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Astronomers Have Already Made Shocking Discoveries About Pluto

Really, that was not supposed to happen.<p>On Wednesday afternoon, NASA released a hi-res photo of a tiny fraction of Pluto, taken by the New Horizons probe, that made everyone re-evaluate their understanding of the universe: Pluto has mountains—big ones, the size of the Rockies—and in the absence of …

These tiny fish can survive in volcanoes and they’re the stuff of nightmares

No matter how technologically advanced we are, we keep discovering wondrous and frightening new forms of life. Just recently, a team of scientists …

We already knew the Earth was not the center of the universe, but now we know exactly where it is.

Scientists have mapped more than 8,000 galaxies to find the Earth's official address, and it turns out the universe is even bigger than we …

Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle

<b>Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.</b><p>It was first predicted to exist in the 1960s but, much like the Higgs boson particle before it, the pentaquark eluded science for decades until its detection at the LHC.<p>The discovery, which …

Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time | Life & Physics

Cosmic rays provide a free source of high-energy collisions, which have been used in the past to discover new particles. A recent study calculates how often they produce Higgs bosons<p>On Wednesday the whole of year six from my daughter’s primary school came to visit UCL. They saw the Slade School of …

The big reason why robots are starting to act more like humans

As robotic systems evolve they are beginning to be built modeled after human biology. Specifically, bots will be built to imitate how humans use force. And that means they will become much safer for people to be around.<p>Traditionally, most robots are programmed to use a position control system, …

NASA's New Horizons gives final closeup of Pluto's puzzling dark spots

Pluto, the underdog of planetary science, finally gets its time in the spotlight this week. As the New Horizons spacecraft nears its historic …

Solar System

6 Scientific Advances Bringing Us Closer to a Real Terminator

After four movies and a TV series—and 31 years after Ahnold first told us he'd be back—Terminators are returning to theaters in a fifth installment:</i> …

Kristen Bell

Two Rules to Write By

When I first started writing I wrote with abandon. Armed only with an academic background and a love for books, I composed sentences on a whim, …

Creative Writing

Bakery Ordered to Pay $135,000 for Refusing to Make Lesbian Couple’s Wedding Cake | VICE News

A bakery in Portland, Oregon, has been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake their wedding cake more than two years ago.<p>The Bureau of Labor and Industries determined that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa caused emotional suffering to Laurel and Rachel …

Sneak peek: Hindu gods enliven 'Super Team'

Through the big eyes of a little boy, director Sanjay Patel has animated his journey from a California kid watching cartoons to a man respecting his father's Indian traditions.<p>Premiering in front of <i>The Good Dinosaur</i> (in theaters Nov. 25), the Disney/Pixar short film <i>Sanjay's Super Team</i> begins with a …

For This Transgender Third-Grader, Life As A Boy Is Liberating

<i>Update: Feb. 23, 2017, we're republishing this story after the Trump administration rescinded Obama administration guidance giving transgender students equal access to bathrooms and other facilities in public schools. This story originally ran in 2015 before any federal clarification.</i><p>Meet …

Impossible Chronology: History Is All Wrong

Archaeologists have made it possible willingly or unwillingly, to question history as we know it thanks to the numerous discoveries that have been …

The Midnight Swim Redeems Found-Footage Horror: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

You can be forgiven. If your first thought when you hear the phrase, "found-footage mockumentary" is a sincere wish that somebody should have released a Web virus long ago to wipe every copy of <i>The Blair Witch Project</i> off every server on Earth, that's certainly understandable. So I'm aware of the …

5 upcoming PC indie games you can't afford to ignore

Introduction<p>You don't need pick up a triple-A blockbuster to have a good time these days. Some of the most addictive games in 2014 were indies - from …

Indie Gaming