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Wormholes, a little rip and a big bounce: Mind-boggling theories about the universe from 2016

What theoretical physicists have found out about the cosmos over the past 12 months.<p>What happened before the Big Bang? When will the universe end? …

Turkey faces big losses as Russia sanctions bite

<b>Russian sanctions are now affecting Turkish tourism, construction firms and food exports, amid a bitter dispute over the Syria conflict.</b><p>The Kremlin reacted with fury when a Turkish F-16 fighter shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber on the Syria-Turkey border in November.<p>Russia has banned:<p>The import of …

Vladimir Putin

Why learning to code should be on your list of New Year's resolutions

Programming a computer from scratch is difficult for the average American to conceptualize, let alone accomplish. But as computing is now an integral part of industries from communication to health care, the skills of a programmer are more important than ever before.<p>Whether you have an idea for the …

Computer Science

Robot helpers are on the rise

You may not have unwrapped a robot on Christmas, but your new year will be filled with artificial intelligence.<p>Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other technology companies, large and small, are making rapid advancements with virtual personal assistants that can solve problems and even complete …

Humpback Whales Slow to Arrive in Hawaii

December usually marks the start of humpback whale season in Hawaii, but experts say the animals have been slow to return this year.<p>The giant whales are an iconic part of winter on the islands and a source of income for tour operators. But officials at the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary said …

Humpback Whales

Sick of El Niño? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Warns NASA

The El Niño currently wreaking havoc around the world is forecast to only worsen in 2016 — and NASA experts fear it could get as bad as the most destructive El Niño ever.<p>A new satellite image of the weather system "bears a striking resemblance to one from December 1997" — the worst El Niño on …

Weather

LG's Robot Vacuum Brings Augmented Reality Controls, Home Patrol Mode

If robot vacuums get much smarter, they'll soon be telling <i>us</i> how best to clean the house rather than vice versa. LG's latest HOM-BOT model adds a handy augmented-reality control mode to its existing high-tech features.<p>Instead of selecting an area on an overhead map or driving the robot remotely to …

Augmented Reality

Culture shock: Samsung's mobile woes rooted in hardware legacy | Reuters

SINGAPORE/SEOUL (Reuters) - Efforts to revive its once stellar smartphone fortunes may be doomed if Samsung Electronics cannot overcome its dominant engineering culture, according to serving and former executives and those who have dealt with the company.<p>A Samsung logo is seen at Samsung …

IT

U.S. tax move brightens picture for Canadian wind, solar firms

The U.S. move to extend tax credits for the renewable energy industry could mean a dramatic boost for Canada's solar and wind equipment makers.<p>Last Friday, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that renews tax credits for solar, wind and other renewable projects. The credits had been about to …

Kenyan Muslims Protect Christians After Terrorists Attack Bus

A group of Kenyans traveling by bus refused Islamist terrorists demands that they identify themselves as either Christian or Muslim in an act of …

Extremism

In Wake Of Attacks, U.S. Cities Step Up Terrorism Simulations

The recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have put pressure on local authorities to show they're ready for that kind of violence. Some jurisdictions, such as Los Angeles, are stepping up exercises and terrorism simulations.<p>There's a hill near downtown LA — it's kind of a mesa, overlooking …

Los Angeles

Taylor Swift Wants To Trademark "1989" And "Swiftmas"

How the Grinch stole Swiftmas.

The United States Postal Service will now email you your mail

The US Postal Service is testing a “notification” service that emails customers images of the envelopes of their letter-size mail.<p>The service, called Informed Delivery, will send out an email to customers each morning with that day’s mailbox contents. The images are only of the exterior front side, …

New York City

Mark Zuckerberg is Giving Away His Money, but With a Twist

Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to his new daughter is an impressive one: Namely, that he and his wife Priscilla Chan will give away 99% of their net worth …

Silicon Valley

Anne Hathaway is reportedly pregnant, expecting first baby with Adam Shulman

This time around, the buzz is for real:<p>Anne Hathawayis reportedly expecting her first child with husband Adam Shulman.<p>Rumors that started a couple of months ago were confirmed to E! News by a couple of sources Friday after the actress, 33, was photographed in Beverly Hills this past week showing a …

Daniel Radcliffe says he was 'not wanking' on set of 'Harry Potter'

Today in unfortunate celebrity Google alerts: Daniel Radcliffe has clarified comments he made previously about masturbation.<p>Last month, in an …

11 fears only Mexicans understand

We Mexicans are very brave people and we love to show it, but even the bravest Mexicans shudder at the thought of any of these fears…<p>1. The unnamable …

World’s toughest animal has tons of foreign DNA - Futurity

Scientists were shocked to find tons of foreign DNA in the genome of tardigrades, the only animal known to survive the extreme environment of outer …

Teens on ADHD meds are twice as likely to be bullied - Futurity

Teens who take Ritalin or other medications for ADHD are much more likely to be bullied, especially if they sell or share the meds.

ADHD

This Smartphone App Sends Your Loved Ones Your Messages After You Die

Want to be extra creepy? You can even have them location-tagged, so they pop up when your heirs visit certain locations–like your grave.<p>A new app lets you send messages after you die. The web and smartphone based service, SafeBeyond, allows you to line up short messages, texts, photos, and videos, …

Russian pilot: there was no warning before jet was downed by Turkey

In his first interview, rescued pilot Konstantin Murakhtin tells Russian state media there had been no warning before his plane was shot down by Turkish fighter jets<p>One of the Russian pilots of a fighter jet shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border told state media on Wednesday that there was no …

Russia

Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

"The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said.<p>The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 …

Russia

How to Build a Compelling Marketing Plan for Your Startup | Inc.com

This 3-part series is intended to illuminate what goes into developing a superior business plan-one worth funding. I hope that you enjoyed Part I of the series last week. In this installment, we will examine the <b>Marketing and Sales Section</b> of the typical business plan.<p>The <b>Marketing and Sales Section</b> …

Marketing

5 Ways Introverts Become Highly Successful Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

The image of the outgoing, gregarious, never-met-a-stranger entrepreneur is a common one. That's especially true when many successful entrepreneurs appear to have pushed through obstacles and setbacks by force of personality alone.<p>So being an extrovert is a prerequisite for being a great …

Personality

Carson says, wrongly, that Thomas Jefferson crafted the Constitution

Of America’s Founding Fathers, Ben Carson is most moved by Thomas Jefferson, partly because of the way he “tried to craft our Constitution,” the retired neurosurgeon said this weekend.<p>In a Sunday interview on C-SPAN as part of its “Road to the White House” series, Carson said he was “impressed by a …

Government

Suspected drone attack in Somalia kills five al Shabab fighters

A base of al Shabab fighters has been targeted in a reported drone strike leaving five people dead. It is not known who carried out the strike but …

Extremism