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Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

Do Plants Sleep?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, mostly because I wrote a story on the topic for the March issue of Popular Science. Sleep, of course, is a key part of our lives as humans. We do it every night (or at least we should). We also see other animals sleep, from our pet dogs snoozing at our …

Caterpillars

A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg - Dwell

A floating wall on a Johannesburg cottage draws inspiration from local mining moguls and Mies van der Rohe.<p>Architect Georg van Gass could have stopped the special effects after creating an elevated foundation that allows the prefab home to hover over the landscape. Instead, he went one step further …

Articles about idyllic vacation home greece on Dwell.com - Dwell

A far cry from the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, this vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos will make any modern...<p>A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.<p>Inspired by their clients’ bold art collection, a pair of …

Vacation Homes

Articles about angular copper clad apartment building italy on Dwell.com - Dwell

Perched in the Dolomite mountains, an angular copper-clad apartment building echoes the topography of its site.<p>Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>It may be hard to believe, but the polished, open-plan loft that architect Paola Navone renovated for Andrea …

Architecture

Repurpose A Votive Candle Holder Into A DIY Planter

Spring is on the way, and I’ve been preparing for the new season by filling my interior with plants! Kate here, and the last time I shared a DIY …

6 Beautiful Sari Silk Rugs

Repurposed for a dazzling second life.<p>More than half a billion women around the world wear saris. Now, the garments — and even remnants of them — are being repurposed for a dazzling second life.

APOD: Habitable Worlds (2014 Mar 03) Image Credit & Licence: Planetary Habitability Laboratory (UPR Arecibo) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140303.html Explanation: Is Earth the only known world that can support life? In an effort to find life-habitable worlds outside our Solar System, stars similar to our Sun are being monitored for slight light decreases that indicate eclipsing planets. Many previously-unknown planets are being found, including over 700 worlds recently uncovered by NASA's Kepler satellite. Depicted above in artist's illustrations are twelve extrasolar planets that orbit in the habitable zones of their parent stars. These exoplanets have the right temperature for water to be a liquid on their surfaces, and so water-based life on Earth might be able to survive on them. Although technology cannot yet detect resident life, finding habitable exoplanets is a step that helps humanity to better understand its place in the cosmos. http://phl.upr.edu/ http://www.upra.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140303 #APOD

APOD: Sun and Prominence (2014 Mar 04) Image Credit & Copyright: jp-Brahic http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140304.html Explanation: Dramatic prominences can sometimes be seen looming just beyond the edge of the sun. Such was the case last week as a large prominence, visible above, highlighted a highly active recent Sun. A waving sea of hot gas is visible in the foreground chromosphere in great detail as it was imaged in one specific color of light emitted by hydrogen. A solar prominence is a cloud of solar gas held just above the surface by the Sun's magnetic field. The Earth, illustrated in the inset, is smaller than the prominence. Although very hot, prominences typically appear dark when viewed against the Sun, since they are slightly cooler than the photosphere below them. A quiescent prominence typically lasts about a month, and may erupt in a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) expelling hot gas into the Solar System, some of which may strike the Earth and trigger auroras. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140304 #APOD

APOD: Mount Sharp on the Horizon (2014 Mar 08) Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSL, Navcam http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140308.html Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses (red for the left eye) and look out over this expansive martian landscape. The panoramic stereo view is composed of images from the roving Curiosity's Navcam taken at a rest stop during a 100 meter drive on Sol 548 (February 19). The 5.5 kilometer high peak of Mount Sharp, also known as Aeolis Mons, is on the horizon, its base a destination for Curiosity. In the foreground are rows of striated rocks along the Junda outcrop. Centered toward the south-southeast the scene spans 160 degrees. (Another Navcam image here looks back along Curiosity's route at the end of the Sol's drive on Mars.) http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17948 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140308 #APOD

Elephants can decipher human voices better than we can

When it comes to predation, human voices are not created equal<p>Humans can tell a lot about one another just by listening to a voice. Age and gender are among the first pieces of information we pick up on when listening to a stranger speak, and studies have even shown that humans can determine a …

Memories Can Go Astray When We Step Outside Our Bodies

Our bodies may help us remember our lives, fixing experiences in place. By using virtual reality, scientists can make people feel like they're outside their own bodies. And when they do, the brain struggles to remember what happened.<p>The phenomenon is a bit like the disembodied sensation that some …

APOD: In the Heart of the Rosette Nebula (2014 Mar 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140311.html Explanation: In the heart of the Rosette Nebula lies a bright open cluster of stars that lights up the nebula. The stars of NGC 2244 formed from the surrounding gas only a few million years ago. The above image taken in January using multiple exposures and very specific colors of Sulfur (shaded red), Hydrogen (green), and Oxygen (blue), captures the central region in tremendous detail. A hot wind of particles streams away from the cluster stars and contributes to an already complex menagerie of gas and dust filaments while slowly evacuating the cluster center. The Rosette Nebula's center measures about 50 light-years across, lies about 4,500 light-years away, and is visible with binoculars towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). http://www.astrodonimaging.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140311 #APOD

Microsoft, EA, and Respawn have a lot riding on the Titanfall launch for Xbox One

Microsoft has the Titanfall jitters tonight. The new Xbox One exclusive from publisher Electronic Arts and developer Respawn Entertainment has launched at midnight store openings on the East Coast. Soon, the world will get access to the game that could make or break the Xbox One in its battle with …

Titanfall Launches at 792p on Xbox One - IGN Video

Titanfall launches on Xbox One with the same 792p resolution it sported during beta, though this may be increased somewhere down the line.

Play the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure

<b>To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text-based adventure game, the BBC has released an online version, playable</b> …

Comic Books

Origami Artist Creates Life-Sized Elephant From One Piece of Paper

He's done it! Professional origami artist Sipho Mabona has created a huge, life-sized elephant with just one sheet of paper. His most ambitious work to date, the elephant took Mabona and a team of over a dozen people four weeks to complete. Standing just over 3 meters high (or 10 feet tall), the …

Origami

Stunning High-Rise Tower Mimics a Tree with Branches

The second architectural folly of the 21st century is upon us. Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisn Associs and Oxo Architects, have crafted an imaginative structure named <i>White Tree</i> in Montpellier, France that dazzles us with its unusual stair-step shape and how it fans into the open sky. For something to …

Architecture

Stunning Images Of The Dinka People Of Southern Sudan And Their Way Of Life

<b>Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher</b> have come up with a stunning series featuring the people and lifestyle of the Dinka tribe in the South …