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Six Amazing Sights That Look Even Better From Space

Imagine seeing the lights of cities spreading around the Nile Delta and then in less than an hour gazing down on Mount Everest.

Climate Change and Hurricane Katrina: What Have We Learned?

Three weeks and three days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago, a paper of mine appeared in the scientific journal Nature showing that North Atlantic hurricane power was strongly correlated with the temperature of the tropical Atlantic during hurricane season, and that both had been increasing rapidly over the previous 30 years or so.

What's the Color of Your Favorite Song?

Imagine yourself as a graphic designer for New Age musician Enya, tasked with creating her next album cover.

The Progress and Pitfalls of Medical Marijuana

“Cannabis is like a medicine cabinet,” says Roger Pertwee, who was instrumental in some of the early cannabis trials for multiple sclerosis.

Yes, Other Animals Do Have Sex For Fun

There’s an idea circulating that humans are the only animal to experience sexual pleasure; that we approach sex in a way that is distinct from others.

Can You Teach Creativity to a Computer?

From Picasso’s "The Young Ladies of Avignon" to Munch’s "The Scream," what was it about some paintings that arrested people’s attention upon viewing them, that cemented them in the canon of art history as iconic works?

What Is the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Actually Looking For?

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) last week got a $100 million dollar shot in the arm from the wealthy, Russian Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner.

Five of the Most Bizarre Fossil Discoveries of All Time

From trilobites to tyrannosaurs, most fossils are of creatures with hard shells or bones. These materials don’t easily biodegrade and sediment has time to build up around them and turn them into a record of the creature that is still with us millions of years after it has died.

Beyond Graphene, a Zoo of New 2-D Materials Are Being Created

Nine years ago, Joshua Robinson was approached by his then-advisor with news of a discovery that would end up transforming his career, and much of materials science.

Why the Data Deluge Leaves Us Struggling to Make Up Our Minds

We make a huge number of decisions every day. When it comes to eating, for example, we make 200 more decisions than we’re consciously aware of every day.

How Astronomers Will Find Earth 2.0

While self-aware humans have long wondered whether Earth is the only place like itself, we — and our technology — are finally advanced enough to answer that question.

The Needle-Free Future of Medicine

If you’re afraid of needles, here’s some good news: you may not always be stuck with getting shots. At present, injections are the best way to deliver certain kinds of drugs.

The Sixth Sense You Didn't Know You Had

Ever fancied having a superpower? Something you can call upon when you need it, to hand you extra information about the world?

The Sixth Sense You Didn't Know You Had

Ever fancied having a superpower? Something you can call upon when you need it, to hand you extra information about the world?

Falling Into a Black Hole Might Turn You Into a Hologram

Many scientists believe that anything sent into a black hole would probably be destroyed. But a new study suggests that this might not be the case after all.

Falling Into a Black Hole Might Turn You Into a Hologram

Many scientists believe that anything sent into a black hole would probably be destroyed. But a new study suggests that this might not be the case after all.

Grown Adults, Stop Drinking Breast Milk. Seriously.

“Breast is best”. So goes the message from the international and clinical guidance on what milk mothers should feed their babies.

Grown Adults, Stop Drinking Breast Milk. Seriously.

“Breast is best”. So goes the message from the international and clinical guidance on what milk mothers should feed their babies.

Early Humans Became More Feminine, Which Led to the Birth of Culture

I have always wondered why our species Homo sapiens, that evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, seemed to do nothing special for the first 150,000 years.

Early Humans Became More Feminine, Which Allowed for the Birth of Culture

I have always wondered why our species Homo sapiens, that evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, seemed to do nothing special for the first 150,000 years.


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