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Could recent supernovae be responsible for mass extinctions?

Two nearby supernovae that exploded about 2.5 and eight million years ago could have resulted in a staggered depletion of Earth's ozone layer, …

For Trump lookalike, crops worry more than social media fame

MADRID (AP) — A woman in Spain has found unexpected fame on social media after many found she bore a striking resemblance to U.S. President Donald …

Enter The Ornate World Of Russia’s Underground Stations

David Burdeny is the only professional photographer permitted to document the Moscow Metro stations.<p>A far cry from the dingy, rat-infested subway stations of New York City, the ornate stations along the Moscow Metro look more like the inside of opera houses or museums than train stops. Designed …

Trains

Can You Crack The NSA's Top-Secret Crossword Puzzles?

The National Security Agency just released archive editions of its in-house magazine, Cryptolog. Check out the crosswords.<p>The National Security Agency has just released back issues of <i>Cryptolog</i>, the agency's in-house, formerly top-secret news magazine. In some of those issues, you'll find: cool '70s …

Earth 2.0: NASA finds planet that matches our own

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, NASA has said.<p>Named Kepler 452b, the planet is about 60 percent larger than Earth. It could have active volcanoes, oceans and …

Telescopes

The 11 most game-changing aircraft of the 21st century

In a few years, drones that can fit in the palm of a person's hand and 117-foot-wingspan behemoths capable of launching satellites into space will both be a reality.<p>At the same time, drone and advanced-fighter technologies will spread beyond the US and Europe, and countries including China, Russia, …

Aviation

“The Koch brothers are more powerful than papal teaching”: Why Rick Santorum doesn’t care what the pope says about climate change

<b>(AP/Reuters/Rogelio V. Solis/Max Rossi/Phelan M. Ebenhack/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>“The pope is focusing on morals,” an expert tells Salon, “but not the morals that Rick Santorum wants”<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>June 5, 2015 2:58pm (UTC)<p>As someone who's all too familiar with the hoops Republicans will jump …

Christianity

You're an Essay Away from Owning a Maine Inn

Win a contest, change your life.<p>If you're a Gilmore Girls addict who romanticizes the idea of being a small-town innkeeper, or if you're just tired of the daily grind, do we have a contest for you. Janice Sage, who owns the 210-year-old inn Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant in Lovell, Maine, is set …

New England

Go underground with the workers who dig NYC's subterranean tunnels

Since 1872, Union 147— or the Sandhogs, as they're popularly known — has worked underground to excavate and construct most subterranean infrastructure projects for the city, clearing and blasting million-year old bedrock and creating tunnels for various uses.<p>Beginning with the foundations for the …

The professor who thinks video games will be the downfall of men

Philip Zimbardo is a superstar mainstay of introductory undergraduate courses in psychology – well, a lot of them. He’s the man behind the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971, which provided insights into the psychological impact of being placed in either a position of power, or …

Scientists May Have Just Found A Solution For Deadly Superbugs

A computer program designed by two scientists could one day be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Using complex algorithms, biologist Miriam Barlow of the University of California, Merced and mathematician Kristina Crona of American University in Washington, D.C. were …

Why income inequality is America’s biggest (and most difficult) problem

<b>Donald Trump (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)</b><p>It’s time to take take America’s wealthiest down a peg — but how?<p>Sean McElwee<p>October 26, 2014 10:58am (UTC)<p>Bold prediction: Rising inequality of income and wealth will be the most important political battleground over the next few decades.<p>Just take a look at …

The big “middle class” rip-off: How a short sale taught me rich people’s ethics

<b>(Andy Dean Photography via Shutterstock)</b><p>So many of us are clueless about business and finance. Here’s why that’s just the way the investment class likes it<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>September 29, 2014 9:35pm (UTC)<p>“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” – Honoré de Balzac.<p>The closest I ever came to acting …

A video game museum is rebuilding an MMO designed for the Commodore 64

Thought you were old-school for playing Everquest and Ultima Online? Step back, son: those games are spring chickens next to 1986's premier virtual world: LucasFilm's <i>Habitat</i>. Don't fret if you haven't heard of it -- the Commodore 64-powered online world only lasted for two years and was exclusive …

Could Flooring Every Car on the Planet Speed Up the Earth's Rotation? – Feature

We know that every burnout results in at least one angry bystander because science tells us that every action generates an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Third Law also states that the torque that propels your car creates a reactionary force that acts on the Earth’s surface. Geologically …

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

“Wretched, disgusting commie leftists”: My nightmare fighting gun nuts in a red state

<b>(Aekkaphob, Katherine Welles via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Want to understand why it’s so hard to win the most basic gun safety reform? Here’s how the debate so often goes<p>Amanda Gailey<p>September 16, 2014 8:59pm (UTC)<p>I volunteer for Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, a grass-roots organization seeking to …

After Ferguson

St. Louis’ decaying black suburbs are about to be forgotten. Again.<p>“What we want to know,” the barber said, “is where has the media <i>been</i>? Because these problems aren’t new.” It was a Tuesday afternoon in Ferguson, and we were at a barbershop a few blocks from where 18-year-old Michael Brown had been …

The Senate flunks basic biology: Inside a disgraceful hearing

<b>(Reuters/Jim Bourg)</b><p>Specious arguments against the Women’s Health Protection Act reveal how misinformed Congress truly is<p>Andrea Flynn<p>July 20, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Next New Deal.<p>The propensity of anti-choice advocates to eulogize false science was on full display on Tuesday’s …

I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame

<b>A photo of the author</b><p>I hated government — even as it was the only thing trying to save me. Here’s how, one day, I finally saw the light<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>July 16, 2014 8:45pm (UTC)<p>I was a 20-year-old college dropout with no more than $100 in the bank the day my son was born in 1994. I’d been in the Coast …

Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: Smoking gun emails revealed

<b>Rick Perry (AP/Tony Gutierrez)</b><p>Rick Perry and GOP state leaders go on trial today — and the verdict could mean big things for Voting Rights Act<p>Miriam Rozen<p>July 14, 2014 6:43pm (UTC)<p>On Nov. 17, 2010, Eric Opiela sent an email to Gerard Interiano. A Texas Republican Party associate general counsel, …

6 worst right-wing moments of the week — gay pride Whopper edition

<b>Todd Akin (Reuters/Sarah Conard)</b><p>Todd Akin is back with more loony theories while Bryan Fischer takes exception to a Burger King marketing campaign<p>Janet Allon<p>July 14, 2014 1:09pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><b>1. Todd Akin takes back his apology for his incredibly offensive</b> …

Scalia’s major screw-up: How SCOTUS just gave liberals a huge gift

<b>Antonin Scalia (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>With an otherwise awful Hobby Lobby ruling, right-wing judges just said I don’t have to pay for warfare! Here’s why<p>Sarah Ruden<p>July 14, 2014 8:45pm (UTC)<p>Before a recent visit by Justice Scalia to Wesleyan University, I (a lowly research fellow) gained an …

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

Creativity

Watch: This Optical Illusion Will Make You Hallucinate

A neurological principle first written about by Aristotle can make you trip.<p>Dropping a tab of acid is a surefire way to experience a hallucination, but for a less chemical-heavy trip, set aside two minutes and watch this video. Then immediately look away. Come back when you’re done.<p>Freaky, right? …

Optical Illusions

LG Display unveils flexible TV panel that can be rolled up to 3cm

LG Display has come up with a new flexible TV panel that people can roll up just like a newspaper.<p>The South Korean company on Thursday unveiled two 18-inch OLED panels -- one that's rollable and another that's transparent. This means televisions using this type of technology can be easily hidden on …

Gear & Gadgets

Bertone can't part out historically protected collection despite looming bankruptcy

Some companies can survive long after their founder has left the building, while others are so centered around the identity of one individual that everything unravels in their absence. And there's arguably no place that can be seen more clearly than in the Italian automobile industry.<p>Companies like …

Russia's new tram is a Batmobile on the outside, tech hub on the inside

Many trams are memorable, but they tend to evoke nostalgia rather than embrace the future. You can't accuse UralVagonZavod (UVZ) of being behind the times with its new Russia One, though. To begin with, it looks like the Batmobile on a closed track -- and for good reason. The forward-tilted …

DEA may be losing the war on marijuana politics

For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.<p>Lately, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against …