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Denver man imprisoned 28 years to be freed after bond posted

DENVER (AP) — A judge on Tuesday cleared the way for the release of a man who has spent 28 years behind bars for a rape he says he did not commit, …

Computing with time travel

Why send a message back in time, but lock it so that no one can ever read the contents? Because it may be the key to solving currently intractable …

Physicists find clue to formation of magnetic fields around stars and galaxies

An enduring astronomical mystery is how stars and galaxies acquire their magnetic fields. Physicists Jonathan Squire and Amitava Bhattacharjee at the …

The “awww!” response to cuteness isn’t just biological, it’s philosophical

Cute kittens and cuddly toys aren’t the highest form of aestheticism, but one Stanford professor, Sianne Ngai, believes “cuteness” is a concept worth studying. And so Ngai, a professor in literary and cultural theory, has developed a philosophical argument about what counts as cute.<p>Cuteness has …

Cute

Driving Fifty Years of Classic Mazda Rotary Power

In the early 1960s, Mazda was facing a crisis. The Japanese government, seeking to mold its nascent automotive industry into a powerful global force, …

Vintage 1954 Photographs Reveal a Quirky Underwater Wedding

If you've ever wondered what a synchronized swimmer and underwater clown's wedding would look like, you're about to find out. In an unusual series of photos from 1954, this water-loving couple decided to say "I do" in an underwater ceremony filled with fish. To prepare for the momentous occasion, …

Weddings

This Unobtrusive Arm Band Will Let You Feel Virtual Reality

The UnlimitedHand adds a new dimension to the VR experience.<p>Virtual reality is getting more immersive and stimulating by the day, but if you try to feel something in VR, your hand will just pass right through the air. A new Japanese startup wants to change that with a VR armband that tricks your …

Elegant Illustrations of Animals Made with Graceful Lines and Lively Colors

Graphic designer Andrea Minini is adept at transforming clean, curving lines into elegant creatures. Through his vector illustrations, the artist conveys striking portraits of animals who are represented by sleek, flowing curves and thoughtful shadowing. “What I love in graphic design is speed: …

How the brain encodes time and place

When you remember a particular experience, that memory has three critical elements — what, when, and where. MIT neuroscientists have now identified a …

Here are 5 things you may regret at the end of your life, from a nurse who works with the dying.

You might think watching people die would depress a person. It actually taught her how to live.<p>Bronnie Ware spent years as a palliative care nurse, …

What is a supermoon lunar eclipse?

On September 27, the moon will enter a phase called the supermoon lunar eclipse - find out what it means with this animation<p>Nasa has released a video to explain an upcoming cosmic display that has only happened four times in the last century.<p>On September 27 2015 the moon will enter a phase called …

Lost Weather Balloon GoPro Found Two Years Later with Astounding Shots of Earth from Space

Back in June 2013, five friends in Arizona decided to capture some footage of space by sending a GoPro, camcorder, and phone up in a weather balloon. The team—consisting of college students Bryan Chan, Ved Chirayath, Ashish Goel, Paul Tarantino, and Tyler Reid—built their device, calculated its …

Grand Canyon

How Many of These Seven Iconic Cameras Do You Know About?

Photography has been around quite a while now and whilst there have been thousands of makes and models of camera, few ever reach the status of …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Physics

Pictures of the Week 9.3.15

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Mesmerizing Macro Photos of Cats' Eyes by Andrew Marttila

Philadelphia-based photographer and self-described “crazy cat man” Andrew Marttila specializes in capturing beautifully expressive portraits of adorable felines. His latest work includes a series of macro shots that zoom in on cats' eyes, showing every minute detail of the creature's colorful iris …

Cats

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

FDA Approves Controversial 'Little Pink Pill' But With Restrictions

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pill that aims to increase a woman’s desire for sex — a controversial decision made only after an extended lobbying campaign by the drug’s makers.<p>But the agency’s imposed an unusual number of restrictions on who can prescribe the drug and how they can …

Stan Lee: Spider-Man should stay white and straight

Film,Marvel,Culture,Comics and graphic novels,Books,Superhero movies,Spider-Man,The Amazing Spider-Man,The Amazing Spider-Man 2,Spider-Man 3<p>Comic book icon backs endeavour to create more gay superheroes but says he agrees with Sony’s decision to keep web-slinger’s ethnicity and sexuality …

Comics

30 Must Have Gadgets For Off Grid Living.

Collection of 'Must Have Gadgets For Off Grid Living' from all over the world.<p><b>JAQrecharger</b>: It is an off-grid recharger that uses water and salt to …

US confirms it will place 250 tanks in eastern Europe to counter Russian threat

Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland will host equipment, says Ash Carter, the US defence secretary<p>The United States will place 250 tanks, artillery pieces and fighting vehicles in seven eastern European countries as a bulwark against Russian aggression, it was confirmed on …

The only actor from 'Jurassic Park' to star in 'Jurassic World' was skeptical to return

As Dr. Henry Wu in "Jurassic Park," the chief engineer responsible for the recreation of the dinosaurs in the park, there was never any resolution to what happened to the character.<p>Did he get eaten by his creations once the park lost power and roamed free? Did he make it on one of the last boats …

Area 51 and extra-terrestrial life both exist, says head of Nasa

Extra-terrestrial life does exist, the head of Nasa has confirmed, but said aliens were not hidden in Area 51.<p>Nasa Administrator Major Charles Bolden told British schoolchildren that he was confident that scientists would find life outside of Earth because there were so many planets that are …

China might be building vast database of federal worker info, experts say

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The massive hack that may have stolen the personal information of four million federal employees appears designed to build a vast database in what could be preparation for future attacks by China against the U.S., cybersecurity experts advising the government told CNN Friday …

Personal Information

Facebook Now a Place for Prisoners, Too

Civil rights advocates lobbied Facebook to stop automatically deleting all profiles of current American prisoners, The Daily Beast has learned.<p>One …

The Ghosts of Laprak

How life in a small mountainous village was turned upside down by Nepal’s deadly earthquake — loved ones lost, homes destroyed. BuzzFeed News’ Anup Kaphle brings the first in-depth report from Laprak, near the quake’s epicenter.<p>LAPRAK, Nepal — It was a quiet Saturday in Laprak. With the village’s …