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Israel 'closing in' on Palestinian village in Galilee

<b>Ramya, Galilee -</b> Abu Nazeeh's home is a simple, one-floor, wood-covered structure with a corrugated iron roof. Amid the surrounding luxury apartment blocks built of pink-hued stone, it feels impermanent.<p>Inside, however, the overstuffed couches and kitschy knick-knacks conjure feelings of stability …

Physicists Say They’ve Finally Confirmed The Existence of a 'Four Neutron-No Proton' Particle

But it's theoretically impossible.<p>Physicists have found the most convincing signs of a tetraneutron - a four neutron-no proton particle - to date, …

The best solo trips you can take in 2016

Now more than ever, solo travel is gaining popularity, as the travel industry has seen a steady increase in single travelers in recent years. According to a study by Visa, one in five travelers set out on their most recent vacation alone.<p>Not only do these types of trips enable travelers to meet new …

EA admits to latest Star Wars Battlefront being a shallow shooter

Electronic Arts had what many of us would have called a sure-thing in Star Wars Battlefront. The successor to Battlefront 2, which debuted on Xbox, …

Upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5 mod makes an already beautiful game look nearly real

<i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> was already a beautiful game on the PC — especially if you've dumped some money into your rig — but an upcoming mod by Martin Bergman shows that we've just scratched the surface of what the game is capable of.<p>"Don't go bananaz!" he wrote on the Imgur post that shows off some of …

Lockheed wins U.S. approval to upgrade fighter jets for South Korea | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Wednesday said it had approved Lockheed Martin Corp to upgrade 134 U.S.-made F-16 jet fighters for South Korea with new mission computers, radars and other equipment in a deal worth an estimated $2.5 billion.<p>South Korea initially chose the U.S. unit of …

Trash Can Wi-Fi Hotspots are Coming to New York

Internet everywhere. Even in the garbage.<p>In the latest attempt to offer free internet to disgruntled New York commuters, waste management company Bigbelly is teaming up with the city's Downtown Alliance to install Wi-Fi transmitters in hundreds of its garbage cans all around the city.<p>Of course, …

Wi-Fi

PlayStation CPU powering probe travelling toward Pluto

The original PlayStation's CPU is powering the New Horizons space probe.<p>The New Horizons space probe which recently completed a flyby of Pluto and beamed new images of the planet back to Earth is being guided by the same CPU which powered the original PlayStation console. As reported by The Verge, …

Google tests self-driving cars in Austin, Texas

Plenty of folks in Austin, Texas have spotted Google's distinctive self-driving Lexus cars recently, and now we know why. The company revealed that it's now rolling the vehicles in downtown Austin in order to "(test) our software in different driving environments, traffic patterns and road …

Autonomous Cars

Nanogenerators Will Let Car Tires Pull Electricity From The Ground

Reinventing the wheel<p>It’s becoming clear: electric cars are the future. Between electric mainstays like Tesla and legacy car manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet, the auto industry is racing towards making truly viable electric cars. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are …

Smartphone 'kill switch' law takes effect in California

Thieves, consider yourselves on notice: California is now smartphone "kill switch" territory.<p>The so-called software is designed to make stealing smartphones essentially pointless by allowing owners to remotely lock their device so no one can use it. The technology, which includes Apple's …

James Martin

Recreational pot use is now legal in Oregon

They are partying in Portland.<p>Oregon today became the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana -- and Portlanders reportedly celebrated by lighting up in public.<p>Legalization means that you can possess and use marijuana if you are 21 or older. You can have up to 8 ounces in your home and grow …

Italy's Artifacts Police Wage Global War, Recover 137,000 Objects

“Culture commandos” combine the roles of archaeologists, paleontologists, art historians, and combat-trained shock troops.<p>MORGANTINA, Sicily—Three thousand years ago, this broad ridge 50 miles west of Mount Etna was the perch of a magnificent city. Its monumental architecture and refined art, its …

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ...<p>Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in …

Robert Downey Jr.

Obama rejects mass shootings as 'new normal' in America

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he refuses to accept the idea that regular mass shooting are "the new normal" in America but …

McDonald's to super downsize for first time in 40 years with fewer US locations

The burger chain that put “supersize” into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald’s says the number of US restaurants it has is shrinking.<p>McDonald’s plans to close more restaurants in the US than it opens this year, according …

McDonald's

Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof 'wanted to ignite civil war'

Roommate says 21-year-old had been ‘planning something like that for six months’ after massacre that killed nine black churchgoers in South Carolina<p>Interactive: what happened at the Charleston church shooting?<p>The 21-year-old accused of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, …

War

Understanding What Really Happens When You Crowdfund A Game

Following the surprise announcement of a Shenmue 3 crowdfunding campaign, that pretty much broke the internet on its inception, it is clear that there’s more to this than a simple crowdfunded game but this situation is by no means a new one.<p>As Paul Tassi has already pointed out, the original …

Crowd Funding

How Isis crippled al-Qaida

The inside story of the coup that has brought the world’s most feared terrorist network to the brink of collapse<p>On 5 February, Jordanian officials confirmed that the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, had been released from prison. Though he is little known in the west, …

Islam

Once a menace, African 'killer bees' are all the buzz for health solutions

<b>Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) —</b> Africanized bees, known as "killer bees," once gained notoriety in the United States for swarming and killing.<p>But while Africa's bees tend to be more aggressive than their European or American counterparts, their aggression also makes them more productive and resilient.<p>The …

Insects

The Real Reason the World is Boycotting Israel: It Has Nothing to Do With Gaza

Jesse Bogner and Aaron Chester, Israel<p>This is a written exchange with my friend Aaron Chester. We are both Americans living in Israel. Our goal was to dissect the recent boycotts of Israel and the general lack of support for Israel internationally and come to meaningful solutions.<p>Jesse: Israel has …

US and Cuba to reopen embassies and restore full ties in early July, reports say

The Obama administration is expected to announce an agreement with Cuba in early July to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, US sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.<p>The two sides hope to conclude the deal by the first week of next month, …

Cuba

LightSail deploys its solar sail

A privately funded space advocacy group has deployed a “solar sail” in orbit. Such spacecraft could open up cheap space travel and provide ways to drag space debris out of orbit.<p>LightSail uses no fuel. Instead it relies on a large reflective sail to capture the momentum inherent in sunlight.<p>The …

Space Travel

Japan Wants To Dig Up Dirt On Martian Moons

A mission to Phobos and Deimos could pave the way for putting humans on Mars<p>In 2010, Hayabusa became the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid, collect samples, and return them to Earth. Now JAXA, the Japanese space agency, is hoping to do it all over again--this time on one of Mars’ …

Congress Didn't Notice the FBI Creating a 'Small Air Force' for Surveillance

Excessive executive branch secrecy and the legislature’s oversight failures<p>Last week, Americans learned that even as the NSA collected information on their telephone and Internet behavior, the FBI was using fictitious companies to secretly operate what the AP called “a small air force with scores …

Surveillance