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Mystery of the universe's Cold Spot deepens – it's not a supervoid

A huge cold region of the universe spanning billions of light years is not a blank patch mostly empty of galaxies, astrophysicists have …

That $52-billion road bill just made California's next climate change move a heavy lift

It took late-night cajoling and nearly $1 billion in deal sweeteners for Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democrats to muscle through a $52-billion tax-and-fee plan just over a week ago to repair California's roads.<p>Now they have to do it all again. Brown and legislative leaders have another daunting battle …

House Democrat Fact-Checks Science Committee’s Climate Nonsense

WASHINGTON — Fed up with the anti-science nonsense that now dominates hearings of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, vice ranking member Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) has launched a project to make it easier for scientists to set the record straight.<p>The appropriately named FactCheck …

Climate Change

Sam Altman wants to see a techie run for California governor and challenge Trump

The Y Combinator president talked politics and the future at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.<p>Sam Altman has gained a reputation over the last year or so for inserting himself into politics and social issues. Altman, the president of influential Silicon Valley startup incubator Y Combinator, …

Silicon Valley

Airplane Turbulence Is About To Get Way Worse

As if polar bears, disappearing islands, and crazy weather aren't enough to shake your fist at climate change, rising temps are to blame for one of …

The Trump era of climate policy will bring a few huge surprises. Let’s try to predict them.

Earlier this week, I sketched out what I think is the most plausible outcome for climate policy over the next four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.<p>To wit: Despite Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, wind and solar power will keep growing, coal will keep declining, and US emissions will dip modestly. …

How Can I Invest with Less Than $100?

Even though $100 might not sound like a lot, the power of compounding can be incredible. It has been said, "Do not despise the day of small …

28 Pictures That Prove That Nothing Really Matters

It's freeing in a way.

We’re About to See a Record-Breaking Supermoon - The Biggest in Nearly 70 Years

The closest full moon in the 21st century.<p>If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the …

Supermoon

Week’s Best Space Pictures: Mars' Moon Phobos Slowly Crumbling

Winter comes roaring in on Saturn's moon Titan while a dead star rips apart a wandering asteroid.<p>Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our pick of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, Hubble spies what could be the loneliest galaxy in the universe, and scientists try …

The story behind 'alien megastructures' scientists may have found (but probably didn't)

A story that went viral this week reports that astronomers finally found E.T., but those aren't the facts. CNET's Eric Mack talks with the astronomers involved about what is still a very interesting star.<p>This is a tricky story to write. The mysterious scientific observations it deals with could …

Astronomy

The Next Revolution in Photography Is Coming

It’s time to stop talking about photography. It’s not that photography is dead as many have claimed, but it’s gone.<p>Just as there’s a time to stop …

National Parks

We have to save this cute rabbit dog thing before it's too late

Save the ili pika!<p>You see that cute critter? I hope you enjoy that photo. Savor it. That's the first image of an ili pika taken in 20 years. It's estimated only 2,900 Ili pika existed last time the species had its picture taken in the early 1990s. Today, that estimate is around 1,000 living ili …

Endangered Species

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

Mixpanel grabs $65M from Andreessen Horowitz to fund acquisitions and an R&D team

<i>Update at 9:46 a.m. Pacific: Corrected to $65 million.</i><p>Mixpanel, the little wonder of A/B testing, has raised a staggering $65 million in new funding.<p>Raised entirely from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz at a $865 million post-money valuation, the new round comes a whole two-and-a-half years …

Birds detect approaching storm from 900km away

Infrasound may have alerted warblers to the massive storm, prompting them to fly more than a thousand kilometres to avoid it<p>A group of songbirds may have avoided a devastating storm by fleeing their US breeding grounds after detecting telltale infrasound waves.<p>Researchers noticed the behaviour …

The best science books of 2014: chemistry, physics, maths

Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best popular physical sciences books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the maths-astro-physics-chemistry buffs on your holiday gift-giving list!<p>Today, I continue my series of “best of 2014” books …

Switzerland shifts to negative interest in bid to weaken Swiss franc

Swiss central bank wanted to discourage investors buying Swiss francs as a safe haven currency amid the rouble crisis<p>Switzerland is to charge its banks to park cash with its central bank in a bid to weaken its currency which has strengthened as a result of the crisis in Russia.<p>The Swiss National …

Launch Center Pro makers debut Group Text+ and Email+ for iOS

Contrast, the makers of the popular iOS automation app Launch Center Pro, released two new apps today that hope to “speed up tedious tasks on iOS.” <b>Group Text+</b> and <b>Email+</b> each include features that make texting (iMessage and SMS) and emailing your favorite contacts or groups of contacts easier and …

education & product news, language & cultural facts

Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world, with an average total of over 400 million visits every year. Not only are people eager to …