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Scientists Are About to Switch on a Telescope That Could Photograph a Black Hole's Event Horizon

We're about to peer into the abyss.<p>Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the known Universe. But despite the fact that they're …

A Very Simple Explanation for How Lightning Killed 323 Reindeer at Once

Here’s what most likely happened.<p>You may have already heard the news that will surely terrify Rudolph-loving children for the next few months: 323 reindeer were killed by lightning in Norway this weekend. On Sunday, the country's Environment Agency released some pretty gnarly images and reported …

Ransomware completely shuts down Ohio town government

In another interesting example of what happens when you don’t manage your backups correctly, the Licking County government offices, including the police force, have been shut down by ransomware. Although details are sparse, it’s clear that someone in the office caught a bug in a phishing scam or by …

“Pessimism Is the Cure for Anger”

We tend to think of anger has a negative, pessimistic feeling. It’s actually linked to optimism, though. Anger is often a reaction to being let down …

Which Cats Should We Round Up and Kill?

The co-author of the new book 'Cat Wars' says a lot of cats probably need to die, but that he's not some cat Hitler.<p>Your cat is a killing machine. If you've ever started your day by stepping barefoot on one of its victims, laid lovingly at the foot of your bed, you already know this. "That's nature …

How to save 10s of gigabytes with lightroom temp files

This little procedure just saved me over 20 gigs (yes, this is right, gigs!!) of space on my hard drive. It has to do with how Lightroom updates. …

NASA finds that the earth has a new “mini moon”

An asteroid has been by Earth’s side for around 100 years—and it’s here to stay for a while longer.<p>Sized between 120 feet and 300 feet, the quasi-satellite named Asteroid 2016 HO3 was first discovered on April 27, 2016, by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope in Hawaii. Nicknamed “mini moon,” …

Asteroids

Inside NASA's Mars Mission

Exclusive photos of the capsule and rocket that could carry humankind to Mars<p>NASA’s $18 billion Orion program will deliver humans to the surface of Mars sometime in the 2030s. For the first time, the agency opened its doors—at three facilities around the country—to give us an exclusive look as they …

Space Exploration

How Is Donald Trump Going to Quit?

Donald Trump is not going to be the president.<p>Trump isn’t going to let himself lose in any official capacity, of course—that would go against …

6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

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A Molecule In Space Could Help Us Understand The Origin Of Life On Earth

Are your molecules lefties or righties?<p>There are a lot of concepts that help life exist here on Earth. One is as simple as whether a molecule is right handed or left handed. As straightforward as it is, we still don't know how the molecules got that way. But a recent discovery of a molecule in …

The NSA Wants To Spy On Thermostats, Refrigerators, and Pacemakers

Security cameras, thermostats, and even pacemaker data may be used by the security agency.<p>The National Security Agency is researching ways to collect intelligence, of course, and the latest target is the "Internet of Things," up to and including biomedical devices like pacemakers, according to NSA …

This Is Where The International Space Station Will Go To Die

In one of the most isolated places on the globe, the 'Spacecraft Cemetery' provides a watery grave<p>The cold void of the ocean floor is the closest thing Earthlings can come to the conditions of space. Nothing really lives there, and nothing ever visits. It’s freezing, dark and empty. However, off …

Space Exploration

A Man Survived a Whole Year With This Instead of a Heart

Talk about being heartless.<p>People may throw around the term "heartless" but every now and then it actually, literally applies. That's it exactly what 25-year-old Stan Larkin amazingly was, while surviving for over a year without an actual human heart.<p>Larkin who suffers from familial …

Why Some People Sweat More than Others (and What to Do If That's You)

Some of us just sweat more than others, and while it can be the source of much embarrassment and shame (trust me, I’m a sweaty person), it helps to …

Cats recognise their owners' voices but never evolved to care, says study

Any cat owner will tell you that although they are sometimes kept as pets, felines are beholden to no one.<p>A new study from the University of Tokyo …

How One Man Who Survived 20 Hours Adrift in the Sea

Bill Durden was stuck treading water 25 miles offshore without a life vest.<p>Bill Durden was on a roll. He'd just caught two good-sized groupers and tossed his line back into the water when he felt it snag on the bottom of his boat. The engine, he realized, wasn't in neutral. Durden gave the rod a …

How Much Does Everyone Working on a Blockbuster Movie Get Paid?

You made it! You’re in a movie! You’re a superstar! Not quite. Vanity Fair made this clever credits sequence showing how much people working on a …

Four Popular Coffee Myths, Debunked by Science

You crave it in the morning, you wait in long lines for it, and I’m drinking it while I write this: coffee is everywhere. But that means …

The Limitations of Positive Thinking

Positive thinking and striving for happiness are common goals associated with self-improvement. It seems that they’re becoming more pervasive within …

Most Americans Wouldn't Sleep With Donald Trump For $1 Million

"We know that Americans like to make money but there are some things that just go too far."<p>Donald Trump likes to brag about how he's doing in the polls, but this is one he probably won't mention.<p>A new "indecent proposal" poll of 1,000 adult Americans by 360couponcodes.com reveals that 53.1 percent …

We May Soon Capture The First Real Image Of A Black Hole

Thanks to a new world-spanning algorithm<p>Humans have never actually seen a black hole with our eyes. A new computer algorithm, created by MIT graduate student Katie Bouman and her team, will hopefully change that.<p>Since black holes are surprisingly small, we need a gigantic telescope to look at them. …

Black Holes

The Counter-Intuitive Path to Happiness: Focus On What Makes You Miserable

Trying too hard to be happy is a one-way ticket to disappointment. The trick is to focus on what makes you unhappy and work from there.<p>According to …

We're Now One Step Closer to Detecting Gravitational Waves in Space

A planned space-based gravitational wave observatory is one step closer to becoming a reality because a critical technological component just passed …