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OIL IS GETTING CRUSHED

On Wednesday, Brent crude broke $64 a barrel while WTI crude broke $61 for the first time since 2009.<p>Both benchmark oil indexes were down more than 4%.<p>Brent got as low as $63.72. WTI got as low as $60.55.<p>Here's the WTI chart from Wednesday, with the latest plunge coming after the US Energy …

Oil

Scientists Are Beaming Over Quantum Teleportation Record

A new distance record has been set in the strange world of quantum teleportation.<p>In the record-setting experiment, the quantum spin of a light particle was teleported 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) across an optical fiber, making the operation the farthest quantum feat of its kind.<p>About five years ago, …

Quantum Physics

Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist

A Russian scientist has discovered a huge asteroid '2014 UR116' passes Earth every three years<p>A mountain-sized asteroid which crosses paths with the Earth every three years has been discovered by a Russian scientist.<p>Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, said the space rock, …

UK consumer spending rises as 'Black Friday' crosses Atlantic - Visa

LONDON (Reuters) - British consumer spending grew strongly in November after many big retailers adopted U.S.-style “Black Friday” promotions, payments company Visa Europe said on Monday, suggesting spending for 2014 as a whole may rise at its fastest rate since 2010.<p>Shoppers wrestle over a …

SNL vs. 'Star Wars': The Force Awakens ... and has a senior moment

In the <i>Star Wars</i> universe, we’ve heard of Imperial Walkers. Now, we have lightsaber walkers.<p>There was no footage of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie …

Amazon just entered the food delivery game

Food delivery sites like Seamless, Grubhub, and Delivery.com just got some major competition. This past week, Amazon quietly launched online takeout and delivery via Amazon Local. The service only appears to be live in Amazon's hometown of Seattle for now, but you can be certain that the company …

Digging Massive Tunnels Deep Under London

Workers are tunneling out a whole new Underground<p>London's Crossrail is a railway system -- currently the largest construction project in Europe -- that will run partially underground, and is designed to create a faster link between the center of London and its outlying areas. Trains will start …

Trains

Meet the Robots Shipping Your Amazon Orders

Across the country, laborers are hard at work lifting 700-pound shelves full of multivolume encyclopedias, propane grills or garden gnomes and …

Giant Blast Shuts Down Starburst Galaxy

Astronomers spot gas bursts that may disrupt star formation.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a critical moment in the life of galaxies: high-speed eruptions of gas that may halt the birth of stars.<p>Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are vast islands of stars littering space. How …

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is awake and cruising toward Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is awake and doing fine.<p>The spacecraft bound for Pluto roused itself from its latest hibernation on Saturday at noon PST. One and a half hours later, it sent a radio signal to Earth to confirm it had successfully turned itself back on.<p>The spacecraft is currently 2.9 …

How did Orion withstand temperatures twice the melting point of steel?

In Florida, at the Kennedy Space Center, Molly White is cheering with her sister. Today the two space enthusiasts watched gleefully as the Orion spacecraft rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, circled Earth twice, and splashed down off the coast of Baja California in the Pacific Ocean at 10:29AM …

Married RE teacher guilty of having sex with teenage pupil

Stuart Kerner, a married religious studies teacher at Bexleyheath Academy in south east London, is warned he now faces jail<p>A married religious studies teacher faces jail after he was found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a teenage pupil.<p>Stuart Kerner, 44, had sex with the girl at school …

At Basel, Kim Kardashian Considers Her Butt to Be a Work of Art

Before she could break the Internet, Kim Kardashian had to get the ultimate seal of approval from her other half, Kanye West.<p>"We finalized the shoot the night before it happened," said <i>Paper</i> magazine's beloved editorial director Mickey Boardman, the man responsible for creating the (ass) shot heard …

Basel

CH Edition: Vesper Vibrator Necklace

When we first discovered the slim, sophisticated Vesper Vibrator Necklace from San Francisco's sensual toy innovator Crave, we found it both aesthetically pleasing and, with four operative speeds, quite effective. Exceptionally quiet and fully USB rechargeable (with a cable supplied), it's highly …

Police helicopter finds huge swastika in bottom of pool in Brazil

Civil Police in Brazil say one of their helicopters made a startling discovery -- a huge swastika in the bottom of a swimming pool.<p>One of their helicopters was assisting in a kidnapping investigation this week when officers spotted the symbol on a property in Pomerode, Brazil in the southern state …

Why scientists want to find a pulsar orbiting a black hole

Discovering a pulsar orbiting a black hole is considered ‘an authentic holy grail’ for testing Einstein’s theory of gravity.<p><i>Pulsars</i> are the most …

Cost of family holidays overseas to tumble after tax on children's airline seats axed

George Osborne, the Chancellor, said that air passenger duty on millions of children’s airline seats will be abolished from the middle of next year.<p>The cost of family holidays is set to tumble after a controversial tax on children’s airline seats was axed.<p>George Osborne, the Chancellor, said that …

British Airways

Russia’s currency is going totally haywire

If you watch the Russian ruble with any regularity, you are at risk of getting whiplash. Violent daily moves in the currency—both up and down, but mainly down—have become the norm.<p>Jitters over the country’s deteriorating economy, Western sanctions, and the falling oil price have battered the …

Oil fund manager Andurand sees big price swings after OPEC decision

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices are set for wild swings after OPEC’s decision to let the market find its level, says the hedge fund manager famous for calling the 2008 oil price spike and crash, adding that U.S. producers are set to feel pain.<p>Pump Jacks are seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, …