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Selfies From Space, Slush Waves, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

The Harry Potter larp organizers want to buy their own castle

In November of 2014, 180 part-time witches and wizards descended on a Polish castle for a weekend of live-action role-playing. Dropped into the universe of <i>Harry Potter</i>, they made friends and fought the forces of evil while doing homework for Defense Against the Dark Arts and vying for the House …

Harry Potter

Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

Inside the Islamic State ‘capital’: no end in sight to its grim rule

When Isis took over Raqqa, a wave of black swept over the city. The group’s dark flags were raised where its members lived or worked, women were required to shroud themselves in black, and black paint was daubed on buildings and in public spaces.<p>When US air strikes started, though, activists warned …

Middle School

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Zimbabweans given just £3.25 for life savings by bankrupt government

Zimbabweans offered £3.25 for life savings say Robert Mugabe "stole" their money after being offered less than "five quid" for life's savings<p>Many Zimbabweans who saved for their old age will be offered £3.25 for their life's savings and pensions by the country's bankrupt government.<p>Zimbabwe's …

South Africa

Raising the Bar: Because We Can's Fantastic Social Space for the Long Now Foundation

The Long Now Foundation is not your typical nonprofit. Formed "to creatively foster long-term thinking in the context of the next 10,000 years," they …

Brian Eno

Photos reveal Kim Jong Un's private jet

New photographs released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) appear to show its leader observing a Pyongyang building project from a private luxury jet.

North Korea

Amateur Astronomers Discovered A 120-Mile-Tall Plume Coming Off Mars

Almost nothing like it has ever been observed on the red planet before<p>On March 12, 2012, amateur skywatchers noticed something unusual coming off of Mars' southern hemisphere. It was an extremely bright plume, extending 120 miles or more into the Martian sky. Clouds, aurora, and other Martian …

Astronomy

Deluded and dysfunctional, the Republicans have lost the plot

They may have won Congress, but an instinct for obstinacy means the party is now fighting itself<p>Recently, in an effort to embarrass Republicans pandering to their scientifically challenged base, Senate Democrats proposed a series of votes on climate change. While most Americans and the overwhelming …

Immigration Reform

Have astronomers pinpointed dark matter Galaxy X?

In 2009, astronomers predicted an unseen dark-matter-dominated dwarf galaxy orbiting our Milky Way – nicknamed Galaxy X. Now they say they’ve found …

Subaru Knocks It Out Of The Park Again In 2014; Running Out Of Milestones

Subaru killed it again in 2014, with record U.S. sales of 513,693, a gaudy increase of 21 percent from 2013, and the first time Subaru sold more than 500,000 units in the United States.<p>That sounds like an outlier, or maybe a math error, since sales for the entire U.S. auto industry increased 5.9 …

Subaru

Beyond repair: readers' photos on the theme of 'broken' - in pictures

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of ‘broken’ via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites<p>Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘contact’

County Durham

NASA launches Earth-observing satellite on third try

Amid growing concern about global weather patterns, a rocket roared into space Saturday carrying a NASA satellite that will give scientists new tools to forecast weather, track drought and monitor climate change.<p>The liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California was the third attempt …

Space 2020: What does the future hold?

What will our space ambitions actually look like a decade from now? Three experts tell Richard Hollingham.<p>Space has not been this exciting since the 1960s.<p>Nasa recently launched Orion, its first new spacecraft to carry astronauts since the Space Shuttle, and is developing a massive new rocket to …

Space Science

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Mysterious radio signal from space caught live for first time

Astronomers in Australia have picked up an “alien” radio signal from space for the first time as it occurred. The signal, or radio “burst”, was discovered on May 15, 2014, though it’s just being reported by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. “The burst was identified within 10 …

Physics

APOD: The Complex Ion Tail of Comet Lovejoy (2015 Jan 21) Image Credit & Copyright: Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov (IRIDA Observatory) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150121.html Explanation: What causes the structure in Comet Lovejoy's tail? Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), which is currently at naked-eye brightness and near its brightest, has been showing an exquisitely detailed ion tail. As the name implies, the ion tail is made of ionized gas -- gas energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun and pushed outward by the solar wind. The solar wind is quite structured and sculpted by the Sun's complex and ever changing magnetic field. The effect of the variable solar wind combined with different gas jets venting from the comet's nucleus accounts for the tail's complex structure. Following the wind, structure in Comet Lovejoy's tail can be seen to move outward from the Sun even alter its wavy appearance over time. The blue color of the ion tail is dominated by recombining carbon monoxide molecules, while the green color of the coma surrounding the head of the comet is created mostly by a slight amount of recombining diatomic carbon molecules. The featured three-panel mosaic image was taken nine days ago from the IRIDA Observatory in Bulgaria. Comet Lovejoy made its closest pass to the Earth two weeks ago and will be at its closest to the Sun in about ten days. After that, the comet will fade as it heads back into the outer Solar System, to return only in about 8,000 years. http://www.irida-observatory.org/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150121 #APOD

Beagle 2 spacecraft found intact on surface of Mars after 11 years

British Beagle 2 probe had not been seen or heard from since December 2003 and had been presumed destroyed<p>So near and yet so far. New images show that the UK’s Beagle 2 successfully landed on the surface of Mars in 2003 but failed to fully deploy its solar panels. Without these, it could not …

Space Science

Ex-Per Eklund: 1982 Saab 99 Rally Build

This 1982 Saab 99 Turbo is described as an ex-Per Eklund works style Group A rally car, its German language ad seeming to suggest the car has been …

Saab

In Saturn’s Rings, a Portal to the Planet’s Interior

In addition to being spectacularly beautiful, Saturn’s rings act as a cosmic seismograph: They keep a record of the shifts and vibrations happening deep within the giant world. These internal movements pull ever so gently on the ring particles and alter their orbits around Saturn, creating visible …

Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Discover the First Protein That Can Edit Other Proteins

The most important job inside any cell is making proteins, and they are all made using instructions from DNA. This process is practically gospel in …

After seven years, you can finally own The Keyboard Waffle Iron

Seven years ago, we brought you the story of a waffle iron that shaped the tasty treats into a keyboard. Plenty of you saw it and wished that you could have one of your very own, and it turns out that good things do come to those who wait. Designer Chris Dimino has taken to Kickstarter to raise …

Rotting food is no problem for the turkey vulture, thanks to its toxic gut

Turkey vultures are amazing animals, and, lets face it, pretty disgusting.<p>They pee on their own legs. They frequently projectile-vomit. They feast on rotten meat teaming with pathogens. And if an animal's hide is too thick, a turkey vulutre will stick its bald red head right into the dead carcass's …

Fortune.com

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Print Media

International space station astronauts receive their caviar

Russian spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut also delivers espresso machine, apples and tomatoes<p>A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut has safely docked with the international space station, Nasa has said.<p>Samantha Cristoforetti, along with Russian cosmonaut …

Millennium Falcon