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McCain blasts Army for considering recruits with history of self-mutilation, vows action

WASHINGTON — The Army’s decision to allow people with a history of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse to seek waivers to enlist in the service drew a sharp, bipartisan rebuke on Tuesday when Sen. John McCain said he was prepared to put a hold on nominations to …

Military

11 strikingly normal evening routines that set some of the most powerful names in business up for success

How do some of the most successful people in the world wind down after a busy day?<p>Some don't — they just work through the night and get by on as little sleep as possible.<p>But others have set up specific bedtime rituals.<p>Sticking to a comforting routine around bedtime can help people sleep better, …

Ancient Lake On Mars Was Hospitable Enough To Support Life

An up-close view of Mars' rocky deposits by NASA's Curiosity rover shows a changing climate in the planet's ancient past that would have left the …

The world's first blockchain smartphone is in development

Sirin Labs, the company behind the $14,000 Solarin smartphone, is now developing an open-source model that runs on a fee-less blockchain. The Finney -- named in honor of bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney -- will be the only smartphone in the world that's fully secure and safe enough to hold cryptographic …

Blockchain

Dubai just tested its flying drone taxi for the first time

Autonomous air taxi service Volocopter just had its first test flight in Dubai.<p>The giant drone-like vehicle has two seats, 18 propellers, and is powered by nine batteries. This allows it to have a flight time of around 30 minutes.<p>The flight was unmanned as it is still in its testing phase, which …

Just a great white on the beach, nothing to see here

Going for a cheeky afternoon dip proved a little difficult for folks in Sydney on Monday, due to a casual cameo from, y'know, a great white …

Pagans demand return of church buildings 'stolen' 1,300 years ago

A group of pagans has written to the Archbishop of Canterbury demanding two churches to make amends for those it says were stolen 1,300 years ago.<p>The Odinist Fellowship, which represents 1,000 members of the pagan religion, wrote to the Church of England last month asking for two churches to be …

Church of England

After Dangerous Collisions, Navy Will Pause for Safety Check

WASHINGTON — United States Navy ships worldwide will suspend operations for a day or two this week to examine basic seamanship and teamwork after the second collision of a Navy destroyer with a large commercial ship in two months, the Navy’s top officer said on Monday.<p>The officer, Adm. John …

Military

Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

RIPOLL, Spain (AP) — They were brothers and boyhood friends from a town with no unfamiliar faces. They were linked by Moroccan roots and equally tied …

Extremism

Scientists remotely hacked a brain, controlling body movements

Imagine someone remotely controlling your brain, forcing your body’s central processing organ to send messages to your muscles that you didn’t …

Magnetism

[Update: It's gone] Samsung presumably gives up on keeping Note8 a secret, lists the phone on its online store

• Update 1: 2017/08/18 9:58pm PDT That was quick - the listing has now been removed from the Samsung store. You'll just have to believe our screenshots.<p>…

Learn a Computer Programming Language Online for Free

It's Never Too Late to Learn How to Program<p>Many new graduates find frustration in today’s job market as employers increasingly focus on hiring …

Online Education

Here's What Hackers Don't Want You to Know | Inc.com

Surely at this point in time we all know that cybercrime is a serious issue that affects everyone. We've heard all about password hygiene, hacking that comes from third-party vendors, and data breaches galore caused by phishing and spear-phishing. We know we could all use better password habits.<p>We …

Cybersecurity

Iran lawmakers raise missile, Guard spending to challenge US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Chanting "Death to America," Iran's parliament voted unanimously Sunday to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, part of a sanctions bill mirroring a new U.S. law targeting the country.<p>While …

South Asia

Aliens in our midst

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself<i>By Douglas Fox</i>Read at Aeon

Biology

Opinion: Jared Kushner just threw Donald Trump Jr. under the bus. Bigly.

Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning, and what is striking about his extensive opening statement is the degree to which it seeks to insulate Kushner himself from any culpability or responsibility for the problematic known …

CRISPR Gene-Editing Might Cause Thousands of Unintended Mutations

The popular genetic engineering tool could cause hundreds or thousands of unwanted mutations, potentially creating random side effects.<p>Perhaps the largest medical breakthrough this side of the Human Genome Project has been the invention of CRISPR, a technique for rewriting entire sections of DNA. …

Startup’s solar roof is cheaper, more efficient, and easier to install than Tesla’s solar tiles

The solar roofing competition is heating up, and one company in particular is looking to challenge Tesla head-on. Californian upstart Forward Labs …

With the Talent Crunch Worsening, Start Hiring For These 5 Tech Skills Today

Is Silicon Valley’s talent shortage getting worse?<p>It sure looks like it from here. Already, 86 percent of surveyed recruiters and hiring managers say they struggle to find and hire technical talent. Now, there’s an exodus underway, fueled by unaffordable housing costs. Half of the area’s mid-career …

Silicon Valley

Is There Really A Cosmological Constant? Or Is Dark Energy Changing With Time?

According to physics, the universe and everything in it can be explained by just a handful of equations. They’re difficult equations, all right, but their simplest feature is also the most mysterious one. The equations contain a few dozen parameters that are – for all we presently know – …

Dark Matter

Hillary Clinton's 'email' problem was bigger than anyone realized

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton's ongoing struggle to deal with the revelation that she used a private email server during her time as secretary of state dominated the conversation about her presidential candidacy, and research suggests it might have doomed her campaign, according to a new study by a …

Government

Celebrate Hubble's Birthday by Tearfully Reviewing Its Best Photos

For so many nerds, the Hubble space telescope feels more like a friend than a hunk of metal in the cold vacuum of space—a friend whose job you’re …

20 Tiny but Powerful Ways to Accelerate Your Personal Growth | Inc.com

When it comes to self-development, it's the small stuff that often makes the biggest difference.<p>Too often, people think about big changes in terms of big decisions. They think it's a sweeping action that moves the needle, when really it's the incremental steps made on a day-to-day basis. Success, …

Self-improvement

New York may become the largest state to offer free public college this year

A $163 billion budget agreement could result in New York becoming the largest state to offer free tuition at all public colleges and universities, …

Aviation on Mars? Airbus Perlan 2 Glider To Help Test Its Limits

The Perlan 2 sailplane/glider, which had its first test flight last September in Oregon, will attempt to reach its optimal cruising altitude of 90,000 feet as early as this coming June in Argentina , says McArtor. When it does, it will be the highest that any winged vehicle, powered or otherwise, …

Aviation

Elon Musk picks student winners to further Hyperloop dreams

Students from MIT beat off competition from rivals to build and test pods for the mass transportation system of the future<p>A group of American student engineers have won a competition to transform SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk's idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of …

Elon Musk

Conductor Helps Customers Figure Out If They’re Ready For Google’s “Mobile Friendly” Update

Last week, Google updated its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly pages in mobile search results — a move that could affect 40 percent of Fortune 500 websites.<p>If you’re worried about the update, Conductor has built a new tool to help. The company says Mobile Visibility can help businesses …

SEO

Mylan rejects Teva's $40.1 billion buyout offer

NEW YORK (AP) — Mylan N.V. rejected Teva Pharmaceuticals' $40.1 billion buyout offer, saying the cash-and-stock proposal undervalues the …

Biotechnology