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It seems we are always keeping track of time, but do we really even know what it is? Recent scientific studies are calling into question Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of time and the idea that it may represent a fourth … Continue reading
Maybe your teenager is getting straight A’s in school, but there’s one topic she still needs to study up on: climate change. According to a recent poll conducted by Yale University, only half of teenagers believe that climate change is … Continue reading
People say it all the time. “If only.” “If only I’d remembered our wedding anniversary.” “If only I’d taken that other job.” “If only I’d brought my umbrella to work today.” Regret is a distinctly human trait, but computer researchers … Continue reading
Albert Lin has thousands of helpers in his search for the tomb of Genghis Khan. They sift through high-resolution satellite images of Mongolia. You can join the search Field Expedition Mongolia . Read the Washington Post story for more information … Continue reading
Invasive species have profound negative effects on ecosystems. They can displace or cause the extinction of native plant and animal life, increase soil erosion and fire hazards, clog waterways and damage the economy. On the plus side, however, some of … Continue reading
We love our gadgets, but do we know how they are made? Find out more in this story from The Christian Science Monitor and check out The Enough Project’s report on how well companies are doing at keeping conflict minerals … Continue reading
Where the statue of John Robert Godley, the founder of Christchurch, once stood, two time capsules came to light. A metal cylinder and a bottle containing a rolled parchment were found among the rubble. The city’s mayor hopes that the … Continue reading
How many hours a week do you spend listening to your iPod? The answer you give to this question may depend on your genes. Scientists at the University of Helsinki have published a study in the Journal of Human Genetics … Continue reading
When visiting Laos, book publisher Sasha Alyson noticed that most Laotians had few books to read and their children appeared to have none at all. So when the Bostonian pulled up stakes and moved there permanently, he taught himself the … Continue reading