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This Analysis Shows How Viral Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook

A BuzzFeed News analysis found that top fake election news stories generated more total engagement on Facebook than top election stories from 19 major news outlets combined.<p>In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated …

Moscow welcomes the (would-be) sovereign nations of California and Texas

The speaker was calling for California's independence from the United States.<p>Alexei Gavrilko nodded approvingly. A burly, bearded, camouflage-wearing separatist from eastern Ukraine, he said he had come to the posh Moscow hotel just outside the Kremlin to "communicate with colleagues" representing …

A riddle for our time

One of the most remarkable successes of astrophysics in the last century was its discovery that the age of the universe as measured by its oldest …

Yes, We Can Build Industry in Space—And We Should Start Now

In a lengthy proposal released last week, former NASA researcher and current University of Central Florida professor Dr. Phil Metzger argues that the …

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Forget what you heard: Jupiter does not orbit the sun

NASA's Juno probe just passed closer to Jupiter than any human-made craft ever. And no surprise, photos confirm that the fifth planet from the sun looks huge up close. <i>Huge.</i><p>It's so huge, in fact, that it doesn't actually orbit the sun. Not exactly. With 2.5 times the mass of all the other planets in …

Astronomy

After 300 Years, Scientists Think They've Finally Solved The Mystery of 'Eclipse Wind'

Why the weather changes when the Sun goes dark.<p>Some 301 years ago, pioneering English astronomer Edmund Halley observed a solar eclipse, noticing an …

The US Air Force wants to detonate plasma bombs in the sky

The U.S. Air Force's "go big or go home" solution to improve their long-distance calls? Supercharge the atmosphere by detonating aerial plasma bombs attached to tiny satellites, reports New Scientist.<p>The Air Force is asking for help in developing plasma bombs, which would be delivered to the …

Military

Putin suddenly sacked his longtime ally and chief of staff amid a major reshuffling within Russia's ruling elite

A stilted account posted on the Kremlin website says Mr. Ivanov asked to retire, and requested that his trusted deputy, Anton Vaino, replace him. Even if wholly accurate, it does little to explain the timing of the announcement, which comes amid a worrisome security crisis in Crimea that is …

Russia

Trump's nuclear nightmare

His loose talk on the ultimate weapon isn't so different from official doctrine, but it plays into Clinton's attacks on his temperament, nonetheless.<p>Anytime the words “Donald Trump” and “nuclear weapons” appear in the same sentence, a mushroom cloud of anxiety rises over the world of politics and …

Spinning Hillary: a history of America and Russia's mutual meddling

Amid outrage over Kremlin hacking claims, it’s worth recalling how Washington spin doctors ran Yeltsin’s election campaign. There’s even a film about it…<p>Donald Trump once again shocked Americans when he appeared to call on Russia to hack and release Hillary Clinton’s emails from the personal server …

Obama's Historic Day of Clemency

The president on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> President Obama has commuted the sentences of more than 200 people, a move the White House hailed as the most grants of presidential clemency in one day in more than a century.<p>The White House said Wednesday 214 …

The White House

Trump's rigged claim challenges US democratic system

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Donald Trump cried foul over what he describes as a "rigged" electoral system, his loosely defined claims challenged the …

Government

What to Know About the Ancient Olympics

In the walk-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, which officially open in Rio on Friday, many fear a Russian doping scandal and infrastructure gaps in the …

War With Russia Looms, Says Former NATO General in New Book

World<p>The first female president of the United States faces her first major international conflict: Seeking to consolidate the Slavic nations of …

Amb. John Bolton: Expect even more Middle East chaos after Turkey's sad death

<i>Editor's note: The following column originally appeared in the New York Post. It is reprinted with permission.</i><p>The failed coup d’état by elements of Turkey’s military signals more repression and chaos in the Middle East.<p>We still lack important information on what motivated the attempt to overthrow …

Can Democrats Avoid the Circular Firing Squad?

A couple of months ago, it appeared that the Republican presidential field was a fragmented fratricidal mess, with party disarray and deadlock on display all the way to the Cleveland Convention. The Democrats, meanwhile, were on track to an early nomination and party unity.<p>Things didn't quite work …

Samsung pledges over $100m to make an open Internet of Things finally happen

CEO BK Yoon says the Internet of Things ‘is no longer a pipe dream’ and promises to make all Samsung devices open to others<p>Samsung’s chief executive BK Yoon promised more than $100m in funding for developers and to create an open system to kickstart an Internet of Things (IoT) revolution.<p>Samsung …

Internet of Things

Man Uses “WarKitteh” to Discover Unprotected Wi-Fi Networks in His Neighborhood

- Aug 9, 2014<p>The cute little kitteh you saw in your backyard this morning might not have just been chasing field mice, it was possibly scoping out …

James Brady's death ruled a homicide, police say

Former White House press secretary James Brady's death this week was directly related to wounds he sustained in the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, and authorities are now investigating it as a homicide, police told CNN on Friday.<p>Brady was shot in the head and partly …

Putin sanctions on food a 'cruel irony' for Russians, White House says

Obama administration officials scoffed at Russian President Vladimir Putin's new ban on food imports from western countries, dismissing the move Thursday as much more harmful to his own people than to the U.S. or Europe.<p>Putin announced the ban on imports of certain foods from U.S and European …

Russia

Israeli military: Rockets fired from Gaza violate cease-fire

Rockets from Gaza hit Israel early Friday morning, breaching a cease-fire that had held for more than two days, the Israeli military said.<p>"Moments ago, 2 rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. Terrorists have violated the cease-fire," the Israel Defense Forces wrote on Twitter.<p>It wasn't …

Hamas Has Violated Cease-Fire With Israel: ‘Our Fingers Are on the Trigger and Our Rockets Are Trained at Tel Aviv’

<b>UPDATE</b>: Hamas has violated the cease-fire deal between the terrorist group and Israel, according to the Israeli Defense Forces.<p>IDF said on Twitter that Hamas fired two rockets at southern Israel on Thursday.<p><i>Story below by the Associated Press; TheBlaze’s Jason Howerton contributed to this …

WW1 Centenary Is Remembered on Flipboard

One hundred years ago today, Britain made a life-changing decision, declaring war on Germany in defense of its friend and neighbor, Belgium. Serbia …

Remembrance Day

Associated Press News

Is There Any Empathy Left In The Gaza Conflict?

In the waiting room at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital, an Israeli woman was shouting at a Palestinian mother whose son was being treated for a beating he received from a Jewish mob.<p>"Go away you trash," the Israeli woman yelled at the Palestinian. "I would bury you in Gaza."<p>A second Israeli woman …

The New York Times Published A Scathing Column Ripping Apart Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.Org

In a column published in The New York times, Morozov comes up with a bunch of unflattering adjectives for Zuckerberg's Internet.org, calling it "venture humanitarianism" and "Facebook's gateway drug."'<p>Ouch.<p>The problem, Morozov and other critics say, is that Zuck is positioning this as a …

US calls Israeli missile strike on UN school 'disgraceful'

The State Department said Sunday that the United States is "appalled" by the "disgraceful" Israeli missile attack on a United Nations school in Gaza that was sheltering roughly 3,000 people displaced by the recent fighting.<p>The attack Sunday purportedly killed 10 Palestinian residents, increasing …

The raging contradiction at the heart of the conservative “reform” movement

<b>Paul Ryan (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>Republicans are desperate for a facelift, but their new effort to appear compassionate collapses under scrutiny<p>Sean McElwee<p>August 3, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>The rise of “reform conservatives” has drawn an increasing amount of attention. The wonky right has been treated …