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2015 will be the year of SpaceX’s reusable rocket

A mission to supply the International Space Station next week could change space-flight as we know it—by successfully returning a used rocket booster to Earth.<p>SpaceX’s Jan. 6 launch will send a remotely piloted space capsule to the ISS with food, experiments, and two tiny, Earth-observing …

Space Travel

Goodbye Cronuts, Hello Shaved Ice! Bidding Farewell to the Foods of 2014 and Welcoming the Foods of 2015

In the fickle world of foodie culture, culinary trends swing in and out of fashion about as quickly as It bags. Cronuts may have caused mass hysteria in 2014, but, like the cupcake before them, will their coolness factor fade into a distant memory? Here, we bid farewell to the foods of 2014 (it’s …

'Cat Fancy' reinvents itself for the Buzzfeed set

If "Cat Fancy" is the "New Yorker" for the feline set, then the website Catster is more like Buzzfeed.<p>After 50 years, "Cat Fancy" prints its final issue in January. To take its place, publisher I-5 is rolling out a bi-monthly print version of its existing digital arm, "Catster."<p>Catster's content is …

SpaceX booster landing test fails, but rocket goes on successfully

<b>(CNN) —</b> In spite of a successful rocket launch on Saturday, things didn't quite work out as SpaceX had hoped, when it tried to make history with an experiment.<p>The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off as scheduled at 4:47 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a routine mission to resupply the International …

Phylicia Rashad wrong on Cosby

<i>Editor's note: Peggy Drexler</i> <i>is the author of "Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family" and "Raising Boys Without Men." She is an assistant professor of psychology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and a former gender scholar at Stanford University.</i> …

USA TODAY

Apps that Go Beyond News<p>The USA TODAY app allows you to be completely immersed in the news with award-winning storytelling and photography, rich-media videos, full 360-degree experiences and virtual reality.<p>Now you can get the same great content, with zero interruptions. Download now and start a …

Apps

5 Simple Border-Blurring Japanese Recipes

I love Japanese food. And while there's nothing better than bellying up to a low table in a tatami room for a traditional <i>Omakase</i> tasting menu created by a master, sometimes a plate of <i>Napolitan</i> (spaghetti in a buttery tomato sauce with sausages) calls my name. <i>Yōshoku</i> translates into <i>Western Food</i>. …

20 Must-Try Street Foods Around the World

Can you imagine visiting Paris without having a crêpe? Strolling through Hong Kong and not eating an egg waffle? Passing up authentic jerk chicken in Jamaica? Trying street food is an integral of traveling to new places, and it's a delicious window into new cultures, a taste of human history. In …

In 2015, we’ll need different words to talk about the future

We’re going to have to clean up our language when talking about the future.<p>To clarify this ambiguous statement, we’re wading into a future where we will require more precise definitions to discuss increasingly complicated, complex and more finely nuanced objects, situations and roles people have in …

Subculture

5 things for Hillary Clinton in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — A still undeclared candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton sits atop the prospective field of Democratic presidential candidates for …

Will 2015 deliver the promise of telemedicine?

The year of 2014 was a big year for telemedicine. The idea of using technology to provide remote health care has been around for years, but it really started to take off this year with the proliferation of wearable devices, and providers starting to embrace seeing patients through video chat.<p>In …

New TV Shows Coming Out in 2015

So, we're firmly into that post-holiday time when your exercise routine has fallen apart, you no longer remember what vegetables look like and—worst of all—there's no TV on. (Off-brand <i>Rudolph</i> new year's sequel, you don't count.) But don't fret, girls. This too shall pass—first, with the return of …

The 15 political questions for 2015

Hillary 2.0, wide-open GOP field will dominate politics next year.<p>Hillary Clinton, who is expected to unveil her second presidential campaign early next year, is poised to become the dominant political figure of 2015. What we don’t yet know is how seriously she’ll be challenged for the Democratic …

10 Revealing Predictions for What You'll Be Drinking in 2015

What will everyone see in their glasses in the year ahead? These 2015 predictions include upscale shots, more flexibility in cocktails and even robot bartenders -- plus a few wishful speculations just for fun.<p>1. Lots of Shots<p>The backlash against stuffy cocktails will continue with the …

Big Question For 2015: Will The Supreme Court Rule On Abortion?

The new year is expected to bring yet another round of state laws to restrict abortion — and 2015 could also be the year a challenge to at least one of these laws could reach the Supreme Court.<p>The ongoing spike in abortion laws started after 2010, when Republicans won big in the midterms. Since …

Six science stories we can't wait to follow in 2015

Some serious groundwork has been laid. Some amazing instruments are turning on. Some incredible destinations are in sight. If you ask us, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in science.<p>From solar system exploration to new adventures in particle physics to the possible defeat of a microscopic foe, …

Welcome to 2015, where it's all about 2016

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Votes won't be cast until 2016, but the next White House occupant will have an extremely busy 2015.<p>A flurry of official entrances into the race could come this spring -- with all eyes on Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, and Republicans looking at a wide-open field that …

Government

Six Members of Congress To Watch in 2015

The dynamics in Congress are about to change – as will some of the power players on Capitol Hill.<p>As Republicans take control of the Senate, they will control both chambers for the first time since 2006. With that shift comes new faces and some old ones with new positions of power. Welcome to the …

Troubled EU hoping the only way is up in 2015

BRUSSELS (AP) — Beset by critics and buffeted by economic woes, European Union chiefs might have been forgiven for thinking that at least Pope …

Look-ahead 2015: Fly into the future and other predictions

<b>The tree might still be up, but I wouldn't advocate finishing off the last of the turkey unless you're keen to have a good reason to call in sick on Monday.</b><p>Never fear! Things to be cheerful about include the annual Technology of business lookahead. Grab the last of the Turkish delight and tuck …

Ebooks in 2015: Dull new world

Ebooks are feeling a bit hungover heading into the new year. The <i>50 Shades of Grey</i> exuberance of 2011 and 2012 feels long ago. The first seemingly …

Shades of Grey

15 Things Turning 20 in 2015

Does 1995 feel like just yesterday or a lifetime ago? No matter how you feel about it, these events are about to hit their 20th anniversaries:<p><b>The</b> …

Toy Story

Games: the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015

Looking ahead to the biggest and best games of the next year, from DIY Super Mario World construction to an 80s-set alternative apocalypse

Kindergarten Entry Tests And More Education Predictions for 2015

In 2014 we've covered education as the world-changing story it is and you've been along for the ride. And so at year's end, NPR Ed reached far and wide to bring you a set of provocative predictions for the education world in 2015:<p><b>1) Blended Learning As A Daily Practice</b><br>One thing American schools …

2015’s Policy Battles: Obamacare, Net Neutrality, Keystone, and Surveillance Reform

The status quo has shif­ted, but has it shif­ted enough to break the grid­lock that has gripped Wash­ing­ton for the past four years?<p>Those bullish on …

Ten Global Elections to Watch in 2015

From Louisiana to Saudi Arabia, this year isn't just a lead-up to 2016.<p>Though many American political junkies will spend 2015 speculating about presidential contenders, you can get a more immediate fix by watching the following slate of important races across the globe. From high-profile …

Elections

Group seeks new grand jury in Ferguson police shooting case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, citing "grave legal concerns," is asking a Missouri judge to convene a new grand jury to consider charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.<p>The letter submitted Monday to St. Louis County …

Justice

Serotonin Map Of The Brain Could Help Scientists Create Better Antidepressants

An estimated 350 million people around the world, and 3.3 million American adults, suffer from depression.<p>In the U.S., 10 percent of adults (and as many as 25 percent of women in their 40s and 50s), are taking antidepressants, most of which operate by targeting serotonin receptors in the brain. …