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Moon's magnetic heart still a mystery

Stuart Gary<p>Related Stories<p>Earth's pull melts layer around Moon's core, Science Online, 28 Jul 2014<br>• Water as old as the Moon, Science Online, 26 Aug …

Geology

The 'Extremely Large Telescope' on track to study the universe by 2024

The construction of European Southern Observatory's Extremely Large Telescope, which will boast a humongous 39-meter aperture, is no longer in limbo. Its development in Chile's Atacama Desert is finally on track two years after the project was approved, thanks to Poland joining the organization. …

Here are Wall Street’s six worst trades of 2014

A lot of money went the wrong way on Wall Street this year, and none of it was managed by the Quartz staff. Still, we used our 20/20 hindsight to gather up six of the worst investing ideas of the year. We hope none of them have punished your portfolio too much.<p><b>1. Oil</b><p>Analysts had expected oil prices …

Markets

Petra, Jordan: "A Rose-Red City, Half as Old as Time"

Pocketed away in the red-sandstone mountains of southern Jordan, between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, lies Petra, a desolate, lost city that was once a lively hub and a welcome oasis for traders and their caravans.<p>The war in neighboring Syria and the influx of refugees into Jordan was no …

Meet the new Bond car

Revealed on the 007 stage at the historic Pinewood Studios, the first new member of the Bond 24 film cast is the "built for Bond" Aston Martin DB10. The aggressively styled new sports car has been designed in collaboration between Aston Martin and the film's producers. Director Sam Mendes pulled …

Boats

Now they’re trying to steal 2016: The demented GOP schemes to rewire the Electoral College and elect a Tea Party president

Republicans know they can’t win the popular vote. You won’t believe sick schemes they’ve launched to get around it<p>Republicans have only won the popular vote for president once in the last 25 years, a steep decline in their fortunes from the period from 1972 to 1988, when they won the popular vote …

Drake, Diddy reportedly brawl outside Miami nightclub

Drake and Diddy reportedly got into it outside a Miami Beach nightclub in the wee hours Monday morning, with the situation coming to blows.<p>Well, maybe just <i>one</i> blow, according to a TMZ source, who said the rapper-producer-entrepreneur punched the "Started From the Bottom" singer once and it was …

Rap & Hip-Hop

AFI Selects Top 11 Films and Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

The American Film Institute has announced its 2014 award winners in movies and television, and for the first time ever, selected 11 films to honor as the best of the best.<p>Movies cited by AFI that have already received plenty of early awards season love include "Boyhood," "Birdman," "Selma," and …

Five Stumbling Blocks to Mass Adoption of Internet TV

You down with OTT?<p>With all the recent hype about networks such as HBO and CBS starting to offer their shows on the Internet, the fact remains that more than 100 million U.S. households still prefer to get their TV service delivered by hard-wired cables or satellite dishes.<p>But it’s no secret that …

Apple announces iTunes Best of 2014: apps, music, movies, TV shows and books

Apple has announced its favorite apps, music, movies, TV shows and books of the year, with Elevate – Brain Training declared iPhone App of the Year while number puzzle game Threes! won iPhone Game of the Year.<p>For the iPad, ‘desktop-class’ image editor Pixelmator took the top slot, with the gorgeous …

The Best Cruise Ship Suites

<i>By: Andrea M. Rotondo, Cruise Critic Contributor</i><p>Cabins in two categories are the first to go whenever a cruise itinerary goes on sale: the most inexpensive stateroom -- be it an inside cabin or porthole view -- and the top-of-the-line suite. It may surprise you that the priciest accommodations are …

9 ways Christian zealots cripple America

With Christmas nearly upon us, an examination of how religious fundamentalism holds the entire country back<p>Holiday season is in full swing, which means it’s time for American culture to get even more aggressively religious than usual, which is saying a lot. Angels, Jesus, miracles, usually good TV …

Religion

The Best Budget Airlines In The World

AirlineRatings.com recently released its list of the World's Top 10 Airlines, including the best low-cost airlines. The site looked at four regions — the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Middle East/Africa, and Europe — and named the best budget airline in each.<p>"These airlines may not always offer the …

Singapore Airlines

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

Maps

In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive.<p>But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork …

More Evidence That Microsoft's Siri Killer Is Coming To Windows 10

Blog WinBeta claims to have used an early version of Cortana for Windows 10, and the blog says it can do everything the mobile version does. This includes tasks such as setting reminders, making Skype calls, checking the weather, and more.<p>But Cortana's key feature is missing from the current build, …

Cortana

Sheldon Adelson Looks To Harry Reid For A Big Favor

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire casino magnate and GOP sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson wants a big favor from Capitol Hill, and he’s looking to the top Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to help him.<p>Adelson, the chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp., is best known for spending tens of …

Sheldon Adelson

All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

Here's a recipe for disaster: a low-budget movie with a cast that's never acted before, a first-time director, and a star who refuses to do publicity.<p>That's the story of Prince's iconic 1984 film <i>Purple Rain.</i> Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, <i>Let's Go …

NASA Uses Drone To Find Orion Capsule In The Pacific

A warbird turned to science<p>The Predator drone is an iconic symbol of America’s current wars, and its younger -- but bigger -- Predator-B sibling often goes by the ominous name Reaper. In NASA’s hands, the Predator-B is instead Ikhana, from a “Native American Choctaw word meaning intelligent, …

Zuckerberg: You Can’t ‘Connect the World’ Without Being Free — Ello Is Doomed To Fail

In their latest gushing profile of Mark Zuckerberg this week, Time examined Facebook's international strategy to bring the developing world online and link them into Facebook's digital empire. Turns out, the subject of Ello is, according to Time, the only subject that causes Zuckerberg to lose his …

Mark Zuckerberg

ROUBINI: The Mother Of All Asset Bubbles Will Burst In 2016

With the rally in stocks that we've seen this year and a surge in high-yield debt issuance, Roubini said we're now at the midpoint of the bubble, in an interview with Yahoo Finance.<p>Next year may see more gains across markets, but the bubble, bigger than the one before the 2008 recession, could pop …

Stock Markets

Starbucks, potential tech juggernaut?

December 08, 2014 | 3:08 PM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2014/12/08/tech/starbucks-potential-tech-juggernaut/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

Coffee Beans

Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

Physics

What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: December 8 - 14

<i>At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.</i><p><b>New on DVD and Blu-ray</b><p><b>"Guardians of the Galaxy"</b><br>Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, an outlaw who stumbles upon a special orb that it seems everyone in the galaxy is …

Amazon tests delivery by bike in New York City

The e-commerce giant may have found a way to get you your order within one hour.<p>Amazon is testing bike messengers deliveries in New York City, which means the company could deliver products to customers within an hour, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.<p>The Journal said it discovered …

What 2014 Taught Me

Come December, I usually write a blog post and look back and express gratitude for all the exciting opportunities that came my way that particular year. I also recall my top 10 travel moments of that year. But as I put pen to paper this year, I share not my travel experiences but what the year has …

See 25 Incredible Images of Earth From Space

Alberta, Canada, Oct. 10, 2014.<br>DigitalGlobe<p>1 of 25<p>There's something to be said for being on the ground when news plays out, but sometimes it's the …

Space

'American Sniper,' 'Boyhood,' 'Birdman' among winners of AFI Awards 2014

The feature films "American Sniper," "Boyhood" and "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and the TV series "Fargo" and "Mad Men" were among the recipients Monday of the American Film Institute's AFI Awards 2014 for outstanding film and television.<p>The awards honored 11 films and 10 TV …

American Sniper

Netflix makes the case that ratings ruined TV

Ted Sarandos has one of the coolest jobs in America.<p>The executive in charge of Netflix’s multibillion-dollar content budget gave a presentation to investors in New York today at a conference hosted by UBS. It was standing-room only, which speaks to Netflix’s growing stature in the investment …

Ted Sarandos

49ers fans are burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys

Rough times in San Francisco.<p>Colin Kaepernick is under fire in San Francisco. By some accounts, he's literally ON fire. A number of 49ers fans have been seen burning the quarterback's jersey.<p>Overreaction? Sure. But the frustration is at least a little understandable. Kaepernick has thrown only one …