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Asia’s richest man quietly paid a visit to Barack Obama

Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, met with US president Barack Obama today (May 17) at the White House.<p>In brief remarks to reporters, Ma, who in April became Asia’s richest man after an Alibaba affiliate raised a new financing round, said his meeting with Obama was …

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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Step aside, home chefs! The kitchen of the future draws near.<p>No, there's no hydrator from Marty McFly's kitchen in <i>Back to the Future II</i>. Right now, the chef of the future looks like a pair of robotic arms that descend from the ceiling of a very organized kitchen. And it makes a mean crab bisque.<p>As …

Video Shows Just How Close SpaceX Came To Landing Its Rocket

This puts things into perspective<p><b>Update:</b> SpaceX released two new videos: a high-resolution video of the first stage landing, complete with the ultimate fiery end, as well as a close-up from the barge. Take a look in the videos above and below.<p>After SpaceX’s routine Falcon 9 launch to the …

A warped, edge-on spiral galaxy

In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary, coming up this week, an image captured by the telescope in 2001.<p>The Hubble Space …

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (19 April 2015)

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p><b>Top picks</b><p>“Egg freezing is not fertility insurance: It’s the perfect regret machine.” Superb piece by Abby Rabinowitz on the social effects that the mere existence of a new technology can have.<p>“The fight has astronomers asking whether a pristine view of …

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Watch This Autonomous Drone Eat Fuel In The Sky

The X-47B flying Dorito checks mid-air refueling off its bucket list<p>We are so far in the future of aircraft that a stealthy autonomous flying wing simply existing is just sort of a given. The U.S. Navy’s X-47B is a test platform, designed to see just what modern autonomy and design can do. In the …

This Week in World War I, April 18-24, 1915

Poison Gas: The Second Battle of Ypres<p>British Soldiers Wounded by Chlorine Gas, Second Battle of Ypres<p>With the arrival of spring on the Western Front, German commanders began looking with interest at the Flemish town of Ypres in western Belgium, a site that had been successfully defended by the …

How A Man Who Got His Start In Construction Became The Most Powerful Foreign Policy Voice In Congress

WASHINGTON -- Last week witnessed one of the most piqued foreign policy showdowns between the executive and legislative branch during the Obama presidency. And in a clash between a president allied with his secretary of state and vice president -- themselves former chairmen of the Senate Foreign …

Senators Say Loretta Lynch Standoff Could Be Resolved This Week

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Sunday he believes the Senate is very close to ending a logjam over confirming Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general.<p>"My sense is over the next 48 to 72 hours that is going to be resolved, and we'll move on to this Iran issue," he said on CNN's "State of the …

Fracking: Texas bill limiting bans on energy companies moves forward

A bill supported by energy companies that prevents cities and counties from banning the practice of fracking on their land has been passed by the first tier of state legislators in Texas and is on course to become law.<p>The proposed law would stop municipalities and other local authorities from …

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Clinton patches relations with liberals at campaign's outset

Say Hello to Washington's Next Political Battle

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter</i><p><b>The fast-track trade war has begun</b><p>Move over Iran and Loretta Lynch (at least for the time being), and say hello to the next political battle in Washington …