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Scientists Have Detected A New Stellar Explosion That Might Be A Supernova

And you can watch it live Thursday night, on a livestream from the Slooh Space Observatory website. They'll be broadcasting live from an observatory at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile starting at midnight Friday EDT (9pm Thursday PDT).<p>The stellar explosion was first spotted last week, …

The NSA has a plan to map the entire Internet. It's called 'Treasure Map'

Newly exposed Edward Snowden documents reveal the NSA’s in-depth plan to “map the entire Internet — any device, anywhere, all the time.”<p>According to a report published today by German news publication Der Spiegel, the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, “[aim] to map the Internet, and not just …

Ebola Virus Could Spread to 20,000 | The Takeaway | WNYC

The Ebola virus has spread to yet another country in Africa. And now officials at the World Health Organization say that the virus could afflict more …

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Change Your Hair Color By Etching Nano-Patterns Into Each Strand

In a weirdly serious bit of hair research, engineers have figured out how to change hair color without an ounce of hair dye. The only catch? You need …

How Close Are You to Genetic Happiness?

Did you know that the closer you live to the homeland of the world's most famous suicidal prince, the more likely it is that your genes -- and therefore you -- are happy?<p>Most scientists agree that genes are responsible for about half of our happiness level. Studies have identified a "happiness …

The Fastest Way To Crack A 4-Digit PIN Number [Infographic]

Good ol' 1234 accounts for about 10 percent of passwords. That's more than the bottom 4,200 combinations put together.<p>We know people default to bad passwords, whether for their computers or banking PINs. But, we have to stress this here, people are <i>really</i> bad at picking passwords. This infographic …

As Honeybees Die Off, First Inventory of Wild Bees Is Under Way

Could wild bees be the key to saving U.S. crops?<p>Not every bee may count, but Sam Droege is counting every bee.<p>On Saturdays, the head of the landmark Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program at the U.S. Geological Survey leaves his straw-bale house, where bees burrow in the walls, and goes to his …