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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 …

Black Holes

Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

GOP Mayor Of Indianapolis Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Community

WASHINGTON -- The Republican mayor of Indiana's largest city is working to stem the backlash from a new "religious freedom" law, breaking with members of his own party in order to reassure companies that Indianapolis is still a good place to do business.<p>Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) held a …

Abandoned Puppy and Stray Kitten Become the Most Adorable Best Friends

Meet Chip and Adele, the duo that proves we all need friends, especially when we're going through a rough patch. Operation Kindness, a no-kill shelter in Texas, is currently the home to Chip, a five-week-old chihuahua puppy, and Adele, a four-week-old kitten. The two came into the shelter on the …

Adele

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment.<p>If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.<p>The Supreme Court clarified …

Gear & Gadgets

U.F.Oh Yeah (Sci-fi short film)

Don't Ask Weed Why They Chose Their Band Name

Vancouver band Weed talk about hating their band name and having Bon Iver's Justin Vernon as a camp counsellor.<p><i>Photo by Sara Wylie</i><p>Life can’t be easy when you’re a band called Weed, especially when you don't partake in the obvious vices. Will Anderson has heard all of the jokes, read the pun-filled …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

By Jay Cassano4 minute Read<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health …

Happiness

Gov. Pence proposes 'fix' to religious freedom law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence aggressively defended Indiana's religious freedom law Tuesday but said he wants a bill on his desk by week's end "making it clear the law does not allow businesses the right to deny services to anyone."<p>"This law does not give anyone the right to discriminate," Pence said at …

LGBTQI

BOOM! Indianapolis Mayor to Issue Executive Order Protecting LGBT People from Discrimination

Slack Institutes Two-Factor Authentication After Security Breach

Slack, the business chat utility, has revealed that there was “unauthorized access” to the database where it stores user profile information.<p>The company sped up the introduction of two factor authentication and is urging users to enable the security feature immediately.<p>It also highlights its …

Kylie Minogue quits Jay Z's management company Roc Nation

The pop singer announces her departure two years after signing up to the megastar roster<p>Two years after Kylie Minogue joined the management roster of Jay Z’s Roc Nation, the Aussie pop singer has announced she is leaving to pursue “new adventures”.<p>Introduced to the company – which looks after the …

5 Countries That Are Small Enough to See in One Day

<i>By Cynthia Drescher, CNTraveler.com</i><p>Don't have more than a few days to explore a destination? Don't worry; when it comes to the tiniest countries and territories in the world, one day is plenty time for a visit. Here's our list of 10 travel-worthy micro-countries you'll want to explore:<p><b>1. Monaco</b><p>© …

European Travel

(Rediscovered) Objects: Giving New Life to the Past - Photographs and text by Marcela Paniak | LensCulture

Discovered objects have their own memory. Although in their degraded and deprived form, they may have lost their original individuality, they still store in themselves a part of history. In my photographs, I am attempt to stop time—if only for an instant—to allow these old elements to gain new form.<p>…

Alter Ego - Photographs and text by Olivier Ramonteu | LensCulture

“Alter ego” was for a long time in gestation in the hollow of my shady dreams. For several years, I had investigated the theme of the double in literature (its ythological origins as well as its more recent expressions). For example, <i>The Double</i> by Dostoyevsky, <i>William Wilson</i> by Edgard Poe or <i>Narcissus</i> …

Chinese anti-censorship group Greatfire.org suffers massive hack

Group that helps Chinese internet users get around censorship barriers to access sites such as Google targeted by denial-of-service attack<p>An advocacy group that helps internet users inside China bypass blocks on censored content says it is suffering a denial-of-service attack disrupting its …

Encryption

Abortion measure in human trafficking bill shows Republican focus unchanged

Party has said its ‘war on women’ is over, but Hyde Amendment reveals stealthy effort to push through anti-choice legislation<p>Despite Republicans’ repeated avowals that their so-called “war on women” is over, the ongoing row over a human trafficking bill and the abortion provisions tacked on to it …

Melbourne Queer film festival director on the struggles of staying relevant

Festivals must add value, says Lisa Daniel, whose final MQFF line-up ranges from a New York lesbian hooker spoof to a Swiss octogenarian gay love story<p>One of the biggest challenges facing film festivals in 2015 is remaining relevant to young people, says the outgoing director of the Melbourne Queer …

Film Festivals

Barack Obama regrets not closing Guantánamo Bay when first elected

Guantánamo Bay: wheels of justice turn slowly – at $7,600 a minute<p>Read more<p>If Barack Obama was given a do-over for the first term of his presidency, his first order of business would be to close Guantánamo Bay, he said on Wednesday.<p>Obama’s comments followed an economic speech he delivered in …

Barack Obama

Scientists shoot down Ted Cruz after attack on Nasa's Earth sciences mission

Agency provides key data on volcanoes, algae growth and weather, but the Texas senator wants Nasa to focus on space exploration and drop climate change study<p>Curtailing the Earth sciences mission of Nasa would deprive scientists of important data relating to volcanic eruptions, destructive algae …

Solar-Powered Membrane Separates Water Into Hydrogen and Oxygen Without Exploding

Taking a leaf out of leaves' playbook<p>Hydrogen powered cars are slowly accelerating in popularity with boosts from infrastructure development and car manufacturers. But getting eco-friendly hydrogen is still a bit of a challenge. Right now, a lot of hydrogen is produced through mixing steam and …

Incredible penthouse suites

Former ‘American Idol’ Favorite Josh ‘JDA’ Davila Opens Up On Becoming A Woman

Josh “JDA” Davila made an impressive run for the title during <i>American Idol Season 12</i>, belting out foot-stomping tunes on the way to the semi-finals …

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Steal This Look: The DIY Partners’ Desk by Workstead

How’s this for an afternoon well spent? In a matter of hours–and using parts from Lowe’s–Robert Highsmith of Brooklyn architecture firm Workstead …