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The biggest development in the ongoing volcanic crisis surrounding Barðarbunga in Iceland was the discovery of a number of depressions in the ice that fills the volcano’s caldera. These “cauldrons” in the ice (see below), numbering over a dozen, are relatively shallow, only 10-15 meter deep but make a string that spans 4-6 km along the surface […]

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There are mites living on you right now. YOU. Yes, you.

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I’ve always thought about making ice. What is the energy required to make ice? It’s not such an easy question. The problem is that going from liquid water to solid ice, you DECREASE the total energy in the system. But look at the reverse question. How much energy does it take to melt ice? That’s […]

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It's time to face the facts. Summer is nearly over. As Labor Day approaches we need to start packing away those beach towels, because that long setting sun will soon hibernate for the winter, and the box office is heralding its slumber. So get ready to say goodbye to the Newsroom, hello to Girls, and something like "Get out!" to demons and robot oppressors and craven journalists, because they're all here and ready to walk you into the fall.

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Steve McCurry captured an iconic image of Sri Lankan stilt fisherman back in 1995. Nowadays, not many remain as photographer Florian Müller found out.

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Volvo is one of the few automakers willing to say that self-driving cars are the key to safer roads.

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Visitors can walk all over it, and even pick up and move stones around, giving the exhibit a tactile, low-tech interactive element.

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When people watch a movie together their brain activity is, to a remarkable degree, synchronized. It's a slightly creepy thought. It's also a testament to the captivating power of cinema, says Uri Hasson, a psychologist at Princeton University.

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You don't need a full camera crew or a bunch of rigs at your disposal to pull off the Vertigo effect, but you will need a camera with a decent zoom lens.

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Windows Phone has been struggling to gain market share in the U.S., especially among high-end handset buyers. Now, those itching to give the mobile OS a try have another high-end hardware option: the HTC One.

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The proportion of programmers in India who are women is at least 30 percent. In the US it's 21 percent. And this despite the fact that by most indexes—economic opportunity, educational attainment, health—women in India have access to a narrower set of opportunities than women in the United States. So unless nature is working contrarily in South Asia, something about the culture of the Indian educational system and tech industry is more hospitable to women than the American one. If we can figure out what that difference is, we can begin to change things for the better in the US.

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Google's Nest thermostat makes it easy to save money by automatically turning down the heat when you're not around. But many people don't have the luxury of controlling their own temperature settings, let alone the money to buy expensive gadgets that can do it automatically. But now a group of civic-minded hackers is using the Internet of Things to at least help these folks keep their apartments warm.

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Acorns makes it easy for even those with minimal financial knowledge to start investing.

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Over the years everyone from Rick Ross to Drake to Jay Z have claimed, in one way or another, "summer is mine"—essentially claiming that they make the hits most blasted from convertibles for the season. But that's just music dominance, and those guys can't rule every summer. So who are the winners in other media like movies and TV? With Labor Day weekend (the unofficial end of the season) on the horizon we took a long look at the past few months and picked our favorite highlights from our summer spent in theaters, on the couch, and in our headphones.

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Platforms like Google Wallet, Isis, and Square have been around for years, while Apple has remained curiously silent on the mobile payments front. Well not anymore.

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Here's an updated version of the traditional yurt that’s more than 50 percent lighter and fits in an average-sized car.

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Anonymity is weird. This much is known by anyone who struggles to be heard above the noise that news media creates and sustains. In a recent article about the real effects of climate change today, rising sea levels do more than take away land from heavily populated areas. It challenges one’s anonymity in forcing those with […]

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A few modern concessions include a thermostat, a scale for measuring the honey production, and, on the exterior, a tiny landing strip for incoming bees making their way back indoors.

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Tall people began complaining when passengers reclined in their airplane seats. It was the height of human excess. Within a few years, everything had changed.

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I’m not usually great with self promotion, but my post “So You Think Yellowstone Is Going to Erupt” was nominated (with 85 science articles from all over the spectrum) for the 2014 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize. If you have a moment, head over a cast a vote for my post to move onto the […]

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Chinese researchers say they are developing technology that would allow submarines to travel more than 750 mph. That’s faster than commercial aircraft fly, and yes, it is possible. The technology is called supercavitation, and it’s been around for decades. The idea is to increase the speed of an object like, say, a submarine or torpedo […]

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The way we hire and manage employees in America is fundamentally broken. Not only are unemployment rates still high in most cities, but approximately 32 percent of the current unemployed population has been unemployed for seven months or longer. Many people believe these long term unemployed workers no longer fit in today’s workplace, but they […]

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The flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia tullbergi) earned its moniker for a reason. Like many cephalopods, this cuttlefish can change its appearance with remarkable flexibility and speed. Sometimes it displays bright colors; other times, it camouflages itself to seamlessly blend into the background. In a new study, Gilles Laurent, Michael Kuba, Tamar Gutnick, and Andres Laan of […]

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Neuroscientists have devised a technique for switching the emotional association of a memory from bad to good by directly manipulating the neurons that encode it.

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There was a time not too long ago when web sites and web applications prescribed directions on how each should be sourced to be properly viewed and utilized. For example, on many sites there was a banner that would proclaim that this application or website should be viewed using a certain browser and a specific […]

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