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Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

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Why The World Isn't Ready For Renewable Energy - And How We Can Be

At 3:59 am on 8 November 2009, Spain’s renewable energy control center registered a milestone: For a gusty moment, more than half of Spain was powered by wind.<p>The brief spike was cause for celebration. Powering the world using nothing but renewable energy is often seen as a naïve dream, despite the …

10 Quick and Easy Christmas Day Hikes Near Seattle and Portland

After your kids have seen what Santa Claus left under the tree, stockings are emptied, and bellies are filled, why not take the festivities outside …

Why the sharing economy could be the internet’s most divisive revolution yet

Concerns are growing that the supposedly benign philosophy behind the new wave of internet star names such as Airbnb and Uber simply disguises a rapacious business model<p>You can not only find someone online willing to rent you a room in their house, but someone who will share their car, their desk, …

World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails

Adventure<p>A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, …

12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity

Sometimes it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all …

3D map of DNA reveals hidden loops that allow genes to work together

Every genome is a miracle of packaging. Somehow a human cell crams two meters of DNA into its tiny nucleus, and yet this tangled mess can carry out …

How Scientists Are Learning to Write

"That's jargon-ish. Even some people in the sciences don't have an intuitive understanding of what that means."<p>The students tried not to look sheepish as their professor projected the article on the whiteboard, waiting for their work to be devoured by their classmates. It was the second class for …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

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The most detailed nerve images ever recorded are also the most psychedelic

Scientists have published the most detailed pictures ever of nerve endings in mice, applying a decade-old technique known as SNAP-tagging to living neurons for the first time. The resulting images show individual nerves, touch receptors, and hair follicles stained in brilliant fluorescent colors …

Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farthest Distance Yet

A new distance record has been set in the strange world of quantum teleportation.<p>In a recent experiment, the quantum state (the direction it was …

How One Man Hacked His Way Out Of Homelessness

A DIY workshop helped Marc Roth find a job. Now he's helping others overcome poverty.<p>In November 2011, Marc Roth spent the last of his savings on new work clothes. Two months after moving to San Francisco in search of a sales-engineering job, he had finally secured employment, and a six-figure …

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Is neuroscience really ruining the humanities?

<b>by Yohan J. John</b><p>“Neuroscience is ruining the humanities”. This was the provocative title of a recent article by Arthur Krystal in <i>The Chronicle of</i> …

‘Mirror’ bounces heat away from buildings into space

A new material can help cool buildings, even on sunny days, by radiating heat away from them and sending it directly into space.<p>The heart of the …

The quest for a reactionless spacecraft thruster

<i>The torsion balance is contained in an evacuated lucite cylinder. The hardwood frame is leveled and stabilized with lead weights (gray bricks, in the</i> …

World's First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

The Carbon Buster is the world’s first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg per ton). The …

Forget about the 3D printer, the wave of the future is digital fabrication

3D printing is all the rage, but many consider it to be just one of a range of tools used in what I used to call downloadable designs and now call</b> …

Pretending to Understand Babies Babbling Can Make Them Smarter

Your baby’s gurgles and coos may not make much sense to you, but new research shows that the simple act of pretending to understand your baby’s …

Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel did it to survive on the Pacific Ocean. Robert Redford used the trick in All Is Lost.<p>When you're trapped on a boat, you can easily make fresh water, right? Simply let the sun heat up and evaporate salt water. Then trap the steam, condense it on a plastic surface and …

Scientists develop a tomato plant that can grow all night

It could be a tomato game-changer: Scientists have discovered a gene that would allow commercial tomato plants to tolerate 24 hours of light a day.<p>In theory, more light exposure means more energy production for the plant, so the discovery could lead to tomato plants that yield up to 26% more …

Surreal X-Ray Photographs Reveal Hidden Beauty in Nature

Our human eyes may be limited by visible light, but the work of physicist and artist Arie van 't Riet gives us a glimpse into the invisible universe …

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 …

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Snowden: Big revelations to come, reporting them is not a crime

Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance on the TED stage in Vancouver today, by Beam telepresence robot from "somewhere in Russia".<p>Snowden, in his …

10 Ancient Archaeological Sites for Your World Travel Bucket List

Shares 7K<p>Typically, when ancient archaeological sites get some form of development, it’s a benefit.<p>With development comes better controlled access …