The Messier 95 galaxy before a new supernova's appearance.

The spiral galaxy M95, as seen by the Very Large Telescope in Chile before the supernova appeared.

Image courtesy ESO

The Messier 95 galaxy after a new supernova's appearance.M95 with the new supernova, marked by white lines. Image courtesy Anthony Ayiomamitis.

Rachel Kaufman

for National Geographic News

Published March 22, 2012

A new supernova has been found in the nearby galaxy M95, astronomers have confirmed, and it’s one of the closest stellar deaths yet witnessed. Read the rest of this entry »


Jack Black wants Boyz II Men played at his funeral.

The American actor-and-singer has given a new interview alongside his Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass. During it the pair were quizzed on what tracks they would like played when they pass away, with both opting for boy bands. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA: Space flight may harm your eyesight

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Tech
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Brain scans of astronauts who were in space for lengthy periods suggest a significant occurrence of a condition that can affect vision.

by March 14, 2012 10:10 AM PDT
(Credit: NASA)

One can imagine that flying up to space can do peculiar things to one’s body. And, in the case of a couple of astronauts who have returned, to one’s mind.

Yet new research from NASA suggests that prolonged periods in the bluey-black beyond might cause serious damage to your eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

Researchers say their 3D point-of-care sensor, called oPad, can be printed on a simple office printer.

by March 8, 2012 3:51 PM PST
The oPAD can be assembled in less than a minute for less than a dime.

(Credit: Alex Wang)

Affordable paper sensors aren’t exactly new. Think home pregnancy tests. But researchers out of the University of Texas at Austin are pushing (or is it folding?) the envelope with their origami-inspired 3D paper sensor that, thanks to strategic folding, can identify more substances in more complex tests. Read the rest of this entry »


Madonna is an ‘amazing and inspirational’ woman, says her former back-up dancer Sofia Boutella.

The Algerian born French dancer-turned-actress performed on Madonna’s Confessions and Sticky & Sweet world tours. Read the rest of this entry »


Justin Bieber has hit number one – as the worst celebrity spectacle wearer. A new national British survey has revealed that Bieber has won a superstar battle, pipping Rihanna to the crown of spectacular spectacle style victim.
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Katy Perry reportedly didn’t know her father was still in touch with Russell Brand until he spoke out about their marriage breakdown.

The American singer and British comedian are in the process of getting divorced after Russell filed papers to end their 14-month union last year. Read the rest of this entry »