Martin Stoddart

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Earth-sized alien worlds are out there. Now, astronomers are figuring out how to detect life on them

Stephen Kane spends a lot of time staring at bad pictures of a planet. The images are just a few pixels across and nearly featureless. Yet Kane, an …

Universe

Let’s Rank The Best And Worst Movie Summers Of The Last 40 Years

Hey, the summer of 2016 has been awful for movies. We all know this. But is it the absolute worst summer <i>ever</i>? And if 2016 is the worst summer ever, which is the best summer, and how exactly should “best” and “worst” be defined in this context?<p>These are the important questions that we will be …

One year in: What The Guardian’s content studio has learned

While most publishers’ content studios are writing articles and filming videos for brands, The Guardian’s branded content studio spent much of 2014 …

Life beyond Earth? The best bet may be on moons, not planets

There are billions of planets in the universe that straddle the habitable zones of their stars, but the search for potential life might actually narrow down to their moons.<p>Many of the planets that inhabit that zone, the distance that gives planets just the right amount of heat to sustain liquid …

Why BuzzFeed is the Most Important News Organization in the World

Like a great many such things, some of journalism’s most precious ideals were the happy result of geography and economics. That is, in any given …

Publishers love WhatsApp’s potential, but struggle with execution

Publishers have a love-hate relationship with WhatsApp. While many are seeing big numbers from the platform, they’re also wrangling with a handful of …

Bike paths in abandoned tube tunnels: is the London Underline serious?

Gensler’s proposal to turn disused underground tunnels into arteries for bikes and pedestrians looks like fun. As a sober reponse to congestion, it’s ridiculous<p>Could the answer to London’s congestion be a network of subterranean cycleways? A new project from design firm Gensler suggests that maybe …

London's population hits 8.6m record high

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/england/1142000/1142493_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532498464_e5ce871b5f447948c2254b7562fdbb26<p><b>London's population has topped 8.6m, the highest since its 1939 peak, the Greater London Authority has revealed.</b><p>The figures show Hillingdon has had …

Geography

Ancient planetary system with its own sun-like star found in the galaxy

Discovery of five planets orbiting around Kepler 444 suggests ancient worlds might lurk around other stars in more habitable reaches of the Milky Way<p>The discovery of five archaic planets around one of the oldest stars in the galaxy has raised the possibility that the Milky Way might be home to …

Atmospheres may be the key to day and night for alien planets

Alien planets that orbit close to their parent stars may be at high risk of the ultimate hot-cold scenario, with one side stuck in permanent daylight …

Kepler finds two planets with a striking resemblance to Earth

Welcome to the family! Scientists using NASA's Kepler spacecraft have confirmed at least eight new roughly Earth-sized planets sitting in the habitable zones of their host stars – two of which rival the most "Earth-like" planets found to date.<p>The discoveries, described at the American Astronomical …

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

NASA Kepler Finds Milky Way's Oldest Known Earth-Mass Planets

Intelligent life in our Milky Way Galaxy may have gotten a gigantic head start, say astronomers who confirmed the detection of low-mass, rocky planets around a star that’s at least 11.2 billion years old, or more than twice the age of our own solar system.<p>In a paper recently published in <i>The</i> …

“There have been 10,000 Generations Before Us --Ours Could be the First to Discover Extraterrestrial Life” --NASA (2014 Most Viewed)

We’ve also found that liquid water isn’t unique to our planet. Saturn’s moon Enceladus and Jupiter’s moons Ganymede and Europa harbor large oceans …

NASA's Kepler telescope is alive and finding planets again

The telescope that's done the most work for expanding our knowledge of exoplanets is alive again — and it's already found another Earth-sized one to add to the list. NASA announced today that they awakened the Kepler telescope for its K2 (or "Second Light") mission, and detailed the ingenious …

Kepler Telescope Spots Hotter, Weirder Bodies Than Ever Before Seen (In The Sky, That Is)

It's been less than a year since NASA launched the Kepler Space Telescope, and the device is already paying off with new discoveries. In particular, NASA scientists have identified a planet with the consistency of styrofoam, a gaggle of exoplanets, and two never-before-observed objects too small to …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

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Rocky, water-rich world found in outer space

A rocky world which contained vast amounts of water has been identified by Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope, suggesting that conditions suitable for life could exist outside our solar system.<p>Astronomers identified the remains of the water-rich, rocky asteroid orbiting a dying star, known as a white …

China Used More Concrete In 3 Years Than The U.S. Used In The Entire 20th Century [Infographic]

China produces and consumes about 60 percent of the world’s cement — the Three Gorges Dam alone required 16 million tonnes of it. To put China’s massive 21st century construction splurge and concrete consumption into perspective, Bill Gates made a mind-blowing comparison.<p>According to his blog, …

"Mirage Earth" Exoplanets Can Trick Us Into Believing They're Habitable

Desert mirages are optical illusions that make thirsty travelers think they're seeing water. And now, a new study tell us, there are entire planets …

The Motions of Kayaking and Canoeing Recorded through Light Painting on Canadian Waterways | Colossal

<p>Ontario-based photographer Stephen Orlando is fascinated with human movement and uses programmable LED light sticks attached to kayak paddles, …

Ground-based telescopes could join hunt for habitable planets

Astronomers have detected the silhouette of a planet just twice the diameter of Earth using ground-based telescopes. This is the smallest planet detected with this technique and raises hopes that it could be used to search for Earth-sized worlds capable of supporting life.<p>The “super-Earth”, known …

Ridesharing apps are erasing the value of taxi services

It's no surprise that ridesharing outfits like Lyft and Uber are disrupting the taxi business through lower pricing and technological advantages. However, it's now clear that these app-based upstarts are also hitting taxis where it really hurts: the value of owning a taxi service. A <i>New York Times</i> …

The future of humanity

I have seen countless science fiction movies and documentaries about the future of humanity. None of them were as inspiring, beautiful, and realistic …

The First Bar Code Was Round

The tagging system was invented years before it became practical.<p>In 1948, the war had ended, and Joseph Woodland was back on campus. After spending a couple of years working on the Manhattan Project, he had come back to Drexel to finish his bachelor's degree and start life as a grad student. Almost …

Han Purple: A 2,800-year-old artificial pigment that quantum physicists are trying to understand

Han purple is an artificial pigment created by the Chinese over 2,500 years ago, which was used in wall paintings and to decorate the famous …

Parliament repair bill 'could top £3bn'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1125000/1125721_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532625568_e84b75bf829223575a805c8e8c69442e<p><b>Taxpayers may have to spend more than £3bn to stop Parliament turning into an unusable "ruin", Newsnight understands.</b><p>The Palace of Westminster has …

Great Britain

A Visual Timeline of the Future Based on Famous Fiction

The past has a long history of imagining the future, and humanity has an equally long history of mapping time. Several months ago, I shared a link to a timeline of future events as predicted by famous novels. Italian information visualization designer Giorgia Lupi saw it on Twitter and was inspired …

The Race to Save the World's Chocolate

A shortage of the beloved confection will soon be upon us, analysts say. Counteracting it could involve brand-new strains of cacao.<p>Blame climate change. Or pestilence. Or China's Westernizing taste in candy. Blame, perhaps, Ebola.<p>Regardless, the world is running out of chocolate. In 2013, the world …