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Ancient Suit Of Armor Made Of Bones Unearthed In Siberia, May Date Back 3,900 Years

Archaeologists working near the Siberian city of Omsk have unearthed a suit of armor that dates back 3,500 to 3,900 years -- and it's made almost entirely of animal bones, The Siberian Times reported this week.<p>What kind of bones? That has yet to be determined. But the archaeologists said that the …

In Pictures: Tunisia town embraces street art

"I think the best part of things, of projects like this, is that they are very community oriented, so many people get to communicate with them, see them, experience them."<p>Speaking to Associated Press news agency, San Francisco-based artist Monica Canilao gets to the heart of why such a diverse …

NASA's next Mars rover to make oxygen

For 17 years, NASA rovers have laid down tire tracks on Mars. But details the space agency divulged this week about its next Martian exploration vehicle underscored NASA's ultimate goal.<p>Footprints are to follow someday.<p>The last three rovers -- Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity -- confirmed the Red …

A billion stars here we come! Gaia galaxy surveyor lifts off

Gaia is designed to make accurate measurements of the positions and motions of 1% of the total population of roughly 100 billion Milky Way stars.<p>The …

Astrophysics

This is one of the first images from NASA's reactivated asteroid-hunter

NASA's "asteroid hunter" spacecraft has returned the first images since it was reactivated this August after more than two years of inactivity. The new images were intended as a test series, to ensure properly functioning equipment, but one shot also shows a previously detected asteroid called …

Why Science Deserves Its Popularity

A friend of mine told me this fantastic joke recently: Werner Heisenberg is driving down the highway and a police officer stops him. “Sir, do you …

Venus brightest in mid-February for all of 2014

What’s that very bright star or planet in the east before sunrise now? It’s the planet Venus, now near its time of greatest brilliancy.<p>Have you seen …

Astronomy

Yes, the Stunts in 'Need for Speed' Are Very Real

Why should computers have all the fun?<p>When it came time to bring the uber-popular video game franchise "Need for Speed" -- about a framed street racer (Aaron Paul) hellbent on revenge -- to the big screen, director Scott Waugh ("Act of Valor") was adamant that all of the stunts be "practical," …

Directors v stars: the most epic on-set bust-ups in cinema history

Blue Is the Warmest Colour, the award-winning French film, is already notorious for its fisticuffs between stars and director. It's the latest in an unhappy tradition of histrionics and control-freakery. Here are some vintage feuds<p>Directors and actors being what they are, they like a good argument. …

Venus orbits sun within huge band of dust, say scientists

Studying the dust ring will allow scientists to improve their ability to detect planets outside our solar system<p>Scientists have discovered that Venus circles the sun embedded within a huge band of dust that is 10-15 million kilometres high and stretches all the way around its orbit. The finding …

NASA teams up with Planetary Resources to launch asteroid-finding contest next year

Asteroid mining startup Planetary Resources has partnered with NASA as part of the agency's mission to track rogue asteroids and find a candidate to pull into orbit around the moon. The company has been chosen as the first partner for NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge, building on existing …

'Monster' gamma ray burst in space sets record for death of star

Explosion 3.7bn light years away witnessed through orbiting telescopes in April was far stronger than previous ones<p>Astronomers call it the monster. It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would have been toast.<p>Because the blast was 3.7bn light …

Killzone: Shadow Fall Review

The Killzone series has often been lauded for its technological merits, but its artistic merits go too often unheralded. To define these games through terms like "IBL sampling" and "particle vertices" diminishes their striking beauty. Like its predecessors, Killzone: Shadow Fall is likely to be …

Antarctic iceberg the size of Singapore heads out to sea

After lingering in its birthing bay for nearly six months, an Antarctic iceberg the size of Singapore is finally heading out to sea.<p>Strong winds blowing off the continent are pushing the giant floe away from its parent, the giant Pine Island Glacier, and the warming Southern Hemisphere's has melted …

Global Warming

GRAVITY - Visual Effects Artist Breakdown

How Can You Avoid Offending People When Traveling Abroad?

When you travel abroad, you always want to mind your manners. Here’s an easy guide to behaving brilliantly around the world.<p>Norway<p>Remember how …

Siem Reap

If 'GTA V' Were a Movie, It Would've Sold Enough Tickets to Be the #453 Biggest Movie of All Time – /Film

If <b>Grand Theft Auto V</b> were a theatrically-released movie instead of a video game, enough people would have bought tickets to earn only $227.4 million …

Animation

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever seen, hit the Philippines with record force

Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines at 4am local time today with winds near 195 mph, making it the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded world history, according to satellite estimates. That astounding claim will need to be verified by actual measurements at ground level, …

Weather

9 Books to Drop Everything and Read

If you’re a passionate reader, you’re always on the hunt for the next book that will totally engross you. We’ve pinpointed some that are worth the …

Literature

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

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Hollywood plotlines are still sidelining women

Don Jon is yet another example of a film where the women only exist in order to teach the men a lesson<p>In his supremely cocky directorial debut <b>Don Jon</b> (out later this month) Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the eponymous Jon, a self-professed porn fanatic who openly acknowledges his preference for …

Kevin Feige Suggests Phase 2 Will Have 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Ramifications, Plus Non-Network TV Shows & Secret Identity Movie – /Film

Yup, more quotes from Marvel Studios President <b>Kevin Feige</b>. But when the man in charge of such an exciting slate of films actually comes out and talks …

Marvel Universe

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Big Pic: Testing Spacesuits For Mars

Three Mars spacesuit designs hop through obstacle courses.<p>Last week, spacesuit designers tested whether their creations would be flexible enough for a mission to Mars. Teams in two continents suited up to hop over zigzag lines, set up tripods, take photos, and bag pretend samples.<p>Any future …

The 10 Most Groundbreaking Special Effects In Cinema

Movies

Google: Opt out or your face may be in ads

Google has changed its terms of service with a provision that requires users to now opt out of having their pictures and endorsements used in advertisements on Google services.<p>Should you plus-1 (Google's version of Facebook's like) a movie or say "It's great!" on a Google service, the search giant …

Video Games Reviews & News

Fun with The Great Language Game

If you like languages, you’ll love The Great Language Game. Data scientist Lars Yencken was inspired by his love of languages to create a simple game …

TV