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How Wikipedia Portrayed Humanity in a Single Photo

In 1972, Carl Sagan was preparing to send humans into space. The Pioneer missions were unmanned, sure—but NASA had asked Sagan to design a depiction …

Albert Einstein

'Star Wars' Is Saved As 'The Last Jedi' Catches Up To 'Jurassic World'

Well, that was close. After a few days where <i>The Last Jedi</i> was trailing the day-to-day cumes of <i>The Force Awakens</i> (duh), <i>Jurassic World</i> (from day eight to day 12) and even <i>The Avengers</i> (on day ten), <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> is back in second place among the fastest-grossing movies of all time. The Walt …

This story on Trump's Russia paranoia is terrifying

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Washington Post published a breathtaking piece this week detailing the depth and breadth of President Donald Trump's blind spot on Russia. The story is, in a word, terrifying.<p>Trump, as revealed in scrupulous detail in the article, simply does not believe the unanimous conclusion of the …

Donald Trump

The reissue racket: how many more ‘classic’ albums will be repackaged?

Mediocre records such as Interpol’s Our Love to Admire used to be forgotten. So, what’s with all the commemorative box sets?<p>Related: CD: Interpol, Our Love to Admire<p>There has been a lot of talk in recent years about whether musical progress is still possible in a world where the past is always …

Find hope for humanity in this video of 65,000 people singing “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Counteracting the current mind-set that everything is terrible, some 65,000 fans waiting for the sold-out Green Day concert in London’s Hyde Park on …

World View balloon sends up KFC’s Zinger chicken sandwich amid space send-ups

That’s one small step for high-altitude balloon research, one giant cheep for KFC’s Zinger chicken sandwich.<p>After one weather-related postponement, …

A Visual Guide to Vantablack, the Darkest Substance Ever Made

Vantablack® is a super-black coating that holds the world record as the darkest man-made substance. It is the darkest material ever measured by the …

Nanotech

U2 On 'The Joshua Tree,' A Lasting Ode To A Divided America

The members of U2 are preparing a new tour to play some old songs — 30 years old, to be exact. Paul Hewson and David Evans, known to the world as Bono and The Edge, will be the first to tell you their band isn't normally fond of looking back.<p>"Usually Edge, when we have a greatest hits collection …

Ronald Reagan

Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Here is a view of Earth and its moon, as seen from Mars. It combines two images acquired on Nov. 20, 2016, by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars …

Now Here's a Space Oddity: Sick Starman Buzz Aldrin Is Being Cared for by Dr. David Bowie

The late art-rock hero David Bowie might be waiting in the sky, but his namesake — Dr. David Bowie of Christchurch, New Zealand — is still here on …

David Bowie

Photographer Xavi Bou's chronographs of birds in flight - CNN Style

Xavi Bou does not photograph normal things.<p>Some of the Spaniard's subjects look like sea creatures, raised from the deep and suspended into the evening sky. Others look like solid tornadoes, black, densely coiled and threatening. Some refuse description, other than to say they are altogether …

Birds

watch an exclusive clip from a new film about electronic music pioneer gary numan

Gary Numan: Android in La La Land is an insight into the life of the godfather of electronic pop music.<p>One of world's biggest-selling recording artists of the late 70s and early 80s, Gary Numan is a pop legend. From <i>Cars</i> to <i>Are</i> <i>'Friends' Electric?</i><i>,</i> his music quickly shaped the future sound of …

Guns N’ Roses Philadelphia Concert Reportedly Turned Into A Drunken Mess Of Feces

It hasn’t been long since Kenny Chesney showed up in Pittsburgh and left a pile of drunken fans covered in garbage in his wake. It was an prime example of excess in concert goers, especially when it’s hot outside. But not to be outdone, Guns N’ Roses fans attempted to outdo their cross-state rivals …

Prince Online Museum Launches

An archive spanning 20 years of Prince’s official websites launched today, paying tribute to the icon’s broad and pioneering digital presence, as <i>Billboard</i> points out. The Prince Online Museum comprises 12 of the nearly 20 websites Prince maintained over the years, alongside “a dozen different …

Embryonic

Of course Jimmy Page testified like a rock star in the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trial

When Jimmy Page takes the witness stand, he does it in the most Jimmy Page way possible.<p>For the star-struck spectators gathered in a Los Angeles courtroom, it was exciting enough <b></b>when the former Led Zeppelin axman walked in Wednesday, looking every bit like the aging rock legend he is — clad in a …

Rock Music

This awesome interactive music encyclopedia will geek you out

While many music enthusiasts have attempted to build a comprehensive timeline of the history and progression of music genres (like this one and that one), no platform has been as thorough as MusicMap.<p>Developed by Kwinten Crauwels, MusicMap is an interactive online encyclopedia that visualizes the …

I’ve sold all my CDs. Can I live without those cracked plastic cases of magic and memories?

Mine was a collection gathered over years, rich with personal significance – but no one really needs two copies of the same Hot Hot Heat album<p>For sale. 937 CDs. No longer played. Hemingway himself might have shed a tear at the heartbreaking story unfolding in my living room last week. A lifetime’s …

Prince's death, Day 10: Sports anchor fired for tribute

The latest on the investigation into the singer's death, his estate and tributes:<p><b>6:19 p.m. ET:</b> A Nashville TV sports anchor says he was fired for his on-air Prince tribute the night of the singer's death, <i>The Tennessean</i> reports.<p>On April 21, WZTV Fox-17's Dan Phillips delivered his entire report …

The 10 Most Useful Car Hacks You Can Learn From YouTube

From de-icing door locks to getting more gas in your tank, here are a few tricks for getting the most out of your car.<p>Owning a car means investing in it—not only your money, but also your free time. Fortunately, just as home innovations abound, the DIY spirit is alive and well in the automotive …

How to Buy the Best Turntable and Stereo System for Your Record Collection

In a time when filling a room with sound can be as simple as tapping your phone, getting into vinyl can be intimidating. All those wires and plugs. Picking out a turntable that will last. Not to mention the myriad cartridge, amplifier, and speaker options. And even if you've connected all of those …

Lytro’s 755 megapixel Cinema light field camera is going to kill the green screen

Lytro is taking its rich, volumetric 3D camera capture technology into the world of TV and film.<p>The company’s light field solution is a truly beautiful technology that may eventually be in every camera we snap a shot or video with. The tech essentially uses data on all of the available light in a …

Augmented Reality

The bestselling singles of all-time – reranked by streaming stats

How do Elvis, Bing Crosby and Mariah fare if you take Spotify’s data into consideration? We’ve rewritten the record books to take account of modern listening habits<p>The music industry, traditionally, has been built on measurements. It used to measure physical sales – the charts – but that has …

Music

Flash of Light Alerts Astronomers to The Strangest Planetary Orbit Ever Observed

Like a deep space slingshot.<p>Astronomers have discovered the most unusual planetary orbit ever, given away by a flash of reflected light beamed back …

Universe

'Phantom girl' in century-old pictures sends Siberian researchers on frantic search (PHOTOS)

Museum workers in Krasnoyarsk were astonished when they digitalized local photos from the early 1900s only to find an identical figure in all of them …

Country's Jesus-and-partying crew cheapen both the faith and the music

The tension between hard partying and a yearning for piety has remained a common thread in country music for decades – but religious angst has been replaced by bland tokenism<p>There’s an old adage that’s popular among Christian pastors: “If you’re going to sin, sin boldly.” The saying is, in fact, a …

Kendrick Lamar Talks Oval Office Meeting With Barack Obama

President Barack Obama recently proclaimed that his favorite song of 2015 was Kendrick Lamar‘s “How Much a Dollar Cost,” and today it was revealed …

Kendrick Lamar

80 Books Every Person Should Read

8 female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay help create an updated list of books everyone should read.<p>What can we say? We messed up. Our list of "80 Books Every Man Should Read," published several years ago, was rightfully called out for its lack of diversity …

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens' won't have Fox opening music

When you head out to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the film will have one very big change as soon as the movie starts.<p>Up until now, each of the six films in the franchise has begun with the iconic drumroll and fanfare from Fox.<p>Here's how the logo has looked over the years:<p>20th Century Fox<p>When …

Watch the stunning footage taken by photographers who climbed Rio’s 125-feet tall Christ the Redeemer Statue

Breathtaking film taken by Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov as they scaled the iconic Rio de Janeiro statue in May has been released<p>The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is one of world’s most famous landmarks and a fresh challenge for two Russian photographers, Vadim Makhorov, 26, …

Ten Things Most Writers Won't Admit

<b>1. We're more likely to be cry-laughing than popping champagne as we hit that deadline.</b><p>We have to say goodbye to some of our very favorite people. It doesn't matter that we made them up. We love them just the same.<p>via GIPHY<p><b>2. Plot holes happen to the best of us.</b><p>Realizing you have a plot hole a …