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Science vine: how do solar panels work?

Over the next few months we’ll be breaking down scientific concepts into six-second vines at #guardianscienceinsix. This week we look at photovoltaic cells. But can you do better?<p>Solar panels have long been a feature of the quest for renewable energy, and as such feel like a very modern technology …

Solar Panels

What was Before the Big Bang? An Identical, Reversed Universe

So what <i>did</i> exist before the Big Bang? This question would normally belong in the realms of deep philosophical thinking; the laws of physics have no …

Physics

IMF Pegs India To Be One Of World's Fastest Growing Economies

As India should be one of the world’s fastest growing economies of course. For, given what we know about economic growth the poorer a country is the easier it ought be to have fast growth. On the very simple grounds that the things that are necessary to have growth have already been invented …

Economics

Water on white dwarf raises prospects of H2O-rich planets

The findings, published by the Royal Astronomical Society, are based on the discovery of "a large quantity" of hydrogen and oxygen, the two chemical ingredients of water, in the atmosphere of a white dwarf star.<p>The find, based on observations by the William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands, …

Net Neutrality debate: Facebook’s Internet.org has privacy, security issues

Facebook's Internet.org will continue to face criticism, and for reasons around privacy and security, despite what the company says.<p>Written by | …

Net Neutrality

How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps | Inc.com

It's 2:00 p.m. Your lunch sits snugly in your stomach causing fog to settle over your brain. Your energy is low. Thought processes stop mid-stream. You know what needs to get done, but your body is resisting it.<p>We can all relate to this feeling, but the similarities stop there.<p>Some people fall prey …

Procrastination

Do the Ingredients in Energy Drinks Work?

Apparently, it doesn't take a biochemist to formulate an energy drink. No, according to Starbucks, any guy off the street is qualified. At least that's whose opinion mattered most when the coffee giant recently created the ingredient list for its own concoction.<p>"There are many energy ingredients on …

The 1-Page Financial Plan: 10 Tips for Getting What You Want From Life

Carl Richards is well-acquainted with money-mistakes — not only because of his work as a certified financial planner, but also because of his personal experience.<p>During the last housing bubble, Richards moved to a new city, was swept up by the frothy housing market and bought a $575,000 house — …

Personal Finance

The man who discovered Pluto is about to become the first person to visit it.

The Search Begins<p>In 1929, a young researcher named Clyde Tombaugh was handed a thankless, seemingly impossible task.<p>His bosses at the Lowell …

We Finally Know How Long A Day Lasts On Saturn

Figuring out the daily grind<p>Ten hours, 32 minutes, and 44 seconds. That’s how long a day lasts on Saturn. Researchers finally calculated this elusive statistic thanks to a new method developed by Tel Aviv University and published in the journal <i>Nature</i>.<p>Up until now, that exact time has been something …

Astronomy

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson, What Next For ‘Top Gear’?

After verbally abusing and hitting a co-worker, the BBC has finally sacked Jeremy Clarkson, one of its star presenters. Is the show really over …

Top Gear

6 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn't Know about the Clitoris

Crack the code of her mysterious sex organ<p>Women don’t typically talk about their “erections.” But when she’s sexually aroused, her clitoris stiffens and grows larger—just like your erect penis, says Vincenzo Puppo, Ph.D., of Italy’s Centro Italiano di Sessuologia.<p>If you ever wanted to learn about …

Insider Tips on How to Get a Job in the Booming Weed Industry

Thanks to legalization efforts around the country, the marijuana industry is booming, and cannabis-related jobs are following. Last month I wrote Need a Job? The Weed Industry is Hiring — Especially Women, which reported that industry experts expect 200,000 pot-related positions to be created in …

Cannabis

Nvidia's Titan X: The 4K Gaming Graphics Card You've Been Waiting For

Let’s skip the foreplay. Nvidia’s Titan X is the best single-GPU graphics card on the market, and a remarkable feat of engineering. This is an inarguable conclusion. <i>If</i> cost is no concern and you want exceptional 1440p gaming and/or surprisingly strong 4K gaming from a single-GPU graphics card …

Computer Hardware

'Bloodborne' May Be The PS4's Salvation In 2015

At the start of this year, it seemed like it was going to be a killer 2015 for Sony. As we saw at their winter “PlayStation Experience” event, the message was simple, a slow start for the PS4 was about to give away to a flood of great exclusives the following year. The most anticipated three Sony …

Tomb Raider

Top 10 Headphone Myths

The past few years has seen an explosion in the popularity of headphones. Not surprisingly, dozens (if not hundreds) of companies have leapt into the market. Despite the tremendous amount of marketing might and money (or perhaps because of), myths persist when it comes to many aspects of headphones.<p>…

Consumer Tech

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 - Plot Summaries for First 3 Episodes

Light's wave-particle duality imaged for the first time

The weird way that light can behave as both a wave and a particle has been known to physicists for about a century, but a team in Lausanne has only …

Despite not being one of the classic Marvel characters created by the likes of Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby in the 1960s, Wolverine is still …

Black Holes: Facts, Theory & Definition

Black holes are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects found in outer space. They are objects of extreme density, with such strong …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Physics