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Orion the Hunter and the Milky Way

Tonight – or any December evening – find the famous constellations Orion the Hunter, and see the Milky Way running behind it. Orion is bright and can …

Astronomy

Your science questions answered

<b>Why is it that leaves have so many different shapes?</b> asks Dieter<p>Despite their many shapes, leaves have certain things in common. "Leaves need to be much longer and wider than they are thick to intercept light for photosynthesis and allow gaseous exchange without losing too much water," says Dr …

Experimental camera captures 3D images in near-total darkness

It's one of the most basic rules of photography: to get a picture, you need light. But a new MIT project has built a camera that flies in the face of that logic. The project's new stealth camera can assemble 3D images from one photon at a time, working in near-total darkness. In the images above, …

Bottle rockets: water could propel tiny satellites of the future into deep space

A new fundraising campaign looks to thrust CubeSats beyond Earth's orbit<p>Since the CubeSat specification was developed in 1999 by Stanford and California Polytechnic, low-cost satellites have become a reality for academic institutions and companies around the world. Their standardized dimensions and …

The 7 Longest Messages Sent into Space

We might be alone in the universe. But just in case we’re not, we’ve collectively decided that every once in a while, we need to take the time to …

Barnes & Noble

Buy Books and Never Read Them? There's a Japanese Word for That

<b>By Kevin Fleming</b><p>Whether you're deciphering a cryptic state seal or trying to impress your Catholic in-laws, knowing some Latin has its advantages. …

NES

10 Outrageous Facts About Sacha Baron Cohen

Killing off a popular TV character is a surefire way to get your show noticed. Of course, there are characters who are killed temporarily, with every …

TV

Top 20 things scientists need to know about policy-making

When scientists moan about how little politicians know about science, I usually get annoyed. Such grouching is almost always counterproductive and more often than not betrays how little scientists know about the UK's governance structures, processes, culture and history.<p>So when the Guardian …

A Family Built This Museum-Quality Curiosity Rover

You can barely tell the difference between it and the real thing.<p>When Camille Beatty was 10 years old, she dismantled a TV remote and handed the parts to her surprised father, Robert. Next came a string of questions about the circuitry. “I got to a point in my life where electronics seemed magical, …

Remote Controls

A Death at Tough Mudder

THE WIND WAS BLOWING hard at noon on Saturday, April 20, when Avishek Sengupta and his five teammates gathered near the starting corral of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder. Part of a throng of more than 13,000 obstacle racers who would hit the course in staggered waves that weekend, they sang the …

A New Camera Angle Shows Steelers Coach Creeping Toward The Field To Illegally Prevent A Touchdown

The footage comes from KDKA in Pittsburgh, which had a camera in the end zone during the play.<p>Tomlin takes a large lateral step toward the field as Jones is making his way up the sideline, holds his ground, and then scurries out of the way at the last second.<p>The video (stick around for the replays):<p>…

Football (U.S.)

Self-Sustaining Space Suit in Works

Researchers say a next-generation space suit could monitor astronauts' health and use their body heat to power electronics.<p>Developed at Kansas State University, the space suit would incorporate biosensor technology to keep track of astronauts' vitals, such as breathing rate and muscle activity.<p>The …

50 Photos Captured at the Perfect Moment

One of the beauties of photography is that it can capture and preserve split-second moments that would normally be lost to the human eye. The …

Star Wars’ First Instagram Is a Darth Vader Selfie

For its first Instagram post on Monday afternoon, the Star Wars franchise joined the dark side, posting a picture of Darth Vader taking a selfie on …