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One dad came up with an insane theory about the new 'Star Wars' villain

<b>Warning: Spoilers ahead. Do not read this fan theory if you don't want to know what happens in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."</b><p>Now that it's been nearly a week since "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" premiered in theaters, fans are donning their best tinfoil hats to come up with elaborate theories …

Darth Vader
Birds

Elon Musk's SpaceX returns to flight and pulls off dramatic, historic landing

Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket at its landing pad here on Monday evening in its first flight since its rocket exploded six months ago.<p>The historic landing, the first time a rocket launched a payload into orbit and then returned safely to Earth, was …

Russian Man Sues Fallout 4 Dev for Video Game Addiction

I mean, the game is good.<p>A Russian man is suing the creators of Fallout 4 because he didn't know the game would "become so addictive." The 28-year …

Holidays

J.J. Abrams Discussed Why The Most Shocking Scene In ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Had To Happen

<i>WARNING! This post contains a major spoiler. The biggest spoiler of all the The Force Awakens spoilers.</i><p>Are you still here? Seriously, get going! Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you.<p>–<p>–<p>–<p>So, Han Solo dies in <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. Impaled through the chest by his own son and dumped into one of <i>Star</i> …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I can't shake this totally believable theory about the new 'Star Wars' villain

<b>Warning: There are spoilers ahead if you haven't seen "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."</b><p>There's still a lot we don't know about after seeing the new "Star Wars" movie. One of the biggest mysteries surrounds the new villain, Supreme Leader Snoke.<p>Since the moment I saw the character on screen, I've only …

Star Wars

Photographer Captures Stunning South Korean Landscapes Reflected in Mirror-Like Lakes

South Korean photographer Jaewoon U has gathered quite the following on 500px, and rightly so. His majestic landscape shots of his home country are nothing if not magical, overflowing with colors and rich details. The Seoul-based artist is particularly skilled at capturing beautiful outdoor scenery …

Photography

The Guy Who Took Out A Full-Page Ad To Pitch A ‘Die Hard’ Sequel Got A Movie Deal Out Of It

Back in November, screenwriter Eric D. Wilkinson spent thousands of dollars on a full-page ad in the <i>Hollywood Reporter</i>, and then used all of the space to pitch an idea for <i>Die Hard 6</i>. This was, and still is, just a wonderfully crazy plan, one that a great number of people in his life probably tried …

Movies

Science proves swearing means you’re smarter

A new study has found that those who have a tendency to swear probably have a wider vocabulary than those who don’t.<p>The study, which has the lengthy …

Harrison Ford Delighted ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Fans With A Covert Theater Screening

Harrison Ford may have just accomplished something that might be more impressive than his iconic character Han Solo’s boast of making the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. As <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is inching toward its Dec. 18 release date, Ford managed to make an impromptu and unannounced …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Cannabis

Gun Sales Spike Across the U.S.

Gun sales have been spiking in the United States for weeks, especially following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. Wednesday that left 14 …

Guns

President signs pro-asteroid mining bill into law

And just like that, American asteroid mining efforts are legal. President Obama has signed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) into law following Congress' approval, letting companies keep whatever resources they collect beyond Earth. As you might imagine, hopeful mining …

This Neptune-Sized Exoplanet Has A Blue Sky Like Earth

Astronomers can learn a lot about a planet using very little. In this specific case, a team of researchers was able to find out that the sky of an …

Man's attempt to kill spider confused with domestic violence, sparks police call

A man's noisy attempts to kill a spider caused his neighbors to call the police, reporting a suspected violent domestic incident.<p>Officers in Sydney went to the address after numerous calls were made claiming a woman could be heard screaming hysterically and a man yelling "I'm going to kill you, …

Our Prehistoric Cousins Had Demonic Skulls

If there’s one conference I can’t bear to miss, it’s the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting. Especially because there’s always at least one image presented during the talks that makes me sit bolt upright in my chair and think “What the hell is <i>that</i>?” A few years ago it was when the …

You can thank prehistoric fish for the enamel on your teeth

The enamel that covers your teeth originated in an unlikely place: on the scales of ancient fish.<p>Scientists say they figured this out by examining the fossils of long-dead fish, as well as the DNA of a range of creatures alive today. They make their case in a report published online Wednesday by …

Is Space Mining Legal?

A controversial bill would give companies the right to own natural resources in space, and it may pass in the Senate by the end of September<p>If mankind is ever to become an interplanetary species, our outward expansion across the solar system probably can’t be fueled by NASA funding alone. Why did …

Space Exploration

7 Amazing Images Of The Future, From 1947

From the Popular Science archive: Weather control, looped cities, moon microwaves, and more!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>When <i>Popular Science</i> published these dazzling visions of the future in May 1947, science seemed to be propelling humanity faster and faster into a strange new world: engineers …

Not a Movie: Two U.S. Marines Took Down a Gunman on a High-Speed Train in France

America, f**k yeah!<p>Shots were fired today on a high-speed train en route from Amsterdam to Paris, and two U.S. Marines swooped in and subdued the responsible gunman. Three were injured in the attack, including one American, who has been hospitalized and is in critical condition. A British national …

U.S. Marines

This small company wants to be Marvel 2.0 — and they just might do it

Together, the three of them — Dinesh Shamdasani, Gavin Cuneo, and Russell Brown —represented the corporate leadership of Valiant Entertainment, a small comics publisher with gigantic ambition.<p>They might even have a shot at realizing that ambition, with a recent nine-figure investment from the …

Graphic Novels

'Nazi gold train found in Polish mountains' could be boobytrapped with mines, officials warn

"Crisis meeting" held in the Polish town of Walbrzych on how best to tackle alleged discovery of a Nazi ghost train carrying gold<p>Polish authorities have held a crisis meeting in which they warned treasure hunters against trying to unravel the mysteries of a gold-laden train said to have been …

History

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.<p>Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more …

Some Isolated Tribes in the Amazon Are Initiating Contact

Indian rights activists, South American governments are challenged by recent encounters to rethink their ‘no contact’ policies.<p>The recent emergence of isolated tribes from jungles in Peru and Brazil is challenging officials in both countries to rethink their “no contact” policies and to prepare for …

Artist Turns the Sugar Hiding in Soft Drinks into Giant Lollipops

Food photographer Henry Hargreaves took an artistic approach to finding out how much sugar's contained within various drinks for his project titled <i>(de)hydrate</i>. He started out by boiling the refreshments, so that the water evaporated and the sugary contents remained. He then poured the leftover …

Beverages

Helpful Tips For Nuking An Asteroid

Preparing for a worst-case scenario, scientists are stepping up research into the nuclear option.<p>“Did you see the movie <i>Deep Impact</i>?”<p>Yes, I did, I tell David Morrison, the chief scientist for the Planetary Defense Team at NASA's Ames Research Center. That’s the 1998 film where astronauts pilot a …

Space Colony Form Factors, Part 2: O'Neill Cylinders

Tubey or not tubey, that is the question<p>For forming a free-floating space colony, the Bernal Sphere we looked at earlier solved the problem of …

Sandwiches

This Bonsai Survived Hiroshima But Its Story Was Nearly Lost

The Japanese white pine weathered four centuries of history, including the atomic bomb.<p>A centuries-old bonsai that survived the bombing of Hiroshima is making worldwide headlines, but its caretakers wish the attention were focused more on the tree's role in peace than in war.<p>The Japanese white …

Did you solve it? Are you smarter than a Japanese schoolchild?

Here are the solutions to the Area Maze puzzles I set earlier today<p>Earlier today I set four Area Maze puzzles. Here’s how you solve them.<p>Area Maze 1<p>Draw this:<p>Line x is (38 + 39)/7 = 77/7 = 11cm<br>• Line y is 11 - 4 = 7cm<br>• Line z = 7 + 3 = 10cm<br>• The missing value is therefore (10 x 6) - 40cm2 = 20cm2<p>Area …

Puzzles

First 'Attack On Titan' Movie Tops The Japanese Box Office

In its opening weekend at the Japanese box office, the first <i>Attack on Titan</i> movie has beaten all its competition and come out top.<p>Earning around 600 million yen ($4.8 million) and selling 476,000 tickets in its opening weekend, the first <i>Attack on Titan</i> movie has done pretty well.<p>Based on the very …

Anime