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Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

A Reason for Every Traveler to Be Thankful

Photo Credit: Flickr: Moyan Brenn<p>Travelers aren't always able to spend time with family around the holidays.<p>I am over 2,000 miles away from my immediate family on Thanksgiving. Later this holiday season, I'll be serving people their Christmas and New Year's dinners in the restaurant where I wait …

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It's Clear That Race Is America's Deepest Problem

Mr Brown's parents and Barack Obama called for calm. Yet soon America's TV screens were full of burning police cars, crowds coughing on tear gas, and young black men throwing bricks and smashing shops. America's history of racial injustice looked as potent as ever.<p>That would be the wrong conclusion …

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Stone Age Axe Discovered Stuck Into The Ground With Handle Still Attached

Archaeologists have unearthed an incredibly rare flint axe from the Stone Age that just may have been used in an ancient ritual.<p>The 5,500-year-old discovery -- found jammed into the Earth with its wooden handle still attached -- was part of an ongoing excavation on the island of Lolland in …

Pregnant Snake Prepares For Motherhood By Eating Toxic Toads

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Some expectant mothers prepare for the arrival of their babies by reading books of parenting tips, painting nurseries, and buying a pram. The tiger keelback snake takes a different approach. When females get pregnant, they slither into the forest to eat …

One year to save the planet from climate change disaster, Ed Davey warns

Agreeing global deal to cut carbon emissions next year is only way to protect "way of life we take for granted", energy secretary says, ahead of UN climate change summit in Lima<p>World leaders must agree a deal to tackle global warming within the next year or risk losing our way of life as we know …

Never-Before-Seen Particles Discovered at Swiss Collider

Two new subatomic particles have popped up at the world's largest atom smasher. The never-before-seen particles could help physicists glean key …

7 Life-Changing Lessons I've Learned Living on a Caribbean Island

Lessons are learned every day -- or at least they should be. Whether positive or negative, life is full of daily experiences that change us and affect us. Living on an island in the Caribbean for two years has taught me many valuable lessons I may not have learned living Stateside. In case you …

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Scientists hail the most 'advanced anti-ageing serum' in the world

New research suggests skincare tailored to individuals' DNA may be the best way to combat the appearance of ageing<p>Those who believe that beauty is only skin deep may need to think again.<p>A most advanced anti-ageing serum ever created is going far deeper in the pursuit of the ultimate skincare …

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Man versus myth: does it matter if the Moses story is based on fact?

The actor Christian Bale has said that Moses was “likely schizophrenic and one of the most barbaric characters I ever read about in my life”, which may illuminate the way he plays the character in Ridley Scott’s upcoming film <i>Exodus: Gods and Kings</i>. But what light does it cast on the historical …

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What’s the secret to holding your breath?

Some can manage five minutes, others barely one. But the trick to holding your breath is actually rather surprising<p>How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a …

12 best iPhone apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, 2014 may have been one of the best years yet for iPhone users.<p>But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no …

“Our universe would be destroyed”: Inside the science of “Interstellar”

<b>Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and David Gyasi in "Interstellar" (Paramount Pictures)</b><p>The physicist who advised “Interstellar” explains the wild science behind the film’s otherworldly ideas<p>Kip Thorne<p>November 29, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Science of ‘Interstellar'”<p>In <i>Interstellar</i>, the …

How did Orion withstand temperatures twice the melting point of steel?

"There is a lot at stake for this flight test because we really need this data to refine our design and to know how the parts of Orion perform together," White says. "We have our models and our simulations, and while we do the best that we can, there could be parts that we missed or didn’t know …

PlayStation Experience 2014: All the news, all the trailers right here

Sony's inaugural PlayStation Experience is underway in Las Vegas. Polygon will be bringing you coverage from the expo, including all the announcements from today's keynote address, plus the panels and demonstrations from the show floor. See it all right here.

Metal Craftsman Recreates Animals as Moving Steampunk Sculptures

Artist Igor Verniy assembles stunningly detailed, steampunk-infused animal sculptures out of discarded metal, car and bike parts, watch components, electronics, silverware, and other metal scraps. Spanning a myriad of species from birds to reptiles to insects, Verniy's works feature working joints …

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Route 66, Ride for the Relay, Day Nine

Sunday September 14, 2014, from Winslow to Kingman, Arizona<p>Our day got off to a late start and we missed connecting with the bike group that was going to the Grand Canyon. (There were two choices: the giant meteor crater or the canyon). We decided it was fine to be on our own today, as Jen had …

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Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Dust Blows, Stars Glow, and Volcano Explodes

Wintry views of the stars lead to vistas of volcanoes, clouds, and contrails in the week's best space pictures.

Can Deadpool make a superhero of Ryan Reynolds yet?

Green Lantern was a flop and the X-Men spin-off Deadpool looked dead in the water – that is until fans saw test footage of the actor as the wisecracking crimefighter, and decided that the red mask fits<p>There was a moment around four years ago when it looked like Ryan Reynolds might emerge from …

7 Reasons Why You Go Blonde

There are so many women today running to the hair salon to put blonde in their hair when it doesn't bring out their best. Perhaps you may be one of them.<p>It is one of my biggest pet peeves -- witnessing someone going blonde when blonde hair coloring is completely misaligned with their natural hair …

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The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

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Holiday gift guide: ‘Hobbit,’ Batman, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ more | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

Whether you're shopping for fans of "Game of Thrones," "Star Wars," Batman or Captain Marvel, the annual Hero Complex holiday gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery for a peek at our selections.<p>Death Star Bluetooth Speaker, $59.99: What better way to enjoy the newly released “Star …

Is mocking religion enough? Harris, Dawkins and the future of atheist/secular politics

<b>Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/ABC News/Reuters/Chris Keane)</b><p>Some atheists want to celebrate difference, others want to join the political arena. Time for an Atheist Party?<p>Richard Cimino • Christopher Smith<p>December 6, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from …

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