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Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

The theory of evolution by natural selection is among the best established in science, yet also among the most controversial for subsets of the American public.<p>For decades we've known that beliefs about evolution are well-predicted by demographic factors, such as religious upbringing and political …

The purrrfect cuppa: Taipei's best cat cafes

Taiwan is famed for its delicate teas and the capital, Taipei, teems with excellent cafes. The past decade has seen a craze in cat cafes (or cat coffee as they’re known in Taiwan). A cafe qualifies if it has one or more cats strolling – or more likely dozing – on the premises.<p>We’ve padded the …

Minimalist DIY Projects Packed With Beauty

All the latest trends point towards simplicity and minimalism and things are not any different in the field of interior design where designers try to …

Designer Turi Cacciactore Built His Rostock Delta Printer Using an IKEA Furniture Closet Kit

Salavatore ‘Turi’ Cacciatore<p>Salvatore ‘Turi’ Cacciatore is the former head of design research at the Fiat Concept Lab and now a freelance designer, …

The most important app on my phone is an adorable plant that reminds me to drink water

I am terrible at drinking water.<p>As you can imagine, this presents many problems. I am usually dehydrated. I always have to carry Excedrin around because I get terrible migraines when I'm dehydrated.<p>In my mind, it's much easier to grab a Diet Coke or an iced coffee when I'm thirsty because it kills …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Ground Up: 7 Stimulating Coffee Hacks

Coffee is an essential part of most people’s daily routine. We’re highlighting some coffee hacks that will help you enjoy every aspect of coffee, from roasting the beans yourself in a converted washing machine, to using your computer to keep your coffee warm while you tear out your hair over a …

'Interstellar' Visual Effects Team Publishes Black Hole Study

The special effects that power the sci-fi blockbuster "Interstellar" are helping researchers better understand supermassive black holes and other …

Frog Riding on a Beetle's Back is Reminiscent of a Wild West Scene

Using macro photography, Hendy Mp captured a bizarre nature scene unlike any we've observed before. His colorful images feature a tree frog hitching a ride to the back of a giant horned wood-boring beetle. The adventurous frog, looking like a cowboy at a rodeo, managed to stay on top of the insect …

78 of Our Favorite Potato Recipes Ever

Mashed, roasted, fried, or stewed, we'll happily eat potatoes every night of the week.<p>When it comes to potatoes, we don't discriminate. Mashed, roasted, fried, or stewed, we'll happily eat 'em every night of the week. Here are 48 of our favorite comforting potatoes recipes to add to your next meal.

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Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than a week, speculation has been running rampant. Here's how it all started.<p>On February 10, The Washington Post published a headline that got a good amount of attention: "The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol."<p>Every five years, the …

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Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World

Around 32 million children in the US eat cafeteria food every weekday, and most of these students consume over half their daily calories at school. With this in mind, it's clear that school cafeterias are becoming crucial in the fight against childhood obesity. Sweetgreen–a chain of salad …

Long-term storage of digital information in DNA is possible

Researchers from ETH Zurich encoded 83kB of information into DNA, stored in capsules of silica. Extrapolation revealed that DNA stored by this technology would be sequenced and decoded error-free even after 1 million of years, if stored at permafrost temperatures. Abstract:<p>Information, such as text printed on paper or images projected onto microfilm, can survive for over 500 years. However, the storage of digital information for time frames exceeding 50 years is challenging. Here we show that …

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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 …

These Inventions Are Weirder Than Anything You'll Find at CES This Year

Caption from LIFE. New back brush lets bather see just what she is up to.<br>Allan Grant—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 12<p>This week’s …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Tau Yu Bak Recipe (Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce)

Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce Recipe<p>Constantly check that the braising sauce is not dried out during the simmering. You will need to add water (a …

Age of stars is pinned to their spin

<b>Astronomers have proved that they can accurately tell the age of a star from how fast it is spinning.</b><p>We know that stars slow down over time, but until recently there was little data to support exact calculations.<p>For the first time, a US team has now measured the spin speed of stars that are more …

31 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less

We know the facts: Preparing meals at home is good for your health and your wallet. But let’s face it, with minimal free time and other priorities …

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11 Mind-Blowing Physics Discoveries Made In 2014

From detecting elusive particles forged in the core of our sun to teleporting quantum data farther than ever before, these physicists' scientific research has helped us better understand the universe in which we live as well as pave the way for a future of quantum computers, nuclear fusion, and …

10 3-Minute DIY Salad Dressings You'll LOVE

These are so simple, we're not sure you could even call them recipes.<p>Sure, you like the <i>idea</i> of homemade salad dressing. Who wouldn't want to top their salads with a French or Asian dressing that tastes amazing and is free of scary ingredients? The only problem is that some dressing recipes are so …

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Quick Morning Energy: The Breakfast Cookie

I've been noticing a trend lately that makes me very, very happy. Folks are eating cookies for breakfast.<p>I can't see much that could be too terribly …

7 Major Pilates Moves for All-Over Toning

Brooke Siler, author of The Women's Health Big Book of Pilates, created this genius do-anywhere routine<p>Brooke Siler, renowned instructor and author of <i>The Women's Health Big Book of Pilates</i>, created this genius Pilates-at-home routine using workout bands to mimic machines found in top studios. The …

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Coffee Lovers

It wakes you up every morning, keeps you motivated throughout the day, is bold and strong and picks you up when you’re down — yup, we’re talking about our love affair with coffee. If you’re anything like us, you just can’t get enough of the stuff. Whether you’re a java-junkie looking to add some …

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Studio Diip's goldfish-driven vehicle is designed for "enhanced pet mobility"

Dutch design collective Studio Diip has added wheels and sensors to a fish tank so that its inhabitant can drive it by swimming in a certain …

Biological fungus drone melts into a puddle of goop if discovered

Everything except the rotors and battery, anyway<p>A biodegradable drone made mainly of mushroom material has completed its first flight. The quadrotor drone was built at NASA's Ames research center, and is the first step to producing an unmanned aerial vehicle that operators can use to explore remote …

How to Make Fried Rice Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Pat</i> <i>Tanumihardja,</i> <i>author of The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook, explains how to make a takeout favorite, with</i> …

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Earth - Why is there something rather than nothing?

People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject. But science has had little …