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Here is the (John) Lennon crater on Mercury

Truman Capote has a crater on Mercury now, too. So does Enrico Caruso … and seven other artists, musicians, painters and authors.<p>This is the newly …

8 Ways Jellyfish Are Awesome And Terrifying

Awesomely terrifying, or terrifyingly awesome?<p>The jellyfish is a fascinating creature. Floating lazily along in the ocean current resembling plastic bags, the gelatinous zooplankton seem to do little more than add a colorful glow to our aquariums and occasionally give swimmers a reason to urinate …

Jellyfish

More People Have More To Eat, But It's Not All Good News

Among the things to celebrate this holiday season is the fact that there are fewer hungry people in the world. Just how many? Well, since 1965, researchers in Europe have been tracking the world's food supply and where it's going.<p>The good news is: The percentage of the world's population getting …

Best mobile games of 2013

<b>It's been an amazing year for mobile gaming, with more new games than ever before. Here are some of the best titles released in 2013.</b><p>This was a tough …

Mobile Gaming

Drake Crashes Kanye West’s Show in Toronto

Two of rap’s biggest names shared the stage last night when Kanye West brought out Drake for a surprise cameo during the Toronto stop of the former’s</i> …

How To Castrate A Hippo

It ain’t easy with “spatially dynamic” testes.<p>Hippopotami weigh anywhere from two to four tons and have got mouths that practically unhinge. I wouldn’t want to have to castrate one, but apparently, sometimes, zoos do. Maintaining male zoo hippos sans glands keeps males from fighting one another and …

San Diego Zoo

Criticising popular things: why is it so popular?

There’s that thing that’s very popular right now. You probably know what this is referring to. It can’t be escaped, it’s everywhere. It’s at the top of every chart. It’s being played constantly on the radio and TV channels. Everybody owns one, and sometimes several. Presenters on all formats are …

Evening “star” and Christmas Star

If you look in the west shortly after sunset, you’ll see Venus, too.<p>If you’ve been watching the western sky after sunset, you know there’s a bright …

Astronomy

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Earthrise on Christmas Eve: The Picture That Changed the World

If you had your druthers during Christmas week 1968, you’d have wanted to get as far away from Earth as possible. The entire planet was a …

Nasa astronauts make new spacewalk at International Space Station

Two US astronauts have floated outside on Christmas Eve in hopes of finishing urgent cooling system repairs at the International Space Station.<p>It is only the second Christmas Eve spacewalk in Nasa history. The first was 14 years ago. It is the second spacewalk in four days for Rick Mastracchio and …

International Space Station: space walk repairs continue – video

Data link still flawed after International Space Station astronauts repeat operation to fix faulty equipment<p>Published: 27 Jan 2014<p>Urgent cooling system repairs force Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins to make second spacewalk in four days<p>Published: 24 Dec 2013<p>Icarus, a wildlife receiver circling …

How to predict severe reactions to China’s new flu

A genetic marker can accurately predict which patients will experience severe reactions to a new strain of influenza currently found in …

This gene helps some of us never forget a face

The oxytocin receptor, a gene known to influence mother-infant bonding, also plays a role in the ability to remember faces.<p>The finding has important …

Songs From Santa's Sack #4 - Layla - Winter, You Tease

Me again. Yep old Santa’s still ‘ere, cruising round in his sleigh, his sack still bulging, looking for some action – and what action I’ve found. …

Kanye West Sued Over "Bound 2" Sample

Kanye West has been sued by Ricky Spicer, the Ponderosa Twins Plus One singer behind the sample from "Bound 2". The <i>New York Daily News</i> reports that Spicer has asked West to compensate him or cease and desist from using his voice.<p>Spicer sang "Bound" as a 12-year-old.<p>The lawsuit also names …

Watch Kanye West and Drake Do "Forever" and "All Me" in Toronto

These two really like each other, huh? Kanye West and Drake performed together once again last night, <i>Vibe</i> points out, on the final stop of the <i>Yeezus</i> tour in Toronto. They did their 2009 collaboration "Forever", then "All Me". Check out footage below.

Kanye West sued for “Bound 2” sample

Nothing says the holidays like a copyright infringement lawsuit. As <i>New York Daily News</i> reports, Kanye West is being sued over a sample used on the</i> …

Songs From Santa's Sack #5 - Sophie Jamieson - The First Noel

“So kidz. Come and shit, no I mean sit, on old Santa’z lap and tell ‘im if yer’ve been good or bad thiz year. Whad’ya you mean yer don’t want to? Fat …

Miley Cyrus Rolls Around In Sheets, Half-Nude For New Video

The preview for her song "Adore You" is filmed entirely in a bedroom fort. Or, so it seems.

15 Reasons 2013 Was A New Golden Age For Punk

If 1991 was the year punk broke, 2013 was the year it was completely demolished.

Military scraps plans for new light-armoured combat vehicles

Recent upgrades to light-armoured vehicles have made new close-combat vehicles unnecessary, Canada's top soldier said Friday as he announced the military would not go ahead with the $2-billion purchase.<p>"These capability improvements combined with an assessment of the most likely employment …

Alleged mastermind of Paris attacks killed in Saint-Denis police raid

Five years ago, Abdelhamid Abaaoud was a petty criminal, a lost young man who could have joined his father's clothing business in an immigrant neighbourhood of Brussels. By 2014, he had left for Syria, a militant so fervent and dangerous that his own family wished him dead. Then, earlier this year, …

Canada’s territories worried they could be could be shut out of Senate reform debates and decisions

When the Supreme Court rules next year on whether or how the Senate can be reformed or abolished, Canada’s territories could find themselves shut out …

Ontario premier ignores Rob Ford, coordinates ice storm recovery efforts with Toronto's deputy mayor

Toronto’s embattled mayor is trying to take a high media profile as his city grapples with power outages from the weekend’s ice storm.<p>But Ontario’s …

Canadian spy manual reveals how new recruits are supposed to conceal their identities

Watch out for foreign spies, hackers, terrorist sympathizers and disgruntled employees. Tell acquaintances you work for a "generic" government agency.<p>Leave any iPods, USB sticks, and cellphones at home. At day's end, turn off your computers, lock down files, and make sure not to take home anything …