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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and many other telescopes on the ground and in space have been used to obtain the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age. The astronomers enlisted the help of a galaxy-sized magnifying glass to reveal otherwise invisible detail. These new studies of the galaxy H-ATLAS J142935.3-002836 have shown that this complex and distant object looks surprisingly like the well-known local galaxy collision, the Antennae Galaxies. In this picture you can see the foreground galaxy that is doing the lensing, which resembles how our home galaxy, the Milky Way, would appear if seen edge-on. But around this galaxy there is an almost complete ring — the smeared out image of a star-forming galaxy merger far beyond. This picture combines the views from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck-II telescope on Hawaii (using adaptive optics).

Cosmic effort provides best view yet of distant colliding galaxies

Behold the best look yet at a massive intergalactic train wreck in progress. It's also a glimpse at what the universe looked like when it was only half its current age.

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Robo Brain is learning from the internet

Cornell University is creating a repository of robot knowledge to be shared among robots using YouTube videos, images and manuals from the internet.

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August solar flares in pictures

August 24 and 25 saw a surge in solar activity, with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory capturing a series of stunning photos of three coronal mass ejections.

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Napa's earthquake, as measured by Jawbone Up

Seismologists aren't the only ones culling data from the 6.0-magnitude quake that hit Northern California early Sunday. The fitness-tracking bracelet maker is sharing its info on who woke up, where and when.

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An aurora, as seen from the International Space Station.

See what it's like to fly through an aurora in orbit

It looks like something from a '90s screensaver, but it's footage of the International Space Station flying through the northern (or maybe southern?) lights.

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AI learns like a real toddler

An experiment to create a realistic artificial intelligence consists of a virtual child that interacts with humans and learns in real-time.

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Science declares: Here's the perfect cheese for the perfect pizza

Should you use cheddar? Just ask the boffins at the University of Auckland.

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SpaceX rocket explodes. ('Rockets are tricky,' says Elon Musk)

After a malfunction during a test flight, a Falcon 9 Reusable rocket built by Musk's firm explodes over McGregor, Texas.

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Cyborg moths to the rescue!

Scientists are developing a method of controlling the flight muscles of moths wirelessly, instantly introducing a new term to the vocabulary of technophobes: the mothpocalypse.

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Robots could murder us out of kindness, says futurist

Engineer Nell Watson worries that it won't be easy to teach powerful robots values.

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'Thigh bone' on Mars? NASA explains an unusual find

Space-alien theorists have gotten a thrill from a bone-like object found on Mars, but NASA has a more plausible explanation.

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Help identify these city nightscapes shot from the ISS

Over 300,000 photos of Earth at night have been snapped by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Now, a crowdsourcing project aims to identify and geotag the spectacular shots.

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