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'Eye of Sauron' Opens Galactic Vistas to Astronomers

Gigantic black holes provide a new cosmic yardstick for charting far-off stars.<p>Monster black holes lurking within the core of galaxies offer a new way to measure how far many objects in the universe are from Earth, astronomers report on Wednesday—and with much better accuracy than ever before.<p>The …

It is all still about race: Obama hatred, the South and the truth about GOP wins

All the conventional wisdom you’ll hear tonight is wrong: Republican gains are really proof of age-old ugliness<p>In 1964, there were five black members of the House of Representatives — barely over 1 percent — compared to the 11 percent of the population who were black. But the American people were …

The federal government lost its war against Cliven Bundy

Six months after the standoff in Nevada, officials have failed to issue either an arrest or an indictment<p>It has been six months since the federal government called off its attempt to round up cattle belonging to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy amid a tense standoff with heavily armed militiamen who …

'Dinosaur 13' brings T-Rex case alive

<b>Dinosaur 13</b><p><b>Available on VOD</b> <b>Aug. 15</b><p>An almost-forgotten tidbit of recent history becomes an absorbing legal drama in Todd Miller's documentary that tells the story of Sue, a T-Rex skeleton found in South Dakota in 1990 by a private paleontological institute, then seized by the federal government …

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Glass-Free Menagerie: New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures

For animal lovers, zoos can be a mixed bag.<p>It's amazing to be in shouting distance of magnificent wild animals, but it's hard not to get the feeling that great apes, big cats and other creatures don't really love being behind bars, walls and windows.<p>Now, a Danish architectural firm is working with …

“I was illegally terminated”: A working mom’s Wal-Mart nightmare

An absurd policy allowed the mega-retailer to run roughshod over Tiffany Beroid. Here’s how bad it really got<p>Politicians love to talk about working moms managing their busy lives, particularly when those working moms managing their busy lives decide to go back to school. Add in a pregnancy, and you …

Hidden 'Ocean' Discovered Deep Underground Near Earth's Core

We may have another "ocean" to add to the world map -- only this one is hidden hundreds of miles beneath our planet's surface.<p>A new study suggests that a hidden "ocean" is nestled in the Earth's mantle some 400 miles beneath North America. The hidden reservoir, apparently locked in a blue …

The Dogs of War

Here is Marine Corporal Jose Armenta in his tent on the night before getting blown up in Afghanistan. He jokes with Mulrooney and Berry and the medic the guys have nicknamed “Christ.” He feeds and waters his dog, Zenit, a sable-coat German shepherd. He lets Buyes, who will be dead in three months, …

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Science: A Four Thousand Year History review – a subversive pleasure

Patricia Fara's history of science contains all the usual suspects, but they don't all emerge as heroes. Even Darwin gets a kicking<p>• We are now reading Faith and Wisdom in Science by Tom McLeish which Tim will review on Friday 19 September<p>Science history tends to be just history, but with less …

35 Colorful Collection of Holi Photos

The Festival of colors, joy of humanity spread across in flying colors all around. The very objective of celebrating Holi-the festival of colors is …

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Iraqi suicide bombing instructor accidentally kills himself and pupils

Over 20 trainee suicide bombers and their teacher were killed in Iraq when the tutor mistakenly detonated the bomb<p>An al-Qaeda instructor killed himself and 20 of his pupils when he accidentally set off a car bomb during a bungled training session in <b>Iraq</b>.<p>The explosion took place at an insurgents' …

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'Life' Photographer Showed Africa Through A New Lens

Before World War II, many Americans got exaggerated ideas about Africa from movies like <i>Tarzan the Ape Man —</i> movies that were filmed on Hollywood sound stages<i>.</i><p>It took time to change that view. But after the war, <i>Life</i> magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon sought to shed a new light on the vast and …

The Secrets of Effective Silhouette Photography

There is something about silhouettes that makes you want to rush out and create one yourself. They have that dramatic atmosphere that always keeps a …

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Porsche's first vehicle found in shed after a century

First vehicle was electric and made in 1898<p>The first Porsche ever made has been recovered from a shed in Austria where it sat for over 100 years. The vehicle is called the "Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model" — nicknamed the "P1" for short — and was created by Ferdinand Porsche …

Why Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight showdown must go on

Let's hope the director's decision to abandon his latest film following a script leak is just a minor Tarantantrum. The western genre desperately needs his rejuvenating influence<p>For every cinephile that delights in Quentin Tarantino's penchant for opulent dialogue and magpie film-historian's eye, …

Evolution vs Natural Selection

Carrie Fisher Confirms That She'll Be Princess Leia In The Next 'Star Wars' Movie

The latest is Carrie Fisher, who told TV Guide that she'll reprise her role as Princess Leia. (This isn't the first time she's said it either.) Fisher says that she, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will start filming in March or April of this year. Ford will play Han Solo and Hamill will be back as …

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Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

One of the natural wonders of the world is about to have 3 million cubic metres of seabed dumped on top of it.<p>Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and …

Memo to Obama: Don’t be afraid of “redistribution”

The right shudders at the thought, but soon low-wage workers won’t have enough money to keep the economy going<p>The President’s speech yesterday on inequality avoided the “R” word. No politician wants to mention “redistribution” because it conjures up images of worthy “makers” forced to hand over …

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The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Scary smart! Clever crocodiles, alligators use sticks to lure prey

As if crocodiles and alligators weren't terrifying enough, scientists have discovered that these ancient, sharp-toothed beasts are incredibly cunning. So clever that they use lures to trap and gobble unsuspecting birds.<p>The discovery in two crocodilian species — mugger crocodiles and American …

Ted Cruz Commenters Hate Mandela

Rising party stars like Ted Cruz might be trying to pay tribute to the South African leader, but their conservative elders hated him as a dangerous …