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Astronomers may have taken the first photo of a black hole

The Event Horizon Telescope project's astronomers can now breathe a sigh of relief. They finally managed to observe Sagittarius A* for five sleepless nights after switching on the array on April 4th. In other words, the team might have taken the first picture of a black hole ever. There were nights …

Burkina Faso's Presidential Guard Arrests Leader, Announces Coup

<b>Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET</b><p>Weeks before a scheduled national election to choose a new government, soldiers of Burkina Faso's presidential guard say they've taken over the country. The announcement comes after members of the military arrested the interim president Wednesday.<p>The coup in the West African …

The Central Mystery of Quantum Mechanics, Animated

How a lineage of scientists pieced together the puzzle revealing the dual nature of the universe.<p>Ever since Heisenberg stood on the shoulders of giants to pave the way for quantum mechanics, this captivating branch of science and its central fact — that light can behave both as a particle and as a …

WATCH: Two American Doctors Inspect Presumed Alien Skeleton

Two doctors have inspected what seems to be an alien skeleton. Archeologists have dug up a very strange skeletal system that was initially presumed …

Diets don’t work, but these two strategies do

Earlier this week, long time eating researcher Traci Mann and I discussed the unbecoming truth about diets. The takeaway is that they don't actually work. Over the course of her more than 20 years studying how people eat, Traci has found that willpower doesn't work quite like we imagine it will, …

String theory and black holes | Life & Physics

A public lecture and interactive webcast by Amanda Peet<p>Black holes are the ‘thought experiment’ <i>par excellence</i>, where the big three of physics - quantum mechanics, general relativity and thermodynamics - meet and fight it out, dragging in brash newcomers such as information theory and strings for …

Corker relents, handing GOP a budget victory

His concession represents a win for GOP leadership, Republican moderates and defense hawks.<p>Under intense pressure from his Republican colleagues, Sen. Bob Corker on Wednesday dropped objections to what he called gimmickry in a budget deal, paving the way for Congress to clear a spending blueprint …

Obama Admits He Is A Muslim

Kansas Becomes First State To Ban Common Form Of Abortion

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a bill Tuesday that made his state the first to ban a procedure used for most second-trimester abortions.<p>The Associated Press reported that Brownback signed the legislation in a ceremony at his residence, with anti-abortion advocates standing behind him.<p>The law, …

Pro-life Movement

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A Compact Solar And Power Storage System Gets Off-Grid Communities Their Own Minigrid

More than a billion people don’t have electricity, and a billion more live with unreliable electricity. Getting power to these people is key to …

Off-grid

Mind Control Researchers Create Fake Link Between Unrelated Memories

Advancements in genetics and neuroscience are undoubtedly leading toward direct methods of mind control, albeit only with good intentions … if …

Tesla’s secret breakthrough home battery detailed: Everything you need to know

Tesla will announce a new product at the end of April that’s not a car, CEO Elon Musk recently announced without revealing any further details. Even …

The science is in: God is the answer

Research shows kids raised with spirituality are happier and healthier in the vulnerable teen years. Why aren’t we all signing up?<p>Eighteen years ago, …

Psychology

Why Consciousness Exists: Douglas Rushkoff on Science, God, and the Purpose of Reality

What to make of the fact “that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,”</i> Carl Sagan wrote in his magnificent meditation on science and spirituality, <i>“we will have</i> …

Consciousness

FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says

Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression "mass shooting" incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar.<p>The bureau's annual reports tabulating …

Huge underground city discovered in Turkey--by accident

It's a stunning find uncovered by accident: Construction workers demolishing homes in Turkey's Nevsehir province in 2013 ended up discovering entrances to what could be the largest ancient underground city ever found in the region.<p>The country's <i>Hurriyet Daily News</i> reported on its existence just days …

Nigeria fingerprint readers causing voting delays

Polling stations are open in Nigeria to elect a new president.<p>Voters have to validate their voting cards using a fingerprint reader.<p>But technical problems with some readers are causing delays.<p>President Jonathan tried for some 50 minutes to register in his home village of Otuoke.<p>Nkem Ifejika reports.

Polling

Scott Walker waffles on immigration — again: Why his latest about-face could do him in (UPDATED)

<b>Scott Walker (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)</b><p>Speaking at private dinner, 2016 hopeful abandons his hard line<p>Luke Brinker<p>March 26, 2015 6:26pm (UTC)<p>From 2002 to 2013, Scott Walker was on the record as a supporter of immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. As Milwaukee …

Scott Walker

Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue.<p>Two elephants support a stranded eighteen-wheel truck in danger of tipping over in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana in this March 24, 2015 handout photo. REUTERS/ …

Orange Solar Tent Is The Future Of Festival Camping

This has got to be one of the coolest inventions in a very long time.<p>The <i>Orange Solar Tent</i> is a revolutionary new tent that will forever change the …

Inventions

'Vertical farm' poised to rise inside old Mat Maid building

A legal grow operation will soon open inside the old Matanuska Maid building in Anchorage, with an ambitious goal of cultivating 20,000 plants per …

Aquaponics

What the Real Irish Eat on St. Patrick’s Day

Ready for another round of watery green beer and corned beef with limp cabbage? Me, neither. St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all about bad food. In fact, the quality of Irish food is on the rise as more people are beginning to discover the island nation has much more to offer than cliches.<p>For …

Could a blast of sonic waves restore memory lost to Alzheimer's disease?

Sonic waves, first used by submarines in World War II, might one day help those with<p>Alzheimer's diseasepreserve or regain their ability to remember and navigate, a new study on mice suggests.<p>It's far from ready for use on humans, but the new research offers new possibilities for Alzheimer's therapy …

Fraternity members in video apologize for racist chant

A former University of Oklahoma fraternity member who was shown in a video chanting a racial slur issued an apology Tuesday, as did the parents of a second student.<p>In a statement emailed by his father, Parker Rice said the incident that was caught on video was "likely was fueled by alcohol," but …

Pakistan Reinstates the Death Penalty After Seven-Year Moratorium

After a seven-year moratorium, Pakistan has reinstated the death penalty for nonterrorism cases eligible for capital punishment, and will begin …

Ukraine military says one serviceman killed in separatist east

KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and four wounded in fighting in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire deal, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Wednesday.<p>A truck passes by a pro-Russian rebel's tank with a gas mask placed on it's barrel …