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Hubble image: Dormant black hole, in a word, is gargantuan

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Hubble Space Telescope has given scientists their sharpest-ever look at a known galaxy containing an enormous black hole.<p>The supermassive black hole is in a galaxy called NGC 4889, one of several in the Coma Cluster, officials said Thursday.<p>According to NASA, every galaxy has a …

Black Holes

A simple property of water created this gorgeous photo

Ontario-based photographer Michael Davies and his friend Markus stood at the top of a mountain and demonstrated this by throwing leftover tea into the air, dramatically photographing it instantaneously freezing.<p>This mountaintop was just 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) south of the Arctic Circle, and …

Arctic Circle

How To Rebuild Trust After An Affair

It creeps up on you when you least expect it — the desire for something “different.” You see someone or something that piques your curiosity; you’re aroused and pondering a few sensual thoughts. You tell yourself you’re not going to act on it, but it makes you horny when you think about yourself in …

'Realism isn't important': the man who photographed India – without any Indians

Sweater vests, 70s hair, lightning bolts … Olivier Culmann has plotted trends in Indian portraiture – without snapping a single local. Instead, he poses himself and darkens his skin with filters. Is it social commentary, or an off-colour joke?<p>“Photography takes itself too seriously,” says Olivier …

How to Hack into Your Creativity While You Sleep

We live in an age of multitasking, but there is still one significant chunk of time we haven’t put to good use — sleep. A restful, uninterrupted eight hours of shuteye is important for replenishing our energy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t do double duty and replenish our creativity too.<p>At some …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Dark Matter

Let’s have an open relationship, my girlfriend said …

Polyamorists believe in being romantically connected to more than one person at a time. Could it work for Nathan A Thompson?<p>“Try not to sleep with her,” my girlfriend said as we stepped out of her apartment to meet another girl. “But I won’t be mad if you do,” she added. Phoebe didn’t like being …

18 Secrets About Being An Astronaut That NASA Won't Tell You

"It's like seven people in a camper van with a porta-potty for two weeks."

The “awww!” response to cuteness isn’t just biological, it’s philosophical

Cute kittens and cuddly toys aren’t the highest form of aestheticism, but one Stanford professor, Sianne Ngai, believes “cuteness” is a concept worth studying. And so Ngai, a professor in literary and cultural theory, has developed a philosophical argument about what counts as cute.<p>Cuteness has …

A backpacker's guide to the most affordable cities in Europe

Europe is full of amazing countries that don't cost an arm and a leg to explore.<p>Online travel company Simply Holiday Deals has put together a list of the continent's cheapest cities for travelers based on the Europe Backpacker Index for 2015, which calculates the average price of hostels, …

Travel

Nasa images of cosmic catastrophe give glimpse of Earth's ultimate fate

Earth’s final days are in the distant future, but the the death of a far-off solar system revealed in images from Kepler 2 shows how the world might end<p>The destruction of a solar system has been captured for the first time by astronomers who said the violent events provide a grim glimpse of Earth’s …

Our Universe: It's the 'Simplest' Thing We Know

Our universe is actually really simple, it's just our cosmological theories that are getting needlessly complex, argues one of the world's leading …

12 Halloween Candy Recipes That Are Better Than Store-Bought Versions

Be a Boss and Make Your Own Candy Corn<p>This Halloween, instead of stocking up on store-bought stuff, we're trying our hand at confectioning with these 12 recipes for homemade versions of our favorite sweet treats.<p><b>Candy Corn</b><p>Let's kick it off with a classic. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Reese's Peanut Butter Cups</b><p>Has …

Dessert

Gateway to parallel universe seen in the sky above China

Well, that’s one possible explanation offered by conspiracy theorists for the strange event, which occurred above the Jiangxi and Foshan regions of …

Man Started With An Empty Van, But When He Opens The Back Door You'll Be Amazed

There's perhaps no feeling more freeing than that of living life out on the open road. Though often synonymous with less-than-desirable living …

Motorhomes

25 Things You Absolutely, Positively Have to Do in Paris

The City of Light, the City of Love, the city with a certain je ne sais quoi: There’s perhaps no place more adored on the planet, as evidenced by the millions of visitors Paris draws each year. You could spend a lifetime exploring the French capital, but whether you have a day or a year, we’ve got …

France

9 things scientifically proven to make you happier

We all want to be happy – it’s pretty much a universal life goal.<p>And when research reveals that happy people live longer, who wouldn’t want …

Geeky Gadgets Deals Of The Week 17th October

We have had some great deals for our readers this week in the Geeky Gadgets Deals store, so it is time for our round up of this weeks most popular …

Raspberry Pi

Baking Eggs INSIDE Avocados Is Truly A Champion's Breakfast

Because you've probably had enough avocado toast by now.<p>Remember when avocado toast was <i>the</i> trend to eat at breakfast?<p>The next logical step, according to food host Brandi Milloy in the video below from PopSugar Food, is to get rid of the bread and put a bird on it (specifically, an egg).<p>Preheat your …

Breakfast

'Could happen at any time' God particle could DESTROY universe, warns Stephen Hawking

AFP/GETTYStephen Hawking has given a stark end of the world warning<p>The Cambridge-educated cosmologist said the Higgs boson could become unstable at …

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars, told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

Stephen Colbert

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Everything Is Made Of Waves; Also, Particles

Everything in the universe has both particle and wave nature, at the same time.They’re really just different language describing the same mathematical object.

The 20 Greatest Driving Roads in the World

A great road challenges everyday notions. But most of all, it elicits a thrill. These 20 mythic highways inspire us to hit the road.<p>If you're gonna hit the road, hit some of the best roads on Earth.

Astronauts report an “overview effect” from the awe of space travel—and you can replicate it here on Earth

The view of earth from space is so spectacular that it can apparently transform astronauts’ perspectives on life—and even draw these scientists toward religion and spiritualism.<p>“Something happens to you out there,” Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell has said. “You develop an instant global …

Transcendental Meditation

What Is It Like to Date When You Have Borderline Personality Disorder?

For those dealing with BPD, the trust and patience required by relationships can be a complicated issue.<p>Most people first encounter borderline personality disorder (BPD) on screen: It's the condition behind Glenn Close's character in <i>Fatal Attraction</i>. It's what Winona Ryder's character was diagnosed …

Interview: Electric Blue Molten Sulphur Flows from Indonesia’s Blue Fire Crater

While on a trip to East Java in Indonesia this past July, Chicago-based photographer, music producer, and filmmaker Reuben Wu (of Ladytron fame) captured the otherworldly sight of electric blue molten sulphur gushing from fumaroles (hot gas vents in the earth's crust) in the base of the Blue Fire …

Geology

When these scientists battled it out to identify the world's cutest animals, we all won.

An intense competition dubbed the #CuteOff flooded Twitter feeds.<p>Hundreds of people — scientists and laypeople alike — posted photographs of …

Cute

The Single Best Piece of Travel Advice Ever

<i>Leading travel experts share the best tips they've ever gotten about the art of traveling.</i><p>Travel is one of the most meaningful ways to enjoy your free time. If you're traveling with kids, it's the opportunity to raise children who are globally aware. If you're traveling solo, it's a chance to find …

North Island