Tim Austin

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson bungles science of Deflate-gate scandal · Newswire · The A.V. Club

The farce of the NFL’s “Deflate-Gate” affair has become hysterical enough that prominent astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson felt the need to weigh in …

Private spacecraft will sail on streams of photons from the sun

Bill Nye and The Planetary Society want to propel a spacecraft by bouncing the sun's photons off it. The first test of such a craft will take place this May.<p>Solar sailing might sound like a sport played in a galaxy far, far away, but it's actually a legitimate means of propulsion around our very …

Chinese officials allegedly feasted on an endangered giant salamander

Journalists say they were attacked after trying to photograph the incident<p>Chinese officials have come under fire for allegedly eating an endangered giant salamander and attacking journalists who saw them do it. According to China's <i>Global Times</i> newspaper, the incident occurred during a 28-person …

Ancient miniature solar system hints at existence of alien life

A miniature version of solar system with planets like Earth existed 11 billion years ago and could have held ancient life, say scientists<p>A miniature solar system with five Earth-sized planets existed 11 billion years ago, at the dawn of the universe, scientists have discovered.<p>The planets clustered …

At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought

Ancient people sacrificed offerings to water god at edge of sacred pool.<p>Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a "drought cult" and hurried sacrifices to a water god to stave off the fall of their civilization.<p>At the Cara …

Archaeology

Life And Death During Blizzards

We dig into two myths about how snowstorms affect human health<p>So there are a couple of—let's say, health outcomes—that are popularly associated with unusual snowfall. One is heart attacks: It's commonly believed that shoveling snow can over-strain the heart. The other is pregnancy: Couples stuck …

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Ancient planetary system with its own sun-like star found in the galaxy

The discovery of five archaic planets around one of the oldest stars in the galaxy has raised the possibility that the Milky Way might be home to extremely ancient forms of life.<p>Astronomers spotted the planets as they circled a star called Kepler 444, which lies 117 light years from Earth in the …

Universe

Dawn Spacecraft Returns The Most Detailed Photos Of Ceres So Far

Hello, dwarf planet<p>NASA's Dawn mission has beamed back the best-ever view of a 'planet' between Mars and Jupiter. The spacecraft is just 147,000 miles and a few months shy of reaching Ceres, the largest unexplored rock between the Sun and Pluto. (Though the 590-mile-wide rock is officially …

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Scientists Have Caught A Laser Beam In Flight On Video For The First Time

While light appears to show up instantaneously when you flick a switch, it actually takes time to get to your eyes. It just moves so fast we don't notice. This is why it's been so hard to catch light on the move in a video — it's moving so fast even regular high-speed cameras can't catch it.<p>To …

Bill Gates Just Predicted We'll Basically Have A Cure For AIDS In The Next 15 Years

Most of their discussion was a promotion of the goals of the Gates' new campaign for 2015, to sign up millions of people via email to press for clean water, better education, renewable energy and online banking in the developing countries.<p>But host Fareed Zakaria asked Bill Gates to make some …

The former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau - Telegraph

KFC's Double Down Dog: A Meaty Medley Of A Cheesy Hot Dog And Fried Chicken

If you're on a diet, you might want to look away now.<p>KFC have announced a new addition to their "Double Down" line-up - an endeavour by the fast food …

Are sweeteners really bad for us?

The food industry relies on alternatives to sugar for a vast range of diet foods. But are they safe to consume? Claudia Hammond investigates.<p>Many people buy diet drinks and sweeteners in a bid to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. Over the years concerns about their safety have been raised, …

Diabetes

Blizzard of 2015 in Northeast

An all-out #blizzard has slammed the northeastern U.S. with a thick blanket of snow. Much of New England is still being battered, while #NewYork returns to normal. We asked you to share your blizzard photos using #MashaBlizzard, and rounded up some of our favorites on our site. Click the link in our profile to see some amazing snow-filled images like this capture from @dashgrey. #blizzardof2015

Woman Takes Dying Dog on Bucket List Adventure

When Lauren Fern Watt found out her dog, Gizelle, had terminal bone cancer, she decided to spend the rest of her dog’s life making memories.<p>Watt, a …

70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – in pictures

Seventy years after the Red Army marched into Auschwitz, international heads of state, dignitaries and over 300 survivors gather at the site synonymous with the Holocaust to honour victims

History

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

<b>Irene Fogel Weiss, born in 1930 in Bótrágy, Czechoslovakia, now Batrad, Ukraine. She lives in Virginia, US. She will be returning to Auschwitz for the third time, as part of the US presidential delegation, along with her daughter, Lesley Weiss</b><p>We lived in Bótrágy, a very small, mostly poor town in …

World History

Meet The New King Of Saudi Arabia

King Salman has a history of maintaining order in the royal family. A look at the man who will now rule a country that holds one-sixth of the world’s oil reserves.<p>Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died Friday and was quickly succeeded by his half brother, former Crown Prince Salman. Both men come from …