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Can you solve it? Complete the equation 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2016

For a few years now, my early January ritual has been to solve the following puzzle: fill in the equation that counts down to the year that has just begun.

Writing

What is the Anthropocene?

Soon, scientists will decide whether the word Anthropocene should be formally added to the Geologic Time Scale. It indicates a world shaped by human …

A nearby dark matter galaxy?

Measurements of the velocities of just six stars in a galaxy of only 1,000 visible stars suggest the highest concentration of dark matter of any …

Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Resist All Antibiotics

A mutation discovered in people and livestock in China makes bacteria resistant to last-resort drugs.<p>A new report found bacteria resistant to …

E.coli

Pluto's mysterious mountains could be ice-spewing volcanoes, scientists say

‘It’s the least crazy thing we can think of,’ said American scientists trying to solve the puzzle of two peaks towering several miles above Pluto<p>Scientists have discovered what appear to be ice-spewing volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, raising questions about how the tiny, distant world has been …

Solar System

How to Watch the Taurid Meteor Shower Fireballs

A meteor shower that produces dazzling fireballs will be viewable later this month and is predicted to produce a dazzling display.<p>The Taurid meteor …

Meteor Showers

Kansas teacher won't resign after parents complain over anti-bullying film

Teacher in Kansas middle school showed film in class after students exhibited homophobic behaviour during a lesson<p>A Kansas schoolteacher says he has changed his mind about resigning after showing a graphic anti-bullying short film about to his history class, which led to vociferous complaints from …

antibullying

'Spooky' the asteroid due to give Earth a Halloween fright

Although its sudden discovery has spooked scientists, astronomers confirm that the 1,300ft-wide space rock will remain further away than the moon<p>A Halloween asteroid is due to scream past the Earth on the last day of the month, missing the planet by just 300,000 miles – frighteningly close by …

Venus, Jupiter and Mars cross paths in pre-Halloween spectacle for last time until 2021

The three planets, all pursuing their ordinary orbits around the sun, will be visible until around October 29 but will be best witnessed on October 26 before dawn<p>Early risers are in for a treat this month, and for those rising early on October 26, the treat will be even greater.<p>Venus, Jupiter and …

Astronomy

This is the biggest space photo ever taken – at 46 billion pixels

Astronomers have created the largest astronomy photo ever created – a monstrous, eye-melting image of our own Milky Way, with 46 billion …

Sony cuts price of PlayStation 4 to $350

Sony has cut the price of the PlayStation 4 video game console to $350.<p>The $50 price cut was anticipated as Microsoft is also positioning for a price cut this fall on its competing Xbox One console.<p>Sony had priced its PS4 at $400 since the system’s launch in November 2013 in the U.S., going out at …

The Top 10 Secret Levels In Video Games

Discovering a secret level in a video game is like discovering pirate's treasure, only without the monetary gain and cool Captain's curse.<p>These are …

Top 10

Spectacular Meteor Shower This Week: How to See It

Watch the Draconids shoot through the sky Thursday and Friday on moonless nights that promise great views.<p>The temperamental annual meteor shower known as the Draconids peaks this week under dark skies, offering skywatchers a nearly perfect chance to see as many as two dozen shooting stars per …

Pop star Selena Gomez diagnosed with lupus

<b>Selena Gomez says she is receiving chemotherapy after being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus.</b><p>Concerns about the 23-year-old's health were first raised in 2013, when she cancelled a tour of Asia and Australia.<p>She later sought treatment at the Dawn at the Meadows rehab facility, with her …