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Jeremy Renner Not Interested in a HAWKEYE Solo Movie

First Look at Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Watch Prince Harry Come to a Little Girl's Rescue

It looks like the royal family's resident bad boy has a sweet side after all. During the Invictus Games closing ceremony this week, Prince Harry saw 5-year-old Isabelle Nixon crying in the crowd. Nixon, whose wheelchair-bound father competed in the games and led Great Britain's basketball team to …

30 Things We Love About Prince Harry on His 30th Birthday

Prince Harry is 30 today, so in honor of his big milestone, we decided to pick 30 things we love about him. Here they are!<p>Chris Jackson/AP Photo<p><b>1.</b><p><b>His</b> …

Prince Harry

Prince Harry turns 30! 13 reasons to love the redheaded royal

Oh Prince Harry, you know we don’t play favorites (wink, wink), but since it's your birthday, we thought it was only fair to round up a few of the reasons you've won our hearts.<p>So happy 30th to our resident redheaded royal! Here are 13 reasons we love him:<p><b>1.</b> <b>He holds</b> <b>a</b> <b>healthy</b> <b>perspective on this</b> …

Merging galaxies can produce disk galaxies

Astronomers thought mergers formed giant elliptical galaxies. Now, for at least 24 observed galaxies, mergers have formed flattened, circular disks …

It's Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds

Humans' stunning diversity of facial features evolved to make recognition easier, a study says.<p>From bug eyes to aquiline noses, square jaws to chin dimples, no two faces are alike. That diversity may have evolved to make it easier to recognize other people, researchers reported on Tuesday.<p>The shape …

Anthropology

Scientists Have Detected A New Stellar Explosion That Might Be A Supernova

And you can watch it live Thursday night, on a livestream from the Slooh Space Observatory website. They'll be broadcasting live from an observatory at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile starting at midnight Friday EDT (9pm Thursday PDT).<p>The stellar explosion was first spotted last week, …

Astrophysics

Slow motion disaster continues at Kilauea

On November 3, a federal disaster declaration was issued for the new lava flow at Kilauea. The lava has destroyed only one home … so far.<p><b>[UPDATE:</b> …

Geology

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

Changing Planet<p>The Hubble Space Telescope snapped this finely detailed image of the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6384, an island of stars thought to resemble our own Milky Way galaxy. Credit: ESA/NASA<p><b>Ever look up and wonder how many stars are out there in the night sky, and where did all these stars</b> …

Space Science

Top 10 cool things about stars

Here’s a collection of 10 unexpected, intriguing facts about the stars of our universe – including our sun – that you probably didn’t know!<p><b>1. Every</b> …

Astronomy

Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Environmentalists say two major doughnut chains got a little sweeter this week.<p>Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Brands have both made new commitments to source palm oil for frying their goodies from suppliers who are not clear-cutting forests.<p>As we reported back in June, leading doughnut retailers have …

A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

In the past week, world leaders have started using a mathematical term when they talk about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.<p>"It's spreading and growing <i>exponentially,</i>" President Obama said Tuesday. "This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an <i>exponential</i> fashion," said Dr. David Nabarro, who …

Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy

Astronomers have just discovered the smallest known galaxy that harbors a huge, supermassive black hole at its core.<p>The relatively nearby dwarf …

Comments, comets and cannabis - blogs roundup

Posts on our network this week included an in-depth look at five sigma, Lonesome George’s return to the public foray in New York, and a look at whether epilepsy can fuel creativity<p><i>Welcome to Signal Boost, our weekly roundup of blog posts over the past week.</i><p><i>Warning: prolonged exposure to comments</i> …

Cockroaches: The insect we're programmed to fear

Why are we so revolted by roaches? Rachel Nuwer visits her own personal insect hell to find out, and discovers a disturbing truth about our future with these creatures.<p>What’s your earliest memory? For me, the answer is not pleasant.<p>I’m about four years old, and I’m sitting in the green-carpeted …

Insects

How To Survive A Hurricane With Household Items

Supermarket sold out of batteries and bottled water? No problem.<p>It’s been a decade since the historic 2004 hurricane season, one of the Atlantic basin’s most active years ever. Four major storms wreaked havoc along the East Coast, causing more than $51 billion in damage. Since then, other …

Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing

Would you like paper or plasma? That's the question book lovers face now that e-reading has gone mainstream. And, as it turns out, our brains process digital reading very differently.<p>Manoush Zomorodi, managing editor and host of WNYC's New Tech City, recalls a conversation with the Washington …

Big gay power couples are 'ripe for the picking' by the GOP. Just add marriage!

Wedding bells may be a chance for fiscal conservatives to grow a pair of new demographics for 2016. But there’s still the whole intolerance thing<p>The Republican party has a problem: white people are well on their way to becoming a minority, the GOP isn’t exactly endearing itself to female voters by …

The UK Is Now Considering A Ban On Scottish People Voting On 'English' Issues

Without a written constitution, the UK's principles and methods of governance are organic, or just cobbled together, depending on how you look at it. Today, pressure from Cameron's own MPs and from his United Kingdom Independence Party rivals mean that English voters have been promised "English …

United Kingdom

White House unveils new sexual assault prevention campaign with a little help from Jon Hamm

Hamm and other celebrities like Kerry Washington are calling on men to stop rape<p>The White House is making men the focus of its latest initiative to address sexual violence on college campuses. "It's On Us," which launched Friday morning, aims to "fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual …

Speaking At Women’s Event, Joe Biden Praises Senator Who Was Forced Out Over Sexual Harassment

According to attendees, Biden singled out former Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon as the sort of Republican who used to be reasonable on issues like expanding voter access. Packwood was reportedly accused by 10 women of unwanted sexual harassment and ultimately resigned in 1995.<p>"It was Republicans that …

Joe Biden

White House recruits stars for ad against campus sexual assault

Barack Obama and Joe Biden join Jon Hamm, Connie Britton and Questlove in broad effort to raise awareness at universities<p>The White House has enlisted Hollywood stars including Jon Hamm of Mad Men and Connie Britton of Nashville to help fight campus sexual assault.<p>President Barack Obama and …

W.H. targets campus sex assaults

The next phase of the White House’s initiative to address sexual assault on campuses launches this morning: A campaign aiming to change the culture surrounding the issue by emphasizing the role that everyone – particularly college-aged men – plays in stopping and preventing violence.<p>“We’re …

The Chart That Shows Why Independence Could Have Been A Disaster For Scotland

This chart shows why demographers at least will be breathing much easier after Scottish voters rejected independence in the referendum on Thursday. It demonstrates the remarkable fact that over the past century the population of Scotland has barely growth, hovering at around 5 million from 1920 to …

Demographics