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The 42 Biggest Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

In a homage to 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,' two physicists explain the biggest unknowns in science. I’ve summed them up as a tweetstorm.<p>In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams’ classic irreverent tour through the universe, a supercomputer named Deep Thought discovers the answer to …

Physics

Astonishingly detailed map of the Milky Way will blow your mind

We now have the most detailed catalogue of stars in our Milky Way galaxy yet.<p>The new map — created using data collected by the Gaia satellite — shows …

Universe

This is how to sleep better: 5 secrets from neuroscience

I’ll bet you’re not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I’m kind of cheating — it’s a pretty safe bet.<p>Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed …

Immune System

10 Questions to Spot B.S. From Astrophysicist Carl Sagan

A useful crash course in clear-eyed skepticism for the era of fake news.<p>Baloney, bunk, B.S. Whatever you want to call it, it's probably been with us since the dawn of humanity. But these days it feels like we're living in a golden age of bull.<p>Between politicians' cries of "fake news," fact-free …

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

1/<p>"The Singularity is Near" by Ray Kurzweil<p>Amazon<p>Futurist Ray Kurzweil has thought deeply about the role computational power and artificial …

Books

21 Facts That Will Remind You How Complex The Universe Really Is

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

Universe

15 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Moved In With My Boyfriend

Welcome to Cohabitation 101, class.

Relationships

Can You Restore Your Vision Naturally? This Eye Doc Says Yes

If you have ever been diagnosed with an eye condition such as macular degeneration or cataracts, the doctor might have told you: "All we can do is …

The Gone World is a brilliant, complicated novel about the consequences of time travel

How do you solve a murder by jumping back and forth in time?<p>In his debut novel, author Tom Sweterlitsch constructed a fascinating mystery with <i>Tomorrow and Tomorrow</i>, set in a virtual version of Pittsburgh after a terrorist attack leveled the city. In <i>The Gone World</i><i>,</i> he introduces an even more …

Science Fiction

Gifts ideas for that person who's literally obsessed with space

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

How To Tell If You (Really) Need An Antibiotic + What To Do If The Answer Is Yes

Antibiotics—or medications given to patients to kill bacterial infections—are prescribed more than 154 million times every year. And of those many …

Microbiology

When you *really* need an antibiotic—and when a natural remedy will work instead

When it comes to attacking a sickness head on, antibiotics are often the first course of action. And they truly can work wonders when used in the …

This mindfulness trick is super-effective at calming anxiety

People are saying the results are instant<p>When anxiety starts to take over, it can feel impossible to gain perspective and get out of the spiral of …

'The Alienist': TV Review

Caleb Carr's best-seller finally makes it to the screen in a TNT adaptation full of solid performances and gorgeous, creepy visuals.<p>When Caleb Carr's</i> …

TV

10 Great Indie Lingerie Brands for Small Boobs

Do you ever get the feeling that bra companies aren’t taking your small boobs seriously? Cup sizes AAA and AA need support, too—but in a different …

Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Nature

9 Page-Turners Too Addictive To Put Down

<i>Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.</i><p><b>Origin</b> by Dan Brown<p>"The plot is absurd, of course, but the book is a definitive pleasure. Prepare to be absorbed—and in more ways than one." Another Brown (<i>Inferno</i>, 2013, etc.) blockbuster, blending arcana, religion, and …

The 9 terms and phrases you need to know if you think you're being manipulated

Knowing the right words to deal with these people can give you the strength to stand up to them or walk away. In the cases of romantic relationships, manipulation is probably a sign of an abusive relationship, so the best thing to do is to run fast and far away.<p>Once equipped with the terms, it can …

8 fantasy novels to read while you wait for the next season of Game of Thrones

More fantastic worlds to dive into<p>The latest season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> is coming to an end this weekend, which means that you’re going to need to get your epic fantasy fix somewhere else, possibly until 2019. You could go back and re-read the entire <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> series, but you could also …

A handy list of 2017’s excellent, must-watch TV and movies (and how to watch them all)

It’s only July, but 2017 has already provided us a full year’s worth of great movies and TV shows.<p>More than usual, the first six months in entertainment has transcended genre lines, as a number of versatile films and shows have hit theaters and TV screens. In the last few weeks alone, the heartfelt …

Entertainment

20 Streaming Services That Aren’t Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime

From art-house movies to British TV to anime and Bollywood, here is a sampling of the expansive world of (legal) online streaming.<p>It's been 10 years since Netflix first opened our eyes to the world of streaming movies and TV shows directly to our computers. A year later, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video …

Televisions

Want to Create Your Own Apps? Apple Will Teach You How to Code--for Free | Inc.com

Maybe you have a cool app in mind that you would like to develop, but you don't know whom to hire to code it, much less have the money. No problem: For DIY types of people, Apple has released a free app development curriculum in the iBooks Store.<p>While the curriculum is designed for high school and …

Apps

19 of the most incredible — and affordable — undiscovered holiday destinations in Europe

Check out the Islamic architecture and mozaic tiles at this Azerbaijan spot.Shutterstock/Hasanov Jeyhun<p>As the summer holidays draw near, it's time to …

European Travel

101 Sex Tips That Will Have You Turned On For Days

<i>By Colleen Oakley; Photography by Bo Streeter</i> <b><br>These 101 sex boosters will keep you busy (and satisfied) all year long…</b> <br>You’ve mastered the basics of …

Turn-On

The 8 Coolest TED Talks on Psychology

Humans, we all know, are strange, irrational, beautiful creatures who often act in weird and wonderful ways. That makes us hard to deal with …

20 of the best Earth and space documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

Humans have been gazing up at the stars since before the dawn of civilization. We intrinsically seek to know the unknowable and discover the …

Habitats

101 Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Lao Tzu was an ancient philosopher and writer who founded the philosophical framework for Taoism, which has had a huge influence on Chinese …

I Asked a Psychopath How to Stop Caring About Rejection

As Dr. James Fallon describes, "When I get rejected, I feel bad for like negative-two seconds. I just don't give a shit."<p>I recently went on a date with a beautiful and smart girl who laughed at all my jokes and then never replied to my texts. I walked away from the date thinking <i>nailed it!</i> while I …

The world's most toxic countries laid bare on this alarming map

When the Paris Agreement came into effect in November, the global focus on climate change policies was decried as a vital step towards reducing the …

Theory claims to offer the first 'evidence' our Universe is a hologram

Despite how extreme the idea sounds, theories about the Universe being an illusion or a hologram aren't new. Now, researchers claim to have found …