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Watch A Star Get Shredded By A Black Hole In This Beautiful And Terrifying Animation

Nothing (or almost nothing) can escape a black hole<p>Black holes got their name because it used to be assumed that nothing could escape from them, not even light. There are some challengers to that notion. Stephen Hawking suggested decades ago that heat might radiate from a black hole, and recently …

Black Holes

Where did the first dogs come from?

New DNA analysis says your pooch’s ancestors were Central Asian wolves<p>Dogs’ origin story goes something like this: sometime between 16,000 and 30,000 …

New flies in apple trees set off wasp evolution - Futurity

Recent evolutionary changes—such as a new species of fruit fly—set off a "cascade" of events in other species, too.

Hubble uncovers a bunch of tiny galaxies - Futurity

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope helped researchers identify more than 250 distant galaxies, including some of the faintest in the universe.

46-Gigapixel View of Milky Way is Largest-Ever Image of Space

Space is big, but it's never been quite <i>this</i> big. This composite image taken by astronomers at Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is, they claim, the largest image of space to date. It shows a long swathe of the Milky Way, photographed piece by piece over a period of five years from the university's …


Did Dark Matter Doom the Dinosaurs?

5 Exciting Technologies NASA's Developing So We Can Make It To Mars And Back

If you can make it here, you'll make it anywhere<p>NASA really wants to go to Mars in the 2030s. Last week, the agency released a report about its progress and plans for the #JourneyToMars. Though the report is mostly filled with optimism and abstract goals, it does outline a few of the …

Space Exploration

Earth Art, The Evolution of Lego, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Northern Lights

DARPA Wants Robots That Can Play Jazz In Time With Humans

Simulated improvisation in peace and war<p>Humans learn by doing, so why shouldn’t machines? A project funded by DARPA, the military’s future technology wing, wants a program that can adapt to human musicians as they perform, and join in with the right notes—literally. Called MUSICA, for “Musical …