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No New Star Wars Episode 7 Trailer at Comic-Con This Week - Report

This week at San Diego Comic-Con, Disney will hold a special panel for <i>Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens</i>, but don't expect to see a new trailer or clips from the upcoming film. That's according to a new report today from <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, which cites sources as saying the next official …

Strident Obama says gun control laws will change

Obama told US mayors in San Francisco that change would come one day, as he took on detractors who accused him of politicizing the deaths of nine black worshippers in South Carolina.<p>Describing gun crime as a crisis that "tears at the fabric of a community" and "costs this country dearly," Obama …

Report: Apple Aiming for 2020 Production Date for Electric Car

- Feb 20, 2015<p>Bloomberg is adding fuel to the Apple electric car rumor bonfire, as it reports today that the Cupertino company is shooting for a 2020 …

New to Nature No 135: Cycloseris boschmai

This new type of mushroom coral has been discovered among the specimens collected on a 1922 Dutch expedition<p>Dr Bert Hoeksema of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in Leiden in the Netherlands has described a beautiful new mushroom coral, the smallest discovered to date. <i>Cycloseris boschmai</i>, like many …

Bison Mummy Found Frozen In Siberia Dates Back 9,000 Years

Researchers are expressing astonishment over the mummified remains of an extinct bison discovered recently in eastern Siberia, and no wonder: the 9,300-year-old mummy has been so well preserved by the region's cold weather that its brain, heart, blood vessels, digestive system and even its fur are …

APOD: The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble (2014 Nov 09) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, HEIC, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141109.html Explanation: To some, it may look like a cat's eye. The alluring Cat's Eye nebula, however, lies three thousand light-years from Earth across interstellar space. A classic planetary nebula, the Cat's Eye (NGC 6543) represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula's dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Seen so clearly in this digitally sharpened Hubble Space Telescope image, the truly cosmic eye is over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into this Cat's Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ESA http://www.spacetelescope.org/about_us/heic/ http://heritage.stsci.edu/ http://www.stsci.edu/ http://www.aura-astronomy.org/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141109 #APOD

60 seconds with a simple but smart home monitoring device

There are already plenty of ways to keep an eye on your abode from afar, so any new home monitoring product better have a fresh approach if it wants to stand out from the competition. For start-up Form Devices, the goal wasn't to create an elaborate, connected home security system that did <i>more</i> than …

Close One! X-Class Solar Flare Causes Radio Blackouts

The sun unleashed a strong X1-class solar flare on Friday, causing a short-lived degradation in high-frequency radio communications for some parts of the world, space weather forecasters said.<p>X-class flares have the potential to disrupt satellite communication and affect electrical power grids. …

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Hubble spies the ghostly remains of a galactic horror show in space

Space can be a spooky place, if you know where to look.<p>In the image above, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures the ghostly remains of a galactic horror show that occurred billions of light years away in a group of galaxies known as Pandora's Cluster.<p>The eerie blue light that bathes this …