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Why Harry Potter Named His Son After Snape, According To J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling must be using her Remembrall again.<p>For some reason lately, the <i>Harry Potter</i> author seems to finally recall that she left fans of the series with more mysteries than there are flavors of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. The author has been slowly revealing the answers to some of those …

The 10 best quotes in a crisis

From JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, when things are bleak and disaster strikes, children’s literature has the answer<p>We’ve all been there. Whether you’ve forgotten your wallet, didn’t revise for an exam or are going through a break up, that sinking feeling in your …

NASA has figured out how Mars was stripped clean of water

What happened to Mars’ atmosphere? NASA thinks it knows.<p>Around 3.7 to 4.2 billion years ago, the red planet’s atmosphere was the same size or bigger than the Earth’s, but today it’s about 100 times thinner than on our planet. The answer, it turns out, is blowing in the wind.<p>Solar winds, to be …

Space

31 Ways To Throw The Ultimate Harry Potter Birthday Party

ID: 5858093<p>1. Send out invitations that look like letters of acceptance to Hogwarts.<p>Learn how to make yours here.<p>ID: 5851632<p>2. Have your guests enter …

The complete astronomy guide of what to see during tomorrow night's rare lunar eclipse

There is a rare total lunar eclipse on Sunday night that won't happen again until 2033. Learn more about how to watch here.<p>So while you're looking up enjoying the view, we wanted to tell you about some of the other spectacular sights that will be out that night.<p>Especially because when the moon is …

Astronomy

J.K. Rowling just revealed a treasure trove of details about Harry Potter's family history

According to a press release from Pottermore.com, the site is undergoing a makeover that includes a new look and new content. The most important of which are new details about the Potter family.<p>Author J.K. Rowling has written an article delving into family's history. Dating back to their name's …

Books

If The iPad Pro Is Jupiter, Here’s Apple’s Full Solar System Of Devices

The long-rumored iPad Pro was revealed last week at Apple’s fall 2015 event. The 12.9-inch iOS device whose smart keyboard and stylus are a bit reminiscent of the Microsoft’s Surface, and mark an important shift in Apple’s tablet efforts. With a new moniker and increased footprint, the iPad Pro …

Swirling mystery of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot has been swirling wildly over Jupiter for the past 150 years, but scientists still aren’t sure what causes the gigantic storm’s …

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Astrophysics

here’s a scary-accurate harry potter fan theory about dumbledore

wingardium levio-what?<p>The Albus Dumbledore you or someone you know knows is probably not so. A new theory about the former Hogwarts headmaster claims he is more than the humble wizard fans have come to love.<p>The theory that’s making its way around Tumblr stems from “The Tale of Three Brothers,” the …

Pluto the dog can, like, totally be seen on Pluto the dwarf planet

Legend has it that on the evening of September 14th, 1928, a 26-year-old Walt Disney looked up in the sky and observed a glow unlike he had ever seen before. It was faint, but Disney was a known visionary — one with superhuman sight. Disney squinted, and through that squint he saw a planet. …

Mental Floss

MENTAL FLOSS STUDIOS<p>Holidays<p>Holiday word origins<p>Holidays<p>Holiday word origins<p>Food<p>Tips for Perfect Cookies<p>Food<p>Tips for Perfect Cookies<p>Pop …

Pluto? I still call it a planet, says head of Nasa

The head of Nasa said he still viewed Pluto as a planet as astronomers questioned whether it should be restored to its former status<p>Pluto was unofficially upgraded on Tuesday as Nasa announced that it had completed its mission to visit every planet in the Solar System.<p>Although the icy world was …

Clocks to read 11:59:60 tonight as time lords add leap second

Software could crash and markets suffer as a leap second is added to world time at midnight tonight<p>Airlines, trading floors and technology companies are braced for chaos today as world timekeepers prepare to add a leap second to global clocks.<p>Immediately before midnight dials will read 11:59:60 as …

Earth Science

Review: Inside Out Takes a Mind-Blowing Trip Inside the Brain

The most profound—as well as profoundly <i>good</i>—Pixar movies are the ones that seem the least plausible as story pitches. Consider <i>Up</i> (crushed by …

Animation

'Inside Out': Pixar delivers a rewarding head trip, reviews say

In its previous 14 animated movies, Pixar has explored many imaginative worlds: one populated by anthropomorphic automobiles, another where a rat cooks haute cuisine, yet another where humans have trashed the planet and retreated into mindless consumption. But the studio's latest feature, "Inside …

Animation

Channel your inner Hermione with the best Harry Potter exam quotes ever

Whether it’s SATs or GCSEs, OWLs or NEWTs, exams are tough for witches, wizards and muggles alike. Thankfully, JK Rowling has some top advice for stressed students<p>Hours spent in the school library, timetables crammed too full to relax, and endless frustration over equations, dates, facts and …

Space Shots: The Universe's Best Images

A gallery of photos, visualizations, and other pictures of outer space.<p><i>This post was last updated on Friday, May 12, 2017.</i><p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we love space—and we know you do too. From seeing the nearly-true colors of Europa, a molten metal orb levitate in microgravity, or even a map of a …

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens

New research suggests children are far exceeding the two-hour daily limit recommended by pediatricians.<p>Slouching posture, carpal-tunnel, neck strain, eye problems. The negative effects that technology use is having on humans’ bodies are surprising. Kids who spend much of their days in and out of …

Parenting

National Geographic Travel

Five can’t miss space events in 2015

There’s always lots of cool stuff going on in the sky, but here are five space and astronomy events in 2015 you simply must not miss. 1. New …

Astronomy

Deadly sea snail uses weaponised insulin to make its prey sluggish

The geographic cone snail can send whole schools of fish into hypoglycaemic shock by releasing insulin into the water<p>A tropical sea snail uses a potent form of insulin to subdue its fish prey, scientists have discovered.<p>The geographic cone snail (<i>Conus geographus</i>) uses the chemical to cause a …

Zoology

Will the Church Fail or Fulfill Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy?

I've been in New York at The Riverside Church now for about five months, trying to learn the ropes in a beautiful, amazing congregation with such an incredible history.<p>The adjustment has been exciting and, if I'm being honest, deeply terrifying on some levels. Standing in the pulpit where voices …

Nelson Mandela

17 Awesome Storage Ideas You Should Know

<b>If you live in a small home, don't have much designated storage space, or simply hate clutter, then you'll love these 17 awesome storage hacks. It</b> …

Magnetism

Why Do Dogs Watch—and React to—TV?

Just like humans, their response to the tube depends on their personality, experts say.<p>Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of 2015 comes to us from our very own photo editor Mallory Benedict, who's curious about why her sister's poodle pays such rapt attention to the television.<p>"He totally …

Pets

Motorboat-Size Sea Monster Found, Sheds Insight on Evolution

The 170-million-year-old marine reptile comes from a prehistoric period little known to scientists.<p>Dinosaurs ruled the land during the Jurassic period. But at sea, it was the age of ichthyosaurs—so-called "sea monsters" that looked like a cross between a narrow-nosed crocodile and an ill-tempered …

Dinosaurs

Watch for These Top 5 Sky Events of 2015: Eclipses, Comets, and Planets

Lunar eclipses and the innermost planets will take center stage in the heavens.<p>Stay tuned, stargazers—the year ahead offers many heavenly delights, including a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potentially surprising comet.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the offing, here …

Astronomy

Interstellar (2014 movie): Why did every hour on the first planet take 7 years on Earth?

<b>TL;DR:</b> Being in a gravitational potential causes time to move slower relative to time being measured far away from anything.<p>This is called …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Curiosity Drills, a Rocket Soars, and Dragon Docks

Photos from Mars, Earth, and the International Space Station reveal exciting moments in space exploration.

Space Science