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Life and Death Twilight audiobook clip

<i>Twilight</i> author Stephenie Meyer shocked fans early Tuesday morning and announced that in honor of the vampire saga’s 10th anniversary, she wrote a …

Homo Naledi, New Human Species Found: Pictures

Forpeople designs first-class cabin interiors for British Airways' new Dreamliners

First-class passengers on British Airways flights to Delhi, Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur will be seated in suites and cabins designed by UK agency …

Homo naledi: New species of ancient human discovered, claim scientists

Bones found in South African cave are <i>Homo naledi</i>, a new species of ancient human relative, say researchers, but some experts are sceptical of find<p>A huge haul of bones found in a small, dark chamber at the back of a cave in South Africa may be the remnants of a new species of ancient human …

Evolution

Google Blames Humans for Accidents Involving Its Self-Driving Cars

Car accidents can and do occur in self-driving vehicles, but you can’t just blame the computer, Google says.<p>The tech giant revealed in a post on …

Autonomous Cars

This is what sunset looks like on Mars

The Curiosity rover has been sending back data and photos since it landed on Mars nearly three years ago. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of rocks in those images.<p>But finally, for the first time, on Curiosity's 956th solar Mars day -- April 15, 2015, to all you Earthlings out there -- its Mastcam …

Texas A&M

Rare direct image of a super-Jupiter exoplanet

The big, wide universe has a lot of stars. The exact figure is unknown, although estimates put the number somewhere in the region of 70 sextillion. Some of those stars, just like our own sun, have their own planetary satellites. Yet, according to the NASA Exoplanet Archive, astronomers have only …

Universe

Genie transforms food pods into meals in 30 seconds

If you've seen an episode of <i>Star Trek</i>, you're likely familiar with the Replicator device on board the USS Enterprise that synthesized meals and beverages on demand. Well, a company in Israel created the modern-day equivalent to that appliance with Genie. The counter-top gadget uses food pods to …

Astronomers Unravel Secrets of Weirdly Tilted Solar Systems

Stars wreak havoc with their twin brother's impressionable young planets.<p>Gas and dust disks wheeling around twin stars in the constellation Taurus are tilted dramatically with respect to each other, astronomers reported Wednesday, and will likely form into planets with similarly skewed orbits. …

Breathtakingly Beautiful Pictures From The 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

Here are the winning images from National Geographic Traveler Magazine's 2014 photography contest, chosen from over 18,000 entries.<p>While on stormchasing expeditions in the Tornado Alley in the USA, I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were …

Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds

Reporter, BBC Nature<p>Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, scientists have revealed.<p>Theropods shrunk 12 times from 163kg (25st 9lb) to 0.8kg (1.8lb), before becoming modern birds.<p>The researchers found theropods were the only …

Dinosaurs Had the Worst Luck

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Dinosaurs aren’t dead. Not completely. Birds carry on their Mesozoic legacy. But all the forms that inspire our dreams and nightmares – the tyrannosaurs, ceratopsids, sauropods, and their ilk – are all gone. They were wiped out in a blink of geologic time, roundabout 66 …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Galaxies Stretch, Stars Tilt, and Mars Beckons

Secrets of a frozen moon, gravity playing tricks on galaxies, and the watery past of a desert world are spotlighted in this week's best space pictures.

15 Pictures Of 'The Most Alien-Looking Place On Earth'

Because of its extreme isolation from other land masses, Socotra has very unique plant life, a third of which can be found nowhere else in the world.<p>Not only are the plant endemic to Socotra, but they look weird as can be, causing people to refer to it as "the most alien-looking place on earth."