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12 Steps for an Excuse-Free Life

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If there's one habit that cripples more dreams than anything else, it's making excuses. Life rarely goes according to plan, but responding with excuses only turns a bad situation into worse.

There's a big difference between giving an explanation, and making an excuse. …


Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places? - Out There

By Corey S. Powell | March 15, 2015 2:56 pm

Europa, seen orbiting in front of Jupiter, emits plumes of water (visualized in blue). Beneath its icy …


22 Things To Start Doing Now That Will Improve The Rest Of Your Life

On Quora, the social question-and-answer site, a 23-year-old student asked: "What can people start doing now that will help them a lot in five years?" Hundreds of answers poured in, and this one by Quora contributor Andy Giroux was one of our favorites. You can contribute your own answers to this


10 Exercises That Burn More Calories than Running

You don’t need to pound the pavement to incinerate fat

We’re huge fans of running. It allows you to get a stress-reducing, endurance-boosting workout with just a pair of shoes and an open road.

It also burns calories, of course. At a 10-minute per mile pace—roughly the average guy’s marathon …


Will we ever… speak faster than light speed?

If we explore the outer reaches of space, keeping in touch with home will be a daunting task. But are there ways our words could travel faster than light? Peter Ray Allison investigates.

Light travels so fast it can make the transatlantic journey between London and New York more than 50 times each …


5 Trends Shaping The Future Of Architecture

Architects from 2015's most innovative companies look into their crystal balls and divine the ways the built environment will evolve.

What does the future of the architecture industry hold? We asked experts from some of the world’s most innovative companies to look into their crystal balls and …

Structural Engineering

Contact lens with built-in telescope

Lights, mirrors, action! Scientists are developing smart contact lenses embedded with miniscule mirrors that can magnify your vision by almost three times.

The 1.55mm-thick lenses incorporate a thin reflective telescope made of mirrors and filters; when light enters the eye it bounces off the series …

Contact Lenses

Bill Gates: World must prepare for outbreaks deadlier than Ebola

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is calling for a global effort to combat future epidemics, much the way Western nations formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to confront military threats.

In a Perspective article published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the cofounder …

Bill Gates

Scientists Solve a Puzzle: Cosmic Dust Comes From Supernovas

Cosmic dust containing elements like iron, carbon or oxygen plays an important role in the formation of planets and stars. But early galaxies consisted only of gas, and the dust appeared later. Where the dust came from has long been a mystery.

After years of searching, astronomers have observed …


Why coenzyme Q10 won't stop you from aging

Why coenzyme Q10 won’t stop you from aging

The popular dietary supplement ubiquinone, also known as Coenzyme Q10, is widely believed to function as an …

McGill University

New Dwarf Galaxies Discovered Nearby

Hello, neighbors!

Guess who just moved in down the block? In a study published today in the arXiv, scientists announced the discovery of at least nine star clusters orbiting our own Milky Way Galaxy. Three of the satellites are believed to be three dwarf galaxies.

“The discovery of so many satellites …


Citizen science is making scientists of everyone

Citizen science is getting a lot of attention these days, which might make you think it is a new social phenomenon. But in fact, nothing could be further from the truth: citizen science has been around much longer than any one of us. It was going strong long before Benjamin Franklin almost …

Citizen Science

Are We Hunting Longevity In All The Wrong Places?

Death—that was so last century. Here in the early 21st, it’s all about life. More life. A lot more life.

Right now, anti-aging medicine is booming. For certain, the size of the market is a little hard to determine, but most estimates put it close to $300 billion. And growing.

Already, serious …


Why Artificial Intelligence Will Not Obliterate Humanity

It's not smart enough to turn sinister

Elon Musk is terrified of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts it’ll soon be "potentially more dangerous than nukes," and recently he gave $10 million toward research to "keep AI beneficial." Stephen Hawking has likewise …

Artificial Intelligence

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.

If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …


Dos and don’ts for restful sleep

From eating “slumber foods” to playing the didgeridoo – David Robson looks at the tried and tested ways to get a good night’s sleep.

Few experiences are as maddening as a restless night. Sleep should, in theory, be the most natural and effortless activity in the world, yet insomnia is common to many …


Is testosterone the best anti-ageing drug?

The best reads from around the web, including whether the male hormone is the best drug to combat ageing, how Twitter is making millions and the real reason women freeze their eggs.


| How Twitter found its money mojo

Twitter hasn’t got the hoped-for billion users yet, but it does have the …


The surprising downsides of being drop dead gorgeous

Good looks can get you far in life, but psychologists say there are unrecognised pitfalls for the beautiful. David Robson reports.

Can you be too beautiful? It is hardly a problem that most of us have to contemplate – as much as we might like to dream that it were the case.

Yet the blessings and …


Time lords: The clocks that rule our world

The best clocks now lose only a second every 300 million years – and the minuscule differences in their time-keeping is changing the world we live in. David Robson reports.

Time is money – and never was this clearer than at 09:59:59.985 Eastern Time, on 3 June 2013. Due to a glitch in its …


Your subconscious is smarter than you might think

We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds.

It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, walking …


Should we give up on the dream of space elevators?

Elevators that can whisk people and cargo up from the planet’s surface into space could spell an end to polluting rockets. But making them reality is a challenge. Nic Fleming investigates.

Elon Musk is considered by many to be visionary – a pioneer of private exploration, and the man behind the …

Space Science

Could Apple really be about to make cars?

Speculation that computing giant Apple is to start building cars has been one of this week’s biggest tech stories. But how likely is it – and what challenges does Apple face to become a carmaker? Jack Stewart investigates.

At the moment it is all just speculation – a sea of rumour and what-ifs, all …


Do all possible Republican presidential candidates really deny evolution?

Even relatively moderate Republican presidential candidates, declared New York Times columnist Frank Bruni on 15 February, “run from the subject of …


News Picks: Scientists want to improve public outreach, but are cautious about doing so

News Picks : Scientists want to improve public outreach, but are cautious about doing so

By: Physics Today

20 February 2015

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

Who needs tech specs when you could have a $10 HUD on your visual cortex?The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a brain …


Furiously Fast Winds From Supermassive Black Holes Shape Galaxies

The furious, ultra-fast cosmic winds produced by supermassive black holes are blasting through their host galaxies so strongly, they can reshape the entire star formation.

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope worked together to observe one of our …

How Can Space Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light?

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Flickr user Det58

Cosmologists are intellectual time travelers. Looking back over billions of years, …


Cosmology 101: The Beginning

Representation of the timeline of the universe over 13.7 billion years, from the Big Bang, through the cosmic dark ages and formation of the first …

Scientists Plan to Hunt for Alien Life on Europa

Jupiter's icy moon is a candidate for harboring alien life—but would we know life if we found it?

Are we truly alone in the universe? Or is Earth just one of many inhabited worlds? These are some of the most fascinating questions facing humanity, and soon, thanks to a 2016 federal budget allocation …


This concept of a drone ambulance promises to revolutionise emergency operations

A design firm from Austin, Texas, has designed a drone ambulance that promises to speed up emergency support in rural areas and provide quick treatment for major traffic accidents.

Argodesign, a firm that normally works in partnership with software companies, has decided to expand its portfolio and …