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The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips

Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek<p>In the past 16 months, writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have toured 150 of the built, natural, and virtual landscapes of the United States, collecting images and interviews. They …

FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Why Underwater Robots Should Swim Like Stingrays

A stingray's efficient way of moving through the water could help engineers design better underwater robots.<p>The homely stingray's method of flying through the water could help us design a whole new class of bio-inspired 'bots, according to mechanical engineers from the University at Buffalo in New …

6 DIY Gadgets That Will Care For Your Pet While You're Away

Using Arduino or other micro-controllers, build a device to automatically feed, water, or snap photos of your pet<p>The holiday season is nearly here. Along with the pleasures (Ooh, fruitcake!) and anxieties (Ugh, fruitcake?) that accompany this time of year, there's a worry particular to pet owners: …

Five physicists make the shortlist for $3-million award

Five theoretical physicists are in the running for the field’s most lucrative prize.<p>The winners of the 2014 Physics Frontiers Prize, who become …

You will be shocked at how ignorant Americans are

What Americans don’t know and don’t understand is an obstacle to progress<p>If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and-poor.<p>Earlier this year, a Harvard economist’s jaw-dropping …

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

While floating weightless in the International Space Station last spring, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded his own version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" — a video that's now been viewed more than 18 million times on YouTube. But when he wasn't busy being an Internet phenomenon, the Canadian …

Google Street View will now take you on a tour of a British submarine

The HMS Ocelot, a 50-year-old British submarine has the distinct honor of being the first submersible to be offered up on Google’s street view. <i>The Register</i> reports the company mapped-out the control room, sleeping quarters and even some of the torpedo tubes, which are obviously out of service. …

5 Beloved Scientists Who Were Actually Bullies

Electrocuting animals, stealing credit, self-aggrandizing, and more<p>Unfortunately, scientific genius doesn't necessarily come with superhuman social skills. The great minds on this list may have made significant contributions to their fields, but even hundreds of years later, we're still shaking our …

Ferrari 458 Speciale

View photos of the newest Ferrari 458, the Speciale, that will officially debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show and commands a claimed 600 normally aspirated horsepower.<p>The new 458 special, the Speciale.

Supercars

Is It Possible To Escape From Everyday Surveillance?

And not hide in the woods?<p>Is it possible to escape from everyday surveillance? Writing for New York Magazine and inspired by Edward Snowden's leak of the NSA PRISM program, Kevin Roose spent a day trying to answer that question. As an added challenge, he chose not to flee into the wilderness, but …

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 August 2013

New Status: Italian Combustion Experiment for Green Air (ICE GA) Experiment: Cassidy removed the alignment guides from the Combustion Integrated Rack …

How to predict the end of the universe

How can we gauge the age of the Universe – and when it might end? Cosmologist Renee Hlozek says we can do so by viewing light that has taken billions of years to reach us.<p>Renee Hlozek says there are vital clues about the fate of the Universe waiting to be discovered – clues 13 billion years in the …

Universe

Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.<p>Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar …

How New Cars Are Putting All Of Their Power In Half The Space

Next-gen cars' incredible shrinking engines<p>THE TREND<p>Last summer, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation threw down the gauntlet: They set a new standard that will require the average car to run at 54.5 miles per gallon—nearly double today's average—by 2025. …

Scientists Achieve On-Demand Quantum Teleportation For The First Time

Quantum teleportation, more reliable than ever before, at greater distances than ever before.<p>Quantum teleportation has taken another step forward, thanks to two complimentary experiments, one from ETH Zurich and one from the University of Tokyo. The researchers have demonstrated the most reliable …

How Intel's New Processor Will Keep Your Gadgets Alive Longer

The U- and Y-series core processors can extend battery life by two hours, and keep devices moving faster than ever.<p>In the world of chip design, there's one spec people typically care about most: speed. But as demand for mobility increases, efficiency has become as important a quality as any. In the …

What If Internet Providers Encrypted Your Emails So The NSA Couldn’t Spy On You?

ABCNews reports that two of the biggest ISPs in Germany, Deutsche Telekom AG (which owns T-Mobile) and United Internet AG, are going to start automatically encrypting their customers’ emails beginning today. The encryption level is going to be low at first, possibly due to the speed of the rollout, …

Privacy

Here's What Happens In A Single Second On The Internet [Infographic]

Four million people laugh at the same cat in unison, probably.<p>The Internet is so mind-bogglingly huge that it's tough to grasp exactly how gigantic it is. The site Every Second on the Internet breaks it down, counting out the Tweets, Facebook statuses, and emails (oh lord, you guys, so many …

Ancient Astronomical Calendar Discovered in Scotland Predates Stonehenge by 6,000 Years

A team from the University of Birmingham recently announced an astronomical discovery in Scotland marking the beginnings of recorded time.<p>Announced …

Archaeology

The 5 Best Party Schools For Science Nerds

Do you measure tequila shots in an Erlenmeyer flask? Read on.<p>Choosing the right university can seem like the most important decision of your life. And picking the right major and program is only half the battle. There's also the fact that for many students higher education is about expanding more …

All Of The Asteroids That Could Potentially End The World

Here's the path of the nearly 1,400 asteroids that would cause "major devastation" if they hit our planet.<p>It's no surprise that NASA is keeping track of all potentially hazardous objects, or PHOs, that surround our planet. If it's closer than 4.6 million miles away and larger than about 350 feet in …

FYI: Why Does My Voice Sound Different When I Hear It On A Recording?

It sounds different because it is different. "When you speak, the vocal folds in your throat vibrate, which causes your skin, skull and oral cavities to also vibrate, and we perceive this as sound," explains Ben Hornsby, a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University. The vibrations mix with the …

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

You needn't be wrong to be called delusional

Just because they're out to get you doesn't prove you're not paranoid, says the latest edition of the psychiatrists' bible<p>It's not clear who forcibly sedated her in 1972. It's not certain that she was admitted to a psychiatric ward in the following year. What's definite though is that many people …

Why the Incas offered up child sacrifices

As it tried to ward off disasters on the Pacific ring of fire, this advanced culture showed its dark side, explains leading anthropologist Kim MacQuarrie<p><i>These children [to be sacrificed to the mountain and other gods] would be collected from all over the land and would be carried in litters</i> …

The materials breakthrough that might lead to computers thousands of times faster

As the technology for making silicon circuitry smaller, faster and less power-thirsty approaches the limits of physics, scientists have tried out many materials in the search for an alternative to silicon. New research by a team at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory …

Nanotech