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It’s likely Earth’s hottest year on record — and some people are talking about global cooling

It has begun.<p>As a powerful El Niño event, one that helped push the planet to some of its warmest temperatures on record, fades away, some voices are now heralding a new bout of sudden planetary cooling. It started last week with an article in The Mail on Sunday, and then rippled to a Breitbart …

Why conservatives might be more likely to fall for fake news

This week, a North Carolina man took an AR-15 rifle into DC's Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant to "self-investigate" a fake internet conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and a child sex ring.<p>It's the latest example of the impact that "fake news" -- untrue or wildly misleading …

Ancient miniature solar system hints at existence of alien life

A miniature version of solar system with planets like Earth existed 11 billion years ago and could have held ancient life, say scientists<p>A miniature solar system with five Earth-sized planets existed 11 billion years ago, at the dawn of the universe, scientists have discovered.<p>The planets clustered …

Mobile Advertising Is Exploding And Will Grow Much Faster Than All Other Digital Ad Categories

Historically, there has been a big disparity between the amount of time people actually spend on their smartphones and tablets (significant and growing), and the amount of ad money spent on the medium (still tiny).<p>But BI Intelligence expects that this gap will narrow substantially, as enthusiasm …

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

Photograph: Keith Vanderlinde<p>Auroras over the 10-metre telescope and Bicep (background imaging of cosmic extragalactic polarisation) at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The 10-metre South Pole Telescope and Bicep both collect data on cosmic microwave background radiation and black …

Box office report: 'The Hobbit' wins the weekend's battle

Although there were three huge wide releases in theaters this weekend, the third and final <i>Hobbit</i> beat them all by a landslide. The Peter Jackson film …

Rajon Rondo shows flashes of brilliance in debut with Mavericks

Rondo didn't have an eye-popping debut in Dallas, but a typically solid night from the point guard helped the Mavericks win over a depleted Spurs team.<p>Rajon Rondo has never been a sharpshooter. Sure, he can take over a game by scoring in droves, but Rondo's value has always been in the little …

Sony Might Release 'The Interview' For Free Online

However, Re/code reports that Sony hasn't made a decision yet, and a company representative says "the Post report isn't accurate."<p>That doesn't mean "The Interview" will <i>never</i> appear on Crackle. It just means plans have not been finalized.<p>A lawyer for Sony Pictures Entertainment, David Boies, said on …

Obama defends foreign policy decisions on Cuba, Russia, Iran

In a spirited defense of his foreign policy, President Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that normalizing relations with Cuba would bolster American influence there and that his diplomatic strategies to contain Russia and Iran are working.<p>The president, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" …

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