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2018 April 25 - Hubble's Jupiter and the Shrinking Great Red Spot

<b>Hubble's Jupiter and the Shrinking Great Red Spot</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, Hubble, OPAL Program, STScI; <i>Processing:</i> Karol Masztalerz<p><b>Explanation:</b> What …

Astronomy

Here’s Why Grocery Stores Sell Bread In Paper Bags

When you pick up a loaf of bread at a bakery or in the bakery section of the Piggly Wiggly or Harris Teeter, frequently it will come in a paper bag. …

Baking

21 Facts That Will Remind You How Complex The Universe Really Is

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

Universe

The Hubble Space Telescope Captured This Beautiful Image of Two Galaxies Merging

NASA and the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope has been in low Earth orbit for nearly 28 years, but with several repairs and upgrades …

Rome covered by snow looks beautiful - Blog @ totallycoolpix.com

When you think of Rome, snow is the last thing on your mind. Pizza, espresso, Romans, Julius Caesar, the Colloseum, but not snow.<br>Well, it happened …

Why Do All The Planets Orbit In The Same Plane?

Our Solar System is an orderly place, with the four inner planets, the asteroid belt, and the gas giant worlds all orbiting in the same plane around the Sun. Even as you go farther out, the Kuiper belt objects appear to line up with that same exact plane. Given that the Sun is spherical and that …

Universe

Scientists detect signal from ‘cosmic dawn,’ when stars first lit up the universe

For the first time, scientists have detected a signal from “cosmic dawn” — the moment when the universe's earliest stars emerged.<p>The signal, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, is little more than a blip in the radio echo of that ancient era, as difficult to detect as the wingbeat of a …

Black Holes

Ce*sored! China bans letter N (briefly) from internet as Xi Jinping extends grip on power

Amid fallout from the decision to allow Xi to be president for life, censors also crack down on letters, phrases and George Orwell’s Animal Farm<p>It is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and, in Scrabble, the springboard for more than 600 8-letter words.<p>But for the Communist party of China it is …

China

Where Corruption Is Raging Around The World [Infographic]

Transparency International released its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index on Wednesday, finding that most countries around the world are making little or no progress in ending corruption. 180 countries and territories were ranked on perceived public sector corruption on a scale of 0 to 100. The …

Ivory Coast

Feast Your Eyes on the Amazing DIY Bookcase This Couple Made for Their Kids

You won't find this at IKEA!<p>In an effort to qualify for an Australian DIY competition show called <i>The Block</i>, one couple built a very impressive, …

20 IKEA Hacks You’ll See Everywhere in 2018

22 Home Hacks That'll Make Renters Say "Why Didn't I Know About This Sooner?"

Save that security deposit.

10 Weird Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Milky Way

OXON HILL, MARYLAND, United States, EARTH, SOLAR SYSTEM, MILKY WAY<p>Sarlaccs might live in a galaxy far, far away, but our star-studded home has plenty of its own strange wonders.<p>When we look up, every star we see is in the Milky Way, the spiral galaxy we call home. The Milky Way holds every alien …

You've Been Charging Your Smartphone Wrong

You've probably been hastening the death of your phone's battery with your charging habits.<p>Tech Reporter<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Do you know how to keep your smartphone's battery healthy?<p>Probably not. In fact, you've probably been hastening the death of your phone's battery …

Science Says These 23 Words are the Oldest in the World | Inc.com

Not a lot of things last over a thousand years; even fewer last over 10,000.<p>Yet a British research team has put together a list of what they called "ultraconserved words," or words that have remained basically unchanged for a stunning 15,000 years.<p>The researchers say this is because they all …

Language

12 Incredible Coincidences That Are Hard To Believe Have Actually Happened

These cover the most bizarre and unbelievable scenarios that will leave you scratching your head at what forces are at play here…

A storm is gathering

A storm is gathering, and there is every reason to believe that 2018 will be the most consequential political year of our lives.<p>The reckoning upon us follows a year mercifully drawing to a close this weekend. Over that horrid year, President Trump has questioned the legitimacy of federal judges, …

Donald Trump

Trump’s first year was even worse than feared

Grit your teeth. Persevere. Just a few more days and this awful, rotten, no-good, ridiculous, rancorous, sordid, disgraceful year in the civic life of our nation will be over. Here’s hoping that we all — particularly special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — have a better 2018.<p>Many of us began 2017 …

Donald Trump

Carrie Fisher Wrote Some of Her Best 'Last Jedi' Lines

Of course she did.<p>One of the less well-known aspects of Carrie Fisher’s wide-ranging career are the years she spent as one of Hollywood’s top script doctors, polishing and punching up the work of other screenwriters. So it’s no surprise that Fisher herself wrote some of Princess Leia’s most …

Mark Hamill

Does China Really Pose A Threat To U.S. National Security?

China is an authoritarian one-party state that denies its own people the kinds of basic freedoms that Americans and other Westerners take for granted. It’s often thought of as a regional bully that provokes its neighbors and ignores the rulings of international tribunals. China routinely breaks the …

China

The Most Popular Kitchen Colors of the Last 100 Years

(Image credit: GardenWeb)<p>Looking through the kitchen color trends of the last century tells us a lot more than simply the most popular hues of the …

Kitchens

This Darling Marsupial Was Found Alive After Presumed Extinct For Over 100 Years

Look at that little nose!<p>A small, adorable-but-deadly carnivorous marsupial thought extinct in the Australian state of New South Wales has been …

The Impossible Task of Remembering the Nanking Massacre

How Iris Chang tried to bridge the gap between a fading memory and a horrific lived reality<p>The book case in my childhood bedroom contained worlds far from my own. There was my volume of folk tales from the <i>Childcraft</i> encyclopedia series, along with an illustrated Bible. Sandwiched between them was …

These are the top YouTube videos that went viral in 2017

<b>(CNN) —</b> YouTube's top viral video in 2017 was a singing man in an oyster costume.<p>The masked performer was a contestant on Thailand's aptly named singing competition show "The Mask Singer." The man in the mask sings "Until We Will Become Dust," which starts out as a ballad and eventually breaks into …

Music

The G.O.P. Is Rotting

A lot of good, honorable Republicans used to believe there was a safe middle ground. You didn’t have to tie yourself hip to hip with Donald Trump, but you didn’t have to go all the way to the other extreme and commit political suicide like the dissident Jeff Flake, either. You could sort of float …

Roy Moore

2 Bizarre Ancient Galaxies Found in a Colossal Sea of Dark Matter

Two enormous galaxies seen merging in the distant universe have astronomers rethinking the leading theory of how galaxies form.<p>When the universe was …

This is the Least Visited Country in Europe

It’s also one of the oldest and smallest nations in the world.<p>Europe attracts more international tourists than any other region of the world, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The staggering 616 million people that visited the continent last year faced the tough choice of …

Years of perfecting my English accent didn’t prepare me for what America thought of it: trash

I wanted to talk with Ron and get to know him, but he didn’t seem to care. One evening we were working together, and after a few awkward moments of silence, I said, “How long have you been working here?” “Three months in this store, but I have a lot of sales experience.” “What did you do before …

Language

The only known recording of Hitler's normal speaking voice

In 1942, Hitler paid a secret visit to Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Marshal of Finland and Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces in …

North Africa

What Made Leonardo da Vinci a Genius?

Hint: The great Italian artist was interested in everything.<p>A painting by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million at Christie's, by far the highest price for any work of art sold at auction—and a sign of the lofty place the great Italian artist holds in our imagination.<p>Today, the term “genius” is …