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SpaceX will try to land a rocket stage on Earth after launching to space Sunday

On Sunday, SpaceX is planning to launch an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, the company's first since another uncrewed Falcon 9 disintegrated above Florida …

Investigators can't make you give up your work phone's passcode

American law enforcement might have free rein to make you unlock a phone using your fingerprint, but personal passcodes? Nope. A Pennsylvania-based federal judge has ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission can't make two former Capital One employees hand over the passcodes for their old …

Brazil's child sex trade soars as 2014 World Cup nears

A tiny figure in minuscule white shorts and a pink strapless top leans against a metal fence outside a school in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará state, north-east Brazil.<p>She has gloss-coated lips, and her yellow headband, holding back long hair, glows in the lamplight along Juscelino Kubitschek …

Amazon testing 'octocopter' package-delivery drones

Amazon is testing a delivery service that uses drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order being placed.<p>Dubbed Amazon Prime Air, the service uses 8-propeller drones about the size of a remote-controlled airplane to transport shoebox-size plastic bins from fulfillment centers to …

Here's Why Both Parties Lie All The Time About Health Care

A lot of the recent complaints about the Affordable Care Act go back to one theme: The law makes health care more expensive for some people with moderate incomes. This is true and it's a design feature of the law. And Democrats didn't want people to understand this about the law, so they lied.<p>The …

Did Steelers coach Mike Tomlin intentionally block Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return?

Short answer: Yeah, it sure looks like it.<p>Longer explanation: Super Bowl hero Jacoby Jones looked like he was set to break open Baltimore’s Thanksgiving night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Pittsburgh was kicking off after a touchdown cut the …

Stolen smartphone database is complete, says CTIA

But will it make a difference?<p>AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless launched a database for stolen smartphones last year, and today the wireless industry says that database system is complete. CTIA president and CEO Steve Largent announced that the database now allows carriers to block …

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a …

Watch the most accurate supercomputer simulation yet of the universe

Using some of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet, the fine folks at Argonne National Lab have constructed a virtual model of the universe …

The Women Who Mapped the Universe And Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect

In 1881, Edward Charles Pickering, director of the Harvard Observatory, had a problem: the volume of data coming into his observatory was exceeding …

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Hubble views an old and mysterious cluster

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best-ever image of the globular cluster Messier 15, a gathering of old stars that orbits the …

Absolutely Stunning 3-D View of a Cosmic Cloud

To call Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsävainio a magician is definitely not an exaggeration! Take a look at his latest handiwork, this amazing 3-D …

The Largest Discovered Structure in the Universe Contradicts Big-Bang Theory Cosmology (Weekend Feature)

This LQG challenges the Cosmological Principle, the assumption that the universe, when viewed at a sufficiently large scale, looks the same no matter …

Surprising image provides new tool for studying a galaxy

Astronomers studying gas halos around nearby galaxies were surprised when detailed studies with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) in New …

"Other Universes are Pulling on Our Universe" -- New Planck Data Triggers Controversy (Today's Most Popular)

"Such ideas may sound wacky now, just like the Big Bang theory did three generations ago," says George Efstathiou, professor of astrophysics at …

1st Black Holes Discovered in Milky Way Star Clusters --"May Produce 'Ripples' in Spacetime"

Black holes in globular clusters may provide a way for them to get close enough to one another to merge into bigger black holes that may produce the …

Neutrino Detector Finds Elusive Extraterrestrial Particles in 'Major Breakthrough'

For decades, scientists have been searching for ghostly neutrino particles from outer space, and now they have finally found them.<p>Using the IceCube …

Brightest Explosion In the Universe Ever Seen Defies Astronomy Theories

A mysterious blast of light spotted earlier this year near the constellation Leo was actually the brightest gamma-ray burst ever recorded, and was …

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Bold Boeing workers refuse to screw over next generation

<b>A Boeing assembly facility in Renton, Wash. (AP/Ted S. Warren)</b><p>By rejecting a contract that amounted to corporate extortion, employees have taken a stand for the middle class<p>Richard Kirsch<p>November 23, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Next New Deal.<p>In a remarkable act of courage and …

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

The 25 Highest-Paid Coaches In College Football

While that may not be a surprise, some of the other names among the 25 highest-paid coaches may raise some eyebrows. As college football revenue continues to skyrocket, salaries for coaches continue to go up even at schools that are not traditional powerhouses.<p>USAToday.com has compiled the annual …

Google Wallet lets you capture credit card info with your smartphone camera

The contents of your wallet are under attack. Earlier this month Coin swept in threatening to eliminate the need for all of your beloved non-cash payment methods and now Google Wallet is making it even easier to capture your plastic with its latest Android update. Along with the introduction of its …

You Can Now Buy Nest’s $129 Protect Smart Smoke Alarm

Nest’s Protect smoke alarm is now available for purchase. The $129 device comes in black or white with versions for wired power or battery.<p>The Protect measures both smoke and carbon monoxide and features several smart features, such as the ability to turn off an alarm with the wave of a hand. In …

Whoops! Obamacare turns out to be great deal personally for Boehner

<b>John Boehner (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>The ACA is actually a great deal for a 64-year-old smoker with a high-stress job. Any idea who I’m talking about?<p>Brian Beutler<p>November 22, 2013 6:43pm (UTC)<p>Poor John Boehner.<p>Thanks to a Republican amendment to the Affordable Care Act, most members of Congress …

5 signs the rich have way too much money

You know our economic system is out of whack when someone can buy a $5,000 hamburger or a $500 milkshake<p>Dave Johnson<p>November 22, 2013 12:50pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Here's something to read after you get done trying to figure out how to make the mortgage or the rent or …

GOP is literally killing its base

<b>(AP/J.D. Pooley)</b><p>Slashing food stamps will decrease the life expectancy of poor rural whites, many of whom put Republicans in office<p>Alex Henderson<p>November 22, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>It isn’t hard to understand why Republican Party strategists have been gloating over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s …

Will George Zimmerman kill again?: His history and the law pose serious risks

<b>George Zimmerman (Reuters/Joe Burbank)</b><p>Between George Zimmerman’s history of conduct, his state of mind and our judicial system, it’s a very real question<p>Edward Wyckoff Williams<p>November 21, 2013 6:28pm (UTC)<p>George Zimmerman appears to be a man unhinged. As has been well chronicled, the 30-year-old …