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Second private spacecraft set for space station run

Launch marks beginning of competition in business of supplying astronauts in orbit.<p>Sending a package to outer space is not as simple as dialing a parcel company, but it's getting there.<p>If all goes well, on Wednesday morning a privately owned robotic spaceship, the Cygnus, will blast off from …

Hong Kong Marathon wants to ban runners from taking selfies

Organizers of the Hong Kong Marathon are embarking on a campaign to stop runners from taking selfies.<p>The anti-selfie campaign stems from an incident last year where a woman attempting a starting-line selfie dropped her phone. When she tried to pick it up, the created a massive pile-up of …

The surprising benefits of being bored

Research suggests that, rather than a feeling to be avoided, boredom (in moderation) should be embraced. The happy balance between chronic boredom and constant engagement can prove beneficial.<p>One morning during my commute, I found myself without my usual literary distractions. Instead, I had the …

What are Liquid Crystals and Why are They in my Television?

Picture a crystal. Unless you're a television manufacturer, you're probably imagining something like the image above (maybe we did introduce a little …

Televisions

Meet the Top 10 cars you'll either love or hate

You may love 'em. You may hate 'em. But chances are, you aren't sitting on the fence when it comes to these controversial cars models from the last decade that either draw cheers or jeers.<p>Our friends at Cars.com compiled the 10 "most polarizing" list, leading with one model that we couldn't agree …

Deadly brain amoeba infects US tap water for the first time

A deadly brain amoeba that’s killed two boys this year has been found in a U.S. drinking water supply system for the first time, officials said Monday -- in a New Orleans-area system.<p>The Naegleria fowleri parasite killed a 4-year-old Mississippi boy who likely got it playing on a back yard Slip 'N …

Environmental Health

Kevin Durant's Ultimate Training Camp Checklist

<b>Kevin Durant</b> is coming off of one of the most efficient seasons of all time.<p>In his sixth season in the NBA, Durant seemingly mastered opposing defenses, <b>averaging</b> 28.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG and 4.6 APG while shooting 51.0 percent from the floor, 41.6 percent from three and 90.5 percent from the free-throw …

Basketball

Every NBA Team's Worst Nightmare for 2013-14 Season

For every NBA team, there's a potential disaster waiting to turn the 2013-14 season upside down.<p>Even if a squad seems to be sitting pretty, it has a prospective obstacle that causes the head coach to lose sleep.<p>The Miami Heat are defending champions and poised for a three-peat, so what's their …

NBA

What Every Top NBA Star Has on the Line During 2013-14 Season

LeBron James has won two titles in a row and back-to-back MVPs, but does the best player in the NBA have more at stake than any other player—not just in 2013-14, but since Michael Jordan himself?<p>Carmelo Anthony is the reigning scoring champion. Why, then, is he under so much pressure to do even …

Basketball

Rajon Rondo to Reportedly Leave Nike for Chinese Company Anta

<i>UPDATE: Oct. 7 at 12:20 pm ET</i><p>According to the <i>Boston Globe's</i> Garry Washburn, the Anta-Rondo pairing is now official:<p>It sounds like we're just in time for the start of the season, so expect to see the Boston Celtics floor general rocking some new kicks as soon as he's healthy enough to play.<p><i>--End of</i> …

NBA

Every NBA Team's Best Pure Shooter and Overall Power Ranking

How many sounds are sweeter than the swish created by a basketball ripping through the bottom of the net after completely bypassing the rim and the accompanying clang of ball on iron?<p>Trust me, I'm very familiar with that clang. It just makes the swish all the more beautiful when it happens.<p>NBA …

NBA

Which NBA Team Has the Deepest Roster?

Link to Media<p>A deep roster in the NBA is everything these days.<p>Sure, having a solid starting lineup certainly helps. However, what happens when those players need a breather? Or even worse, who steps in when one of them is injured?<p>It all makes depth the difference between playing for a championship …

Basketball

Why Stephen Curry Will Emerge as a Top 10 Star in 2013-14

Stephen Curry was the darling of the 2012-13 NBA postseason, but the Golden State Warriors guard's spike in popularity was only the beginning. In 2013-14, Curry is going to cement his status as one of the league's 10 biggest stars.<p>As a preliminary matter, it's important to understand that the term …

Basketball

Offseason Moves the Houston Rockets Should Have Made

The Houston Rockets made some great moves this offseason, but it's the moves they didn't make that could end up defining their season.<p>Sure, the moves general manager Daryl Morey made were high-profile ones—signing Dwight Howard, trading Thomas Robinson and re-signing both Francisco Garcia and Aaron …

NBA

Predicting the Biggest X-Factors for the 2013-14 Season

It’s no secret that the NBA’s biggest stars—like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant—are the barometers of team success. However, key X-factors within contending teams playing rotations are often the difference makers over the long haul of an 82-game season.<p>While NBA All-Stars will be …

NBA

Immediate Hurdles the LA Clippers Will Face This Season

The Los Angeles Clippers ran into a few major flaws last season, mainly dealing with the composition of their roster. While some of the problems seem to have been corrected on paper, others still remain.<p>The one hurdle that the Clippers will surely face this season is post scoring in the half court. …

Basketball

Very Early Predictions for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game Rosters

We're still five months away from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, but it's time to unveil our preseason predictions for the Eastern and Western Conference rosters.<p>Narrowing the talent in each conference down to a 12-man unit is no walk in the park, and it reveals just how many …

NBA

Immediate Hurdles the Denver Nuggets Will Face This Season

Despite coming off a franchise-record 57 wins last season, the Denver Nuggets are up against several challenges to start their 2013-14 campaign.<p>It's Brian Shaw's first head-coaching gig, Danilo Gallinari will still be out with his ACL injury and four new players will likely be part of the primary …

NBA

Can George Hill Be Long-Term Answer as Indiana Pacers' Point Guard?

Is George Hill really the long-term solution at the point guard spot for the Indiana Pacers?<p>When the Pacers traded Darren Collison to the Dallas Mavericks last summer, Hill was given the opportunity to be the starter at the 1-spot.<p>He promptly responded with career-highs in points (14.2), rebounds …

NBA

Phil Jackson's Best Social Media Moments

It took Phil Jackson a couple of years to secure his first NBA title as a head coach. His ascent to the top of the social media mountain happened in about 30 seconds.<p>Jackson started out with a deliberately misspelled bang, duping everyone on the Internet with his very first tweet and then letting …

Social Media

5 Games Every LA Lakers Fan Must Circle for Kobe Bryant's Potential Return

Mamba in.<p>Would any phrase excite Los Angeles Lakers fans more than that one?<p>It would signify the official return of Kobe Bryant, who has spent the 2013 offseason rehabbing the ruptured Achilles that he suffered against the Golden State Warriors at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.<p>The normal recovery …

Basketball

James Worthy Calls Kobe Bryant an 'Alien', 'Not a Human Being'

Kobe Bryant being an alien could explain a lot.<p>It would explain his insanely competitive nature, his talent for hitting some of the most difficult shots imaginable, his ability to play through pain and his unearthly knack for shattering injury timetables.<p>I've always suspected that the Mamba isn't a …

Basketball

Jason Terry to Get Brooklyn Nets-Themed Tattoo That Reads 'BK All Day'

When Jason Terry joins a new team, he commits.<p>The outspoken guard has always been a big talker, willing to spout his newfound loyalty to anyone who'll listen. But he also takes a more permanent approach by getting some fresh, team-oriented ink whenever he lands in a new locale.<p>According to Tim …

NBA

Brooklyn Nets' Jason Kidd Looks Ahead to Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Jason Kidd will go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Nets jersey.<p>In his six and a half years with the franchise, he led the team to two consecutive NBA Finals (2002, 2003), solidifying himself as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game.<p>The organization will thank …

Basketball

VIDEO: Kevin Ware is back to dunking already

Kevin Ware is dunking already -- less than six months after suffering a gruesome broken leg.<p>Five and a half months ago, Louisville guard Kevin Ware …

Basketball

10 Stunning Sculptures Parked Perfectly on the Beach

With the end of summer near, we thought it was the perfect time to look back and show you some stunning sculptures that come alive on the beach. Australia has two big sculpture festivals that sit on the sand, Swell, which is in Queensland from now till September 22nd, and Sculpture by the Sea on …

Art

The Tower Infinity, South Korea's Forthcoming 'Invisible' Skyscraper

Skyscrapers have always been symbols of architectural, economic and national might, the taller the better. They are meant to be seen from miles …

Adobe's Project Mighty and Project Napoleon to Launch in 2014

At its MAX event in May this year, Adobe revealed that it was experimenting with hardware in the form of ‘Project Mighty’ – an Internet-connected stylus, and ‘Project Napoleon’, an accompanying digital ruler. Now the firm has announced that these two devices have graduated from experiments to …

Bing gets a new logo and modern design to take on Google

Microsoft's Bing search engine is getting a new look. A year in the making, Bing is dropping its curly blue logo for a modern design that closely matches the rest of Microsoft's recently redesigned product branding. "The logo, obviously, is a big deal for us, a lot more angular and fresh and …

New Google Wallet App Moves Past NFC and to All Major Carriers. iPhone Version on Tap?

Google is launching a new version of its Google Wallet app for Android today and there are some big changes.<p>Most notably, the app will now be …

FinTech