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Methane Hydrates: Environmental Armageddon or Energy Windfall?

<i>A chunk of methane hydrate ice burning</i><p>Buried deep along the continental shelves of many of the world's oceans is an intriguing, recently uncovered, hydrocarbon source: methane hydrates. Although the full extent of these deposits is unknown, preliminary estimates suggest they could represent the …

Earth Science

Elon Musk's grand plan to colonize Mars

Elon Musk is the man with a vision for a human mission to Mars, and on Tuesday he shared his plans at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico, with a talk titled "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species." On-stage, Musk said that there are two paths ahead of humanity: Either stay on …

How Ghost Particles Are Slowing Down Stars

There's no such thing as empty space in outer space. What are virtual particles and how do they create friction in the vacuum of space?<p>Spinning …

Don't Copy Paste This Frontend Template

By git cloning this project template, you get quickly started in frontend development. I use this project template in almost all of my static site …

JavaScript

OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama's presidency, slicing the nation's output of polluting gases that are warming Earth.<p>As politicians …

Fossil Fuels

These coders used 13,000 old photos to make a Google Street View map of San Francisco in the 1800s

If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to travel back in time and walk the streets of San Francisco, this might be the closest you’ll get.<p>Two developers, Dan Vanderkam and Raven Keller, had the brilliant idea to take all the old photographs from the San Francisco Historical Photograph …

InterAct

Shocking New Maps Show Mankind's Changing Global Footprint

Human beings have altered the planet so dramatically and extensively, the scars of our ways can easily be seen from space.<p>Today, three-quarters of earth’s land surface faces “measurable human pressures,” while just 3 percent of the world’s biodiversity hotspots remain unaltered, according to a new …

Nature Communications

A new ‘Einstein’ equation suggests wormholes hold the key to quantum gravity

It's pretty easy to remember: ER=EPR.<p>You might suspect that to make this equation work, P must be equal to 1. But the symbols in this equation stand not for numbers, but for names. E, you probably guessed, stands for Einstein.<p>R and P are initials — for collaborators on two of Einstein's most …

Quantum Mechanics

Awesome Video Compares the Size of Different Planets and Stars in the Universe

If you want to feel small and get a sense for the awesomely overwhelming scale of the universe and all of its planets and stars and empty space, …

Universe

Emerging Technologies Could Transform Nuclear Power and Wind Energy

It's a beautiful autumn day in Cambridge, Massachusetts—the perfect setting for MIT's Annual EmTech Conference, focusing on emerging …

Energy

Build Your Own Raspberry Pi-Powered Telescope

Telescopes are great, and while you can snag a decent one for relatively cheap, making your own is always more fun. If you don't mind putting in a …

Raspberry Pi

The Art of Minimalism in Mobile App UI Design

Design is one of the most important drivers of user engagement. As users’ preferences shift toward a simpler interface, stripping the UI to its very …

UI Design

Scientists Now Say Alcohol Is a Direct Cause of Seven Forms of Cancer

Analysis of reviews from several international cancer research bodies has found alcohol to be a direct cause of oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and breast cancer.<p>We're all aware of the risks associated with certain day-to-day activities. Walking and attempting to compose …

Cancer

Elon Musk’s Master Plan Confirms What We Already Know About The Future Of Cities

If Tesla can pull off creating a system where they’re powering your car and controlling a city-wide fleet of autonomous vehicles, it will be a business coup–but none of its parts are particularly original ideas.<p>Elon Musk has published part two of his Tesla Master Plan, 10 years after the first. The …

The Mind-Blowing Way These Tribesmen and Wild Birds Work Together

A little cross-species camaraderie.<p>Calling to each other with chirps and yelps, a species of bird and a tribe of humans in southeast Africa forage for honey in unison. The birds lead the way to hidden beehives, which are camouflaged among high tree branches. The tribesmen crack open the hives and …

How did things get so bad for hedgehogs? Here's how to save them

What a standout mammal the hedgehog is, a prize among the hirsute with its armory of quills – hollow hairs made of stiff keratin instead of fur – which means that hibernating is the only option to get through the chill of winter. It is an emblem of conservation and, officially, Britain’s most-loved …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 5 Simple Things Every Day

Is it possible to improve your happiness simply by doing these things for only two minutes per day? Yes, says a Harvard-trained happiness researcher and best-selling author.<p>Can you improve your happiness simply by breathing for two minutes a day? Apparently so, says Shawn Achor, Harvard-trained …

Happiness

8 natural & homemade insecticides to save your garden without killing the Earth

<b>These natural and DIY pesticides are effective at helping to rid your crops of harmful critters, but safe enough to keep from poisoning you and your</b> …

Gardening

Stem Cell Fillings Allow Teeth to Heal Themselves

The Root (Canal) of the Problem<p>No one in their right mind would ever look forward to a filling at the dentist. Why can’t our teeth fix themselves? …

Dentistry

18 Examples Of Stair Details To Inspire You

Stairs have the surprising ability to determine how a home feels. They’re seen and used often so having a staircase that stands out is a great way to …

Architecture

Replicating Life in Code

A few years ago, Michael Levin faced a conundrum. He and his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology just outside …

Biology

Celebrate Independence Day By Looking At These 10 Interesting American Houses

To all our American readers, Happy 4th of July (Independence Day), and to celebrate, here are 10 interesting American houses we’ve featured over the …

San Francisco

Making Sense of No Man's Sky's Massive Universe

If you've been looking forward to the upcoming space exploration game No Man's Sky, chances are that you've heard about its absurdly big procedurally generated universe. But just like when talking about the actual universe, the size of the playable area of No Man's Sky dwarfs our normal conceptions …

Here’s how to watch NASA’s $1 billion do-or-die mission to Jupiter today

(NASA)<br>The biggest space event of the year is happening soon.<p>Today, NASA's un-crewed Juno spacecraft will end its nearly 5-year journey through space …

Astronomy

99-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased in Amber

Finding ancient bugs trapped in amber is a relatively common occurrence, but the recent discovery of two ancient bird wings fossilized in Burmese …

2016 June 26 - Jupiter's Clouds from New Horizons

<b>Jupiter's Clouds from New Horizons</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, Johns Hopkins U. APL, SWRI<p><b>Explanation:</b> The New Horizons spacecraft took some stunning images of …

Astronomy

This is what the universe looks like based on Einstein’s full theory of relativity

<b>If you ever wondered what the universe looks like, here’s the first ever full model of it.</b><p>Using Einstein’s full theory of relativity, scientists have …

SpaceX And Blue Origin Fight To Win The Modern Space Race

SpaceX and Elon Musk have the lead, but Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin are methodically persistent.<p>From a dusty expanse in West Texas, Jeff Bezos and the crew of Blue Origin, his well-funded aerospace company, fire up their New Shepard rocket. It rises vertically, thrusting into the heavens at more …

Space Travel

Rare 'strawberry moon' glows on the summer solstice Monday

Look up in the sky Monday on the longest day of the year and enjoy a lunar coincidence that won't happen again for decades.<p>June 20, the longest day of 2016, happens on a Monday, which already feels like the longest day of the week. There's an extra special astronomical occurrence to go along with …

Astronomy