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When we see someone fall short of their mark, we willingly offer this kindness: "No worries! Nobody's perfect!" It's easy to offer compassion to others, but more difficult to offer the same compassion to ourselves in similar circumstances. When we catch ourselves in a slip, we often spend our …Happiness
By Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans | March 9, 2015 9:00 am
Human genetic engineering is not new; it has been going on for a long, long time — …Evolution
The Fountain of Youth may be fiction, but there really is a magic gene pool in northern Italy. Thirty years ago, researchers discovered that, despite unhealthy cholesterol levels, 40 inhabitants of the village of Limone sul Garda were seemingly immune to heart disease. Turns out it wasn't the famed …Healthy Food
Success in the long-sought effort to make artificial pores
The membrane is a really important part of a cell—it keeps the organelles and useful chemicals in, and other things out. But the membrane also needs to be selectively permeable, letting in the right molecules (like DNA or water) when they …Carbon Nanotubes
Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.
Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard …Stress
Google’s top secret Google X research lab is working on a handful of projects to build better batteries for mobile devices, reports the Wall Street Journal.
It’s not just about making sure our cell phones last a little longer, though that’s a nice side-effect too. Really, what’s going on is that the …Google
Could meteorites have brought the precursor molecules of life to Earth? © Shutterstock
The molecules that kick-started life on primordial Earth could …Chemistry
The internet is awash with information that’s been sliced and diced into bite-sized chunks. But why do we find it so appealing? Claudia Hammond explores the canny mind tricks behind the buzz.
1. We know exactly what we’re getting
Whether it’s the 10 ways your body is disgusting or the 100 greatest …Psychology
We are a pleasure seeking society. Most of us spend our energy seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. We hope that by doing this, we will feel happy. Yet deep, abiding happiness and joy elude so many people.
There is a huge difference between happiness and pleasure. Pleasure is a momentary feeling that …Happiness
They go up, down, and all around
With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …Elevators
M104 imaged five years apart – from Cassini on April 12, 2015 (left) and from the Subaru Telescope on April 12, 2015 (right). Credits: …Space
Evidence collected by the Mars Curiosity rover shows that salt water may form in the Martian soil on cold nights.
One hundred years ago, a 36-year-old Albert Einstein presented the complete formulation of the General Theory of Relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Across the world, events and conferences will be celebrating what is considered, without hyperbole, the most beautiful of physical …Universe
As officials work on peace deals with separatists, a rogue religious battalion vows to fight its way to Moscow.
Kiev, Ukraine - Vitaly Chornly looked ominous as he stared across the room dressed all in black, his long jet-black beard contrasting sharply against his pale features.
He sat up straight, …Ukraine
If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.-- Henry David …International Relations
Saxon CampbellWe all try to be productive. We all have lots of stuff that we need to get done, for work, for our art, for our families. This is all …Job Satisfaction
NASA recently gave a definitive answer to one of the biggest collective questions humanity has ever asked: are Earth’s inhabitants alone in the …Paranormal
Looks like NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan may have over-estimated how long it would take to find extraterrestrial organisms. For the first time in the history of astronomy, scientists have discovered two complex organic molecules, which is vital to the formation of life as we know it, outside …Space
The Earth will stay livable for another 1.75 to 3.25 billion years before “a catastrophic and terminal extinction event for all life,” according to a …Astronomy
IntroductionThe term breakthrough propulsion refers to concepts like space drives and faster-than-light travel, the kind of breakthroughs that would …Physics
Researchers have for the first time ever computed a complete trillion particle cosmological “dark sky” simulation. The result, a set of high-resolution “cyber images,” is being made available to the public as a 55 terabyte data set. Said data provides a uniquely deep picture of the large-scale …Cosmology
The night sky has captivated people for as long as we have told stories. For millennia, mankind has sat in the dark and taken in the glorious spectacle of the stars and planets as they have marched across the sky. While we now know that space goes on essentially forever, it's important to remember …Astronomy
When we think of alien life, images of little green men, Martians, or perhaps even spaceships carrying them to Earth are the first things that come to mind. Yet when you think about life on Earth, how it arose, and how it came to be the way it is today, you’ve got to recognize that the evidence of …Aliens
Size of first ionisation energies for the elements © Kazuaki Tsukada/NPG
Lawrencium’s position on the periodic table may now be up for debate after …Scientific Research
Scientists in China have developed a silicon chip doped with silver nanoparticles that can rapidly detect different pathogens in blood …Evidence-Based Medicine
Could genome sequencing newborns give valuable insight or do harm? That's the question US doctors are trying to answer in a pioneering trial starting …Babies
Rather than designing drugs to target hard-to-treat cancers, what if such cancers could be made susceptible to existing treatments? That is the …Cancer
Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts make life a misery for millions. But why does our body over-react to seemingly benign intruders? Carl Zimmer reports.
For me, it was hornets.
One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a …Evidence-Based Medicine
When we talk about how nuclear weapons work, we inevitably mention the “critical mass.” This is the amount of fissile material you need to create a …Critical Mass