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The faces of America: Ellis Island portraits were full of hope

Ellis Island portraits<p>The faces that became America<p>1911<p>First opened in 1892, the immigration station at Ellis Island in New York harbor processed …

Scientists say Atlantic hurricanes may be getting weaker but critics disagree

Researchers link prediction to lower salinity and temperature off Greenland Meteorology professor: ‘I think they’re pretty much wrong about this’<p>The busy Atlantic hurricane seasons of recent decades may be coming to an end, according to a new and controversial study.<p>Writing in the journal Nature …

Global Warming

Fallout 4 Has An Astounding Amount of Dialogue and Destiny's Update 2.0 - IGN Daily Fix - IGN Video

Fallout 4 has more dialogue than Skyrim and Fallout 3 combined and Borderlands gets backwards compatibility on X1. Plus, Bungie gives info on Destiny …

Backward Compatibility

'Mad Max' Should Be Ten Bucks

Sorry, Avalanche. But it’s true.<p>On Tuesday, gamers were treated to a serious tug of war. Okay, not that serious. But they were asked to choose between two of the year’s most anticipated titles, <i>Mad Max</i> and <i>Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom</i> Pain. I haven’t seen the numbers, but the winner was pretty clear. …

Mad Max

Fallout 4's script dwarfs Skyrim and Fallout 3's combined

<i>Fallout 4'</i>s dialogue library is greater than that of <i>Fallout 3</i> and <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i>, combined, Bethesda Game Studios boasted on Twitter.<p>It would stand to reason that the number of spoken lines in <i>Fallout 4</i> are vastly greater, considering the main playable character — who can be of either …

Close-up on Cassiopeia the Queen

Tonight – or any autumn evening – Cassiopeia the Queen can be found in the northeast after sunset. This constellation has the distinctive shape of a …

Astronomy

The First Time Oliver Sacks Saw Heaven (1964)

My friend Oliver Sacks was at home, hoping to glimpse the color of heaven. It was 1964. He was in his kitchen in Topanga Canyon, preparing a cocktail. It wasn’t an ordinary cocktail, being part amphetamine (“for general arousal,” he told me), part marijuana (“for added delirium”), and part LSD …

New Hubble image: Spiral galaxy M96

In this image, the galaxy resembles a whirlpool of glowing gas, rippled with dark dust that swirls inwards towards the galactic nucleus or core.<p>NASA …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

James Webb Space Telescope

Week's Best Space Pictures: 3 Hurricanes, Saturn's Equinox

A trio of cyclones charges across the Pacific, and plankton blooms in the chilly waters of the Barents Sea.<p>Feed your need for "heavenly" views of the universe every Friday with our picks of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, a stellar nursery gets a close-up, a tactical satellite …

NASA’s Comet Hitchhiker will help create a guide to the galaxy

NASA engineers say they have come up with an easier way of exploring comets and asteroids in our Solar System: harpooning fast-moving space rocks. The idea is to make a probe — called Comet Hitchhiker — that would "catch rides" on asteroids by spearing them with tethers. Once the vehicle finishes a …

Space

Have These Divers Found the World's Deepest Underwater Cave?

Polish diver describes dangers and allure of extreme cave diving.<p>Explorers in the Czech Republic may soon announce a new record for the world’s deepest underwater cave. Since July a team of cave divers from Poland has been probing the contours of Hranická Propast, located in eastern Czech Republic, …

Ivory Trade and Slave Trade Linked Throughout History

Changing Planet<p>The trade in elephant ivory dates at least back to the days of the slave trade in Africa.<p>Investigative Journalist Bryan Christy visits the home of renowned 19th Century slave trader and ivory merchant Tippu Tip in Zanzibar. “Throughout history, human trafficking and ivory trafficking …

Fossilized Human-Sized Sea Scorpion Found In Meteorite Crater

If you sea scorpion, say scorpion<p>If you think scorpions are scary today, be very glad that you weren't around 467 million years ago. Today, these stealthy stingers are found on land, but back then, scorpion ancestors ruled the seas.<p>In a study published today in <i>BMC Evolutionary Biology</i>, scientists …

Paleontology

Use Great Square to find Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, find the large spiral galaxy next door. As shown on the chart at the top of this post, the Great Square of Pegasus serves as a great jumping …

Cosmology

Device Revives Disembodied Hearts That Have Stopped Beating

It could save a lot of lives<p>There are two ways you can die, from a transplant surgeon’s point of view. Your brain could die while your heart continues beating, or your heart could fail, starving the rest of your body of oxygen. It used to be that only the former could donate their organs—because if …

Clinical Trials

It will take a year for New Horizons to send all of its Pluto data back to Earth

It's hard to get a good internet connection on the outskirts of our solar system. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has just started its "intensive downlinking" phase, a process that will ultimately send home all of the data recorded during the craft's Pluto flyby back in July. NASA says there's …

Planets

Eerie Photos Reveal a Deserted New York City at Night in the 1980s

When photographer Jan Staller first arrived in New York City in 1976, he was pulled not to the metropolis’s buzzing epicenters but to its deserted …

New York City

How I Shot a Plane Flying Through the Supermoon

So an image of mine (@lightbrekkie) appears to be doing the rounds lately on Instagram and you may have seen it.<p>One of those normal days started with …

Astronomy

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells …

India

Cartel Land review – alarming account of Mexican drug vigilantes

“We can’t become the criminals we’re fighting against…” Matthew Heineman’s almost accidentally fearless exposé of Mexico’s terrifying cross-border drug cartels opens with what looks like an outtake from <i>Breaking Bad</i>: an atmospherically torchlit scene of masked men cooking crystal meth, talking of …

Vigilantism

The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kim Kardashian West, Miranda Kerr, and More

The lingering bikini-centric beach days serve as a warm-weather antidote to the end-of-summer blues, as evidenced by our Instagram feeds this week. Victoria’s Secret model and fitness aficionado <b>Izabel Goulart</b> took to the docks of Sardinia to show off an impeccably toned and bronzed body—the welcome …

Miranda Kerr

Man Down review - Shia LaBeouf is ordinary boy in boring and baffling war film

Dito Montiel has come up with a laboured, chopped up story, with LaBeouf a disappointing presence as a US marine back from the Afghanistan war<p>Shia LaBeouf’s reputation for attaching himself to the risky and the unorthodox would suggest that this second feature-film collaboration with …

Shia LaBeouf