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Black Hole to Be Photographed in 2017

Here’s an interesting photography first that is set to happen in 2017: scientists are planning to capture the first ever photo of a black hole’s …

Black Holes

Humanity's First Nuke Has Revealed Strange Similarities to The Formation of Our Moon

The answer is in radioactive glass.<p>The Moon is our closest companion in the vast, unknowable expanse of the Universe, and yet, after centuries of …

South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic

Leaders of Vanuatu province want to turn local people and tourists away from unhealthy imports in favour of locally grown crops and seafood<p>A group of south Pacific islands are banning foreign junk food imports in favour of an all-local, organic diet as a way to combat future health problems.<p>Torba …

The Best of the Caribbean 2017

1 of 9<p>Best New Hotel<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 9<p>Best Food Find<p>3 of 9<p>Best Island Adventure<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 9<p>Best Island Comeback<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 9<p>Best Luxury …

Bucket Lists

10 Alternative Christmas Trees That'll Put Your Pine to Shame

A succluent tree? Yes, please!<p>Maybe it's the pine needles or the allergies. No matter what, you're totally entitled to skip bringing a real pine tree into your home this holiday season. But if fake trees don't do it for you either (artificial can be <i>so</i> anti-climatic) go with one of these unique …

The history (and future) of the November 14th supermoon is purely fascinating

Something BIG is coming our way next week – in fact, this “something” hasn’t been <i>this big</i> since 1948. It’s the November 14th supermoon, everyone! …

Astronomers Think They've Finally Figured Out Why The Sky Is Dark at Night

A 500-year-old paradox.<p>Each time we gaze up at the night sky, we take for granted that it’s a pitch-black void studded with twinkling stars. This is …

Over and over again, the military has conducted dangerous biowarfare experiments on Americans

On September 20, 1950, a US Navy ship just off the coast of San Francisco used a giant hose to spray a cloud of microbes into the air and into the city's famous fog. The military was testing how a biological weapon attack would affect the 800,000 residents of the city.<p>The people of San Francisco …

10 Famous Movie Scenes That Actually Just Copied Other Movies

It’s not really a secret that filmmakers influence other filmmakers or that movies inspire other movies. That’s just how things work. What’s more …

The number of job postings on LinkedIn could be a terrible sign for the economy

Instead, we're confronted with a sharp and ongoing deterioration of a leading indicator of the labor market: temporary jobs. They rise and fall months ahead of the overall number of jobs. The sector peaked in December 2015 at 2.94 million. It shed 21,000 jobs in May, and 63,800 since December. This …

Labor Economics

45 ‘invisible’ rivers have been flowing underneath Mexico’s capital for decades

Paved over in 1942, what was once one of the biggest rivers in the area now flows under the Miguel Alemán Viaduct, a major east-west highway. Traffic at peak times is so bad that cars average a speed of six kilometers per hour—less than four miles per hour.<p>But now, a group of experts is arguing …

Urbanism

Stephen Hawking says escape from a black hole is possible — kind of

"They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought," Dr. Hawking said in a talk last year. "If you feel you are trapped in a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out."<p>He posted his paper on arXiv, a pre-peer review site, in January. This month, the paper was finally published in the …

Black Holes

'Natural' Mosquito Repellents Don't Last, Group Finds

Most so-called natural mosquito repellents do not last anywhere near as long as those containing synthetic chemicals, Consumer Reports found.<p>It’s a big concern to people across the Americas as health officials caution everyone to avoid mosquito bites because of the spread of Zika virus, which …

A secret letter Prince wrote to his fans explains why he changed his name to a symbol in the '90s

The secret letter was taken down a few days after the site's launch.<p>Tech blogger Anil Dash tracked down the letter and posted it on Medium on Sunday.<p>The letter is a rare glimpse inside the artist's thinking about his own career.<p>"My message stems from a lifetime of development as an artist and as a …

Divorce

Raymond Chandler’s Ten Commandments for Writing a Detective Novel

Raymond Chandler – along with his hardboiled brethren like Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain – sandblasted the detective novel of its decorousness …

There’s a reason some birds don’t seem to fly south for winter anymore, scientists say

By Darryl Fears<p>, Reporter<p>The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says.<p>They are a harbinger of climate change, with species swapping habitats like a game of musical chairs as regions in Europe and the United States warm. Populations of …

Birds

The Science of Smiling

When we are happy, our natural response is to smile. But if you flip that around, does the reverse hold true? When we smile, is our natural response then to be happy?<p>Science says yes.<p>In fact, even faking or forcing a smile reduces stress and makes you happier.<p>That's what psychological scientists …

Happiness

These Lab-Grown Vocal Cords Sound Like The Real Thing

Bioengineered tissue could be used in the future to give patients back their voices, scientists say.<p>A team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has bioengineered vocal cord tissue capable of vibrating and generating sound as well as natural tissue. The feat is being hailed as a …

Vocal Cords

Your Turn! Pick The Best Science Visualizations Of The Year

Select the People's Choice winners for the 2016 Vizzies<p>Announcing the finalists in the 2016 Vizzies competition! Engaging interactives, amusing videos, eye-catching photography—we winnowed a huge field of entrants to these 50 finalists. It was very hard to choose 50, and we don't envy you your task …

Fish

Meet Dakotaraptor: the feathered dinosaur that was 'utterly lethal'

Prehistoric carnivores had 9.5in ‘sickle claw’, and quill knobs on lower arm bones are first documented evidence that a large raptor had feathers<p>A dinosaur discovered in South Dakota had feathers on a raptor’s body, large claws and wings, according to a study published by the University of Kansas …

South Dakota

Move Over, Hubble: Gravity Itself Is The Best Cosmic Telescope Of All

If you want to see farther into the distant Universe, you need to gather more light. Just as a light bulb or candle appears fainter the farther away it is from you, the stars and galaxies located at progressively greater and greater distances are much more difficult to detect and observe. In …

The space artist who saw Pluto before Nasa

Photograph: David A Hardy<p>Geyser Field on Pluto, 2015, by David A Hardy. Hardy says: ‘Geysers have not yet been discovered on Pluto, but are a possibility. The landscape was originally painted as Neptune’s moon Triton in 1989, but after I saw the images from Voyager, I converted it into Pluto in …

Edinburgh astronomers make sunless planet discoveries

<b>Clouds made of droplets of molten iron have been detected on a sunless world 75 light years from Earth.</b><p>The planet-like object, PSO J318.5-22, was already considered one of the strangest ever discovered.<p>About the same size as Jupiter, it floats freely out on its own in space.<p>Scientists estimate it …

Universe

Oxygen found on comet in Rosetta mission: 'Most surprising discovery ... so far'

Scientists from the Rosetta mission have found oxygen in the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a discovery that could change our understanding of how the solar system formed.<p>The molecular oxygen (O2) was detected by the ROSINA mass spectrometer, one of a suite of instruments aboard the …

Sea Levels Are 3 Inches Higher Than They Were in 1992

A panel of NASA scientists said Wednesday that new data shows sea levels are, on average, three inches higher than they were in 1992 due to melting …

I Quit My Job, Sold My Things And Backpacked Around The World For 3 Years To 60 Countries

Exhausted from the job I didn’t study for, I decided it’s time to travel. For nearly a year I slept at friends’ places, worked additional hours and …

Meet the Rescued Lion Who Became a National Sensation

Caption from LIFE. Even when awake, Frasier cuts a figure that is something less than regal.<br>Ralph Crane—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of …

Articles about all family on Dwell.com - Dwell

With great architecture comes great responsibility, and with an eye toward revival and respect for history, one Harvey Park...<p>For photographer Ed Reeve, building his own house had been a lifelong dream.<p>The all-new Volvo XC90 was named Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year yet again.<p>This Tuesday, we hopped …

Chicago