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Beauty of space: spectacular Australian photographs of the universe

From the hidden colours of the moon to Bonnie Doon, and Tarantula Nebula to Saturn, these spectacular images of the universe are the finalists in the 2016 CWAS ‘David Malin’ awards. The annual competition, which celebrates the best astronomy images taken by Australian photographers, is part of …

Astronomy
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Prone To Depression? Scientists Say It's Due To Your Creativity

Those of us who have experienced depression understand its loneliness, its breathtaking ability to make us feel as if we don’t belong or have no real …

Telescopes catch the aftermath of a black hole swallowing a star

Astronomers have observed a supermassive black hole swallowing a star 3.9 billion light years from Earth. The group used the European VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) network of telescopes, so big it's described as "Earth-sized", to observe the phenomenon.<p>Thanks to the scale of the …

Why Should I Make The Effort?

Early on in my work with women, helping them live life with purpose and engagement, I was struck by how those who were in unhappy romantic relationships failed to make progress in pursuing their goals.<p>We would talk about dreams and aspirations, about motivation and practical steps, but our …

Happiness

South Sudan's leaders announce ceasefire as UN calls for arms embargo on the country

Salva Kiir has ordered his SPLA army to observe a ceasefire in South Sudan. Vice President Riek Machar has reciprocated the move.<p>The announcements come amid renewed fighting in the capital Juba between forces loyal to the president and those supporting Machar.<p>Kiir says he is ready to work with his …

How eco homes can cut your energy bills – or even make money

If there’s one type of housing that really has a buzz around it right now, it is eco homes. They help the planet, they help your pocket, and they can be incredibly stylish when designed by architects who know how to deploy energy-efficient techniques with verve.<p>The Oscars of the eco homes world …

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain

What are black holes? WIRED explains

There are many strange things in our universe – from supernovas to neutron stars – but nothing is more mind-blowing than a black hole.<p>Black holes are …

Stephen Hawking

Six new medical technologies worth watching

From growing blood vessels in labs to applying advanced nanotechnology to cancer testing, here are some emerging technologies that could have a big …

Medical Technology

India state aims to plant a record 50 million trees in a day

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people in India's most populous state jostled for space Monday as they attempted to plant 50 million trees over 24 hours in hopes of shattering the world record.<p>Officials in Uttar Pradesh distributed millions of saplings to be planted across the state …

India

‘What is going on America?’: The world reacts to Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Dallas shootings

LONDON — Days after America celebrated Independence Day with flags and fireworks, another week of devastating gun violence unraveled. First, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was fatally shot by at least one police officer. Just moments before, Sterling had been selling CDs in front of a convenience …

Law Enforcement

'This isn't Baghdad — it's Baton Rouge': Chaos in Louisiana as 'militarized' police clash with protesters

The Black Lives Matter protests there and across the country — from New York City and Rochester, New York, to Washington, D.C., and St. Paul, Minnesota — have at times been violent, leading to hundreds of arrests.<p>Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson, who was arrested on Saturday …

Law Enforcement

The Dallas shooter was 'ostracized' by black power groups before he opened fire on police officers in Dallas

In an interview with The Blaze, Johnson's parents and stepmother said his behavior changed noticeably after he left the US army in 2014. Johnson served six years in the military, including a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.<p>Johnson wanted to become a police officer growing up, according to his …

Law Enforcement

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Top 17 Strangest Buildings In The World - Sketchy Sloth | The one and only portal for Sloths

The world owes some of its strangest structures to the masterminds of unconventional architects, who have painted their weird expressions through …

Underwater city was built by microbes, not people

When snorkelers discovered what appeared to be ancient stonework off the coast of the Greek island of Zakynthos in 2013, archaeologists sent to the …

Archaeology

Revolutionary new battery runs on gravity

It’s the same old story: batteries are holding us back. Technology is advancing so quickly across so many industries, but the next-generation …

2016's 'Best City In The World' Goes To...

Charleston, South Carolina. According to <i>Travel + Leisure</i> magazine, “Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place, so it’s no surprise that it has achieved its highest ranking ever in our survey as the year’s best city in the world.”<p>It’s the first time a U.S. city has received the top honor, but …

South Carolina

How Prolonged Exposure to Sweet, Blessed Silence Benefits the Brain

I write this to the soundtrack of a literal chainsaw; there are men at work outside my window attempting to – well, I’m not exactly sure what they’re …

Why granny’s only robot will be a sex robot

Douglas Hines started out with what sounded like a nice idea.<p>In the early 2000s, the former Bell Labs engineer was busy caring for his elderly father …

9 things that can make you less attractive, according to science

We learned that walking a dog and playing good music are easy ways to give yourself a boost.<p>But lately we've been wondering: Aren't there things we're all guilty of doing that can <i>decrease</i> our attractiveness?<p>The answer is almost definitely yes. What follows is a list of common traits and behaviors …

Body Language

Life in Technicolor: 11 trippy visions of the future by student architects

From Game of Thrones-inspired castle estates to spiralling pink robo-slides, this year’s graduate architecture shows offer a window to escapist fantasy lands<p>Architects might be known for wearing black, as if in permanent mourning for the lives they once had, and for spending months searching for …

Game of Thrones

Juno broke a Guinness World Record: Fastest craft ever

Before NASA’s spacecraft Juno fired its engine on July 4 to slow it and place it in Jupiter’s orbit, the probe was zipping through space at a speed so fast it's hard to comprehend. And now, Guinness World Records has announced that the basketball court-sized spacecraft is a record-holder: it’s the …

Universe

Bornean orangutan, whale shark and widehead shark on verge of extinction

The Bornean orangutan has been placed on a critically endangered list by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Whale sharks and a …

Endangered Species

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Billionaire Mike Lynch explains why he's putting his money into a Cambridge cybersecurity startup that's full of spies

That's impressive in the current economic climate. No other UK tech startup has announced a funding round anywhere near that size since the UK voted for Brexit.<p>We caught up with Mike Lynch — the billionaire founder of enterprise software firm Autonomy and Darktrace's first big name investor — to …

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