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This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our 'Theory Of Everything'

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Quantum Mechanics

Data Visualization for Human Perception

35. Data Visualization for Human Perception<p>by Stephen Few<p>Data visualization is the graphical display of abstract information for two purposes: …

The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life

People who stick to five healthy habits in adulthood can add more than a decade to their lives, according to a major study into the impact behaviour has on lifespan.<p>Researchers at Harvard University used lifestyle questionnaires and medical records from 123,000 volunteers to understand how much …

World Health Organization

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

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

Singularity

Ditch Distractions and Get Productive With a Method Called "Deep Work"

I first heard about the idea of "deep work" while listening to a podcast on my way to work. NPR's Shankar Vedantam interviewed Cal Newport, a computer scientist and Georgetown professor, about his research and insights on the subject.<p>Newport shared how he manages to get a seemingly impossible …

Time Management

17 Journeys By Train That Will Change Your Life Forever

Take a slow and stunning journey by train across some of the world's most beautiful landscapes.<p><i>This photo essay is part of a series of stories about travel.</i>

DARPA Is Researching Time Crystals, And Their Reasons Are 'Classified'

Mystery! Here's what you need to know.<p>The US military likes to stay at the forefront of the cutting edge of science - most recently investigating …

Holding plank for a long time is pointless, fitness professor claims

Holding plank for ever-increasing periods of time has become a staple of many gym classes. Fitness experts claim that staying at the top of a push-up builds core, strengthens back muscles, tones the arms and teaches endurance.<p>But one sports scientist suggests that holding the position for any …

What Is The Scientific Method, And Why Do So Many People Get It Wrong?

Climate change deniers, listen up.<p>Claims that the "the science isn’t settled" with regard to climate change are symptomatic of a large body of …

Good fats can cut risk of death by 27%, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> We've long known that "bad" fats aren't the healthiest choices in our diets, but the latest news from Harvard is lethal: Eating too much saturated or trans fat can increase your risk of dying.<p>The silver lining? You can reverse some of that risk by making healthier fat choices.<p>"This study is …

Nutrition

Happiness at Work: The Proven Science of How to Enjoy Your Job

In True Grit, Grace, and Gratitude, I used the term "happy hour" as a constructive and necessary analogy, but I do have a good bit of aversion toward the expression. Why does an hour we reserve to be happy have to be after work? I also have tepid excitement for the sayings "Work hard, play hard," …

The Relationship Between Rocket Science and Human Resource Management

SPACE X VIA FLICKR<p>The picture froze, reviving moments later to a few frames showing a bright ball of light hurtling towards the platform. And then, the screen cut to color bars.<p>Did the rocket land?<p>Yesterday Elon Musk's Space X fired the Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to send the SES-9 …

How a Mistranslation Made You Think Your Tongue Had 'Taste Zones'

Oops.<p>As you grow older and reflect on the things you learned in grade school, you slowly come to realise that many common, everyday facts that your …

Tens of thousands protest for gay adoption rights in Rome

Full equality was the demand of tens of thousands in Rome on Saturday, protesting that a bill to allow civil unions for gay and lesbian couples doesn’t go far enough.<p>The Italian Senate approved the bill last month but only after it was watered down to remove a provision allowing one partner to …

LGBTQI

The Italian job

TO LOSE Greece or Portugal may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose Italy looks like carelessness. It is hard to imagine the single currency …

Economics

Wider understanding

A CALORIE is a calorie. Eat too many and spend too few, and you will become obese and sickly. This is the conventional wisdom. But increasingly, it …

Another end-of-year report from CERN. No new collisions yet, but lots of progress<p>I made it back from CERN last night, despite the “problem with radar” over London, as the attendant in the Swiss lounge had it. (It turns out a computer failed rather than the radar itself.) I was lucky - some of my …

The 10 moments that changed science and engineering: in pictures - Telegraph

20 ways gigabit-speed internet access might change our lives by 2025

If you want to know the future of technology, should you ask a technological futurologist? On the one hand, it’s their job to think about What Comes Next and What It All Means in regards to devices, connectivity and the digital services that they enable.<p>On the other hand, you might just get back a …

Newly Discovered ‘Tetraquark’ Fuels Quantum Feud

In August 2003, an experiment at the KEKB particle accelerator in Japan found hints of an unexpected particle: A composite of elementary building …

Cosmic inflation: Confidence lowered for Big Bang signal

<b>Scientists who claimed to have found a pattern in the sky left by the super-rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang say they are now less confident of their result.</b><p>The BICEP2 Collaboration used a telescope at the South Pole to detect the signal in the oldest light it …

Physics

How To Make a Quantum Bit