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Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

The Hubble Space Telescope has produced this fuzzy view of Pluto.<p>Humanity has snapped detailed portraits of planets and moons throughout our solar system. But there's one missing from the album: Pluto.<p>Although Pluto was discovered in 1930, it has remained stubbornly hard to photograph. The Hubble …

Sleepy space probe New Horizons awakens for close-up with Pluto

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three billion miles away from Earth, in an unchartered slice of our solar system, a small space probe is shaking off its deep sleep and getting ready to become the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moons.<p>It's the "beginning of the mission's primary objective: the exploration of Pluto …

NASA’s new Orion spaceship will fly with an ancient skeumorphic UI

NASA’s spaceship of tomorrow might make a critic of skeuomorphic design cringe.<p>Orion, which flew successfully on an unmanned test Friday and is seen as a critical first step toward flying a crew to Mars, is guided by sophisticated computer control panels.<p>But instead of a modern digital interface, …

The Pyramid

We gave it a <b>D+</b><p>A team of archaeologists descending into a cursed Egyptian tomb isn’t the lamest idea for a cheapo horror flick. But director Gregory …

Ancient History

The Cutthroat World of Elite Public Schools

Can selective-admissions policies ever be fair?<p>In September 2012, the NAACP’s legal arm joined forces with two other advocacy groups to file a federal civil rights complaint against New York City’s public school system. The issue at hand was—and still is—the city’s nine elite public high schools. …

Where Should Teachers Go?

The best and worst places to teach in America<p><i>Update: An earlier version of this post included incorrect cost-of-living estimates from the National Council on Teacher Quality. The cost-of-living estimates for various cities, and therefore the estimates of overall adjusted lifetime earnings for</i> …

Education Isn't the Problem—Inequality Is

The American school system today is an offshoot of an increasingly class-driven society.<p>Since its birth, the United States has always defined itself as an egalitarian meritocracy, fundamentally distinct from the class-ridden societies of Europe.<p>And at times, this has been true. On the eve of the …

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

Steve Jobs: iPod, iTunes competitors were 'collateral damage'

OAKLAND, Calif. -- In a courtroom here Friday, the face of the late Steve Jobs appeared on a video monitor as Apple's then-CEO was asked questions aimed at determining whether the company broke antitrust laws in the early days of the digital music industry.<p>The video, never before released and taped …

Boston College

5 tech gadgets you need in your home today

Slide 1 of 7<p>Homeowners are increasingly looking to technology for home security solutions, to save on heating and cooling costs and even to help them …

21 tools that will help your remote team work better together

Working as a remote team can be difficult, but doesn’t have to be. Here at The Next Web, much of our team is remote.<p>We have staff in the UK, India, The Netherlands, USA and New Zealand all working together across time zones successfully, even though the time differences can be confusing …

Ingenious Gifts for People Who Love Science

For the people on your list who love doing science projects — or just contemplating the wonders of human knowledge — these gifts are sure to delight, …

PayPal Accounts Hacked With A Click: Engineer Uncovers Potential Security Breach

An Egyptian student figured out how to bypass PayPal’s security methods to completely take control of user accounts by changing their passwords. …

It Only Takes 5 Minutes to Become a Morning Person

<i>This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>How you start your day sets the context and your mindset for the rest of the day.<p>Yet, most …

Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards?

Francis fired the uncompromising commander of his Swiss Guard. With more threats than ever on the Vatican, is the pontiff making a dangerous …

The Golden Age of Rock Album Covers

During one 14-year span, album covers were at the center of the zeitgeist. How a small London design group seized the moment and brought avant-garde …

How to Get to Sleep Without Trying or Putting in Effort

It's 5 a.m. and you've only now dropped off to sleep. You have spent the best part of the night tossing and turning in your bed. Why has it taken until 5 a.m. for you to finally nod off? Or put another way, why have you been able to drift off to sleep at 5 a.m., when you couldn't get to sleep …

A huge leak may have just revealed the Galaxy S6’s monster specs

Various reports have claimed that Samsung is designing its next-gen top Android handset from scratch in an attempt to reinvent its flagship …

Android tip: Prioritize those Wi-Fi hotspots

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom<p>Here’s a handy Android tip published by the How To Geek site on Friday that can help you …

28 things you can't unsee from 2014

Things got pretty weird in 2014.<p>This year was an extraordinary time for viral moments, but with the good must come the bad.<p>Among the feel-good and …

Samsung Galaxy S6 already? Alleged specs pop up online

Samsung's next Galaxy phone will up the screen size and resolution over the S5, assuming a new round of leaked specs are accurate.<p>A screenshot leaked by Chinese website CNMO from the database of benchmarking site AnTuTu allegedly displays some of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Assuming the …

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The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

The 12 best Android apps of 2014

Between the release of Android Lollipop, a slew of new cutting-edge handsets, and a brand new platform for smartwatches and wearables, 2014 was an …

Orion spacecraft recovered after Nasa completes successful test flight

Nasa successfully launched its new Orion spacecraft on a mission that the US space agency hopes will foreshadow the first human expedition to Mars.<p>At 7.05am ET (12.05pm GMT) on Friday a dense bloom of fire and smoke shrouded the launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as the Orion capsule rose into …

It’s official: America is now No. 2

Hang on to your hats, America.<p>And throw away that big, fat styrofoam finger while you’re about it.<p>There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say …

Feds Find Shocking, Systemic Brutality, Incompetence In Cleveland Police Department

WASHINGTON -- In recent years, Cleveland police officers have punched a 13-year-old boy who was in handcuffs for shoplifting and shot at an unarmed kidnapping victim who was wearing only his underwear, according to disturbing allegations released Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency's …