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Otherworldly Photos From Inside One of the World’s Largest River Caves

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Use These 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World

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Small Business

These 9 gadgets will improve your music, translate speech, and more

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Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft offers way to opt out of automatic Windows 10 updates

Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows 10, once installed, will automatically update by default, with users having no option to stop buggy …

Windows 10

BodyBrew takes the heat out of brewing for coffee aficionados

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National Geographic Travel

Why does food taste different on planes?

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American Airlines

Holidays you thought you couldn't take with kids

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Teacher rocks same yearbook photo outfit for 40 years

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APOD: M82: Starburst Galaxy with a Superwind (2013 July 4) Image Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford (Rancho Del Sol Obs.) Explanation: Also known as the Cigar Galaxy for its elongated visual appearance, M82 is a starburst galaxy with a superwind. In fact, through ensuing supernova explosions and powerful winds from massive stars, the burst of star formation in M82 is driving a prodigious outflow of material. Evidence for the superwind from the galaxy's central regions is clear in this sharp telescopic snapshot. The composite image highlights emission from long outflow filaments of atomic hydrogen gas in reddish hues. Some of the gas in the superwind, enriched in heavy elements forged in the massive stars, will eventually escape into intergalactic space. Including narrow band image data in the deep exposure has revealed a faint feature dubbed the cap. Perched about 35,000 light-years above the galaxy at the upper left, the cap appears to be galactic halo material ionized by the superwind shock or intense ultraviolet radiation from the young, massive stars in the galaxy's core. Triggered by a close encounter with nearby large galaxy M81, the furious burst of star formation in M82 should last about 100 million years or so. M82 is 12 million light-years distant, near the northern boundary of Ursa Major. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD