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How Did The Halloween Asteroid Sneak Up On Us?

Fortunately it's not headed for Earth<p>Earth is getting a very large trick-or-treater this Halloween.<p>On October 31, an approximately 1,300-foot asteroid will hurtle by at about 1.3 times the distance of the Moon. It'll likely be our closest encounter with such a huge space rock until 2027.<p>The timing …

Paleo Profile: Mexico’s “Bird Mimic”

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>North America has been a dinosaur hotspot for a century and a half. The Bone Wars of the 19th century, the Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush of the early 20th, and the continuing profusion of new species and specimens all rely on the fossil riches held in the Mesozoic rocks …

Indiana University

Star-dust, interstellar bumblebees and the secret alien civilisation controlling humankind

The Night Sky in November: The arrival of the winter constellation Orion arouses memories of the eccentric astronomy great Sir Fred Hoyle<p>Is it conceivable that bumblebees could have been originally designed as miniature vehicles for interstellar travel? And if so, could this have been part of an …

Oxygen Discovery Could Complicate Search for Alien Life

The strange, duck-shaped comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting for more than a year just got a bit stranger: Like plants on Earth, the comet is blowing molecular oxygen, O2, into the space around it. Molecular oxygen is thought to be rare in the cosmos – or at least exceptionally …

New images of close-passing 2015 TB145

New, more detailed images and video – released yesterday – of object 2015 TB145, which swept close to Earth on Halloween. Does it still look like a …

How Counterfeit Contact Lenses Can Make You Go Blind

Something to really be afraid of this Halloween<p>Everyone knows someone who gets really into Halloween. He spends hundreds of dollars on costumes, or she teases up her hair, but the effort is always impressive and ends up making the masquerader look like a completely different person (or species!). …

High-power sound waves used to blast cancer cells

British doctors develop revolutionary new therapy that can precisely target tumours without surgery<p>British doctors are developing a revolutionary new therapy for cancer and associated conditions based on the use of high-powered beams of ultrasound.<p>The researchers – working at the Institute of …

Cancer

Spacecraft Makes Deepest Dive Yet Through Alien Geyser

Close encounters of the cryovolcano kind, in photos<p>The geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus are one of the most intriguing features in our solar system. Spouting 125 miles high, these cryovolcanic plumes may provide insight into the giant ocean inside the icy moon--as well as any organisms that may …

Muons And Drone-Mounted Lasers Probe For Secret Rooms In Egypt's Pyramids

Millennia-old mysteries await<p>It's no wonder the Great Pyramid of Giza is considered one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." It's 4,000 years old and scientists are still wondering how it was built, and what secrets it may be hiding.<p>To try to solve some of these mysteries, researchers have …

What’s the birthstone for November?

Happy birthday November babies! The name of your birthstone, the topaz, comes from a Sanskrit word for fire.<p>The word ‘topaz,’ birthstone for the …

Jewelry

This Flexible Sensor Sticks To Your Skin And Measures Your Blood Flow

To better monitor diseases that may affect how blood flows<p>The blood coursing through your arteries and veins bring necessary nutrients to organs throughout the body as well as take waste away. But conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and certain types of inflammation can limit blood flow to …

Museum calls in National Guard to airlift rare baby dinosaur fossil

This is what happened when the New Mexico Army National Guard used a Black Hawk helicopter to airlift a never-before-seen baby dinosaur fossil<p>This was something that had never been seen before — the full skeletal remains of a baby Pentaceratops, a plant-eating dinosaur with large horns that once …

The Verge Review of Animals: the Apatosaurus

A cautionary tale of post-extinction humiliation<p>You know you’re famous when you’ve been dead for millions of years and everyone still knows your name. Just ask the Apatosaurus, which was, at 75 feet snout-to-tail, longer than a city block, and weighed at least 16 metric tons, which is about two …

To Your Brain, A Runner’s High Looks A Lot Like Smoking Weed

Endorphins have nothing to do with it<p>Intense exercise may not feel good to those unaccustomed to it, but does have at least one great perk: a runner’s high, a feeling of relaxed euphoria, which sets in at the end of long bouts of activity. Scientists recently discovered that this happens because …

Futurama: “Spanish Fry”/“The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings”

“Spanish Fry” (season four, episode 17; originally aired 7/13/2003)<p><i>In which Fry smells bad</i>…<p>All this time on <i>Futurama</i>, and I’m not sure the show has …

Sorry, Even Futurama Was Sexist

For a show depicting the future, it's surprising how stuck it is in ideas of the past.<p>Growing up, I remember <i>Futurama</i> as a smarter cartoon—the kind of thing that knew when to be dumb, but could also pull punches with references to <i>Moby Dick</i>, Shrödinger's Cat, and higher mathematics, like if Arthur C. …

Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs

Relationships aren’t easy. You have to make compromises, and you have to change the way you view your life. You have to trust someone, and accept …

Farewell, Futurama: fan favourite cancelled again

<b>Matt Groening's 31st century space adventures will air its 140th — and final — episode on 4 September.</b><p>It seems that once again, Futurama has been cancelled, with Comedy Central choosing not to renew the show after its seventh season.<p>This is the second time the show has been cancelled. Its original …

TV

Futurama: Bender’s Game

Uneven as <i>Futurama</i>’s first two forays into feature-length episodes were, they at least gave the sense that the people working on them were …

Clever: Giant One-Eyed Leela Futurama Cosplay

This is a small gallery of cosplayer Holly Brooke posing as Leela from Futurama. She hit the nail right on the head. Me? I hit my thumb and I'm …

Animation

Futurama's New New York in glorious CGI

There comes a time in the life of most TV series when it is time to say goodbye. For Futurama, that time was 2003, and then again in 2013 after it was revived for another three seasons. It's fairly safe to say that now its day is done.<p>If it were to come back again, though, we'd probably want it to …

Animation

Preview: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #35

<b>My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #35</b><p>Jeremy Whitley (w) • Andy Price (a) • Sara Richard (c)<p><b>“Siege of the Crystal Empire,”</b> Part 2! The mystery …

Bronies Rejoice: A My Little Pony Movie Is Finally Happening

College-aged dudes with a special affinity for pink ponies jumped for joy today, after Hasbro announced plans to bring <i>My Little Pony</i> to the big …