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A massive object devastated Uranus a long time ago and it never fully recovered

Our Solar System is a pretty calm place these days, all things considered, but that wasn’t always the case. In the period when the planets were still …

Astronomy

Bye, black holes: white holes are even weirder

If there is a phenomenon out there that is actually more bizarre than black holes, it has to be white holes. Black holes can’t say that they might be …

Without Our Eyebrows, Humans Could Have Died Out Just Like Neanderthals

Thank you, evolution!<p>We all have them, but what are eyebrows actually for? While eyebrows help to prevent debris, sweat, and water from falling into …

Humanity

Alien star streaked through our solar system and jostled its contents, scientists say

Some 70,000 years ago, when humans and Neanderthals shared the planet, an alien star streaked through the outer edges of our solar system and jostled …

What you need to know as NASA announces ‘giant accelerated leap’ forward in search for another Earth

NASA and a Belgian-led research team announced a major discovery Wednesday that’s being dubbed “a giant accelerated leap forward in the search for …

The travel industry offers its solutions to long TSA lines

With a new president taking office in January, the trade group for the nation's travel industry wants to offer its ideas for fixing the biggest annoyance for air travelers: the airport screening process.<p>The U.S. Travel Assn. says its suggestions will help speed up the airport security lines and …

Scientists show how we start stereotyping the moment we see a face

Scientists have known for a while that stereotypes warp our perceptions of things. Implicit biases — those unconscious assumptions that worm their way into our brains, without our full awareness and sometimes against our better judgment — can influence grading choices from teachers, split-second …

This Is the Cheapest Time of Day to Book a Flight

(And here's the most expensive time.)<p>It’s popular advice we’ve all read on one site or another: Book early in the morning for the cheapest flights! …

Flying

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

The Origins Of Saturn's Massive Superstorms Solved

Earth's hurricanes are puny by comparison<p>Storms here on Earth might be devastating events that can last for days and bring cities to their knees, but that's nothing compared to Saturn's storms. Massive thunderstorms complete with lightning and high winds can cover an area roughly the same size as …

Where Did That Giant Russian Fireball Come From?

Blast traced to a nearby asteroid<p>Scientists have pinpointed the origins of the meteorite, Annama, that streaked across the Russian sky last April in a beautiful fireball. The path the meteorite took to earth strongly resembles that of a large asteroid, 2014 UR116, which is over 1,300 feet in …

'Call Of Duty: Black Ops III' Revealed In #BackInBlack Teaser

Treyarch and Activision have revealed this year’s <i>Call of Duty</i> will be <i>Black Ops III.</i><p>Earlier this week a viral snapchat video hinted at a possible return to either <i>Black Ops</i> or <i>World at War</i>. I was rooting for the latter, but I’m happy enough with rounding out the <i>Black Ops</i> trilogy. <i>Black Ops II</i> remains …

3 Ways To Make A Star On Earth

Fusion: It's a blast!<p>Last fall, Lockheed Martin divulged a new fusion reactor design--one it claimed could power homes and cars in a decade. The wildly optimistic claim is reminiscent of that old trope: Fusion is just 10 years away ... and always will be. Still, experiments suggest we’re getting …

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say<p>A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have …

Global Warming

Spider-Man is joining Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Sony and Marvel confirm

Spider-Man is coming to Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today, meaning the web-slinger will make an appearance in an upcoming Marvel film to rub elbows with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor.<p>The deal is a confirmation of long-burning rumors that …

Comics

NFL season ends with a form of cosmic 'justice,' but what lies ahead?

Once they can finally stomach going back and looking at Super Bowl XLIX, the despondent Seattle Seahawks might take a bit of comfort in this:<p>Their loss to New England was written in the stars.<p>Turns out, the NFC side of the postseason consisted of one team ripping the heart out of another, then …

NFL

Classic video games make the best NBA logos

The designer behind pop culture adaptations of sports logos — Star Wars baseball teams, for example — now drops some NBA logos modeled on great video game franchises. Ladies and gentlemen, preeeee-senting your Chicago Bowsers!<p>This is the work of Mark Kenny, known online as AK47 Studios. (Not the …

Mass Death of Seabirds in Western U.S. Is 'Unprecedented'

Why are so many auklets, from California to Canada, starving?<p>In the storm debris littering a Washington State shoreline, Bonnie Wood saw something grisly: the mangled bodies of dozens of scraggly young seabirds.<p>Walking half a mile along the beach at Twin Harbors State Park on Wednesday, Wood …

What Every Country in the European Union Is Best At

By: Kate Peregrina<p><i>Credit: All images by Thrillist/Jennifer Bui</i><p>The European Union has 28 member countries, and much like snowflakes, they're all special in their own way. You already know what each country is worst at. Well, every country excels at something, too -- and to that end, we found one …

Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Normally, we wouldn't call something a living fossil. But the name seems tailor-made for the frilled shark, whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.<p>In the most …

10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life

Hoverboards aside, 10 technologies debuted to save energy—and the planet.<p><b>From a new kind of light bulb to a carbon-removing power plant, a dazzling array of new technologies debuted this year that promise to save energy and help fight global warming.</b><p>They're not just gee-whiz hoverboards—levitating …

When Will We Have an Exascale Supercomputer?

The global race to build more powerful supercomputers is focusedon the next big milestone: a supercomputer capable of performing 1 million trillion …

Quantum Computing

Stunning images taken on Nasa Cassini spacecraft's mission to Saturn

Redmayne and Cumberbatch have made science cool for school

The world of mouldy lab coats and asbestos bunsen burner mats has become the stuff of huge audiences, red carpet premieres and screaming fans<p>This year has seen mainstream films celebrating the achievements of, first, the mathematician Alan Turing and, now, Professor Stephen Hawking. And when, in …

Astronomers Spy Monster Star Merger on the Move

A coming collision could let astronomers peek at the birth of a jumbo star.<p>Twin monster stars are merging, astronomers report, in a confirmation of a long-held theory on how supermassive stars are born.<p>A Spanish astronomy team reports the eclipsing binary star system, known as MY Camelopardalis (MY …

Coming In 2015: The First Spacecraft Encounter With Pluto

What's on the horizon for the New Horizons spacecraft<p>On Saturday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft awoke from a very long slumber. The space probe – which has been traveling for nearly nine years and has traversed 3 billion miles of space – has spent much of its life in “hibernation” in order to …

The Smash Bros. Wii U GameCube adapter just became much more interesting

Nintendo has released an adapter that allows existing GameCube controllers to run on the Wii U. This was a hot item, as the GameCube controller is a nearly perfect fit for the action of <i>Smash Bros.</i>, and it sold out quickly.<p>Michael Lelli is a software engineer who dabbles in homebrew and emulator …

This Scientist Opened A New Era In Astronomy

When Francis Halzen wanted to study neutrinos — tiny, subatomic particles that fly through just about everything including you and me — he conceived of something colossal.<p>"Our idea was to use a block of ice, a kilometer in size, that is a mile deep under the geographic South Pole," Halzen, who is a …