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Air Force Drone Crews Got So Demoralized That They Booed Their Commander

For the first decade after its invention, the General Atomics Predator drone was a special weapon. The CIA and the U.S. Air Force possessed just a …

Blaming Gun Violence on the Mentally Ill Is Easy, but Ignorant

A meme that circulated recently on social media suggested that the days of going to our comedians for levity and our politicians for public policy are over. According to the post, we now get our belly laughs from Donald Trump and discussions of serious social issues from the likes of John Oliver.<p>As …

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Supreme Court upholds Trump's travel ban<p>The Supreme Court has ruled on Trump v. Hawaii, the high-profile case centered on the Trump administration's …

Ann Romney can feel Hillary Clinton’s pain

Last winter Ann Romney curled up in the family mansion to write her memoir, in pen on yellow legal pads. She wanted the story to hinge on her struggle with multiple sclerosis.<p>The fatigue. The agony. The depression.<p>After she miraculously went into remission, the brutality of presidential politics …

A colorful orb hung over the East Coast last night following a successful NASA launch

Minutes after launch, the rocket released four bursts that contained mixtures of the chemical elements barium and strontium — the same chemicals that give fireworks their bright colors.<p>Aside from the main mission of the launch, which was to test one of the rocket's new motors, the secondary …

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Ex-CIA officer wanted in Italy waits to learn fate after detention in Portugal

By Ian Shapira<p>, Reporter<p>A former CIA officer convicted for her role in the kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan was detained for one day in Portugal earlier this week, and now waits to learn whether she will be returned to Italy serve her prison sentence.<p>Sabrina De Sousa, 59, a dual U.S. and …

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NASA tracks ‘world-killer’ giant rock

NASA experts believe Asteroid 86666 (2000 FL10), which could be up to 2.6km wide, will miss Earth when it passes by this weekend at 65.7LD (lunar …

Rocket with secret payload launches from California coast

The Atlas V rocket lit up the sky at 5:49 a.m. Thursday, lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base toward low-Earth orbit.<p>The rocket carried a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates the nation's system of intelligence-gathering satellites. The agency hasn't released any …

One Secret Text Gives any Police State Agency Total Control of Your Phone - Even When It's Off

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, in an interview with the BBC’s ‘Panorama,’ spoke in detail about a stunning array of cyber spying tools used by the …

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How Obama Got to ‘Yes’ on Iran: The Inside Story

What Netanyahu really thought of Obama, how Susan Rice stymied Israel and other bombshell revelations from Obama’s disillusioned peace negotiator.<p>On Friday night, November 8, 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked me to come by his residence after sundown for an informal chat. I was …

Scientists find DNA differences between gay men and their straight twin brothers

For men, new research suggests that clues to sexual orientation may lie not just in the genes, but in the spaces between the DNA, where molecular marks instruct genes when to turn on and off and how strongly to express themselves.<p>On Thursday, UCLA molecular biologist Tuck C. Ngun reported that in …

4% of people hear music in a completely different way — and it tells us something fascinating about the brain

To an estimated 4% of the world, that's what the stuff we call music sounds like.<p>These people are tone-deaf, a disorder known as congenital amusia. People who are really tone-deaf aren't just bad at karaoke: They can't pick out differences in pitch, the quality of music we're referring to when we …

The Brain

New Horizons images show Pluto has blue skies and red water ice

First spacecraft ever sent to the dwarf planet continues to transmit data after sending the first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes last week<p>Pluto has blue skies and exposed, bright red water ice, Nasa announced on Thursday, as the first spacecraft ever sent to the dwarf planet continues to …

Demi Lovato: "I Knew at a Young Age I Had a Problem"

On the eve of the release of her hotly anticipated fifth studio album, Lovato is bravely talking about something else entirely: her life-long battle with mental illness.<p>"You're always going to remember your first time," Demi Lovato, wearing a skin-tight, long-sleeved black mini dress and sky-high …

Nuke Deal Helps Qasem Soleimani, The Top Iranian General With ‘American Blood on His Hands’

John Kerry denied it. So did Iran’s foreign minister. But the world’s most notorious spymaster stands to benefit—big time—from the accord with Tehran.<p>…

Typhoon Nangka likely to strike Japan at an unusually dangerous angle

Typhoon Nangka is about four days away from landfall in Japan, where it will likely affect the heavily urbanized areas of Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima, …

The Camera Behind the New Pluto Photos

How to build a camera that travels billions of miles from Earth<p>For decades after its discovery in 1930, Pluto looked like nothing more than a gray smudge in the abyss of space. We knew it was there—even knew its size and gravity—but, without better images, we could not answer seemingly basic …

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Confederate Flag Treated Like Fallen Hero

When South Carolina finally took down the Confederate battle flag, the respect shown by State Troopers shows that many still miss the point of what …

Huge Brain Scan Database is Revealing Secrets of the Mind

<i>Karen Lazo, multimedia intern at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), contributed this article to Live Science's</i> <i>Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

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Joint Chiefs nominee appears to side with Romney on Russian threat

The general chosen by President Obama to replace the Pentagon’s top military officer has put the administration in an awkward position after remarks Thursday in which he called Russia "the greatest threat to our national security" -- a stance taken by 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, …

New Horizons: Latest Pluto image offers glimpses of geology

At last! After spending 9.5 years traveling 3 billion miles to reach Pluto,<p>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has snapped an image of the dwarf planet that bears tantalizing hints of geologic features that will become clearer in the coming days.<p>Until now, little has been known about what the …

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Unit 8200: Israel’s cyber spy agency | Financial Times

In a searingly hot afternoon at a campuslike new science park in Beer Sheva, southern Israel, I watched as a group of bright, geeky teenagers …

Nazi Telegram That Drove Hitler to Suicide Discovered in South Carolina Safe

And it just sold at auction.<p>A document that changed the course of World War II collected dust for years inside a safe in South Carolina, allegedly because the owner couldn't read German. <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> reports that a telegram from Nazi second-in-command Hermann Goering to Adolf Hitler just sold …

US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion'

Leading group of psychologists faces a reckoning following repeated denials that its members were complicit in Bush administration-era torture<p>The largest association of psychologists in the United States is on the brink of a crisis, the Guardian has learned, after an independent review revealed …

The Pirate Bay Founders Acquitted In Criminal Copyright Case

The founders of The Pirate Bay, arguably the world’s most visible torrenting site, were acquitted by a Belgian court Thursday of charges alleging criminal copyright infringement and abuse of electronic communications.<p>“The Pirate Bay Four,” consisting of Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde …

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Background check mix-up let suspected Charleston shooter buy gun: FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspect in the killings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, was able to buy a gun because of mistakes in a background check that should have revealed an admission of drug possession, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on …

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