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Gorgeous Green Rooms That'll Give You Serious Goals

This shade isn't as scary as you think.<p>It's Mother Nature's favorite color — and there are so many fresh shades to work with. From a pea-green kitchen to a bath with lime stripes, there's a palette for every palate here.

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket: 10 Woolly Throws for Winter

We’ve covered wool camp blankets, heavy bed blankets, summer cotton blankets, and military blankets. Yes, we like blankets, but we have yet to fully …

APOD: All the Colors of the Sun (2013 Oct 02) Credit & Copyright: Nigel Sharp (NSF), FTS, NSO, KPNO, AURA, NSF http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131002.html Explanation: It is still not known why the Sun's light is missing some colors. Shown above are all the visible colors of the Sun, produced by passing the Sun's light through a prism-like device. The above spectrum was created at the McMath-Pierce Solar Observatory and shows, first off, that although our white-appearing Sun emits light of nearly every color, it does indeed appear brightest in yellow-green light. The dark patches in the above spectrum arise from gas at or above the Sun's surface absorbing sunlight emitted below. Since different types of gas absorb different colors of light, it is possible to determine what gasses compose the Sun. Helium, for example, was first discovered in 1870 on a solar spectrum and only later found here on Earth. Today, the majority of spectral absorption lines have been identified - but not all. http://www.noao.edu/noao/scistaff/sharp.html http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/html/im0600.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131002 #APOD

Found Cassiopeia? Now look for Perseus

Perseus follows Cassiopeia across the night sky. It’s fainter, but has a graceful shape and some of the sky’s most interesting stars and star …

First Cloudy Alien Planet Spotted From Earth

Call it cloudy with a low chance of meatballs. The alien world Kepler-7b — a very reflective world in big telescopes — has clouds in its upper atmosphere. And scientists have actually been able to map those out, despite the planet’s great distance from Earth (at least 1,000 light-years away.)<p>It’s …

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Underwater aeroplanes: The new toy for the super rich

Not content with superyachts and private planes, the wealthiest individuals are now turning their attention to aeroplanes that fly underwater.<p>The billionaires who crowded into the Monaco yacht show last week wanted to see more than just Rupert Murdoch's $29.7m superyacht Rosehearty which was …

Roman skulls found during Crossrail dig in London may be Boudicca victims

Blackened Roman skulls, possibly victims of Boudicca's revolution that scorched the foundations of the Roman empire in Britain, have come tumbling out of a Crossrail tunnel in the heart of London.<p>Archaeologists know they will find thousands of skeletons on the site, which was the 17th-century …

The Top U.S. Dog Breeds [Infographic]

The most popular pooches.<p>Yellow - Labrador retriever 14%<br>Yellow/Orange - German shepherd 8%<br>Orange - Golden retriever 5%<br>Orange/Red - Beagle 5%<br>Red - Bulldog 4%<br>Blue- Other 64%<p><i>This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of</i> Popular Science.

Google accused of illegally wiretapping Gmail accounts and gathering data about internet users and showing them related ads. http://ow.ly/ppsqr The accusations ask whether Google went too far in collecting user data in Gmail and Street View, its mapping project. Two US federal judges have ruled, over Google's protests, that both cases can move forward.

Melbourne performer Pallavi Sharda on brink of Bollywood stardom with role in new film Besharam

Melbourne woman Pallavi Sharda will soon become a household name in tens of millions of homes across the world.<p>The 25-year-old is playing the female …

Putting Time in Perspective

Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It's not our fault -- the spans of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it's almost impossible to get a handle on it. …

Human brains have internal GPS, study confirms

A type of brain cell known to help animals keep track of their location has been found for the first time in humans, according to a new study.<p>Researchers discovered the neurons, called grid cells, because they were activated in the brains of study participants exploring a virtual environment. The …

This Quiz Tests How Well You See Color

Find out where you fall on the ocular spectrum.<p>Whether you claim color blindness or visual perfection, chances are you're literally not seeing the full picture. Now the folks at X-Rite, an organization specializing in the technology and science of color, and owner of the popular Pantone color …

Move over, Mars: Manned Europa mission considered

Mars has been getting all the manned-mission love lately, but let's not forget all the other heavenly bodies. Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the target objective of a group of volunteer scientists, conceptual artists, and social-media experts looking into sending a one-way crewed mission on a search …

This App Can Make Anyone A Video Game Designer

Draw the design for a level on graph paper, and Pixel Press can translate it into a real, playable game<p>Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding …

Comment: Every traveller should splurge. writes Ben Groundwater. http://ow.ly/ppvkV "When you finally decide to loosen the purse strings and lash out on something fancy, it's all the more exciting." What's been your favourite splurge?