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NASA’s Saturn spacecraft just delivered photos so stunning you’ll think they’re fake

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft continues to delivery some truly jaw-dropping photographs from Saturn, and its most recent “Grand Finale” dive between the …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Entertainment

New Report Says Apple Was in Talks to Use BMW i3 as Basis for Electric Car Project

Apple and BMW were in negotiations to use the German car manufacturer's car platform for its electric i3 for Apple's rumored car project, code-named "Project Titan", according to a new report from German business magazine <i>Manager Magazin</i> [Google Translate].<p>The Cupertino company was interested in the …

Electric Vehicles

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12 facts about Pluto everyone should know

<b>1.</b> When Pluto was discovered in 1930, a competition was held to find a name for the new planet. Eleven-year-old Venetia Burney from Oxford chose Pluto because it was dark and far away, like the god of the underworld. She received a £5 note as a reward.<p><b>Pluto flyby LIVE: Nasa awaits first pictures of</b> …

Photographer Captures a Crow Riding on the Back of a Bald Eagle

Capturing animals riding other animals seems to be a new trend in wildlife photography. First there was a weasel riding a woodpecker. Next was a …

Tortoise, 90, gets wheels for legs after rat attack

Mrs T's owners glue wheels from model aircraft onto her shell after rat chews off two front legs while she was hibernating in Pembroke, West Wales<p>A 90-year-old tortoise is going twice its normal speed after being fitted with a set of wheels.<p>The animal, called Mrs T, was facing a grim future after a …

Secret language of gibbons translated by scientists

For the first time, scientists at Durham University have translate the calls of gibbons<p>Gibbons have a secret ‘language’ which contains ‘words’ for animals such as leopards and eagles, scientists have found, in a discovery that sheds light on the evolution of human speech.<p>Apes in Thailand make 450 …

An unknown force is pulling the Milky Way and all else towards it at 14 million mph

The Night Sky in April 2015: the Great Attractor is neither a black hole or a super-cluster of galaxies, but we are travelling towards it inexorably<p><i>The chart shows the whole sky as it would appear from the UK at 23:00 on April 1st, 22:00 on April 15th and 21:00 on April 30th. All times are …

Universe

Darwin’s “Strangest” Beast Finds Place on Tree

“<i>Toxodon</i> is perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered,” wrote Charles Darwin, a man who was no stranger to strangeness. He first encountered the creature in Uruguay on November 26th, 1834. “Having heard of some giant’s bones at a neighbouring farm-house…, I rode there accompanied by my …

Paleontology

Tiny diamonds added to chemo kill tough cancer - Futurity

Scientists say it may be possible to kill cancer stem cells by attaching a chemo drug to nanodiamonds.

Friday's Trifecta: Supermoon, Solar Eclipse, Spring Equinox

This week sees a rare combo of total solar eclipse, perigee moon, and the first day of spring.<p>Friday, March 20, will see an astronomical triple play when a rare total solar eclipse occurs on the same day as the vernal equinox, and a supermoon makes an appearance.<p>A total eclipse occurs when the moon …

Circular thinking: Stonehenge's origin is subject of new theory

Wiltshire monument may have been equivalent of ‘an ancient Mecca on stilts’ according to an idea put forward by former museum director Julian Spalding<p>Whether it was a Druid temple, an astronomical calendar or a centre for healing, the mystery of Stonehenge has long been a source of speculation and …

Oxford University

New to nature No 139: Antechinus arktos

A beautiful new species of carnivorous marsupial has been discovered in far south-eastern Queensland and adjacent north-eastern New South Wales. Isolated at high altitude on the Tweed volcanic caldera, in areas of high rainfall, the distinctness of the Black-tailed Antechinus had escaped scientists …

Zoology

The 'Math Guy' Presents 5 Facts About 3.14

People across the world are eating pies and celebrating the circle this Saturday — and this year's Pi Day is particularly special. The full date, 3/14/15, is pi to the first four places. At 9:26 a.m. and 53 seconds, you can even celebrate pi to <i>nine</i> places: 3.141592653.<p>NPR's Math Guy, Keith Devlin …

Mathematics

A meandering tale: the truth about pi and rivers

Pi Day 2015: A well known fact about pi is that it describes the bendiness of rivers. I wanted to test this theory, and so I crowd-sourced river lengths to find out<p>Of the many weird and wonderful facts about pi, one of my favourites is a surprising connection between the number 3.14 and the world …

Mathematics

HBO is fighting Game of Thrones piracy in the best possible ways

We once called <i>Game of Thrones</i> "free-to-play" television, in that piracy was rampant but HBO didn't seem to care.<p>That was a year ago, and a few things have changed. HBO cares, but the cable company is doing all the right things to fix things.<p>"In an unprecedented move, <i>Game of Thrones</i> will premiere in …

12 Don Draper Memes That Will Make You Long For 'Mad Men'

"Mad Men" will finally be back in our lives on April 5th, and until then we're pretty much counting down the days until we get to savor the last precious episodes of the addicting AMC hit. March 10th is Jon Hamm's birthday and in honor of the show's leading man, we're celebrating by flipping …

D'oh! Homer Simpson beat scientists in race to find Higgs boson mass

Does Homer Simpson deserve a share of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics? Did the European Organization for Nuclear Research and its scientific partners waste $10 billion constructing the Large Hadron Collider?<p>In short, could particle physicists have saved themselves a lot of trouble and simply …

Physics

Pencil artist works in miniature — and that’s the point

Salavat Fidai is working proof that artists need not create large pieces to make a name for themselves.<p>Much of what he creates is no bigger than the tip of a pencil — literally.<p>Under the glow of a single work light while his family sleeps, Fidai uses a craft knife and 4x magnifying glass to create …

Art

NASA Sees 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface, which looks to be rocky and pockmarked.<p>Ceres lies in an asteroid belt between the paths of Mars and …

Astronomy

Is the sexed-up Power Rangers short making a statement? Why the answer is important

Director Joseph Kahn released a gritty, 14-minute look at an alternate version of the popular Power Rangers characters.<p>The short quickly blew up, and video-sharing site Vimeo briefly featured the video on its front page before suddenly removing it entirely.<p>So what happened, and what does the future …

Star Buzzed Earth During Neanderthal Times

Close encounters can hurl a cosmic hailstorm of comets, some of which might collide with Earth.<p>Seventy thousand years ago, when modern humans were on the verge of migrating from Africa and before Neanderthals died out, an alien star flew through the outer reaches of the solar system.<p>Passing less …

Sundance 2015 review: Hot Girls Wanted – Newsflash! Porn can exploit!

They should offer bins at each screening of Hot Girls Wanted, so everyone can throw away their laptops and vow never to look at a pornography again. As as a “scared straight” manifesto, this new documentary may do the trick when it’s rolled out as a warning in high school assemblies. As cinema for …

Filmmaking

Johnny Depp details chupacabra attack in Tokyo

Other actors might simply fight off a cold. Johnny Depp, however, has apparently fought off a chupacabra.<p>At least that's the story he's sticking to, by way of explaining his failure to appear Tuesday at a news conference in Tokyo.<p>"I was attacked yesterday morning by a very rarely seen or …

Johnny Depp

Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way

A space-time tunnel could exist in the middle of the Milky Way and we could travel through it, say scientists<p>A giant doorway to another galaxy may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe that dark matter at the centre of our galaxy could sustain a wormhole that we …

Porn Star Belle Knox Is Remaking Herself As A Libertarian Activist

Now, Weeks wants to make waves in the political world.<p>She's working with a libertarian group on her campus and has a burgeoning public speaking career. In a phone conversation with Business Insider on Monday, Weeks discussed how her adult film career influenced her libertarian activism.<p>"I think …

The asteroid that flew by Earth yesterday has its own moon

Yesterday, the mountain-sized asteroid 2004 BL86 zipped right by Earth—the closest that one of that size will come to us until 2027. Today, NASA released radar images it took of the flying space rock, which revealed that another (smaller) flying space rock is orbiting it: Its very own moon.<p>The …

Space