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Wikileaks: NSA spied on UN Secretary General, Merkel

Wikileaks has released new documents alleging the NSA intercepted communications between Ban-Ki Moon and Merkel. The secret releases also include …

On Apple, the FBI, encryption, and why you should be worried

<i>(By Matthew Keys) –</i> Yesterday, a federal magistrate judge in Central California ordered Apple to create software that would help federal law enforcement agents with cracking security mechanisms on a phone allegedly used by a mass shooting suspect last December.<p>Apple, in response, released an …

Privacy

Combining these 2 theories could give us an actual 'theory of everything’

In the last few decades, researchers have pursued the problem in two separate programs — string theory and loop quantum gravity — that are widely considered incompatible by their practitioners.<p>But now some scientists argue that joining forces is the way forward.<p>Among the attempts to unify quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

'Planet Nine' is 5,000X the mass of Pluto - Futurity

Scientists have found evidence of a new planet that is 5,000 times the mass of Pluto. "This would be a real ninth planet," says Mike Brown.

Europe wants to build a village on the moon

The International Space Station, as amazing as it is, isn’t going to be around forever—or even for very long. Sometime in the 2020s, the program will come to an end. Europe has been thinking about where it will carry out space research after this date, and it’s aiming high. At the moon.<p>We’ve known …

Space Exploration

4 cosmic phenomena that travel faster than the speed of light

But that's not the entire story. In fact, it's just the beginning.<p>Before Einstein, mass — the atoms that make up you, me, and everything we see — and energy were treated as separate entities. But in 1905, Einstein forever changed the way physicists view the universe.<p>Einstein's Special Theory of …

Physics

Russia: Turkish president benefits from IS oil trade

MOSCOW (AP) — Sharply raising the stakes in Moscow's spat with Ankara, Russia's top military brass on Wednesday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family of personally profiting from oil trade with Islamic State militants.<p>The bluntly-worded accusations follow Turkey's downing of …

Russia

Google Soli finger control technology

Google's Ivan Poupyrev. Screenshot<p>The days of swiping a finger against a glass screen might soon seem as antiquated as dialing numbers on a rotary telephone.<p>If Google has its way you won't need to touch a screen at all anymore.<p>The company's lab for advanced projects showed off new technology on …

Augmented Reality

If kids were treated like sports stars just for getting an education

Making it to college if you're from a low-income family in the inner-city U.S. can be no easy feat — one group of men is trying to change that for …

Health care's next frontier is customizable medicine

The next revolution in human health could be an era of personalized medicine, where medical advances can be tailored to individual characteristics and massive genetic bio-banks allow users to have more input over their own health care.<p>Many opportunities for health research are coming from open …

Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work

For all the jobs that machines can now do — whether performing surgery, driving cars or serving food — they still lack one distinctly human trait. They have no social skills.<p>Yet skills like cooperation, empathy and flexibility have become increasingly vital in modern-day work. Occupations that …

Why We Fall in Love: The Paradoxical Psychology of Romance and Why Frustration Is Necessary for Satisfaction

“All love stories are frustration stories… To fall in love is to be reminded of a frustration that you didn’t know you had.”<p>Adrienne Rich, in contemplating how love refines our truths, wrote: “An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love’ — …

Relationships

Emma Watson Used Hard-Hitting Numbers to Explain How Sexism Works In Hollywood

D Dipasupil—Getty Images for Extra<p>Loic Venance—AFP/Getty Images<p>Anthony Harvey—Getty Images<p>Joe Scarnici—Getty Images<p>Jason Kempin—Getty …

Feminism

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Like any endeavor, writing a work of fiction requires learning how to manage those nagging self-doubts each time you sit at a computer and think to yourself, "I can't write!"<p>Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction …

Secret Document: How the NSA Spied on Iranians in New York

The NSA will probably spy on foreign leaders like Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the UN General Assembly in New York this week, applying a “full court press” that includes intercepting cellphone calls and bugging hotel rooms, former intelligence analysts told NBC News.<p>A top-secret report …

Surveillance

The Real Story Behind NASA's Resurrected Space Plane

The aviation and space press buzzed last week with the news that NASA had quietly moved its two long-grounded X-34 space planes from open storage at …

Space Tourist Trap’s Hidden Skills

Author: David Axe. David Axe Security<p>Date of Publication: 01.25.08.<p>Time of Publication: 9:35 am. 9:35 am<p>Four years ago an egg-shaped space ship …

The Psychology of Voldemort

J.K. Rowling’s investigation of her villain’s mind echoes the intrigue of a true-crime serial-killer profile.<p>In <i>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,</i> the sixth book in J.K. Rowling’s series, Voldemort is back, big time. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, essentially the embodiment of all evil in the Potter …

Books

Obama's hand-picked ISIS war czar is resigning

Retired Gen. John Allen has been serving as the White House's special envoy to the global coalition fighting against ISIS in Syria and Iraq since September 11, 2014. Although he officially retired from the military April 29, 2013, Obama hand-selected Allen for the role amid a ramped-up effort to …

Middle East

Russian Soldiers: Don’t Send Me to Syria

Putin’s next undeclared war in the Middle East has already pushed Russian civil society to defend contract soldiers who don’t even know where they …

Russia