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CIA official tells jury about day 'all hell broke loose' in Benghazi | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A CIA operative told a jury on Tuesday about the terror he experienced in 2012 when militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and described how he recovered the body of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.<p>The operative, who testified in what …

U.S. Dept. of State

Scientists Claim to Have Invented The World's First Quantum-Proof Blockchain

Unhackable Bitcoin, anyone?<p>Researchers in Russia say they've developed and tested the world's first blockchain that won't be vulnerable to …

Here's why airplane turbulence is going to get much, much worse — for everyone

If you plan to travel at all this year, make sure you’re ready to get bounced around, because airplane turbulence is expected to get much, much worse …

Math's $1,000,000 Question Isn't Just for Mathematicians Anymore

Prime numbers, the indivisible atoms of arithmetic, seem to be strewn haphazardly along the number line, starting with 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17 and …

Millions of atoms entangled in record-breaking quantum tests

In a feat of quantum one-upmanship, two teams of scientists have staked new claims of linking whopping numbers of atoms at the quantum …

Mind, Matter And Materialism

Science and philosophy have a long, complicated history.<p>Both are human endeavors aimed at articulating the nature of the world. But where the line between them lies depends a lot on perspective and history. Questions that once lay firmly in philosophy's domain have now fully entered the realm of …

Consciousness

The Famous Schrodinger’s Cat Thought Experiment Gets Brought to Life in an Off-Kilter Animation

Schrödinger's Cat is one of the more famous thought experiments in modern physics, created by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger back in 1935. <i>The</i> …

Inside Uber’s self-driving car mess

The company’s self-driving division is in a “mini civil war,” according to insiders.<p>For Uber, the embattled ride-hail juggernaut now valued at $70 billion, much of the company’s future is resting on what happens this week.<p>But it’s not just the meetings that CEO Travis Kalanick is having with …

Entropy and complexity: the surprising paradox behind our universe

One of the many big ideas in physicist Sean B. Carroll’s <i>The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself</i> is the concept that …

Sure you're not a robot? Solve this chess puzzle and prove it.

Check out the chess board above—looks wrong, right?<p>If you’ve ever played chess, you know something's amiss, here. For one thing, someone chose to …

Empty Space Isn't Empty, And Quantum Researchers Now Have Direct Evidence

If there's one thing you need to know about the quantum world, it's that things aren't what you expect them to be. Nothing, for example. In classical …

Read this science teacher's epic takedown of a transphobic "science"-based argument

It's hard to argue with science. And yet so many people keep trying.<p>On Thursday, science teacher Grace Ann's response to a transphobic claim that …

How brake dust could end up harming your lungs - Futurity

New research shows how brake and tire dust could wreak havoc on respiratory health. Even electric cars wouldn't prevent this pollution.

Pollution

Free stuff from NASA! Robots, drones, satellites!

Well, not exactly, but the space agency is offering free software code that relates to all these things, so other agencies can tap its knowledge base.<p>Just because you don't work for NASA doesn't mean you can't use its code.<p>On Wednesday, the space agency released its latest online software catalog …

Freebies

EU lawmakers vote to lift Marine Le Pen's immunity over tweets | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers “overwhelmingly” voted on Tuesday to lift the EU parliamentary immunity of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State violence.<p>FILE PHOTO:Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and …

North Africa

These Fearsome Robots Will Bring Mining to the Deep Ocean

In 1974, an enormous ship sailed into the waters northeast of Hawaii. The vessel, built by billionaire Howard Hughes, was set to begin mining mineral deposits in the deep sea — or so the world believed. The deep-sea mining venture was actually a cover story for a clandestine CIA mission to salvage …

Seafloor

Ripples in space and time carry the future of space science

Billions of years ago, two black holes merged in a violent explosion that rippled the fabric of our universe.<p>Those cosmic ripples — known as …

Tesla gets downgraded to 'sell' by Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs thinks it's time to pull the plug on Tesla's stock.<p>David Tamberrino, an analyst at the influential Wall Street investment bank, downgraded Tesla's stock to a "sell" rating on Monday morning. It's pretty rare for analysts to be that negative about a high-profile company.<p>Tesla's stock …

Tesla

OK, WTF Is a Time Crystal?

Physicists have made a new phase of matter called a time crystal—but what does that even mean?<p>Last month, a team of physicists from UC Berkeley said they'd created a blueprint for a new phase of matter called a time crystal. Their paper, in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>, turned what was once a pretty far …