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Solo: A Star Wars Story struggles with $36 million at Friday box office

<i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i> is flying toward first place at the Memorial Day weekend box office, but the Han Solo prequel movie is still coming up short …

Movies

Amazon Echo Recorded And Sent Couple's Conversation — All Without Their Knowledge

As secret recordings go, the Portland couple's conversation was pretty mundane: They were talking about hardwood floors.<p>But their Amazon Echo was listening and recording their discussion. The device then sent the recording to someone in their contacts — without the couple's knowledge.<p>The wife, …

Smart Homes

Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter Confirmed For Threequel ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’; Bloom On Sales, MGM Has U.S. — Cannes

‘Most Excellent!’ 27 years after we last saw the totally radical pairing of Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., Keanu Reeves and Alex …

Bill & Ted

Robojobs And Growth: The Australian Government Is Investing $29.9 Million In Artificial Intelligence

Image: iStock<p>Clearly not afraid of robots stealing our jobs, The Federal Government says investment in AI and machine learning will give Australian …

Artificial Intelligence

What it's like to live in Nasa's new spacecraft

Crowded, smelly and seasick – life inside Nasa’s new spacecraft won’t be much fun.<p>In 1959, when Nasa’s original seven astronauts first saw their tiny single-man Mercury space capsule, they weren’t impressed. It appeared to have no windows and few controls – the elite test pilots complained that …

Space Exploration

Experimental Lung Treatment Could Make Breathing Easier

An engineer in California has an invention that she hopes will someday help people with damaged lungs breathe easier.<p>Stanford University's Annelise Baron has developed a synthetic version of something called lung surfactant. Lung surfactant coats the tiny air sacs in the lung. Without it, every …

Stanford University

Helium discovered in exoplanet atmosphere for the first time

An international team of astronomers has made the first-ever detection of helium in the atmosphere of an extrasolar world. The new technique used to …

Universe

Harvard is getting ready to resurrect the woolly mammoth

Harvard University’s ambitions to bring back the woolly mammoth appear to be gaining some momentum — and the researchers on the project are gearing …

Genetics

Stephen Hawking's final research paper has been published, and it's mind-bending

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stephen Hawking may be among the stars now, but he has managed to gift the world one more research paper, published this week in the Journal of High Energy Physics.<p>True to Hawking's oeuvre, the paper tackles the same questions as any other bubbly beach read: Do we live in a multiverse? Did …

Physics

Meet InSight: The Mission To Measure Marsquakes and Unlock the Red Planet

The InSight lander blasts off from California on May 5 to begin a six-month journey to Mars.<p><i>Emily Lakdawalla is senior editor and planetary evangelist at</i> <i>The Planetary Society.</i> <i>Her new book is</i> The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job<i>.</i><p>Even while tucked away in a …

Space

Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sexual Assault Retrial

<b>Updated at 5:34 p.m. ET</b><p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>This story contains a graphic description of sexual assault.</i><p>A Pennsylvania jury has found Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, setting up the comic legend for the possibility of years of imprisonment for drugging and sexually …

Justice

SpaceX Is in Early Talks With Port of L.A. for More Land

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is in early talks with the Port of Los Angeles for additional space, according to both the company …

Stephen Hawking, Who Awed Both Scientists And The Public, Dies

There aren't very many scientists who achieved rock star status. Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76, family members told British media early Wednesday, was definitely a contender.<p>"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," the …

Physics

In Texas Primary, Early Signs Of A 2018 Democratic Surge

<b>Updated on March 5 at 7:13 p.m. ET</b><p>The 2018 primary elections kick off this week, and Democrats are already seeing reasons to be excited deep in the red, beating heart of Texas.<p>The Lone Star State holds the nation's first primary on Tuesday, and in the 11 days of early voting Democrats reached …

Government

Blizzard celebrates StarCraft’s 20th anniversary with in-game giveaways

Free cosmetics for Overwatch, Diablo 3, StarCraft: Remastered and more<p>The original <i>StarCraft</i> turns 20 years old on March 31, and Blizzard Entertainment is celebrating that anniversary with a series of streams and in-game giveaways. The celebration will extend to all of Blizzard’s active games, with …

Advertisers are pulling ads from Alex Jones’ YouTube channel

Many companies were unaware that their ads were appearing on the channel<p>Last week, YouTube said that some of the warnings and bans handed down to some right-wing channels might have been mistakes from human moderators, but despite the walk back, some companies have begun pulling ads from Infowars’ …

MIT turned old robots and a Roomba into AI-powered carpenters

MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today unveiled AutoSaw, a system for creating custom furniture with robot carpenters. Anyone who’s lost a thumb-wrestling match with a table saw can appreciate this one.<p>AutoSaw uses a pair of youBots, a discontinued model from Kuka, and a …

Amazon stops selling Nest products as war with Google continues

The ongoing battle between Google and Amazon has just taken another turn, after the online retail giant announced it wouldn’t stock future products …

Smart Homes

Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.<p>"That would really make sense. If …

Autos

Apple could release a new, cheaper MacBook Air this year

Earlier this year, there were rumors that the MacBook Air might be getting the boot in favor of a 13-inch, entry-level MacBook sometime in 2018, …

A ‘Bright Light,’ Dimmed in the Shadows of Homelessness

They met on a rainy morning several years ago, at the base of the Helmsley Building in Midtown Manhattan. As others hurried to work, Pamela J. Dearden, an executive with JPMorgan Chase, noticed a woman, unperturbed by the rain or her surroundings, standing on a 36-square-foot sidewalk grate she had …

Williams College

Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks him to weigh in.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show <i>Star Talk</i> is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. <i>The</i> big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing …

Physics

The surprising reason why NASA hasn't sent humans to Mars yet

We could have been on Mars 30 years ago. At the peak of the Apollo era in the early '70s, NASA was already planning its next step into the unknown.<p>Its plans included building multiple space stations, continued trips to the Moon, and the first crewed mission to Mars by the 1980s. Can you imagine …

Trump hasn't directed NSA chief to strike back at Russian hackers

Russian hackers are currently targeting the U.S. election system — and President Donald Trump hasn't formally asked the NSA how to stop it, agency head Adm. Mike Rogers told lawmakers on Tuesday.<p>"Nobody’s … directly asked me," said Rogers, who also oversees U.S. Cyber Command, during a Senate Armed …

Donald Trump

Kushner loses access to top-secret intelligence

A memo sent Friday downgraded the presidential son-in-law and adviser and other White House aides who had been working on interim clearances.<p>Presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded — a move that will prevent him from viewing many of the sensitive …

Donald Trump

Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Downgraded

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been stripped of his top-secret security clearance after months of delays in completing his background check, and will now be limited in his ability to view highly classified information, a White House official and …

Security

Supreme Court Turns Down Trump’s Appeal in ‘Dreamers’ Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined an unusual White House request that it immediately decide whether the Trump administration can shut down a program that shields some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The move meant that the immigrants, often called “Dreamers,” …

Immigration

As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The only armed sheriff’s deputy at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed took cover outside rather than charging into the building when the massacre began, the Broward County sheriff said on Thursday. The sheriff also acknowledged that his office received 23 …

Crime

McMaster could leave WH after months of tension with Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> With tensions flaring between President Donald Trump and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the Pentagon is considering options that would allow the President to potentially move the three-star general out of his current role and back into the military, according …

Donald Trump

Mueller Files New Fraud Charges Against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates

WASHINGTON — Even as he was managing Donald J. Trump’s campaign for president, Paul Manafort lied to banks to secure millions of dollars in cash loans as part of a decade-long money laundering scheme, according to charges unsealed by the special counsel on Thursday.<p>Mr. Manafort exaggerated his …

Donald Trump