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Astronomers spot tilt-a-whirl solar system

A newly discovered distant planetary system features multiple planets that orbit at a severe tilt to their host star.<p>Such tilted orbits had been …

Asteroid 2013 TV135: doomsday again (yawn)

Head for the hills (although that won't save you). A number of lurid internet headlines today are heavily hinting at doom in 2032 because a 410-metre-wide asteroid could hit the Earth.<p>If it does, the reports say, it could create an explosion 50 times greater than the biggest nuclear bomb ever …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …

11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

Literature

Check This Out: A 3-D Printer Made From E-Waste

West African inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou made a $100 3-D printer from leftover parts scavenged from old scanners, computers and printers.<p>The circle of electronic life: useless printer scraps become a way to print scraps of other things! Resourceful 33-year-old inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou, of the …

How Low Is The Sky? And More Questions A Drone Legal Case Might Resolve

An upcoming trial could change the way the FAA deals with unmanned aircraft.<p>Austrian Raphael "Trappy" Pirker has been flying drones and taking aerial photos as a hobby for about five years. But now he may have to pay $10,000 for an incident in October 2011, according to a complaint filed by the …

Research provides new insight into how the Earth's core was formed

"A complex, multi-stage process."<p>Scientists have long puzzled over just how the core of our planet was formed, and new research out of Stanford University suggests that it could have been a long and complicated process. The research shows that the core could have been formed through a process …

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Taskmasters: how Israeli intelligence officers helped inspire the look of iOS 7

In October 2009, at an Israeli sports training facility called the Wingate Institute, Eden Shochat walked the floor of GeekCon admiring the projects. Each year at Shochat's long-running, invite-only creative gathering, attendees are tasked with making things that are both amazing and useless. One …