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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

The Confusing Science Of Whether Video Games Are Ruining Your Life

A brief round-up of how video games are destroying your life and also making you a superhuman<p>A good rule of thumb in life is that if you enjoy something, it must be <i>terrible</i> for you. Kidding! Kind of. So it goes with video games. Except not, sometimes. But maybe also yes? Or both at the same …

Watch for zodiacal light or false dawn

It’s not too late to see the zodiacal light, an eerie light extending up from the horizon before true dawn begins to light the sky. Southern …

APOD: IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula (2013 Aug 22) Image Credit & Copyright: César Blanco González http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130822.html Explanation: The prominent ridge of emission featured in this dramatic skyscape is cataloged as IC 5067. Part of a larger emission nebula with a distinctive shape, popularly called The Pelican Nebula, the ridge spans about 10 light-years following the curve of the cosmic pelican's head and neck. This false color view also translates the pervasive glow of narrow emission lines from atoms in the nebula to a color palette made popular in Hubble Space Telescope images of star forming regions. Fantastic, dark shapes inhabiting the 1/2 degree wide field are clouds of cool gas and dust sculpted by the winds and radiation from hot, massive stars. Close-ups of some of the sculpted clouds show clear signs of newly forming stars. The Pelican Nebula, itself cataloged as IC 5070, is about 2,000 light-years away. To find it, look northeast of bright star Deneb in the high flying constellation Cygnus. http://www.cieloprofundo.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130822 #APOD

Zombie vortices may help lead to birth of new stars

Vortices arise from dead zones in disks around newly forming stars and help the stars complete their birth process.<p>A new theory by fluid dynamics …

Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

Remember those frog transparencies from biology class? The ones in the textbook where you could lay the circulatory system on top of the digestive system on top of the skeleton system? Here's that same idea, updated and gently presented for kids, from a company called Tinybop. This time, the layers …

New Clues To Why Some Autistic Kids Are So Good At Math

Differences in cognitive organization turns some people with autism into math whizzes.<p>Though children with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulty with social interaction and communication, they're also much more likely to be savants--to show extraordinary skill in a particular area, like …

'You complete me' may be sappy but true - Futurity

U. VIRGINIA (US) — We are hardwired to feel empathy because we closely associate people …

Grades have fallen, but a worse result for science GCSEs lies around the corner

The headlines around this year's GCSE results have focused on the fall in the proportion of students getting top grades. But for organisations like the Wellcome Trust, involved in science education, there's another story in the mix. <br>Last week's A-level results showed that the healthy growth in …

The World's Most Precise Clocks: 100 Times More Precise Than Cesium Atomic Clocks

And they're about 10 billion times more precise than your quartz wristwatch.<p>At the foot of the mountains abutting Boulder, Colorado, in the labs of the National Institute of Science and Technology, there sits the most precise clock in the world.<p>It's so precise that, because it outstrips other …

3-D Scan And Print Right From Your Browser

Wave a sensor over an object and reproduce it, in the simplest setup we've seen to date.<p>3-D scanning is a technology with all the right pieces floating around, yet to be assembled into the final piece that's easy for everyone to use. The idea: using a small gadget, you can scan in a 3-D object, …

An Adorable Animation Of The Sun Destroying Earth

Plus some other fun facts about the solar system!<p>Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far …

Squeeze The Bacteria Out Of Water With A New Gel

In an emergency, clean drinking water can be tough to find. Floods, earthquakes and hurricanes can make our usual sources of water potentially unsafe.<p>After the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean left many without access to clean water, researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore …

The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says one of the most important criteria is stability.<p>"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and forth …