1st Photos from New Discovery Channel Telescope Unveiled

by SPACE.com Staff

A privately funded telescope has taken its first images, capping off a two decades-long quest to construct the facility for research and public engagement.

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The Discovery Channel Telescope is an observatory with a 14-foot (4.3-meter) mirror built near Happy Jack, Ariz., by the Lowell Observatory and Discovery Communications, the parent company of television’s Discovery Channel. The telescope’s opening was marked with a gala on Saturday (July 21) at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and featured a keynote speech from Neil Armstrong, the first person ever on the moon.
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12 Most Colorful Towns in the World

Some cities don’t need neon to brighten up the landscape. From pastel towers on the Italian coast to a crayon-colored artist colony in Argentina, these 12 towns make color the primary focus.

By Ryan Murphy

Ever notice how many of the world’s great cities and monuments are, well, a bit bland? The pharaohs obviously skimped on the paint budget for the pyramids. And today, the Parthenon looks regally monochrome from its perch on the Athenian Acropolis. But there are some bright spots. Thankfully there are the candy-colored towns of Italy’s Cinque Terre and vibrant neighborhoods from Buenos Aires to Cape Town to keep your vacation photos from looking a little beige. Or take a trip north of the Artic circle to a Norwegian town that brightens up the lunar landscape with charming orange, blue, and red dwellings (be sure to say hi to Santa Claus while you are there). Join us on a tour to five continents as we explore a dozen of the world’s most vibrantly colorful towns, and we’ll let you know exactly where to go to get the best view.

MANAROLA, ITALY
JODHPUR, INDIA
LA BOCA, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
ITTOQQORTOORMIIT, GREENLAND
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO
LONGYEARBYEN, SVALBARD, NORWAY
BO-KAAP, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
BERLIN, GERMANY
TENBY, WALES
GDAŃSK, POLAND
QUIAPO, MANILA, PHILIPPINES

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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of July 21, 2012

1. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

2. Maroon 5 f/ Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
3. Gotye f/ Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
4. Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
5. Ellie Goulding, “Lights”
6. Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
7. David Guetta f/ Sia, “Titanium”
8. fun. f/ Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
9. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
10. Usher, “Scream”

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10 Video Game Firsts

By Gordon Cameron

First job, first kiss, first pet — firsts are a big part of life, and so it is with games.

From MMOs to Madden, from sophisticated CG cinematics to gritty shooters, gaming’s biggest franchises, genres, and techniques all had to get started somewhere. Journey back in time with us as we excavate the obscure origins of the gaming world we take for granted today.

First 3D shooter: Wolfenstein 3D

Conventional wisdom holds that the first true first-person shooter — combining texture-mapped 3D graphics, a first-person perspective, and arcade-quick shooter action — was id Software’s seminal hit, Wolfenstein 3D. And, as it happens, conventional wisdom is mostly correct. Sort of.

Shortly before the release of Wolfenstein 3D (which is itself based on the classic 8-bit adventure Castle Wolfenstein), id took a dry run at the same technology with 1992’s Catacomb 3D, a fantasy shooter in which gamers battled enemy goblins with an arsenal of fireballs. All the pieces of the genre were already more or less in place, but Catacomb lacks the visible firearm and ammunition counter that make Wolfenstein seem so familiar to today’s Call of Duty devotees.
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Why Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet Is Hotter Than Apple’s iPad

By Robert Hof

For once, an Apple product isn’t the hottest piece of hardware on the scene. This week, at least, that highly enviable status goes to Google‘s new Nexus 7 tablet. According to reports, several retailers are sold out of the 7-inch tablet, and even Google’s own online store only has the cheaper 8-GB version.

Of course, you have to remember that selling out doesn’t mean much without knowing how many sold out. This is a classic Apple ploy, though to give Apple credit, it usually turns out later that it sold a ton of whatever sold out. No matter, selling out a product shortly after its release still works great as a marketing tool, as you can see from the coverage gushing about “incredible demand.”
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Exclusive: ‘Man of Steel’ teaser trailer gives first glimpse of new Superman

By Matt McDaniel

If you have two fathers — one biological and one adopted — and if they both happen to be Oscar winners, they should both get a chance to offer you advice. Even if you are Superman.

The first teaser for “Man of Steel,” next summer’s new big-screen version of the DC Comics hero, is in theaters with “The Dark Knight Rises.” Though in a unique turn, there are two versions of the trailer, depending on which theater you’re in. Both trailers have the same images, but with different voice-overs. One (seen above exclusive here on Yahoo! Movies) features Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, the Earthling who took in the boy who fell from the sky and named him Clark. The other is spoken by Russell Crowe, who plays Superman’s Kryptonian father, Jor-El. Both actors, by some twist of fate, have played Robin Hood.
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Comic-Con 2012: ‘Man of Steel’ wows crowd with first look at new Superman

By Eric Pfeiffer

Director Zack Snyder and “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill promised to reinvent Superman for a modern generation.

“We certainly respect the history,” Snyder told 6,000 screaming fans at Saturday’s Comic Con panel. “But I kind of felt like Superman needed to be reintroduced to a new generation,” Snyder said. “He’s always been like this Boy Scout on top of a mountain and you can’t really touch him.”

“I just wanted to bring Superman into the modern world,” Cavill added. “Hopefully I bring a version that everyone can relate to.”

Snyder screened the first-ever footage from the film, which premiers next June.
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‘American Idol’s’ Jessica Sanchez and DeAndre Brackensick Dating

Love is in the air as an “American Idol” tour romance blossoms for the season 11 finalists.

by Michele Amabile Angermiller

Young love is blooming on the American Idol summer tour.

Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez giddily teased her fans with her news via a UStream chat Thursday that she has a new man in her life: fellow Idol DeAndre Brackensick.

“I got a secret and I want you guys to guess. I’ll nod if it’s no or yes,” said Sanchez.

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