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In One of the Happiest Places on the Earth, More People Work Part-time

May 13, 2015 By most accounts, The Netherlands is one of the best places in the world to live. People are relatively wealthy, there are ample government social benefits, and it consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries on earth. The Dutch also keep a pointedly less time-intensive work schedule than other...

15 Technologies NASA Is Funding to Make Science Fiction a Reality

May 11, 2015 Each year, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program awards funding to a set of research projects on the bleeding edge of technology. These aren’t your everyday “disruptive” apps and social networks; we’re talking interstellar exploration, nanotube comet sensors, and robot squids. Each of these Phase I award-winners is given around...

NASA Is Working on Super-Fast Spaceship Technology That Defies the Laws of Physics

May 1, 2015 NASA researchers have made progress on a new way to power a spaceship that could eventually enable fast travel to the outer reaches of our solar system. The research findings fly in the face of our understanding up until now of physics. Indeed, the results, which have now been seen...

NASA Scientists Say We'll Find Alien Life in Space in the Next 20 Years

April 8, 2015 Some of NASA’s top minds believe we’re not alone in the universe. And they think we’ll find out for sure soon. “I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade, and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years,” NASA chief...

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What You Have to Earn to Be Rich in Cities Across the United States

March 21, 2015 Being rich may be a state of mind, but it’s also a factor of location. In the US, the amount you have to earn to be in the top 5% of earners in a city varies widely depending on where you live. In San Francisco, for example, a top-5% earner...

Microsoft Is Phasing Out Internet Explorer

March 18, 2015 The end is finally in sight for Microsoft’s long-fraught Internet Explorer. At the Microsoft Convergence conference yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia, Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s head of marketing, said that the new flagship browser for Windows, which was announced in January and is codenamed Project Spartan, will not be associated with the...

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California Breaks Ground on America's First Bullet Train

January 7, 2015 In 15 years, the almost-400 mile trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles may take no more than three hours aboard America’s first bullet train. The construction of California’s high speed rail system, which has been discussed for over two decades, finally got underway at an official groundbreaking ceremony yesterday,...

British Police Are Going Robocop

December 17, 2014 British bobbies may soon be ditching caps and tunics for a striking new digital look. At a presentation earlier this year pitching the Home Office’s new Security Innovation and Demonstration Centre (SIDC), Rob Coleman, director of the Center for Applied Science and Technology, unveiled a new vision for police that...

This Spacecraft is About to Make the First Visit to Pluto

December 8, 2014 Of the rocks in our solar system, Pluto is perhaps the most mysterious. We know next to nothing about the former planet (which might be a planet yet), whose small size and distance from Earth—2.7 to 4.7 billion miles—make it hard to observe for even powerful telescopes like the Hubble:...

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How to Train Yourself to Speak Like a Leader

December 3, 2014 When it comes to leadership, your voice matters. Deeper-voiced male politicians are more appealing to voters, and deeper-voiced male CEOs run larger companies, stay in charge longer, and make more money. UCLA acoustic scientist Rosario Signorello has researched how to fine-tune the vocal chords of men born without a baritone....