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Science says the difference between a friend and a best friend comes down to two things

Teaching someone how to make friends is like teaching someone how to ride a bike — <i>you say this, you put your foot here, do you get it now?</i><p>That is to say, it's all kind of intuitive: When it's working, you'll know.<p>But a new scientific paper, which was published in the Journal of Social and Personal …

Elon Musk and the creator of Westworld made an inspirational trailer for the Falcon Heavy launch

“We’re hoping this is is the trailer for one part of the next chapter of the human story.”<p>A surprise guest joined the cast and creators of HBO’s <i>Westworld</i> at the end of the show’s SXSW panel on Saturday. SpaceX founder Elon Musk, a friend of show creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, appeared as a …

Falcon Heavy

Gallery: A tour of the Solar System in spectacular new detail

Trailblazing spacecraft have not only returned stunning images for us to fawn over recently, they've returned important observations with great …

All the science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that everyone will be talking about in 2018

Bookshelf goals<p>With a new year comes the promise of new books hitting bookstores. 2018 is shaping up to have plenty of adventures to delve into — taking readers to distant planets, fantastical realms, and beyond. We’ll meet some authors publishing their first-ever novels, and we’ll become …

This App Is Leading The Revolution in Free Access to Scientific Papers

Boycott the paywall.<p>A perfect storm of technology and the public's demand for knowledge are driving a surge towards open access (OA) science and …

The Eerie Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Wonders

Beware of trolls.<p>The scenic country of Iceland is known for its friendly locals, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and some of the best views of the Aurora Borealis in the world. A lesser known aspect of the popular tourist destination is its quirky and distinctive folklore, which feature characters such as …

European Travel

Justin Trudeau: The North Star

He was raised in jet-set privilege but overcame tragedy to become Canada's prime minister. Is he the free world's best hope?<p>Let's begin by …

Canada

How to Slam Dunk Creationists When It Comes to The Theory of Evolution

Because this argument is barely worth having.<p>The 2001 discovery of the seven million-year-old Sahelanthropus, the first known upright ape-like …

Watch How Hummingbirds Fly, Feed and Hover in This Amazing Slow-Motion Video from Nat Geo

The tiny hummingbird is an amazing creature with the ability to move so fast that the human eye can only perceive the blur of wings and a splash of …

The Last Good Man is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller about our horrifying future of warfare

Private military companies, shady weapons programs, drones, and 3D printing<p>A couple of years ago, I read a book that examined the changing nature of war that’s stuck with me. <i>The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order</i> by former soldier and contractor Sean McFate examines …

War

Adventure Travel in the north: Summer in the Canadian Rockies

Summer is my favourite time of the year in the Canadian Rockies. All the lakes have thawed after the extreme colds of winter which leaves us with the …

If You’re Looking For A Holiday Amidst Nature, Here’s Your Ultimate Wander-List

A lot of us are looking to get away for the weekend to escape city's humidity and to get a quick breather from work. For some, a holiday means going …

India

Best of Canada – Bucketlist #Canada150

<b>Canada is one of my favourite destinations, returning there almost annually in the years since becoming a travel writer/photographer. It’s a vast</b> …

Canadians feel for aboriginals, but our patience for too many insults has limits

It seems the federal Liberals are starting to pay a price for their arrogance. It is a cautionary tale for others including aboriginal militants …

150 things to see and do in Canada

Did you know Canada turns 150 this year? To help celebrate, we've created a list of 150 things to see and do – one for each year – all within the …

Now for something completely different: 10 unique places to see in Canada

Ready for a wild ride? If you turn right at unique, you'll arrive at these uncommon Canadian attractions. From east to west, there are dinosaurs, …

Canada by Rail: 5 Great Canadian Train Adventures

While a traditional road trip has its charms, a Canadian train adventure allows you to ride through the Rockies, explore the remote north and wind …

The Moon and the Other: a sci-fi novel about how we undermine our best intentions

What is the relationship between a person and the society that they’re a part of?<p>Science fiction is a genre that’s uniquely suited for making the internal into the external. Authors can take an intangible issue, whether it’s a relationship problem, a philosophical belief, or a scientific quandary, …

West of Key West, an Under-the-Radar National Park

As the seaplane soared more than 1,000 feet in the air, I scoured the crystalline waters below, hoping for a glimpse of dolphin squadrons, manatees, perhaps sharks. They might be visible even at this altitude, I’d been told. I saw none. Yet among several seemingly motionless sailboats, a shadowy …

National Parks

New DIY System from TERRA! Allows You to Grow Your Own Furniture Into Your Landscape

You can now easily build integrated seating into your landscape project, thanks to a prefabricated grass armchair system called TERRA! The laser cut …

Design

A Data Scientist Has Mapped The Ultimate National Parks Road Trip

Just in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary!<p>We already know the most efficient and sight-packed route to drive to see all the continental states, but what if you only wanted to focus on seeing the most beautiful nature in America? A map for that exists now too.<p>Randy Olson, senior …

These Surreal Ancient Alchemy Manuscripts Are Terrifyingly Cool

Behold, the weird and wonderful world of alchemy.<p>Elixirs of immortality, transmutation, and the philosopher's stone. Today, the most famed pursuits of ancient alchemy are seen as mythological quests, and it's easy to forget that "black magic" once paved the way for modern science.<p>Alchemy, or the …

Witness the haunting beauty of the epic Soviet-era monolith abandoned in the Bulgarian mountains

Nearly 19 miles from the nearest town, a monolithic structure called the Buzludzha Monument adorns the mountains of Bulgaria.<p>Surrounded by nothing but steep hills and clouds, this bizarre monument looks completely out of place with the scenic background — almost as if a spaceship had landed on the …

8 Eerie Abandoned Places You Can Visit

Abandoned amusement parks, vacant villages, and mysterious islands are just a few of the world’s forsaken destinations with serious scare appeal.<p>The …

10 Books to Counteract Your Downton Abbey Withdrawal

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Downton Abbey

7 Laws of Personal Power That Exponentially Elevate Quality of Life

It is a fundamental need to search for and express your personal freedom and power in life. It is through experiencing our unrestricted freedom that happiness comes. You are here to gain from struggle your higher standards for the living and loving you dream to experience. Empower yourself to stay …

The 25 most popular travel destinations in the world

Millions of TripAdvisor users weighed in and voted for their top travel destinations around the world.<p>For the first time, travelers ranked Marrakech, Morocco, as the top travel destination in the world. Last year, it ranked at No. 6. And while perennial favorites like Paris and Rome made the list, …

Cape Town

The CRISPR revolution seems to be here, is this the coming of eugenics?

You will find a Qanta primer here. Here is an excerpt:<p>In the same month, separate teams of scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute …