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Music lessons in early childhood may improve brain's performance

Music lessons in early childhood lead to changes in the brain that could improve its performance far into adulthood, researchers say.<p>Brain scans of young adults revealed that those who had formal musical training before the age of seven had thicker brain regions that deal with hearing and …

How much do you know about Quentin Tarantino?

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YouTube Founder Says What We're All Thinking About Google+

Stop trying to make Google+ happen. It's not going to happen.<p>Google's perpetual insistence upon shoving its social network down everyone's throats has finally reached a boiling point. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim came out of the woodwork to post his first comment in eight years on the …

This 'Thor' Ad Featuring Loki Arguing With Kids Is Absolutely Brilliant

Marketing for a film doesn't get much better — or creative — than this.<p>Comedy Central put together an ad which mirrors one of those AT&T open forum commercials with kids. In place of "Saturday Night Live" actor Beck Bennett, Tom Hiddleston fills in as mischievous Loki to ask children a very …

Gravity and other films that changed Hollywood for ever

Gravity is a game-changer that makes a swath of films seem redundant. Here are seven earlier movies that broke the mould – and one that didn't<p>Every now and then a film comes along that totally changes everything: whether it is expensive new technology or a cute talking pig, nothing can be the same …

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever seen, hit the Philippines with record force

Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines at 4am local time today with winds near 195 mph, making it the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded world history, according to satellite estimates. That astounding claim will need to be verified by actual measurements at ground level, …

Ultimate Robot Showdown: The Iron Giant Vs. Mazinger Z

Does the Obsessive ‘Adventure Time’ Fandom Overlook the Depths of Pendleton Ward’s Cartoon Network Hit?

Does the Obsessive 'Adventure Time' Fandom Overlook the Depths of Pendleton Ward's Cartoon Network Hit?<p>Not too long ago, “Adventure Time” was a …

The sinkhole that swallowed a swamp

Everyone in the state of Louisiana knows about the Bayou Corne sinkhole. It even shows up on Google Maps. But it still took a year for the crisis to get national attention, by which time the pit of brackish water was 24 acres across. And when the nation finally turned its eye on Bayou Corne, it …

Scientists find Earth-sized rocky exoplanet

With a radius about 1.2 times that of Earth and a mass equal to about 1.7 times Earth’s, Kepler-78b has a density that’s the same as Earth’s, …

Exoplanet Discovered to Be Earth-Sized and Covered in Lava

Astronomers have found that another world is quite similar to our own: It has a radius just 1.17 times and a mass only 1.9 times that of Earth. …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

SatireOther Microbes That Will (Not) Make Your Startup a Unicorn<p>Author: Adam RogersAdam Rogers<p>PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris …

Newly Found Exoplanet Is Earth-Like In Size And Composition

A recently discovered exoplanet is similar in density and size to Earth. Too bad the planet is also 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit on its surface.<p>Who's this little guy hanging out so close to its sun? It's an exoplanet, discovered just this past July, and before I call it "little" again—its radius is …

Planetary Habitability

Babies remember melodies heard in womb, study suggests

Newborn babies can remember melodies played to them while they were in the womb, according to a study.<p>Scientists found that the brains of babies who heard a specific melody just before birth reacted more strongly to the tune immediately after they were born and at four months.<p>In the study involving …

Discovery of Earth-like planet Kepler-78b raises hopes of more

Scientists have found the most similar planet to Earth so far discovered, which is only a little bigger and seems to be made of very similar materials.<p>Describing the results in Nature, two independent teams of scientists found the planet has a diameter of 9,200 miles (around 1.2 times that of …

Inside The Machine That Chills Your Beer In One Minute

It's no "reverse microwave," but it is cool.<p>How can you turn lukewarm lager to ice-cold beer in under a minute? A startup has developed a nifty gizmo which does just that, saving both energy and embarrassment at parties. Manufacturer Enviro-Cool claims that chilling on demand with a V-Tex could …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

Tiny bats use leaves as megaphones to call home

Bats are climbing inside curled leaves and using them to amplify sound, marking the first time an animal has been observed using a tool to increase its vocalization range. A recent study has shown that Spix's disk-winged bat uses the shape of the leaves to boost the sound of both incoming and …

Living on $5,000 a year, on purpose: Meet America's 'intentional poor'

<i>By Nona Willis Aronowitz, NBC News contributor</i><p>More than two decades ago, then-33-year-old Dan Price had a wife, two small children, a high-interest mortgage, and a stressful job as a photojournalist in Kentucky. He worried daily about money and the workaday grind.<p>“I told myself, ‘buck up and pay …

Global warming poses most immediate threat to tropics, study finds

Plant and animal species in the tropics will be forced to cope with temperatures beyond their historical range in perhaps 15 years, a new climate analysis concludes.<p>October 09, 2013|By Neela Banerjee<p>A land iguana in the Galapagos Islands. Such species living near the equator… (Axel Fassio / Getty …

Why the world’s bees are dying: They’re stressed out

Scientists have struggled for years to pinpoint the cause of the global crash in bee populations, an affliction known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Everything from pesticides to poor nutrition to automotive exhaust has been blamed for the apian apocalypse. But if British scientists are right, bees …