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NASA's $1 Billion Probe Just Sent Back Mind-Meltingly Gorgeous New Images of Jupiter

?<p>NASA's $US1 billion Juno spacecraft completed its 10th high-speed trip around Jupiter on December 16.<p>The robot gets relatively close to the gas …

Iran has the ingredients for revolution — but a strong regime to ward it off

By Fareed Zakaria<p>Fareed Zakaria<p>Columnist focusing on foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Columnist<p>The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago. In his book on the French Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville said: "Revolutions are not always brought about …

40 common tourist scams to look out for

Here's an infographic with 40 scams you should be aware of when you travel. Grifting creeps have tried pulling scams like this on me on various trips …

Apple iOS 11.2.5 Release: It's A Big One

So far Apple iOS 11.2.5 is a mystery. Why Apple has jumped four version numbers (from iOS 11.2.1) is a mystery. What it contains is a mystery. But following the last week of iPhone power throttling revelations (and a fully deserved backlash), the upcoming iOS 11.2.5 just became the biggest and most …

iOS

Halting Auction, France Designates Marquis de Sade Manuscript a ‘National Treasure’

LONDON — The writings, etched in dark ink on a small scroll, tell the sordid story of four debauched aristocrats who lock themselves away in a castle to play out their wildest sexual fantasies, which run the gamut from orgies and animals to torture — including placing a firework up a bottom.<p>Even …

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Mathematics is full of weird number systems that most people have never heard of and would have trouble even conceptualizing. But rational numbers …

The Other Tech Bubble

<b>In September,</b> I met with a prominent entrepreneur looking for positive press on his new project. Meetings like these are a common, usually formulaic, …

Dark Matter Winners And Losers In The Aftermath Of LIGO

Back in 2015, the dark matter situation was pretty straightforward: the large-scale structure in the Universe demanded that there be a large amount of cold dark matter, and alternatives were struggling to reproduce those successes. Einstein’s General Relativity still needed to work on all scales, …

What everybody got wrong about that viral video of a starving polar bear

Dubbed the ‘Face of Climate Change,’ a starving polar bear photographed in Canada’s Arctic might have nothing to do with climate change<p>It is likely …

Miles Davis, John Coltrane’s ‘Final Tour’ Focus of Bootleg Series Release

John Coltrane‘s “final tour” as Miles Davis‘ sideman will be the focus of the upcoming sixth volume in Davis’ <i>Bootleg Series</i>.<p>The four-disc <i>The Final</i> …

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time

All Over the Map<p>The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended.<p>This colorful and intricately detailed map from 1587 is more than nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. For the last 430 years, its 60 individual sheets were …

Don't Buy Anyone an Echo

Three years ago, we said the Echo was “the most innovative device Amazon’s made in years.” That’s still true. But you shouldn’t buy one. You …

Cutting-Edge Science Honored by Star-Studded Breakthrough Prize Awards

Some $3 million in prizes are being given out to recognize excellence in astronomy, life sciences, and other fields.<p>Maps of the infant universe and understanding the proteins involved in neurological disease are among the scientific achievements honored by this year’s Breakthrough Prizes in …

Princeton University

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star Susie Essman on swearing at strangers and working with Larry David

Larry David may be the writer, creator and star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," but arguably the performer who truly embodies the show's caustic charm is Susie Essman. The stand-up comedian stars as Susie Greene, the fabulously foul-mouthed wife of Larry David's manager/BFF, Jeff (Jeff Garlin). …

Hackers only needed a phone number to track this MP's cellphone

NDP MP Matthew Dubé looks at a map showing that hackers tracked his movements through his cellphone for days.<p>One marker shows Dubé near Parliament …

The Last of the Iron Lungs

Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out …

Jim Carrey on losing himself inside Andy Kaufman and why he relived it for the documentary ‘Jim & Andy’

Jim Carreysat in a Los Angeles hotel room on a recent evening explaining that he was not really Jim Carrey anymore — at least not in the way he once was.<p>“I use his name,” Carrey said, dressed all in black, his lanky frame folded onto a couch. “That’s the mailing address.”<p>But on a deeper level, the …

Why Are Critics Calling the $450 Million Painting Fake?

Even before Leonardo da Vinci’s <i>Salvator Mundi</i> went to auction Wednesday night at Christie’s in New York, naysayers from around the art world were …

Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Does Backflips Now and It's Full-Tilt Insane

Atlas, the hulking humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics, now does backflips. I’ll repeat that. It’s a hulking humanoid that does backflips.<p>Check out …

Silicon Valley has turned into the place it hates the most

• <b>There is a growing sense that America's tech entrepreneurs are no longer making useful things that solve difficult problems.</b>• <b><br>Worse than that, Silicon Valley is exhibiting some of Wall Street's amoral behaviors.</b>• <b><br>Ankur Jain, of Kairos Society, has created a fund aimed at solving big problems that are</b> …

Silicon Valley

When Does a Watershed Become a Sex Panic?

Idols are falling so fast that it’s hard to keep track. The <i>Times</i> has produced a growing tally of twenty-three men who have lost jobs, deals, film roles, and more in the last five weeks as a result of sexual-assault or harassment accusations. Most of these men worked in the entertainment industry or …

Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single …

Saint Laurent Muse Anja Rubik Strips Down for Legendary Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki

Known for confrontational, often very explicit bondage-themed images, Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has long been a favorite of Saint Laurent designer Anthony Vaccarello. While Araki’s fetishistic photography has often been described as shocking, its larger purpose is to expose the …

This Robot Swarm Finishes Your Grocery Shopping In Minutes

Ocado’s warehouse technology would probably make Jeff Bezos green with envy.<p>“This has to be a render,” is my first thought as I watch these robots moving quickly over a seemingly infinite grid of crates. I am wrong. “Because the robots are brand new, it looks like a render but in fact it’s 100% …

Here’s a guide to the major revelations in the Paradise Papers

Hundreds of journalists have begun publishing articles based on a massive document leak from companies that administer offshore accounts.<p>The files, dubbed the Paradise Papers, reveal a vast financial network—beyond the reach of most governments—maintained by the world’s wealthiest people. They …

Some Canadian companies considering giving non-smokers more vacation time

A Japanese company is giving its non-smoking staff an additional six days of holiday a year to make up for the time smokers take for cigarette breaks.<p>…

Media Industry

Lonely? Short of friends? Try looking at it differently

You never see your friends at home alone in their pyjamas, eating pickled onion Monster Munch while watching The X Factor and feeling sorry for themselves<p>Psychologists are regularly berated for spending their workdays reaching blindingly obvious conclusions about the world – an accusation that …

Self-improvement

Joni Mitchell Dug Deep to Make Her Dark Masterpiece ‘Blue’

As 1970 drew to a close, Joni did one more major benefit concert, Amchitka, supporting the launch of a fledgling environmental organization, …

Charlie Chaplin

Why seeing a star crash is a 'watershed moment in astrophysics'

Scientists have followed gravitational waves to something they've never seen before — the collision of two exotic objects called neutron stars.<p>By …

Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger whose investigations focused on corruption, was described as a ‘one-woman WikiLeaks’<p>The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.<p>Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when …

Corruption