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Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.<p>On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of …

Move over, Beats: Master & Dynamic's MH40 headphones win on design, sound, and build quality

The Audiophiliac checks out a new company's headphones, and they're a knockout.<p>I readily credit Beats as the company that ignited and maintained a sales boom for the entire headphone market. Nevertheless, I've never been all that impressed with Beats. Marketing and styling were largely responsible …

Audiophile

10 Great Gifts For College Students From The Future

Her roommates will wonder where the DeLorean time machine is parked.<p>Chances are that, if you're reading this article on this site, you're after the perfect present for your future-forward college student.<p>Worry not. We've scoured the web to round up 10 gift ideas for your grad's dorm room, including …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

Self-improvement

Check out the best art GIFs of 2014

The winners for the Giphoscope International Art GIF Contest are in, honouring the most creative work in the art of the GIF.<p>The creators of the Giphoscope -- the hand-cranked, real-world GIF machine -- have set about making a real name for themselves in the world of art. Marco Calabrese and …

Art

Hypnotic insect flight trails like you have never seen them before

Just by adding a trail effect to a camera you can turn the flight of insects into a ever changing hypnotic landscape of colours<p>Dan Brown was filming a multitude of insects flying about near his home when he thought he could improve the effect.<p>By adding a trail effect, Mr Brown created a beautiful …

How to add all the World Cup matches to your calendar in 15 seconds

The World Cup is upon us. There are so many games during the group play portion of the global tournament that it’s hard to keep up with them all.<p>So, some good soccer samaritans on Reddit have created calendars that you can easily import into your own scheduling apparatus.<p>There are good options …

Ivory Coast

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

Science Fiction Movies

A tsunami and no water to drink: how disaster inspired lifesaving invention

Handheld water filtration system used by hill walkers, British soldiers in Afghanistan, and communities in the developing world<p>With soil sliding in from the banks, leaf litter collecting from overhanging trees and Japanese koi producing waste, the pond outside the production facility of Lifesaver …

These are the customized Lamborghinis of Japan's underworld

What do you do with your Lamborghini if you think it isn't getting enough attention? For some of the yakuza in Tokyo's underground, you customize it with vinyl wraps, flashing lights, and strings of colored LEDs. Japan-based director and cinematographer Luke Huxham created a mini-documentary last …

Metaio unveils Thermal Touch technology for making user interfaces out of thin air

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>User interfaces present one of the most interesting quandaries of modern computing: we’ve moved from big monitors and keyboards …

Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés

It’s not exactly E=mc².<p>But for would-be job hunters, it’s probably a lot more useful.<p>In a Q&A-style interview with Google’s senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock, The New York Times’s Tom Friedman fished a few seriously helpful words of wisdom out of the search giant’s human …

Résumés

What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

There’s more to the mood-boosting properties of exercise than endorphins.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s …

Bestsellers

A Glowing Ring Powered By Body Heat

And how it works<p>Sean Hodgins enjoys ring smithing, a hobby he adopted from his grandpa, and loves building small electronic gadgets. So he combined his passions to make a ring that turns body heat into light. Hodgins milled a two-finger band out of aluminum—an excellent thermal conductor—to cradle …

Weather

This is what Candy Crush Saga does to your brain

The Candy Crush game app exploits some well known weaknesses in the human brain to keep us playing<p>Last week, Candy Crush Saga, the mind-numbingly simple yet addictive game that involves matching coloured sweets, was estimated to be worth $7.1bn. While that amount dropped by 16% after the company’s …

Ask Anything: Why Is The Milky Way A Spiral?

The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …

Astrophysics

The 10 Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair

A plush uterus, talking teddy bear, and other crazy trinkets<p>We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Every toy does not need an app! So once again, as we cruised the aisles at the American International Toy Fair this week, we largely turned a blind eye to "interactive elements" carelessly …

Kids

Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …