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Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Changing Planet<p><b>The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms.</b><p>From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of …

'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

As sunspots go, AR 2192 is, as astronomer Phil Plait has noted, "freakishly huge."<p>Discovery News says: "Amateur astronomers have been wowed by a vast sunspot that has rotated to face Earth, the largest since this solar cycle began in 2008, and solar observatories (on the ground and orbiting Earth) …

A 3D slice of the universe 10.8 billion years ago

Mapping out the ancient universe is a major astronomical goal, but there's a huge challenge: the galaxies there are so dim, scientists can't make out any of the dark parts. But researchers from the Max Planck Institute and US Berkeley/Berkeley Lab have made a breakthrough that may help. They turned …

Astronomers Find Amazing Evidence Of A Star Escaping A Black Hole

A star passed by the black hole close enough that some of its mass fell into the black hole's gravitational grip, but far enough that the star managed to get away still intact with minor damage.<p>A team of astronomers spotted the event in a galaxy about 650 million light years from Earth, which is …

This Thursday, See A Partial Solar Eclipse At Sunset

If you're in Northern Canada, you'll get the best view.<p>This Thursday afternoon, most of North America will be treated to a partial solar eclipse. If the weather holds, the most dramatic presentation of the eclipse can be seen near Prince of Wales Island in Canada’s Nunavut territory, where 81 …

Solar Eclipse

Researcher finds a way to mimic curves in space-time

Here on Earth, it's rather difficult to replicate curved space-time -- to get that kind of effect in nature, you'd have to get uncomfortably close to black holes and other distant space objects. However, researcher Nikodem Szpak may have found a way to simulate that bend without facing oblivion. …

Comet Siding Spring set to have rare near miss with Mars

An extremely rare celestial event will play out on Sunday night, with an ancient comet hurtling narrowly past Mars, prompting observing spacecraft to take evasive action.<p>The comet, called Siding Spring – or more formally as C/2013 A1 – will pass within 140,000km of Mars at a speed of around 56km a …

Comet Siding Spring set to whizz close to Mars

<b>A recently discovered comet has whizzed past Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study an object from the farthest reaches of the Solar System.</b><p>The comet, known as Siding Spring, raced past Mars at 56km per second (125,000mph), missing it by 139,500 km.<p>Rovers on the Martian surface and …

Astronomy

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Buzzes Beehive, Comet Barnstorms Mars

Changing Planet<p><b>Sky-watchers enjoy parting views of Saturn, the “lord of the rings,” this week, along with the moon joining a star cluster and a historic encounter between the red planet and an icy interloper.</b><p><b>Sinking Saturn.</b> Starting Tuesday, October 14, sky-watchers get their last chance to see …

Big Pic: The Sun Gives Off A Jack-O'-Lantern Leer

Spooky-looking active spots appeared on our home star on October 8.<p>The sun got into the Halloween spirit a little early this year, producing active spots that look like a jack-o'-lantern leer on October 8. The active spots give off more light and energy than the rest of the sun's surface.<p>This …

Astronomy

NASA: September Was Warmest on Global Record

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Global warming: plants may absorb more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Environment

Leaky galaxy is a star factory that could shed light on early universe

Astronomers searching for hints of leaky galaxies have picked up radiation from a star-forming galaxy in the nearby universe that behaves rather like some of the earliest stellar factories that gave a dark universe its first rays of light.<p>The galaxy known as J0921+4509, as described in the journal …

Universe

Australia’s Antarctica position under threat due to scientific funding shortfall

Australia’s position in Antarctica is under threat due to a long-term dearth of scientific funding at a time when other nations are forging ahead in the region, a new blueprint for Antarctic research has warned.<p>The 20-year strategic plan, commissioned by the government, warns that there is now just …

This one U.S. hotspot produces the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane. Why?

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background …

A comet is about to come very close to Mars, and NASA is ready

A speeding comet the size of a mountain will come within 87,000 miles of Mars on Oct. 19, and<p>NASAis planning to observe it with just about everything the agency's got.<p>In a press conference Thursday, officials described how they will use more than a dozen NASA assets including three Mars orbiters, …

Astronomy

LittleBigPlanet 3 Delayed in Europe

North American date unaffected.<p>Sony has announced LittleBigPlanet 3 has been delayed by a week in Europe and will now be available on November 26.<p>A …

Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC has been downloaded over 1 million times

The free Mercedes-Benz DLC for Mario Kart 8 has been downloaded over one million times, Nintendo announced today. That’s a worldwide figure since the …

Mario Kart

Game of Thrones adventure game gets new teaser image: begin the rampant speculation!

We know very little about Telltale's upcoming <i>Game of Thrones</i> adventure game, but a new image released during New York Comic Con may offer a few hints about what we can expect from the game's story. Take a look.<p>Ironwoods are a tree found beyond the wall and in Northern Westeros, and this theme of …

Game Scoop! 318: Our Fall Gaming Plan of Attack - IGN Video

This week we're running down all the big games of Fall and prioritizing our play lists.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is for players that still appreciate the long game

Free time is a precious commodity. Video games, TV and other media constantly vie for our attention when we've clocked out of work or school for the day. How we spend those precious few hours between EOD and bedtime is a decision not lightly made. With more and more games taking to the bite-sized …

Ace Attorney Trilogy comes to Nintendo 3DS in December

Nintendo 3DS owners will get a triple shot of Phoenix Wright this holiday season with the release of the <i>Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy</i>. Capcom confirmed at New York Comic Con today that the game will hit the Nintendo eShop in North America on Dec. 9.<p>The compilation will be released on Dec. 11 …

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Outcast Rescue Mission - Unleashed - IGN Video

IGN's Outcast Rescue Mission Walkthrough for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. This video is for the Unleashed side mission.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Outcast Rescue Mission - Resistance - IGN Video

IGN's Outcast Rescue Mission Walkthrough for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. This video is for the Resistance side mission.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Outcast Rescue Mission - Over the Edge - IGN Video

IGN's Outcast Rescue Mission Walkthrough for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. This video is for the Over the Edge side mission.

NBA 2K15 Review

Technical Foul<p>NBA 2K15 steps onto the court as the reigning champion of basketball sims, but it’s a champion with an asterisk next to its name due to …

Driverless Audi RS 7 Can Lap Hockenheimring Track as Fast as Humans

As much as autonomous cars are talked about for their role in future transportation on public roads, Audi is committed to bringing the technology to the world of racing. Those tuning in for the season finale of the German Touring Car Championship on October 19 will get a first-hand look at what we …