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This Rocket Failed to Put Soviets on the Moon

It was so cold on February 20, 1969, that the launch was delayed; even the biggest of all Soviet rockets wasn’t immune to the frigid winters in Kazakstan. Conditions had warmed enough the next day, and at 3:18pm the mammoth N-1 rocket left the Earth for the first time. The combined thrust of the 30 …

Star Wars

You should never diet again: The science and genetics of weight loss

To maintain a new weight, you have to fight evolution. You have to fight biology. And you have to fight your brain<p>I’ve given you the bad news: diets fail in the long run. Now, let’s try to understand why.<p>In social psychology we often say that if you find that most people behave in the same way, …

Fitness

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Fixing the ‘problem’ of ageing is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions is pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life – despite concerns about the social implications<p>In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope …

Peter Thiel

Wonderful short film imagines the day when we conquer the solar system

"I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote."<p>That quote from Moby Dick, perhaps more than anything else, best explains a fantastic and inspirational new short film called "Wanderers." In less than four minutes, the film takes you on a stunningly beautiful journey across our solar …

With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open-source software and actually get paid

A new startup wants to evolve open-source methods, adding a wide range of skills and profit sharing<p>The open-source movement has produced some of the most widely utilized software in the world, a huge economic value driven by a widely dispersed community who believe contributing good work is often …

Quirky just announced seven new products, a micro-factory, custom sensor kits, and the death of the thermostat

Quirky, the New York City startup focused on crowdsourcing innovation, has also been working in partnership with GE to create a full-bodied ecosystem of connected devices and services for the smart home. Earlier this year, it spun out a whole new company, Wink, focused on building the app, hub, and …