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Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation

Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs to rugs. Now, to celebrate its …

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels

In Xiaolin Zheng's version of the future, installing solar panels could be as simple as applying a sticker.<p><i>Editor's Note: Xiaolin Zheng is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and</i> …

NASA Stumbles Upon A Dead Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

Think our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns.<p>"You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," Dr. Fiona A. Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at the California …

Google's internet balloons are staying aloft longer than anyone expected

The company is announcing a number of milestones as it moves forward with its ambitious X Labs project<p>When Google announced Project Loon in June of last year many balloon experts were skeptical of its chances. The stated goal was that the balloons that would last 100 days or more in the air, but …

Submarine investigation under way after female officers filmed

Navy criminal investigators are looking into who secretly filmed female officers of a submarine crew while they were showering and changing clothes aboard the boat's unisex bathrooms, a U.S. Navy official confirms to CNN.<p>An incident report filed with the Navy last month alleges at least three …

Another Mars mystery: What's that circular 'island' in its lava flows?

Mars has a history of offering up unusual formations for humans to marvel at, speculate about and scratch their heads over. We've famously had the face on Mars (Elvis, is that you?) and more recently a jelly doughnut-shaped rock and an object vaguely shaped like a human femur bone. The latest find …

These 2 Supreme Court Cases Made It Virtually Impossible To Indict A Cop

We can thank two Supreme Court decisions for setting the precedent that makes it so easy for police to avoid trials for killing people in the line of duty, as civil rights lawyer Chase Madar recently pointed out in The Nation.<p>Both cases involve police violence against black males in the 1980s, and …

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Engineers create very cool material that radiates heat into space

So much for old-fashioned air conditioning: What if you could harness the universe to cool your house?<p>Some Stanford University engineers may have figured out how to do just that.<p>According to a paper in the scientific journal Nature, a team led by Stanford electrical engineer Shanhui Fan has come up …

How NFL Players Stay Warm During the Coldest Games

You can have all the high-tech warming gear you want—and we’ll get to that, don’t fret—but sometimes nothing keeps a NFL player warm quite like some …

The Cost of Amnesty

President Obama touts the economic benefits of immigration, but the rising price of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit alone could be dizzying.<p>In a statement announcing his executive amnesty, President Obama reassured doubters that formerly illegal aliens would not qualify …

Can Our National Flagship Be Saved?

We step on board the SS United States—60 years after the superliner first appeared in Popular Science—and find a rusting but still spectacular icon<p>She's the most famous ship that never sank, and a technological triumph of her era. At her launch, she boasted the most extensive use of lightweight …

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DJ Earworm's 2014 pop music mash-up is here, and it is suspiciously 'Happy'

Forget the Grammys, the VMAs, or any day Beyoncé decides to release new music or re-release old music: today is the best day of the year to be a pop music fan. The annual DJ Earworm United State of Pop mix has dropped, so crack out your headphones, switch to full-screen, and obliterate that quickly …

Sean Hannity Left Visibly Stunned by Dem Congresswoman’s Answer to His Question About Evidence in Michael Brown Shooting

Fox News host Sean Hannity was left perplexed on Thursday night when Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) proclaimed she has no interest in reviewing evidence released concerning the officer-involved killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.<p>“Did you read the evidence that was …

Putin's Crimea bill may be steep

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin made Russia's taking of Crimea official on Friday, but now the bill for the acquisition may be steep.<p>Boosting pensions and rebuilding the infrastructure on this dilapidated Black Sea peninsula were among the promises dangled by Moscow before the local population …

What are the full moon names?

Lists of common full moon names – both by month and by season – for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.<p>Some almanacs like to give each month …

FYI: Does Thinking Too Hard Wear You Out?

If it does, it's all in your head.<p>The brain makes up about 1⁄50 of our body weight but consumes about one fifth of the oxygen we breathe. It's natural to assume that overtaxing the cerebrum would leave one feeling lethargic, but that's not quite true. The brain uses most of its energy just to …

Microsoft just exposed email's ugliest secret

Email is more broken than you think<p>If you're hiding something from Microsoft, you'd better not put it on Hotmail.<p>It came out yesterday that the company had read through a user's inbox as part of an internal leak investigation. Microsoft has spent today in damage-control mode, changing its internal …

8 Things You've Always Wondered About, Finally Explained

Even trivial knowledge is power.<p><b>1. Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?</b><p>The three-color scheme is based on lights used by the railway industry in the early 19th century. Red was used for stop, green for caution and white for go. But the red filter was known to fall off, leaving two white …

Dummy new HTC One compared to Galaxy S4, iPhone 5s, and others

HTC will finally unveil the new HTC One next week, but the leaks just keep coming, with the latest leak showing a dummy unit of the phone next to a variety of other phones to show its relative size.<p>The photos of the dummy unit come from french blog <i>NowhereElse.fr</i>, which compares the phone to a …

GDC 2014: Casual action-RPG fun coming in Elements: Epic Heroes

At GDC 2014 we met up with Gamevil to look at their upcoming action RPG called Elements: Epic Heroes. Players build up a party of adorably blocky …

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New Google easter egg is a cheat code for unlimited free searches

Google has included a number of great easter eggs into search over the years, and the latest one is quite a doozy! Google has used the Konami code …

5 Things You Should Know About Android Wear OS

Wearables industry is on the rise. We’ve seen the likes of Samsung, Pebble, Qualcomm and a few others getting in the industry with their own devices, …

Virtual reality gets a new player with Sony's 'Project Morpheus'

Virtual reality, the emerging 3D technology many expect to be the next quantum leap in the video gaming world, just got a little more real.<p>Sony, makers of the top-selling PlayStation 4, has rolled out "Project Morpheus," a virtual reality system it says will pair with its top-selling gaming console …

Corning exec slams sapphire -- rumored for Apple device

A Corning executive launched a blistering critique of sapphire crystal, used as a protective material for displays, on Tuesday. The subtext was obviously aimed at Apple.<p>In defense of its Gorilla Glass, Tony Tripeny, a senior vice president at Corning Glass, was asked the following question at the …

U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says

Senior U.S. officials were warned of imminent Russian military action in Crimea about a week before the troop movements that have sparked a major international crisis over Ukraine, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency tells NPR.<p>"I think for easily seven to 10 days leading up to the Russian …

Political, military standoff escalates in Ukraine's Crimea region - CNN.com

Ukrainian tanks are transported from their base in Perevalne, Crimea, on Wednesday, March 26. After Russian troops seized most of Ukraine's bases in Crimea, interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov ordered the withdrawal of armed forces from the peninsula, citing Russian threats to the lives …

Born To Swim?

Try this to trigger one of the cutest reflexes around. Just blow into a baby’s face and watch him or her gulp air, close eyes, and stop whatever they’re doing. Parents have used this as a way to get their little ones to stop crying – but it’s also the path to swimming.<p>The response is what’s known …

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Environment: News & features

Best space images of the month

Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured during a memorable month in space – from cosmic collisions to soaring satellites.<p>Watch Colin Legg's footage of the Moon Saturn occultation.

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The Truth About 'The Most Interesting Man In The World'

For over 40 years, Jonathan Goldsmith worked as a journeyman actor with hundreds of IMDB credits to his name.<p>In 2006, he booked the role of a lifetime: the spokesperson for a Dos Equis beer campaign that soon made him known to millions as "The Most Interesting Man In The World."<p>Goldsmith lived and …

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