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Happiest U.S. Cities of 2014: The List

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:51
A Gallup-Healthways poll surveyed people from the most populous communities in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia about their well-being.

Happiest US Metro Areas Revealed

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:50
If you're looking to move to a happy place, you might want to check out the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, area: The region reported the highest well-being out of the 100 most populous communities in the country, according to a new poll.

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:22
Solid signs of alien life will be spotted within 10 years, and definitive evidence will roll in within 20 to 30 years, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7).

Drunk-Dialing Shame May Help Prevent Excessive Drinking in College Kids

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:07
Awareness about drunken text messaging and tipsy Facebook posting could be an effective way to prevent excessive drinking on college campuses, a new study finds.

Controversy Blooms Over Earliest Flower Fossil

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:47
A tiny flower pressed between layers of sandstone for more than 160 million years could be the earliest angiosperm fossil ever found.

Robot Say: 'Lemme Take A Selfie' - For 900 Years | Video

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:22
For National Robotics Week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) postulated the DARwIn-OP robot (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence–Open Platform) taking one selfie per decade before heading to work for 900 years.

What Record-Breaking Drought Means for California's Future

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:47
Though California is facing the worst drought on record, the future may not be catastrophic, if the state takes action now.

Tombs Filled with Dozens of Mummies Discovered in Peru

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:12
Each of the tombs contains up to 40 mummies, ranging in age from babies to adults. The tombs were discovered at the 1,200-year-old ceremonial site called Tenahaha in Peru's Cotahuasi Valley.

In Photos: Hundreds of Mummies Found in Peru

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:42
Here's a look at images from a ceremonial site in Peru where archaeologists have discovered dozens of tombs, each filled with up to 40 mummies.

Why You Get the Joke: Brain's Sarcasm Center Found

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:24
When you sarcastically mutter "great!" and roll your eyes, there is a part of your brain that is allowing your wisecrack.

Dinos Died Here: Getting to the Core of Asteroid Impact Mystery

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:23
Scientists plan to drill deep into the Chicxulub crater formed by a space rock that smashed into Earth 65.5 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs.

What Are Quadratic Equations?

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:59
Quadratic equations are basic to algebra and are the math behind parabolas, projectiles, satellite dishes and the golden ratio.

A Longer Life May Lie in Number of Anti-Inflammatory Genes

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:19
Researchers found that animals with more copies of certain genes -- which are involved in fighting inflammation -- have longer life spans.

More Teens Using Long-Term Birth Control

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 19:10
More U.S. teens are using long-term forms of birth control that they don’t have to remember every day, but these methods are still relatively uncommon.

Trace Amounts of Fukushima Radiation Turn Up in Canada

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 18:37
Very low levels of radioactive isotopes leaked from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have been detected along the North American coast for the first time.

Boy Gets Food Allergies from Blood Transfusion

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 18:31
A boy in Canada mysteriously became allergic to fish and nuts after he received a blood transfusion, according to a new case report.

'Freak Weather Event' Sets Antarctic Heat Records

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:44
A remarkable heat wave warmed Antarctica's northernmost peninsula to slightly above 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius) two weeks ago — a record high for the normally cold continent.

Breast Cancer Genes: How Much Risk Do BRCA Mutations Bring?

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:20
A new study identifies a number of mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that may help doctors provide women with more precise estimates of their cancer risk.

'Silkpunk': Redefining Technology for 'The Grace of Kings' (Essay)

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:45
Silkpunk brings ox sinew and silk to a world of imagined technologies.

'The Grace of Kings' (US 2015): Book Excerpt

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:33
To control the Islands of Dara, you must first master its airships.