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15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently

I recently interviewed over 200 ultra-productive people including seven billionaires, 13 Olympians, 20 straight-A students and over 200 successful entrepreneurs. I asked a simple, open-ended question, “What is your number one secret to productivity?” After analyzing all of their responses, I coded …

Time Management

NASA just released an unbelievable new image of the Earth rising over the Moon

One of the most — if not <i>the</i> most — famous images taken in space is "Earthrise," a photo of the Earth taken by the Apollo 8 crew as they rounded the back side of the Moon. Today, NASA has released an incredible new version of that same type of image, this time taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance …

The Bizarre Reason Earth's Rotation Will Slow Down This Century

If you’ve had your fill of depressing predictions for the future, here’s one that is both fascinating and as innocuous as they come: as ice caps …

Google’s Cardboard Camera app lets you make your own VR photos

Google is doing some really amazing things with its virtual reality Cardboard platform, and today it gets even better. Google has just released an application to the Play Store called Cardboard Camera that will actually allow you to take your own VR photos.<p>The app is pretty simple, and the capture …

Google Play

12 awesome jobs for people who love science

If so, you might have a thing for science.<p>To find the top 12 jobs for science lovers, we used data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on almost 1,000 occupations.<p>One of the many things O*NET analyzes is how important …

There's an unexpected and worrisome outcome of the California drought

Using data gathered between 2011 and 2013, the report evaluated California's main metropolitan areas based on the levels of ozone (the main ingredient of smog), and measurable particles that built up in the air.<p>The report found that the Central Valley had the most airborne particulate pollution, …

The scientists whose garden unlocked the secret to good health

When Anne Biklé and David Montgomery fed their failing soil with organic matter, they were astonished by the results. Stimulating the microbes that live beneath the surface led the garden to flourish. Then, when Biklé was diagnosed with cancer, the couple had an idea…<p>Juicy is the best word to …

Farming

We Still Don't Know Why the Heck There Are So Many Blue Tarantulas

A very particular shade of blue hair has evolved independently on eight separate occasions and in at least three different ways in tarantulas, a new …

Future of human gene editing to be decided at landmark summit

The question could hardly be more profound. Having stumbled upon a simple means to make precise changes to the code of life, should humans take control of their genetic fate, and rewrite the DNA of future generations?<p>Once an idea explored only in fiction, the prospect is now a real one. The …

Genetics

Genetics

Genetic Changes and Cancer<p>Cancer is a genetic disease—that is, cancer is caused by certain changes to genes that control the way our cells function, …

Top biologists debate ban on gene-editing

Washington biology summit to consider ban on controversial technology<p>Delegates at a crucial scientific summit this week are expected to debate a ban on the use of the controversial technique of gene-editing. Hundreds of the world’s leading biologists will gather in Washington to discuss the …

Genetics

The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss

On a day when the skies were ashen from the smoke of distant wildfires, Chase Hurley kept his eyes trained on the slower-moving disaster at ground level: collapsing levees, buckling irrigation canals, water rising up over bridges and sloshing over roads.<p>This is the hidden disaster of California’s …

Water

Planet Earth: Facts About Its Orbit, Atmosphere & Size

Earth, our home, is the third planet from the sun. It is the only planet known to have an atmosphere containing free oxygen, oceans of liquid water …

Cooking with chloraminated water and salt could create toxic molecules

Cooking with chloraminated water could put potentially harmful toxins in your food, according to a new study published in <i>Water Research</i>. The study …

Gut Bacteria Signal Your Brain When They're Full

Twenty minutes into a meal, E. coli pump out appetite-suppressing proteins, which could influence our feeling of hunger. Christopher Intagliata …

E.coli

The Chemistry of an Electric Guitar

Electric guitars, on the face of it, might not seem to have much to do with chemistry. However, the materials that make them up are carefully chosen …

Magnetism

Indestructible Water Bears Have a Genome That Is Seriously Weird

Water bears, known to scientists as tardigrades, are famously adorable microscopic creatures who can survive anything: freezing, total dehydration, …

3D printer for kids looks like a helmet, cheaper than an iPhone

While popular among designers, the commercial 3D printer space has, so far, failed to capture much mainstream attention and instead seems to occupy a …

The man behind Jon Stewart's secret project with OTOY lays out the future of media

OTOY CEO Jules Urbach. Otoy<p>When Jules Urbach starts talking about the future of media, it’s hard for me not to get swept up in a wave of eagerness.<p>Urbach says he’s used to that type of reaction.<p>As the CEO of virtual reality and 3D pioneer OTOY, he’s been blowing people’s minds for years — including …

Virtual Reality

We're inching toward being able to print a whole human — here's proof

Advancements in 3-D printing - a machine that can layer materials to create three-dimensional objects - have skyrocketed in recent years. But while many associate the technology with pointless, plastic trinkets, researchers and scientists have been hard at work tinkering with the technology to …

This Minecraft World Teaches Kids the Basics of Biochemistry

Enter the crazy block world where some architecture is actually made of protein blocks.<p>In the world of MolCraft, all is not what it seems. Strange formations populate this Minecraft world: These are actually molecular structures that could allow kids to have fun with Minecraft and learn about …

What if one of the Earth's natural recycling methods stopped working? Because that just happened.

Remember "the water cycle" from like 2nd grade?<p>To recap: Liquid water gets evaporated by the sun and turns into condensation in the sky, which moves …

'Could happen at any time' God particle could DESTROY universe, warns Stephen Hawking

AFP/GETTYStephen Hawking has given a stark end of the world warning<p>The Cambridge-educated cosmologist said the Higgs boson could become unstable at …

How plastics in the ocean get into food chain

In a bid to reduce waste, England has introduced a 5p charge on plastic bags.<p>Scientists studying the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment have warned contamination could be passing up the food chain to humans.<p>They've found tiny pieces of plastic inside the guts of zooplankton - the …

Pollution

Let The Robots And iPhones Tend The Crops

Cheap, networked technology is transforming agriculture<p>Since Dorn Cox began automating his 250-acre New Hampshire farm four years ago, he has installed dozens of sensors. Some measure moisture in soil around his squash. Some track temperatures in the greenhouse air around his cucumbers. Others …

Video lets you imagine Earth breathing

NASA video simulating a massive typhoon spinning toward China, with something extra added. Plus a word about the Gaia hypothesis.<p>A friend sent a link …

Universe

Virgin births really happen — here are the animals that prove it

Virgin birth is a thing, and it's been happening for millennia in some animals.<p>It's something called parthenogenesis, which basically just means reproduction without fertilization. The mother provides both sets of the DNA necessary to create an embryo, which is typically female.<p>Here are the animals …

Biology

The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It's because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at what he was writing about. He didn't spend his life being good at writing.<p>He didn't spend his life typing. He ran a country. Or …