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Tesla Launches Its Electric SUV, The Model X

Falcon-wing doors and a “bioweapon defense mode”<p>Tesla Motors debuted its newest, quirkiest, and most outrageous product yet last night at its factory in Fremont, California. The long-awaited Model X SUV is a 7-seater with exotic “falcon-wing” doors, a pair of electric motors (in the all-wheel-drive …

Spectre trailer: 007 things we learned about the new James Bond movie

Someone is the author of all Daniel Craig’s pain, someone else has annoyed Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw has upgraded his jumper. Plus more revelations from the new promo<p>The rumours have been flying ever since producers revealed the title of the new Bond movie to be Spectre, once an acronym for Ian …

27 Paintings From the Most Famous Space Artist On Earth (And Off)

"The nearest thing to an artist-in-residence from outer space." That's how Isaac Asimov once described Robert T. McCall, the renowned illustrator, …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Kepler finds two planets with a striking resemblance to Earth

Welcome to the family! Scientists using<p>NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have confirmed at least eight new roughly Earth-sized planets sitting in the habitable zones of their host stars – two of which rival the most "Earth-like" planets found to date.<p>The discoveries, described at the American Astronomical …

Universe

Secret of long life may be written in stars, scientists find

Norwegian researchers found people born during times of high Sun activity died around five years before those born in periods of solar silence<p>The secret of long life may really be written in the stars - well the Sun at least - after scientists discovered that solar activity at birth predicts …

Little Ice Age

Apple invents technology to account for your butterfingers

Smartphones with gigantic glass screens are the most fragile handheld gaming platform, but a new Apple patent is designed to combat our human butterfingers and help a device move on its own when dropped to minimize damage.<p>The technology would "selectively alter a center of mass of the electronic …

Scientists discover two new particles at Large Hadron Collider

Welcome to the family! Scientists using CERN’s<p>Large Hadron Colliderin Europe have discovered two new subatomic particles.<p>The discovery of the two related particles, submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters, fills in missing slots in the subatomic roster that had been predicted but never …

Physics

Looking for a different sort of dark matter with GPS satellites | Ars Technica

Widely spaced atomic clocks could spot defects in the Universe itself.<p>We still don’t know what dark matter is. The most widely accepted possibility …

Are we sending aliens the right messages?

Despite decades of sending sounds and pictures into space no aliens have responded. Have we been doing it wrong? Tracey Logan investigates, and discovers some novel attempts to make contact – including the smells of our planet.<p>Artist Carrie Paterson has long dreamed of beaming messages far out to …

Universe

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …

Cheaper Than Coal? Fusion Concept Aims to Bridge Energy Gap

Researchers say they've developed a concept for a fusion reactor that could be built for less money than an equivalent coal-fired plant — but they acknowledge that they still have some questions to answer. For example, will the concept really work?<p>The design concept, known as the "dynomak," is the …

Nuclear Energy

Icelandic volcano: ‘Fire fountains burst into the air. It is a truly awesome sight’

When Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland erupted four years ago, the ash cloud disrupted flights for months. Now another one has emerged – and it’s even bigger …<p>It’s been an explosive few weeks in Iceland. In the Holuhraun valley, in the centre of the country, the Earth’s crust has been wrenched …

Alien Comet Swarms Hint at Mysterious Undiscovered Exoplanet (Video, Images)

1 / 3<p>This artist's concept illustrates the preferred model for explaining ALMA observations of Beta Pictoris. At the outer fringes of the system, the …

The Tyranny of the College Major

Colleges should require students to take more courses outside of their discipline.<p>The American bachelor's degree has over the last 150 years become centered on specializations, majors, each student's home department. General Education, the classes each student must take outside of the major, is …

Amazon.com: 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime: Books

Hardcover<p>$9.59 <i>Prime</i><p>Paperback<p>$14.28 <i>Prime</i><p>Paperback<p>$10.79 <i>Prime</i><p>Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman<p>Paperback<p>$10.20 <i>Prime</i><p>Paperback<p>$9.99 <i>Prime</i><p>Margaret Wise …

Josh Kaufman

How To Learn Anything… Fast!<p>A practitioner’s guide to rapid skill acquisition. Accelerate your learning by deconstructing complex skills, practicing …

The Voice

Sketchnotes 101: The Basics of Visual Note-taking

<i>Welcome to the second article in the the new Core77 "Sketchnotes Channel" (www.core77.com/sketchnotes) where we'll be exploring the application of</i> …

From Text to Sketchnotes: A How-To Guide for Novice Visual Note Takers

My recent sketchnotes of Jonah Lehrer’s book Imagine: How Creativity Works were the result of a new process of visual note-taking that I was testing …

Why Grumpy People Can Be Super Productive

If you’re waiting for the “right mood” to strike before you attack that stack of work, you might be waiting a loooooonnng time.<p>When we say that we’re “waiting for the right time” to start on something, we tend to mean that we want to feel good about what we’re doing–but new research suggests that a …

Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

Scientists Find Unprecedented Black Hole

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists have discovered a "fast and furious" super-powered small black hole, the first that …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

Black hole caught blasting heavy metal in jets | Ars Technica

Outburst contained iron ions accelerated to 66 percent of the speed of light.<p>Much of the matter falling onto a black hole is channeled into powerful …

Infographic: Waste in Space

5 Lessons From One Of The Music Biz’s Most Successful College Dropouts A conversation about making it big, with or without a degree, with powerhouse …

The Future Is Here: How 3D Printing Is Opening The Door To Space Colonization

*This blog cowritten with Mike Chen, Made in Space cofounder and chief strategy officer.<p><b>The Future Is Finally Here</b><p>Back before we had smartphones and internet apps, we had assumptions about what life would be like in the 21st century. We assumed flying cars. We assumed (thank you <i>Jetsons)</i> robo-maids. …

10 Modern Coloring Books That Aren’t Just for Kids

Who says you have to be a kid to love a good coloring book? Not us, that’s for sure! When we read about <i>Outside the Lines</i>, the latest cool coloring book on the art scene, we knew it was time to round up a whole bunch of modern coloring books for folks who can’t resist a good set of markers filling …

Coloring Book

Yosemite National Park, Closed on Its 123rd Birthday

California's Yosemite National Park, established on October 1, 1890, stands closed today, along with all other national parks and monuments in the U.S. More than a century ago, naturalist John Muir, a strong advocate for the recognition and protection of the region, successfully lobbied congress to …

This is the first interesting search engine since Google

It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Bing has won market share, but not at Google’s expense. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they …

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