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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 …

There are just five northern white rhinos left in the world

Male northern white rhino dies of old age in San Diego, pushing the animal one step closer to extinction<p>A northern white rhinoceros has died at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, leaving just five of the animals in the world. The 44-year-old male rhino, named Angalifu, apparently died of old age …

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

Maps

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

Habitats

Come to know the Pleiades, or 7 Sisters

Tonight, look for the tiny, misty dipper of stars known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. The image at top – from Krishnan Subramanian near Mumbai, …

Burning questions about winter cold

As the rest of Earth warms, debate continues on what’s causing the mid-latitude chill.<p>By Bob Henson, NCAR/UCAR AtmosNews<p>Old Man Winter seems to have …

Global Warming

Today in science: Edwin Hubble and the expanding universe

Learn why the Hubble Space Telescope is named for this astronomer.<p><b>November 20, 1889.</b> Happy birthday, Edwin Hubble! The Hubble Space Telescope is …

What is lake-effect snow?

Podcast and 2011 interview with Tom Niziol, a longtime meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, New York, about …

Sky Bear comes to Earth in November

Tonight … a constellation you might or might not see, depending on your latitude. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Big Dipper is probably the sky’s …

Astronomy

Why a halo around the sun or moon?

A large ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a 22-degree halo by scientists.<p>We get many messages throughout each year from people …

Ten things you might not know about space

Ten oddities and misconceptions about space that you may — or may not — have heard before.<p>Astronomy provides a fascinating and even downright …

Universe

Use Big Dipper to find star Capella

Tonight – or any autumn or winter evening – if you can see the Big Dipper, use its famous <i>pointer stars</i> (which point to Polaris, the North Star) to …

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

Dolby Atmos

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man... THE UNIVERSE.

Universe

4 'iWatch' alternatives Apple could unveil on Sept. 9

Apple may show off a wearable device at its September iPhone event. But don't call it an iWatch just yet. Here's what else Apple watchers say the company could be cooking up.<p>If the rumors are true, Apple may unveil a wearable device along with its new iPhone at an event on Sept. 9.<p>But will that …

Wearable Tech

The Information: Nexus phablet is happening, Android Silver's future uncertain

Over the weekend we reported on a new rumor claiming that the next Nexus handset would not only be built by Motorola, it would be a massive 5.9-inch device with the codename Shamu. Lending a little extra weight to the rumor, <i>the Information</i> says that they have now verified with “three people with …

Android News