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NSA reportedly installing spyware on US-made hardware

The National Security Agency has been allegedly accessing routers, servers, and other computer network devices to plant backdoors and other spyware before they're shipped overseas, according to the Guardian.<p>The news about the NSA's alleged interception of hardware comes via journalist Glenn …

How Mountains In Our Solar System Compare [Infographic]

Good luck scaling Olympus Mons on Mars<p>Hawaii's Mauna Kea is a gigantic mountain—but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the other landforms in our solar system. Here's a look at our neighbors' most impressive peaks.<p>_This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of _Popular Science.

Melting Of Antarctic Ice Sheet Might Be Unstoppable

Scientists have long worried about climate change-induced melting of the huge West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Now they say that not only is the disintegration of the ice already underway, but that it's likely unstoppable.<p>That means that in the coming centuries, global sea levels will rise by anywhere …

APOD: CG4: A Ruptured Cometary Globule (2014 May 13) Image Credit & Copyright: Jason Jennings (cosmicphotos) Explanation: Can a gas cloud grab a galaxy? It's not even close. The "claw" of this odd looking "creature" in the above photo is a gas cloud known as a cometary globule. This globule, however, has ruptured. Cometary globules are typically characterized by dusty heads and elongated tails. These features cause cometary globules to have visual similarities to comets, but in reality they are very much different. Globules are frequently the birthplaces of stars, and many show very young stars in their heads. The reason for the rupture in the head of this object is not completely known. The galaxy to the left of the globule is huge, very far in the distance, and only placed near CG4 by chance superposition. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

Best Photo Yet of an Exoplanet

Changing Planet<p>This artist’s impression shows what the planet inside the disk of Beta Pictoris may look like. Only 12 million years old, or less than three-thousandths of the age of the sun, Beta Pictoris is 75 percent more massive than our parent star. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada<p><b>While it may look like</b> …