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The 'Soft Hair' on Stephen Hawking's Black Holes

A step toward solving the black hole information paradox.<p>On Tuesday, Stephen Hawking and friends posted a new paper to the arXiv server. It has a great, or at least peculiar, title: "Soft Hair on Black Holes."<p>What in the great wide universe could that possibly mean? Glad you asked.<p>The subject of …

Physics

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Universe To Put Your Ego In Check

It's time for a little perspective.<p>We are, as the saying goes, but a tiny speck.<p>And from time to time, it's important to put things into perspective. Or, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would tell you, have your mind blown.<p>Just consider for a moment that while Earth has an equatorial diameter …

Universe

Scientists struggle to stay grounded after possible gravitational wave signal

Cosmologist’s tweet appears to confirm rumours of discovery that could ‘open a new window on the universe’<p>Not for the first time, the world of physics is abuzz with rumours that gravitational waves have been detected by scientists in the US.<p>Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at Arizona State …

Physics

Archaeologists just uncovered $17 billion in sunken treasure, but that's not what they're excited about

However, as the San Jose was sailing off of the coast of Colombia, a British warship caught up with her and sent the ship, her vast treasure and the majority of her 600 crew to the bottom of the sea.<p>The actual location of the wreck has remained a mystery until now. On December 4, Colombian …

The Life and Creativity of A Great Bethesda Artist

I couldn’t stop smiling one day in late 2005 as I was led through the darkened basement of Bethesda Softworks toward the little corner unit that was …

Final Seconds of Trailer for 9/11 Virtual Reality Experience Will Leave You Speechless

A 9/11 virtual reality experience available for download online allows users to see the horrific attacks from the perspective of those inside the Twin Towers.<p>The game, called [08:46], in reference to the time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center, is available on the …

Virtual Reality

The Drinks Most (and Least) Likely to Give You a Beer Gut and Man Boobs

The heavy drinker's guide to not getting heavy.<p>The internet was rocked this summer when Vice Munchies scared us all into believing the phytoestrogen-laden hops in our craft beer were giving us man boobs. Most of us didn't need to click on the bait to know drinking was already responsible for our …

Alcohol

NFL trade deadline only emphasizes RGIII’s uncomfortable position

It wasn’t just NFL owners, coaches and general managers who coveted Robert Griffin III heading into the 2012 NFL draft.<p>Subway, Adidas and EA Sports wanted a stake, too, so eager to be linked with the electrifying athleticism and infectious joy that Griffin brought to the field that they signed …

Tampa Bay

25+ Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man… THE UNIVERSE. 01. This is the Earth! This is where you live. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image / Via visibleearth.nasa.gov …

Space Travel

Amazon's best 100 sci-fi/fantasy books

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before "A Game of Thrones," "The Magicians" and "The Hunger Games," there were classics by Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, George Orwell and more.<p>It's true we're living in a golden age of science fiction and fantasy, where new creatures, technology and entire worlds exist beyond our …

Books

One weird cocktail has spread to menus worldwide. Because it works.

Every time I see the Trinidad Sour creep onto a cocktail menu, I think of a song about the Chelsea Hotel. A locus for countless musicians, artists and writers over the decades, the hotel is an icon of New York weird, and in Alejandro Escovedo’s “Chelsea Hotel ’78,” the chorus consists of Escovedo …

Time I

NASA confirms that liquid water flows on Mars

It's the first direct evidence of a long-suspected theory<p>Liquid water exists on the surface of Mars during the planet's warmer seasons, according to new research published in <i>Nature Geosciences</i><i>.</i> This revelation comes from new spectral data gathered by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a …

The Real History Behind Game of Thrones (Part one)

<i>Game of Thrones</i> is a series of fantasy books by acclaimed author George R.R. Martin and a highly popular television show on HBO. It is a world unto …

Dungeons & Dragons to roll the dice once more on the big screen

A new movie based on the hugely popular fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is heading to cinemas following the settlement of a long-running legal battle between studio Warner Bros and rights holder Hasbro, according to the Hollywood Reporter.<p>Profits are coming: How Game of Thrones …

Dungeons and Dragons

35 weird objects seen on Mars, explained

Paranormal

The best whisky cocktail recipes

When one thinks of a whisky cocktail, odds are one thinks of a drink made with rye or bourbon. But the whiskies of the British Isles work just as brilliantly.<p>While I’d usually use a blended spirit, many barsmiths will mix with single malts, and they are very specific about their choices. Most of …

The 3 Coolest Things We Learned From NASA's Pluto AMA On Reddit

The New Horizons spacecraft’s close encounter with Pluto has already yielded some pretty remarkable new info on the dwarf planet, including its …

Empire Records does a disservice to 1995 and record-store culture

Countless beloved movies, from <i>It’s A Wonderful Life</i> to <i>Wet Hot American Summer</i>, did not immediately gather large, appreciative audiences during their …

Liv Tyler

The Witcher 3 gets an enormous console patch and new free DLC this week

<i>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</i> is getting two updates this week from developer CD Projekt Red, including patch 1.04 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and some free new downloadable content that includes a new quest and Gwent cards.<p>This week's free DLC contains a quest called Fool's Gold and a neutral set of …

10 fantasy book series that aren't 'A Song of Ice and Fire'

You love <i>Game of Thrones</i>, but there's only so many times you can read the five available entries in the best-selling series before you go insane — and …

46 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) was a German philosopher. In his brilliant but relatively brief career, he published numerous major works …

Should a Nazi Ghost Town Be Saved?

Hitler planned Prora to be the largest beach resort ever created, but plans to revive it have stirred controversy, with some saying the buildings …

Taxes

NASA finds distant galaxy shining as bright as 300 trillion suns

Ever tried looking at the sun with your bare eyes? Too bright, right? Now imagine looking at something with the brightness of 300 <i>trillion</i> suns. That's how intense "the most luminous galaxy found to date" is, so much so that NASA has created a new classification for it and the 19 other similar …

The 8 Most Important Things We've Learned About Happiness In The Past 10 Years

We're living in a golden age of happiness -- the scientific study of happiness, at least.<p>The field of positive psychology has exploded in growth since its inception in 1998, dramatically increasing our understanding of human flourishing. We now know more than ever about what makes us happy, how we …

Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

New research confirms what they say about nice guys.<p>Smile at the customer. Bake cookies for your colleagues. Sing your subordinates’ praises. Share credit. Listen. Empathize. Don’t drive the last dollar out of a deal. Leave the last doughnut for someone else.<p>Sneer at the customer. Keep your …

NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer …

100 Breathtaking Buildings That Represent The Future Of Architecture

What’s the future of architecture? Ask any architect and you’ll probably get a different answer. But the future proposed by architect Marc Kushner, also the founder of Architizer.com, is an attractive one. Breathing buildings, treehouse-like structures–they’re all there.<p>Kushner spoke about his …

Architecture

Dungeons & Dragons Comes to Virtual Tabletop

<b>Wizards of the Coast</b> and <b>SmiteWorks</b> today announced the launch of <b>Dungeons & Dragons</b> content in <b>Fantasy Grounds</b>, the online virtual tabletop. Fantasy …

Board Games

Hundreds of Medieval Skeletons Found Under Cambridge University

Hundreds of skeletons from a medieval graveyard have been discovered beneath Cambridge University in England.<p>Archaeologists got a rare chance to excavate one of the largest medieval hospital burial grounds in Britain, amid a project to restore the Old Divinity School at St. John's College (part of …

Archaeology