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Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.<p>"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict …

Trump to propose large increase in deductions Americans can claim on their taxes

By Damian Paletta<p>, Reporter<p>Steven Mufson<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump on Wednesday plans to call for a significant increase in the standard deduction people can claim on their tax returns, potentially putting thousands of dollars each year into the pockets of tens of millions of Americans, according to …

Finance

Ask Ethan: Does Dark Energy Mean We're Losing Information About The Universe?

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all about the Universe came at the very end of the 20th century: the discovery of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Rather than being pulled towards us gravitationally, the most distant galaxies in the Universe are speeding away from us at …

Universe

How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World

Donald Trump has inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised. How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand the sprawling …

US judge bars deportations under Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to …

Immigration

PikaPlant: maintenance-free plants to cheer up your workplace

My desk is a topped by a happy mass of carefully curated detritus. I clear it out every six weeks or so, when I don’t want to read my emails, but the clutter remains, and far more of it than I’d ever tolerate at home.<p>There is a figurine of Captain Phasma from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with a …

Gardening 101: Raspberry

Raspberry, <i>Rubus strigosus:</i> “The Welcome Rambler”<p>Raspberries should be re-classified as one of the seven wonders of the world. Native species of the …

Hacker snatches 900GB of data from pay-for-hire phone-hacking firm

In an unusual episode of bullies turned into victims, an anonymous hacker has breached a popular pay-for-hire mobile hacking agency known for selling surveillance and data extraction solutions to intelligence and law enforcement organs.<p>Motherboard reports the vigilante attacker has lifted 900GB of …

North Korea says can test-launch ICBM at any time: official news agency

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea declared on Sunday it could test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un, saying a hostile U.S. policy was to blame for its arms development.<p>Kim said on Jan. 1 that his nuclear-capable country was …

Motoraux 3D VR Glasses Virtual Reality Headsets Suitable for Google, Samsung Note, LG, Huawei, HTC, Moto Screen Smartphone (4.5-5.5 Iches)

• ☞ High Precision with SHOCKING 3D Immersive Experience,More Comfortable and Stable Knobs☞ Workable with smartphone within the size range of …

Pros

Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro has a mouthful of a name and a somewhat bland design. But what might seem like a forgettable phone really isn't: This massive 6.4-inch handset is the first available phone with Google's "Tango" 3D mapping technology. But while Tango feels magical when it works, bugs and hiccups …

2016's best bits: breakthroughs in science

From the discovery of gravitational waves to a promising male contraceptive, it was a groundbreaking year for science<p>It came from beyond the Large Magellanic Cloud. The signal, a mere 20 milliseconds long, captured the moment when two black holes slammed together – a cataclysm that sent ripples …

A Debate On The Pros And Cons Of Aging And Death

At age 74, I have already experienced many of the indignities of aging and before very long will also confront the inevitability of death. Although neither prospect is particularly pleasant, I strongly believe in the normality and necessity of both. Claims that science will soon prevent aging and …

Recommended Reading: Physicists Wonder: Does Time Really Exist Or Does It Just Look That Way?

As it turns out, time is a pretty complicated thing. And I'm not talking about measuring it, or making little devices to chime out the hours, either. …

Ask Ethan: Could We Reach The Speed Of Light By Christmas?

So, you want to head on an interstellar voyager, and reach your destination as quickly as possible. You might not have a chance of getting there by this Christmas, but if you had the right tools and technology — and got a little help from Einstein’s relativity — could you get there by next …

Quantum Leap: Researchers Send Information Using a Single Particle of Light

This could pave the way for quantum computer circuits where electron qubits exchange information via photons.<p>According to research published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, physicists at Princeton University have designed a device that allows a single electron to pass its quantum information to a photon in …

Distant black hole may disprove Einstein's theory of relativity

More than 26,000 light years away, deep within the heart of our galaxy, lies Sagittarius A* - four millions Suns' worth of unseen mass concentrated …

Black Holes

Google Maps now notes if a location is wheelchair accessible

“Can I get in the building?”<p>It might not be a question you find yourself asking regularly — but for the 3 million+ wheelchair users in the U.S., it’s a question that has to be considered. And starting now, it’s one that Google Maps is trying to help answer.<p>“Wheelchair accessible entrance” will now …

Scientists design the next-gen CRISPR for gene editing

CRISPR is already effective enough to be used in experimental therapies for leukemia, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and other conditions. But a team of scientists from Western University have created an even more effective version of CRISPR by adding an engineered enzyme called TevCas9. The …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Apps

Anyone for quantifiable VR mindfulness?

What’s the point of virtual reality? At this nascent stage the question remains hanging in the pixelated air like the promise of a better life off-world. As does the associated unknown of whether the tech’s promise of “exceptional immersion” will stand the test of time and make the leap to …

Google's AI can translate language pairs it has never seen

Google's AI is not just better at grasping languages like Mandarin, but can now translate between two languages it hasn't even trained on. In a research paper, Google reveals how it uses its own "interlingua" to internally represent phrases, regardless of the language. The resulting "zero-shot" …

Facebook's internet beaming drone Aquila is not headed to India

Facebook is committed at bringing internet access to much of India, but the social giant won’t be using its Aquila drone to achieve it in the country.<p>…

NASA's 'Impossible' EmDrive Could Actually Work, Even If It Breaks The Laws Of Physics

Even NASA doesn't know how it works.<p>NASA scientists have determined that an ‘impossible’ engine that could take us to Mars in just 10 weeks does …

Delete Facebook App On Android To Save 20% Battery: Report

The Facebook app for Android has been a cause of complaint for many users. As the company integrates more functioning into the app, such as Instagram …

The Facebook/Admiral Scandal Shows The Limits And Dangers Of Big Data Capitalism

Insurance company Admiral planned to offer to first time car owners setting their premium based on the analysis of their Facebook data. The basic …

Stop Ads That Follow You on Facebook, Google and the Web

Enabling privacy settings will stop advertisers from targeting you with your browsing history<p>Yesterday you searched for Planters nuts on Amazon. Today, there he is, Mr. Peanut—monocle, top hat and all—smack in the middle of your Facebook feed.<p>Facebook and other websites use your web browsing …

Digital Advertising

Facebook Messenger is testing “Instant Games” like this one from King

Facebook Messenger is preparing to launch a new “Instant Games” platform that will let people play lightweight games against friends. Candy Crush maker King.com is already testing one of these Instant Games called “Shuffle Cats Mini” in New Zealand, TechCrunch has discovered. And other studios …

Chatbots

WhatsApp is testing a Snapchat-inspired feature… again

WhatsApp and Facebook aren’t done copying Snapchat.<p>According to a report by Mashable, Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is testing image-sharing features akin to those of Snapchat, or *cough* Instagram. The project, called ‘Status,’ was unearthed in recent beta releases of both the iOS and …

Social Media