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Five new things you can do with Google Earth

Happy Earth Day<p>Earlier this week, Google unveiled a new version of Google Earth, an app that was considered amazing when it launched in 2001 but hadn’t really evolved in the same way that Google’s other technologies have. Now, thanks to this latest update, Google Earth is replete with 3D imagery, …

Google

Watching magnets morph liquid rocket fuel is hypnotically beautiful

This liquid rocket fuel becomes magnetised when near a magnetic field. So it dances and morphs when magnets are moved around it.<p>It is called ferrofluid and it was invented by NASA's Steve Papell to be a rocket fuel that could work in zero gravity due to its magnetic qualities.<p>Magnet Expert Ltd …

Space Travel

Researchers Just Discovered a Spider the Size of a Dinner Plate in Australia

Arachnids<p>Arachnophobes have a few new reasons to steer clear of Australia—over 50 to be exact.<p>Scientists from the Queensland Museum have identified …

Biodiversity

Rock'n'roll shrimp named after Pink Floyd because of its deafening vocal ability

A shrimp that produces a sound louder than a rock concert has been named after the band Pink Floyd by a rock fan zoologist.<p>The pistol shrimp, named Synalpheus pinkfloydi, has a distinctive pink snapping claw that it uses to stun prey with sonic energy.<p>Zoologist and Pink Floyd fan Dr Sammy de Grave, …

Guitar

The original Brexit: How tremendous ice age waterfalls cut off Britain from Europe

For millions of years, Britain was part of Europe. A high ridge of limestone—now famously exposed as the chalky cliffs of Dover—extended all the way …

Archaeology

Unique Canadian ice core collection suffers catastrophic meltdown

A precious collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic has suffered a catastrophic meltdown. A freezer failure at a cold storage facility in …

Global Warming

New software can track many individuals in a crowd

In 2015, more than 2000 people died in a stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. In 2013, two terrorists deposited backpacks carrying …

Computer Science

Caesarean Births Could Be Affecting Human Evolution

Evolution is typically thought of as a slow process, happening over millennia—but that's not always the case. A new study suggests that the success …

The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twist

It seemed too good to be true. And it was.<p>Nearly 20 years ago, excavators digging on North Carolina’s remote Hatteras Island uncovered a worn ring …

Archaeology

The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine

How advances in bottling, fermenting and taste-testing are democratizing a once-opaque liquid

Wine

Why Is the Pentagon a Pentagon?

Planners battled to ensure the building kept its unique shape

War

When Globalization Brings Brain-Invading Worms

The parasite that causes rat lungworm disease is now endemic in the southeastern United States, and it’s expected to spread northward.<p>There is a long, grim history of infectious diseases crisscrossing the globe aboard giant ships.<p>Explorers looking to set up new colonies carried smallpox, measles, …

Foreign Policy

Our Planet's Eye in the Sky Finally Closes

An elegy for Earth Observing-1<p><i>Earth Observing-1</i> wasn’t supposed to survive as long as it did. Operating on a shoestring budget, the spartan satellite outlasted its warranty 15-fold, and changed the way we do space-based imaging of our planet.<p>The satellite trained its observant lens on the ashes of …

Space

How Loneliness Begets Loneliness

Social isolation kills, and in the process it makes it harder to reach out to others. A psychologist explains how to break the cycle.<p>“I’m clearly a textbook case of the silent majority of middle-aged men who won’t admit they’re starved for friendship, even if all signs point to the contrary,” wrote …

Psychology

When Apps Secretly Team Up to Steal Your Data

An analysis of the top 100,000 Android apps found tens of thousands of pairings that leak sensitive data.<p>Imagine two employees at a large bank: an analyst who handles sensitive financial information and a courier who makes deliveries outside the company. As they go about their day, they look like …

Dystopia

The Significance of a Police Car That’s Also a Hybrid

Fifteen years ago, partially electric vehicles incited a culture war. Now, they’re normal.<p>When Americans picture police cars, they usually picture Fords. The auto giant sells 63 percent of all police cars in the U.S., by its accounting. And now, the cops are getting hybrids. On Monday, Ford …

Foreign Policy

Can a Difficult Childhood Enhance Cognition?

Poverty tends to dampen test scores, but new research suggests people with hard upbringings can sometimes outperform their more-privileged peers.<p>Hard childhoods seem to not only rob children of material joys, but also of brain power. Children who grow up poor tend to score worse on tests of memory, …

Psychology

Escaping Office Ennui Through Painful Exercise

A study explores how Tough Mudders allow the “cognitariat” a break from the tedium of sedentary work<p>Most office workers sit for 10 hours a day, but if they sign up for the Tough Mudder, a military-style obstacle course, they’ll certainly be on their feet—running through live electrical wires. …

Psychology

How Did Sabercats Use Their Outlandish Fangs?

Of all the vicious smiles to have ever evolved, it’s hard to beat the grin of the aptly named <i>Smilodon</i>. The largest of these Ice Age cats sported …

Wildlife

A San Francisco Startup Puts Everything You Need for a Two-Acre Farm in a Shipping Container

Brandi DeCarli, cofounder of Farm From a Box, wants to deploy farm kits to governments, NGOs, schools and individuals

Farming

What You Need to Know First to Understand the Russian Revolution

Read this first in a series of columns chronicling what led to that 1917 cataclysm

Russia

Are You Descended From Witches? New Digital Document Could Help You Find Out

Genealogy has gotten pretty sophisticated in recent years. There are now massive online archives that make it easier than ever to hunt down obscure …

Did Ellis Island Officials Really Change the Names of Immigrants?

On the 125th anniversary of the famous portal to the U.S., history shows inspectors were not the ones changing people's names

Genealogy

This Ace Aviatrix Learned to Fly Even Though Orville Wright Refused to Teach Her

With flint and derring-do, the early 20th century pilot Ruth Law ruled American skies

History

March Madness Isn't the Workplace Distraction It’s Made Out to Be

The camaraderie of following the tournament with coworkers can balance out the time spent not working.<p>With brackets completed, March Madness 2017 is officially underway. And a new survey says that while the three-week long National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament may be …

March Madness

How REI’s Co-op Retail Model Helps Its Bottom Line

An interview with the company’s CEO, Jerry Stritzke<p>For a few years retailers have been facing some big challenges: falling in-store sales and the shuttering of big box stores. That’s led many to wonder how outdoor specialty retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) could be doing so well, as …

Black Friday

What It's Like to Watch Your Life's Work Blow Up on a Rocket

Sometimes technology works, and sometimes it really, really doesn't.<p>On a balmy night in late October 2014, Rachel Lindbergh and dozens of others stood on the grass at the end of Arbuckle Neck Road in Virginia, staring across the bay. Their eyes were trained on a spot on Wallops Island less than two …

SpaceX

What's Changed in the 30 Years Since the Smithsonian Opened an Exhibition on Japanese Internment

Can a museum exhibition change national policy?<p>Jennifer Locke Jones, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History believes it …

See Rare Images From the Early History of Tattoos in America

From the Seaport Museum Exhibition: Augustus “Gus” Wagner, Self-Portrait, Tattoo Flash, ca. 1910-1930.<br>The Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo …

Tattoos