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North Korea moves missile with 'considerable range' to coast, says Seoul

South Korea's defence minister has confirmed that Pyongyang has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, but said there were no …

The secret to exam success: puppy love

Students at a Scottish university have begun "puppy patting" sessions in an effort to improve their exam grades.<p>Undergraduates at Aberdeen University will be able to avoid the pressures of study in a special "puppy room".<p>The sessions, part of the exam welfare initiative by the university's …

Strong hints of dark matter detected by space station, physicists say

Physicists announced on Wednesday that they have discovered the most convincing evidence yet of the existence of dark matter – the particles that are …

The waning gibbous moon and Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius, will rise over the southeast horizon late tonight. Early risers can look for Mercury before sunrise tomorrow. http://bit.ly/175pJdX

DARPA wants to build low-cost robots that mimic your hand's finest movements

What started as a lofty goal is slowly moving closer to reality, as DARPA continues research on low-cost robotic hands capable of accomplishing everyday human tasks. In yet another show of progress, the agency has released a clip of a robot that can remove a car tire, though it hasn't yet mastered …

APOD: Flying Over the Earth at Night (2013 Mar 31) Video Credit: Gateway to Astronaut Photography, NASA; Compilation: David Peterson (YouTube); Music: Freedom Fighters (Two Steps from Hell) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130331.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG0fTKAqZ5g Explanation: Many wonders are visible when flying over the Earth at night. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the International Space Station (ISS) and set to rousing music. Passing below are white clouds, orange city lights, lightning flashes in thunderstorms, and dark blue seas. On the horizon is the golden haze of Earth's thin atmosphere, frequently decorated by dancing auroras as the video progresses. The green parts of auroras typically remain below the space station, but the station flies right through the red and purple auroral peaks. Solar panels of the ISS are seen around the frame edges. The ominous wave of approaching brightness at the end of each sequence is just the dawn of the sunlit half of Earth, a dawn that occurs every 90 minutes. http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ http://www.youtube.com/user/Bitmeizer Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130331 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0331

World’s top supercomputer from ‘09 is now obsolete, will be dismantled

IBM Roadrunner, the first petaflop machine, goes offline today.<p>Five years ago, an IBM-built supercomputer designed to model the decay of the US …

May guide to the bright planets

Jupiter rules! In May 2018, the king planet shines at its brightest best for the year and is out all night. Venus blazes in early evening. Saturn and …

Astronomy

Buzz Aldrin Shares Mars Mission Plan in New Book

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin advocates a manned mission to Mars in his upcoming book, <i>Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration</i>. Aldrin, 83, is known …

Space Exploration

Jay Kipper and Sean Murphy on nanotechnology in oil and gas production

How nanotechnology is being used to gain access to the harder-to-reach oil and gas reservoirs of today,<p><i>Nanotechnology – that is, working with matter</i> …

Oil & Gas Industry

NASA scientist Sonny White claIms to be on the verge of faster-than-light travel. Is he for real? http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-03/warp-factor?src=SOC&dom=fb

The IAU's decision to demote Pluto from full planet status was unpopular. Will these astronomers democratize the way they name space objects, someday giving us a vote via crowdsourcing? Details here: http://bit.ly/ZlVs6m

OMG, I Want This House: South Africa (PHOTOS)

From a courtyard garden to a sleek modern kitchen, see the South African beach house we want to call our own.<p>Nicolas Matheus/Interior Archive; …

Dreamy Photography by Weerapong Chaipuck

I've been making plans for a big trip through some nice places around the world, and it's always great to see some pictures to inspire me to go to …

Photography

Smoking upon waking may raise cancer risk - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — The sooner people smoke cigarettes after waking up in the morning, …

Cancer

Apple’s iWatch Is Actually Just A Wrist Band That Attaches To Your iPhone, iPad

The much-rumored Apple iWatch isn’t as exciting as you might have thought.<p>We’ve heard rumors of flexible displays and Siri integration, but it appears that Apple’s iWatch is actually just a band meant to connect with the Apple device of your choice.<p>According to this leaked video, which uses …

Strategy Documents Revealed

Strategy documents from an eminent consultancy circulating in the highest level of political circles around the President of the United States and the Governor of California have recently come into my possession. Having properly vetted these memoranda, and with slight redaction for redundancy, I …