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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Each month, NPR Music invites DJs from public radio stations across the country to share the songs they can't get enough of. May's batch of tracks blurs rigid genre lines and explore several different shades of the human condition.<p>This month's playlist features Shannon Shaw's nuanced juxtaposition …

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It's almost impossible to understand how unfathomably massive our universe truly is

by Aeon November 6, 2017 Sci-Fi Visions 11057<p>Michael Strauss<p>As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest …

These beautiful ceramic heaters help Mexico’s vulnerable communities stay warm

These wonderful ceramic Nest heaters are designed to provide much-needed warmth to vulnerable communities in the region of Chiapas, Mexico. The …

This 3D audio soundbar promises to beat your home theater setup

Surround sound is an exercise in compromise. Surround speakers are cumbersome and expensive to set up. They require you sit in a ‘sweet spot’ to achieve a decent sense of positioning, and can’t really replicate the sensation of sound getting close to your head. Headphones can position sound more …

Carlo Rovelli: 'I felt the beautiful adventure of physics was a story that had to be told'

How does a book about theoretical physics sell more than 1m copies? Rovelli explains how he set about sharing his wonder at quantum science<p>There are two kinds of popular science books. The first kind is for passionate readers. Say you are mad about butterflies. You want a book that gives you all …

Life may be a guide to the evolution of the cosmos – here's how

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose? Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his …

Japan’s fantastic emerald green algae

These great balls of fuzz, look lovely, are zero maintenance and keep water clean<p>Think of Japanese gardens and candyfloss clouds of cherry blossom, canopies of bronze-leaved maples and arched red lacquer bridges might come to mind. Yet to me the understated beauty of Japanese horticulture goes far …

Why Scientists Think That 'Impossible' Spaceship Drive Might Just Work

I can’t help but be excited about the EmDrive, the experimental space propulsion system that seems to defy the fundamental laws of physics. A …

How 5BX, an exercise regimen created to keep pilots in shape, can help you get fit

By the time my Uncle John was 28, in the mid-1960s, he had a demanding office job and a young family at home – and it was starting to show.<p>"I found that I was gaining a couple of pounds a year on home cooking, and getting in the habit of catching a nap after supper," he recalls, "and I realized …

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'Talaq' and the battle to ban the three words that grant India's Muslim men instant divorce

India’s supreme court may declare unconstitutional a practice that allows men to end marriages with the triple utterance of the word talaq<p>Talaq, talaq, talaq: for more than a decade Arshiya feared the words like some dark incantation.<p>When she caught her husband talking online to other women, he …

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Tom Waits, John Prine to Receive Prestigious PEN Songwriting Award

John Prine’s debut album came out in 1971, the year he turned 25. Tom Waits was 23 when his own debut came out two years later. From the beginning, …

10 essential vinyl records for anyone who’s excited about Governor’s Ball this weekend

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>To help prepare you for the imminent infusion of live music into the world, I'm breaking down some of the best records to add to your …

The 50 Best Albums of 2015

Presenting our list of the Top 50 Albums of the Year. Records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible.<p>At once vast, inventive, unfashionably earnest, and rapturously liberated, <i>Blackheart</i> is a stunning personal statement from Dawn Richard. Recorded around …

Will Our Descendants Survive the Destruction of the Universe?

Billions of years from now, the universe as we know it will cease to exist. The good news is, that gives us a lot of time to prepare, and maybe even …

Albums of the Year 2015: Honorable Mention

These albums didn't make our Top 50 of the year, but are exceptional nonetheless. This list is chosen by Pitchfork editors to highlight some very good records that left a mark. Some were low profile and some were popular, but all stood out in this exceptional year for music.<p><i>Teens of Style</i> is not …

Stronger (and Prettier) Fastening in Wood with Countersunk Washers

Come for the functionality, stay for the visual pop<p>Fastening Wood with Screws 101: If you need to drive a flathead screw into a piece of wood quite …

Keyless Grasp bicycle lock uses fingerprint data to unlock

A biometric bike lock that opens using the owner's thumbprint has been launched on Kickstarter by a pair of Canadian engineers.<p>The U-shaped lock, …

Bob Boilen's Top 10 Discoveries From The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon

There's a lot of mediocrity to sort through when you hop from one club to another during a festival like the CMJ Music Marathon, five days during which bands flock to New York. So when I find stuff that stands out, that pushes the inevitable evolutionary boundaries of rock, I get really happy. One …

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The Latest: Israel: Palestinian stabs policeman at crossing

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence (all times local).<p>8:40 p.m.<p>Israeli police say a policeman has been …

Nebia Showerhead Produces Millions of Water Droplets to Cover More Surface Area with Less Water

Save on your water bill without sacrificing your shower experience, say hello to <b>Nebia Showerhead</b>. This product offers you better shower experience …

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Life’s Work

Dave Lauridsen<p>Brian Grazer worked his way up in Hollywood—from Warner Brothers law clerk to Oscar-winning producer. His first hit was Splash; many others, from Apollo 13 to TV’s 24, followed. The key to his success? Asking good questions—of employees, collaborators, and brilliant people in other …

Einstein's election riddle: are you in the two per cent that can solve it?

Last month I blogged about a logic puzzle that had gone viral in Singapore. My posts on Cheryl’s birthday problem attracted more readers than anything I have ever written before: more than five million views. For a couple of days they were the most popular stories across the entire Guardian website.<p>…

Van Gogh and the decision that changed art history

In 1878 Van Gogh was a struggling would-be preacher. At his lowest ebb, he began to draw. Alastair Sooke looks back at this pivotal moment in history.<p>In the spring of 1878, Vincent van Gogh turned 25. As he looked back over his short life, the Dutchman found little to celebrate among the meagre …

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Tiny homes may come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all share the same spirit—they embrace a simpler lifestyle that...<p>When it comes to saying goodbye to summer, just remember the magical feeling that autumn can provide—thanks to the changing...<p>Driving in the car, working at your desk, …

Gorgeous Traditional Temari, Embroiedered By a 92 Year Old Woman

Temari (meaning handball), is a Japanese folk art form of embroidering balls for handball games or just plain decoration. Back in the day (around 7th century AD), the spheres were made from old kimono remnants that were wadded up into a ball and then wrapped with strips of fabric. Over time, the …

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Josh Owen on Achieving Deep Focus, Having Zero Productivity Tricks, and Why the Best Part of His Job Is Empowering Others to Succeed

<i>This is the latest installment of our Core77 Questionnaire (and part of this month's ongoing design-education spectacular). Previously, we talked to</i> …

New York by Night: Top Late-Night Attractions

New York is known for its frenetic pace, with a dizzying number of dining and entertainment options keeping locals and visitors busy all day long. But even the Big Apple starts to slow down when the sun sets, as museums close their ticket counters and storefronts roll down their metal gates. While …

Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …