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Giant supernova in the sky smashes previous record, stuns scientists

There's breaking a record, and then there's blowing it to smithereens. Astronomers using relatively small telescopes around the globe have spotted the brightest supernova ever seen, shining about 20 times brighter than the 100 billion stars in the entire Milky Way galaxy — or, put another way, as …

Pyro mini is a new $150 gadget that lets you shoot fireballs from your hands like a superhero

I test hundreds of products each year that span all kinds of categories. From smartphones, tablets and wearables to clothing, headphones, accessories …

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Spooky Physics Phenomenon May Link Universe's Wormholes

Wormholes — shortcuts that in theory can connect distant points in the universe — might be linked with the spooky phenomenon of quantum entanglement, …

Here's How Our Night Sky Would Look If Celestial Bodies Were Closer To Earth

From breathtaking nebulae to spectacular galaxies, the cosmos is chock-full of stunning celestial objects. But think how stunning those objects might look if they were much closer to Earth -- close enough for us to see them in the night sky without having to use a telescope?<p>The Russian space agency …

When Hubble Stared at Nothing for 100 Hours

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>In 1995, astronomer Bob Williams wanted to point the Hubble Space Telescope at a patch of sky filled with absolutely nothing remarkable. For 100 hours.<p>It was a terrible idea, his colleagues told him, and a waste of valuable telescope time. People would kill for …

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Why the Earth Will Never Be Invaded

Why haven't the Borg invaded the Earth yet? I have watched every episode of <i>Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager,</i> and <i>Enterprise</i>, and myriad movies where the Earth is invaded by aliens. I love science fiction. But it is only fiction and will remain so.<p>Many people, …

Plans for a secure quantum internet take a leap forward

The ability to ‘sculpt’ individual photons is a crucial step towards a secure network of powerful quantum computers<p>Scientists have created a device that can release a single, precisely shaped photon of light, opening the way to a secure “quantum internet” that is incredibly powerful and …

18 Camping Tips Everyone Should Know

<b>Anyone that goes camping knows that it's always good to be well prepared so it makes things a lot easier and more enjoyable. So the next time you go</b> …

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Rosetta mission lander detects organic molecules on surface of comet

The Philae lander has found organic molecules – which are essential for life – on the surface of the comet where it touched down last week.<p>The spacecraft managed to beam back evidence of the carbon and hydrogen–containing chemicals shortly before it entered hibernation mode to conserve falling …

Photographer Explores the Effects of Fukushima Three Years Later

<i>Life Within 90km</i> is photographer Brian Driscoll’s reflection on the life of residents of Fukushima, three years after the earthquake and subsequent …

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NASA Creates "Impossible Engine" That Could Open The Door For Interplanetary Exploration

There was big news in the area of space exploration last week when NASA announced that it had tested a theoretical engine, known as the EmDrive, that …

Singapore Airport reveals new redesign plans

Rendered images of the future Changi Airport, which was voted the ‘world’s best airport’ earlier this year at the World Airport Awards, have been unveiled by the architect behind the £800m ($1.47m) project.<p>Moshe Safdie, an Israeli/Canadian architect who also designed Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands …

Top Ten Things to Do in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Travel<p>Epic coastal drives. Historic links courses. Literary pub tours. Castles that echo of ancestry. The allure of Ireland and Northern Ireland is as strong as ever—soak it all in with these ten don't-miss experiences.

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Going to Mars Could Define Humankind in Decades Ahead, Author Says

Space pioneer Elon Musk plans on going to Mars and making it home.<p>Are we all Martians? Will we one day be taking our vacations there? Is extraterrestrial life not just the stuff of science fiction?<p>These are some of the questions award-winning science writer Marc Kaufman explores in his new book,</i> …

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How to Spot 5 Cosmic Treats in August Night Sky

Skywatching enthusiasts should be able to see many amazing celestial objects under a clear, dark summer sky.<p>But what are some of the cosmic sights …

NASA’s Latest Space Drive Breaks The Laws Of Physics

It is one of the most fundamental laws of physics: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We all learned it in high school. It’s a principle we use every day, just by existing. And it might just have been proven to be completely wrong in a lab.<p>This requires some explaining. Space travel …

Oxygen-Generating Mars Rover to Bring Colonization Closer

NASA's next Mars rover could help humans get a foothold on the Red Planet.<p>Most of the seven instruments for the six-wheeled robot, which is scheduled …