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Tutorial: Photographing and Processing the Orion Constellation

Here’s a tutorial that will teach you how to photograph and process one of the most colorful parts of the night sky, the Orion constellation. It will …

Cameras

What We Want From Censorship In 2015

Let’s drop the old mentality that boobs = bad<p>The fastest way to upset as many people as possible in 2014 involved a pretty simple game plan. First, you had to be a woman; second, you had to explicitly refer to or reveal a part of your body in public. Rihanna dared to have nipples and got chucked …

Feminism

FKA Twigs Proves That Yes, Pop Music and Rope Bondage Can Go Together

The master of sexiness continues to redefine eroticism in her brand new video for "Pendulum."<p>FKA Twigs, aka the only British popstar who understands the actual sexiness of sex, has released a new video for “Pendulum” in which she suspends herself from an invisible ceiling wrapped in her own hair, …

FKA Twigs

Sia Performs "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" With Dancers, Mime on "Saturday Night Live"

On last night's episode of "Saturday Night Live" (hosted by Kevin Hart), Sia put on quite a show (with her face obscured, of course). When she performed "Chandelier", she was joined by a mime performing sign language next to her. For "Elastic Heart", she was joined by two dancers, including Maddie …

Sia

This Week In Music And Fashion: Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, and More

Miley keeps on bein' Miley, Beyoncé keeps us guessing, and Eminem does something...nice?!<p>How did we get halfway through January already? Like, what part of the calendar did we accidentally rip off to miss half of the first month of 2015? Anyway, there’s a lot to talk about this week, so I’m not …

Miley Cyrus

Satire, art and culture

The massacre at Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo raised a host of questions about terrorism, and social and security policy. It also thrust the art of cartooning — and satire more generally — into the headlines and cross hairs.<p>Below, Times writers and critics look at the cultural background …

Poor sleep in adolescence predicts future problems, study says

A poor night's sleep can carry far greater consequences for teens than just nodding off in class the next morning.<p>Routine failure to get adequate sleep -- either because of issues like insomnia or just staying up late surfing the Internet -- can predict future alcohol-related problems, such as …

Blast Force

The Invisible<br>War on the Brain<p>Brain trauma from blast force is the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, afflicting hundreds of thousands of U.S. combat personnel. Although unseen, the damage strikes deeply into a soldier’s mind and psyche.<p>Marine Cpl. Burness Britt waits to be …

NASA is About To Blast Some Rockets Through Alaska’s Northern Lights

Unraveling the mysterious electrical currents of the aurora borealis<p>The lights of the aurora borealis are often described as “dancing,” since they fluctuate in shape and brightness. Inside, the charged particles that generate the aurora dance too, and scientists are still trying to figure out …

Why Do Dogs Watch—and React to—TV?

Just like humans, their response to the tube depends on their personality, experts say.<p>Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of 2015 comes to us from our very own photo editor Mallory Benedict, who's curious about why her sister's poodle pays such rapt attention to the television.<p>"He totally …

How Big Are The Biggest Squid, Whales, Sharks, Jellyfish?

A few years ago, Carl Zimmer and I ran a workshop on science writing, where we talked, among other things, about explaining science without talking down to your audience. It apparently left an impression on Craig McClain, a marine biologist and blogger who was in the audience. “I made a comment …

Motorboat-Size Sea Monster Found, Sheds Insight on Evolution

The 170-million-year-old marine reptile comes from a prehistoric period little known to scientists.<p>Dinosaurs ruled the land during the Jurassic period. But at sea, it was the age of ichthyosaurs—so-called "sea monsters" that looked like a cross between a narrow-nosed crocodile and an ill-tempered …

How Do Sea Turtles Find the Exact Beach Where They Were Born?

The marine reptiles use Earth's magnetic field as a guide back home, new study says.<p>For loggerhead sea turtles, home is where your (magnetic) heart is.<p>After hatching on beaches around the world, these huge marine reptiles undertake multiyear, epic migrations at sea. Then, the turtles return to the …

Ice Halos, Cheeky Hamsters, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Space

'Pop-Up' 3D Structures Can Mimic Brain Circuits

By mimicking children's pop-up books, scientists can now make complex microscopic 3D shapes that model brain circuitry and blood vessels, researchers …

Throw Wine In 3-D Re-Creation Of Ancient Greek Drinking Game

Move over, quarters, kottabos is in the house, thanks to additive manufacturing<p>For the most part, people love a good drinking game. We've taught robots beer pong and we'll even watch celebrities play them on TV. So it really shouldn't be a surprise that our ancestors partied as hard as we …

Alcohol

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? New Study Makes Temperature Connection

Zebras in warmer climates sport more stripes, perhaps to keep them cool or healthy.<p>A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but some zebras change their stripes. Zebras in warmer places have more stripes, a new study shows, which might help answer an age-old question: Why stripes?<p>The answer …

Star-hop: Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, try star-hopping to the famous Andromeda galaxy – the large spiral galaxy next-door to our Milky Way – from the <i>Great Square of Pegasus</i>. …

Elon Musk Wants To Build And Launch Satellites To Fund A Mars Colony

Launching little spacecraft to pay for big spacecraft<p>A colony on Mars. It’s the fantasy of pretty much all space entrepreneurs these days. Bas Lansdorp famously dreams of establishing a permanent human settlement on the red planet by 2025, and NASA is working hard on the Orion capsule and Space …

Space Travel

Watch: 3D-Printed Fibonacci sculptures come to life in mind-blowing optical illusion

Based on the Fibonacci sequence, these incredible sculptures create a mesmerising optical illusion when rotated<p>John Edmark, a design lecturer at Stanford University in the US, has created a set of 3D-printable sculptures that come to life when spun around and filmed using a very short shutter speed.<p>…

When the rats are away, Galapagos tortoises can play

Conservationists report the exciting recovery of the Pinzón tortoise in the Galapagos<p>In 2012, a helicopter could be seen zipping back and forth over Pinzón, one of the world famous Galapagos islands. Its mission: to cover the 18-km2 volcano with poisoned rat bait, thereby eradicating its population …

Zoology

How Britain’s second world war spirit benefited science

A new exhibition illustrates the progress that was made in science during Churchill’s time as prime minister<p>From radar scientists carrying out furtive field tests in the back of a van to nutritionists self-experimenting with unusual diets, the period surrounding the second world war inspired …

Astronomy