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​Here's what you missed on the second day of CES

CES is in full swing now, and most of the companies here have already laid their cards on the table. It's bittersweet: It means that there are fewer major announcements from big companies to gush over, but also that we have more time to cruise the show floor for hidden treasures. It's also the day …

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Wisconsin Man has Same 'Supernatural' Christmas Tree for 40 Years

A Wisconsin man has had the same Christmas tree for four decades.<p>Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree for the last time in 1974, when his six sons went …

The Five Best Books on Cuba

It’s only 90 miles from the U.S., but to most Americans, Cuba could be on the moon. Here are five books that make the terra slightly less</b> …

13 revelations from the Sony hack

The Sony Pictures hack has exposed the inner workings of one of Hollywood's biggest studios.<p>Sony Pictures has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad few weeks since November 24. That's when hackers broke in to its computer networks and leaked thousands of financial documents and emails …

The Worst New Words of 2014 | The Takeaway | WNYC

Every year, new words take off and old ones die. Some are preposterous. Some actually make sense. We walk through some of the big ones of 2014 with …

Scientists discover Earth’s ‘Star Trek’-style invisible shield

A team of scientists led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible “Star Trek”-style shield that blocks so-called “killer electrons” 7,200 miles above Earth.<p>The electrons, which travel at near light-speed, are capable of damaging space electronics and can put astronauts in …

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Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.<p>But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) …

White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels

As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected obstacle: the White House.<p>Yielding to pressure from oil companies, car manufacturers and even …

Blizzard Blankets Buffalo: In Pictures

Police seek poison after Japanese woman’s husband is latest of six partners to die

Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the past 20 years.<p>Police say they suspect insurance claims or inheritance money could be the motive for the …

Toyota Keeps Piling Into Fuel Cells As It Runs Away From EVs

Toyota keeps on running toward hydrogen fuel cells and away from all-electric vehicles in what amounts to the most decisive strategy in the auto industry for the future of alternative power trains.<p>At the Los Angeles auto show, Toyota executives planned to elaborate on the company’s deepening …

Hydrofoiling 'sports car for the water' promises legendary ride

Move over, boats. You're about to be outclassed by the Quadrofoil, an electric personal watercraft that uses hydrofoil technology to zoom over the water. And looks like an alien spacecraft.<p>Most powered personal watercraft use gas motors, which tend to be pretty noisy. That old technology is about …

Dennis Rodman Says He Helped Secure Kenneth Bae's Release from North Korea

“My dear friend for life, Marshall Kim Jong Un” begins the January 2014 letter from Dennis Rodman, in which the former NBA superstar begged the North …

In Pennsylvania woods, Eric Frein eludes a massive manhunt

He is a self-trained sniper, survivalist, cop hater and, according to police, a cold-blooded killer who watched his victim die with clinical interest.<p>For six weeks<p>Eric Freinhas dodged one of the largest manhunts in Pennsylvania history, hiding in a small section of the Pocono Mountains he knows …

Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like.<p>Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.<p>Elon Musk<p>He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about …

Homer's Last Theorem

Along with high school friends David Schiminovich and David Borden, he formed a teenage gang of computer programmers called the Glitchmasters, and …

Parrot Missing for Four Years Shows Up Speaking Spanish

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning

<b>1. The company that was supposedly going to make sapphire glass screens for iPhones has filed for bankruptcy.</b>The company's stock price dived 90% after the news was announced.<p><b>2. Samsung warned yesterday that its upcoming Q3 earnings call will be disappointing.</b> Samsung's operating profit looks set to …

New cassette tape could hold 47 million songs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget the cloud, and rework your mental image of those mysterious data centers. Sony has reinvented a tool for storing a mind-numbing amount of data:<p>A cassette tape.<p>But this isn't one of those rattling plastic tapes you used to compile your ultimate summer road-trip jams and, too often, …