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James Cameron Donates His Custom-Built Submarine To Science

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will incorporate the Deepsea Challenger's technology into existing submersibles and new vehicles. Also: Check out these awesome drawings of the sub!<p>A year after his record-setting deepest dive, film director James Cameron is donating his submarine to science. …

Scientists discover a new class of mini-supernova

Astronomers have found a new kind of miniature supernova so comparatively small that some only shine a hundredth as brightly as their more common cousins. The newly-discovered stellar explosion is called a Type Iax supernova, and while the team that made the discovery still isn’t exactly sure what …

Space tourism: the annoying details

With the news of Voyager leaving the solar system (again), prehistoric water on Mars and possible missions there, the mechanics of landings on …

Planck telescope: A map of all the 'stuff' in the cosmos

<b>Europe's Planck telescope, which last week showed us a picture of the oldest light streaming across the Universe, has another trick up its sleeve.</b><p>It has also mapped the distribution of all the matter in the cosmos.<p>This was done by analysing the subtle distortions in the ancient light introduced as …

Universe

Raytheon Wants To Give Military Pilots Superhuman Hearing

A Raytheon Project wants pilots to hear missiles better so that they can avoid them.<p>Directional sound is awesome. Long a feature of cinema and state-of-the-art home entertainment systems, directional sound uses several focused speakers to create sound that hits one ear differently than the other, …

Higgs physics on the cheap

Tabletop Higgs particles may illuminate cosmic cousin.<p>More than three decades ago, before the world’s most powerful particle collider was even on the …

Physics

GameSci: What Is (Scientifically!) The Most Addictive Game Ever?

What's going to glue you to the screen? Science explains.<p>Back in 2007, a study of gamers appeared in the journal <i>CyberPsychology and Behavior</i>. The study, "Experiences of time loss among videogame players: An empirical study," asked gamers to report how often they got sucked in to games: for better …

Images of March full moon: A dozen of the coolest and most gorgeous

Be nice to yourself and look at these amazing photographs of the March 26, 2013 full moon by our obviously talented EarthSky Facebook friends.<p>Be nice …

Visualized: step inside CERN's particle-detecting Compact Muon Solenoid

It's spring maintenance time over at the Large Hadron Collider, and the folks at CERN have seen fit to crack open the Compact Muon Solenoid to get at some of its loose connectors. You see, after three years, 99-percent of the the lead tungstate-based electromagnetic calorimeter's channels are …