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Robin Williams: his 50 funniest quotes

Robin Williams

The Curse of the Celebrity Nanny

A new report says Gwen Stefani’s marriage to Gavin Rossdale ended because of his multi-year affair with their babysitter. Has the celebrity nanny …

A 300 Year Old Mystery Solved: Why Saturn's Moon Iapetus Is Half-Light, Half-Dark

In 1671, the famed astronomer Giovanni Cassini was observing Saturn when he found a new, faint moon orbiting it along its western side. As he attempted to follow its orbit, however, he found something incredibly unusual: the moon was completely invisible when it ought to have been along Saturn’s …

Astronomy

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working off four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers from Nasa, the Seti Institute and several universities announced the …

Astronomy

Why 'Earth 2.0' is actually nothing like Earth

Nasa's discovery of Kepler-452b, a planet orbiting around a distant star in deep space, has predictably caused waves of excitement on the internet, …

Watch: What our solar system would look like when traveling at the speed of light

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>This past week, NASA announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet yet. NASA described the planet, Kepler-452b, and its respective sun as the pair that “most closely resemble the Earth and our Sun.” The planet is five times the mass of Earth, but its orbit is …

Astronomy

Einstein: His Space and Times by Steven Gimbel, review: 'a complex nut'

From fathering a secret daughter to declining the presidency of Israel, Albert Einstein lived a life of mystery, argues Nicholas Shakespeare<p>In 1905, a young patent clerk in his office in Bern wrote a paper that overturned the study of physics. Working one day, Albert Einstein – a scientific nobody …

Physics

Here's the only way to destroy a black hole

I've suggested a bunch of crazy ideas, like blasting it with rockets, shooting lasers at it, smashing planets into it. Nothing would work, everything would just make it bigger and angrier.<p>Turns out the only way to defeat a black hole is to sit on your hands and wait for it to evaporate. That's not …

Physics

Bugs Bunny at 75: Watch the First-Ever 'What's Up, Doc?' Moment

Pie<p>The "pye"—as it used to be spelled—is a venerable dish, which can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome. But those pastry-based …

NASA photos of Earth: Comparing the planet 1972 to 2015

The 1972 "Blue Marble" photo of Earth offered a previously unseen view of the world: A single image of the planet lit by the sun. In an instant, the image became iconic.<p>Since that time, many satellite photos of Earth have been taken in different ways and from different views. Usually, because the …

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician

On a late September day in 1956, John Horton Conway left home with a trunk on his back. He was a skinny 18-year-old, with long, unkempt hair – a sort of proto-hippie – and although he generally preferred to go barefoot, on this occasion he wore strappy Jesus sandals. He travelled by steam train …

Mathematics