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AT&T is Launching An Internet TV Service

AT&T is hopping into the streaming television wars.<p>The phone company, which merged with satellite TV provider DirecTV last year, is planning to offer …

Televisions
Education

Georgia proposes 'blasphemy bill' to outlaw religious insults

Critics fear law will limit freedom of speech in one of the world’s most devout Christian countries. Eurasianet.org reports<p>Georgia is planning a “blasphemy bill” that will make religious irreverence punishable by law, prompting concerns about freedom of expression in the devoutly Orthodox Christian …

Religion

The 10 Most Romantic Cities In America May Surprise You

Turns out, Paris isn't the only city with love in the air. According to OpenTable, there are a hand full of cities in the U.S. boasting romantic dining experiences and passionate atmospheres.<p>The online reservation service created the list of romantic cities of based on dinner reviews collected on …

New Jersey

Russia is so desperate it might sell state-owned oil assets

The list reportedly includes Russia's largest state-owned oil company, Rosneft, and its state-owned pipeline monopoly, Transneft, along with the diamond miner Alrosa, the airline Aeroflot, Rostelecom, the shipping line Sovcomflot, and Russian Railways. Two banks — VTB and Sberbank — are believed to …

Oil

What We Know About Makeup in Ancient Rome

<i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at HistoryToday.com.</i><p>The Romans set high standards in terms …

Ancient Rome

Russia's Putin probably approved London murder of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko: UK inquiry | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin probably approved a 2006 Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London, a British inquiry concluded on Thursday, prompting a row with Moscow.<p>Russia, which had declined to cooperate in …

Russia

Astronaut Scott Kelly shows off first zinnia flowers grown in space

The flower lives thanks to his gardening skills<p>NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is currently coming up on the end of his year-long stay on the International Space Station. That means it's been almost 300 days since he's experienced all the magnificent nature and plant life that planet Earth has to offer. …

Space Exploration

Oil price crash: rout reaches $27 as Opec warns US shale will be forced to relent

Cartel says persistent low prices will finally begin to bite for rival producers, as cost for some barrels of US crude turn negative<p>Oil slumped to below $28 a barrel in early morning trading on Monday - its lowest level since September 2003 - as traders digested news of Iran's return to the world's …

Williamsburg Restaurant Has the Audacity to Sell a $100 Doughnut

Leave it to Williamsburg to be the home of a $100 doughnut. That's the hot item at Manila Social Club, a Filipino restaurant in the neighborhood, reports Business Insider. The absurdly steep price tag is thanks to solid-gold coating and Cristal Champagne icing.<p>The Golden Cristal Ube Donut, as it's …

Krispy Kreme

Israeli ambassador gives Christmas gifts of settlement goods to US officials

Presents carry loaded political message against boycott movement, which Washington envoy ascribed to "enemies trying to destroy Jewish state"<p>Seasonal gifts from the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC come with a loaded political message this Christmas, after the country’s ambassador Ron Dermer said …

Israel

Fail to Register Your Drone? You Could Be Hit With $27K Fine

The national drone registry is open for business. Starting on Monday, the federal government is requiring owners of unmanned aerial vehicles to share their information — and those who refuse or ignore the rules could face stiff penalties.<p>The maximum civil penalty is a fine of up to $27,500. …

Drones

US spacewalkers move stalled rail car outside ISS by thumping a stuck brake handle

Astronauts move a stalled rail car stuck outside the International Space Station by whacking a jammed brake handle<p>Two solid whacks to a stuck brake handle was all it took for a spacewalking American astronaut to fix a stalled rail car outside the International Space Station, Nasa said Monday.<p>"That …

Space Exploration

A Yezidi Woman Who Escaped ISIS Slavery Tells Her Story

It is not easy for Nadia to tell this story, and she’s been doing it all day. She’s about my age, wearing a leather jacket just like mine, and her …

New York City

How big can black holes grow?

Black holes could grow as large as 50 billion suns, before the ‘food’ that makes them grow crumbles into stars, says new research.<p>In recent decades, …

House passes $622 billion in tax breaks

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday to provide $622 billion in tax breaks for businesses, families and individual taxpayers.<p>House members voted 318-109 to approve the legislation, which includes a permanent extension of the child tax credit and a delay in taxes that help pay for …

Taxes

The Cheapster's Guide to Experiential Gift Giving

<i>By Ally Marotti for the CheapTickets Travel Blog</i><p>Memories are really the most precious gift that can be given, but have you ever tried to stick a memory in a box and put a bow on it? It's darn-right impossible. So let us turn to experiential gift giving this holiday season, because gifting …

Unhealthy lifestyles of men are written into their sperm, study finds

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen at the sperm of obese and thin men and noticed significant differences in parts of the gene associated with appetite.<p>Pregnant women, and those hoping to conceive, have long been warned to curb drinking and smoking and keep their weight down if they want to …

Russia

How a 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps in Its Head

It weighs only four or five ounces, its brain practically nothing, and yet, oh my God, what this little bird can do. It’s astonishing.<p>Around now, as we begin December, the Clark’s nutcracker has, conservatively, 5,000 (and up to 20,000) treasure maps in its head. They’re accurate, detailed, and …

Verizon Opens Up its Network for Connected Devices

Verizon, the first operator to launch a 4G network in the U.S., is now the first to update its network specifically for Internet of things devices. …

Internet of Things

Review: 'The Martian' is just the movie space travel needs

You get the impression that Ridley Scott read Andy Weir's 2011 hit sci-fi survival novel <i>The Martian</i> -- with its detailed descriptions of chemical …

Donald Glover

Google bringing high-speed WiFi to 400 Indian train stations

Google’s main concern is getting people online, obviously due to the fact that most of their profits come from internet users; and hopefully because they want to help out, too. Regardless, it makes sense that they focus on emerging markets, as this is where most new internet users will come from. …

Wi-Fi

Source of Antarctica’s Eerie ‘Bleeding Glacier’ Found

Antarctica's Dry Valleys are the most arid places on Earth, but underneath their icy soils lies a vast and ancient network of salty, liquid water filled with life, a new study finds.<p>The Dry Valleys are almost entirely ice-free, except for a few isolated glaciers. Inside the canyons, the climate is …

Nature Communications

AR mobile game turns your home into a survival horror nightmare

Night Terrors maps the layout of your home, then becomes an augmented reality game in which horrors attack.<p>If you're scared of being home alone at night, this won't be the game for you. Night Terrors is a survival horror that plays out in the real world.<p>The mobile game, currently seeking funding on …

Augmented Reality

Twitter to Cut Off Firehose Resellers

Twitter is taking back full control over who has access to its ‘firehose’ of real-time tweet data.<p>Firehose data was previously made available to third-party apps via three authorized resellers – Gnip (which it acquired a year ago), Datasift and NTT Data. In a post on the Gnip blog yesterday, …