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Scientists: Global Warming Likely to Surpass 2°C Target

They argue for new “narrative” so world can better prepare for dangerous climate change impacts.<p>It took a long time for nations to set a speed limit on the road to a warming world.<p><b>But for the past four years, even though negotiators have never arrived at a plan for avoiding dangerous climate</b> …

What Escapes A Black Hole?

Now that's dark<p>Black holes have a bad rap. They’re known for sucking in everything around them, but matter can actually break away from their grasp, in the form of jets. Although astronomers have been aware of this for half a century, they didn’t know what exactly the jets were made of until last …

Black Holes

Best space images of the month

Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured during a memorable month in space – from cosmic collisions to soaring satellites.<p>Watch Colin Legg's footage of the Moon Saturn occultation.

Astronomy

New to nature No 119: Osperalycus tenerphagus

Even knowing that mites are one of our world's hyper-diverse taxa with seemingly endless anatomical and life-history variation, I cannot help but be surprised when I learn about a species like the newly discovered <i>Osperalycus tenerphagus</i>. It belongs to the family <i>Nematalycidae</i>, whose species are …

Spending more time in the dark could boost hearing in old age

In the Marvel Comic Daredevil our eponymous hero is the victim of a radioactive spill, leaving him blind but also with an extraordinary heightening of his other senses, particularly hearing.<p>For Julie, her superhuman hearing isn't the result of radioactivity, but is instead due to the reorganisation …

Strange Signal From Galactic Center Is Looking More and More Like Dark Matter

The more that scientists stare at it, the more a strange signal from the center of the Milky Way galaxy appears to be the result of dark matter …

Ask Anything: Why Is The Milky Way A Spiral?

The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …

Universe

Spiral galaxy spills blood and guts

The streaks emanating from this galaxy are hot young stars, encased in wispy streams of gas torn away from the galaxy as it moves through space.<p>This …

Cosmology

Arthritis drug beats 'Baghdad boil' skin parasite - Futurity

A drug made from gold seems to treat a protozoan parasite that causes potentially disfiguring skin sores that don't heal.

Baghdad

Virus Locked In Siberian Ice For 30,000 Years Is Revived In Lab

Scientists at a laboratory in France have thawed out and revived an ancient virus found in the Siberian permafrost, making it infectious again for the first time in 30,000 years.<p>The giant virus known as <i>Pithovirus sibericum</i> was discovered about 100 feet deep in coastal tundra. The pathogen infects …

Rocket launched straight into aurora

A NASA-funded sounding rocket launched straight into an aurora over Venetie, Alaska, on March 3, 2014.<p>On March 3, 2014, at 6:09 a.m. EST, a …

Space Exploration

High-Tech Tuna Researcher Uncovers Marvels of the Big Fish

Stanford professor Barbara Block has pioneered tagging and tracking tools.<p>We met 30 years ago, Barbara Block and I, over the body of a huge Pacific blue marlin. We were standing on the dock at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, on opposite sides of the table supporting the fish. Professor …

Newly identified dinosaur fauna sheds light on evolution

Less than 20 years ago the first known feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China were being unveiled to a surprised and amazed public, and since then huge numbers of fossils have been found. A new study, however, confirms previous suspicions that this wonderful collection in fact represents two …

Jumbo Black Hole's Dizzying Spin Twists Space

A rapidly spinning black hole points to smooth formation of early galaxies.<p>A monster black hole rotates at roughly half the speed of light, astronomers reported on Wednesday, twisting space as it turns. (Read "Star Eater" in <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.)<p>Most galaxies, including our own spiral Milky …

Spin of distant black hole measured at half of speed of light | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A supermassive black hole inside a distant quasar spins at about 336 million mph (540 million kph) or roughly half the speed of light, according to research published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>Multiple images of a distant quasar are visible in this …

Baby born with HIV reported to be clear of virus after urgent treatment

A baby born with HIV may have been cleared of the virus after doctors gave her treatment for the infection within hours of her birth.<p>Doctors gave the baby's mother anti-HIV drugs during labour to cut the risk of passing her HIV on, and began treating the baby four hours after she was born in …

Lightning, seen from space

NASA routinely studies lightning space to aid in weather forecasting. A new instrument is being planning for a 2016 launch.<p>Researchers at NASA’s …

Space

Five-tonne dinosaur species discovered

Fossilised remains of what scientists believe was the largest terrestrial predator ever to have roamed Europe have been found in Portugal.<p>The dinosaur, a new species named <i>Torvosaurus gurneyi</i>, was up to 10m (33ft) long and weighed between four and five tonnes.<p>Its head measured 1.15m from front to …

Tech and Science

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Hubble shows galaxy being ripped apart – video

An image taken by the Hubble telescope in 2009 shows dust and stars being ripped from galaxy ESO 137-001 as it moves through a hot galaxy cluster. ESO 137-001 is located in the southern constellation of Triangulum Australe – the southern triangle – and is a part of Norma Cluster. The galaxy cluster …

This Year’s Oscars Was The Highest Rated In 14 Years

I had a whole list of “Ways To Improve The Oscars Telecast” written up, which included UFC-style ring girls for every category, WWE-style promo videos for each actor, and Truckasaurus, but now I’m worried that they may fall on deaf ears as it turns out Sunday’s Oscars telecast was the most watched …

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' trailer shows robots, ruination

The new trailer for "Transformers: Age of Extinction" warns that "The rules have changed," but based on the images glimpsed within, there's still plenty of the robotic mayhem, booming explosions and large-scale destruction that Michael Bay and his blockbuster franchise are known for.<p>Written by …

Movies

'The Boxtrolls' Trailer: Laika Is So Square – /Film

It’s too soon to say how 2014 as a whole will pan out for cinema, but any year that includes a new release by Laika can’t be all that bad. The …

Godzilla: the monster movie with a director of modest origin

Warning: this piece may contain spoilers<p>Director Gareth Edwards pits acting behemoth Bryan Cranston against the reptilian beast from the deep<p>• More from the Week in geek series<p>How do you go from a microbudget monster movie with special effects created using off-the-shelf software to a $160m (£96m) …

Justin Bieber Had Every Single One Of His Tattoos Photographed While In Police Custody

And here they all are. Thank you, Miami Beach Police Department.

Native Americans

Lindsay Lohan Knows 'This Is My Last Shot' for a Comeback

The first clip from the Lindsay Lohan docuseries is out – and it looks like her road to recovery is a rocky one.<p>“There’s nothing left in having a …

Celebrity News

Demi Lovato Shaves Side Of Head, Looks Like A Rock Star

First she dyed it blue, then hot pink, and now Demi Lovato is rocking Skrillex's signature 'do -- and it seriously works for her.<p>On Tuesday, March 4, Lovato made the bold move to shave half her head and post photos of the new hairstyle to Instagram, writing, "IDGAF," (which stands for "I don't give …

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