Nelson Mandela, a former political prisoner who went on to become South Africa’s first black president, died Thursday. He was 95. Mandela received around the clock intensive care from military and other doctors since September, when he was discharged from a nearly three-month hospital stay for a lung infection.
Astronomers have found a mind-bogglingly large structure — so big it takes light 10 billion years to traverse — in a distant part of the universe.
The discovery poses a conundrum to a fundamental tenet of modern cosmology, which posits that matter should appear to be distributed uniformly if viewed at a large enough scale. Read more
Comet ISON is currently diving through the inner solar system, soon to make a close approach with the sun on Nov. 28. Known as a “sungrazer comet,” ISON will dive deep into the sun’s corona, enduring the intense multi-million degree plasma and powerful solar energy. Since the “pristine” comet was discovered in September 2012, ground-based observatories, space probes and space telescopes alike have been trying to grab a glimpse of what could be the “Comet of the Century” should it survive its solar close approach. Although many of the space missions were not designed to take snapshots of comets, it hasn’t stopped many from trying and contributing valuable science as we continue to track ISON’s progress. View the gallery
Lady Gaga is going drone.
Two astronauts and a cosmonaut returned to Earth on Monday after a 166-day mission, bringing the Olympic torch back from the International Space Station after a historic space walk. Read more
VIDEO: Why Don’t People Believe in Bisexuality?
Sexuality is more about just being gay or straight. New research shows that many people ignore or don’t believe in bi and asexuality, despite the fact there’s scientific evidence supporting the existence of both. Laci Green looks at why this is.
The Philippines are beginning to assess the damage from Super Typhoon Haiyan, this year’s strongest storm and one for the record books.
Not only were 7 percent of the spices it examined contaminated with the toxic bacteria salmonella, but 12 percent contained parts of insects, rodent hair or other filth.
Tightly-Meandering Ridge in Aeolis Planum
How curious… raised ancient river bed?