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A Fresh View of the Moon’s Surface

<i>National Geographic’s Dan Vergano contributed reporting to this story, as well as writing and editing. If I could post it with a shared byline, I would!</i><p>The moon is Earth’s nearest celestial companion, but we don’t often see fresh views of the lunar surface.<p>More than 40 years ago, the Soviet Luna …

Astronomy

The Large Hadron Collider sets its sights on dark matter

After finding the Higgs boson, the LHC has had a refit to enable it to operate at even greater extremes – and to solve more questions about the beginnings of the universe<p>There is no shortage of superlatives that can be applied to the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, though many are strange and …

Want fewer highway deaths? Build the animals some bridges

When animals and cars collide, the cars usually win<p>Growing up in rural Iowa, roadkill was basically a fact of life. Skunks were the most dreaded, for obvious reasons, but cars mowed down raccoons, squirrels, pets, and — sometimes fatally for drivers and passengers — deer. Roads often pass through …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Design

Week's Best Space Pictures: Sun Flares, Webb Prepares, and Fogo Scares

A battered moon shows its age, while the sun acts up and a volcano erupts, in the week's best space pictures.

Astronomy

'Hobbit' dominates weekend; 'Interview' pulls in over $15 million on VOD

It was the most wonderful time of the year for the box office.<p>Though the box office total is still down about 5% from last year, three new films, the final "Hobbit" installment and limited-release awards contenders helped give the industry a much needed end-of-the-year boost. Compared to the same …

Film Industry

The Hobbit lords it over US box office with Christmas No 1 spot

The Battle of the Five Armies, final part in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, takes $54.5m, while Unbroken and Into the Woods each hit $40m in first weekend<p>The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took the Christmas No 1 spot at the US box office with a $54.5m (£35.1m) haul on its second weekend, …

2014's most dubious 'science' stories

2014 was a year that provided many highs and lows of science. However, outside of the official science media and institutions, there were some surreal and baffling scientific claims, from some unlikely and dubious sources. Here are the best ones.<p>A lot of major scientific stories broke in 2014; some …

McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari call for unfreezing F1 engines

Formula One is a hugely expensive sport. Not only do you have enormous salaries and logistical expenses, as you would in any other sport, but each team also spends huge sums developing their own chassis from the ground up – and so too do the participating automakers in developing the engines. One …

McLaren

Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

Memory can be a playful thing. It collects minute details from childhood events, yet leaves us wondering where we left our keys.<p>There are several …

The Brain

2014: An amazing year in space exploration

The last 12 months saw some out-of-this-world achievements and incredible firsts – from explorations on Mars to landing on a comet. But there was tragedy too.<p>More amazing image galleries of the year:<p>The year in aviation<br>Weird and wonderful images seen in 2014<p>... and more of our favourite space …

9 hours 31 minutes later, North Korea is back online

Whoever or whatever was blocking North Korea's Internet connection isn't doing so any more, according to multiple Internet experts.<p>The Hermit …