Karl Pedersen

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Pluto's deepest mysteries may be revealed on July 14

Pluto, get ready for your closeup.<p>NASA's New Horizons probe — the first-ever spacecraft designed to study Pluto and its many moons — is about to fly …

Solar System

After A Weekend With 'Destiny' LFG, The Game's Matchmaking Issue Is Clear

This weekend there was a perfect storm of events that led me to a situation I rarely find myself in. With no wife around, and no friends in town, I had quite literally nothing to do for two days other than try and be productive by reading, writing, or working out.<p>Naturally, I played <i>Destiny</i>.<p>Or …

Celebrate Hubble's 25th Birthday With 26 Of Its Most Gorgeous Images

A Gallery Of Photos Curated By The Person Who Made Most Of Them<p>Twenty-five years ago today, Hubble launched into space, nestled in the bay of the Space Shuttle <i>Discovery</i>. Over those years, the space telescope produced the most inspiring images of the cosmos we humans had ever seen.<p>A great many of …

Are Two Giant Black Holes About to Collide?

A flickering quasar may be signaling that the most colossal of cosmic smashups could be just a few years away.<p>A collision between two giant black holes is the most titanic smashup astronomers can imagine. Nobody’s ever seen it happen—but if a new report in <i>Astrophysical Journal Letters</i> is correct, …

6 Features That Should Have Been In Lightroom 6 (But Aren’t)

Lightroom 6 (AKA Lightroom CC) was just announced. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this release, pretty much from the moment Lightroom 5 was announced. …

In Adobe's new ​Lightroom, multiple photos can now meld into one

Adobe's photo editing and cataloging software now gives photographers new ways to merge multiple shots into one. More and more, photos can be transformed into something beyond the single frame you first snapped.<p>Adobe Systems' new version of Lightroom isn't the first program to let photographers …

Hyper-accurate atomic clock won't lose a second in 15 billion years

Scientists have created an atomic clock so precise that it won't lose or gain a single second in 15 billion years -- roughly the age of our universe.<p>But the clock isn't just steady, it's also amazingly accurate. So accurate in fact, that it can detect tiny changes in the speed of its ticks …

Los Angeles

Couple Sues Sperm Bank After Sketchy-Donor Details Emerge Seven Years Later

U.S. news<p>He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot.<p>That's why couple Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child.<p>Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with 9623's …

Personal Information

The mystery of where Earth's water came from deepens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mystery of where Earth's water came from got murkier Wednesday when some astronomers essentially eliminated one of the chief …