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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Finding Happiness and the Science Behind it

Everybody longs for happiness, but it seems like a hidden treasure.<p>One way or another—consciously or unconsciously, directly or indirectly—everything …

Matthieu Ricard

Possible first fragments of 1908 Tunguska meteorite

These river stones might be fragments of the meteor that exploded over Russia on June 30, 1908.<p>On February 15, 2013, a meteor apparently exploded in …

Astronomy

Fungus in Capri Sun: Five Types Found

<b>Fungus in Capri Sun: Researchers at Indiana State University found five types of fungus in the packaged drinks.</b><p>“As far as I can tell, the fact that …

Biochemistry

'Time Crystals' Could Upend Physicists' Theory of Time

In February 2012, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek decided to go public with a strange and, he worried, somewhat embarrassing idea. …

A friendly bug that feasts on plastic

Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.<p>This week, psychologist Susan Blackmore suggests we use a …

Peter Piot

Can technology reduce our need to sleep?

Our pick of the week’s science and technology stories, including the search for sleep cures, why Facebook won’t install a Dislike button and medical crises on planes.<p>A beginner’s guide to immortality<br>Venkatesh Rao | Ribbonfarm | 10 April 2013<br>“Human life is like walking into a movie halfway through, …

Social Media

Bitcoin and the illusion of money

The world’s “first decentralised digital currency” promises financial salvation, but what is it and can it really deliver?<p>Dubai. Greece. Spain. Portugal. Italy. Cyprus. Ireland. The list of countries needing financial bailouts seems to go on and on. And that’s before you include those banks in the …

Bitcoin

Desert Glass Formed by Ancient Atomic Bombs?

<i>“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”</i> —The Bhagavad Gita<p>Seven years after the nuclear tests in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert …

Mojave Desert