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New Map Locates Milky Way in Neighborhood of 100,000 Galaxies

Astronomers have defined a huge group of galaxies called a supercluster, now named Laniakea, with the Milky Way on its fringes.<p>A new map of the Milky Way's cosmic neighborhood shows where our galaxy lives in relation to thousands of others nearby, with scientists giving the newly discovered …

The People Who Wouldn’t Mind if the Pacific Northwest Were Its Own Country

Last weekend I went to Cascadia Rainingman Festival to talked to Pacific Northwesterners who dream of a utopia based on environmentalism, renewable energy, and rejecting the influence of the rest of America.<p><i>GIFs by Kelton Sears</i><p>The first thing we heard when we pulled into the Finney Farm was the …

New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

A new species discovered off Australia may reshape the animal family tree.<p>A handful of strange mushroom-shaped animals discovered in the deep sea off Australia in the 1980s have finally been named by scientists. The organisms are so unique that they may rearrange the earliest branches of the animal …

Video: Philip K. Dick on our simulated reality (1977)

In this 1977 video, surrealist science fiction author Philip K. Dick suggests we are living in a computer simulation.<p>We are living in a …

NASA is building the largest rocket of all time for a 2018 launch

<i>Artist's rendering of NASA's Space Launch System (credit: NASA/MSFC)</i><p>NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing …

The dying right: Why Christian fundamentalists are in panic mode

The religious right knows that time is running out — and that makes them even more dangerous<p>Like a cornered animal, which turns instinctively to confront pursuing predators, the Christian Right, knowing it represents the views of an ever shrinking number of Americans, is engaged in an existential …

Must-see morning clip: Stephen Colbert learns just how racist America really is

The comedian homes in on a Stanford study that suggests that race is socially constructed<p>Prachi Gupta<p>February 28, 2014 2:18pm (UTC)<p>On the second to last night of the month, Stephen Colbert announced that "The Colbert Report" will be "dedicating the rest of February to African-American heritage" in …