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10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man... THE UNIVERSE.

Vampire Deer Sighted in Afghanistan

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has confirmed the presence of the Kashmir musk deer, a species not seen in more than half a century, in the Nuristan region of Afghanistan. In a recent study published in the journal <i>Oryx</i>, authors recall five separate encounters, describing the animal as …

Our 43 Best Holiday Party Appetizers That Will Surely Please Your Guests

Get the party started with these finger foods<p>Finger-friendly, elegant, and (almost too) easy to eat, these appetizers and hors d'oeuvres are perfect …

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Amazon Echo Is A $199 Connected Speaker Packing An Always-On Siri-Style Assistant

Amazon has a new product that doesn’t really have any current equivalent form any other tech company – a connected speaker called Echo that’s always-on, listening for commands that its virtual assistant can then respond to with information or by triggering a task.<p>The cylindrical device has …

Stacks on Stacks: 10 Sweet and Savory Pancake Recipes

The pancake is a blank slate for creativity -- a stackable canvas open to adaptation. And whether you decide to give your flapjacks some heat, a hint of lavender, or a layer of scallions, your pancakes will reflect your artistic mood.<p>As a tribute to the pancake, we have compiled 10 recipes that …

Breakfast

The Food Lab: How to Make Pull-Apart Stuffing-Flavored Rolls

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>It's no question that stuffing is the best thing on the Thanksgiving table. It's also no question that these Easy Pull-Apart Pepperoni Garlic Knots are the most stupidly delicious easy recipe I've come up with so far this year.<p>So what happens when you take the …

Mashed Potato Croquettes

Makes 18 Servings<p>We thought mashed potatoes' stock plummeted on Day 2—until we had these croquettes. Crispy yet creamy, potatoes might be better as leftovers.<p>November 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 large egg yolks<p>2 cups cold mashed potatoes<p>½ cup grated Parmesan<p>2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped<p>1 tablespoon …

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Radical New Quantum Theory Says Other Universes Affect Our Own

Parallel universes have long been a staple of science fiction. But according to a radical new theory of quantum mechanics published Oct. 23 in the journal Physical Review X, other universes are real--and they exist in vast numbers.<p>What's more, the scientists behind the theory say the other …

6 Sky Events This Week: Pegasus Flies While Mars Visits a Stellar Snow Globe

A meteor shower looks lukewarm, but Mars heats up a snowy star globe this week for stargazers.<p>The moon rides a winged steed and winks at the red eye of Taurus, the Bull, to the delight of sky-watchers this week, while Mars plays with a stellar snow globe.<p>To see the moon ride Pegasus, look toward …

Star Dust Clouds Telescopes of Astronomers Hunting for Earthlike Planets

Stargazers can see the dusty glare around the sun and inner solar system this week.<p>Hate spring cleaning? Dust looks inescapable, even in space, astronomers report. Nearby stars suffer from dust-diffused starlight, a new study finds, challenging observation of their alien worlds.<p>Astronomers using …

New Clock May End Time As We Know It

"My own personal opinion is that time is a human construct," says Tom O'Brian. O'Brian has thought a lot about this over the years. He is America's official timekeeper at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.<p>To him, days, hours, minutes and seconds are a way for …

Travel photos that defy perspective | CNN Travel

6 Sky Events This Week: Mars Meets the Lagoon and a Snow Globe

Stargazers enjoy Mars in all its glory, and travels, this week.<p>Mars takes center stage for sky-watchers this week, enjoying a rendezvous with the moon and a pair of creatures straight out of the zodiac.<p><b>Moon and Mars</b><p>About 30 minutes after sunset on Monday, October 27, look toward the low southwest …

One of the best supercell timelapses ever, shot in Climax, Kansas (video)

Sometimes nature puts on a show that is so awe-inspiring that the best thing to do is sit back and enjoy! Even better if you have a camera with you …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Buzzes Beehive, Comet Barnstorms Mars

Changing Planet<p><b>Sky-watchers enjoy parting views of Saturn, the “lord of the rings,” this week, along with the moon joining a star cluster and a historic encounter between the red planet and an icy interloper.</b><p><b>Sinking Saturn.</b> Starting Tuesday, October 14, sky-watchers get their last chance to see …

Volcanoes Reveal Lunar Eruptions Long-Lived

Changing Planet<p><b>Astronomers are moonstruck! The man in the moon, we learned just last week, formed from dark flowing lava over three billion years ago, instead of a long supposed giant asteroid impact.</b><p><b>Now, we learn that same volcanism may have kept on erupting until surprisingly recent …

Sky Events This Week: Green Giant, Blood Moon, and Dragon Spits Fire

Changing Planet<p>Amid excitement over a total eclipse, stargazers also can look forward this week to some starry surprises and a minor meteor shower. As always, the skies offer plenty of sights worth staying up to see.<p><b>Uranus Opposition.</b> Uranus officially reaches opposition on Tuesday, October 7. That …

How to Watch the October 2014 'Blood Moon' Total Lunar Eclipse

<b>Editor's Update for Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. ET</b>: The total lunar eclipse is over, but you can see some amazing images of the celestial site here: 'Blood …

The Top 8 psychedelic drug scenes in video games

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Once in a while, something truly crazy makes its way into a video game. More often than not, it provides a unique experience, but sometimes — on very rare …

Everything You Need to Know to Start Baking Awesome Bread

Hi everyone, and welcome to our brand new bread column. Think of this as a safe space, committed to talking about—and demystifying—your breads and doughs. It's a vast world with a whole lot of potential for experimentation, but the root of the problem is this: Yeast, mysterious and giving, seems to …

Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.<p>NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial questions …

Habitats

Street artists strive to save the sharks with public murals

Last month, a group of street artists converged on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres for a festival of art and awareness. Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a …

Psychedelic GIFs: Hexeosis

"Endlessly manifold. Self-contained. Replete."<p>Hexiosis: Tumblr.<p>[via Asylum Art]

Hundreds of Ice Age fossils found in ancient sinkhole in Wyoming

Treasure trove of extinct prehistoric mammals including North American lion and American cheetah dating back 25,000 years found in cave<p>A treasure trove of hundreds of large Ice Age-era prehistoric mammals has been unexpectedly discovered in a cave in Wyoming.<p>The ancient sinkhole is believed to have …

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Google backs an undersea cable that will give the internet a big speed boost

The internet is quickest when you have a direct connection to the sites you're trying to reach, but that's a daunting challenge in the Pacific -- undersea network cables can cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It's therefore good to hear that Google and a host of telecom giants (China Mobile, …

Business

Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?

It's commonly believed that dogs wag their tails to convey that they are happy and friendly, but this isn't exactly true.<p>Dogs do use their tails to …

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