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Astronomers Have Discovered One of The Most Massive Objects in The Universe

It was hiding behind the Milky Way.<p>Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known …

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Pope Francis extends Catholic priests' power to forgive abortion

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis has extended indefinitely the power of Catholic priests to forgive abortions, making the announcement in an apostolic letter released Monday.<p>It continues a special dispensation granted last year for the duration of the Year of Mercy -- which finished Sunday -- which gave all …

Pope Francis

Texas, Missouri, Florida officers shot in attacks; 1 killed

A manhunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a veteran Texas police detective ended Monday with an arrest in the killing that was one of several …

Law Enforcement

LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia

Amid a tense stand-off and attempt at negotiations, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law instituted in …

"Supermoon" in November will be closest in decades

Earthlings are about to be treated the biggest and brightest full moon of the year — and this so-called supermoon will be extra special. It will be …

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A New Gravity Theory Might Finally Explain Dark Matter

The universe is a weird, wild place.<p>The theory of gravity gets a little weird in a few spots in our universe. One of those spots is the outer edges …

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Birth Year May Affect Your Flu Risk. Here's How

People's birth years can affect their risk of catching certain strains of influenza — probably because their first case of flu somehow sets their immune system, researchers reported Thursday.<p>Their findings could be good news for what scientists predict about the risk of a killer flu pandemic, and …

Public Health

What does Trump win mean for US science?

<b>President-elect Donald Trump did not express many views about science and innovation on the campaign trail. But there are some clues to his positions on key issues.</b><p>Since Tuesday, many scientists have been laying out their concerns about the future of the US research community under a Trump …

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Wonder Woman Official Trailer 2 (2017) - Gal Gadot Movie

Gal Gadot

Wild wild Westworld: why fan theories are the future of TV

Diving into Westworld’s booming subreddit, with its complex tangle of analysis and predictions, led me to a startling realisation: soon, all shows could be written by fans themselves<p>There’s a case to be made that the theories about Westworld are more interesting than the actual show. As you will …

TV

Marvel's 'Doctor Strange': A Long, Strange, Trippy Origin Story

The mystical world of <i>Doctor Strange</i>, where sorcerers clash in an interstellar battle royale, unfolds in a shape-shifting, time-bending, mind-blowing flurry of special effects. The facades of buildings turn and flip like the rows of a giant Rubik's Cube. Whole cities are vacuumed into the sky like …

Comics

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press "play", …

Diamond industry throws off secrecy to woo distrustful generation

The diamond industry has cleaned up its act and is more transparent than ever before, senior executives have claimed, ahead of the launch of a new marketing campaign targeting young consumers.<p>Where once diamond producing was dominated by “handshakes and a lot of secrets”, “now it’s all about …

‘Absolutely Wrong’: Bill Nye the Science Guy Takes on Noah’s Ark Exhibit

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Want Your Kids to Be Successful and Happy? Research Recommends This Parenting Style

A new study asks adults about how they were parented to uncover the best way to raise successful kids.<p>When it comes to folk wisdom on how to raise happy and successful kids, we all do the same thing. We look at the families around us and try to identify what's working, and what's not. Then we …

The Piano – Philip French on Jane Campion's haunting New Zealand period drama

(Jane Campion, 1993; StudioCanal, 15)<p>The New Zealand-born, Australia-resident Jane Campion won the 1986 short film Palme d'Or at Cannes with her nine-minute <i>Peel</i>, shared the Palme d'Or for <i>The Piano</i> (with Chen Kaige's <i>Farewell My Concubine</i>) in 1993, and presided over the Cannes jury in 2014. <i>The Piano</i> …

The House of Magic review – rollercoaster animation

A kitten lost in a magician's house offers frenetic adventure – but it's a long way from Toy Story<p>A peculiar assortment of ageing British pop classics (the Cure's Love Cats, Madness's House of Fun) adds to the oddness of this Belgian-produced animation which finds an accidentally abandoned kitten …

The Purge: Anarchy review – nasty sequel to dystopian crime fantasy

This surprisingly grim follow-up to last year's dystopian near-future fantasy escapes the home-invasion confines of the original to take to the streets of the city, where chaos once again reigns. During an annual 12-hour free-for-all in which crime – including murder – is temporarily rendered …

Comic-Con: Marvel debuts ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ footage, dates ‘Guardians’ 2 | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

Actors Josh Brolin and Robert Downey Jr. attend the Marvel Studios panel during Comic-Con International 2014 on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)<p>Marvel is famous for its Saturday Comic-Con International panel, and this year, the comic book studio didn’t disappoint — …

Comics

Weekend Box Office: ‘Lucy’ Destroyed ‘Hercules’

In terms of new releases, this weekend’s box office battle really came down to which big-chested movie star you wanted to see beat people up. Scarlett Johansson destroyed The Rock in that battle, where it also didn’t take 100% of your brain to know that a Luc Besson movie was probably going to be …

Philippines joyous as baby Chonalyn's arrival means population hits 100m

Girl born in Manlia showered with gifts as nation celebrates milestone, and also worries how it will cope with burgeoning numbers<p>Philippine officials welcomed the birth on Sunday of their country's 100 millionth citizen with a cake, hope and concerns about how their poor nation can help ensure a …

More fighting breaks out in Gaza after rockets hit Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Fighting subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce and U.S. President Barack Obama called for a ceasefire but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end fighting with Israel.<p>Hamas said it had endorsed a …

Ebola virus kills top doctor, infects U.S. doctor

An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in Africa is now taking a toll on doctors and health care workers battling the deadly disease, including two Americans.<p>Kent Brantly, 33, an American doctor who has been working in Liberia since October for the North Carolina-based aid …

I Heart My City: Igor’s Venice

Venice native <b>Igor Scomparin</b> led tours all over Europe with Globus for a decade before returning home to be a “local host” for Monograms. Now, this tourism industry veteran’s mission is to show the real, authentic Venice to travelers who come to visit his homeland. Here’s a look at the “city of …