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8 books Neil deGrasse Tyson says every intelligent person should read

Then you should read eight books, says Hayden Planetarium director, Cosmos narrator, StarTalk host, and author Neil deGrasse Tyson.<p><b>Each of the books on Tyson's must-read list, which he first described during a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything in 2011, contain a powerful lesson about how the world as we know</b> …

Anonymous claims victory over jihadi Twitter accounts in #OpIsis

Hacker collective says it has taken control of almost 100 Isis-affiliated accounts and warns of more to come<p>The hacker collective Anonymous claims to have taken control of almost 100 Twitter accounts associated with Isis in an operation begun in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.<p>The …

Social Media

Ted Cruz's Plan For NASA Is Epic

Cruz issued a press release on Wednesday outlining his plans for the space agency. In his statement, which was titled "Focus NASA on Its Core Mission: Exploring Space, and More of It," Cruz said he wants to expand the US space program.<p>"In 1962, President John F. Kennedy laid down a marker for space …

Flexible Spinal Implants Put Paralyzed Rats Back on Their Feet

Health

Anti-Pegida rallies throughout Germany - in pictures

Counter-demonstrations against the group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, or Pegida, have taken place in several cities in Germany

Far-right Politics

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

The US may have no queen, but it has more royal families than it knows what to do with

Be it Jeb Bush or the Clintons or the Kennedys, here are people who consider power their God-given right<p>Last week, when Prince William and his wife, Princess Elsa from Frozen, visited the United States, Piers Morgan – the self-appointed British commentator on America – proved how little he …

Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

Two very different holiday displays will share the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol next week: a traditional Christian Nativity and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity was in danger of being …

Pharaoh’s statue restored 3,200 years after collapse in earthquake

12.9-metre statue of Amenhotep III stands again at northern gate of king’s funerary temple in Luxor<p>Archaeologists have unveiled a restored statue of Amenhotep III that was toppled in an earthquake more than 3,000 years ago at Egypt’s temple city of Luxor.<p>The statue was re-erected at the northern …

The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least).<p>For a simpler evaluation of military …

Military

The Little Comet Probe That Could

Even with all the drama — and now the prolonged silence, possibly permanent — the European Space Agency's (ESA) mission to land a fridge-sized probe on a comet zipping at about 80,000 miles per hour, some 300 million miles from Earth, was a resounding success. This first ever comet landing has …

Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions

When asked about how he reacted to learning that one of his <i>Daily Show</i> satires was used as evidence to torture a journalist in Iran, Jon Stewart says, "I might have uttered the phrase: 'Are you — with some profane adjective — are you kidding me?' "<p>"It's so surreal and it's so absurd that it's hard …

Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

There has been a lot of talk recently about marijuana legalization — increasing tax revenue for states, getting nonviolent offenders out of the prison system, protecting personal liberty, possible health benefits for those with severe illnesses. These are good and important conversations to have, …

Retro arcade wonderland discovered in old Japanese building

Recently a woman purchased an old building in the Chiba Prefecture in Japan, only to discover that it was full of retro arcade machines. As it turns out, the first two floors of the structure had previously served as an arcade in the 1990s — and years later it was still packed with working cabinets.<p>…

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Willie Nelson Through the Years

The American treasure still going strong after 50 years<p>19<p>Fred Foster, president of Monument Records, poses with his newest signees, Fred Carter and …

Willie Nelson

Lix, A More Precise 3D-Printing Pen, Passes Its Kickstarter Goal In 2-Hours

This embed is invalid<p>The 3Doodler 3D-printing pen, as my TC colleague John Biggs recently pointed out, is a fun toy but a silly tool. It’s big and its output is frustratingly wonky. But then it was created by a pair of veteran toy makers so focusing on the fun was clearly the primary intention.<p>Now …

Will nuclear-powered spaceships take us to the stars?

In the 1950s, rocket scientists dreamed of atomic-powered spaceships. Now these far-fetched designs might help a new generation explore the cosmos.<p>Project Orion has to be the most audacious, dangerous and downright absurd space programme ever funded by the US taxpayer. This 1950s design involved …

Space Travel

Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn has always seemed most comfortable with some distance between himself and his music. As Blur's frontman, he played the tart-tongued wit, …

Damon Albarn

NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots

An experimental NASA robot could get a big upgrade thanks to Google. The two parties have been working together to integrate Google's Project Tango smartphone prototype — which can detect and map the world around it using a series of sensors — onto NASA's SPHERES — brightly colored, …

Android device owners, now you can control your desktop from across the room — or the world

Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android yesterday, enabling the Android crowd to access their Mac or PC from afar. The app is a mobile extension of Chrome’s remote desktop screen-sharing service, which has enabled machine control from Chromebooks and Chrome browsers since it …

The darknet just got its first black market search engine

The network of sites known as the darknet, only accessible through the anonymizing Tor browser, resembles the early internet in many ways — including being difficult to navigate. Most users get around by clicking from link to link, accessing pages like "The Hidden Wiki" that list popular site …

Apple Makes Key Part Of Google's Experimental 'Project Tango' Phone

The world of smartphones tends to be a battle between two conflicting universes created by Apple and Google (with star player Samsung competing on Google’s side of the field), but in at least one ambitious new Google device, components from both universes can be found working together for the …

Ubuntu 14.04 is ready for a world filled with high-resolution touchscreens and tablets

Has it truly been six months already? It feel like just yesterday we were kicking the tires on a fresh install of Saucy Salamander. Now Canonical is pushing out the latest version of its popular Linux distro. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (code named: Trusty Tahr) is part of its long term support series which …