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13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

The end of the year is just that time for favorites lists. Last week, I wrote about my favorite blogs of 2013, and this week, I want to talk travel …

Why do earphone cords always get tangled? Physics

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the science behind an everyday knotty problem, the man who sequenced his baby’s genome before birth and why the internet is a psychology experiment.<p>The pivot<br>Scott Adams | Dilbert | 16 June 2014<br>Notes on start-up culture in Silicon Valley. “The …

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How To Cure Garlic Breath

Thank you, science.<p>Counter to most vampire lore, there is no magic to the pungent odor of garlic. The stench is the result of four major sulfur-containing compounds, which, when ingested, move into the bloodstream and then out through the lungs and sweat glands. But that doesn’t make it any less …

British researchers win £1.8m mathematics prize

Two British researchers have won the most lucrative mathematics prize ever established, though the advances they are honoured for will leave most people baffled.<p>Richard Taylor, 52, and Simon Donaldson, 56, each receive $3m (£1.8m) and a trophy as winners of the new Breakthrough prize in mathematics …

The secrets of night-shining clouds

They’re back! People at high latitudes are seeing noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds, which always return to the skies around this time of year. …

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Uterus ‘switch’ lets childbirth get going

A new study shows that a potassium ion channel called hERG in the uterus is responsible for difficult labor among overweight pregnant women.<p>Acting as …

Pesticide exposure during pregnancy linked to higher autism risk

Pregnant women in California who live close to areas where chemical pesticides are used are more likely to have a child with autism, says a study released by UC Davis researchers Monday.<p>Women living within about a mile of fields, farms or other sites that use agricultural pesticides have a 60% …

The link between weed and schizophrenia is way more complicated than we thought

Study finds genetic overlap between cannabis use and schizophrenia<p>The association between marijuana and schizophrenia is historically fraught. In the 1960s and 1970s, scientists thought that smoking weed couldtrigger psychosis in just about anyone. Today, these findings are more nuanced, but …

Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still

One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.<p>It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked …

Multiple sclerosis discovery may explain gender gap

<b>A key difference in the brains of male and female MS patients may explain why more women than men get the disease, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in the US found higher levels of protein S1PR2 in tests on the brains of female mice and dead women with MS than …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

The South Pole Is a Great Place to View Space

The Big Bang radiation discovery happened there—and when you look at Antarctic conditions, you can understand why.<p>The South Pole in winter is a far from ideal spot for humans. The temperature averages -72 degrees Fahrenheit (-58 degrees Celsius), it's dark for six months, and it's as bone dry as …

Special relativity creates its own optical illusion

Theory of Relativity

What are gravitational waves?

Gravitational waves are ripples that carry energy across the universe. They were predicted to exist by Albert Einstein in 1916 as a consequence of his General Theory of Relativity. Although there is strong circumstantial evidence for their existence, gravitational waves have not been directly …

13 Photos That Prove Chernobyl Is Still Haunting

After last month's tasteless Top Gear episode with a Chernobyl challenge and a recent Smithsonian article about forests around Chernobyl not decaying properly, the nuclear power plant has once again piqued our interest.<p>The world's worst nuclear disaster, which occurred April 26th, 1986 in Pripyat …

10 Ways to Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not <i>used</i> correctly, can also be the most destructive force …

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"<p>Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.<p>Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that <i>je ne sais quoi</i> that drives one …

Being the Son of a Nazi

In 1975, Rüdiger Heim landed in Egypt with one question on his mind: Was his father a Nazi? Over the next two decades, he found out.<p>Rüdiger Heim arrived in Egypt in December 1975 to meet his father for the first time since he was six years old. He had traveled from Florence, where he had recently …

I Thought I Was On An Innocent Camping Trip, What Happened Changed My Life Forever

By Cliff Barlow,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1dAekat<p>Lately, my mind has been wandering back to my first camping experience. This event is the …

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What do we really need the Moon for?

The Moon is such a familiar presence in the sky that most of us take it for granted. But what if it wasn't where it is now? How would that affect life on Earth?<p>Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, an expert on the Moon, explores our intimate relationship with our planet’s rocky satellite. …

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