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Archaeologist: Boston shipwreck is rare, remarkable find

BOSTON (AP) — A sunken, burned ship from the 1800s uncovered during a construction project in Boston's Seaport District is a rare and remarkable …

Archaeology

'Eye-watering' scale of Black Death's impact on England revealed

Scraps of broken pottery from test pits dug by thousands of members of the public have revealed the devastating impact of the Black Death in England, not just in the years 1346 to 1351 when the epidemic ripped Europe apart, but for decades or even centuries afterwards.<p>The quantity of sherds of …

Archaeology

Zika Virus Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg', Experts Say

The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday.<p>Many cases have probably been missed because babies looked normal when they were born. But hidden birth defects are almost certain to turn up as the babies grow, they told a meeting of …

Public Health

Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

23 Michael Jordan Quotes That Will Immediately Boost Your Confidence

What M.J. would say about North Carolina's loss to Villanova.<p>Last night, Villanova beat North Carolina to become NCAA National Champions. Villanova deserves respect and applause for their victory. However, what would Michael Jordan say to the team of his alma mater after such a defeat?<p>Fittingly, …

Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …

Research Says Women Need More Sleep Than Men

When it comes to who deserves a lie in, women win. But it’s not only because they’re more deserving — science says that women need more sleep than …

Research

Dog Cognition: How Do Dogs Perceive The World?

Dogs and humans share one of the strongest bonds between two different species on Earth. The connection has grown so deep, it’s literally become coded into our genes. And a wave of new research is shedding more light on these all-important dog-human relationships and what our furry friends are …

21 photos that show why a small town in Tennessee was just named America's next hot travel destination

The results were based on increases in positive traveler feedback as well as increased interest in accommodations, restaurants, and attractions.<p>This year, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was ranked as the top US destination travelers should have on their radar. It also came in fourth place on TripAdvisor's …

Three food companies with a climate footprint bigger than the Netherlands

They may not be household names but collectively global food companies Cargill, Tyson and Yara have a bigger climate footprint than the Netherlands, Vietnam or Colombia, according to a new analysis.<p>The startling revelation from the NGO Global Justice Now comes at a time when fossil fuel companies …

Fossil Fuels

Watch Einstein’s Theory of Relativity explained in a superfun 3-minute cartoon

Today is the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and what better way to celebrate that iconic moment in history than taking …

The Physics Of Non-Newtonian Goo Could Save Astronauts' Lives

Understanding its mechanism will help researchers create better space suits and even concussion preventing helmets<p>There’s an experiment you may have done in high school: When you mix cornstarch with water—a concoction colloquially called oobleck—and give it a stir, it acts like a liquid. But scrape …

Engineering

The Most Beautiful Lakes in the U.S.

Glaciers, geysers, crystal clear water: What more could you ask for? These 15 American lakes are gorgeous—and worth a visit—any time of year.<p>Caddo Lake, Texas<p>Lake Powell, Utah<p>Lake McDonald, Montana<p>Diablo Lake, Washington<p>Lake Clark, Alaska

National Parks

Are any foods safe to eat anymore? Here’s the truth

Is bacon really as bad for you as cigarettes? Will coffee give you a heart attack? Do wheat-eaters suffer “brain fog”? BBC Future examines the foods, the fears – and the facts.<p>Food was once seen as a source of sustenance and pleasure. Today, the dinner table can instead begin to feel like a …

Nutrition

Try the ‘Humane Burpee’ for a Ridiculously Good Workout

You’ll pack more work into 4 minutes than most people do in 30<p>One of my favorite exercises to do when I’m time crunched: the humane burpee. (Those are two words I bet you never thought you’d see together.)<p>Created by my good friend Dan Martin, a powerlifter and former firefighter, the exercise works …

13 psychological biases that explain why we make terrible financial decisions even though they 'feel' right

We all have these biases, yet most of us don't know how powerful they are. They frame information for us so that it "feels" like you're being rational. But they're leading you to make decisions that are completely wrong. That's why you end up making horrible decisions with your money.<p>You may have …

Whale boat sinking: 'people opened their homes for the survivors'

There was no time even to send out a mayday. The shocked survivors of the whale-watching cruise that claimed the lives of five Britons and probably an Australian off the Canadian coast told their rescuers they could not believe how fast their boat turned over and plunged them into the frigid waters …

Whale Watching

The Cities You Need To See In Your Lifetime

Here at The Active Times, we're big proponents of off-the-beaten-path adventures and exploring wilderness around the globe, but that mentality occasionally means that cities are overlooked.<p>Urban centers offer their own form of adventure -- and some even satisfy the most active outdoor enthusiasts …

Here's how much of the world would need to be covered in solar panels to power Earth

Solar energy is a seriously underrated resource.<p>More power from the sun hits the Earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year, yet …

Renewable Energy

Quantum "Spookiness" Passes Toughest Test Yet

It’s a bad day both for Albert Einstein and for hackers. The most rigorous test of quantum theory ever carried out has confirmed that the ‘spooky …

Lost cities: where to pretend you are Indiana Jones

Unearthing lost cities used to be the preserve of machete-wielding, Indiana Jones types, but advances in technology lie behind the most recent discoveries rather any derring-do in the jungle.<p>One of the most groundbreaking recent finds lay hidden in Honduras’ near-impenetrable La Moskitia rainforest …

70-Year-Old Soviet World War II Plane Pulled From River

The mud of the Bzura river in Poland was the final resting place for the Soviet fighter for over seven decades<p>The wreckage of a World War II Soviet plane, believed to have been shot down in combat with German forces in January 1945, has been recovered from the mud of the Bzura river in Poland. The …

Grizzlies, polar bears evolve with climate change.

Scientists say the Arctic has undergone unusual, and increasingly rapid change over the past few decades as a result of climate change, including the appearance of the Pizzly bear — a grizzly-polar bear hybrid.<p>“There’s a lot of weird stuff going on in Alaska, and there’s a lot of weird stuff going …

Revealed: the first hydrogen-powered battery that will charge your Apple iPhone for a week

British firm Intelligent Energy has claimed a breakthrough in building smartphones that run for a week on a single cartridge<p>A British technology company has claimed a major smartphone breakthrough by developing an iPhone that can go a week without recharging, running instead off a built-in hydrogen …

Alternative Fuel

San Francisco earthquake: Is the 'Big One' coming?

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault line has increased fears that the 'Big One' could come any day<p>When and where did the latest earthquake happen?<p>The Hayward fault line experienced a 4.0 magnitude earthquake at 6.49am (2.49pm BST), on August 18. The quake occurred in northern …

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum electronics together

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum devices together, transmitting entanglement — and crucially the quantum properties that could deliver the next-generation of electronics. Sounds boring and complicated (it's not <i>too</i> complicated), but it's important, we promise. It all involves the …

Existence of cosmic neutrinos confirmed by Antarctic scientists

Antarctic scientists have confirmed the existence of cosmic neutrinos – ghostly particles that have traveled from the Milky Way and beyond. These particles carry messages from distant galaxies, and could potentially help solve several cosmic puzzles.<p>A good week for neutrinos: highest-power beam …

Physics

Stuttgart students hit 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds to claim EV acceleration record

Created by the University of Stuttgart's Green Team, the new world-record holding car shaved 0.006 of a second off the previous record of 1.785 …

ETH Zurich

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

Physics