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Self-Driving Cars Will Improve Our Cities. If They Don’t Ruin Them.

<b>Ten years ago</b> I found myself standing outside the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. I looked out over acres of glinting windshields in a …

Gravitational Waves Explained

Gravitational Waves Explained

There's only one way for Elon Musk to realize his game-changing vision

Lutz loves Tesla's cars, and why wouldn't he? A car guy to the core, he appreciated them at the level of design, engineering, and raw speed.<p>But he hates Tesla's business, and he hasn't been reticent about saying why.<p>When I saw him at the Detroit Auto Show last month and asked about a new entrant to …

Does the discovery of gravitational waves foretell the end of physics?

It took us 100 years to confirm the last big puzzle of Einstein’s theory of relativity. On Feb. 11, scientists announced that they have detected gravitational waves, which are created when two accelerating masses generate “ripples” in the curvature of spacetime—just like frolicking children on a …

Physics

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Gravitational Waves

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

<i>This is Part 3 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved,</i> <i>start with</i> …

How Tesla Will Change The World

<i>This is Part 2 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved,</i> <i>start with</i> …

Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man

<i>This is Part 1 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies.</i>__________<b>PDF and ebook options:</b> We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and …

The only technique to learn something new

The other day I threw everything out. Everything. I threw out all my books (donated). I threw out all my clothes.<p>I threw out old computers. I threw …

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United States

Serena Williams is one of the most dominant athletes in any sport, but her paychecks don't show it

As Serena Williams swats and backhands her way towards sports history at the U.S. Open this week, controversy has cropped up over whether she is …

Spotify data reveals boom in sleep and relaxation albums

Music streamers craving some shuteye are spoiled for choice, with 282 albums released in the last week alone – and Ed Sheeran a popular aid for snoozing<p>Putting on music is often seen as an energising action to aid dancing, even jogging. But now one of the fastest-growing new album categories …

Albums

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Swarm 3.0 – Bring back the fun!

Foursquare was never intended to be a game. The original game mechanics were meant to be a short-term and fun onboarding process to get people …

Gamification

6 guys with ripped abs tell you why it’s not worth it

An electro-shocker belt hawked on a late-night infomercial won’t give you six-pack abs. At least not unless you can clip it to your tongue and use it to zap your taste buds. (Rendering all food as flavorless as rice cakes.)<p>Achieving a visible six-pack is about work and sacrifice, not gimmicks and …

An amazing graph representing the world’s spoken languages.[via @ProfKumar]

An amazing graph representing the world’s spoken languages.

The 20-Minute Workout That Will Bust Your Gut

10 Minute Six Pack Producer

For the past three years, HUMANFITPROJECT has been providing real workouts from real athletes around the world for Men’s Fitness Magazine and all of …

Photographer Creates Nude Portraits, But Not in the Way You Think

The following photos are nude portraits — except the subjects are entirely clothed. If you want to see some real nudity, you'd have to look behind …

The Big Picture: A massive typhoon as seen from orbit

No, a black hole didn't suddenly open up on the Earth's surface. That's Vongfong, a gigantic storm (then a super typhoon) that has been causing chaos in the Asia-Pacific region for much of October. NASA astronaut Reid Weisman posted this dramatic photo as the International Space Station orbited …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #21

Human Journey<p><b>“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau</b><p>A good friend once told me that wildlife photography makes him sad. He explained that when he sees images of the wild creatures and unspoiled places his heart aches too deeply at the thought of what he …

The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People. This Man Is Re-Creating the Virus.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka caused a global uproar by re-creating history's deadliest flu virus. That might sound crazy. But when a real influenza pandemic strikes, you're going to want him on your side.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin–Madison<p><b>FIELD</b> Virology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> Flu pandemic …

Jeremy Cowart: A Photographer's Life in Focus

Looking back, Nashville photographer Jeremy Cowart's career was a happy accident.<p>He was a painter who realized painting likely wouldn't be a way to …

The Week in Pictures | October 6 – 12, 2014

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. We begin this week’s installment from West Africa, where a specialized Ebola team cleans a house in Sierra Leone. More photos<p>Mexico City: Protesters march during a demonstration demanding justice in the case of the 43 students who went …

Go on an American Road Trip with the World's Greatest Photographers

[Young Couple in Parked Open-Air Car, Ossining, New York], 1932–34 © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Walker Evans<p>1 of …

Elvis Presley Photos From New York and Richmond, Virginia Pictures

Please Mr. Postman, 1956<p>On the train from Richmond, Virginia to New York, Elvis reads a fan letter to DJ Fontana (his drummer), and shows him the …

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