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Start Rolling Your Blunts: You Can Shred on An Alien Star System Now

TRAPPIST-1 is home to the longest resonant chain of any planetary system yet discovered.<p>Why should musicians itching to master a new instrument stick to keys, strings, and drumsticks when they could be shredding on the seven Earth-scale worlds orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultracool red dwarf star …

5 Most Important Things Startups Need to Ask Their Lawyer, Ranked

The business world is a veritable minefield of potential lawsuits. Between like-minded thinking and outright property theft, entrepreneurs can get …

Federal 'Transparency' Bill Endangers Songwriters' Leverage for Getting Paid

The music business certainly needs a comprehensive, centralized database. But this bill uses the lack of a database as a weapon to take away …

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Bank of America Has Filed for Over 20 Blockchain Patents Already

Bank of America is emerging as one of the most active banks when it comes to filing patents over claimed innovations in blockchain and cryptocurrency.<p>…

APOD: Milky Way over Yellowstone (2014 Aug 27) Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Lane http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140827.html Explanation: The Milky Way was not created by an evaporating lake. The colorful pool of water, about 10 meters across, is known as Silex Spring and is located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. Illuminated artificially, the colors are caused by layers of bacteria that grow in the hot spring. Steam rises off the spring, heated by a magma chamber deep underneath known as the Yellowstone hotspot. Unrelated and far in the distance, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy arches high overhead, a band lit by billions of stars. The above picture is a 16-image panorama taken late last month. If the Yellowstone hotspot causes another supervolcanic eruption as it did 640,000 years ago, a large part of North America would be affected. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140827 #APOD

China’s support for Russia’s Ukraine incursion is half-hearted, at best

<b>Update, March 5:</b> <i>Xi Jinping told Vladimir Putin during a phone call that “China believes that Russia can coordinate with other parties to push for the political settlement of the issue so as to safeguard regional and world peace and stability,” Chinese state media reported. Xi told him that “China</i> …

Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea reject Russian demands of allegiance

BAKHCHISARAY, Ukraine — The Russian soldiers outside an army base in this Crimean city had demands Monday for the Ukrainian soldiers inside: Pledge allegiance to the Russian military or put their weapons in storage, abandon their post and go home.<p>The Ukrainians refused.<p>"They must know that should …

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Putin: military force would be 'last resort' in Ukraine | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin delivered a robust defense of Russia’s actions in Crimea on Tuesday and said he would use force in Ukraine only as a last resort, easing market fears that East-West tension over the former Soviet republic could lead to war.<p>But tension remained high on the …

Ukraine crisis continues - in pictures

The standoff between the pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces continues as world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine’s border to return to their bases as the US secretary of …

Kerry in Kiev: 'Nothing Strong' About How Russia Is Acting

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Ukraine on Tuesday and condemned Russia’s use of “aggression and intimidation as a first resort” in its takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.<p>He declared: “It is not appropriate to invade a country and, at the end of a barrel of a gun, dictate what …

In Kiev's Independence Square, optimism squeezed out by uncertainty

The votive candles still burn in the wet mist that has settled over Kiev’s Independence Square, or Maidan Square, and as Ukrainains continue to mourn those they lost in protests two weeks ago, the floral tributes to those who died in the protests grow into immense heaps of soggy flowers.<p>The air is …

Ukrainian Soldiers Brace For Attack Inside Crimean Base

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This is how Russia's intervention in Ukraine is playing in Moscow

Russians in Moscow, like many in Ukraine, are divided over Russian troops intervening in Crimea. But not all viewpoints are welcome equally here.<p>A crowd of several hundred protesters milled outside Russia's Defense Ministry on Sunday chanting "No to War." Young protesters expressed their disgust …

Russia Blocks Ukrainian Activists Websites For Encouraging “Terrorist Activity”

As Russia continues its military intervention into the revolution-rocked Ukraine, authorities are now blocking 13 activist websites on the Russian social media network, VKontakte. The Russian Prosecutor’s General Office ordered the agency’s overseeing media, Roskomnadzor, to block off dissident …

Russia cancels Ukraine's gas discount and demands $1.5bn

Vladimir Putin insisted that Gazprom’s decision was unrelated to political tensions<p>Russian energy giant Gazprom has increased the price of gas supplies to Ukraine, sending a chilling reminder of the power Russia holds over European energy markets.<p>The price rise comes as escalating unrest in Ukraine …

Pictures of the Week 2.28.14

Atlanta paralyzed by less than 3 inches of snow

ATLANTA — Light snow was falling when Samantha Avers left Duluth, a northeast Atlanta suburb, on Tuesday afternoon. She figured she would be home quickly, for it was only a 30- to 45-minute drive.<p>Twenty-two hours later, Avers, an account manager who had just moved to balmy Atlanta from northern …

Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel peace prize

Two Norwegian politicians say they have jointly nominated the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel peace prize.<p>The Socialist Left party politicians Baard Vegar Solhjell, a former environment minister, and Snorre Valen said the public debate and policy changes …

Bitcoin’s Image Problem

I know manias. I’ve seen them again and again – hordes of people find out about a product or idea, back it with all their might, and are angry when anyone refuses to genuflect to their sacred cow. It happened to Notion Ink, it happens to Apple, it happens to Blackberry, and it happened in the …

Mint Adds Support for Bitcoin

Popular US financial planning company Mint has given Bitcoin a little more legitimacy after it partnered with Coinbase to add support for the virtual currency to its service.<p>Now Mint’s 10 million-plus users can keep tabs on their Bitcoin stash, alongside their existing credit cards, bank accounts …

Google Glass glasses are covered by insurance

With Google Glass now supporting prescription lenses, it only stands to reason that insurance companies will have to be involved in the process for some users, and so far one company is stepping up.<p>VPS Global announced that it will start offering prescription lenses to Google Glass users, …

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Paul Hellyer, Ex-Canadian Defense Minister, Admits To Alien Visitors On Earth [Video]

Former Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer recently said in an interview that extraterrestrials have visited Earth. In fact, according to Hellyer, …

You Are About to Read One Very Bizarre Crime Story — and It Involves a Banana

Authorities in Newington, Conn. say a man repeatedly crashed his car into a gas station early Wednesday morning as a means to break into the convenience store — only to walk in, steal a banana and then flee the scene.<p>“Review of surveillance video depicted a suspect, operating a light colored Ford …

Franklin D. Roosevelt in a dress at the age of two, 1884 http://t.co/EnrsnPOoey

A young Barack Obama dressed up as a pirate, early 1960s http://t.co/8QQiYCtZFA