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Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Black Holes

The US and NATO are gaining valuable insights into Russia's military in Ukraine

The Minsk II agreement, signed earlier this year, has almost completely broken down, with Ukraine moving heavy weapons back to the front lines and the separatists reportedly calling in all of their forces who had been on leave.<p>Leading separatist figure Denis Pushilin warned that open warfare "can …

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

Panoramic Photography

Microsoft says the Xbox One is ‘doing things that can’t be done’ on the PS4

As we’ve discussed countless times over the course of this console generation, the PlayStation 4 is the clear winner in terms of international sales. …

Before Marvel and DC: Superheroes of the ancient world

Comic book tales of masked do-gooders now dominate cinemas, but these stories are not new – in fact, they have their origins in antiquity, writes Natalie Haynes.<p>Over the past few years, even the most ardent comic book nerd might have wondered if there were too many superhero movies playing in the …

For Oculus, the future of VR game development lies in your hands

Most virtual reality game developers I speak to are drawn to VR because it empowers them to make games more immersive, more "real", than any other …

Jack Black’s ‘Green Lantern’ And Other Failed DC Comics Superhero Adaptations

With several highly anticipated movies slated for release, including <i>Batman V Superman</i>, <i>Suicide Squad</i>, and <i>Wonder Woman</i>, along with TV projects such as Arrow, <i>Supergirl</i> and an upcoming sitcom inspired by <i>The Office,</i> DC Comics seems to be on the verge of a big winning streak. But not that long ago, they …

What stress does to your brain

New research examines the myriad ways chronic stress and anxiety can damage your long-term health<p>Thor Benson<p>August 15, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on ATTN:.<p>Stress can be a dangerous enemy for the brain. In fact, it can have serious effects on your brain's ability to operate …

University of California

The cheapest (and most expensive) cities in America to buy weed

<b>In this Sept. 18, 2012, file photo a caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver. (AP/Ed Andrieski)</b><p>Depending on where in the country you live, you may be paying a “prohibition premium”<p>Phillip Smith<p>August 16, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared …

Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented 'nuclear war' on Earth

From “The Day the Earth Stood Still” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “E.T.,” pop culture is filled with stories about friendly, curious extraterrestrials visiting Earth to learn more about mankind. For Apollo 14 veteran Edgar Mitchell that plotline is less fiction than it is reality. The …

Congress's Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Millennials leaving church in droves

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Religion

Five Artists Predict What's Next for 2015

Here's five digital art trends that you might be seeing a lot of this year.<p>Digital art is in a constant state of flux. With the year underway, we tapped leading digital artists for their predictions on what trends will gain traction—and which projects they’ll be unveiling—in 2015.<p>Says London-based …

24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing

Ten years ago, my first novel Prep came out. Three novels later, here's what I've learned about the publishing industry and writing since then.<p>1. When it comes to fellow writers, don't buy into the narcissism of small differences. In all their neurotic, competitive, smart, funny glory, other …

10 Simple Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

Writer's block is a dreaded malady in the life of many writers. So, what's the best way to overcome it? In the words of famous freelancer Carrie Bradshaw from <i>Sex and the City</i>, "You just need to stop thinking about it so much, and go to bed, and it will be all right in the morning."<p>This advice might …

Mummy Found in Meditation Position: Legendary Mongolian Lama?

A mummy estimated from preliminary investigations to be about 200 years old, sitting in the lotus meditation position, was found in Mongolia on Jan. …

Ermac is back in Mortal Kombat X (update)

NetherRealm Studios unveiled the latest returning fighter for <i>Mortal Kombat X</i> today, psychokinetic combatant Ermac.<p>During a livestream for <i>Mortal Kombat X</i>, NetherRealm's Tyler Lansdown, Derek Kirtzic and Paulo Garcia showed off Ermac in battle for the first time. Many of his trademark moves, like his …

Where's My Foil Hat?: NASA Allegedly Cuts International Space Station Live Feed After UFO Is Spotted

This is a video recorded from a live feed of the International Space Station that was allegedly cut off immediately following an unidentified object …

X-Files opened: US government documents on UFOs available for the first time

The files now available online are drawn from Project Blue Book, a 17-year-long US Air Force study into UFO reports<p>Thousands of <b>US</b> government documents on <b>UFOs</b> are available to search online for the first time.<p>The files - which include pictures of supposed UFOs and interviews with those who say they …

Jamaica considers marijuana legalisation and production

<b>The Jamaican cabinet has approved a bill that legalises the possession of small amounts of marijuana.</b><p>It means that for the first time the country's Rastafarian community, which uses the herb for religious purposes, could be able to smoke it legally.<p>The bill also envisages a licensing authority for …

Cannabis

Complete Self-watering Grow Light Garden

The handiest and most efficient seed starter and self-watering tray we have used, this nifty countertop model combines a deep reservoir with wicking …

Take a Holiday from Yourself: Journey Through the Mind

<i>'It doesn't matter where or how far you go... the important thing is how alive you are,'</i> said Thoreau. After 25 years of travel writing it is …

Meditation

How Patient Suicide Affects Psychiatrists

Mental-health practitioners whose clients kill themselves can face stigma from their colleagues, lawsuits, and a toll on their own psyches—making them less likely to take on suicidal patients who need their help.<p>It’s hard to listen to a psychiatrist who sounds so broken. I expect a mental-health …

Microsoft's hologram glasses change the way you see the world

Microsoft's hologram headset is real, is absolutely coming to market, according to the company, and, for the most part, does what it says it does: creates interactive holograms in a user's view of the real world.<p>Early builds of the HoloLens device allowed me to walk on the surface of Mars and talk …

Life in Japan — An 18-part look inside Japan’s game industry

"Ever since I was a child I've loved Godzilla and Ultraman and fantasy monsters too."<p>"[The controversy] wasn't a surprise at all ... I wanted that attention from the media."<p>"I'd want to have a disclaimer ... 'Not for casual users. Only for hardcore gamers.'"<p>"I think we need to [find a killer app] …

Why Does Almost No One Get Caught With Pot At Denver's Airport?

Richard Baca, editor of <i>The Denver Post</i>′s invaluable marijuana news site <i>The Cannabist</i>, notes that very few travelers have been caught with pot at Denver International Airport since legal recreational sales began in Colorado a year ago:<p>In the first five months of 2014, Denver police wrote no …

This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons'

LAS VEGAS — In just a few years, you'll awake in the morning to the sound of your alarm, and the hidden sensors in the room will know you're getting …

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

The new clash over cannabis

Rising tensions between states over pot put pressure on Obama to act.<p>The Obama administration and many congressional Republicans have been loath to go anywhere near the experiment with marijuana legalization in Colorado and other states. But pressure is mounting on Washington to take a stand on …

[Updated Price] Alienware Alpha Review -- A Promising Gateway To PC Gaming

<i>UPDATE: I just received word from Alienware that the Alpha console is getting $50 trimmed from its price tag. It’s now retailing for $499. In the below review I state that it’s “a petite system that represents a real value,” and that’s even truer now.</i><p>There’s a big difference between stating your …