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What Science Can Teach Us About Capturing an Audience's Attention

Why human brains crave story, suspense, and simplicity.<p>As a speaker, I like to intersperse stories and recommendations throughout all my keynote speeches. For years, I gave my audiences specific take-always which I believed would help them improve their sales.<p>But something funny happened: years …

24 Life Lessons for Filmmakers from Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog has dedicated his life not only to creating uncompromising films, but uncompromising filmmakers as well.<p>In a career that spans over …

A huge black hole is literally tearing the most luminous galaxy apart

The brightest galaxy in the known universe is literally tearing itself apart.<p>The galaxy named W2246-0526 is located about 12.4 billion light-years …

'GOD' for Atheists (and an Expanded, Scientific Definition of God for Everyone Else)

As many celebrate the Christmas season and the coming of a New Year, maybe there's a way we can, indeed, bring atheists and theists and the disparate factions and religions together on our little planet.<p>And, instead of focusing on the old definitions of "God", that many reject, or on how …

Atheism

What Do You Believe?

On Sunday, a seven-part documentary series titled <i>Belief</i> begins airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). For a week, viewers will travel around the world as the series explores the many facets of belief across cultures, from the orthodox to the secular, from the material to the spiritual.<p>I had the …

Huge Kites: a Soaring Energy Solution?

Somewhere Benjamin Franklin is smiling. Back in 2013, Google purchased a company called Makani, the creators of one of the cooler alternative energy …

Science Fairs Just Got A Lot More Fun: This Company Will Let Kids Send Experiments To Space

But first, Ardusat needs to do some testing. On April 4, the company will launch a high-altitude balloon filled with science experiments from the …

High School

Team witnesses rare ‘quantum jitters’ in DNA

The molecular machines that copy DNA in a living cell are amazingly fast and accurate at pairing up the correct bases—G with C and A with T—into each …

The Scirens Call to STEM

I’m really pleased to see so many people and organizations doing what they can to inspire young girls to take up STEM (science, technology, …

23 Of The Most Beautiful Terry Pratchett Quotes To Remember Him By

We shall all wear midnight.<p>1. "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance." — <i>Equal Rites</i><p>2. "In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this."<p>3. "It's useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective …

Scientists Call For Moratorium On Human Genetic Experiments

Prominent scientists have called for a temporary halt on research aimed at editing the DNA of human embryos, fearing a real-life Gattaca. "Human beings are not lab rats,” said one.<p>Citing safety fears for babies, genetics researchers on Thursday called for a halt to experiments that would alter the …

31 Quotes From Children's Books That Will Inspire You At Any Age

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."<p>2. "You must never feel badly about making mistakes ... as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong</i> …

Rodent recall: false but happy memories implanted in sleeping mice

Researchers at CRNS in Paris create artificial positive feelings in mouse’s memory for first time during sleep, highlighting possible new treatment for depression<p>Scientists have succeeded in creating false but happy memories in mice, in the first demonstration of memory manipulation during sleep.<p>In …

Demonstration

The Power of Self Reflection

Sometimes, you need to just stop and ponder. Here are some insights to get you started.<p>It's easy for busy ambitious people to get lost in the day, week and even the month. Heck, I know people who are so driven they blink and a whole year is gone. I have no issue with being driven and productive. I, …

Japanese Design Firm Envisions a Gorgeous, Futuristic Underwater CIty

Japanese firm Shimizu Corporation has developed plans for this incredible and futuristic self-sustaining city that floats just under the ocean's surface. This safe haven capable of sustaining a permanent population of 5000 is designed to use the ocean as shelter from storms and other climate …

Desalination

18 More Photos of People Awestruck by Nature

After we published our first set of photos that showed people awestruck by nature, we felt as though we owed it to you to find more. Here, then, are 18 more photos of people taken aback by their surroundings – whether that's by land, sea or sky. This time around, we listed the exact places where …

Rio De Janeiro

Beautiful Map Reveals The Evolution Of The Protoplanet Vesta

My, what epic epochs you have there<p>More than a million miles away from Earth, Vesta sits cold and dark in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Depending on what naming scheme you use, Vesta is either the largest asteroid in the solar system, or a very small planet.<p>A few billion years ago, …

Hunt in cosmos could tell us whether Earthlings are special

Humans have had quite a ride in the 500 years since Copernicus. We've built and tested a rational vision of the universe in which our circumstances, and those of the Earth, are unexceptional and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. We are fleeting specks on a crumb of cosmic dust, among …

Universe

Monstro

At first, Negroes thought it <i>funny</i>. A disease that could make a Haitian blacker? It was the joke of the year. Everybody in our sector accusing everybody else of having it. You couldn’t display a blemish or catch some sun on the street without the jokes starting. Someone would point to a spot on your …