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Watch: The Physics of Time Explained in Under 3 Minutes

Many people find the concepts in physics challenging to wrap their head around. Visual aids and explanations can definitely help, though. The Youtube …

This Artwork Depicts the Gorgeous Complexity of the Human Brain

Self Reflected is a series of art pieces that depict human consciousness. They were created by Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards and are meant to …

Solar Power: What to Know Before You Install Your System

The most common type of home solar power system features photovoltaic (PV) panels that convert sunlight into electricity. These panels are typically …

Kurzweil: By 2030, Nanobots Will Flow Throughout Our Bodies

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, is a well-known futurist who seems to have a penchant for accurate predictions. Most recently, he has …

The Next Step in Human Evolution Won’t Be Confined to Our Bodies

Flash of Brilliance<p><i>“Intelligence is the passenger, Biology is the driver.” – Karl Schroeder</i><p>Remarkably soon after the Earth formed 4.5 billion years …

A Bounty of Europe Travel Deals

If you’ve ever dreamed of renting a villa in Tuscany, hiking under Iceland’s midnight sun or vacationing practically anywhere else in Europe, the time is now. From Reykjavik to Rome, lower airfares and a strong dollar are making for some of the best bargains in years for Americans.<p>Round-trip …

Travel Deals

Is There a Link Between Our Minds and the Quantum World?

Consciousness is something that we know very little about but is often defined as being a person’s awareness of something. But, some scientists even …

Consciousness

The World's Most Dangerous Hike is Now Open

When most people think of "hiking", they'd most likely conjure up mental images of serene forested hills or a nicely challenging incline. But what …

Lost in space: the most captivating images from Nasa's vast archive

The Nasa Image and Video Library allows users to "search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 images, videos and audio files" …

The Coolest Thing to Do in Every Country, Mapped

Travelers have a lot to say about what's worth visiting and what isn't. Recognizing the difference between a tourist trap and what's genuinely cool …

This Giant Group of Whales Is Definitely Up to Something

You may have heard the story of Whale 52, otherwise known as the world’s loneliest whale — the one that’s spent years swimming solo through the …

Humpback Whales

Free online courses will teach anyone DNA sequencing

It's never been easier to learn how to code using online resources, and that's not limited to computer programming. You know what else is code? DNA, which scientists have been modifying in bacteria and embryos with increasing success over the years. Researchers from the Centre Recherches …

Genetics

An Epic Adventure Bucket List to Complete This Summer

Can you complete them all?<p>There's nothing wrong with a summer spent at the beach. But if you want more than tan lines and sand-covered clothes, …

Everything About Mars Is The Worst

But this jerk planet is still humanity’s best hope for another home in the cosmos.<p>At first glance, Mars seems pretty nice. The sun warms its rusty …

This Company Wants to Pay You to Travel the World and Stay in Luxury Homes

The deadline to apply is March 30, 2017.<p>If staying in luxury homes while getting paid to write about your experience sounds like a job you’d want, …

Federal Reserve official warns of digital currency’s risks

<i>(Reuters)</i> – A top U.S. Federal Reserve official on Friday raised caution about central banks issuing digital currencies as they are vulnerable to cyber attacks and criminal activities along with privacy issues that still need to be addressed.<p>“A digital currency issued by a central bank would be a …

Cyber-attacks

See a Haunting Vision of the War Machines of the Future

Do you want to know what war would look like in 2048? The Israeli artist Pavel Postovit has drawn a series of remarkable images depicting soldiers, …

Santa Barbara's new science museum aims to spark your curiosity

You can walk inside a giant guitar to see how its sound works or build a race car and send it speeding down a track at a new science museum in Santa Barbara that connects science and innovation with hands-on experiences.<p>MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, opened Saturday at 125 State …

Santa Barbara

Look at this amazing smart-home tech for kitchens

Metagenome-wide association studies: fine-mining the microbiome

1.<p>Qin, J. <i>et al.</i> A human gut microbial gene catalogue established by metagenomic sequencing. <i>Nature</i> <b>464</b>, 59–65 (2010). <b>This study details the first gene</b> …

Google Scholar

The Star That Looks Like the Eye of Sauron

"A great eye, lidless, wreathed in flame."<p>Fomalhaut, the eighteenth brightest star in the night sky, is about 25 light-years from the Earth. It has twice the mass of the sun but burns much hotter and brighter. When we observe Fomalhaut in infrared (above), we see a large ring of debris where …

The Seven New Earth-Like Planets Discovered By NASA, Ranked

Big news, folks. NASA has discovered seven new Earth-like planets orbiting a star outside our solar system. A new record! And according to the scientists who released the report, three of them are even located in what they refer to as “the inhabitable zone.” New planets, here we come! Maybe. …

Some Good News About the Worst Mass Extinction in Earth's History

If the fact that the Earth is careening toward a sixth mass extinction event makes you uncomfortable, good news: it turns out, the biosphere may have …

This blooming solar system harvests energy from the sun like a flower

'Smartflower' claims to be the world's first "intelligent energy plant." It's a solar system that unfolds its giant solar panel petals in the morning …

Almost Anyone Can Justify Flying by Private Jet. Here's How

Still flying commercial and think you can't afford to upgrade? This successful aviation entrepreneur explains how anyone can join the private jet set.<p>Who doesn't love to travel? Most people love the idea of a trip. Then again, mixing travel and work can be quite problematic: The travel time to the …

Why 2017 Will Be The Rise of Synthetic Intelligence

by Todd Jaquith January 9, 2017 Artificial Intelligence 14147<p>The transition from one year to the next is always a little uncertain – an uneasy blend …

Forget the fireworks -- look for a comet in the sky on New Year's Eve

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even if you're not a fan of New Year's Eve fireworks, you'll have another reason to look to the skies.<p>NASA says as we ring in the new year, a comet will near the moon and be visible to those looking west.<p>But here's the catch - you'll need a pair of binoculars to see it.<p>NASA says comet …

Space

How The Donald Trump Cabinet Stacks Up, In 3 Charts

<i>Update:</i> <i>This post was updated on February 16, 2017, and will continue to be updated as other appointments are made.</i><p>At a Thursday press conference, Donald Trump named one more person to his list of cabinet nominees: Alexander Acosta, dean of the Florida International University College of Law and …

Watch the Earth transform in front of your eyes in these incredible Google Timelapses

Google Timelapse – the interactive map that lets you explore how the planet has changed over the last 33 years – just got its biggest overhaul …

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology