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Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Universe

Market history is calling, and it's saying stock performance will be crappy for another ~10 years

If history is a guide, it's likely to stay weak for at least another 10 years.<p>Why?<p>Because stocks are still fantastically expensive relative to most of recorded history.<p>And in the past, when stocks have been this expensive — or close to this expensive — performance over the next decade has been …

Stock Markets

The next debt ceiling crisis could be much worse than in 2013

With some Republicans once again threatening to block an increase in the government's borrowing authority unless President Obama agreed to important spending concessions, the Treasury was forced to begin taking "extraordinary measures" or bookkeeping maneuvers to keep from bumping up against its …

Oops. Starbucks brings back Eggnog Latte

Starbucks has eggnog on its face.<p>The coffee kingpin will bring back its seasonal Eggnog Latte nationwide this month after a customer revolt spread from letters to phone calls to social media. It had dropped the beverage, a seasonal offering since 1986, to try to simplify its expanding menu. "We …

What's killing your battery? Android's top 10 performance-sapping apps

It may seem to consume every spare moment of our lives, but the world's most famous social networking app is chewing up our mobiles too, with Facebook topping a global list of the most performance-draining Android apps, which considered battery drain, storage consumption and data use.<p>But it's not …