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Hoping To Clear The Air In Paris, Officials Ration The Rue

Paris is suffering from the worst smog it's seen in decades. Associated Press Paris Bureau Chief Angela Charlton explains the ways the city's dealing with the smog, including restrictions on drivers.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE …

Patients with headaches get $1 billion in scans each year

One in eight visits to a doctor for a headache or migraine ends up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a …

Neurology

Nanoparticles: The Next Big Thing in Medicine — NOVA Next | PBS

DNA. The very acronym calls to mind the molecule’s exquisite structure, a linear double helix. Our understanding of DNA and its orbiting strands has …

Einstein’s notes for lecture on Relativity

I venture into astrophysics blogging very carefully and only to say that if you’re a layperson like me having trouble understanding today’s …

History of Science

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Evidence of young universe's growth spurt is discovered

Scientists staring at the faint afterglow from the universe's birth 13.8 billion years ago have discovered the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation — the mysterious and violent expansion after the big bang.<p>The findings, made using radio telescopes at the South Pole, support the …

Could everyone marry a supermodel? A scientific assessment

I’ve been out of the loop for a few weeks, meaning I’m out of touch with the latest news. However, I firmly believe that science is applicable in any context. So, with that flimsy rationale, here’s a science blog based on something someone said to me in a pub.<p>I was in said pub with friends, and …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

What is the world’s scarcest material?

Should we worry about natural resources running out? As Rachel Nuwer discovers, that’s the wrong way of looking at a far more complex problem.<p>Of all the world’s materials, which one will “run out” first? The more we consume as a society, the more we hear about how vital ores and minerals are …

Rare Earth

U.S. Quietly Gives Up Control Over The Internet

The new plan: a global governing body that will totally not at all be heavily influenced by the United States.<p>On Friday, the United States announced some very big news in a very boring way. The U.S. government is relinquishing its last official control over the internet. The phrasing chosen by the …

Faster computers will find aliens in 20 years, says SETI

Advances in computer technology are speeding up the rate at which we can scour the universe for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, says a SETI astronomer<p>If intelligent alien life exists we will find it within two decades, thanks to advances in computer power speeding up our search of star …

60,000 miles up: Space elevator could be built by 2035, says new study - ExtremeTech

By on March 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Imagine a ribbon roughly one …

Engineering

Wireless electricity? It's here

Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached.<p>Looking back, it was a crude experiment, she remembers: a tiny room filled with gigantic copper refrigerator coils -- the kind you'd see if you cracked open the back of your freezer.<p>She …

Stephen Hawking: In 50 years, we'll be living on the moon

I can just imagine the ads.<p>One-hundred-twenty-year-old Richard Branson would like you to be one of the first to live in the Virgin Moon Residences.<p>There will be three Virgin Galactic (or perhaps Virgin Lunartic) flights there daily and the residences will be all-inclusive properties with the option …

Last night’s moon, planet Mars, star Spica

Cath Cooper – and others in EarthSky’s community – caught last night’s beautiful waning gibbous moon, red planet Mars and blue-white Spica, brightest …

Elon Musk Is About To Launch The Heaviest Rocket In Existence — And Yes, It Can Reach Mars

Put another way, this one ship has the liftoff thrust equivalent of <i>15</i> Boeing 747s tied together and running at full power.<p>Only one other rocket has been heavier than the Falcon Heavy will be, SpaceX claims. That was NASA's Saturn V ship, which carried the Apollo and Skylab missions into space from …

Five of the most radical car-free city experiments

Paris is the latest city resorting to drastic and controversial traffic-restriction measures to curb air pollution. What else are cities doing to cut down smog?<p>Plagued by record levels of air pollution last week, authorities in the French capital decreed that cars whose number plates end in an odd …

Time's arrow and Boltzmann's entropy

The <b>arrow of time</b> expresses the fact that in the world about us the past is distinctly different from the future. Milk spills but doesn't unspill; …

Mercury, the Smallest Planet, Is Getting Even Smaller, Scientists Say

A new look at the planet shows that it has shrunk almost nine miles in diameter.<p>Like a raisin spinning around the sun, Mercury is shrinking and wrinkling. The planet is now up to 8.6 miles (14 kilometers) smaller in diameter than it was nearly four billion years ago, according to a report released …

‘Feminine’ traits may delay heart attack care for men and women

Traditional gender traits may affect how quickly hospitals care for men and women who are having heart attacks.<p>A study of more than 1,100 patients …

Medicine

Stephen Hawking claims victory in gravitational wave bet

Stephen Hawking has claimed victory in a bet with a fellow scientist over the discovery of primordial gravitational waves, ripples in the structure of space-time from the birth of the universe.<p>The Cambridge cosmologist bet Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute in Canada, that …

Meet the moons: planetary satellites in pictures

On Monday the Open University launched a free online course introducing the rich diversity of moons in the solar system. Led by David Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at the university, the course will explore the fundamental processes that have shaped moons, the relationship between our …