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Why Tomorrow is Going to Be One Second Longer than Today

On Tuesday, June 30, the Earth will get a bonus second as a way to compensate for the gradual slowing down of the Earth's rotation

Go and Pollute No More

In the rush to politicize Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, most media outlets focused on the reactions of two high-profile conservative American Catholics: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. While it’s true that U.S. Republicans are...Show More Summary

Today's 'Galaxy' Insight -- "The Cosmos Five-Billion Years in the Future"

“In 5 billion years, the expansion of the universe will have progressed to the point where all other galaxies will have receded beyond detection. Indeed, they will be receding faster than the speed of light, so detection will be impossible....

Hold Your Zorses

Mix a zebra and a horse, and you get a zorse. Swap the horse for a donkey, and you have yourself a zonkey. When a pony and a zebra love each other very much, you wind up with a zoni. It’s fun to think of animal hybrids as the Reese’s peanut butter cups of nature. Show More Summary

"Our World Could be Captured by a Black Hole --And We Wouldn’t Even Notice"

According to the professor of physics at The Ohio State University, the recently proposed idea that black holes have “firewalls” that destroy all they touch has a loophole. In a paper posted online to the arXiv preprint server, Mathur takes...

Goodbye to Christopher Lee, the aristocrat of Satanic darkness

On June 7th, the English actor Sir Christopher Lee was pronounced dead, after being admitted to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for respiratory problems and heart failure. He was 93. Lee was a monumentally celebrated artist. In 2009, he was knighted for his services to the dramatic arts. Show More Summary

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