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The Evolutionary Power of Loneliness

The pain of isolation may be what motivates people to make friends.<p>As social animals, we depend on others for survival. Our communities provide mutual aid and protection, helping humanity to endure and thrive. “We have survived as a species not because we’re fast or strong or have natural weapons …

Neuroscience

Villager Jim: The anonymous photographer and his sleeping dog

<b>Dubbed the "Banksy of the photographic world", the mysterious Villager Jim only picked up a camera a few years ago but now makes his living from taking wildlife snaps.</b><p>Here, he explains how a picture of his dog went viral, his passion for wildlife, and how he is enjoying being anonymous.<p>"Everybody …

Wildlife

2015 November 7 - Earth and Milky Way from Space

<b>Earth and Milky Way from Space</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, Scott Kelly<p><b>Explanation:</b> Since November 2000, people have been living continuously on the …

Cosmology

Mars' Mysterious South Pole Revealed in New Photo

A newly released photo provides a great look at Mars' seldom-seen South Pole.<p>The swirling white dot toward the bottom of the photo, which was taken …

International Space Station filled with germs, Nasa warns

Bacterial pathogens mostly innocuous on Earth thrive in ISS as it is prime breeding ground, study that could lead to stricter space cleaning regime finds<p>Despite orbiting 248 miles above the Earth, the International Space Station is swarming with infectious germs, a new study has found - and …

Space

The Science In 'The Martian' Is Great, But The Stuff About The Wind Is Fiction

As a planetary geologist, I love <i>The Martian</i>. It’s one of the best space science fiction movies ever made. And it’s making a lot of money. Much of the great science done on Mars by NASA space missions over the last decade informed the depiction of the Red Planet in the movie. The technical details …

Particles

The Largest Cosmic Structures In The Universe Don't Actually Exist

There’s a simple recipe for building the Universe as we know it today: take a sea of matter and radiation that starts off hot, dense and expanding, and give it time to cool. Over long enough timescales, atomic nuclei, neutral atoms, and eventually stars, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies will …

Cosmology

New era beckons for supersonic air travel

Passengers could break the sound barrier again as technology delivers faster but quieter jets<p>Supersonics are back. Around the world, aerospace companies and organisations, including Nasa, are developing the technology that will allow passengers once again to fly at faster than the speed of sound. …

Aviation

Everything you need to know about the mysterious cosmic phenomenon astrophysicists call a 'white hole'

So what in the universe is a white hole?<p>It's imagination day, and we're going to talk about fantasy creatures. Like unicorns, but even rarer. Like leprechauns, but even more fantastical!<p>Today, we're going to talk about white holes. Before we talk about white holes, let's talk about black holes.<p>And …

Physics

NASA successfully tests EM Propulsion Drive (Warp Drive) in Vacuum

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has successfully tested electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive that could help in space travel in the solar system. The …

Lost in Space: Half of All Stars Are Rogues Between Galaxies

As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies, an unexpected discovery made in a new study using NASA …

NASA spacecraft smashes into Mercury

NASA's Messenger spacecraft has crashed into the planet Mercury after running out of fuel, in an incident expected by the US space agency.<p>On …

NASA Has Trialled an Engine That Would Take Us to Mars in 10 Weeks

And may have inadvertently created a warp drive in the process.<p>NASA scientists have reported that they've successfully tested an engine called the …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say<p>A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have …

Earth Science

Just Back: Lisbon

<i>Traveler</i> editorial assistant and California native <b>Kevin Kunitake</b> recently made his first hop across the pond. Where did he land? Portugal.<p>In addition to the trip being his first to Europe, it also marked his debut as a solo traveler. And compact, friendly <b>Lisbon</b> ended up being the perfect …

Inside The 'Europa Clipper' Mission That NASA Is Planning To Send Past Jupiter

Jupiter's moon is the best candidate for finding extraterrestrial life; here's how we're going to get there<p>On Monday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden gave an exciting update on the state of America's space agency, detailing the Obama Administration’s proposal to give NASA $18.5 billion for the …

Six Surprises About German Life (Including the Baths)

Last week, the New York Times published a story about Stuart Emmrich's experience at the famous baths of Baden Baden -- an experience that my fellow Frankfurt ex-pats and I hilariously related to.<p>On a personal level, it reminded me of the first time I visited the naked baths of Bad Homburg, a …

Time I

The Untold Story Of How Steve Jobs Reintroduced His Signature Design Style To Apple

Skeuomorphism is an ugly, confusing word.<p>According to Techopedia, its definition is, "a design principle in which design cues are taken from the physical world. "<p>Basically, remember how the Notes app on the iPhone used to look like a yellow legal pad or how the iBooks application on the iPad used …

Breitling

Meet Mister Sideboard

Mister Sideboard is pleased to meet you. Designed by WEWOOD, Mister boasts an elegant design and attention to detail with a Herringbone pattern on …

Furniture

How Does the "New" 3DS Compare to the "Old" One?

The New 3DS is faster and bigger with improved hardware and a better battery life. While the New 3DS is slightly heavier, the New 3DS XL is actually …

Retrogaming

The Physics of Productivity: Newton's Laws of Getting Stuff Done Will Help You Boost Your Productivity

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three …

These Islands Are Sucking Up Pollution From The Water They’re Floating In

Floating islands that double as water treatment plants keep water clean without sullying nice views.<p>Wetlands are known for their ability to clean water: their thick vegetation traps excess nutrients (which cause algae blooms) and heavy pollutants, and help keep waterways free and clear. But, of …

Scientists Discover Microbes in a Subglacial Antarctic Lake

The frozen desert of Antarctica is challenging enough for life — never mind conditions beneath that ice-bound mass. But NBC News reports that a …

Antarctica

Ten Medieval Warrior Women

While Joan of Arc is well-known as a woman who was involved in medieval warfare, there are many more examples of women who took up arms or commanded …

Low-Power Color Displays - MIT Technology Review

Researchers at Oxford University have used a type of phase-change material to make devices whose color changes instantly in response to a small jolt …

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