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NASA's New Horizons probe is officially set to explore the Kuiper Belt

After capturing and transmitting the most detailed images of Pluto we've ever seen, NASA's New Horizons space probe is getting a new mission. NASA announced today that the probe had received funding to continue its exploration of the outer reaches of our solar system. Going deeper into the Kuiper …

Luminous beauty of Jupiter's auroras revealed by Hubble telescope

Huge non-stop lightshow dwarfs the Earth’s transient polar displays, say Nasa scientists, as they carry out project to observe effects of solars winds<p>Astronomers have used the powerful Hubble space telescope to capture images of the luminous auroras that light up the poles of Jupiter.<p>Jupiter, the …

Sun Has Likely Entered New Evolutionary Phase, Say Astronomers

The Sun has likely already entered into a new unpredicted long-term phase of its evolution as a hydrogen-burning main sequence star — one characterized by magnetic sputtering indicative of a more quiescent middle-age. Or so say the authors of a new paper submitted to <i>The Astrophysical Journal …

The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2016 So Far

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Movies

Indian judge tells women to be 'careful' about their WhatsApp profile pictures

An Indian judge has said that women should be more careful while putting up their profile photos on WhatsApp, while hearing the case of a man accused …

14 YA Books About LGBTQ People of Color

Even as queer characters have begun to proliferate in YA literature, LGBTQ+ teens of color continue to be underserved—these characters are mostly gay …

Books

Is ‘devouring’ books a sign of superficiality in a reader? – Louise Adams

Last year, a reporter in the <i>Guardian</i> described how the Man Booker Prize judges spent ‘a summer… devouring novel after magnificent novel’, culminating …

Why books are a love magnet

Research from a new dating app suggests that users with shared reading tags make better matches. I didn’t use an app, but the trick worked for me<p>A few months in, I already liked the person who would become my husband quite a lot, but I properly fell for him on learning that we’d both loved reading …

The books world is a massive diversity fail – here's how we change it

Many people are fed up of talking about diversity in children’s books – we all know the arguments, so why isn’t it happening? Author <b>Catherine Johnson</b> takes stock of recent progress and what’s still required at an Inclusive Minds event<p><b>Read our list of the 50 best diverse children’s books</b><p>At this …

Dan Brown donates €300,000 to digitise mystical books that inspired him

Da Vinci Code author gives money to help the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam make collection available online to ‘people around the world’<p>Dan Brown, whose hero Robert Langdon is able to crack ancient codes with ease, has donated €300,000 (£237,000) to the Dutch library whose …

The most dazzling city of the ancient world

A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates Pergamon, the stunning city that reveals a great deal about the ancient world, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>When Alexander the Great died in Babylon, still only in his early 30s, in 323 BC, he left behind a vast kingdom, sprawling across three …

Ancient History

Three More Women Sue Baylor U. Over Handling of Rape Allegations

WACO, Texas — Three more women filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Baylor University on Wednesday, saying the school did nothing to help them after they reported being sexually assaulted on or near campus.<p>The Baptist school in Waco, Texas, has come under intense criticism for mishandling …

New algorithm may lead to a picture of an actual black hole

MIT grad student Katie Bouman and her team have developed an algorithm that could finally show us a photo of an actual black hole. See, all the black hole "photos" you've seen thus far, including the one above, are merely artist interpretations depicting what we think they look like. In order to …

Turkey's Erdogan says childless women are 'incomplete'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Turkish women to have at least three children, saying a woman's life is "incomplete" if she fails to have offspring.<p>Erdogan's comments were the latest in a series of controversial remarks aimed at encouraging women to help boost Turkey's population, …

‘A steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action’: Dad defends Stanford sex offender

Public outrage over the lenient sentencing of a star Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault has been compounded by a controversial letter written by the athlete’s father.<p>Brock Turner was convicted in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a fraternity party in January 2015 at …

Stanford University

X-rays reveal 1,300-year-old writings inside later bookbindings

The words of the 8th-century Saint Bede are among those that have been found by detecting iron, copper and zinc – constituents of medieval ink<p>Medieval manuscripts that have been hidden from view for centuries could reveal their secrets for the first time, thanks to new technology.<p>Dutch scientists …

Archaeology

CJ Flood: teen girls have a right to roam too

Women’s freedoms are frequently curbed by well-intentioned parents and society. Writing a book encouraging women to go out and explore their surroundings alone at night, <b>novelist CJ Flood</b> grappled with the risks while urging teenagers to stay unafraid and inquisitive<p>The question of safety came up …

Children's Books

The Human Fear of Total Knowledge

Why infinite libraries are treated skeptically in the annals of science fiction and fantasy<p>Libraries tend to occupy a sacred space in modern culture. People adore them. (Perhaps even more than that, people love the <i>idea</i> of them. A Pew survey last year found that while people report feeling strongly …