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The sun fired off an intense solar flare yesterday (July 3), giving NASA scientists a solar preview to the Fourth of July holiday in the United States. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/7492 "Just a few minutes after 7:00 UT, the sun produced an M1.5-class solar flare. Perhaps an early Fourth of July fireworks?" SDO mission officials wrote in a Facebook post announcing the flare.

Steven Spielberg eyes Grapes of Wrath

Steven Spielberg is set to acquire the rights to John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath, with a view to producing a new film adaptation for …

2013’s 10 Best Works of Fiction So Far

It may be hard to believe, but we’ve already made it halfway through 2013. And what a year for fiction it’s been! The first half of this year has …

“Who knows, in fact, what any of us will hear in the reverberations. A celebration, certainly, but a requiem, too, for this violent season still too fresh to comprehend.” Ethan Hauser reflects on the Boston Marathon bombings and a stranger from Virginia: http://tpr.ly/11ktFb2.

How do you stop an asteroid hitting Earth?

MOST asteroids in the solar system come nowhere near the Earth, and of those that do, most are so small that they burn up harmlessly in the …

Strange, Feuding Bedfellows: Snowden Makes Enemies of Austria and Bolivia

<i>L’Affaire Snowden</i> has provoked historically high tensions—we assume!—between the delightfully random nations of Austria and Bolivia. Reuters reports: “Bolivia accused Austria of ‘kidnapping’ its president, Evo Morales, on Wednesday after authorities searched his plane during a stop-over in Vienna …

What We’re Reading: Summer Edition

<i>Summer reading plans and aspirations from the New Yorker staff. This is the first of a two-part post.</i><p>Packing my bag for a week away, and here’s what’s going in it: Colm Tóibín’s irresistibly titled <b>“New Ways to Kill Your Mother</b>,” a book of literary essays, to enlighten me; the great Janet Malcolm’s …

A New World, Right in Front of Your Face

In 2011, Palmer Luckey, an eighteen-year-old technician at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, built a set of virtual-reality goggles in his parents’ garage. A lifelong enthusiast of virtual reality—wholly immersive computer-simulated environments—he had …

Summertime at the Jersey Shore: Asbury Park, c. 1979

“It felt like you were inside a Bruce Springsteen song,” said Joe Maloney, of photographing the Jersey Shore during the late seventies and early eighties. His retrospective exhibition, “Asbury Park and the Jersey Shore, c. 1979,” which opened at Rick Wester Fine Art last weekend, inspires fond …

Sculpture in Motion Made of 12,000 Translucent Orbs

<i>FLUIDIC</i> is an interactive light art installation for Hyundai's Advanced Design Center by Berlin-based design studio WHITEvoid. Known as a “sculpture in motion,” the piece invites visitors to test its responsive technology which simulates motion through 3D light projection. Made up of 12,000 …

Discovered and released back into the wilds of the Web. #typehunter

Discovered and released back into the wilds of the Web. #typehunter

Discovered and released back into the wilds of the Web. #typehunter

Remote-Controlled Helicopter is Steered by User's Brain [Video] - D-brief

By Breanna Draxler | June 5, 2013 4:35 pm<p>Mind-control has slowly but surely made its way from the realm of sci-fi to the real world. Now researchers …

US ultra-conservatives target carbon tax in online advertising campaign

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the ultra-conservative group funded by the Koch oil billionaires, is launching a series of adverts that target …

The size of it

<b>How the world's population has changed</b><p>THE world in 1950 looked very different from how it does now. Europe was home to 22% of the world's 2.5 billion …

Activists Say Gay Marriage Will Be Legal Across America in 5 Years

Today's Supreme Court rulings only legalize unions in California, but campaigners say they set the stage for fast changes nationwide.<p><i>This post has been updated with additional information.</i><p>Gay-marriage advocates were celebrating Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions not just because of what they mean …

Ten states to tackle gay marriage next

Energized by two big victories at the Supreme Court, advocates of gay marriage are turning their attention to a handful of states that they believe are most likely to allow it next.<p>One of those two wins made California the 13th state where gay couples can now legally get married. Counting the …

Same-sex marriages resume in California - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/jun/29/gay-marriages-resume-california-pictures<p>720<p>The ninth circuit court of appeals on Friday lifted …

60 Billion Planets Orbiting Milky Way's Red Dwarf Stars Could Sustain Water and Life

Recently, astronomers and astrobiologists have been reappraising the habitability of planets around red dwarf stars, which have a mass somewhere …

The Abandoned Island in the Middle of New York

Situated between the Bronx and Riker’s Island is a small parcel of land in the East River known as North Brother Island. The island is small, …

Up, Up and away

•Upon Reflection• Happy holiday to those of you 'round these parts! #independenceday #usa #4thofjuly #americanflag #nyc #timessquare #iamakittehcouch #sidewalkstories

Doug Aitken's Train: 'Station To Station' Is A Great Big Artsy Road Trip (PHOTOS)

Doug Aitken is going on a road trip from New York to San Francisco, and he's taking some of the finest contemporary artists and musicians with him. Jealous much?<p><i>Station to Station: A Nomadic Art Happening</i><p>For Aitken's ambitious public art piece, entitled "Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening," …

Folk Music & Musicians, 1960s

Five years ago today Serge & Jane kicked off this site and it’s been an interesting ride ever since. Thank you all for the support and feedback over …