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What real scientists and astronauts think of 'The Martian'

But does the story's dedication hold up under scrutiny from real scientists and astronauts?<p>We've rounded up some of the best critiques of "The Martian" from space experts who've seen the movie. The reception so far has been positive, but some of the movie's most discerning critics couldn't help but …

7 Little Hacks For Getting Ahead In Life (Without Having To Try That Hard)

On our 18th birthdays, many of expected to finally feel grown-up. Something magical was supposed to happen overnight, we thought -- some new, incredibly worldly stream of consciousness would take over -- but nothing did. Same thing at 21. Again … no pixie dust. No fairies. So when <i>does</i> adulthood …

Hitler’s world may not be so far away

<b>It was 20 years after I chose to become a historian</b> that I first saw a photograph of the woman who made my career possible. In the small photograph that my doctoral supervisor, her son, showed me in his Warsaw apartment, Wanda J radiates self-possession, a quality that stood her in good stead …

World History

19 Hilarious Disney Posts That Totally Nailed It

Never underestimate the Disney fandom's ability to be hilarious.

Walt Disney Company

Here's the disturbing impact that space has on the human body and mind

The mission saw a cosmonaut clock up more days in space than any other human being, the launch of the most audacious twin study in the history of science, and astronauts eating lettuce grown in space for the first time.<p>The crew have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet - …

Space Science

Vegas British Airways plane fire: Outcry over passengers who fled with luggage

<b>(CNN) —</b> The captain of a plane that caught fire on the runway at Las Vegas has been praised for swift action, but criticism is mounting against some of his passengers who fled carrying their luggage.<p>Photographs taken on the tarmac after London-bound British Airways Flight 2276 was evacuated show …

Luggage

London Photojournalist Peter Dench on the Most Important Photo He’s Ever Taken

<b>Peter Dench</b>: The most important photograph I’ve taken is always the next one. However in retrospect, it’s probably a photograph of a drink-driving …

Photojournalism

Zen Foxes: A photographer is capturing nature's 'masters of mindfulness'

“The most beautiful animals are happy animals,” says Roeselien Raimond, a Dutch nature photographer who specialises in capturing foxes at rest.<p>“I …

These are the the most crystal-clear images of Pluto yet

Remember when Pluto was this strange, faraway planet (or dwarf planet, depending on when you grew up) that science textbooks knew very little about? It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t know things like its true color, composition, or really much of anything about its topography. Well, that’s all …

Solar System

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2015: more of the best entries so far

Wildlife

Marriage Proposal Regret: Why I Wish I Had Said No When My Husband Proposed

I was always one of those people who didn't believe in marriage. I saw it as unnecessary and outdated, and as someone who deeply values her independence, committing to another person forever didn't align with my beliefs. I didn't want to be "someone's wife," nor did I like the idea of "having a …

Lost Weather Balloon GoPro Found 2 Years Later with Grand Canyon ‘Money Shot’

Back in 2013, five friends in Arizona decided to capture some photos and video from the edge of space by sending a GoPro up on a weather balloon. The …

Grand Canyon

Earth could see a 'mega' El Niño this year that would bring some crazy weather

At the same time, it is clear that an El Niño is building that is expected to culminate in the fall and last until the winter, with the possibility of it becoming a "mega" El Niño.<p>The hope in California is that the large amounts of precipitation usually associated with extreme El Niño events would …

Global Warming

9/10: The Day Before

The pilot grilled steaks. The WTC Borders clerk picked up a pushcart coffee. The mayoral candidate prepped for the primaries. And the terrorists …

The Black Mambas, a Mostly Female Anti-Poaching Force, Have Won a Top U.N. Environmental Award

Since it was first created in 2013, South Africa’s Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit has arrested six poachers, shut down five poacher camps, and …

Marvel adds Native American, Korean superheroes

"The Marvel Universe's American Southwest now has a superhero to call its very own -- the mysterious new hero, Red Wolf," the company said in a statement Wednesday.<p>"An outsider and an honest man, Red Wolf is going to need all his wits, and both his fists, to serve and protect this new world from …

Melting Ice in Yellowstone National Park Reveals Ancient Artifacts

High in the Rocky Mountains, where frozen patches normally cover the higher altitude regions of Yellowstone National Park year-round, increased …

Archaeology

Transhumanists are on a quest to discover eternal life. Is the citizen science they use the future of technology?

Immortality aside, DIY "bio-hacking" could provide solutions to everyday problems, despite the risks involved<p>For the last week I’ve been travelling around California and Nevada on a 40 foot, 1978 bus that’s designed to look like a massive coffin, with the words "Immortality Bus" painted down both …

Consciousness May Be a Lot Like Making Coffee, Say Scientists

We tend to think of losing consciousness as an abrupt shutting down of our awareness of the world, like flicking a light switch. But it’s actually …

Pictures of the Week 9.10.15

Armenia

A monster El Niño is likely, but there are 'no guarantees'

El Niño is on track to become one of the most powerful on record, strongly suggesting California could face heavy rainfall this winter, climate scientists say.<p>But El Niño still hasn't sealed the deal, and there still needs to be a dramatic change in the winds in the Pacific Ocean if it is to be as …

Weather

American adults get a D in science; 22% confuse astronomy and astrology

Americans get a D in science.<p>So says the Pew Research Center, which issued a report Thursday on the state of the nation's knowledge regarding some basic scientific facts.<p>The public opinion and research organization quizzed a representative sample of U.S. adults on geology, physics and astronomy, …

Pew Research Center

20 Terrifying Two-Sentence Horror Stories That Will Keep You Up At Night.

<i>If you're looking for a horrifying story that will keep you up tonight, don't waste all that time watching a horror movie.</i><p><i>Here are twenty terrifying</i> …

Police Noticed a Teenager Was Sitting Awfully 'Funny' — But What They Found on Him Was No Joke

Recently, a 16-year-old was pulled over by police after they noticed he was sitting rather uncomfortably.<p>The reason? The teen had 28 packages of …

Russian troops already in Syria, Israel says

Russia has been sending military forces into Syria in recent days, Israel's defense chief announced Thursday, as Moscow hinted at broader action to …

Middle East

The hottest TV shows of autumn 2015

Hand of God<p>Hand of God is Amazon’s biggest new launch since Transparent, but it’s a much harder sell. A drama about a corrupt judge who responds to a loved one’s suicide attempt by convincing himself that God wants him to become a violent vigilante sounds new, but the marketplace is already …

TV

Top 10 codes, keys and ciphers

If knowledge is power, then the key to power lies in unlocking secrets. For thousands of years, ciphers have been used to hide those secrets from prying eyes in a cat-and-mouse game of code-makers versus code-breakers. These are some of history’s most famous codes.<p>1. The Caesar shift<p>Named after …

Top 10

The Italian Air Force just showed off its most advanced aircraft and capabilities — here are some sweet photos

Obviously, the leading role in the airshow was played by the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) that showcased its most advanced "hardware" and capabilities.<p>The Italian Eurofighter Typhoons took the stage not only with a stunning solo display by the F-2000 (as the aircraft is designated by …

Aviation

This Is What The New iPhone 6S/6S Plus Actually Does

The iPhone is a constantly evolving technology. The latest version brings innovations great and small, from brighter selfies to new ways to touch.<p>Apple unveiled its newest iPhone model Wednesday. The iPhone is a technological marvel, a luxury product, and a cultural icon, and it has been basically …

Mobile Technology