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Stunning New Photo of Andromeda Galaxy Taken by New High-Res Instrument

A new portrait of the Milky Way's neighbor, Andromeda, shows our twin galaxy in a whole new light thanks to a new instrument on Japan's Subaru telescope at the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea. Full story

Physicists unveil results helping explain universe

After a quarter-century of searching, scientists have nailed down how one particularly rare subatomic particle decays into something else — a discovery that adds certainty to our thinking about how the universe began and keeps running. Full story

Reality Check: Is Our Universe Real?

Perhaps our human senses are deceiving us — maybe existence is an illusion, and reality isn't real. Full story

Rising Prices Lift Underwater Homes

   National home prices were up over 12 percent in May, reports CNBC's Diana Olick. Underwater borrowers now represent just under 15 percent of the active loan universe.

How Did the Universe Get Its Stars? An Astronomical Puzzle

Astronomers have come a long way in understanding how stars form today, but the question of how the universe's first stars formed is an enduring mystery. While the topic remains complex and confusing, researchers say they hope to make strides in the near future with new and improved computer models Full story

Accountant, 25, takes Miss USA crown

   Connecticut native Erin Brady beat out 51 other women for the title and the chance to represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant.

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Black Holes May Have Been Common in Early Universe

Experts Use Tech Gadgets to Explain the Nature of Time

Oops! The 5 Greatest Scientific Blunders

Why does anything exist? Scientists find a bit of the answer

Big Bang Didn't Need God, Stephen Hawking Says

Here's What the Big Bang Sounded Like

Farthest Star Explosion Yet Revealed by Hubble

Universe Older Than Thought, Best Space-Time Map Yet Reveals

Hopes fade of Higgs particle opening door to new realms soon

Strange 'Methuselah' Star Looks Older Than the Universe

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  Will 'The Elder Scrolls Online' be the next 'Warcraft'

Bringing the epic world of The Elder Scrolls games to the online universe will prove to be a rare challenge. NBCNews.com's Todd Kenreck reports.

  Superman and Batman take on 'Scribblenauts'

"Scribblenauts: Unmasked" will combine the super heroes and powers of the DC universe with the ability to summon anything you want into the game just by typing it. NBCNews.com's Todd Kenreck reports.

  The universe is a lot older than you think

Scientists who are investigating radiation from the Big Bang made the finding that our universe is about 100 million years older than we had thought.

  Physicists discover ‘God particle’

A sub-atomic particle known as the ‘God particle’ has been discovered. The particle is thought to give everything in the universe its mass. Space.com Managing Editor Tariq Malik discusses the discovery with MSNBC’s Alex Witt.

  New Miss USA, Miss Universe are roommates

Nana Meriwether, the newly crowned Miss USA, joins TODAY’s Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist to talk about how her life has changed since former Miss USA Olivia Culpo gave up the crown after winning Miss Universe.

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Staff at the National Maritime Museum look at their new Visions of the Universe exhibition, which includes images of Mars generated by NASA's Curiosity Rover, in Greenwich, London

Staff at the National Maritime Museum look at their new Visions of the Universe exhibition, which includes images of Mars generated by NASA's Curiosity Rover, in Greenwich, London, June 5, 2013. The exhibition opens in two days time and runs through to September 15. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITA

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An image of the anisotropies of the Cosmic microwave background (CMB) as observed by Planck is seen

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An artist's conception visualizes the beginning of the universe in the big bang — or could it be the end of the universe?