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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions, NASA made these stunning, free posters

The US spacecrafts Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched 16 days apart in August and September of 1977. Both the missions took advantage of a once-in-175-year alignment of planets that allowed between them to visit all the gaseous planets of the solar system.<p>PBS last month released a documentary to …

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‘The Fifth Element’ At 20: The Cacophonous Future People Couldn’t Quite Process

It’s fitting that <i>The Fifth Element</i> would turn 20 the same week as <i>Star Wars</i> day and the release of <i>Guardians Of The Galaxy</i>, because movies like <i>Guardians</i> probably wouldn’t exist without <i>The Fifth Element.</i> And for me, <i>The Fifth Element</i> is sort of like my <i>Star Wars</i>. The way a previous generation had its …

Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)

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How to Take the Best Pictures with a Dual-Lens Camera

Some of the biggest names in the smartphone business—including Apple, LG and Huawei—now make phones with dual-lens cameras installed, and other …

The psychology of why 94 deaths from terrorism are scarier than 301,797 deaths from guns

According to the New America Foundation, jihadists killed 94 people inside the United States between 2005 and 2015. During that same time period, 301,797 people in the US were shot dead, Politifact reports.<p>At first blush, these numbers might seem to indicate that Donald Trump’s temporary ban on …

Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to tell for …

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The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren't From Mars And Women From Venus

Testosterone Rex is extinct.<p>That's the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society hit the bookstores Tuesday.<p>"Testosterone Rex" is a nickname for the view that women and men are essentially …

How The Anthropic Principle Became The Most Abused Idea In Science

The Universe has the fundamental laws that we observe it to have. Also, we exist, and are made of the things we’re made of, obeying those same fundamental laws. And therefore, we can construct two very simple statements that would be very difficult to argue against:<p>We must be prepared to take …

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'Yes we did': Barack Obama lifts America one last time in emotional farewell

Outgoing president gives proud account of his eight years in office – and pays moving tribute to Michelle, ‘wife, mother of my children and best friend’<p>“Yes we can,” he said one last time. “Yes we did.” And the crowd roared.<p>Barack Obama – the son of a Kenyan goat herder and self-described “skinny …

No justice, no peace: This poignant poem perfectly encapsulates 2016

<b>President-elect Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP)</b><p>“Starting with Black” addresses the “urgent political and moral crisis” that we currently face<p>Bill Moyers<p>December 31, 2016 10:58am (UTC)<p>…

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The Intriguing Backstory of Darth Vader's Castle in Rogue One

The idea that Darth Vader had a home somewhere in a galaxy far, far away isn’t a new one. <i>Star Wars</i> concept designer Ralph McQuarrie came up with the …

The Current, Canonical Star Wars Timeline

After Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, the official Star Wars canon was reset; all the books, games, and comics that had taken place in the Star …

Star Wars

A History of Philosophy in 81 Video Lectures: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times

Above, you can watch 81 video lectures tracing the history of philosophy, moving from Ancient Greece to modern times. Arthur Holmes presented this …

Ancient Greece

Stepping back 3.6m years: footprints yield new clues to humans’ ancestors

Tracks found by accident on proposed museum site in Tanzania were preserved in volcanic ash dampened by ancient African rains<p>The footprints of five ancestors of humans who walked the Earth more than 3.6m years ago have been found preserved in volcanic ash that was dampened by ancient African rains. …

32 Beautiful Badass Strength Training Tips and Principles

Let’s be honest: most “tips and principles” articles suck.With that in mind, I did my best to write a “tips and principles” article for you that …

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Can Superhero Movies Be More Than Superhero Movies?

<i>Henry Bevan on whether superhero movies can be more than just superhero movies…</i><p>When the <b>Spider-Man: Homecoming</b> trailer superhero landed on the web, it …

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it | George Monbiot

Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them<p>Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. …

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What the Tech? 12 Tech Terms to Know Right Now

<b>Unlock the mysteries of the “cloud” and “IOT,” learn the difference between augmented and virtual realities and find out what “Merged Reality” means.</b> …

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The conundrum of mind and matter: what is consciousness?

It’s one of the greatest puzzles scientists struggle to define. Susan Greenfield explains why understanding consciouness remains elusive<p>It’s early in the morning and still dark outside. Your heart rate has dropped to a single beat per second and your blood pressure is the lowest it will be for the …

Fact Checking Donald Trump’s Defiant Speech

Donald Trump gave a lengthy speech on Thursday, lashing out at the media, rival Hillary Clinton, the U.S. government, and the financial industry for what he said is widespread conspiracy and corruption. He repeatedly claimed that what he was saying was true and factual, and arguing that his critics …

7 Things Steve Jobs Said That You Should Say Every Single Day

What you do is based on what you think. So borrow a few thoughts from Steve.<p>He came, he saw, he conquered...and he left behind some words to live by:<p><b>1. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."</b><p>Ideas without action aren't ideas. They're regrets.<p>Every day, most people let hesitation …

The brilliant mechanics of Pokémon Go

If you haven’t seen it already, you will soon when you are walking down the street. Every person you pass who is fervently looking at their phone is likely playing the No. 1 game in the country right now: Pokémon Go.<p>You might think it’s popular because of the brand. Nintendo, which refused to make …

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Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order

/ Dec 11, 2012<p>Looking out upon the horrid ruin we seem to have made of the planet, in spite of the kind hearts and good intentions of the vast …

Donald Trump's energy policies would harm the nation and worsen global warming

Here's Donald Trump's vision of America's energy future: warmer climate, higher seas and worsened smog with increased risks of serious illness among Americans forced to inhale emissions from ramped-up coal-fired power plants.<p>Yeah, that'll make America great again.<p>Trump, unlike Hillary Clinton and …

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How Captain America: Civil War Romanticizes the Realities of Drone Warfare

In the first ten minutes of <i>Captain America: Civil War</i>, we see an example of the use of drone warfare in an international incident. Sam Wilson, a.k.a. …

It Takes Just Four Minutes To Explain the Entire Universe

In need of a quick refresher course on, well, the science of pretty much everything? Here’s a cheeky, irreverent summation of the universe in just …

J.J. Abrams Is the Golden Child 'Star Wars' Deserved

The most influential film and TV maker in Hollywood is the scion of the very movies he is now making.<p>A long time ago, in the tony suburb of Brentwood, California, a chubby, bespectacled kid of middle-school age busied himself in his bedroom.<p>It was a large space by any standard, with big windows and …

15 Science Experiments To Try This Easter Break

Endless fun with things you probably have in your kitchen cupboard already.