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Study Says Odds That We're Alone In The Universe Are Almost Zero

Are we alone out there? The question of whether or not other advanced civilizations exist somewhere in the vast universe has long been one of the …

Good News

The man peering into the Universe’s distant past

From an observatory in Australia, the man who discovered the mysterious force called ‘dark energy’ is trying to peer deep into the Universe’s distant past – to shed light on what may happen next.<p>In 2011, Brian Schmidt was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work showing how the …

Astronomy

These 8 simple diagrams show how incredibly far astronomy has come

We’ve been reading the fantastic book “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” by Carlo Rovelli. One of many highlights is a series of images he includes on …

"Big Bird" Neutrino Is Linked to Bright Blazar

[Roopesh Ohja:] Like a lot of kids, I grew up reading about neutrinos and people speculating about doing neutrino astronomy. And here I am, doing …

Space

SpaceX Hired a Superhero Suit Designer to Create Its Upcoming Spacesuit

Just one more thing bringing Elon Musk closer to Tony Stark.<p>Jose Fernandez is the founder and lead designer at Ironhead Studios, the company responsible for designing numerous superhero suits for the big screen. The studio has tackled Spiderman, Thor, and most recently, Batman. But the next big …

Elon Musk

Scientists are figuring out the keys to convincing people about global warming

The latest survey data from Yale and George Mason universities underscores the partisan divide on climate science denial – 73% of Americans realize that global warming is happening, including 71% of liberal/moderate Republicans, but the average is dragged down by the mere 47% of conservative …

Climate Change

Play This Game to Help Scientists Fight Dementia

Just two minutes will provide researchers with hours worth of data.<p>There really is an app for everything, including dementia research.<p>Scientists from University College London and the University of East Anglia created a mobile game in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Research U.K. and Deutsche …

Dementia

24 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Intelligence

The inner workings of the human brain are still one of humanity's great mysteries.<p>As neuroscience has advanced, we've learned that we can train our brains to think more clearly, be more positive, and better express creativity.<p>In fact, Steve Jobs famously trained his brain using Zen mindfulness …

Intelligence

Five human spaceflight missions to look forward to in the next decade

From astronauts breaking records for the longest amount of time spent in space to experiments growing food and keeping bacteria in orbit, the past …

NASA

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or …

Psychology

Why creationists are out of time with history and science

One very positive aspect of the digital world for scientists is that there are various websites that track citations and mentions of research papers and link them together. This can be an excellent way of finding out who is using your research and, of course, to flag up papers you might not have …

Big History

7 Steps to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Emotional Intelligence

Practical steps to harness the power of emotional intelli<p>High Emotional Intelligence is what differentiates great leaders from the rest. They're the people who are self-aware, self-regulated, and motivated to do more and be more.<p>They're charismatic leaders who transcend the competition and motivate …

The Brain

How to Start a $100k Blog with $0 in Startup Capital: 7 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Secrets

Every founder knows (or should know) that having a quality blog is integral to a startup’s success. Not only is it an effective way to build your …

Startups

NASA Says It Will Help SpaceX With Mars 2018 Mission

While cutting funding for its own Mars programs<p>SpaceX just announced it's hoping to land an uncrewed Dragon capsule on Mars in 2018, which would make it the first private company to land on another planet. But it's not going alone.<p>According to a blog post today from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava …

Mars

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

<i>By Melissa Dahl</i><p>A good run can sometimes make you feel like a brand-new person. And, in a way, that feeling may be literally true. About three decades of research in neuroscience have identified a robust link between aerobic exercise and subsequent cognitive clarity, and to many in this field the …

The Brain

Pentagon adopts Israeli tactic in bombing ISIS

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. has adopted a unique Israeli battlefield tactic in its fight against ISIS: exploding a missile above a building to warn civilians inside that it's about to be bombed.<p>Israeli forces have widely used the so-called knock-on-the-roof operations in Gaza attacks in recent …

Israel

U.S. sends F-22 warplanes to Romania

<b>Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport, Romania (CNN) —</b> Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea and just a short hop from Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula and Russia.<p>The United States sent the F-22 Raptors to southeastern …

Romania

Scientists can make mice live longer. Now they want to do the same for you.

Look at Alexander Gardner’s last photographic portrait of the 55-year-old Abraham Lincoln. Or Dorothea Lange’s photograph of the “Migrant Mother,” age 32, taken in the depths of the Great Depression. Or pretty much any picture of Keith Richards from the past 25 years.<p>It’s hard not to think, “Wow, …

Aging

Glowing nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

Physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial which opens new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic cells, …

Renewable Energy

Mars Gears Up For Its Closest Approach To Earth In Over A Decade

Relative to the stars in the sky, planets generally move slightly towards the east from night-to-night.<p>But beginning tonight, Mars will move to the west, commencing retrograde motion, which continues until June 30th.<p>This isn’t due to Mars changing its motion, but rather to Earth, orbiting inner to …

Solar System

This Solar Hub Provides Clean Water, Electricity, And Internet In One

A remote village in Ghana is now being served life-changing infrastructure in a box.<p>While American cities try to figure out how to deal with lead pipes and an aging power grid, a remote village in Ghana has skipped traditional infrastructure completely. The Watly—a sleek, spaceship-like hub that …

Electricity

Our JMT Thru Hike, What Worked & What Didn't

So I know that everyone has been wondering exactly how our John Muir Trail thru hike went, and more specifically what worked and what didn’t. From a …

Survive the Zombie Deer Apocalypse in this Bunker

<i>Photos by Atlas Survival Shelters</i><p>Because the zombie-deer apocalypse is nigh, everyone needs an underground deer shack. Atlas Survival Shelters of …

Frozen oil could be the key to shapeshifting materials

Those odd shapes hint at a future of artificial structures with lifelike behavior.<p>Those odd, glowing shapes may look like they're straight out of a weird puzzle game, but don't laugh... they may be crucial to a future of ever-changing materials. British and Bulgarian scientists have discovered that …

The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

Gone are the days of the 40-hour work week that kept us at work eight hours a day (I find that most startup founders or business owners in Silicon Valley work 50-60 hours a week).<p>Freelancing is becoming the accepted norm of the startup world. As more startups are starting to use the millions of …

Startups

"The Tool Hanger" Is the Garage Organizer You've Been Waiting For

​Finally, a better way to find your tools.​<p>Anybody who's ever struggled with using crummy pegboard or those lousy little wire hangers to organize their workshop can appreciate this robust snap-together tool organizer. Called The Tool Hanger ($40), it consists of two polypropylene panels that fit …

Personal Organizing

Will The Universe Expand Forever?

As impossible as it is to grasp, the answer is probably yes.<p>The universe is big, and it's only going to get bigger. The idea of a Big Crunch, everything collapsing in on itself, or a universal entropic death, certainly have a romantic appeal to them. But these ideas, as handily explained in this …

Universe

Google, NASA put big money on D-Wave's quantum computer

Google. NASA. Lockheed Martin. Los Alamos National Laboratory. Big names in the worlds of big brains and cutting-edge technology are investing …

Physics

World's smallest engine powered by a single atom

A team of German physicists has just created the world's smallest working engine. Powered by a single electrically-charged calcium atom, the new …

Atoms

5 Productive Habits to Start Your Day

Part of being organized is creating habits that help us get the most out of every day. When we rely on habits rather than deliberate actions that …

Self-improvement