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A Mysterious Blob of Hot Rock Is Building Up Under America's Northeast

Something is rising from the depths.<p>A vast mass of hot rock is welling up underneath Vermont and extending into other subterranean regions below New …

Massive, 3-mile-wide 'potentially hazardous asteroid' will zoom past Earth tomorrow

An enormous, 3-mile-wide "potentially hazardous asteroid" is hurtling toward Earth and is slated to zoom past the planet tomorrow, but scientists say there is no need to worry.<p>Known as 3200 Phaethon, the space rock orbits the Sun and is expected to come the closest it has come to Earth since 1974, …

Astronomy

Trump Announces That the Moon Is Astronauts’ Next Destination

President Trump announced on Monday that the moon would be the next destination for American astronauts, putting the Oval Office’s imprimatur on what other administration officials have said for months.<p>“It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since …

Space Exploration

Wavy to Zig-Zag Line Illusion Reveals the Importance of Corners in Perception

Corners are especially important because they provide a point where two lines meet. This is, of course, extremely useful for picking a spot where …

All downhill from here: Has the human race peaked?

Every four years, the world turns its attention to the Olympics to see competitors go "faster, higher, stronger." We tend to take this trajectory for …

Humans descended from sponge? New study says so

A team of scientists found out that the sponge-like creatures that lived 750 million years ago are our earliest ancestor.<p>One of the most heated …

A Minority of Americans Accept Human Evolution, But Educators Can Help

Teachers to the rescue!

5 Common Misconceptions About Darwin

Charles Darwin is celebrated as the mastermind behind the Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection. But some common beliefs about the scientist are …

Questioning Evolution: The Push to Change Science Class

“Evolution Mama” is a sassy song dating back many decades, probably best played on a banjo, maybe with a kazoo in the background. “Evolution mama,” it goes, “don’t you make a monkey out of me.” That certainly captures the sentiments of religious groups and like-minded politicians who believe …

Charles Darwin

Do black holes collapse?

These cosmic sink-holes do gradually shrink, but it’s impossible to get any more compact than a black hole.<p>The Schwarzschild radius (event horizon) …

Black Holes

1,000,000 UK families will not be able to pay fuel bills this winter

More than one million families in England will not have the cash to cover basic living costs this winter, a new study claims.<p>In the report, which was …

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news<p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net …

Controversial Da Vinci is New York auction season star

What is the only Da Vinci painting on the open market worth? A Russian billionaire believes he was swindled when he bought it for $127.5 million. …

Fine Art

Police to use facial-recognition cameras at Cenotaph service

Civil rights group warns that use of software to identify faces threatens the very liberty war veterans fought for<p>Police are to use controversial facial recognition software to scan crowds attending the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph, the <i>Observer</i> can reveal.<p>The Metropolitan Police will …

Google showed misinformation about Texas shooter in search results

In the wake of a national tragedy, Google's search results were once again peppered with misinformation and conspiracy theories. Searching for the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter by name last night as the news came out, you'd see tweets from <i>Info Wars</i> editor at large Paul Joseph Watson and …

Humans Were Not Smarter Than Neanderthals, We Simply Outlasted Them

Their fate could have been ours.<p>By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of <i>Homo neanderthalensis</i> were the height of sophistication.<p>These …

British terror suspects and Isis fighters will be given council houses and jobs to stop attacks

Operation Constrain will target up to 20,000 extremists previously investigated by the MI5.<p>Terror suspects in Britain will be offered council houses, …

Terrorism

Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high : UN

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve …

Climate Change

Most expensive wristwatch ever auctioned just fetched $17.8 million

It's a lot of money, even for a Rolex.<p>A bidder agreed to pay $17.8 million on Thursday for a Rolex Daytona that used to belong to actor Paul Newman, setting a new world record for a wristwatch sold at auction, according to New York auction house Phillips.<p>The Rolex was originally given to Newman by …

Fine Art

Storm Ophelia: Second day of travel disruption as 245,000 homes remain without power

Storm Ophelia has caused further disruption after three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power.<p>Ireland and Northern Ireland bore the brunt of the storm as it battered the British Isles, with around 245,000 homes and businesses still without power in …

Weather

Migration fears top Czech campaign despite few refugees

Migrants wearing burkas and hijabs attack a Czech pensioner, kick over her walker and dash into a building with a sign saying ‘welfare benefits’, …

A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw — except one legendary novel

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — It's science fiction's job to entertain us, not sooth-say. Yet even older, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi works have predicted numerous technologies we now take for granted.<p>If there's one book or movie that best foretells what humanity could become, though, it's Aldous Huxley's 1932 …

Singularity

Hurricane Gert ‘could bring summer sun back to the UK next week’

If there’s one thing you don’t associate with hurricanes it’s blazing summer sunshine – as they tend to be rather wet and windy (in case you didn’t …