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Two planets as big as Earth ‘could be on edge of solar system’

At least two as-yet undiscovered planets as big as Earth or larger may be hiding in the outer fringes of the solar system, scientists believe.<p>The secret worlds are thought to exist beyond the orbits of Neptune, the furthest true planet from the Sun, and the even more distant tiny “dwarf planet” …

Universe

Huge asteroid to 'narrowly' miss Earth

Space rock code-named 2004 BL86 set to pass Earth on January 26 in 'near miss' and won't be seen again for next 200 years<p>Amateur stargazers will have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to see an asteroid a third of a mile wide “narrowly” miss Earth on January 26.<p>The space rock, code-named 2004 BL86, is …

Astronomy

Sinister Architecture Constructed from Archival Library of Congress Images by Jim Kazanjian | Colossal

<p>Inspired in part by the classic horror literature of H.P. Lovecraft, artist Jim Kazanjian (previously) assembles foreboding buildings using snippets …

New Airbus Beluga super transporter set for the skies | CNN Travel

Travel

A contemporary prefab home for a couple in Spain

NOEM have designed and built (in 10 weeks) this prefabricated home for a couple in Castellón de la Plana, Spain.<p>From the architects<p>The owners of this …

Prefab Homes

Protruding volumes give this house panoramic ocean views

Vértice Arquitectos designed the Casa Playa Las Lomas I-05 in Cerro Azul, Peru.<p>From the architects<p>This house was designed in the first row, plot 5 in …

International Space Station crew evacuates US section due to 'leak'

The crew on board the International Space Station have been forced to evacuate and seal off the US part of the station after an alarm sounded for a potentially hazardous chemical leak.<p>Two Americans and an Italian astronaut have taken refuge with three cosmonauts in the Russian section of the …

Space Science

The best of the Colorado River: one step, pedal or stroke at a time

Snaking 1450 miles, the Colorado River is nothing less than the nerve center of the great American West. Capturing snows off the Rockies, it drops through pine stands, winds down into the desert and carves the Grand Canyon’s rosy depths.<p>In the American psyche, it’s a powerful life force, a natural …

Architect Designs Paris of 2050 as Eco-Friendly "Smart City"

According to architect Vincent Callebaut, the Paris of 2050 could look very different than the city we know today. The architect recently unveiled plans to transform the famous locale into a futuristic “smart” city. His design is a nod to the metropolis' historical architecture as it's punctuated …

Architecture

Sweden's 25th Icehotel Stuns with Enchanting Frozen Rooms

The 25th installation of Sweden's Icehotel has opened, letting guests once again experience life in an enchanting frozen kingdom. The hotel, newly designed each year by artists and architects and built in the town of Jukkasjrvi, will be open for guests from December through April. The hotel rooms …

Hotels

Blood test could pick up Alzheimer's Disease 10 years before symptoms appear

The test developed by researchers at the National Institute on Aging, distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100 percent accuracy<p>A new blood test for Alzheimer’s could detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible - far sooner than other tests in …

Dementia

How Not to Look Like a Tourist in San Francisco

<i>by Chaney Kwak, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Photo by Ron Koeberer/Getty Images<p><i>With these tips on how to dress, what to avoid, and where to eat, you'll be right at home in San Francisco -- just don't call it San Fran.</i><p><b>WHAT TO WEAR</b><p><b>Always layer.</b> Don't wear one of those ill-fitting sweatshirts emblazoned with …

Space Station Returns to Normal After Glitchy Ammonia Leak Alarm

Astronauts returned to the U.S. side of the International Space Station on Wednesday, hours after an apparent false alarm raised concerns about an ammonia leak and forced a partial evacuation.<p>The six crew members shut down the U.S. segment and hung out on the station's Russian side for much of the …

Space Science

Watch for These Top 5 Sky Events of 2015: Eclipses, Comets, and Planets

Lunar eclipses and the innermost planets will take center stage in the heavens.<p>Stay tuned, stargazers—the year ahead offers many heavenly delights, including a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potentially surprising comet.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the offing, here …

13 Weird Moments In The History Of Water Fountains

When was the last time you gave serious thought to a drinking fountain? Maybe it was in elementary school, when they were the only way to wet your whistle. Or maybe never. That would be perfectly understandable. They seem boring!<p>But they're not. Far from it.<p>About a month ago, I started looking into …

This solar-powered airplane is about to take its first around-the-world flight

Bertrand Piccard had plenty of inspiration for building the world’s first solar airplane. Not only did he pilot the first around-the-world balloon flight in 1999, his father helped design the submarine that became the first to plunge undersea to hit the earth’s surface, and his grandfather rode the …

Solar Impulse

Timelapse: 10 Incredible Nights Under the Northern Lights

When it comes to bucket lists, seeing the Northern Lights normally sits pretty high up, but not everyone can find the time to trek far into the north to catch a glimpse. So with that in mind, we sent our roving timelapser, Joel Schat, to Yellowknife's Aurora Village to capture the stunning natural …