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Cassini Data Reveals New Mystery About Saturn's Moon Titan

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is a truly inspiring hellscape. With methane lakes and electrically charged sand, it’s hard to understand anything …

Five Discoveries In Fundamental Physics That Came As Total Surprises

When you’re taught the scientific method, you think of a neat procedure you can follow to gain insight into some natural phenomenon about the Universe. Start with an idea, perform an experiment, and either validate or falsify the idea, depending on the outcome. Only, the real world is a lot messier …

Physics

Coca production is booming in Colombia — here's how it gets turned into cocaine

In late 2016, Colombia sealed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a left-wing rebel group and major drug trafficker.<p>But they have struggled to implement important aspects of the deal, and coca production has only increased.<p>After hitting a low in 2012, cultivation …

These award-winning microscope photos reveal a bizarre universe just out of reach

To honor the beauty and scientific importance of microscopic photographs— also called micrographs — the Nikon Small World image contest hands out awards and prizes to researchers and hobbyists who capture the most impressive images.<p>A handful of independent judges picks the contest's 20 best …

12 eerie photos of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, …

Are Space, Time, And Gravity All Just Illusions?

The Universe, as we know it, has a fundamental flaw staring us right in our faces, letting us know that our knowledge is incomplete. The four fundamental forces are described by two different and mutually incompatible frameworks: General Relativity for gravitation, and Quantum Field Theory for the …

Quantum Mechanics

Timelapse: 30 Days of a Cargo Ship in 10 Minutes and 80,000 Photos

Here’s a beautiful 4K time-lapse video by JeffHK that condenses 30 days of a cargo ship’s journey across oceans into 10 minutes containing 80,000 …

14 awesome, funny & inspiring celebrity coming out stories

Coming out can be the most pivotal moment in any gay person's life. Being honest about the real you and sharing it with your nearest and dearest can …

Haunting Images from ‘Poland’s Rust Belt’

“In the communist era, Upper Silesia was the promised land,” Polish photographer Tomasz Liboska told us of the place he’s called home for ten years. …

Mining

41 Breathtaking Views From Above

Experience a bird's-eye perspective of places around the world from the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.<p>Humans always dreamed of flying. Thanks to the Wright Brothers, we're able to hop from one destination to the next in just a few hours. People take to the air to …

Travel Photography

This Simple Blood Test Can Predict Cancer Years Before Symptoms Appear

Promising news!<p>A new type of non-invasive cancer test has just delivered promising results in an early-stage feasibility study, paving the way for a …

6 Solar System Missions NASA is Considering, Ranked by Intrigue

The agency has to pick between six radically different options.<p>NASA is reviewing 12 different proposals for an uncrewed mission to explore the solar …

Moments That Changed the World: Pictures

Muhammad Ali

Remembering the first 'photo' of a black hole

Black holes are so outlandish that the scientists who first thought them up figured they couldn't possibly exist in reality. They form from massive, collapsed stars and are so dense that nothing can escape their gravitational pull, including light. Black holes mess with spacetime so badly that …

Take heart, Mother!: 21 brilliant films that flopped at the box-office

Film Industry

23 Photos of Adorable Animal Brothers & Sisters

Babies and animals can be tricky subjects to photograph, so imagine the challenge of photographing baby animals. We have to hand it to the wildlife …

Cute

We're About to See Our First-Ever Black Hole

Most galaxies contain a supermassive black hole at the center. There’s a lot we don’t know them, even our own in the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*). But …

The Photos Coming Out Of Syria After A Suspected Chemical Attack Are Horrifying

WARNING: Graphic images. The attack in the Syrian province of Idlib reportedly killed dozens, including many children. Witnesses and doctors say the victims showed symptoms of chemical weapons use.<p>An airstrike launched against the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, in a rebel-held area of Idlib …

Middle East

In Vermont, solar, batteries key energy revolution

Rhonda "Honey" Phillips keeps her own cows and garden at her small, hillside homestead, and now is pushing self-sufficiency in a more high-tech direction. This year, she installed new solar panels just downhill from her modest house and hung a Tesla Powerwall backup battery on her basement wall, to …

Clean Energy

15+ Of The Most Powerful Photos Of 2016 According To Reuters

Reuters, as most of you probably know, is a huge international news agency and their photographers are based all around the world, capturing some of …

Donald Trump doesn't believe in climate change — here are 16 irrefutable signs it's real

Trump's stance on the environment contradicts thousands of scientists and decades of research, which has linked many observable changes in climate, including rising air and ocean temperatures, shrinking glaciers, and widespread melting of snow and ice, to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions …

Global Warming

Children in Aleppo: 'I'd rather die'

Aleppo has become "a slaughterhouse," says the UN Commissioner for Human Rights. The situation for children there is especially serious. Experts are …

'I can’t remember the last time someone died because their hour had come': Life and death under siege in Aleppo

Farida sips from a cup of coffee and looks at her eight-year-old daughter, who is hunched over the table carefully writing out the Arabic letters of her homework.<p>The coffee is a luxury made from a dwindling stash that Farida hid away before the siege of Aleppo began, knowing that when the Syrian …

Snapshots: the shopfronts of independent Paris

These images by German photographer Sebastian Erras, who moved to Paris five years ago, tell an alternative story of the city through its shopfronts. “Most of the time we walk by these stores,” he says, “and we might notice the front, but you never hear the history behind it.” Collaborating on the …

France

Dirty, isolated and freezing: life in Arctic circle city – in pictures

Photographer Elena Chernyshova spent a year documenting the people and landscape of Norilsk, which was built by prisoners during the Soviet era

Arctic Circle

An ancient world concealed underground

An impressive underground network of tunnels and caves, curiously filled with vintage cars and forgotten World War II relics, lay forgotten under the ancient city of Naples.<p>In cities as old as Naples, residents have become used to unearthing classical Roman treasures, antiquated cisterns and other …

Italy

The Future of Sex Is Orgy Domes

We spoke to Emily Witt about her brilliant new book 'Future Sex', which takes on cultural myths around sexuality and sexual experimentation with a serious, radical eye.<p>When I met Emily Witt six years ago, I felt that touch of vertigo that comes when you realize you're in the presence of a highly …

The World's Oldest Man-Made Pyramids Hidden In Bosnia

An amateur archaeologist Semir Osmanagic known as ‘the Bosnian Indiana Jones’ claims he’s discovered the world’s oldest pyramids in the Balkans. In …

Bosnia

Watch Photographer Freeze Flying Bullet Shells With this Awesome Stop-Action Video

Italian photographer Matteo Mescalchin is a location photographer who specializes in aerial and underwater photography. In this dramatic video, …

Porn Stars Talk About the Weirdest Things They've Been Asked to Do for a Scene

We went to the SHAFTA porn awards last night and had a chat with a few of the UK's finest adult stars.<p>Last night was the SHAFTAs, the annual UK porn awards, where golden dicks are handed out to the industry's best and brightest. From MILF adventures to porn parodies like "Poldick" and …