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SpaceX’s second launch-and-land of a used rocket was a nail-biter

Oh, SpaceX. You certainly keep your promises.<p>On Friday at 3:10 p.m. ET, SpaceX successfully launched a reused Falcon 9 rocket loaded down with …

Elon Musk claims Mars colony dreams critical to avoid 'Doomsday' event

The entrepreneur says one million people sent safely to the planet can help us avoid extinction -- and has outlined how to do it.<p>SpaceX CEO Elon Musk …

Fire engulfs London tower block, at least 12 dead, dozens injured

LONDON (Reuters) - A blaze engulfed a 24-story housing block in central London on Wednesday, trapping residents as they slept and killing at least 12 people in an inferno that the fire brigade said was unprecedented in its scale and speed.<p>More than 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, …

The Latest: Trump sits by wounded Scalise's bedside

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (all times local):<p>10:10 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump sat by Rep. …

Wonder Woman, Heroine of the Post-Truth Age

The character, created by a man who helped to invent the lie detector, is perfectly at home in a culture contending with weaponized lies.<p>“You mean—you were <i>lying</i>?” Wonder Woman asks Steve Trevor, a hero and a spy, in the new film that takes her name. The Amazon takes a moment to register his …

Comic Books

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is The Redemption Of CGI

<i>Guardians Of The Galaxy 2</i> was famously reported to have five post-credits scenes, which isn’t quite true. It actually has five <i>mid</i>-credits scenes, which I think we can all agree is too many, but more importantly should give you some idea of just how many people had to work together in order to …

Comics

This ‘flying car’ could be buzzing between rooftops by 2022

VTOL or GTFO<p>Metro Skyway, a subsidiary of the Tel Aviv-based Urban Aeronautics, just introduced its plans to build a four-person, hydrogen-powered “flying car” that it hopes will be buzzing above skyscrapers by 2022.<p>The vehicle will initially run on jet fuel, but will eventually transition to …

Nicolas Cage crashed a Nicolas Cage convention, and it's HILARIOUS!

In the most memeable thing to happen in the history of all time, Nicolas Cage crashed a Nicolas Cage convention, and it’s hilarious in only the way …

How the brain stores memories | Daniel Glaser

Memory loss is gradual but, unlike computers, we have inbuilt backups<p>Every week there is a new dementia study, raising hopes that we can find a way to halt memory loss. Interestingly, in any form of dementia our memories don’t vanish immediately but fade gradually – our memory systems have a …

Memory Loss

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics

Tesla just ramped up its Autopilot system

After a delay, Telsa's new Autopilot is finally ready for mass rollout.<p>Tesla mastermind Elon Musk first teased the new system, Enhanced Autopilot, …

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

By Robert Costa<p>, Reporter<p>Amy Goldstein<p>, Reporter<p>President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate …

Health Care

'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies at 89

Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the bestselling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," has died. He was 89.<p>Blatty died Thursday at a hospital in …

Horror

5 Topics to Follow CES 2017

A crowd of over 170,000 is expected in Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the biggest and most-watched tech events of the year. Many of the world’s leading electronics companies, including Samsung, LG and Dell will attend the conference that observers expect …

Las Vegas

Carrie Fisher: A Life in Pictures

Carrie Fisher

Mark Hamill's Carrie Fisher Tribute Gets It Right: 'She Was Our Princess, Damn It.'

Luke remembers his funny, wise, and tough "space-twin."<p>Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are certainly among the Top 10 great heroic duos in pop culture history. When Luke found Leia on that battle station, he had no idea about tactics or leadership—he was just a brave kid from a desert planet who …

Remembering Carrie Fisher: actress, writer, icon

Last year, months before "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" officially reunited the original cast and crew of the Millennium Falcon, there was a small disturbance in the Force. A disgruntled father on the East Coast, outraged over an action figure depicting Princess Leia in her infamous "slave" bikini …

Star Wars

Woman smashes into police car 'while taking topless selfie'

A university student in the US smashed into the back of a police car while she was taking a topless selfie, officials said.<p>Miranda Kay Rader, 19, posted a $2,000 (£1,600) bond after she was charged with drunken driving and possessing alcohol as a minor.<p>An officer was checking a reported disturbance …

Texas A&M

Robert Downey Jr offers to voice Mark Zuckerberg's digital assistant

Actor offered to lend his voice to the Facebook founder’s artificial intelligence-based personal assistant, which Zuckerberg calls ‘kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man’<p>It may be Tesla’s Elon Musk who most often invites comparison to Marvel’s superhero Iron Man – the alter ego of billionaire inventor …

Missiles from rebel-held Yemen territory fired at U.S. Navy destroyer, Saudi military base

By Dan Lamothe<p>, Reporter<p>A U.S. Navy destroyer off the coast of Yemen came under attack Sunday night in the Red Sea, with two missiles fired at it in the same region where an Emirati-leased vessel was badly damaged by rocket fire last week.<p>The USS Mason was not hit in the attack, said Navy Capt. …

Middle East

DJI just outdid itself with the Osmo Mobile gimbal

Last week, DJI upset its own Apple cart with Osmo+, an update to its already great Osmo gimbal. Now it’s going totally phone-based, and for prosumers who like taking excellent video, Osmo Mobile sounds like a winner.<p>Osmo gimbals have typically worked by using your phone camera as a viewfinder for …

Drones swoop down Paris' Champs-Elysees in festival

PARIS (AP) — Drones are racing through central Paris — but they're not hunting for terrorists, they've just been brought out for fun.<p>The city is …

The 12 Most Mind-Melting Artworks Headed To Burning Man This Year

Can you feel the dust particles in your eyeballs already?<p>Approximately 525 years ago, an Italian polymath named Leonardo da Vinci completed a pen and ink drawing called “The Vitruvian Man.” The piece depicts a nude man in two superimposed positions, inscribed in a circle and a square. Inspired by …

Burning Man

Italy declares state of emergency in region hit by earthquake

PM authorises preliminary €50m in emergency funding for stricken zone as Amatrice hit by 4.7-magnitude aftershock<p>A 4.7-magnitude aftershock has hit the Italian town of Amatrice as rescuers and emergency teams continue their search of three flattened hilltop towns and Italy declares a state of …

Natural Disasters

ISIS May Be Holding 3,000 Iraqi Civilians as Human Shields: UN

GENEVA — ISIS fighters may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers on Thursday and subsequently executed 12 of them, according to the U.N. refugee agency.<p>The the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugee said it had received reports of the alleged incident.<p>It followed a statement on Thursday …

Marine Hornet pilot killed in California crash

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Marine pilot was killed when his F/A-18C Hornet crashed during training in California, the Marine Corps said Friday.<p>The pilot was part of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing, based at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near Twentynine Palms. The crash, which occurred at about 10:30 PT …

Military

Medical marijuana has potential as Alzheimer's treatment, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Could medical marijuana treat Alzheimer's patients? One recent study found THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, stimulates the removal of toxic plaque in the brain, a common feature of the disease. Furthermore, the researchers discovered it blocks inflammation, which damages …

Dementia

Macaulay Culkin denies drug use, rejects fame

<b>(CNN) —</b> Macaulay Culkin does not want to be famous.<p>The now 35-year-old former child star is trying to live his life quietly, mostly in France. He is also apparently poised for a comeback. Sort of.<p>The "Home Alone" star gave an interview to The Guardian that was supposed to center on his return to …

Pop Culture

Waterless toilet turns waste into clean water and power

With every flush, this toilet creates water and electric power for those who need it most.<p>The "Nano Membrane Toilet," developed by a group at Britain's Cranfield University, received a grant during the second round of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. This …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New Hampshire police use Pokémon Go to lure fugitives to headquarters

The city of Manchester department’s Facebook post invited people to capture a rare character called Charizard in the booking area<p>Police in New Hampshire’s largest city are using Pokémon Go in an attempt to lure fugitives into their clutches.<p>Related: Pokémon Go: how the overnight sensation was 20 …

New Hampshire