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Universe is losing its twinkle as stars die out, say scientists

The universe is 'sliding into old age' and will lose its twinkle in the future, scientists have predicted<p>The universe might seem vast and never ending, but it is slowly dying and losing its twinkle, scientists have concluded.<p>An international team of astronomers has analysed starlight from 200,000 …

See Shooting Stars Galore as Meteor Shower Peaks

Starstruck<p>The top-rated Perseid meteor shower reaches its height of activity this week as fragments of a comet collide with Earth's atmosphere.<p>Sky-watchers are set to make a lot of wishes this week as the heavens open up with a flurry of shooting stars. The Perseid meteor shower is considered the …

NASA releases the final color image of Pluto taken before the flyby

Just minutes before the long-awaited flyby took place at 7:49AM ET, NASA "teased" the final full-frame color image of Pluto set to be released before the event by publishing it on Instagram. It was taken at about 4PM ET on July 13th, according to NASA, from 476,000 miles away. The high-resolution …

Solar System

Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' panel discusses Sansa's and Arya's tough times

It's tough being a Stark.<p>Just like in the series itself, the<p>"Game of Thrones"panel atComic-Con Internationaldid not shy away from controversial topics and the terrible things that tend to happen to those of House Stark.<p>Sophie Turnerwas asked to discuss Sansa’s rape, which left the fandom shocked …

Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots

The closer New Horizons gets to Pluto, the more puzzling the dwarf planet becomes.<p>The latest image released by<p>NASAhighlights four mysterious dark spots lined up along Pluto’s equator. Each of the spots is about 300 miles across, and they are evenly spaced along a dark belt that rings the planet’s …

The paradox of popping back in time

Time travel often appears in the movies, but it’s a pity that the science never matches up with the fiction, argues Quentin Cooper<p>Here we go again. The movie <i>Predestination</i>, released in the UK this February, is the very latest in the long history of time travel films. There's been more than 100 …

Time Travel

Reddit board member Sam Altman calls treatment of Ellen Pao 'sickening'

Interim CEO Ellen Pao is out at Reddit, and while the departure has reportedly been characterized as amicable, the weeks leading up to this moment have been anything but that. Pao has been the subject of vitriol from an angry coalition of Reddit users who have relentlessly mocked and denigrated …

Internet

Noctilucent clouds and rising moon

These clouds – sometimes called night-shining clouds – are thought to be made of ice crystals that form on fine dust particles from meteors.<p>Jüri Voit …

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft ready for Pluto fly-by

Scientists have regained contact with the probe before its encounter with the dwarf planet, after a nine-year journey from Earth<p>Nasa is all set for next week’s historic Pluto fly-by having reactivated the New Horizons spacecraft following a malfunction last weekend.<p>The 14 July fly-by will take …

New Squirrel Virus Suspected In Three Human Deaths

One more reason why you shouldn't feed the animals<p>Earlier this year, three German men who worked as squirrel breeders died of brain inflammation. This “cluster” of deaths was likely caused by a newly mutated bornavirus, which is usually found in animals like horses, birds and pigs, according to …

Bumblebees Are Being Bumped Off by Climate Change, Scientists Say

Environment<p>Scientists say wild bumblebee species are being squeezed into extinction by climate change in North America and Europe — so much so that some of them might need help from us humans to find safe havens.<p>Their conclusion, published in this week's issue of the journal Science, is based on an …

Ecology

Scientists Separate Marijuana's Highs From Its Medical Lows

No more ‘Dude, where’s my car?'<p>Marijuana is getting a lot of love lately, from newly legal recreational users in a few American states, and doctors alike. Researchers are uncovering lots of ways in which THC, the chemical responsible for most of the herb’s psychological effects, can help treat …

The US just tapped into a surprising source of renewable energy for the first time

The project involves the Azura prototype, built by Northwest Energy Innovations. Azura is a 45 ton machine that moves with the swells of the waves capturing their complex motion in 360 degrees, making it more efficient than other wave generators that only capture a particular movement in the waves …