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Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

Exclusive: U.S. government, police working on counter-drone system - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As concerns rise about a security menace posed by rogue drone flights, U.S. government agencies are working with state and local police forces to develop high-tech systems to protect vulnerable sites, according to sources familiar with the matter.<p>A police helicopter flies …

Have treasure hunters found missing Nazi train stuffed with gold?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Could two treasure hunters have found a legendary Nazi train packed with gold that vanished 70 years ago?<p>It's a question authorities in Poland's mountainous southwestern Walbrzych district are taking seriously.<p>It seems on its face unlikely. But not impossible.<p>The train reputedly went …

World War II

Bad vibrations: what's the evidence for geopathic stress?

Some people think that vibrations rising up out of the earth can cause anything from road rage to cancer, but where’s the evidence for such an extraordinary claim?<p>I have a confession to make. For a brief time when I was about ten years old, I thought I could move a quartz crystal with the power of …

Pay Your Bills and 5 Other Things You Must Do Before You Leave on Vacation

You packed for the flight to a really cool location, re-installed the smoke detector, and made sure the oven was off, but there's a lot more you can …

Microwave-powered rockets could be a game changer for space travel

Escape Dynamics, a start-up in Colorado, recently tested a prototype of their new rocket engine. But instead of launching a rocket powered with …

California Drought: Valley Land Sinking Faster as Groundwater Is Pumped

Parts of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California are sinking faster than ever due to excessive groundwater pumping as the state deals with a devastating drought, a NASA report released on Wednesday said. Some areas are experiencing nearly 2 inches (5 cm) of sinking per month, a trend that …

This company is using insanely complicated math to save its customers tons of cash

This is an industry segment with a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt: Competing technologies, plus a lot of confusion about how to best put them to work, results in a lot of similar-sounding vendors all insisting that they, and only they, can help you get the most usage about your data.<p>But …

Customers

5 brain technologies that will shape our future

The race to decipher the workings of the human brain, and build new economies around it, is on. Today’s great entrepreneurs – people such as Paul …

Alzheimer's Disease

Diamonds form from ancient, underground seawater, study suggests

Microscopic, ugly diamonds from the Northwest Territories are illuminating how diamonds are made — and pointing to an unexpected helper in the …

This Startup Is Developing an Electric Car Battery That Charges in Minutes

This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine<p>Tesla’s fast chargers can add about 170 miles worth of electricity to its cars’ batteries in about 30 minutes. If an Israeli startup achieves its goal, electric cars could travel hundreds of miles after only five minutes of charging.<p>On Wednesday …

Electric Vehicles

A Harvard neuroscientist told us the 3 major ways meditation changes your brain

Moyan Brenn / Flickr<p>Mindfulness meditation is incredibly popular right now.<p>While there is an ever-increasing amount of academic research around the …

Hillary Clinton's emails, data erased from server before handed to FBI

Letter to senate committee from attorney David Kendall is made public after Clinton told reporters she was not aware if contents had been wiped<p>Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyer has told a senate committee that emails and all other data stored on the Democratic presidential hopeful’s private server …

Hillary Clinton

Google Lost Data After Lightning Hit Its Data Center in Belgium

Tony Avela—AP<p>Aya Brackett—Nest<p>George Frey—Reuters<p>Tripplaar Kristoffer—Sipa USA<p>Google/AP<p>Ventures and Capital<p>Tony Avelar—Bloomberg/Getty Images

California prosecutors say Uber’s background checks missed convicts

<i>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) —</i> California prosecutors have broadened their civil lawsuit against popular online ride-sharing service Uber, alleging that its background checks missed people previously convicted of murder and sex crimes, court records show.<p>The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los …

San Francisco

Banks have treated our housing market like a Ponzi scheme, and it's about to bust | Lindsay David

Australia’s housing market is looking a lot like the US, Ireland and Spain before the global financial crisis. Why aren’t politicians more concerned?<p>Australia’s big four banks are among the largest and most profitable financial institutions in the world. Despite this, it is mathematically …

Bangkok bombing suspect spotted on CCTV, says prime minister

Seven foreigners among 20 dead in Erawan shrine bombing, which police say was designed to scare away tourists<p>Thailand’s military rulers have said that investigators are hunting a male “suspect” seen in surveillance video footage recorded shortly before the terrorist bombing that killed at least 20 …

Black box recovered from 'totally destroyed' Indonesian plane, official says

An Indonesian passenger plane that went missing two days ago was destroyed when it slammed into a mountain, killing all 54 people on board, the country's top rescue official said.<p>Rescuers only reached the crash site Tuesday after being hindered by rugged, forested terrain and bad weather.<p>"The plane …

Airplanes

Probe of Clinton's server could find more than just emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — A forensic examination of Hillary Rodham Clinton's private computer server could unearth more details than what she put in her …

U.S. State Department

Rightwing Russian activists attack Moscow art exhibition

Conservative Christian group takes offence over sculpture show depicting naked Christ and heads of John the Baptist. The Moscow Times reports<p>Russia has been accused of encouraging religious intolerance after rightwing activists attacked a major art exhibit in Moscow, claiming it offended their …

NASA's LADEE confirms the moon's atmosphere has neon

NASA's LADEE ran out of fuel and crashed into the lunar surface in 2014, but not before it collected the data needed to answer some decades-old questions about the moon. One of those is confirming that our natural satellite's atmosphere contains neon -- the same gas used to light up signs in Vegas. …

Phone network security flaw lets anyone bug your calls

Remember that vulnerability in the SS7 inter-carrier network that lets hackers and spies track your cellphone virtually anywhere in the world? It's worse than you might have thought. Researchers speaking to Australia's <i>60 Minutes</i> have demonstrated that it's possible for anyone to intercept phone …

Golf phenom Brooke Henderson sets course for Rio with LPGA win

<b>Click here to read The Globe's profile of Brooke Henderson from June, 2015.</b><p>At seven years old, Brooke Henderson tagged along to an amateur golf event with her older sister, Brittany, and their parents. Brooke banged balls on the driving range alongside the older girls.<p>"She'd just be hammering the …

Robots learn to evolve and improve

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1185000/1185837_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534401141_761abf2069cfb8f264a22d7137a7505d<p><b>Engineers have developed a robotic system that can evolve and improve its performance.</b><p>A robot arm builds "babies" that get progressively …

Robotics

China see slump in Aussie dollar

Traders are worried about the state of the Chinese economy, and a possible drop in demand for commodities, after the currency was dramatically cut — …

Stock Markets

Tiger Woods not worried about winning PGA Championship

HAVEN, Wis. -- Contending at this week's PGA Championship, performing well enough to qualify for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, even winning for …

Golf

The Neuroscience of Drumming: Researchers Discover the Secrets of Drumming & The Human Brain

An old musician’s joke goes “there are three kinds of drummers in the world—those who can count and those who can’t.” But perhaps there is an even …

Is It Time to Embrace Unverified Theories? - Facts So Romantic

In the world of modern physics, there is change afoot. Researchers are striving so hard to leap beyond the mostly settled science of the Standard …

10,000-year-old pillar under the sea is ‘proof aliens visited Earth’

A mysterious pillar which has been found off the coast of Sicily dates from 10,000 years ago – and ‘could not have been made by humans’, UFO fans …