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If There's Life on Saturn's Moon Enceladus, It Might Look Like This

Saturn’s moon Enceladus has become an alien-hunting hot spot, and not just for the tinfoil hat crowd. Thought to be a barren cue ball until NASA’s …

Astronomy

French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food

Every morning at a supermarket called Auchan in central Paris, Magdalena Dos Santos has a rendezvous with Ahmed "Doudou" Djerbrani, a driver from the French food bank.<p>Dos Santos, who runs the deli section of the store, is in charge of supervising the store's food donations. She sets aside prepared …

Agriculture

It's Time for the Pop-Up Olympics

The venues of the Pyeongchang Games, held in a remote and impoverished corner of South Korea, are not built to last. That’s probably for the best.<p>When athletes gather in the Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday for the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics, they will …

Facebook’s racist ad problems were baked in from the start

How Silicon Valley’s most lucrative product lends itself to unforeseen failures<p>Facebook and Google, two of world’s biggest and most influential companies, pride themselves on their ad businesses. These operations generate tens of billions of dollars per year, thanks in part to letting advertisers …

Black holes could delete the Universe

In their latest video, Kurzgesagt takes a look at black holes, specifically how they deal with information. According to the currently accepted …

The Xbox One X probably isn't for you

Unless you have a really big 4K TV<p>As product pitches go, “the world’s most powerful console” is pretty straightforward. And in the case of the Xbox One X, it’s unambiguously true. Microsoft has built a potent powerhouse of a machine that outstrips its predecessors and competitors in capability.<p>The …

Wandering in the Void, Billions of Rogue Planets without a Home

Not all planets have a home. For decades, astronomers and science fiction authors alike have speculated about orphaned orbs cast adrift from their …

Lockheed Martin to build a full scale working prototype of cislunar habitat for NASA

Lockheed Martin is building a full scale working prototype of its NextSTEP space habitat in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy …

Lawbreaking Particles May Point to a Previously Unknown Force in the Universe

For decades physicists have sought signs of misbehaving particles—evidence of subtle cracks in the “Standard Model” of particle physics, the dominant …

Getting to the bottom of the Higgs boson

In high-energy particle collisions we study the smallest known constituents of matter. According to our best knowledge of physics, these constituents have mass only because of the way they interact with a unique quantity which permeates all of space. This quantity, like practically everything else …

Physics

Let's Model Radioactive Decay to Show How Carbon Dating Works

Radioactive material gets a bad rap, what with radiation and fallout and nuclear waste and all. But it offers some practical uses. One of the coolest …

Chemistry

Astronomers Just Found a Star Orbiting a Black Hole at 1 Percent The Speed of Light

The closest we've seen a star get to a black hole.<p>Astronomers have just spotted a star whizzing around a vast black hole at about 2.5 times the …

Notable airline bombings and foiled plots

<b>(CNN) —</b> For almost as long as there have been passenger planes, there have been criminals and terrorists who want to bring them down.<p>The first happened 82 years ago; the most recent definitive incident -- twin bombings in Russia -- was 11 years ago. And U.S. intelligence suggested Wednesday that an …

Parallels Desktop 11 brings Cortana to the Mac

Parallels has a long history of smashing together competing operating systems to help platform-blending organizations move easily between OSes and …

Windows 10

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 …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

Speeding up the battle against slowing minds

Christopher Devas has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. For his wife, Veronica, this not only means watching Alzheimer’s rob Christopher of his memory and identity, it also means watching their shared memories slip away.<p>“Close couples are joint custodians of each other’s …

Dementia

Meet the 100 people hoping to live and die on Mars

We're one step closer to finding out who could be the first humans to live on another planet. Mars One, the private organization planning to find and train a group of four astronauts to send on a one-way trip to Mars, has reached the third round of its selection process and has narrowed its …

The FAA’s new drone rules are four years late and still don’t make sense

The FAA is four years late with its homework. Its rules for the operation and certification of small drones were originally supposed to be published by March 10, 2011. As the FAA has missed deadline after deadline, the market for small drones has exploded. On February 15th, 2015, a few weeks after …

Artist Uses 3-D Printing to Create ‘Shadows’ of 4-D Objects

3D

Scientists have found a way to see through opaque material using light

Practical applications are still a long way off<p>Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found a way to see through opaque barriers, <i>Nature</i> reports. This is done by recording wavelengths from visible light, which can pass through solid material like paint or skin. Researchers …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets to Grit and Resilience

Sometimes you just want to quit. You know you shouldn’t but nothing seems better than crawling back into bed and hiding under the covers. (I am there …

19 Reasons Why We're Thankful For Jon Stewart On "The Daily Show"

We'll need a million Moments of Zen to emotionally endure this loss.

Comedy

What Every Photographer Needs to Know About Creating an Online Portfolio

We should clear up one myth before we continue, a photographic portfolio is not the preserve of the professional photographer. Yes, in the days …

Manual for iOS gives photographers DSLR-style control in a well-designed app

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The default camera app on iOS 8 is basic by design and it works for most people. But if you’re a serious photographer who …

Assassin's Creed Rogue PC Version Will Have Eye-Tracking Controls

Ubisoft recently announced that Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be released for the PC on March 10th. The PC version of Assassin’s Creed Rogue will have support for the Tobii EyeX Controller and SteelSeries Sentry, which means that the game supports eye-tracking inputs. Tobii Technology said that this …

Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red—Are Enough People Listening?

As scientists and much of the public differ on the causes of climate change, the planet keeps getting warmer … and the effects are adding up.<p>Scientists are having trouble convincing the public that people are changing the climate.<p>A Pew Research Center survey, released last week as part of a broader …

Large Hadron Collider Quiz: Are you ready for Run 2?

<b>1. The LHC was shut down for 28 months starting in December 2012 because of</b><p>a) A strike by French power workers<p>b) The need for refurbishments before going to higher energies<p>c) Black Holes<p>d) Mayans<p>e) Skiing<p><i>The correct answer is (b). Refurbishments were needed because of problems with the quench</i> …

Physics