The most innovative Sunday of the year

On May 20, The New York Times Magazine is sponsoring the 2nd annual "Sunday with the Magazine" event, which will feature conversations with leading innovators and thinkers in fields such as politics, business, fashion, design, food, technology and entertainment. The slate of speakers is still being filled, so until then, the New York Times is asking that you sign up for a series of free e-mail updates about the event. (The two lead sponsors for the event are Design With Reach and the American Chemistry Council, so methinks that the event will be heavy on designers and scientists). Sounds cool - but this being New York, the event will likely be over-booked, over-priced and over-hyped.

A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."

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  • A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
  • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
  • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal

The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.

Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA
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A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.

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New study reveals what time we burn the most calories

Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.

Photo: Victor Freitas / Unsplash
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  • Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
  • While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
  • Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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