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Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

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Beat Procrastination And Prioritize Your To-Do List With Laterbox

Advertisement<p>Productivity philosophies are subjective. But a few of them take off and become popular because many people seem to find them easy to …

Animator Dillon Markey Reinvents the Failed Nintendo Power Glove as an Indispensable Stop-Motion Animation Tool | Colossal

<p>First off: <b>language warning</b> for the kiddos. Stop-motion animator Dillon Markey works on projects for animation powerhouses like Robot Chicken and …

The best science fiction right now is happening in comics

More freedom, more crazy<p>My favorite comic book from the last few years is an ongoing epic about warring alien planets and star-crossed lovers on the run. Called <i>Saga</i>, it has everything you'd expect from a good space opera, including plenty of sex and lots of violence. But there are also spaceships …

What time did you go to bed? It’s probably affecting your happiness

If you want to be happier then go to bed earlier.<p>That’s the conclusion of a study by Binghamton University which found that people with irregular …

The intelligence of self observation and self-awareness

Why is observing yourself so important to the exercise of your intelligence? Because <b>much of what gets in the way of thinking effectively and</b> …

Sub-$1 3D-printed microscope turns phones into science tools

Smartphone cameras are great for a lot of things, but they're not designed for getting super-duper up close with tiny objects like salt crystals or blood cells. You can give your mobile device a helping hand, though, and open up a world of microscopic adventures. It's not going to cost you much, …

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'Minecraft' creator's new game makes a statement with weird horse physics

Markus "Notch" Persson's latest game is all about a horse and a ball. It involves leading the quadruped aimlessly along mountainous terrain, sometimes nudging a giant sphere around the same environment, and little more. According to a Reddit post, <i>Cliffhorse</i> was inspired by Notch's own references to …

Scientists discover how to date fingerprints

Dutch forensic experts say they have discovered how to accurately date fingerprints, a breakthrough that could one day let police date crime scene prints from years ago.<p>"It's not quite the Holy Grail of fingerprinting, but it's a very important discovery," Marcel de Puit, fingerprint researcher at …

Pluto Mission Leader Challenges Neil deGrasse Tyson to a Planet Debate

There's a year and a month to go before NASA's New Horizons probe flies by Pluto, but that rendezvous is already one of the big events for Alan Stern, the scientist in charge of the $728 million mission.<p>He's also pressing for a debate with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson over Pluto's planetary …

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Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

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Whether it’s an instant of seaside serenity or just a swell-looking puddle, you like to capture the moment. But a clunky five-pound camera just ain’t (in) your bag. Snap hassle-free shots with a <b>PENTAX Q7</b>—an interchangeable lens camera that redefines “compact.” With a built-in flash, 3” LCD monitor, …

The Best Damn Dance Routine You Will See All Week

Keep a close eye on just how tight their moves are and how each member keeps on step.<br>This makes me miss ABDC. The Company would have slayed that show:

13 Webcomics That Will Make You Smarter

While some webcomics deliver a quick joke or the latest installment in a long-form story, many comics floating around the Internet have something to …

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bobak: Zen Pencil Comics: 52. PHIL PLAIT: Welcome to science Amazing. Phil is one Bad Astronomer. Love this.

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Israeli Start Up StemRad Develops 360 Gamma Belt for Protection Against Nuclear Radiation

Israeli start up StemRad has developed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect against the deadly effects of radiation sickness, also known as …

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OPINION: Pilgrim’s spent nuclear fuel needs to be moved as soon as possible

Casks like these will store spent nuclear fuel at Pilgrim Nuclear Station.<br>Photo courtesy NRC via Wikimedia Commons.<p>The recent decision by the Town …

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Color pixels made of nanowires offer new paradigm for digital cameras

The new approach takes advantage of the unique optical and electrical properties of one-dimensional semiconductor nanowires. Previous research has …

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The Distracted Public: Saul Bellow on How Writers and Artists Save Us from the “Moronic Inferno” of Our Time

Saul Bellow<p><i>“The writer cannot make the seas of distraction stand still, but he [or she] can at times come between the madly distracted and the distractions.”</i><p>Bellow on how artists and writers save us from the “moronic inferno” of our time – magnificently timely read from 1990:

Let This Awesome Science Infect Your Mind Ed Yong is one of the finest science writers in the world. His National Geographic blog is chock full of the weird, wild, and WTF-inducing stories that make our living world so darn interesting. So I was overjoyed when I heard he would be speaking at this year’s TED. He didn’t disappoint. In his talk above, he unlocks the under-appreciated and often cringe-worthy world of mind-controlling parasites. They get no respect, I tell ya, no respect at all. Yet they are cornerstones of countless ecosystems, determining food availability and managing population sizes like armies of freaky fauna, each deployed in a Trojan Horse of evolution’s design. Every parasite’s life is a story, by definition, an elaborate chain that extends from host to host, and I think they’ve found their minstrel in Ed. I mean that as a compliment, of course. Listen to him weave a tapestry of tapeworms, explain what makes flamingos munch on zombie shrimp, show you how a cricket is like a TARDIS, how a wasp turns a cockroach into a cocker spaniel, and how a brain-controlling protozoan reminds him of an Elizabeth Gilbert novel. My favorite part of this? The idea that ideas themselves may be parasites. I haven’t loved a TED talk this much in a long time. Or maybe that’s just the parasite talking.

<b>Let This Awesome Science Infect Your Mind</b><p>Ed Yong is one of the finest science writers in the world. His National Geographic blog is chock full of the …

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Watch this liquid boil and freeze at the same time! It’s not magic, these folks just dropped the pressure and temperature to the perfect place to hit the substance's triple point, that magical nexus on the phase diagram where solid, liquid, and vapor coexist. The liquid above is almost certainly not pure water (those crystals look a little funny), but here’s water’s phase diagram, complete with triple point and its various ice phases. Yes, even that one. (via Mental Floss)

<b>Watch this liquid boil and freeze at the same time!</b> It’s not magic, these folks just dropped the pressure and temperature to the perfect place to hit …

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“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and these days, my life is vital, even on the days when I’m sad

<i>“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and these days, my life is vital, even on the days when I’m sad. I felt that funeral in my brain, and I sat next to the colossus at the edge of the world, and I have discovered something inside of myself that I would have to call a soul that I had never formulated until that day 20 years ago when hell came to pay me a surprise visit. I think that while I hated being depressed and would hate to be depressed again, I’ve found a way to</i> …

ucresearch: asapscience: Is there a science to artistic expression? And who are some people combining science and art creatively? Hey, this is one of our favorite topics! Here are a few of our favorite artworks that intersect with science and engineering… The brain on music: Researchers at UCSF worked with Mickey Hart (former drummer of the Grateful Dead) to create real time images of his brain while he performs. A lovely drawing of UCLA’s Anna Fisher, the first mother in space. Do-Ho Suh’s Fallen Star: this feat of engineering is located on the top of the Jacobs School at UC San Diego. Portrait of a Beekeeper: Photographer Richard Avedon enlisted the help of UC Davis entomologist (and professional bee wrangler) Dr. Norman Gary. Astrophysics, art & gaming: UC Santa Cruz’s OpenLab is a space for artists and scientists to develop projects together. I enjoyed this meditation from Greg on art’s intersection with science. Those are great links above, and I’d also recommend my #sciart tag for more. Discussions like these seem to begin with the assumption that art and science have long been at odds. I’m not sure that’s true, at least not in the long run. Regardless, I think that the two disciplines cook with very similar crucibles of creation, and dammit I’m just gonna have to make a video about this.

Is there a science to artistic expression? And who are some people combining science and art creatively?<p>Hey, this is one of our favorite topics! Here …

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Ask Anything: Why Is The Milky Way A Spiral?

The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …

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A Cheap, Promising Way to Filter Water: Through A Twig

Plant's xylem tissue could be an efficient, low-cost way to filter water.<p>One way to avoid getting sick while traveling is to only eat fruit that you peel yourself, since plants can filter out bacteria and prevent it from traveling throughout their tissues. Well, why not apply this principle to …