Karl Cook

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Starwatch: The April night sky

Mars stars in our April sky as it comes to opposition in Virgo on the 8th and is brighter and closer than it has been for six years. Jupiter, though, is brighter still as it tumbles westwards in our evening sky while Venus is even more brilliant just before dawn. Saturn is back on show before …

Kidnapped stars, Martian frost and the Rotten Egg Nebula – in pictures

This month's roundup of the best space-related imagery in the known universe includes a supernova, a cluster of stars kidnapped from a neighbouring galaxy by the Milky Way, an eggy nebula and carbon dioxide frost on Mars

Tropical Cyclone Hellen crushing parts of Madagascar

Meteorologists said Hellen was likely to be “one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever seen over the northern channel [of the southwestern …

Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners

DNA from emaciated London Black Death skeletons matches modern plague bacteria and supports airborne theory of spread<p>The 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago may hold the key to the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the …

Turn Empty Beer Cans Into Sun-Tracking Cameras

Best use of a six-pack in a while<p>In a world of digital cameras and instant gratification, photographer Justin Quinnell embraces pinhole photography, a technique hundreds of years old. He uses beer cans and photographic paper to record the gradual shift in the sun’s path over the course of several …

The Fat-Loss Cardio-and-Weights Workout

Mark Barroso

The Best Anytime Workout

Joe Stankowski , C.P.T.

How to run right

A strict regimen of treadmill running won’t sustain the endurance you built up last summer. You can’t help but lose a step—literally. "When you run …


5 ways to beat brain fog and boost creativity

1. Let your mind drift<p>The chances of an epiphany coming to you from the depths of a blank Word document? Not high, Schooler says. One of his recent …


6 salad ingredients you need to scrap

1. Bottled dressings<p>Pick ranch, Caesar, or French and you could be converting your initially healthy entrée into something that's no better for your …