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White Dwarfs: Compact Corpses of Stars

The stars in the sky may seem ageless and unchanging, but eventually most of them will turn into white dwarfs, the last observable stage of evolution …

Scientists discover theory-defying black hole 12 billion times the size of the Sun

“Current theory is for a limit to how fast a black hole can grow, but this black hole is too large for that theory”<p>Researchers from Peking University and the University of Arizona discovered what is being called a "monster black hole," which is powering the brightest quasar yet found. Results of …

The View-Master is back. Now it's virtual reality for kids.

Remember the View-Master? That classic toy is getting a virtual reality reboot.<p>This fall, Google (GOOG) and Mattel (MAT) are coming out with a plastic viewer that pairs up with your smartphone. You can explore virtual reality environments, make three-dimensional dinosaurs appear in the real world …

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Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Physicists Have Built A Time Machine Simulator

This would create a paradox since you never would have been born if your grandparents never met. You've prevented your later birth, so you shouldn't exist anymore.<p>This is called the "Grandfather Paradox," and it's an infamous one among physicists.<p>Even though Einstein's famous theory of general …

Professional Cuddlers Embrace More Clients

The Snuggling Industry Takes Off, but Clothes Stay On; Spooning or Tickling Sessions for a Fee<p>Kimberly Kilbride is a professional cuddler.<p>For $80 an hour, or up to $400 for an overnight gig, the 33-year-old mother of three dons flannel pajama bottoms, puts away her family pictures and two pit bull …

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These Are the Most Ingenious Gadgets From CES 2015

Aya Brackett—Nest<p>DJI<p>Apple<p>Osmo<p>Tesla<p>Jawbone<p>Square<p>Hasbro<p>Oculus VR<p>Qualcomm

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With a Bang: The Science of Fireworks

You've probably set off a firework or two in your time, but do you know how fireworks work? This Fourth of July, we'll burn our way through a few common examples of every stripe, flash, and boom. You've seen the lights. Now know the science.<p>You've probably set off a firework or two in your time, …

10 Best Chrome Extensions You May Not Have Tried

Beste Chrome extensions<p>I’m a huge fan of adding functionality to my browser, and we’ve featured some great extensions to supercharge Chrome in the past. Here are a few more Chrome extensions that you might not have heard of, but are certainly worth a try.<p>Jot<p>If you’re constantly working in your …

Internet Explorer must die

If you think Microsoft should just kill off Internet Explorer already, you might just get your wish.<p>The browser has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as Internet Explorer has improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to …

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

The 15 Best Chrome Extensions to Install Right Now

These add-ons for Google's Chrome browser will help you work faster, get smarter, and maybe even save a little money.<p>These add-ons for Google's Chrome browser will help you work faster, get smarter, and maybe even save a little money.

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Rosetta comet landing on course despite wake-up glitch

On Wednesday the European Space Agency will attempt a risky landing on a comet, and it seems the Philae lander wanted to catch a few extra winks of sleep before its big day.<p>Overnight, the commands were sent to wake up Philae but the robotic lander began using a backup computer rather than the main …

Here's How We'll Touch Down On A Comet This Week (We Hope)

The Rosetta mission is about to land where no spacecraft has ever landed before.<p>About 31 million miles away from Earth, the Rosetta spacecraft is circling a rubber ducky-shaped comet and getting reading for touchdown. On November 12 at around 4 a.m. EST, the orbiter will release the Philae lander, …

20 Creepy Photos of Abandoned Attractions

While some places come and go, others are left standing long after their heyday. Here are 9 abandoned attractions whose afterlives, however, have their own strange appeal.<p>While some places come and go, others are left standing long after their heyday. Here are 9 abandoned attractions whose …

ESPN Is Suspending Bill Simmons For 3 Weeks For His Impassioned Anti-Roger Goodell Comments

Well, he dared them.<p>Following a profanity-laced tirade in which he flat-out called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “liar” on his podcast earlier this week, Bill Simmons of ESPN/Grantland has been suspended for three weeks by the network’s brass. Here’s the gist of what Simmons said that apparently …

The Future of High-Definition Audio Is Here

How to listen to the best of the best new Blu-ray and vinyl music releases.<p><b>"We're barely getting five percent</b> of the what the artist recorded when we listen to music these days," David Crosby, the Byrds legend and one-fourth of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young told me when we sat down to talk about the …

Tony Stewart Hit And Killed A Fellow Driver In His Sprint Car, Will Race Today

<b>UPDATE:</b> Stewart will NOT race today. See below for recent developments and video.<p>In a developing story that seems to keep getting worse, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart reportedly intentionally ran over fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. during an altercation at Canandaigua Speedway on Saturday night. Not …

Could We Build a Disk Bigger Than a Star?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Alderson disk, an astoundingly enormous sun-encircling object.<p><b>Megastructure name:</b> Alderson disk<p><b>Named after:</b> The late Jet …

Kevin McHale on Rockets' moves: 'I understand kind of why we did it'

Houston Rockets' coach Kevin McHale doesn't sound too confident in why the Rockets made the moves they did this summer.<p><b>More Offseason Analysis:</b> …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Auto Safety Experts Concerned About CarPlay and Distracted Driving

Earlier this week, Apple announced its new CarPlay technology, which opens the door for easier hands-free calling, text messaging and navigation while driving. Consumers may be enthusiastic about this in-car technology, but auto safety experts are concerned about its contribution to distracted …

Antonio Smith 'suspicious' of Pats

HOUSTON -- Many of Houston's defensive players left Sunday's loss to the Patriots talking about the adjustments New England made to the Texans' …

Friction in the gears of Samsung's Galaxy Gear

Enter the Galaxy Gear. Samsung is raising the bar for what a smartwatch can be, aiming for functionality closer to that of Google Glass. You can answer phone calls, control Galaxy Gear with your voice, take pictures, and share content -- just like you would on a smartphone, but you don't have to …

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Can an audiophile find joy in a full-size $40 headphone?

I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did, first the HA-RX700 doesn't look or feel like a cheap headphone. Better yet, it …

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