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How Cereal Transformed American Culture

<b>by Ian Lender</b><p><i>More than a century ago, Christian fundamentalists invented cereal to promote a healthy lifestyle free of sin. Little did they know,</i> …

Does this carbon nanotube computer spell the end for silicon? - Futurity

Engineers have built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes, a success that points to a …

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An Out-of-This-World Role

DIY Soylent: upstart nutritionists fight the tyranny of food

The dark nutritional sorcery of food-replacing powders<p>In February of 2013, programmer Nick Poulden got hooked on the idea of giving up food. He’d found the blog of Rob Rhinehart, a creator of a meal substitute called Soylent. Meant to provide a full dose of calories and nutrients in a single, cheap …

Modern Humans Still Evolving, and Faster Than Ever

For those who think the forces of natural selection no longer apply to modern humans, paleoanthropologist John Hawks would urge you to reconsider. In recent times — that's 10 to 20 thousand years, for a paleoanthropologist — Hawks says we've picked up genetic variations in skin color, and other …

FYI: Do Cloned Wild Animals Have Instincts?

Let's ask Betsy Dresser, the senior vice president of research at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans, who has raised several litters of small African wildcat clones. "Oh yes, the clones are very much wild animals with wild instincts," she says. "They bite and …

Science fiction is no longer a boys’ club

Kick-ass heroines in “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” prove that women are taking over the male-dominated genre<p>English novelist Mary Shelley was born exactly 216 years ago. One hundred and ninety five years ago, she wrote "Frankenstein," one of the world’s most famous science fiction novels of all …

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee isn't just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.<p>In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.<p>Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the …

Dancing Ghosts: What You Get When You Interpolate Long Exposure Photos

Check out the creepy effect seen in the video above, titled “Dancing Ghosts.” It was created by photographer Micaël Reynaud, who photographed a group …

Six stubborn myths about cancer

There are few illnesses as terrifying in the public consciousness as cancer. With up to a third of us getting cancer at some stage in our lives, it is almost impossible to remain untouched by the disease. As an ominous reminder of our mortality, cancer scares us to the point that discussions about …

20 of the Best Apps Released in August 2013

As August draws to a close, we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>From Android through iOS and onto the Web, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>New on Android<p><b>Tunester</b><p>Tunester is a minimalist, gesture-based …

The ups and downs of porn: sexism, relationships and sexual aggression

Does pornography lead to broken relationships, oppression of women and sexual aggression? Research suggests not<p>David Cameron's repeated initiatives to regulate access to online pornography reflect an ongoing moral panic that society as we know it is being torn apart by smut. Yet this contrasts …

What exactly is fire?

Fire is essential and something we often take for granted, but what precisely is it? James May answers this burning question.<p>Fire is just a particularly vigorous oxidation process, one that you can understand even if you weren’t paying attention in chemistry lessons at school, as indeed James May …

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