 hours per week and help the company launch rockets and improve its dynamics.</b>• <b><br>So the aerospace company, recently rated one of the best places to work, asks some tough interview questions to ensure that it is hiring the right</b> …

Employment

Go Ahead, Cheat in Special Edition Monopoly Game

Due out this fall (via Hasbro)<p>Most board games discourage cheating. A new version of Monopoly encourages it.<p>Hasbro is releasing a special cheater’s …

Retrogaming

Anhedonia: Why does nothing feel good anymore?

Anhedonia, or the inability to feel pleasure during pleasurable activities, occurs as a part of a number of conditions. It is also considered a …

Neuroscience

Did human-chimp hybrid ever exist? Scientist claims 'humanzee' was born in lab before being killed by panicked doctors

A renowned scientist has made a sensational claim that almost 100 years ago, a human-chimp hybrid was created in a lab in the US - before later being …

Chromosomes

'Non-Aging' Naked Mole Rats Seem to Defy the Laws of Mortality

Scientists think they hold to key to living forever.<p>Filed Under Biology, Data, Death & Google<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to …

Biology

Orange cave crocodiles may be mutating into new species

In 2008 an archaeologist discovered crocodiles living in remote caves in Gabon. Now, genetics hint that these weird cave crocodilians may be in the process of evolving into a new species.<p>It sounds like something out of a children’s book: it’s orange, it dwells in a cave and it lives on bats and …

Zoology

If you can decipher the clues in this poem, you’ll find a treasure worth $2 million

The eccentric millionaire has been offered bribes and gotten death threats. Yet, he holds steadfast, as this remarkable treasure hunt stands as his …

Archaeology

This Is What It's Like to Have Sleep Paralysis And What Science Says About It

Literally the stuff of nightmares.<p>The first time sleep paralysis struck me was in the winter of 2012.<p>My grandfather had recently died, and I was …

Sleep

Monster Hunter: World beginner’s guide

How to make your first 10 hours easier<p>Depending on who you talk to, the Monster Hunter series has a very mixed reputation. On the one hand, it has a ravenous fanbase that won’t hesitate to import the newest games. On the other, there’s a slew of confounded gamers who quit immediately after being …

Monster Hunter

The island that switches countries every six months

<b>Next week, France will hand over 3,000 sq m (3,200 sq ft) of its territory to Spain without a single shot being fired. But in six months' time Spain will voluntarily hand back the land to France. As Chris Bockman reports, it's been that way for more than 350 years.</b><p>The French Basque beach resort of …

France