Top 10 Smart Alternatives to TED Talks

Top 10 Smart Alternatives to TED Talks TED talks are great, but there’s a point where they all seem too similar, or are just taxing to muddle through. If you’d still like to enjoy a smart, engaging talk now and again but you’ve had enough of TED, here are some alternative to boost your brain. […]

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Why We Love Listening to Sad Music

Why We Love Listening to Sad Music Music affects our brains in all kinds of wonderful ways. Upbeat music is great for working out and classical music can help you focus, but even sad music has its perks. Here’s why we love listening to sorrowful songs, and why they deserve to be on your playlists. […]

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Rosetta probe's love affair with a comet ended predictably

Rosetta probe's love affair with a comet ended predictably Goodbye, Rosetta. After 12 years of getting up close and personal with Comet 67P, your service has come to an end. At approximately 7:19 am Eastern the spacecraft descended upon the comet one last time, snapping pictures and analyzing gases before cr… Source: Engadget Link: Rosetta […]

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A Major Hurricane Just Developed Over the Caribbean

A Major Hurricane Just Developed Over the Caribbean An ugly, dangerous storm is brewing out there. After a bout of rapid intensification last night, Hurricane Matthew has now achieved Category 3 status, packing 120 mph winds. It’s first major Caribbean hurricane since Sandy, and the strongest to develop in this particular region since 2008. Read […]

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Our Best View Yet of Molecules Moving Inside Living Cells

Our Best View Yet of Molecules Moving Inside Living Cells A new microscope developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts is allowing scientists track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells. It has the potential to reveal unknown aspects of molecular behavior, including those that turn cells into agents […]

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X-Ray Images of Bird Feathers Hold the Secret to Dinosaur Colors

X-Ray Images of Bird Feathers Hold the Secret to Dinosaur Colors Textbook illustrations and museum dioramas could soon be even more accurate in their depiction of the rich colors of long-extinct animals like dinosaurs. An international team of scientists used advanced X-ray imaging techniques to map out elements related to pigmentation in modern birds of […]

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Researchers think chaos theory can get us past Moore's Law

Researchers think chaos theory can get us past Moore's Law Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, believed that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every year or two. And, to his credit, that rule pretty much held out between 1965 and 2015, when the laws of physics began to get in the… […]

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Bloodhound's land speed record revived by Chinese car giant

Bloodhound's land speed record revived by Chinese car giant Bloodhound will, eventually, maybe, probably attempt to break the world land speed record next year. The project has been hit by countless delays, but new funding announced in July has, the team insists, put the dream of a 1,000MPH car back on track…. Source: Engadget Link: […]

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SpaceX test-fires 'Raptor' rocket that will take humans to Mars

SpaceX test-fires 'Raptor' rocket that will take humans to Mars SpaceX has done its first test of the Raptor rocket engine that will take humans to Mars as early as 2024, Elon Musk said in a series of tweets. It was fired at the company's McGregor, Texas facility on a stand that can handle the […]

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Hubble study helps explain the heyday of galaxy formation

Hubble study helps explain the heyday of galaxy formation The Hubble Space Telescope still isn't done giving up secrets of the early universe. Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered that a patch of 10 billion-year-old galaxies in Hubble's Ultra Deep Field… Source: Engadget Link: Hubble study helps explain the heyday of […]

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Why You Get Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Why You Get Dark Circles Under Your Eyes Dark circles under or around your eyes make you look tired, but there plenty of other reasons you might get them. Here’s the science behind dark eye circles, and how you can try to avoid them. Read more… Source: Lifehacker Link: Why You Get Dark Circles Under […]

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Another Psychological Study Fails the Reproducibility Test

Another Psychological Study Fails the Reproducibility Test The field of psychology is currently in the midst of a kind of civil war, with one side claiming a widespread reproducibility crisis, and the other just as loudly proclaiming that concerns are greatly exaggerated. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Another Psychological Study Fails the Reproducibility Test

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After Math: Tinder profile make-overs and one-terabyte SD cards

After Math: Tinder profile make-overs and one-terabyte SD cards Is your new iPhone hissing? Is your replacement Galaxy Note not exploding? Regardless, we shall begin. This week we saw plenty of new (and old-school) cameras at Photokina, one editor tried to improve his odds on dating apps by outsourcing the task,… Source: Engadget Link: After […]

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Those Used Coffee Grounds Could Get the Lead Out of Your Water

Those Used Coffee Grounds Could Get the Lead Out of Your Water Those used coffee grounds you dump into the trash every morning might just help remove lead and mercury from drinking water one day, according to a new study by a team of Italian scientists. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Those Used Coffee Grounds […]

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How Venomous Creatures Can Kill You–Or One Day Save Your Life

How Venomous Creatures Can Kill You–Or One Day Save Your Life If you’ve ever been stung by a jellyfish while swimming in the ocean, you know firsthand the pain that a venomous creature can inflict, even if it doesn’t outright kill you. But scientists studying the chemical properties of venom might one day be able […]

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Amsterdam's autonomous canal boats, and more in the week that was

Amsterdam's autonomous canal boats, and more in the week that was Hydrogen-powered cars and planes are on the rise, and this week Germany announced plans to launch the world's first completely hydrogen-powered passenger train in 2017. In other transportation news, Volvo unveiled a new SuperTruck that's 70 percent m… Source: Engadget Link: Amsterdam's autonomous canal […]

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