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This interactive map shows why renewables and natural gas are taking over the US

This one’s for the energy nerds out there. The University of Texas Austin’s Energy Institute has put out an incredibly useful interactive map showing what types of power plants are cheapest to build in every county in the continental United States. (No, really, it’s fascinating.)<p>Playing around with …

In 2017, your phone's camera will have superpowers

Commentary: If you're wondering where phones are heading next year, think magic 3D-scanning cameras. Here's what I learned from using Google Tango for a few weeks.<p>Virtual reality is a somewhat understandable concept in 2016. You put on a headset, you find yourself in 3D worlds. But augmented …

Augmented Reality

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses. As we go about our daily lives, we …

Consciousness

US capitalism in crisis while most Americans lose out

The inequality that is feeding the bitter, divisive and populist politics now sweeping the west<p>Crisis always brings opportunity. And right now, we are having a crisis of capitalism unlike anything experienced during the last four decades, if not longer. The evidence is everywhere – in rising …

Economics

Anxiety and Depression Are Symptoms, Not Diseases

It is very common when I first encounter a client struggling with mental health issues that they report their problem is that they feel anxious or …

College & University

The Democrats are about to blow it: This election is about new millennials, not aging baby boomers

Dems are misreading the electorate. Play 2016 like a transformative election, and the winner could be next Reagan<p>“This campaign is about a political revolution,” Bernie Sanders says on the campaign trail, “to not only elect the president, but to transform this country.” Hillary Clinton replies that …

Political Science

Can Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash Swing the Election?

The Bernie Sanders Dank Meme Stash Facebook page has more than 294K members.<p>With over 294,000 members, Bernie Sanders Dank Meme Stash is indicative of Bernie Sanders' control of the high-level internet. (A dank stash of memes is a collection of high-level memes.) The Facebook group continues to …

Middle-class

Reaching Mars in a few days? It's possible, NASA video says

A new video released by the space agency discusses the possibility of speeding up our missions to other worlds by harnessing the power of lasers.<p>Ever since NASA announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s and Hollywood got in on the action with "The Martian," the Red Planet has …

Space Travel

The People Who Believe Electricity Rules the Universe

"Electric universe" theory is at odds with everything modern science has determined about the universe. Yet something about it sparks fervor in the hearts of believers.<p>They call themselves The Thunderbolts Project.<p>They subscribe to an idea called "electric universe," and sometimes describe …

Black Holes

A $7 smartphone is about to change the game in India

The Freedom 251 will be accompanied by a price tag of under Rs. 500, around $7, as NDTV reports. For Indian people living on a very low income and unable to come close to affording a pricier smartphone, the device could prove to be a game changer.<p>Ringing Bells hasn't revealed much about the phone …

India

27 major Star Wars events not shown in the movies

There's a new buzzword in Hollywood: "Shared Universe." Marvel and DC fans think their franchise of choice created the term, but in reality, <b>Star Wars</b> is the granddaddy of all shared universes. George Lucas loyalists see <i>Star Wars</i> as a kind of hipster blockbuster movie. Why? Because it shared …

Star Wars

A New Way of Thinking About Spacetime That Turns Everything Inside Out

<i>One of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics is entanglement, because two entangled particles affecting each other across vast distances seems to</i> …

Bluetooth is getting big range and speed boosts in 2016

If you're like me, you employ multiple Bluetooth devices on a daily basis. From headphones to speakers and household gadgets, the wireless connectivity drives many of our tech habits. Thanks to the Bluetooth SIG, the company that oversees the wireless technology, the connectivity that we use on the …

Democrats have a threatening economic message for Republicans

It didn't just pit Hillary Clinton against Sen. Bernie Sanders, or affect Vice President Joe Biden's decision about running, or introduce the other candidates.<p>It framed the whole election. Democrats are putting together a case for jerking the leash on capitalism.<p>It's moral, pragmatic, and smart. It …

Middle-class

#NetflixAndChill Memes That Will Make You Feel Way Too Proud of Your Existence

Hold that Netflix subscription up high and with pride.<p>Netflix and chill isn’t a hobby. It isn’t a pastime. It’s a goddamn lifestyle. You have to …

A US Senator says she cherry-picked her Republican opponent to get herself reelected

Her motive: She knew she could crush Akin in the general election, which she did.<p>As McCaskill writes in her recent book "Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir," which was excerpted by Politco Magazine, the incumbent Senator — who ran in the Democratic primary unopposed — paid $40,000 one month before the …

Republican Primaries

Mystery Deepens: Matter and Antimatter Are Mirror Images

Matter and antimatter appear to be perfect mirror images of each other as far as anyone can see, scientists have discovered with unprecedented …

People with these rare brain disorders have a disturbingly skewed perception of reality

These are just a few of the strange brain disorders that have plagued a rare set of people over the years. Oliver Sacks' classic book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" introduced us to some of the strangest brain disorders people suffer from, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.<p>Here are a …

Mental Health

Japan has plans to put advertisements on the moon

That might change when Pocari Sweat becomes the first product advertised on the surface of the moon.<p>In the latter half of 2016, an American firm devoted to space exploration, Space X, plans to land a rover on the moon.<p>Among the rover's cargo: a can of Pocari Sweat, which will be left on a lunar …

Space Exploration

The UK Is Trialling a New Road Surface That Charges Your Electric Car as You Drive

Awesome.<p>One of the problems with being on the cutting edge of electric car technology is you're not as sure of being able to find a filling station …

Electric Vehicles

Will machines eventually take on every job?

Automation will continue to transform the global workforce, but taking an active role in that process will help us reduce the damages and increase the gains, finds Rachel Nuwer.<p>It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is …

Road Safety

This new Xbox One hard drive looks like a cute little console

Storing digital games is becoming a big problem for console owners — so much so that both Microsoft and Sony have released beefed up, 1TB versions of their home consoles. If you don't want to buy a whole new console, though, Seagate might have just what you're looking for with its new Game Drive …

Seagate Technology

The 1 percent are parasites: Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

The rich don’t generate jobs. Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help<p>‘When did you last get a job from a poor person?’ So goes my favorite Tea Party slogan. The Americans are good at slogans but the Tea Party specializes in discombobulatingly daft ones.</i> …

Economics

A ‘breakthrough’ in rechargeable batteries for electronic devices and electric vehicles

A micrograph that shows the porous structure of the nanoboxes used in the new battery cathode material (credit: Institute of Bioengineering and …

Tesla

The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency

Rank<p>Country<p>(% OF GDP)<p>Date of Information<p>1<p>223.80<p>2017 est.<p>2<p>180.00<p>2017 est.<p>3<p>142.20<p>2017 est.<p>4<p>135.50<p>2017 est.<p>5<p>131.20<p>2017 est.<p>6<p>127.70<p>2017 est.<p>7<p>127.00<p>2017 …