There’s nothing quite as awe-inspiring as looking at something familiar from a fresh perspective. So here are 6 unique images of Earth — the shared home of every human being who has ever lived — from a distance.

1. Earth from Orbit:

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Image Credit: ESA/NASA/Samantha Cristoforetti (2014)

A view of Earth from 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the ground.

This photo of the Atlantic coast of South America was captured by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti while she was on board the International Space Station, that giant orbital laboratory in the sky.

2. Earth from Deep Space:

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Not a space laser, but a telescope. Image credit: TMT

In a recent paper penned by Columbia University professor David Kipping and graduate student Alex Teachey, the two astronomers suggest that humanity could create a ‘cloaking device’ made of giant lasers that could hide the existence of Earth from any voyeuristic alien civilizations.

And why would we want to do that? For one, Stephen Hawking has warned us that making direct contact with aliens may turn out the same as when North American Natives made contact with Christopher Columbus — except in this scenario, Earth would be on the receiving end of the smallpox-laden blankets and genocide.

But before getting into how preposterous the idea of a giant laser cloaking device is and why it wouldn’t even work, let’s investigate how exoplanet detection works in the first place. …

Conor Mcgregor and Nate Diaz are set to square off at UFC 196 tomorrow night. In order to maximize your viewing experience, I’ve put together the Unofficial UFC Nate Diaz 209 Drinking Game. Play at your own risk.

Here are the rules:

#1: Drink every time Diaz taunts McGregor.

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Nate Diaz taunts Michael Johnson at UFC on Fox — December 17, 2015

When Nate Diaz rings your bell, he’s going to tell you (and the world) about it. A master of mental warfare, Nate is always looking to chip away at his opponent’s confidence and composure in any way that he can. These antics are usually met with roars of approval from the crowd.

With NASA’s New Horizons set to become the first spacecraft ever to visit Pluto on July 14th, Pluto’s existence as the most mysterious object in the Solar System will soon come to an end. As this historic visit commences, here are 5 lessons that we can learn from Pluto’s storied and difficult life.

Don’t expect to be noticed the first time around.

There are over a dozen astronomical photographs in which Pluto can be seen traversing through the night sky, dating as far back as 1909. …


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