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Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Treasure hunting in archive data reveals clues about black holes’ diet

Using archival data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the XMM-Newton and Chandra X-ray telescopes, a team of astronomers have discovered a …

It’s not all about aliens – listening project may unveil other secrets of the universe

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project got a $100 million boost this week from Russian billionaire Yuri Milner. While this may …

Why 'Earth 2.0' is actually nothing like Earth

Nasa's discovery of Kepler-452b, a planet orbiting around a distant star in deep space, has predictably caused waves of excitement on the internet, …

NASA Has Discovered a Planet Similar to Earth

Could this be our first step towards a real life ‘Interstellar?’<p>NASA scientists have just found a planet most similar to Earth. Dubbed Keplar-452b, the planet is 1,400 lightyears away from Earth, and like us, shares a strikingly similar orbit to its own unique star, completing a full cycle in 385 …

What's So Important About This New Super-Earth

Your guide to the planets once crowned "the most earth-like planet yet."<p>The announcement was handed out today: We've found a planet like Earth around a sunlike star. This particular planet, Kepler-452b, is likely rocky and has a year slightly longer than our own. While earth-like planets have been …

Astronomy

Pluto image revealed by Nasa offers closest look yet at dwarf planet

Nasa has released the most detailed picture yet taken of dwarf planet Pluto, captured by the New Horizons spacecraft.<p>Taken from a distance of 8m kilometres, the relative close-up of the icy world on the fringes of the solar system was sent back to earth on 8 July.<p>A distinct heart shape can be seen …

Solar System

11 Amazing Gadgets You’ll Find on the International Space Station

Besides the space station itself—which, as an almost million-pound laboratory and living quarters suspended in space and hurtling through orbit at a …

With One Year to Jupiter, NASA's Juno Team Prepares

<b>Fast Facts:</b><p>› Juno is on track for arrival on July 4, 2016<p>› NASA recently approved updates to Juno's flight plan at Jupiter that help streamline the …

How ISIS’s ‘Attack America’ Plan Is Working

The terrorist group’s sophisticated social-media campaign is reaching its audience in the United States. What it does next has law enforcement …

Rosetta mission: What is it and why will it crash into a comet today?

What is the Rosetta mission?<p>Rosetta is a ground-breaking £1 billion mission launched in 2004 to chase, orbit, and land on a comet. It's coming to an end today after 13 years.<p>The spacecraft spent 10 years chasing comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko almost 500 million miles from Earth, before landing a …

Police arrest alleged member of group behind Xbox Live and PSN attacks

An alleged member of the group claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks that took Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network down for hours on Christmas Day was arrested this week in the United Kingdom. 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, who is believed to be a member of self-styled hacker collective "Lizard …

Tabby Cat With a Surprisingly Green Colored Coat Roams the Streets of Varna, Bulgaria

A stray tabby with an unusually colored coat of greenish-blue wanders the streets of Varna, Bulgaria, causing onlookers to do a double-take whenever …

Autopsy: Robin Williams had Lewy body dementia

The hallucination-causing disease may have contributed to his decision to commit suicide<p>According to his official autopsy, actor and comedian Robin Williams had a disease called Lewy body dementia (LBD), which may have contributed to his decision to kill himself.<p>People with LBD have dementia and …

Pictures: 100 Years of Football in America

Volcanoes Reveal Lunar Eruptions Long-Lived

Changing Planet<p><b>Astronomers are moonstruck! The man in the moon, we learned just last week, formed from dark flowing lava over three billion years ago, instead of a long supposed giant asteroid impact.</b><p><b>Now, we learn that same volcanism may have kept on erupting until surprisingly recent …

Get ready for 'Drone Nation'

We’re taking the drone out for a spin. It’s a sun-drenched Friday in Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, and though it’s late afternoon the …

The Comeback Kids: 5 Former Danger Zones That Are Ready for Travel

You know the feeling: daydreaming of traveling to some exotic destination, only to realize that political instability, crime, and civil unrest have landed your dream destination on the naughty list. Travel warnings and restrictions are a traveler's worst nightmare, and a sobering reminder that the …

Since 1990, graphic designers Steven Heller (<i>New York Times</i> art director for 33 years) and Gail Anderson (former art director of <i>Rolling Stone</i>) have compiled books about typography and illustration. In their latest, <i>The Typographic Universe</i> (Thames & Hudson £24.95), they explore 'the alphabet of …

Football's glory days – in pictures

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A forest year - video

Once again, caturday has arrived, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a lovely time lapse video I stumbled across a few months ago. This video shares one person’s view of the seasons outside the window of his little cabin in the woods. Because I’ve watched this video a dozen or so times …

Forget Selfies, Dronies Are The New Must-Take Travel Photo

Selfies are <i>so</i> last season.<p>Meet "dronies," the cooler, more adventurous, amped-up sibling of the oft-maligned selfie.<p>A "dronie" is basically a selfie from the sky, taken not at arm's length from your smartphone but from an uber-cool drone that flies above you, photographing not only your face, but …

Mount St. Helens is recharging: What rising magma means

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Mount St. Helens is nowhere near another eruption, but new magma is rising underground, heaving the volcano upward and outward by the length of a fingertip, researchers said in Anchorage on Friday at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America.<p>A small amount of …

Galactic Cannonball Heading Our Way

Astronomers have known about celestial objects called globular clusters for centuries. They’re collections of maybe 100,000 stars, tightly bunched …

What Are Gravitational Waves, And How Do We Find Them?

With a monumental detector powering up for a new generation of experiments, Rana Adhikari, a Caltech physicist, is chasing down these elusive signals. He tells PopMech what gravitational waves are, why scientists are on the cusp of measuring them, and how these waves will change the way we look at …

Physics

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts