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There’s a planet exactly where Star Trek said Vulcan should be

Countdown: 45 years left until ‘First Contact’<p>Astrophysicists just found a planet orbiting the star HD 26965, 16 light years away from Earth. Finding exoplanets is always fun, and the fact that this one is in the star’s habitable zone (where liquid water could exist on its surface) is a bonus. But …

Star Trek

The six must-read novels that make up this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist

Looking for a good book to cozy up with this fall? The Man Booker Prize has got you covered.<p>The award’s judging panel chose six finalists this morning (Sept. 20) from the longlist of 13 books, with less than four weeks to go until the 2018 winner is announced.<p>The longlist was heavy on dystopian …

Man Booker Prize

What Do The Colors of Marijuana Mean?

Part of the magic of marijuana is the infinite variety of traits that can be exhibited by one species of plant. Cannabis plants can be tall and lanky …

Blue Cheese

Hackers have planted credit card stealing malware on local government payment sites

Security firm FireEye has confirmed that a widely used web payment portal used to pay for local government services, like utilities and permits, has been targeted by hackers.<p>Hackers have broken into self-hosted Click2Gov servers operated by local governments across the US, likely using a …

City Politics

NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' beams back first images

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is a little over a month into its seven-year mission to high-five the sun and it's already producing the goods.<p>Much like NASA's TESS telescope, the Parker Solar Probe recently beamed back "first light" data -- the first images from its suite of four instruments set to …

Parker Solar Probe

This solar system AR toy proves that you don't need to be an astronaut to explore space

Becoming an astronaut is tough. First, you need a degree in engineering, math, or science, and have at least three years of field experience. Second, …

8 Probiotic Foods That Boost Immunity and Improve Digestion

Good health starts with your gut.<p>1 Kefir<p>Kefir is a powerhouse of probiotics; one cup of Lifeway’s lowfat kefir contains 12 strands of beneficial bugs, including <i>Lactobacillus</i>, a type of bacteria that is thought to prevent and treat diarrhea, and <i>Bifidobacteria</i>, which may help ease diarrhea and …

The Teflon Mind: How to let go of the past

“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.” — Lao Tzu<p><b>Why can’t I just move on?</b><p>Everyone tells you: “let go.” …

Stanford University

Just Four Dimensions in the Universe, if You Believe Gravitational Waves

Many physics theories predict more dimensions beyond the four that we know and love (three dimensions of space, one of time). Having those extra …

Neutron Stars

Best Accessories for Raspberry Pi

We love the Raspberry Pi! It's a great learning tool, part of a great DIY home automation setup, is a very capable HTPC, and can help with almost …

Raspberry Pi

11 Air-Purifying Plants for a Healthy Home

According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, these air-purifying plants—all of them very common and easy to find—are great at getting rid of the dangerous, …

Air Purifiers

11 Garden Ideas to Steal from Hipster Homesteaders

Here’s to all the hipsteaders who’ve gone back to the land to farm (and post on their Instagram accounts), as well as to all seasonal settlers and …

Hudson Valley

This Windows file may be secretly hoarding your passwords and emails

A little-known Windows feature will create a file that stores text extracted from all the emails and plaintext-files found on your PC, which …

How to Find Good Private Channels on Roku

One benefit of the streaming player Roku is that it allows users to create their own private channels, sort of like how people can make playlists on …

Free-to-air

You Can Spend the Night in a Glamorous Airstream Trailer in the Middle of Yosemite National Park

“Sometimes I wish I lived in an Airstream,” country queen Miranda Lambert sang in the 2009 song simply titled “Airstream.” Now, nearly 10 years …

National Parks

How to Do a Squat Without Messing Up Your Knees

Squats might be the most important part of your workout and most people have never done one correctly.<p>Every time I attend a HIIT class, I let the instructor know ahead of time that I’m not going to be participating in any knee-intensive shenanigans—box jumps, for example. I’ve got old-lady knees, I …

New York City

Improve Homework Time With These Concentration Hacks for Kids 

For many families, homework time is a struggle. And in an era of digital distraction, it is only getting tougher. Here are some hacks to help your …

Hacking

20 Cheesy Science Jokes for the Classroom

Science can be a heavy topic. Whether you’re learning or teaching, all that deep thinking can sometimes give you a brain cramp! Thank goodness …

Jokes

The One Anti-Inflammatory Tea You Should Have In The Morning To Kick Start Fat Loss, According To Experts

You can eat healthy and exercise daily but that doesn’t mean you’re shedding extra pounds. You need to put real thought into all of your decisions. …

Antiinflammatory

How to Find Classical Music You Actually Like

Classical music has been evolving for centuries, so there are all different kinds of sounds. That means that if you hate one kind, you can still love …

Classical Music

What Is Protein Poisoning?

Protein is one of the three macronutrients, along with fat and carbohydrate. These are essential for the optimal functioning of the body. However, …

Diets

Epigenetics: The Brain-Booster You've Never Heard Of

The emerging science of epigenetics describes the way our lifestyle and environment influence our gene expression over time. This growing field of research is a hot topic right now because it has radically altered our preconceived views on the nature-nurture debate. The new and evolving science …

Epigenetics

Nine Next-Level Vibrators to Knock Your Own Socks Off With

<i>This post is sponsored by Eve’s Toys.</i><p>You already know the basics about buying a vibrator — maybe you already have one or two laying around your …

Free Shipping

Yin is the ooey-gooey style of yoga that your tight *everything* needs

Seeing the word “yin” tends to conjure its counterpart: yang. Visually, these two represent the complementary aspects of opposing sides of a circle, …

Lifestyle

Molecule produced during fasting has anti-aging effect on vascular system

Diet trends like intermittent fasting and ketogenesis are proving wildly popular for their rapid weight-loss effects, but scientists are also …

Anti-aging

Sennheiser’s short film shows the power of binaural audio

In a world where everyone wears headphones, it’s curious that binaural audio is so rare. The technology can create a 3D soundscape more realistic than the best home theater set-up, and yet hardly any music or movies take advantage of it.<p>In the last couple of years, that’s finally started to …

Headphones

7 Causes of Ovarian Cancer Doctors Want You to Know About

Knowing your risk factors could help you spot symptoms you may otherwise have ignored.<p>1 Having an inherited genetic mutation
<p>There are several genetic mutations that you can inherit from your parents at birth that increase your risk of ovarian cancer, such as BRCA1, BRCA2, and Lynch syndrome. For …

Mutations

The 16 Most Beautiful Places in Europe Will Take Your Breath Away

Complete with fairy-tale castles, picturesque seaside retreats, otherworldly natural parks, and charming cities, Europe is full of striking places to …

National Parks

8 Space Documentaries That Will Blow Your Mind

With all the buzz surrounding the new film <i>First Man</i>, set to release on October 12, we’re seeing quite the uptick in people interested in learning …

Documentaries

Warm light bulbs vs cool light bulbs: Which should you buy?

When replacing light bulbs around your home, you may not put a ton of thought into <i>which</i> bulbs you buy beyond wattage. More specifically, you may overlook the color temperature of the bulbs -- or maybe you pick one color over the other because you prefer it.<p>The fact of the matter is, the color of …

Home Automation