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Garry Winogrand: the man who defined street photography

In the decades following the Second World War, Garry Winogrand, a towering figure in the history of street photography, portrayed New York – and the rest of America – in an innovative and widely influential new way<p>During the 1950s and 1960s the photographer Garry Winogrand stalked the sidewalks of</b> …

Street Photography

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Literature

Tested Enlists a Movie Effects Artist to Create a Creepy Real-Life Professor Farnsworth From ‘Futurama’

Tested enlisted movie effects artist Frank Ippolito to create a real-life version of Professor Farnsworth, the 160-year-old owner of Planet Express …

Landing Site Chosen for Spacecraft's Daring Rendezvous With Comet

Finding a safe place to set down the European Space Agency's Rosetta lander was harder than expected.<p>Scientists announced Monday morning the spot where a small robot will touch down on the surface of a comet, in what they hope will be the first soft landing on a comet, as opposed to a crash landing.<p>…

Brains Behaving Badly: Why So Many Comedians End Up Self-Destructing

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> Rolling Stone.<p>Being a professional comedian brings with it a set of unintended consequences. For one thing, you …

Has DNA Evidence Finally Uncovered The Identity Of Jack The Ripper?

After years of investigations, guesses, and suspicions about the identity of Jack The Ripper, we may finally have a concrete answer thanks to DNA testing. The legendary murderer has remained a mysterious member of the cultural landscape for years, surviving as the great unknown boogeyman from the …

Environment: News & features

Where Does The Moon's Smell Come From?

No, it's not from the cheese.<p>In 1969, mankind got its first few whiffs of the lunar surface after astronauts tracked moon dust into the Apollo lander.<p>In an article on <i>Space.com</i>, Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt describes the Moon’s scent as being similar to spent gunpowder. Buzz Aldrin of …

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For <b>Chris Pratt</b> and <b>Anna Faris</b>, starting a family was a no-brainer.<p>More accurately, it was (as things always are in their marriage) two brains acting as one.<p>“It started [for us] around the same time, and I don’t think one of us wanted it any more than the other,” says the <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> star, …

APOD: Veins of Heaven (2014 Jul 31) Image Credit & Copyright: P-M Hedén (Clear Skies, TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140731.html Explanation: Transfusing sunlight through a a still dark sky, this exceptional display of noctilucent clouds was captured earlier this month above the island of Gotland, Sweden. From the edge of space, about 80 kilometers above Earth's surface, the icy clouds reflect sunlight even though the Sun itself is below the horizon as seen from the ground. Usually spotted at high latitudes in summer months the night shining clouds made a strong showing this July. Also known as polar mesospheric clouds they are understood to form as water vapor driven into the cold upper atmosphere condenses on the fine dust particles supplied by disintegrating meteors or volcanic ash. NASA's AIM mission provides daily projections of noctilucent clouds as seen from space. http://www.clearskies.se/ http://twanight.org/heden http://fb.com/pm.heden Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140731 #APOD #TWAN

People Are Pissed Off Over David Duchovny’s Russian Beer Commercial

It wouldn’t be a good Monday unless we had some red hot Internet controversy to get the week rolling just right. David Duchovny, star of such favorites as <i>The X-Files</i> and <i>Californication</i>, recently offered his star power to a Russian beer company for the above ad, which features the actor pondering …

Whirlpool's new machine freshens your clothes in 10 minutes flat

Odds are that you're used to ironing some of your clothes to keep them wrinkle-free, or taking them to the dry cleaners when you can't (or just won't) put them through a washing machine. No great shakes, right? Well, Procter & Gamble and Whirlpool apparently believe that these are terrible burdens …

1,500-Year-Old Claws Intrigue Archaeologists in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru say they have unearthed the previously unknown tomb of a nobleman from a pre-Inca civilization known as the Moche. The tomb contained the remains of an adult male, plus artifacts indicating the man's elite status, according to the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio.<p>Among the most …

Archaeology

Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto

Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He has spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination.<p>"Not only did we choose the date, by the …

Amanda Knox's ex says her version of events is 'imagination and hallucination'

Raffaele Sollecito reasserted his innocence Tuesday as his attorneys continued to distance him from his ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox.<p>"This has been a real tragedy," he said. "I'm not a criminal."<p>Sollecito's new defense strategy comes as their legal teams prepare to appeal the couple's murder …

Internet’s Own Boy: Aaron Swartz Film Avids Suicide Conversation - TIME

<i>The Internet’s Own Boy</i> is a new documentary out Friday with a controversial premise: It theorizes that laws designed to protect us online — and those …

Even the Editor of Facebook's Mood Study Thought It Was Creepy

"It's ethically okay from the regulations perspective, but ethics are kind of social decisions."<p><i>Updated, Sunday, 6/29, 9:54 p.m. Eastern.</i><p>Catching a glimpse of the puppet masters who play with the data trails we leave online is always disorienting. And yet there's something new-level creepy about a …

Scientists discover one of the most Earthlike planets yet

Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus?<p><i>Sci News</i> is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is orbiting a red dwarf star half the mass and radius of our own sun. …

NASA's deep-space craft readying for launch

The U.S. space shuttle program retired in 2011, leaving American astronauts to hitchhike into orbit. But after three long years, NASA's successor is almost ready to make an entrance.<p>Orion, the agency's newest manned spaceship, is being prepared for its first mission in December. In future missions, …

Iggy Pop fronts campaign for Amnesty International

Iggy Pop fronts a new advert for Amnesty International's anti-torture campaign. Hailing Justin Bieber as "the future of rock'n'roll", Amnesty's Belgium office have captioned the rocker's bruised and bloody face with the message, "Torture a man and he will tell you anything."<p>"We can't imagine Iggy …

APOD: V838 Light Echo: The Movie (2014 Jun 17) Image Credit: ESA, NASA, Hubble Space Telescope; Music: The Driving Force (Jingle Punks) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140617.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93L0IEbUJsk Explanation: What caused this outburst of V838 Mon? For reasons unknown, star V838 Mon suddenly became one of the brightest stars in the entire Milky Way Galaxy. Then, just a few months later, it faded. A stellar flash like this has never been seen before -- supernovas and novas expel a tremendous amount of matter out into space. Although the V838 Mon flash appeared to expel some material into space, what is seen in the above eight-frame movie, interpolated for smoothness, is actually an outwardly moving light echo of the flash. The actual time-span of the above movie is from 2002, when the flash was first recorded, to 2006. In a light echo, light from the flash is reflected by successively more distant ellipsoids in the complex array of ambient interstellar dust that already surrounded the star. Currently, the leading model for V838's outburst was the orbital decay and subsequent merging of two relatively normal stars. V838 Mon lies about 20,000 light years away toward the constellation of Monoceros, while the largest light echo above spans about six light years in diameter. http://www.esa.int/ http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.nasa.gov/hubble http://jinglepunks.com/ http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic0617/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2006/50 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140617 #APOD

Velociraptor robot nearly as fast as Cheetah

A newly created running robot based on the Velociraptor is faster than Usain Bolt, and closing in on the first robot that broke Bolt's record.<p>It won't be the cheetahs that kill us after all, but, apparently, the robotic dinosaurs. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and …

Robotics

SpaceX Unveils Manned Spacecraft Dragon V2

SpaceX founder Elon Musk took the wraps off its next-generation spacecraft today, called Dragon V2. The key improvements are that Dragon V2 will be able to land “anywhere on Earth” with its propulsion system and the accuracy of a helicopter. It will also be capable of carrying seven astronauts for …

The classic iPhone ringtone gets a sweet remix

There have been a lot of remixes of the iconic iPhone ringtone over the years, and this one may be the best. The guitar solo at the end is an unexpected twist.<p>The remixer goes by the name MetroGnome, and his YouTube account features countless remixes of popular songs. He’s got some original stuff …

Remixes

California approves self-driving cars by 2015

If California rules regarding autonomous cars are any indication, they could be on the streets as early as 2015.<p>If you've seen one of Google's 'chandelier' topped autonomous cars driving down the street, you may have assumed the technology is legal. But up until now, Google has been operating the …

Autonomous Cars

Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter

We could see physical matter created out of nothing but light within 12 months if a new particle collider works as posited.<p>Ever since the 1960s, when the food synthesiser made its appearance in <i>Star Trek</i>, the idea of a machine that could seemingly make something from nothing has been the kind of …

Physics

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Carbon Fiber

Is This How We'll Cure Cancer?

For 85% of kids with a terrible cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chemotherapy is a cure–but not for Emily Whitehead. Diagnosed at 5, she suffered an infection from her first round of chemo and nearly lost her legs. Then the cancer came back; she was put into remission once more and …