The Milky Way Gets a New Origin Story

The Milky Way Gets a New Origin Story

In the simplest telling, it held that our Milky Way galaxy came together nearly 14 billion years ago when enormous clouds of gas and dust coalesced under the force of gravity.

2020 in top 10 warmest years for New Zealand

2020 in top 10 warmest years for New Zealand

Forecaster Ben Noll says that if that remains the same, then this year would be the 7th warmest on record for New Zealand,.Mr Noll says a variable January and cooler March this year is what will most likely keep New Zealand out of the top five.

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

Watching Reba McEntire's and Darius Rucker’s opening remarks at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, it was hard not to be reminded of a different performance entirely: Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga at the MTV VMAs this summer.

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

Sure, no one was live-tweeting the results when Ronald Reagan was elected, but as more Americans came online in the past two decades, our national milestones have, too.

Donald Trump Hasn't Won Anything Yet

Donald Trump Hasn't Won Anything Yet

As long as they’re postmarked by November 3, ballots have until this Friday to get there and still count.“We’re going to go in the night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers,” Trump told reporters in North Carolina on Sunday, referring to battleground states more broadly.

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

© Katja Schulz / Flickr This witch doesn’t fly around on a broomstick, yet an unexpected sighting of a 7-inch black moth in October is likely to catch your attention.With their bat-like flight, black witch moths may bring with them treats of fortune or bad omens.

This Meme Is the Only Good Thing to Come Out of the Debate

This Meme Is the Only Good Thing to Come Out of the Debate

Based on his tweet, it seems like Slater hasn’t forgotten what became of his script, and on Tuesday night, he blessedly made himself the butt of his own joke in an attempt to bring some levity to the debate.

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

Brushing your teeth is possibly the least sexy part of your daily routine, which is probably why the average person only spends about 45 seconds doing it.And oral hygiene may get even better: "You’re putting this brush in your mouth every day," says Sherrie Kinderdine, senior scientist with Oral-B Research and Development.

Hulu’s New Comedy Woke Is Perfectly Absurd

Hulu’s New Comedy Woke Is Perfectly Absurd

Keef Knight, the protagonist of Hulu’s surreal new social justice comedy Woke, talks to his markers.Prior to the police brutality, Knight—played by Lamorne Morris, finally getting his own sitcom after many years of carrying New Girl on his back—was broke, complacent, and liked to “keep it light.” His roommates are a goofy, ultimately loveable but also unsettling send-up of San Francisco: Clovis (T.

My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger

My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger

A good wireless charger should have some kind of grips, so it stays on the surface it sits on, and so it holds onto your phone.

Every Christopher Nolan Film, Ranked for You to Disagree With

Every Christopher Nolan Film, Ranked for You to Disagree With

This, again, seems like it might not be a Nolan film, but it actually bears his hallmarks: thickly plotted yet easy to follow, deep until you think too much about it.

A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

According to Brenner, in her first summer enjoying moths she “photographed a moth that was emerald green, another that was pink, one that was half yellow and half black, and one that was as white as fresh snow.” In just a few months she captured images of a couple hundred moth species and “was completely hooked and happily identified myself as a new ‘moth-er.’”.

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

“Even though the surface winds were pretty weak, there was a low-level jet above the mountains,” says Craig Clements, a fire weather researcher (and fire chaser ) at San Jose State University.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wields Brevity as a Superpower

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wields Brevity as a Superpower

That is just another way of saying young people have learned to make the most of what they were apportioned.On Tuesday, during night two of the first all-virtual Democratic National Convention, Ocasio-Cortez was given just 90 seconds to address the nation.

Campground Critters: A Natural and Personal History

Campground Critters: A Natural and Personal History

Before every scout camp, the older kids would serve up questionable nature facts meant to show their expertise and perhaps instill a bit of fear.I could only roll my eyes when, prepping for a group stay at a cabin, I heard stories regarding porcupines that visited outhouses at night.

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday.

The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

Protests in Portland following the killing of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in May, had dwindled to maybe 100 peaceful demonstrators per night before President Trump sent federal agents to the city, ostensibly to protect US government property.

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet

Twitter Is at Its Best When Verified Accounts Can’t Tweet

Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, and a host of other Twitter mega-users had their accounts compromised Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be an attempt to pull off a bitcoin scam.

Google's Stellar Pixel 3A Phone Is Nearly Half off Right Now

Google's Stellar Pixel 3A Phone Is Nearly Half off Right Now

The Google Pixel 3A costs $230 ($170 off) at Best Buy and $280 ($120 off) at Amazon, Walmart, and B&H Photo Video.The larger Google Pixel 3A XL costs $270 ($210 off) at Best Buy and $319 ($160 off) at Walmart and B&H Photo Video.

The National Emergency Library and Its Discontents

The National Emergency Library and Its Discontents

More recently, there has been litigation in federal courts touching on an issue raised by the Archive’s actions: whether an owner of a digital copy of a creative work can re-sell it without permission, the way one sells used books or records.

'Here in Spirit': An Oral History of Faith Amid the Pandemic

'Here in Spirit': An Oral History of Faith Amid the Pandemic

Normally both sets of holidays are packed with family, friends, food, and celebration—yet this year, as the US and the world weather the Covid-19 crisis, leaders in both faiths have been forced to reimagine what’s possible when churches, synagogues, and houses of worship are closed and group gatherings discouraged or prohibited to slow the spread of the disease.

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Last Sunday afternoon, a friend of ours in New Jersey whose wife was also pregnant said he wasn’t going to be allowed in the delivery room because of the Coronavirus.On Thursday, March 5, I attended the meeting for my high school band’s annual spring trip.

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

Tonight, former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders will meet onstage to debate for the 11th time in the 2020 campaign season—but it's never been quite like this.

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

Moments before falling asleep live on Twitch, streamer Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo thought about how pissed off his mom would be if he told her that he made money sleeping.

The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News

The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News

US college students could soon have a new way to pay off college debt: an income-share agreement .

Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News

Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News

Yahoo is repenting and Netflix is lamenting, but first: a cartoon about Elon's summer space camp .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

No matter how great you feel, you’re likely not feeling any better than director Bong Joon Ho , whose movie Parasite won three Oscars last night, including Best Picture—the first foreign language film to win the award in the Academy’s 92-year history.

Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran?

Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran?

The “MOLINK” communication system, as it’s known in military parlance, was used for the first time during another Middle Eastern crisis, the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, when President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin exchanged 19 messages, explaining each of their respective actions to ensure that the two superpowers didn’t get drawn into the regional conflict.

Watchmen’s Stars Also Wonder About Season 2

Watchmen’s Stars Also Wonder About Season 2

It’s titled Leslie Jones: Time Machine, and it's directed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Hey, if they don’t have a future directing Star Wars movies, this is a pretty cool alternative.

Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

Monday’s split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump and as the Justice Department’s inspector general released a 476-page report on the FBI’s handling of its 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign, made one truth of the modern world inescapable: The lies and obfuscations forwarded ad infinitum on Fox News pose a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States.