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The German Who Refused to Perform the Nazi Salute

You've heard the saying. "The death of one person is a tragedy. The death of ten million people is a statistic." The death toll of World War II is …

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What Your Pronunciation of These Words Tells Other People

Where do you put flowers? People are ready to infer a whole lot about you by the way you say your answer.<p>In a recent survey, over 1,000 participants …

Only the Creepiest Photos Ever Taken

Mourning is a strange thing, and different cultures deal with it in vastly different ways. But there are reasons people associate the Victorians with …

Dry heat: Hot Jupiters hold surprisingly little water, study finds

Planetary scientists searching for water on three distant exoplanets have come up dry. Scientists who trained<p>NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on three “hot Jupiters” have discovered that they have far less water vapor than previously thought.<p>The findings, published in the Astrophysical Journal …

APOD: NGC 253: Dusty Island Universe (2014 Jul 26) Image Credit & Copyright: László Francsics http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140726.html Explanation: Shiny NGC 253 is one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible, and also one of the dustiest. Some call it the Silver Dollar Galaxy for its appearance in small telescopes, or just the Sculptor Galaxy for its location within the boundaries of the southern constellation Sculptor. First swept up in 1783 by mathematician and astronomer Caroline Herschel, the dusty island universe lies a mere 10 million light-years away. About 70 thousand light-years across, NGC 253 is the largest member of the Sculptor Group of Galaxies, the nearest to our own Local Group of Galaxies. In addition to its spiral dust lanes, tendrils of dust seem to be rising from a galactic disk laced with young star clusters and star forming regions in this sharp color image. The high dust content accompanies frantic star formation, earning NGC 253 the designation of a starburst galaxy. NGC 253 is also known to be a strong source of high-energy x-rays and gamma rays, likely due to massives black hole near the galaxy's center. http://www.ptes.hu Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140726 #APOD

Keep Calm: The Truth About The Huge Solar Flare That Just Missed Earth

Last night, a friend asked me if I had written about the huge solar flare that nearly converted all of us to an Amish lifestyle. It was a story I was familiar with, but I thought it was old news. After all, the huge Coronal Mass Ejection that could have wreaked havoc on our electric grid and other …

90 per cent of human DNA does nothing at all, scientists find

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