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NASA releases new pictures of Jupiter

Beneath its heavy cloud cover, Jupiter has been able to keep its secrets from astronomers. Now, first results from NASA's Juno mission are challenging researchers' beliefs about the gas giant.

Astronomy

A physicist answers the grandest question of all: Why are we here?

Physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, a contributor to the "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge," explains how the small differences in theories about space and time might explain why life just happened to happen.<p>Below is a transcript of the video:<p><i>Perhaps the most fundamental philosophical question that you</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

This guy took a Facebook project people hated, made them love it ... and catapulted into an incredible career

The purchase seems almost quaint now, when the Valley is overrun with billion-dollar startups, but it blew the minds of Silicon Valley at the time.<p>It was also the turning point in the career for one early Facebook employee, Pete Hunt.<p>Today Hunt is the cofounding CEO of a security startup called …

Startups

Activity holidays for single-parent families

Five thrill-seeking holidays for single-parent families, offering watersports, bike rides – and endangered turtles<p>Acorn Adventure specialises in active camping holidays for families in Wales, France, Italy and Spain. Accommodation is in tented “villages”, which are already set up, and all …

Google Home UK review: For all its potential, still mostly an early adopter gadget

At the risk of stating the obvious, the home is a tough space to break into. Everyone's home is set out differently, and we're all looking for …

How to photograph the night sky like a pro

Gear up and look up<p>It’s a familiar story for those of a certain generation: As a kid growing up in the 1960s, Roger N. Clark was inspired by the NASA space program. By the time he was in junior high, he built his own reflecting telescope (grinding the primary mirror himself, no less). Clark pursued …

Carbon Fiber

Xiaomi Unveils $360 Mi 6 Phone With Dual-Lens Camera, 'Four-Sided 3D Glass' Casing, No Headphone Jack

Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 6, its latest flagship smartphone, at a packed-out event in Beijing on Wednesday.<p>The Mi 5's successor features curved "four-sided 3D glass" and a front that isn't bezel-free like the company's Mi MIX, but the phone does boast a lot of tech for a device …

The CEO of This $3.7 Billion Startup Allegedly Fired Employees Right Before Their Stock Options Vested

New reports suggests that Tanium's Orion Hindawi fostered a hostile culture at his security startup.<p>Employees at a highly valued Silicon Valley startup are saying that the company has a brutish CEO who humiliated them and allegedly fired people right before their stock options vested, according to …

7 of the World's Most Fearsome Active Volcanoes

From spectacular eruptions, to quiet brooding power, not all volcanoes are the same.<p>The term "active volcano" can mean a lot of different things . Sometimes the hot magma under the surface remains in a constant state of stewing, blowing steam into the sky as a reminder of what rests beneath. Other …

Putin’s ex-wife returns to the spotlight with a dashing young husband and a fancy French villa

Lyudmila Putin was the wife of Vladimir Putin for three decades. They met in Leningrad, married in 1983 and moved to East Germany, where her husband was a KGB spy. When the Iron Curtain crumbled, they returned to Russia, where Vladimir Putin began his remarkable journey to becoming the most …

Italy's sleeping beauty: 400-year-old castle near Venice brought back to life

Close to Padua and less than an hour’s train ride from Venice, Castello del Catajo is an enormous newly-restored medieval fantasy with, so far, few foreign visitors<p>It’s amazing, given the millions who flock into Venice, that hardly any tourists venture beyond the lagoon. Just 50km from la …

Italy

Melanie Griffith opens up about plastic surgery regrets: 'Hopefully, I look more normal now'

It's highly unusual for celebrities to open up about their plastic surgery regrets, let alone previous addiction problems and the circumstances of their high-profile divorces, but actress Melanie Griffith has unveiled a triple whammy of personal revelations in her new interview with Porter Magazine.<p>…

One Stellar Watch

Inspired by cosmology, the UNIVERSE concept watch is unrivaled in depth and beauty. Both components that make the watch work and those crafted to …

JK Rowling reveals what she wishes she'd been told when she was writing Harry Potter

JK Rowling has shared some writing advice that she says she could have used while she was working on the <i>Harry Potter</i> series in the 90s.<p>The author …

These two Alexa-enabled smart thermostats cost way less than Google’s Nest

Remember how exciting it was when the first Nest Learning Thermostat came out? Holy moly it can adjust your temperature automatically based on your …

Take 1 Look at This INSANE Photo of the Moon, and You'll See Why It's Going Viral

Every time we get a different view of space, we're simply left in awe of its mesmerizing natural beauty. One photo of the moon in particular is no exception to that, as it has just started sweeping the internet and taking our breath away in the process.<p>The image features a view of an almost …

Johnson Space Center

Great escape: 10 last-minute Easter breaks for families that won't break the bank

Easter is one of the best times for a family holiday. The break from school is long, we’re all starved for sun and action after a long winter, and prices are lower than in the peak summer season.<p>If you’re currently in a panic over how to entertain the children next week, consider one of these short …

'We've left junk everywhere': why space pollution could be humanity's next big problem

With satellites under threat from collisions, a former lieutenant is now focused on technology that can remove space debris<p>Jason Held rekindled his love for space while lying in a ditch in Bosnia in 1996, where he was one of 16,500 US troops deployed on a peacekeeping mission at the end of the …

Photographer captures 130 beautiful images of redheaded women

Berlin-based photographer Brian Dowling has spent the past three years photographing redheaded women around the world for his project "Redhead Beauty."<p>He's now announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to create a book of the same name collecting the photos. Discussing the project, Dowling …

See our solar system like you've never seen it before

Book Excerpt: Otherworlds<p><i>The following is an excerpt from Otherworlds by Michael Benson.</i><p><i>Editors note: to see all of the incredible, otherworldly details in these photos, click on the arrows at the top right of each image to enlarge.</i><p><i>Excerpted from Otherworlds by Michael Benson, published by Abrams</i> …

Astronomy

'Ancient Earth' series brings rare and wonderful dinosaurs back to life

Sure, we all know about the T. rex and stegosaurus. But what about those beaked herbivores that looked like dachshunds and waddled across Pangea? Or …

What Happens When an Architect Transforms a Cement Factory Into a Studio

An industrial complex becomes an architectural marvel.<p>Outside of Barcelona sits a former cement factory that has been transformed into a striking …

Architecture

Meet Volkswagen's new sports car for everyday life

The stylish four-door combines the space and practicality of a family car with the aggressive looks of a sports car.<p>"The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback," Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff said in a statement. "It's an …

Volkswagen

Nasa's free software tools give space nerds a glimpse into exploring the universe

IBTimes UK lists the coolest of Nasa's now freely available software.<p>Nasa has just made a whole slew of its software freely available to the public …

Furore in Italy over plan to renovate lighthouse that shone in honour of Mussolini

A plan to renovate a lighthouse which once shone in honour of Benito Mussolini has caused a furore in Italy, with opponents saying it insults the memory of the victims of Fascism.<p>The lighthouse sits on top of a 1,000-year-old castle which “Il Duce” used as his summer residence during his 20 years …

Italy

Samsung Galaxy S8: UK release date, price, specs and rumours

The next generation of Samsung's flagship smartphone, called the Samsung Galaxy S8, is due for release in the coming months.<p>Samsung will be hoping to regain consumer trust after the botched release of the Note 7 phone last year with the S8. As part of its bid, it will bring some of the standout …

Guinness family puts grand Gothic estate where Michael Jackson stayed on the market for £24m

It is one of Ireland's most famous homes, used to film scenes in <i>Braveheart</i> and <i>Excalibur</i>, and which has played host to Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones.<p>Now Luggala is being sold by a descendant of the Guinness brewing family for €28m (£24m).<p>It is being sold by the honourable Garech Browne, the …

Hack knocks out a fifth of the Dark Web

The Dark Web is having a rough time right now... although the victims in this case won't earn too much sympathy. An Anonymous-linked hacker speaking to <i>Motherboard</i> brought down about a fifth of the Tor network's 'secret' websites (over 10,000 of them) in a claimed vigilante move. The intruder …

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …