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A star is hurtling towards our solar system and could knock millions of asteroids straight towards Earth

The star is currently hurtling through space at about 32,000 mph, and is around 64 lightyears away. (One lightyear is around 5,878,000,000,000 miles.)<p>Gliese 710 is about half the size of our sun, and it is set to reach Earth in 1.35 million years, according to a paper published in the journal …

Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’

His statement on the shootings of African-Americans and the targeting of police officers<p>As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a …

How the Geek Squad Could Be Best Buy's Secret Weapon

The first to fall under the Amazon steamroller were the bookstores. Then fell the music retailers like Tower Records, back when most people listened …

New state of water molecule discovered

Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is …

Pattern Recognition

Technology marches on. Sometimes I find myself caught entirely unawares by some capability which not only works flawlessly, but which has become …

Newsbytes: Big Science Is Broken

<b>Also: Poll: Just 6 Percent Of Americans Say They Trust News Media</b><p>From the Lewpaper department:<br>Science is broken. That’s the thesis of a must-read …

Clinical Trials

Aussie Attorney General: “If the [climate] science is settled, why do we need research scientists to continue inquiring into the settled science?”

<b>Guest essay by Eric Worrall</b><p>The Australian Attorney General George Brandis has stirred the climate pot down under, by asking a simple yet devastating …

FBI investigating reports of Middle Eastern men firing hundreds of shots in Apple Valley

The FBI on Tuesday was continuing to question people after receiving reports from campers that a group of armed men in a remote part of Apple Valley fired hundreds of shots Sunday morning.<p>San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and an<p>FBIagent responded to the area known as Deep Creek Hot Springs …

Oil Prices Swept Lower After Brussels Blasts Spook Investors

Oil prices fell on Tuesday, swept lower by investor nervousness after deadly blasts in Brussels prompted a flight towards so-called safe-haven assets such as gold.<p>As many as 13 people were killed on Tuesday in explosions in Brussels and another 35 were severely injured, Belgian broadcaster VRT …

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Brussels Attacks; More Than 30 Dead

Explosions hit Brussels Airport and a subway station near European Union institutions<p>BRUSSELS—Terrorists struck a European capital for the second time in four months, killing dozens here Tuesday in bombings plotted under the noses of authorities just days after a prime suspect in last year’s …

Terrorism

New “Stagefright” Hack Exposes 275 Million Android Phones

The Israeli security firm NorthBit has demonstrated an exploit that could allow hackers to access data and functions on a wide range of versions of …

In a Show of Tolerance, Pakistan Declares Hindu and Christian Festivals as Holidays

Muslim-majority Pakistan on Tuesday adopted a resolution to declare the Hindu festivals Diwali and Holi, and the Christian festival of Easter, as …

8 red flags that make you more likely to get audited by the IRS

Fortunately, your chances of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service are pretty slim. Less than 1 percent of taxpayers were audited in 2014. The number of audits is expected to decline even further this year after budget cuts prevented the agency from replacing retiring auditors. Funding for …

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Top German Journalist Admits Live On Air National News Agenda Set By Government

A retired media boss at a major German state broadcaster has admitted his network and others take orders from the government on what — and what not — …

These 4 Cosmic Phenomena Travel Faster Than The Speed of Light

Breaking the light barrier.<p>When Albert Einstein first predicted that light travels the same speed everywhere in our Universe, he essentially stamped …

Physics

America Isn’t Growing More Liberal; It’s Growing More Polarized

Writing in <i>The Atlantic</i>, Peter Beinart has launched yet another debate about America’s ideological direction. Asserting that the country is becoming …

Spending Bill To Accelerate NASA Habitation Module Work

WASHINGTON — An omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this month directs NASA to accelerate work on a habitation module that could be used for …

Cruz Is Playing the Media Perfectly

One thing that frustrated even the most ardent supporters of George W. Bush’s administration was his refusal to hit back hard at over-the-top, …

The War on Christmas

In the opening sequence of <i>Scrooged</i> — which Sonny Bunch correctly identifies as one of the great Christmas movies of the modern age — we’re teased …

Expert Says Establishment Benefits from Uninformed Voters - Texas Scorecard

December 18, 2015by<p>Category: Around Texas, Quick Takes<p>Could higher turnout from the presidential primary in March benefit establishment republicans …

A Few Notes on the Debate

On balance, I thought that Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush had the best nights. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that this was Jeb’s best debate thus far. …

Donald Trump is a disgrace to his country, says billionaire Saudi prince

A prominent Saudi billionaire who hoovered up Donald Trump’s assets when the presidential hopeful ran into cashflow problems in the 1990s has labelled the controversial candidate a disgrace to his country.<p>Alwaleed bin Talal owns a yacht once called the Trump Princess, which he bought in the early …

Donald Trump

Is Trump Working for Hillary?

He couldn’t help the Democrats more if he were trying. Wait, maybe he is . . .<p>The dictionary defines “bogeyman” as “an imaginary evil spirit, …

The GOP’s Corrupt Obamacore Bargain

The success of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz this year is a great and anguished shout from Republicans voters to the powers-that-be in …

NASA’s Orion deep-space capsule is now officially a shiny object: Here’s why

NASA has released new artwork that reflects the latest look for its Orion deep-space crew vehicle – and it’s <i>highly</i> reflective.<p>Orion’s shiny back …

With Carson on the defense, Trump pounces

The retired neurosurgeon dismisses Trump's attacks as 'the usual politics of personal destruction.'<p>Donald Trump tried to escalate a fight he picked with Ben Carson by comparing his past “pathological temper” to that of a child molester, releasing another taunting video Friday morning that portrayed …

'Pray for him': Ben Carson responds to Donald Trump's epic rant

"Pray for him," Carson said, according his business manager Armstrong Williams' Friday account to CNN.<p>Williams, who often acts as a Carson surrogate, further lashed into Trump.<p>"It is so immature," Williams said. "It is so embarrassing. I feel so sorry for him."<p>The day before, Trump launched a …