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The Best Short Movies on Netflix

Your time is valuable—so don't waste it on movies that don't deserve it.<p>Movies are too long. Not all of them—but a <i>lot</i> of them. For every tightly edited, beautifully told film that comes out of Hollywood, you get at least a half-dozen bloated messes that will somehow be even longer when the …

Horror

Parents of successful kids have these 12 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Self-improvement

Scientists made an online calculator that tells you your 'fitness age,' and you can try it right now

But if you exercise pretty frequently and eat right, then you might be a lot younger than you think — at least as far as something called your "fitness age" is concerned.<p>The "fitness-age calculator," which determines your fitness age based on how physically fit you are — rather than how many years …

New York City

Even with sci-fi tech, it may be impossible to explore the known universe

For the entire history of humanity, we’ve lived on this one small unassuming planet in the spiral arm of a very average galaxy called The Milky Way. …

Universe

The 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Books Ever Written

Share the post "The 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Books Ever Written"<p>Dune (Frank Herbert)<p>Often quoted as “Science Fiction’s answer to Lord of the Rings”. And …

Science Fiction

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 11, 2014 : NPR

Science Fiction And Fantasy Books That Will Change Your Life This Fall

Science fiction and fantasy books are seriously going to blow your mind this fall. William Gibson returns to the future. Plus there are new books by …

Books

The Backstory of ‘Noah’ Is Full of Giants, Horny Angels, and a Grieving God

The first few chapters of Genesis contain some of the strangest prose in the Bible, but the big reveal is a God making peace with man’s sinful nature.<p>…

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Some of Today’s Hottest Scientific Mysteries, Illustrated by Some of Today’s Coolest Artists

As a lover of the intersection of art and science, I find myself more excited about <b>The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science</b> (<i>public library</i>) than I’ve been about a book in ages. In this gem, as intellectually stimulating as it is visually stunning, …

BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Infographic: The Chaos Of Outer Space Simplified Through Flat Animation

See how our solar system works–and how it all ends.<p>There are two tropes for science fair projects: baking soda volcanoes and styrofoam ball solar system mobiles. Consider the latter, and compare it with even most superficial knowledge we all retained from elementary school. Those planetary …

Astronomy

Every Nerd Will Love This Errol Morris-Benoit Mandelbrot Interview

"A formula can be very simple and create a universe of bottomless complexity."<p>Perhaps it's because they create an infinity of interesting from simple equations.<p>Perhaps it's because they suggest that many seemingly chaotic phenomena have an underlying order.<p>Perhaps it's because they were great early …

Albert Einstein Reads ‘The Common Language of Science’ (1941)

Here's an extraordinary recording of Albert Einstein from the fall of 1941, reading a full-length essay in English:<p>The essay is called "The Common …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …