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Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway’s Arctic neighbor Russia.<p>Officials played down any link between the …

MIT's 'Moral Machine' wants you to decide who dies in a self-driving car accident

If there’s an unavoidable accident in a self-driving car, who dies? This is the question researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want you to answer in ‘Moral Machine.’<p>The simplistic website is sort of like the famed ‘Trolley Problem’ on steroids. If you’re unfamiliar, according …

British Antarctic Survey abandons polar base as worrying crack grows in ice

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey are abandoning their research station for the first time ever this winter after a new worrying crack developed in the ice sheet.<p>The renowned Halley VI ice base, from which the hole in the ozone layer was first detected, was already scheduled to be …

Physicists Can Now Predict The Exact Moment Quantum Systems Will Fail

It's inevitable.<p>For the first time, physicists have been able to accurately predict the future of quantum systems, specifically, the moment they'll …

The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts<p>Before Christmas I took a young relative to a jazz concert. The thought of it ruined his whole day. He scuffed around the house like an alt-right voter at a refugee …

Mental Health

Curb your home's runaway energy usage with this sophisticated monitoring system

Curb is a whole-home energy monitoring system that tracks all of the juice flowing out of your circuit breaker to help you cut your consumption.<p>We've seen plenty of systems capable of tracking your home's energy usage, and even spent some time testing one of them out in the CNET Smart Home. It's a …

Want To Live In The Arctic Circle? Build Your House Inside A Solar Geodesic Dome

That's what this Norwegian family did.<p>The Hjertefølger family began their experiment in sustainable living in 2013, when they moved to Sandhornøya Island in the Arctic Circle to build their home. There, they constructed a three story cob house from sustainable materials like sand and clay. To …

Arctic Circle

It's Official: A Brand-New Human Organ Has Been Classified

Your body now has an extra organ.<p>Researchers have classified a brand-new organ inside our bodies, one that's been hiding in plain sight in our …

Here's How This Chilling Photo Of The Russian Ambassador's Murder Was Taken

“People screamed, hid behind columns and under tables and lay on the floor. I composed myself enough to shoot pictures," Burhan Ozbilici told the Associated Press. WARNING: This post contains graphic images.<p>Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici thought he would be photographing a "routine" …

This Self-Healing Tech Could Let Us Reach the Closest Alien Stars in Just 20 Years

On-Chip Healing<p>NASA is working with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) to develop a tiny spacecraft from a single silicon chip. …

San Francisco

Ammonia Has Been Detected in Earth's Lower Atmosphere For The First Time

There's no escaping it.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere - the lowest of Earth's …

Methane emissions are racing toward nightmare status.

Concentrations of the potent greenhouse gas rose faster and faster in the last decade, and particularly in the last two years, according to two new …

This Propulsion Expert Says There's a Good Chance NASA's EM Drive Results Are Flawed

The plot thickens.<p>It’s one of the most intriguing stories of the year: NASA’s version of the 'impossible' EM Drive appears to produce thrust, …

Scientists Think the Speed of Light Has Slowed, and They're Trying to Prove It

A controversial theory that would overturn Einstein’s theory of general relativity could soon be tested.<p>In 1905, a 26-year-old Albert Einstein changed physics forever when he outlined his theory of special relativity. This theory outlined the relationship between space and time and is founded on …

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

Europe’s largest port–threatened by rising waters and a loss of its major industry–has reinvented itself as a playground for innovative thinkers who are trying to create a resilient city of the future.<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads …

Why Are Feds Targeting High-End Pot Producers in California?

James Slatic isn't a drug dealer. The owner of Med-West Distributors in San Diego was a successful entrepreneur in California's legalized medical …

Cannabis

Dyson’s Office Light Of The Future Runs For 22 Years

Designed by Jake Dyson, this fluorescent replacement can provide mood or work lighting, and runs for 200,000 hours.<p>A light hangs from the ceiling, but most of it isn’t a light at all.<p>This is the Cu-Beam Duo, the latest invention out of Dyson. It’s intended to be the commercial light of the future. …

Finally – a safe way to carry hydrogen fuel in your pocket

Hydrogen has great potential as a future clean energy source. The challenge is that hydrogen gas is difficult to store and carry safely. The …

The One Theory of Quantum Mechanics That Actually Kind of Makes Sense

But most physicists don't buy it.<p>Quantum mechanics is baffling. On the atomic and subatomic scale, matter seems to behave in ways that we, in the macro world, would generally think of as impossible. Particles can exist in two different places at once, and particle-like interferences in space are …

Quantum Mechanics

The Problem with the U.S. Economy Isn’t Something Politicians Can Fix

In August 2016 the Pew Research Center asked more than 2,000 U.S. adults about the state of the nation. Nearly half agreed that “compared with 50 years ago, life for people like you in America today is worse.” Of those who said they supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, 81% thought life …

Remarkable theory says there's no gravity, no dark matter, and Einstein was wrong

Gravity is something all of us are familiar with from our first childhood experiences. You drop something - it falls. And the way physicists have …

Dark Matter

Humans may dream of traveling to Mars, but our bodies aren’t built for it

Reports of a new space race tell of<p>NASA’s plan to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk’s ambition to get private explorers there first. This race, however, can’t be won with either’s current technology, regardless of their spending or commitment.<p>The barrier is …

The Kremlin has joined forces with Chinese authorities to bring the internet and its users under greater state control<p>Russia has been working on incorporating elements of China’s Great Firewall into the “Red Web”, the country’s system of internet filtering and control, after unprecedented cyber …

China

Pentagon: No misconduct in mistaken airstrike on Syrian forces

A U.S. military investigation into a mistaken airstrike that likely killed dozens of "Syrian-aligned" forces in September found no misconduct on the part of U.S.-led coalition pilots or commanders who approved the attack, the U.S. military said Tuesday.<p>The forces were mistakenly identified as …

3 Personality Traits That Reveal Whether You're a Leader or a Tyrant | Inc.com

Being an effective leader is not inherent in every person. Sure, some people are born with "leadership tendencies," but leadership is a skill as much as anything else--and to be an effective leader, you need to put in the time and practice to effectively inspire and guide those around you.<p>What most …

Leadership

New paper describes for first time how scientists can test controversial idea that speed of light is not a constant<p>The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einstein’s century-old claim that the speed of light …

Physics

NASA Tests Its Largest Plant Chamber Prototype Ahead Of Space Station Delivery

Growing plants in space is hard, for reasons more or less obvious. For one, in the microgravity environment of space, plant roots grow every which …

Traditional German rules of etiquette to survive a fancy event

Adolf Freiherr von Knigge, an 18th-century writer, is still considered Germany's leading authority on etiquette. His rules can help you prepare for …

More than 60 law enforcement officers fatally shot this year, 20 in ambushes, report finds

More than 60 law enforcement officers have died in firearms-related incidents in 2016, marking a 68 percent increase since 2015, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported.<p>The organization found that Texas has seen the most fatalities this year with 18. So far, more than 130 …

Toyota Makes Breakthrough Battery Discovery, Hopes To Increase EV Range By 15%

Yes, you have read right. Toyota has developed what it says is “the world’s first method for observing the behavior of lithium ions in an electrolyte when a battery charges and discharges.” Able to observe those ions for the first time in real time, Toyota researchers think they have found the …

Alternative Fuel