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‘Superman’ spotted flying near the Pacific Coast Highway (Video)

January 8, 2013

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Superman lives! Kind of. An RC enthusiast created a life-sized, remote-controlled version of the Man of Steel and has been flying it over the dunes straddling the Pacific Coast Highway near Carlsbad, Calif. Stunned spectators have been stopped in their tracks, but, luckily, one cyclist had the presence of mind to whip out his iPhone […]

Black iceberg photo goes viral on Reddit

January 8, 2013

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A black iceberg has made a ton of fans today after a photo of it was posted on Reddit, despite the fact icebergs seem to spend an awful lot of time sinking luxury steam liners at the most inopportune moments, much to the despair of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. The darker ice is formed […]

Judge restricts more materials in 9/11 case

January 8, 2013

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The military judge overseeing the trial for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others has ruled that lawyers cannot make public even unclassified materials. The ruling by the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, follows an order on Dec. 6 in which he directed that any evidence or discussion about harsh interrogation […]

Freezing antimatter could allow scientists to study it

January 8, 2013

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A Canadian scientist at the forefront of research on antimatter has proposed a novel way to solve one of the field’s most daunting problems — what to keep it in. For experimental physicists, antimatter is an elusive quarry because it will vanish in a flash of light upon contact with anything made of regular matter. […]

Compact fluorescent blubs may be harmful

January 8, 2013

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Energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, are a popular choice for homeowners and businesses looking for ways to reduce their electricity bills. But researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have discovered CFLs have a darker side, too: The lamps emit surprisingly high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can damage skin cells […]

Thirteen little galaxies found to be moving mysteriously

January 8, 2013

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A string of 13 dwarf galaxies in orbit around the massive galaxy Andromeda are not behaving as they should. The galaxies are spread across a flat plane more than one million light years wide and only 30,000 light years thick, moving in synchronicity with one another, according to University of Victoria astronomer Julio Navarro, one […]

The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins, Pickpocket

January 8, 2013

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A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette, of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man named Apollo Robbins, who has a reputation as a pickpocket of almost supernatural ability. Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, “a few notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem […]

Mt. Vesuvius from space: Photo of volcano from space station.

January 8, 2013

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This was the view out the International Space Station’s cupola on Jan. 1, 2013, around 09:37 UTC, looking nearly straight down the gullet of Italy’s Mt. Vesuvius. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Just a little more than 1,900 years ago, it blew its top in the most famous volcanic eruption in recorded history. About 16,000 […]

Papyri Point to Practice of Voluntary Temple Slavery in Ancient Egypt

January 8, 2013

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About one hundred of 2,200-year-old papyrus slave contracts have revealed that ancient Egyptians voluntarily entered into slave contracts with a local temple in the Egyptian city Tebtunis for all eternity, and even paid a monthly fee for the privilege. “I am your servant from this day onwards, and I shall pay 2,5 copper-pieces every month […]

Coal mine fossils: Paleontology shows us past climate change + the giant snake Titanoboa

January 8, 2013

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For scientists interested in what the world looked and felt like millions of years ago, coal mines are as good as it gets. While coal may be a major culprit in global warming, there is no place like a coal mine for studying climate change in the past and its likely effects on our own […]