Colin O'Keefe

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Massive supernova visible millions of light years from Earth

California observatory spots dying star 10,000 times brighter than the sun before explosion in a spiral galaxy 160m light years from constellation of Pegasus<p>Astronomers have captured the early death throes of a massive star that was torn apart in a violent explosion in a galaxy far from Earth.<p>The …


US journalist and translator killed in Afghan ambush

<b>A veteran US photojournalist and a translator have been killed in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.</b><p>David Gilkey of National Public Radio (NPR) and Zabihullah Tamanna were travelling with the Afghan army when they came under fire and their vehicle was hit by a shell, NPR said.<p>The attack also …

Watch the US Coast Guard seize a narco submarine carrying 12,800 pounds of cocaine

The US Coast Guard stopped and seized a self-propelled semi-submersible carrying 12,800 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of roughly $200 million on March 3.<p>The semi-submersible, sometimes called a narco submarine, was detected by US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations …

If you missed the Eta Aquarid meteor shower last night, we've got some amazing photos of last year's right here:

Hilarious 6-Second Stop-Motion Vine Videos by Brock Davis

<b>Choking Peach</b><p>Minneapolis-based artist Brock Davis creates hilarious and imaginative 6-second videos on the Vine app. His stop-motion animations give new life to inanimate objects that playfully anthropomorphize them. Each clever video is also accompanied by an equally witty titled that together …

Stop Motion

Winners of the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest

<b>Grand Prize and Nature Winner</b><p>The winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2013 have just been announced! Taking home the grand prize is an image you probably remember spotting on a blog post right here on My Modern Met just over a week ago. Seattle-based photographer Paul Souders took the …

Nature Photography

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …


35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

A patch of reflected sunlight gleams off the Earth's oceans in this view from the International Space Station by an Expedition 36 astronaut captured on July 4. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft is seen docked at top, with a large mass of storm clouds over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil and the Equator far below. 'Image of the Day' Gallery: