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SpaceX Launches (and Lands) Used Rocket on Historic NASA Cargo Mission

SpaceX launched and landed a used rocket today (Dec. 15), pulling off yet another spaceflight double play during a delivery mission for NASA that …

Republicans have votes to pass tax plan after Rubio, Corker pledge support

Congressional Republicans secured enough support Friday to pass their massive tax plan, a measure that would deliver a major legislative victory to President Trump and his GOP allies and make tax changes affecting nearly every American family and business.<p>Passage appeared certain after two critical …

Republicans

Exclusive: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor …

Haley: North Korea has brought the world 'closer to war'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Members of the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile during an emergency meeting in New York on Wednesday, during which US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the rogue regime's actions have …

North Korea

Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria — and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to produce proteins unlike those found in nature.<p>It's a step toward designer drug development.<p>One of …

Genetics

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

- The Washington Post

Trump defends Putin: 'You think our country's so innocent?'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump appeared to equate US actions with the authoritarian regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview released Saturday, saying, "There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?"<p>Trump made the remark during an interview with Fox …

Donald Trump

A minimalist explains how a psychological trick called 'the beginner's mind' could make your life easier

A lot of joy could be found with the same practice.<p>And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner's mind.<p>I'm stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism's shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind," and I've written about it numerous times. But it's more fundamental than most …

Meditation

Alleviate Anxiety With This Do-Anywhere Grounding Exercise

Mindfulness and meditation are well-known ways to combat anxiety and stress, but they can be hard to fit into a busy schedule. If you need a quick …

The Top 5 most-viewed VR experiences on the Samsung Gear VR

Virtual Reality

Why Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all desperately need you to know that the robots are coming

Instead, the biggest companies in tech, especially Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, spent their 2016 hyping up something a little more abstract: their ongoing quests to build a so-called "general artificial intelligence," and all the extra smarts they're adding to the product while they're …

Always angry or stressed? Here are six exercises to bring back happiness into your life

“I choose to be happy today,” is easier said than done. But, if we adjust how we perceive things, life can be a lot better.<p>Paul Emery, a master …

Yoga

Beijing 'seriously concerned' after Trump questions 'one China' policy

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> China has warned that it's "seriously concerned" after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China."<p>Trump has signaled a willingness to confront Beijing, and his latest comments in an …

China

The VR headset for iPhone we've been waiting for is here

This was supposed to be the year of virtual reality. It kinda was, but it mostly wasn't, if you judge by how much it actually penetrated the …

Stop Waiting for Your Billion-Dollar Idea and Do This Instead

Conventional wisdom says that if entrepreneurs want to be successful they should strive to create breakthrough tech products in new and huge …

Startups

13 Healthy New Year's Resolution Ideas to Try in 2018

Ah, New Year’s resolutions. Those things you embark upon with such gusto on January 1, determined that this. Will. Be. The. Year. Then, as always, …

Fitness

38 enterprise startups that will boom in 2017, according to VC investors

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which young or growth-stage startups will boom in 2017.<p>We asked them to particularly focus on enterprise …

Venture Capital

This is how virtual reality will change your world

Crouching low amid the sparse vegetation of the African bush, a trio of lion cubs lollop towards me. Our eyes meet. Branches crack. It’s hot, bright …

MIT Ranks the World's 13 Smartest Artificial Intelligence Companies

From chatbots to robots, these global leaders combine brains with business sense.<p>Editors at the <i>MIT Technology Review</i> recently weighed in with their annual review of the world's 50 Smartest Companies. This list celebrates the most effective pairing of innovation and business across the globe. For …

Germany is building the world’s first wind turbines with built-in hydroelectric batteries

Wind blows. Water falls. But for the first time, one is now powering the other. Engineers in Germany are storing water for hydroelectricity inside wind turbines allowing the towers act like massive batteries once the wind stops blowing. It’s the first major example of the two technologies being …

Hydroelectric Power

Solar Power Capacity Tops Coal for the First Time Ever

Solar power now accounts for more installed capacity than any other form of electricity generation, according to new data out Tuesday.<p>“About half a …

What 17 successful people wish they'd known about money in their 20s

We asked a handful of self-made millionaires and billionaires, CEOs and entrepreneurs, and best-selling authors what they wish they'd known about money from the get-go.<p>Here's what they had to say:

Meet the ‘living dead’: Forensic scientists’ new weapon

The bacteria in and on our bodies can betray some of our deepest secrets – even after we die. Linda Geddes investigates.<p>In the seconds after you breathe your last breath, the living dead take over. Now that your blood no longer flows, oxygen levels within your body plummet and degrading chemical …

Biology

Scott Walker budgeted $250,000 to figure out if wind turbines are making people sick

Is this the Wisconsin governor’s new plan for attacking clean energy?<p>Wisconsin governor and climate dodger Scott Walker made some room in his big budget proposal for renewable energy... sort of. Kate Sheppard at the Huffington Post calls our attention to page 449 of the governor's $68 billion …

Renewable Energy

How to Throw a Stress-Free Super Bowl Party

The key to throwing a Super Bowl party you can actually enjoy: prep now, and leave just a few things to do before kickoff.<p>The key to throwing a Super Bowl party you can actually enjoy? Do your shopping today, prep a couple of items a day over the rest of the week, and pull everything together just …

Cooking

Google Just Gave Photographers A Big Reason To Choose Android Over The iPhone

This means users will be able to see what photos look like before the phone's camera processes it and translates it to a JPEG file.<p>The ability to shoot in raw is common on high-end DSLR cameras, but it hasn't really been available for mobile phones until recently.<p>Nokia's Lumia 1520 and 1020, which …

Reviewing Oculus' launch titles for the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition

<b>Update</b>: <i>Oculus added several new high-profile apps right before Christmas, and, after checking them twice, we added them to our list.</i><p>The Gear VR is …

Kepler Just Discovered a New Super-Earth, Against All Odds

In May 2013, NASA's exoplanet-seeking spacecraft, Kepler, seemed doomed. Two of four wheels that stabilized its telescope had malfunctioned—and NASA …