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NASA’s Kepler spacecraft enters emergency mode 75 million miles from Earth

That's not good news<p>NASA engineers have declared a mission emergency for the agency's planet-hunting spacecraft Kepler, which has somehow switched into emergency mode. NASA just found out about the anomaly a day and a half ago, right before the agency tried to maneuver the spacecraft to point at …

Astronomy

Wintergatan - Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles)

Astronomers discovered four new giant exoplanets that could help solve a deep cosmic mystery

An international team of astronomers set out to answer one of these unknowns:<p><b>What are the more favorable characteristics that stars need to have for the formation of giant planets?</b><p>In doing so, they have discovered four new exoplanets orbiting four different stars more massive than the Sun.<p>The team …

Universe

Mars Had a Volcanic Blowup So Huge That It Tilted the Whole Planet

Space is so metal.<p>Earth has had some whoppers of volcanic explosions in the past, including one that may have been half of the one-two punch that led to the extinction of dinosaurs. But Mars can easily blow any of that away. It once had a volcanic eruption so huge, that it tilted the entire face of …

How to download and print NASA’s 14 brilliant travel posters at home

What if outer space tourism were possible? The travel posters might look something like this. For its Visions of the Future project, NASA’s Jet …

Posters

The first discovery of 2 colliding black holes just fundamentally changed our perception of the universe

On Thursday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, made up of more than 1,000 scientists worldwide, publicly released results that had been secretly circulating among the scientific community for the past few weeks: the first detection of a phenomenon called …

Physics

A physicist has a new explanation for why time moves forward, not backward

There are a lot of hypotheses for why this is the case, but it's long been assumed that this one-way direction of time is a fundamental part of nature.<p>But new research by Joan Vaccaro from Griffith University in Australia suggests that this might not actually be the case, and there might be …

Physics

Wake up early to see 5 planets align for the first time since 2005

Early morning risers will be treated to a celestial surprise for the next couple weeks, weather permitting.<p>Starting on Jan. 20, five bright planets — …

This crazy Image reveals what one of Jupiter's moons looks like compared to Earth

The picture above is of the fourth largest moon in the solar system, Io, placed on top of North America for scale. Io is the closest moon to Jupiter and is one of the most inhospitable places imaginable. Earth's moon, by comparison, is the fifth-largest moon and is nearly the same size as Io. …

Astronomy

Here's How Your Dog Really Feels About You, According To Science

Image: Yaisin Bulut via Getty Images<p>Let’s talk about puppy love. Not youthful romance, but the love between a person and his or her pooch. As every dog lover knows, canine companions make for some of the best friends we could wish for. They play with us, cuddle with us, listen to us and make us …

TNW’s Apps of the Year: Shazam for birds Warblr lets you take part in citizen science

<i>In our</i> <i>Apps of the Year</i> <i>series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for our favorite apps of 2015.</i><p>Birds see the world from on high. It’s a pretty magical angle, and yet we barely notice they exist, let alone know how to tell most of them apart.<p>Warblr launched on iOS in August this year …

5 Android Productivity Apps to Help You in 2016

New year, new you? The power to supercharge your 2016 is already in your hands! These apps will make you a force to be reckoned with come January, so invest some time to make sure you're ready to hit the ground running.<p><b>SwiftKey</b><p>SwiftKey is a free app which is probably the best third party keyboard …

Apps

New Year's Eve is your only chance to catch this beautiful comet in your lifetime — here's how to spot it

The visitor is the comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina); most people are just calling it Comet Catalina (the official name has a bit more complicated nomenclature). There are a couple of <i>very</i> cool things about this comet you should know about, but before I get to that part let me tell you how to see …

Astronomy

Lego created super-padded slippers to prevent brick-induced injuries

Lifting your foot you see a tiny red brick stuck to the bottom: a present from Satan himself.<p>Suffer no more, now that Lego has unveiled the newest accessory in its popular line of buildable bricks and minifig characters: Lego slippers that have extra padding to protect feet from tiny bricks.<p>The sad …

CITE: The $1 billion city with no residents - CNN Style

Written by Kieron Monks, CNN<p>In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand.<p>Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat …

Your Microbe Aura Could Be as Distinctive as Your Fingerprint

A new study looks at the unique collection of bacteria that hangs in the air around each of our bodies.<p>In a story for <i>National Geographic</i> last year, my colleague Ed Yong described the way that each movement propels bacteria from the body into the world:<p>I touch the desk, the light switch, the coffee …

Microbiology

Xi Jinping: China is ready to address cybercrime

President Xi Jinping said that China is ready to open a "high-level" dialogue with the U.S. to fight cybercrime, while insisting that his government has never engaged in hacking.<p>"Commercial cybertheft and hacking against government networks are crimes that must be punished in accordance with the …

Ethical Ad Blocker ensures you never see an ad — or an ad-supported website

'Everybody wins'<p>A new ad-blocking tool out today ensures that everyone can consume their favorite content while remaining on solid moral footing. The Ethical Ad Blocker Chrome extension, developed by internet artist Darius Kazemi, will block any webpage that contains ads, replacing it with a crude …

Galaxy S6 vs. S6 Edge vs. Edge+ vs. Note 5: Which new Samsung smartphone should you buy?

S6, Edge, Note 5, Edge+.<p>If you're hemming and hawing over which of Samsung's <i>four</i> new and newish Galaxy superphones to order, let me help break down the major differences so you can decide which one (if any) is right for your pocket.<p>First things first. I reviewed both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in …

How to become an awesome designer in 365 days

One of the old sayings that motivate me is “practice makes perfect”. Proverbs can be a bit of a cliché, but in some cases they can be true. I am a workaholic by nature, which obviously has its good and bad sides. One of the good sides is that I can’t stand still, and just do nothing all day long. …

Motivation

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

Ant-Man review: Hank Pym is a jerk | Polygon

While it's got its laughs, Ant-Man is often not as funny as it needs to be or as serious as it needs to be<p>The narrative sets up a superlatively capable female character only to pass her over for a less experienced male lead

Why you should never buy an iPod ever again

Today’s iPod refresh came as an odd surprise to some and maybe even a long-awaited update to others. Now that the iPod line is finally up-to-date after being dormant for a few years, you might even be considering buying one.<p>Regardless of how you feel, do yourself a favor: Don’t buy one.<p>Yes, Apple …

Apple Music

Windows 10's final build number is delightfully clever

Microsoft has always tried to pick special numbers with meaning for the release to manufacturing of most major versions of Windows. Windows 95 used 4.00.950, Windows 98 used 4.10.1998, Windows Vista rounded off to 6.0.6000, and Windows XP settled on 5.1.2600 (a reference to the hacker magazine). …

Why Sony Thinks PlayStation Now Is So Important

Streaming services like PlayStation Now could be a big boon for publishers, helping them accumulate extra revenue from back catalog games long after release. That's according to Sony's Jack Buser, who told A List Daily, Buser said video games still have a ways to go to catch up to movies and music …

Gaming

Serif's Image Editing App 'Affinity Photo' Launches for Mac

Professional image editing app Affinity Photo, created by the same team that's behind the award-winning Affinity Designer app, is today launching in the Mac App Store. Affinity Photo is designed to allow photographers to enhance, edit, and retouch images and is the culmination of five years of work.<p>…

3 Reasons Why Women In Tech Are On The Rise

It’s clear to anyone working in the startup or tech world that women remain the minority in technical or founder roles. A recent report conducted by …

Venture Capital

Quiz: how well do you know your Silicon Valley lingo?

There is more to mastering tech jargon than understanding archaic terms like USB and HTML.<p>The flourishing startup culture in the US and Europe has …

How to see anticrepuscular rays

To catch a glimpse of elusive anticrepuscular rays: Next time you see crepuscular rays – sunrays – at sunrise or sunset, turn around.<p>We’ve all seen …