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Cosmic fireworks over Paranal

In this incredible panorama, the night sky above ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) displays our cosmic neighbourhood in all its glory.The VLT is …

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How nature uses physics to make blue without pigment

Morpho butterfly. Credit: Kevin Walsh<p><i>Pigments are one way to be colorful, but butterflies rely on physics at the nanoscale. The Blue Diadem butterfly, found on the African continent, is roughly the size of a saucer with wings spread. These wings fascinated Radwanul Hasan Siddique of the California</i> …

We Spent Winter In New Zealand Photographing The Incredible Night Sky

We are Jake and Jo – astrophotographers based in Queenstown, NZ who spent this last Winter photographing the night sky in some of New Zealand’s most …

What Should Replace the Republican Party?

<b>A Party Lobotomized</b><p>Once the venerable party of Lincoln, the Republicans split off from the Whigs in 1854 to oppose slavery, and for a century stood for fiscal restraint, free enterprise and principled conservatism. Their demise probably began with Richard Nixon's "southern strategy" of 1968 -- the …

We Finally Know How Water Bears Became So Damn Unkillable

They can desiccate into glass and come back to life.<p>Water bears, or tardigrades as they're officially known, are chubby little anomalies that are …