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Asteroid Stuns Astronomers With Its Planet-like Icy Rings

Planets might reckon they’re the only ones big enough to pull off their own set of rings, but a cosmic collision has changed all that by giving the asteroid Chariklo two rings of icy debris.<p>Astronomers have previously only seen rings of material around giant worlds like Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and …

New Yellow Hypergiant Star Found in the Milky Way

A powerful telescope in Chile has imaged the largest yellow star ever discovered.<p>The star, called HR 5171 A, shines 12,000 light-years from Earth in …

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Steering the Future: on Earth and in the Heavens

Skype founder Jaan Tallin, in conjunction with the Gruber and Templeton Foundations, is sponsoring an essay contest: "How Should Humanity Steer the …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Taipei has become the first city in the world to offer free wifi connectivity to its citizens and all its foreign tourists!

Three years after Giffords shooting, spotlight still shines on aide

TUCSON — He held her in an upright position against his chest to keep her from drowning in her own blood and applied pressure to her head wound.<p>It was then that Daniel Hernandez Jr. remembered a television show he watched when he was 10 years old. It was about brain injuries and he knew he had to …

The Biggest Building In The Universe

Forget the mine’s-bigger-than-yours debate over the new World Trade Center. Humanity’s ultimate design will be building around the sun.<p>The amount of energy that the sun emits every second is nearly unfathomable. In just one second, the sun releases 4 decillion (or 4 million billion billion billion) …

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Redefining the habitable zone: where should we look for life? | Ars Technica

Desert planets, hydrogen-heavy giants, and hydrocarbon-rich worlds considered.<p>Where should we look for life on other planets? Even as we're …

Iran: President's music video echoes Obama's 'Yes we can' film

<b>A music video marking Hassan Rouhani's first 100 days in office bears a striking resemblance to a viral film from Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. But there are some telling differences, too.</b><p>The black-and-white videos both run for about four-and-a-half minutes and feature a range of people voicing …

Hassan Rouhani

Pope Francis Criticizes "Tyranny" of Unchecked Capitalism

On Tuesday, Pope Francis released an 84-page theological manifesto railing against what he called the “tyranny” of unfettered capitalism. The memo …

Pope Francis

Best Evidence Yet for a High-Energy Jet Emanating from the Milky Way's Black Hole

Jets of high energy particles emanating from a black hole have been detected plenty of times before, but in other galaxies, that is — not from the …

A Dutch teenager has floated an idea that has many scientists…

A Dutch teenager has floated an idea that has many scientists, oceanographers and environmental activists swimming. Set up active buoy based collectors to rid the ocean of much of our plastic garbage. He envisions "an anchored system of floating barriers and platforms that can be dispatched to some of the most notorious waterborne garbage patches, where plastics tend to accumulate in massive currents known as gyres. After being arranged so that they transect one of these gyres, the floating …

There Are (Probably) Billions of Earth-Like Planets in the Universe

New research, courtesy of NASA's Kepler telescope, suggests that there's no dearth of pseudo-Earths.<p>"When I began searching for exoplanets," Geoff Marcy told me last year, "everybody said I was crazy." Back then—in the 1990s, when "planet hunting" was new and, as its name might suggest, somewhat …

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Uruguay plans to sell pot for $1 per gram to battle illegal drug trade

Uruguay is moving forward with a plan that would combat drug trafficking by creating a government-run marijuana industry that could begin operation as soon as next year, reports the Associated Press. Smoking marijuana has reportedly been legal in the country for some time now, but growing, …

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French teenagers barricade schools in protest over expulsion of Roma girl

After a Roma girl in France was removed from a school bus by immigration officials threatening to deport her, students have taken to the streets in protest<p>Hundreds of French teenagers erected barricades outside their schools and marched through Paris to protest the police expulsions of immigrant …

Biggest star ever found in universe is ripping apart

This new picture from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory shows the remarkable super star cluster Westerlund 1.<p>The largest star ever discovered may give scientists a better sense of how massive, dying stars seed the universe with the ingredients for rocky planets and even …

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Is your computer infected?  Worse, is it part of a huge netwo…

Is your computer infected? Worse, is it part of a huge network of hijacked "slave machines" that work in the background - unknown to their owners - for criminals as part of a "botnet"?<p>"Botnets have become one of the most serious security threats to the traditional Internet world. But, with the undoubted successful development of cellular networks and the powerful and pervasively used smart phones, we will raise the question that whether the mobile world will also suffer from the severe botnet …

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Following California's lead, New York lawmakers look to criminalize 'revenge porn'

If lawmakers in New York get their way, the state will soon follow California in outlawing revenge porn. But unlike California's attempt to curtail the humiliating practice — which some critics say doesn't cover nearly enough victims — proposed legislation in NY would include photos taken by the …

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey and Iran's President Connect on Twitter, of Course

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Despite a slight glitch last week, the Internet in Iran remains heavily censored. But new president …

India’s tablet revolution will change the world sooner than you think

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Vivek Wadhwa here.</i><p><i>I wrote this article for</i> Times of India<i>. It is India-focused, but the same lessons apply everywhere. Cheap tablets, connectivity, and social media have already fomented revolutions in Middle East. They are causing China to have</i> …

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California prison hunger strike leader: 'If necessary we'll resume. This is war'

Exclusive: From solitary confinement at the brutal Pelican Bay, Todd Ashker led a protest that shook the US penal system<p>Todd Ashker enters the visitation cubicle and a metal door slides shut behind him. He places his hands into a slot so a guard on the other side can unlock the handcuffs. He rubs …

New Jersey Gay Marriage: Judge Says Same-Sex Marriages Can Start October 21

Same-sex couples in New Jersey may soon be able to marry.<p>Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court ruled Friday that gay couples can marry in the Garden State starting October 21.<p>Jacobson said she made her decision in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on United States v. …