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The 10 Greatest Personality Tests in Science Fiction and Fantasy

<i>By Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.</i> When you explore the darkest reaches of the space, you find out just who you really are. But why …

Science Fiction

In a devastating blow for scientific education NASA have been forced to suspend all public outreach projects due to budget cuts. According to an internal memo circulated on the 22nd March "effective immediately, all education and public outreach activities should be suspended, pending further review. In terms of scope, this includes all public engagement and outreach events, programs, activities, and products developed and implemented by Headquarters, Mission Directorates, and Centers across the Agency, including all education and public outreach efforts conducted by programs and projects." More info: http://bit.ly/Yumo4s Hat tip to Science Is a Verb for bringing this to my attention.

Caleana major, the flying duck orchid.

Last week in science. Zebrafish neurons: http://bit.ly/WTrs41 Giant squid: http://bit.ly/YWMTi8 Mariana trench: http://bit.ly/YMsWuu Black hole & binary star: http://slate.me/WFmC84 Planck mission data: http://slate.me/Yci6Bi Crocodile newt: http://bit.ly/ZYZobS

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Researchers from the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, California, have identified a potential "treatment" for Down's Syndrome. More info: http://bit.ly/105Cznm

This is Geckoella jeyporensis, a small lizard that was thought to have been extinct for 135 years. In a win for conservation efforts, it has recently been rediscovered in the Eastern Ghats mountains, India. More info: http://bit.ly/11Ik25r

This is apparently doing the rounds today, as half a dozen people have asked me if it's true. Yes, this is completely legit. More info here: http://bit.ly/k0cbox

Extinction that paved way for dinosaurs definitively linked to volcanism

New dates also show life started recovering while eruptions were in progress.<p>Although we tend to think of the Earth as an amazingly hospitable …

74 Things Every Great Star Wars Movie Needs | WIRED

Not very long from now in a theater not very far away …<p>It is a time of hope in the galaxy. In late December, Disney completed its purchase of …