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Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

Physics

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.<p>"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.<p>It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did …

The Body Electric

Michael Utley does not remember much about his death.<p>Over the years, he has woven together a narrative of what happened using threads collected from witnesses, friends, and family. On May 8, 2000, Utley, a 48-year-old stockbroker, was golfing with his coworkers Dick Gill and Bill Todd, along with …

Weather

Adventurous Mountaineers Scale the Alps for Incredible Photos

Although these stunning images might look like the work of Photoshop magic, photographer Robert Bsch (or Robert Boesch) captured these campaign photos for the Swiss mountaineering brand Mammut by carefully coordinating an entire team of mountaineers on the snowy Alps. Racing against time and …

Mountaineering

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

David Lynch: five best moments

As a show of music from David Lynch's film opens at London's Barbican, we share our top five moments throughout his directing career. Which others would you pick?<p>• Songs of praise to David Lynch, film's king of mood music<p>Earlier this week, Harriet Gibsone reported on a group of musicians who will …

Snowpiercer: first look review - something of absurdist theatre, Terry Gilliam meets Samuel Beckett

Despite the drawn-out production process, the Boon Jong-ho-directed sci-fi fable about a giant train turns out a wonderfully realised delight<p>Snowpiercer chugs into Edinburgh carrying quite a bit of baggage: a contentious re-edit by Harvey Weinstein à la Grace of Monaco, the burden of previous …

Susan Sarandon And Geena Davis Reunited For A ‘Thelma & Louise’ Selfie

Kids these days think that they invented the selfie, but little did they know that 23 years ago, two of the hottest women in show business were an Instagram account away from having one of the most liked selfies of all-time. <i>Thelma & Louise</i> stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis met up yesterday to …

The Milky Way Galaxy, As Seen From a 747

Milky Way Galaxy

Scientists can now create accurate mugshots using only DNA

Even though DNA analysis is still stuck in the past when applied by law enforcement today, scientists are still pushing the envelope with work that can turn DNA into a more effective investigative tool. In a new study published this week, researchers at Penn State and the Catholic University of …

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new …

The Future

NASA's prettiest spaceship yet will take actual photos of alien worlds

PlanetQuest is NASA's effort to search for new Earths, exoplanets like ours that would probably contain life too. They're doing some really cool …

Stanford University To Open A Center For Studying Bad Science

So meta<p>Among Stanford University's palm trees and sandstone arches—the picture of ivory-tower—there's going to be a center dedicated to chipping away that ivory, <i>The Economist</i> reports. The university plans to open a Meta-Research Innovation Center: a center for the study of bad science.<p>The center …

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …

Dark Matter

This is What Happens When You Put Dogs Inside a Photo Booth

St. Louis, Missouri-based Lynn Terry is a professional photographer who in addition to commercial projects and family portrait work, has been …

Pets

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

<b>How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p><b>This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the</b> …

Flannery O'Connor

Why paying attention is anything but elementary

It’s surprising how much of the world we see and yet do not take in. Who better to teach us why we miss so much and what to do about it than Sherlock Holmes?<p>“The true art of memory is the art of attention,” wrote Samuel Johnson. Wise words, indeed, but what exactly is this art? Do we really know …

Sherlock Holmes

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Epic Storms

<b>“Some things you learn best in calm,”</b> wrote author Willa Cather, scribe of the Great Plains, “and some in storm.” She wasn’t referring to the local weather, but she might as well have been. Each year the American heartland offers a graduate course in natural tumult. From March to October these …

Weather

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.<p>About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and …

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The impending release of new episodes of cult favorite <i>Arrested Development</i> is pretty much all I can think about these days — and it seems Etsy sellers are on the same wavelength. In fact, the Etsy community has translated their enthusiasm for the Bluths and their twisted-yet-hilarious family …

What unconventional fuels tell us about the global energy system

The Japanese vessel Chikyu is part of research efforts to extract methane hydrates from the sea floor. Credit: IODP/JAMSTEC<p>Several days ago I …

Brain scans decode dream content

A team of Japanese neuroscientists has used brain scanning technology to read the content of people's dreams.<p>Yukiyasu Kamitani of the ATR …

news from the borders of mental illness

When the psychologist Peter Chadwick explained that he was trying to research psychosis he was given short shrift by one of his patients. "You're …

Picturing science: sharing knowledge, selling ideas

This image looks like a curving, curling, abstract mosaic. It is, in fact, an attempt to capture what one observer saw when he looked through a …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Magic mushrooms' psychedelic ingredient could help treat people with severe depression

Drugs derived from magic mushrooms could help treat people with severe depression. Scientists believe the chemical psilocybin, the psychedelic …

NASA to launch planet-hunting mission with Google-backed satellite

NASA this week announced plans to launch two new projects: a mission to search for new planets, and an International Space Station (ISS) experiment to analyze X-rays emitted from neutron stars. Both are slated to launch in 2017, under the agency's Astrophysics Explorer Program.<p>NASA's Transiting …

This Amazing, Zoomable Universe-In-A-Browser Puts Everything In Perspective

And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.<p>From nanoparticles to galaxies, we can understand a lot about how our universe works--but it's hard to keep things in context. Can you really grasp how far you'd have to travel to reach Mars? Or wrap your head around the infinitesimally small …