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Space Wind Really Does Exist

We detect a plasmaspheric breeze.<p>More than 20 years ago, researchers proposed the existence of a space wind--a steady flow of charged particles--inside the Earth's magnetosphere, the region of space governed by our magnetic field. After years of theoretical work, Iannis Dandouras, an astrophysicist …

Why we created The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome

I am often lucky enough to be the biggest idiot in the room. In the past few years, I have found myself meeting particle physicists of repute, …

The Science Of Car Hacking

Hacked cars are unlikely to be an assassin's weapon of choice.<p>The notion that hackers could assassinate people in an instant is a favorite among conspiracy theories. The latest example: After the young journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash last month, conspiracy theorists speculated that …

A Submarine In Space And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Art as science? Computer technology and classical music

Ivan Hewett considers the merits of using technology in classical music and explains why two "so-so" concerts have stuck firmly in his mind.<p>Joseph Addison, great wit and co-founder of the Spectator magazine, once joked in a letter to the playwright William Congreve that learning a new language had …

Five thousand metres under the sea: my journey to another world

Five kilometres, or 3.1 miles, is not a great distance on land – the length of a pleasant stroll. But five kilometres vertically in the ocean …

New Books Party: books received this week

Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently in the mail as gifts or as review copies, or that I purchased somewhere. These are the …

UK astronomers plan to join search for alien intelligence

British astronomers have drawn up plans to scour the heavens for signs of alien life using a network of telescopes that can detect broadcasts from …

Should you trust Bitcoin? It depends on what you think the virtual currency is for

There is a future when the City of London <i>really</i> doesn't sleep:<p>Trading still stops on the Stock Exchange at five sharp, but the banker doesn't stop. …

Jennifer Aniston recounts the horror of the time she ate poor-people food

I never quite understood the rich vein of knee-jerk Jennifer Aniston hate running through the blogomines before, but I’ll admit, this latest story is practically Paltrowian in its pedantic obnoxitude. You see, Jennifer Aniston ate McDonald’s recently, and it almost killed her because toxins. NOT ON …

'The Lone Ranger' Is Lining Up To Be Disney's Next 'John Carter' Bust

It's latest film, the Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer Western "The Lone Ranger" looks like its going to bomb over the weekend.<p>The first reviews for the movie didn't come out until two days before the films release — never a good sign for a potentially good blockbuster — and when they did, they …

'Cutie and the Boxer' Trailer: A Glowing, Glorious Portrait of Art and Commitment – /Film

This is a wonderful movie. <i>Cutie and the Boxer</i> premiered at Sundance back in January, where it immediately grabbed a spot in the top tier of the …

Kevin Hart 'Let Me Explain' Interview

John Travolta: 'I don't think I would be here without Scientology'

<b>Congratulations on your lifetime achievement award. (1) What's the best life advice you have been given?</b><p>Marlon Brando gave me great advice: never …

Close up: Alec Baldwin's bad Twitter day

The big story<p>It's not really our normal speed, but very occasionally a celebrity-in-meltdown story penetrates the ivory-tower fastness that is the …

Boko Haram gets Nollywood treatment as Nigerian films imitate life

It's a tried and tested formula for smash-hit Hollywood cinema: terrorists plotting mass destruction only to be foiled by a mixture of fate and law …

'In Saturn's Rings' Trailer: IMAX Doc Offers Mindblowing Views of Space – /Film

Remember the days before IMAX became ubiquitous? When the format was more strongly associated with science documentaries at the natural history …

The Bling Ring – review

Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring , first shown in Cannes earlier this year, is the cool, blank, interestingly unironised movie account of a strange …

Sofia Coppola on The Bling Ring: 'What these kids did really took ingenuity'

A mildly spooky thing happens while I'm at home preparing my questions the night before meeting Sofia Coppola: Nino Rota's theme music for The …

Paradise: Faith – review

The first film in Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise" trilogy, Paradise: Love, was very much about sexual humiliation. The second film, Paradise: Faith, turns …

The Wall – review

The wall is invisible and it drops without warning, trapping the film's heroine (Martina Gedeck) within a forested valley in the Austrian alps. Under …

Now You See Me – review

Overcooked, overcomplicated and underinteresting, this heist caper turns into a mess. Jesse Eisenberg , Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco …

The Best Songs of Summer 2013: Listen to the Spotify Playlist!

After you've voted for our Most Deserving Song of the Summer tournament, why not take a few minutes to sample all the fun summer grooves? Listen to …

What Exactly is Missy Elliott Saying in the "Work It" Chorus?

Missy Elliott, who turns 42 today, is a freak of nature. She raps, she sings, she dances, and she produces, while somehow finding time to absolutely …

Jessica Simpson Welcomes Baby Boy Ace Knute Johnson!

32-year-old pop singer and professional pregnant person Jessica Simpson gave birth yesterday to a baby Ace Knute Johnson via scheduled C-section. Ace …

INFINITE's "Destiny" Looks Good Enough To Make Up For "Man In Love"

INFINITE's <i>New Challenge</i> EP and its accompanying lead single, "Man In Love," was probably the most disappointing K-pop release of the year. Not …

Rita Ora Is Literally Everywhere Right Now

Rita Ora's debut album era has pretty much wrapped up at this point, but the songstress seems to be getting more press now than she did when <i>Ora</i> first …

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are Officially Canada's Royal Couple!

<b>Congratulations to Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on officially tying the knot!</b>"Yes, they're married," according to an insider—sounds …