Just how hospitable to life is Kepler-186f, the planet that has NASA freaking out? Well, you couldn't breathe there, for one thing. But, other than that, it's the most habitable planet NASA has yet discovered. It exists in its sun's "Goldilocks Zone"—neither too hot nor too cold for life—and could very well have liquid water. It's about ten percent larger than our own planet and just a little further away from its sun, which might mean it's a touch cooler but given our own rising temperatures, maybe that's not such a bad thing. All in all, it's unusually similar to our own chuck of the universe. "This is a really profound discovery. It's a major milestone," Tom Barclay, a member of NASA's Ames Research Center, told NPR.

That said, at 500 light-years away from earth, it's not exactly a day trip, so there's no need to go packing any bags just yet ... Discuss


This clip is like a time machine to a distant era known only as "the '90s," in which big ties were cool, the "@" symbol was referred to as "that 'a' with the little ring around it," and the Internet was a—well, what was it, exactly? Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric try to figure it out here, in a clip which just surfaced from NBC (and which may have cost someone their job.) They do manage to get a few details right, but they miss the part about it being an omnipresent nightmare flooded with cat GIFs and mindless political debates ... Discuss


Young Muthana Sweis thought it would be funny to send a random Tweet to Netflix, asking the streaming service to take him to prom. Obviously, because this makes no sense, he never expected that he’d get 1,000 retweets and have his invitation accepted. Though, because unlike Mila Kunis or Dwayne Wade, Netflix isn’t a human being, it couldn’t actually accompany Sweis to prom. This fact, however, didn't prevent the company from still making the night pretty special. As the video below shows, they let him pick out movie themed prom gear (a 007 tuxedo, a Grease-themed car and driver) and took his party to the dance in style. Netflix also let he and his friends browse movies indecisively for hours ... Discuss


If you're into feeling old, this video ought to scratch that itch. The Fine Brothers regularly gather a gaggle of kids together to film them exploring ancient (twenty-year-old) technology, to often hilarious and sometimes profound results. This time, kids have to figure out what a portable cassette player is and how it works. It's pretty wild to watch them go from perplexed to mystified to nearly outraged ("You need headphones just to listen to music?")—and they're nearly horrified at the concept of "rewinding." That said, the Fine Brothers don't tell these kids about that ancient, sacred art of making a mixtape. If these kids knew about mixtapes, they'd probably come around ... Discuss


Amazon is about to revolutionize the way you play Angry Birds. The Wire has quoted two Wall Street Journal editors who say that the new product from the online retail giant will use “retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram." The description leaves a lot to the imagination, but we’re just going to assume it will allow you to easily project fully life-size images of Tupac and the Iron Man suit that will pretty much be indistinguishable from reality. According to the report, the phone should go on sale later this fall ... Discuss


In case you've been living under a rock, the Heartbleed bug has swiftly torn down the illusion that our online security is airtight. Nearly a third of all secure websites were swiftly and unequivocally deemed insecure, forcing just about everyone who's been online in any capacity over the past few years to change a few (if not all) of their passwords. But now comes word that while the bug—dubbed "Heartbleed"—may be new to us, the National Security Agency may have known about it for years. And according to anonymous sources, instead of warning the public, they may have been using it to gather intel.

“It flies in the face of the agency’s comments that defense comes first,” Jason Healey, director of the cyber statecraft initiative at the Atlantic Council and a former Air Force cyber officer, told Bloomberg. “They are going to be completely shredded by the computer security community for this.” In the meantime, NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines has declined to comment ...

Update: The White House has denied the report, with National Security Council Spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden saying “Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong,” Hayden said. “The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report.” Discuss