Getty royalty free Looking for short-cuts to healthier places in our lives isn’t laziness, it’s how our brains are wired. We’re short-cut-centric because the quickest route to a goal conserves energy (the human brain, while an energy-hog to operate, is adept at minimizing its energy outlay). Thankfully, there’s a strong current in behavioral research focused on finding short-cuts
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The Catholic Church seems to be close to an agreement with the Chinese government. The crux of the matter is that the Vatican will formally recognize bishops appointed by the Chinese government. This has, according to CNN, been a “key sticking point between Beijing and the Vatican since relations broke down in 1951.” A cross
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Screenshot from NASA’s polar motion simulation, indicating various contributing factors in Earth’s wobble.NASA An in-depth study conducted by NASA found that humans are responsible for the increasing wobble detected as Earth spins on its axis. When you think of Earth you may think of an exact sphere, but Earth is actually an oblate spheroid, pockmarked with
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‘Color-Full Moon’ by astrophotographer Nicolas Lefaudeux.Nicolas Lefaudeux hdr-astrophotography.com What color is the Moon? Tonight is the Harvest Moon, the nearest Full Moon to the autumnal equinox. For a few nights around the Harvest Moon our satellite illuminates the night sky after dark, making it easier for farmers to continue harvesting their crops after sunset, hence its
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A tourist watches the Steamboat Geyser erupt in Norris Basin on August 22, 2018 in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (George Frey/Getty Images) Several of Yellowstone’s geothermal features have become quite excitable as of late. According to a recent blog post by the United States Geological Survey’s Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO), Ear Spring, which tends to
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Elon Musk has provided several new, rare, and telling glimpses into how his rocket company, SpaceX, is building a spacecraft to reach Mars. On September 17, Musk announced that SpaceX would fly Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa around the moon on the company’s Big Falcon Rocket or BFR. During that event, Musk showed off new renderings of the launch system,
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According to the Big Bang cosmological model, our Universe began 13.8 billion years ago when all the matter and energy in the cosmos began expanding. This period of “cosmic inflation” is believed to be what accounts for the large-scale structure of the Universe and why space and the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) appear to be largely uniform in all
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Book covers for ANXIETY AND THE EQUATION and TOTALLY RANDOM.Cover images combined by Chad Orzel As someone whose primary claim to fame is writing physics books starring a talking dog, I am obviously often on the lookout for pop-physics books that take a different slant on the subject. I ran across a couple of these
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Getty royalty free “Eat more fiber” is dietary advice that’s earned the right of repetition. High-fiber diets are linked to lower rates of heart disease and certain types of cancer, along with the daily bonus of keeping our digestive system running efficiently. New research suggests another potentially big benefit: high-fiber diets may set off a chemical
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