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Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Charles Townes, a physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his part in the invention of the laser died Tuesday at 99.<p>Townes is best remembered for thinking up the basic principles of the laser while sitting on a park bench. Later in life he advised the U.S. government and helped uncover the secrets of …

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

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Mind-boggling Fermi Bubbles probed via quasar light

Among other discoveries, a team of astronomers found that the core of our Milky Way galaxy drives a wind at 2 million miles per hour.<p>There’s news …

New sharpest-ever view of Andromeda galaxy

The image has a staggering 1.5 billion pixels, so you’d need 600 HD television screens to display it. A piece of the image, and links to a zoomable …

Cosmology

Rosetta all set for historic but hazardous landing on a comet

The moment has finally come. Six billion kilometres and 10 years into its mission, on Wednesday a spacecraft will attempt to place a lander on a speeding comet for the first time in history.<p>The European Space Agency’s £1bn Rosetta probe caught up with comet 67P in August and began flying around the …

The Ralph Steadman Breaking Bad Blu-ray Covers Are Amazing

Perfection, of course<p><b>Ralph Steadman,</b> the gonzo illustrator who so perfectly brought Hunter S. Thompson's wild exploits to life all while etching in our brains his expansive, chaotic ink-blot splatter style, has teamed up with <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s Vince Gilligan to create the covers for forthcoming …

Overlook: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop | Colossal

<p>After two years of preparation and meticulous carving, “Overlook” is an upcoming woodcut print from the minds and hands of Paul Roden and Valerie …

...And Then There's the MotoArt Way to Recycle Airplanes

Boeing may have transformed their derailed 737s into scrap-metal cubes, but if that accident had happened closer to California, perhaps the outcome …

21 Buildings You Need To See In Your Lifetime

We've come a long way since then — creating temples to our gods, houses for our operas, and museums for our art that rival nature's beauty.<p>Here are 21 buildings you need to see before you kick the bucket.

A Google Chrome Experiment Visualizes The 36-Year Journey Of A Spacecraft

A Google Creative Lab project explains the life of NASA’s ISEE-3.<p>In 1978, NASA launched the ISEE-3, a spacecraft designed to study the Earth’s magnetic field and its interactions with solar wind. It would later become the first spacecraft visit a comet. NASA decomissioned the spacecraft in 1997, …

Endless Skyscraper Proposes a Vertical City in a Single Structure

The skyscrapers of the future aren't going to just be buildings, but will function as vertical cities. That's according to SURE Architecture, at least. <i>Endless City</i> is a fascinating proposal that transforms the skyscraper into an upright ecosystem. It's a mixed-use tower that is wrapped in huge …