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Watch Bill Callahan Pilot His Beautiful ‘Small Plane’ in a Lush, Green Garden

Bill Callahan recently performed a new song off of his upcoming <i>Dream River</i> album for NPR’s Field Recordings video series. The Maryland-born …

Dogs

Lviv, Ukraine Is The Cutest European City You've Never Heard Of

Welcome to Lviv. Lviv is a city in Ukraine with a robust historical past. You probably don’t know about Lviv, but it’s beautiful.<p>Here is Lviv’s opera house.<p>Here is a close-up view of the lady on the front of it.<p>Here is the inside.<p>This kind of looks like a fire, but it’s actually just rush hour in …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Big-Brained Birds May Stress Less

Bird species with larger than average brains have lower levels of a key stress hormone, an analysis of nearly 200 avian studies has concluded. Such …

Evolution

Scientists discover 100,000-year-old organisms in frozen Antarctic lake

The secret to how life could survive on alien planets may be buried within a frozen Antarctic lake. Resilient microbes that researchers think may contain those very secrets have been hidden away for over 100,000 years beneath the ice, but they've now come within scientists reach as the frozen …

When The Dutch Keep Secrets, Everybody Notices. A Google Puzzle

What <i>is</i> this?<p>When I saw it for the first time, here's what I knew: It's a Google image found on Google Maps, taken by a satellite, plucked and blogged by photographer/sleuth, Mishka Henner. It's a patch of land near a town called Coevorden, in The Netherlands. There's a road on one side, plowed …

Spying On Thunderstorms From Space [Video]

The International Space Station takes a look at the other side of the storm.<p>NASA wants to know what's up with thunderstorms. Not the flashy bits--the thunder, the lightning, yada yada. Pretty, but we see that all the time. NASA, as usual, is aiming its sights a little higher, on what's happening …

Discovery Of Massive Aquifers Could Be Game Changer For Kenya

Satellite imagery and seismic data have identified two huge underground aquifers in Kenya's drought-prone north, a discovery that could be "a game changer" for the country, NPR's Gregory Warner reports.<p>The aquifers, located hundreds of feet underground in the Turkana region that borders Ethiopia …

Woolly mammoth extinction due to warming climate

In this scientific whodunnit, the latest research points a finger squarely at changing climate as the main culprit leading to the extinction of the woolly mammoth.<p>Why did woolly mammoths go extinct? Did climate change do them in? Or did humans eat them into extinction? Or did a meteorite cause …

Orangutans Announce Their Travel Plans A Day In Advance

In the wild, male apes can plan ahead where they'll be going, and they keep their female friends apprised.<p>We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well …

Jurassic farce: scientists confirm that dinosaur DNA can't be pulled from amber fossils

In a crushing blow to <i>Jurassic Park</i> enthusiasts worldwide, the odds of successfully extracting genetic information from fossils preserved in amber appears to be downright nil. That's the verdict from a team of UK scientists who used highly sensitive sequencing techniques in an effort to detect …

Coming Soon: A Jolt Of Caffeine You Can Spray On Your Skin

<i>In our</i>"Weekly Innovation" blog series<i>, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share?</i>Use this quick form<i>.</i><p>Something called Sprayable Energy is coming soon to an online store. It is a topical caffeine spray. That's right. So …

New Beetle Species Discovered in Metro Manila

A new beetle has been discovered in metro Manila, the world's 10th largest megacity. Researchers of Ateneo de Manila University discovered the tiny …

More Than 200,000 Sign up for One-Way Trip to Mars; Next Phase Launched

More than 200,000 people have expressed interest in traveling to Mars and never coming back, Mars One announced on September 9.<p>Mars One announced in …

Space Science

Outer space demilitarisation agreement threatened by new technologies

Security experts warn weaknesses in treaties and exploitation of GPS are compromising the prohibition against space weapons<p>Developments in satellite technologies and cyber-warfare are threatening the internationally agreed demilitarisation of outer space, according to legal and security …

10 Rather Small Countries That Have Signed On To Bomb Syria

33 countries have signed on in support of a joint statement condemning chemical weapons use in Syria. Here a few you don't associate with military might.

The Feds Might Remove A Huge Impediment To The Legal Marijuana Business

Until this change, marijuana businesses have spent years growing and expanding in an adverse environment.<p>While legalization — and the Federal government's recent decision to step back and not interfere through drug raids— will remove some of those inhibiting effects, there's still a lot that is …

Cannabis

Martin Demichelis: Manchester City sign Atletico Madrid defender

<b>Manchester City have signed Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis for a reported £4.2m.</b><p>Demichelis, 32, told City's website: "I am delighted to have joined City because I am still hungry for success and want to improve."<p>The Argentina international only joined the Spanish side from Malaga on a …

Soccer

Manchester United need director of football - Damien Comolli

<b>Manchester United need someone to help them in the transfer market, according to former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli.</b><p>United manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward are new to their roles at the club and had a difficult summer in the transfer market.<p>The …

Soccer

Andy Carroll suffers fresh setback

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll sustained a foot injury upon his return to training on Monday.<p>• <b>Thorne: Fresh injury worry</b><p>Carroll, who missed 18 …

Brazil

Eagles' attack: 'Evolution' or 'crazy'?

The Philadelphia Eagles' offense may be fun to watch, but some NFL players have doubts they can continue running coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo attack …

Football (U.S.)