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Volunteer Stargazers Discover Five New Supernovas

More than 40,000 citizen stargazers have helped to classify more than 2 million celestial objects and identify five never-before-seen supernovas.<p>An amateur astronomy project of cosmic proportions, established by scientists at the Australian National University, asked volunteers to look through …

Universe

Secretive space drone used to test futuristic propulsion system

Ask someone in the street what they know about the Air Force's top-secret space plane and you'll probably wind up getting pinched by the NSA. Nobody can claim to know much about the X-37B, beyond the fact that it's the force's long-term space vehicle, capable of staying in orbit for more than a …

Vegetarian T-Rex the size of a turkey discovered

New dinosaur - a plant-eating relation of the T-Rex - has been found and named Chilesaurus diegosuarezi after boy who made discovery<p>A tiny vegetarian dinosaur the size of a turkey that roamed South America 145 million years ago has been named after a seven-year-old boy who discovered it while …

Graphene produces a working 3D holographic display

A wide viewing angle, full-colour, holographic 3D display has been built using graphene-based materials.<p>Since "Help me, Obi Wan, you're my only hope" hit the big screens in 1977's "Star Wars," we've been dreaming of a full-3D holographic display. Mastering the technology isn't easy, though. We've …

NASA’s Dawn Probe Sees Dwarf Planet Ceres as a Crescent

After spending several weeks in the shadow of Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is finally getting a close-up glimpse of the dwarf planet.<p>Ceres' cratered north pole blazes through the darkness in new images captured by Dawn on April 10. The photos are the highest-resolution views of the world that Dawn …

Astronomy

FBI pulls computer security expert off flight, after he tweets about hacking its systems

Technically Incorrect: Chris Roberts says he sent his tweet because he's frustrated that a security flaw isn't being addressed.<p>Computer security experts tend to be suspicious souls.<p>Sometimes, though, others become suspicious of them.<p>Chris Roberts, a Colorado-based security fiend, took to Twitter to …

Regulation

NASA's journey to Pluto: Here's what might go wrong

After a journey of 9.5 years across 3 billion miles of space,<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is about three months away from its closest approach to the dwarf planet Pluto.<p>The mission has gone according to plan so far, but NASA officials said hazards could emerge as the spacecraft plunges deeper …

Solar System

SpaceX launch live: watch unmanned rocket land on drone ship

Watch as a SpaceX rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying supplies to the International Space Station, before landing in the Atlantic<p><b>This live has now ended.</b><p><b>SpaceX</b> will attempt to launch an unmanned rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today, with the aim of delivering …

A little liquid water still on Mars? Curiosity finds signs of brines

Tasting the air and testing the temperature, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has shown that there could potentially be salty water currently beneath the Red Planet's surface.<p>If the brine does exist, there's not much, it occurs only fleetingly and, even when it does exist in liquid form, it's far too, …

Geoscience

Sure, Just Give A Robot A Sword

Melee machine<p>In this eight-second clip, a sword-fighting robot successfully parries a human attacker. Both are wielding foam swords, which is a good safety practice and makes them look less like lab researchers and more like anachronistic cyberpunk live action role players. Watch the fight:<p>The …

Alan Turing's secret notebook sells for £700k

The hand-written document details the codebreaker's work on the foundations of mathematical notation and computer science<p>A key scientific document hand-written by Alan Turing has sold at auction for almost £700,000.<p>The paper, in which he details his work on the foundations of mathematical notation …

Mathematics

At Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft reemerging into the light

It’s almost showtime, Ceres.<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has sent back the first images of the dwarf planet after spending about a month approaching from the mysterious little world’s dark side, officials atJet Propulsion Laboratorysaid Friday.<p>"They are on the ground," Dawn's deputy principal …

Astronomy

Nearly Half Of 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Has Leaked Online

Bad news today for HBO, which is attempting to marry the recent debut of their HBO Now streaming service with season 5 of Game of Thrones. As of last night, the first four episodes of the new season, nearly half of the ten total episodes, have been leaked online to various torrent sites.<p>After …

TV Series

'Human Sat Nav' guides tourists through streets by controlling leg muscles

The new device could help the elderly get home, guide firefighters through burning buildings and help tourists navigate strange cities<p>The first human Sat Nav which guides walkers using electrodes strapped to their legs has been developed by German scientists.<p>Max Pfeiffer, at the University of …

Target Pluto: fastest spaceship set for epic encounter with our remotest planet

It is the fastest spaceship ever launched and has been hurtling towards its target at a staggering 36,000mph for the past nine years. But now Nasa engineers are preparing to put their robot craft, New Horizons, on its final course – to the tiny world of Pluto.<p>Scheduled to reach its target on 14 …

Solar System

Writer/Director Alex Garland Discusses His Latest AI-Inspired Film 'Ex Machina'

The science fiction screenwriter dishes on what draws him to the genre<p>In Alex Garland's screenplay for <i>28 Days Later</i>, he envisioned a future in which a manmade blood-borne virus turned most of the human population into crazed zombies. And with his screenplay for <i>Sunshine</i>, he detailed the plight of a …

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond …

You Want To Be In The Middle Class? Think Again

We’ve been told middle class people have enough money to pay the bills and live a comfortable life. Most politicians speak directly to the middle …

Street Art on Twitter: "Incredible Street Art on massive grain silos in Western Australia by Phlegm Art #art #arte #mural #streetart http://t.co/sYMCIxqQKC"

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The Gem-Like Turquoise Ice Found on Lake Baikal

Russian photographer Alexey Trofimov calls Lake Baikal “the gem that does not need to be cut.” It’s the oldest, largest, deepest, and clearest …

Letter Shows Monsanto Planted GMOs Before USDA Approval

<b>By: Cassandra Anderson</b> <b>& Anthony Gucciardi</b><p>Did Monsanto actually plant genetically modified alfalfa before it was deregulated by the USDA? There is …

Agriculture

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

U.S. Dept. of State

The Internet's Clearly Not Ready to Stream Big TV Events

Saturday night’s college basketball matchup between Wisconsin and Kentucky was the most-watched Final Four game in 22 years. Unless, that is, you …

William Gibson riffs on writing and the future

Great science fiction writers don’t just imagine the future, they shape it.<p>The idea that omnipresent social data networks would one day seem as …

Are Dystopian Heroines Agents for Change?

Science fiction has always been political, ever since Thomas More wrote <i>Utopia</i> as a witty satire on the failings of Christian Europe. Precisely …

Despite its looks, this 3D printed violin (probably) won't kill you

It might not be a Stradivarius, but the violin you see above is pretty impressive on its own merits. For starters, it's 3D printed and only has two strings. And that's to say nothing of its appearance; this thing looks like it'd be right at home on The Citadel in <i>Mass Effect</i>. The Piezoelectric …

One year later, the homeless coder is still living on the streets

In August 2013, programmer Patrick McConlogue offered homeless man Leo Grand a choice: $100 in cash, or two months' worth of coding lessons.<p>Grand …

'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin determined to finish book by 2016

For years, George R.R. Martin hasn’t even been able say he’s going out for a taco without impatient fans crying, “Finish the book, George!”<p>But with …

Caltech wants to equip phones with built-in 3D scanners

Wouldn't it be great if we can use phones to 3D scan every day objects for printing? A research team from Caltech has designed a cheap and tiny camera chip that could make that happen. Even better, the team claims it can take 3D scans so precise, it could lead to "replica[s] accurate to within …