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The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’<p>On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the …

Cannabis

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Physics

Chilean Fog Nets Pull Beer From Desert Air

Who needs water when you have beer?<p>Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on the planet; some parts haven’t seen rainfall for centuries. But the region is often shrouded in a dense fog locally called camanchaca, from which local flora harvest what little water they need to survive. …

Nepal earthquake: Death toll passes 4,800 as rescuers face challenges

<b>Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) —</b> More than 4,800 people dead. More than 9,200 injured. Eight million affected across Nepal. One million children urgently in need of help.<p>Those are the startling numbers that indicate the scale of the devastation from the huge earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation on …

Natural Disasters

Scientists issue call for urgent controls on e-cigarette sales to children

Survey shows one in five teenagers in north-west England have bought or tried e-cigarettes and found a strong link to to binge drinking<p>Scientists have called for urgent controls on the promotion and sale of e-cigarettes to children after finding high rates of usage among secondary school pupils in …

Public Health

32 photos that will make you want to travel to Iceland

Most of the island is an uninhabited landscape of jagged lava rock, fields of bright green moss, hot springs, towering waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes.<p>Many visitors say that the country is reminiscent of another world.<p>Plus, it is a perfect place for any adventurous traveler — visitors to the …

European Travel

Life found in 'deadest' part of the ocean - Futurity

Drilling has revealed evidence of oxygen-breathing microbial life in the "deadest" part of the Pacific Ocean, 12,000 feet below sea level.

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

A Hacker Reveals How Your Fingerprint Could Be Easier To Hack Than A Traditional Password

At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club conference in Hamburg, Germany, Popular Science reports a hacker named Jan "Starbug" Krissler pointed out the flaws in biometric password technology, like the fingerprint sensor found on an iPhone 6.<p>Krissler said pictures of people's hands and fingers can be …

Hamburg

Clear out an HDMI port for Intel’s $149 Compute Stick

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit:<p>Here at the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel is trying to cram its chips into every possible product, ranging from …

First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough

The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the fight against the growing resistance to drugs.<p>Teixobactin has been found to treat many common bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, septicaemia and C. diff, and could be available within …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Genealogy

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find

Scientists at the University of California discovered that the human body views red meat as a foreign invader and launches an immune response<p>Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.<p>But …

What Is the X in Xmas?

Here’s a holiday surprise that only the dictionary can provide. Do you find the word “Xmas,” as an abbreviation for Christmas, offensive? Many people …

Christianity

Chris Rock’s economic bombshell: What his “riots in the streets” prediction says about the American Dream

Comedian reveals what it means to be rich today — and how little the average American really understands about it<p>I’ve already written a bit about Chris Rock’s must-read interview with Frank Rich and, as much as I enjoy the comedian’s work, I didn’t expect to be returning to it quite so soon. But …

With Calendar app revamp, Google aims to keep rivals at bay

The app will automatically turn flight confirmations and concert tickets sent to your Gmail account into calendar events.<p>Google is trying to make sure its Calendar app stays current.<p>The Internet giant on Monday announced updates to the Calendar app for its Android operating system, as well as …

Apps

There Are More Billionaires In The World Than Ever [Infographic]

According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, there are more billionaires in the world than ever. In 2013, there were 2,170 of them and this increased by seven percent in 2014 to 2,325. Collectively, these individuals (only 286 of them are women) have a combined worth of a whopping …

Storms tear up seafloor, causing riptides, huge spike in rescues

A summer of Pacific storms and hurricanes has significantly changed the seafloor along California's coast, fueling stronger riptides and triggering more rescues by lifeguards, officials said Wednesday.<p>Though it's not always apparent from land, the currents that skirt the California coast constantly …

Scientists Have Detected A New Stellar Explosion That Might Be A Supernova

And you can watch it live Thursday night, on a livestream from the Slooh Space Observatory website. They'll be broadcasting live from an observatory at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile starting at midnight Friday EDT (9pm Thursday PDT).<p>The stellar explosion was first spotted last week, …

Universe

NASA astronauts tested how fast humans can run on the moon

They ran on a treadmill in lunar gravity<p>In terms of design, Neil Armstrong’s iconic 1969 space suit wasn’t exactly optimal. Bulky and stiff, the suit made it pretty hard for the astronauts aboard Apollo 11 to walk around. So, the fact that Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s most iconic moments also happen …

Europeans drawn from three ancient 'tribes'

<b>The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports.</b><p>Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East.<p>But another, mysterious population with …

Anthropology

Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered

Sometimes big, bad things comes in threes, including jumbo black holes.<p>The discovery of a trio of jumbo black holes circling the center of a distant galaxy, reported by astronomers on Wednesday, suggests that pairs or triplets of such monsters may be surprisingly common.<p>Astronomers have learned …

This Fully Renewable-Powered Island Is Using A Volcanic Crater To Charge Its Batteries

The tiny island of El Hierro is building a Rube Goldberg machine of renewable energy (including a volcano!) to supply energy to its tiny population.<p>The shift to renewable energy is inevitable, but prying a populace off of fossil fuels often means a long, uphill battle. Not so for the tiny Spanish …

Renewable Energy

The incredible sound effects of Malta’s Hypogeum Hal Saflieni

The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in Malta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is believed to be the oldest prehistoric underground temple in the world. …

WeSpeke Lets You Practise Languages By Speaking With Another Person

When you're learning another language, the best way to drill it into your brain is immersion and practising at every opportunity. WeSpeke gives you …

APOD: Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 (2014 Jun 05) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, H.Teplitz and M.Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst(ASU), Z. Levay (STScI) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140605.html Explanation: Galaxies like colorful pieces of candy fill the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014. The dimmest galaxies are more than 10 billion times fainter than stars visible to the unaided eye and represent the Universe in the extreme past, a few 100 million years after the Big Bang. The image itself was made with the significant addition of ultraviolet data to the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, an update of Hubble's famous most distant gaze toward the southern constellation of Fornax. It now covers the entire range of wavelengths available to Hubble's cameras, from ultraviolet through visible to near-infrared. Ultraviolet data adds the crucial capability of studying star formation in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field galaxies between 5 and 10 billion light-years distant. http://www.nasa.gov/hubble http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic1411/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2014/27 http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/ http://www.stsci.org/ https://physics.asu.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140605 #APOD

Someone Stuck A GoPro Inside A Running Dishwasher

Remember being a kid and driving through the car wash, absolutely entranced by the five-minute ride through the short tunnel?<p>This might be the closest we'll come to experiencing that as adults.<p>One YouTube user stuck a camera inside a running dishwasher. If you've ever personally sat in your …

GoPro

Research Project Cider Brings iOS Apps to Android Devices

Six PhD students at Columbia University‘s Department of Computer Science have developed Cider, an OS compatibility architecture capable of running iOS apps on Android. Rather than using a strict virtual machine, they achieved the feat by running domestic and foreign binaries on the same device.<p>They …

The wireless network with a mile-wide range that the “internet of things” could be built on

Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower …

Internet of Things

All Of The Asteroids That Could Potentially End The World

Here's the path of the nearly 1,400 asteroids that would cause "major devastation" if they hit our planet.<p>It's no surprise that NASA is keeping track of all potentially hazardous objects, or PHOs, that surround our planet. If it's closer than 4.6 million miles away and larger than about 350 feet in …