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25 scientific images so gorgeous you can't even handle it

National Science Foundation

Let animals look into your soul from these intimate portraits

House pets have a special capacity to pinpoint all your innermost emotions and trash your room when looking for treats.<p>Robert Bahou, a photographer …

10 habits of chronically unhappy people

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define.<p>Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it's taken hold of you.<p>Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, like secondhand smoke.<p>The famous "Terman …

Why Agnosticism Probably Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Agnostics are often characterized as ambivalent or wishy-washy fence sitters who refuse to make up their minds. But there's much more to agnosticism …

Religion

Frame - Photographs by Mark Cohen | LensCulture

Two years ago, LensCulture named one of Mark Cohen’s photobooks, <i>Dark Knees</i>, its favorite photobook of the year. The review of the book drew attention to the quality of its contents while at the same time identifying a disquieting play of impulses present in Cohen’s work. Now we have <i>Frame</i>, packed …

Framing

20 Atheist Quotes About Joy and Meaning That Crush ‘Angry, Empty’ Stereotype

2/09/2014 | Share this article:<p><i>By Valerie Tarico ~</i><p>Recently a pamphlet designed for Christian children made its way around Facebook. It warned God’s …

Why TSMC Is Exiting Solar

It looked good on paper.<p>Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.—the large, relentless and hugely successful chip manufacturing firm—announced it will shut down TSMC Solar, which produced thin film solar panels made with CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide), by the end of the month. Earlier this …

Solar Power

I Asked 12 Scientists: What Is The One Fact Humanity Needs To Know?

"If civilisation was destroyed, what scientific information would you pass on to the survivors?"<p>Richard Feynman, the physicist, was once asked: "If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what …

World Health Organization

Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this book about religion

Zuckerberg's book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 16th pick, he's gone with "The Varieties Of Religious Experience" by William James (1842-1919).<p>During his tenure at Harvard, James became the most famous American philosopher and …

The Case Against Encouraging Polygamy

Why civil marriage should not encompass group unions<p>Now that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, writer Freddie de Boer wants its proponents to adopt a new focus. “Where does the next advance come?” he asks in an essay at <i>Politico.</i> “Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets