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Born-Again Planetary Nebula Keeps Reacting After It Dies

After a couple billion years, most stars with a mass similar to our Sun eventually die, shedding outer layers and creating beautiful planetary nebulas. On the outer layers of this nebula, Abell 78, a dying star had a second stab at life.


The Nile From Space Is A Long, Meandering Line Of Light And Life

As views go, astronauts aboard the International Space Station get a pretty good deal. Like this sensational sight of the Nile at night — a glowing line of light and life cutting through the expanse of Africa.


Mapping America's Obesity Problem Using Twitter

If you eat mountains of food and don’t exercise, you are more likely to be obese. This is not exactly news. But measuring calorie input and energy expenditure on a large scale has traditionally been difficult, and that’s where Twitter comes in.


This Glorious Mess Is Actually Munich From Space

A splattered canvas of reds and greens, this is actually a combination of three radar scans from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite as it passed over Bavaria in Southern Germany.


In The Antarctic, Scientific Freezers Like This Don't Need Refrigeration

This eerie picture shows an Antarctic research station which is used to store, of all things, snow samples. But with temperatures regularly dropping below — 70C, there’s no need for refrigeration.


Inside Secret British Tunnels Where WWII Radar Precursors Were Tested

This long, dark tunnel may look old, but back in the 1940s it was home to something more modern: the precursors of radar technology that were being used by the British Army.


Behold, A Real Hotel Staffed By Talking Androids And Robotic Dinosaurs

There is now a hotel in the world with a dinosaur concierge. He’s also a robot. He also speaks English. He wears a cute li’l bowtie. And his coworkers are a bunch of other robots. Welcome to Henn na Hotel, aka, “Weird Hotel”.


A Stunning Map Of AT&T's Phone Network From 1891

Today, AT&T is regularly listed as one of the most hated companies in the United States. But back in 1891, two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, the company was just taking its first steps. This map of its network from that year is just beautiful. Think of it as AT&T’s baby picture.


Someone Put A Map Of Australia Through Google's Neural Network And It's Terrifying

Google’s Deep Dream robot can’t be stopped. Now the hyper-intelligent nightmare-bot terrorising the internet has taken on a map of Australia, and it’s just about the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.


Meet Pluto: New Horizons Snaps Clearest Image Of Dwarf Planet Yet

Image Cache: This is what New Horizons is looking at right now: Pluto, clearer than ever. This is surreal.