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The huge divide in the presidential race that no one’s talking about

In a presidential campaign where candidates have argued about deporting 11 million immigrants, breaking up banks and banning Muslims from entering the country, tax policy has slipped to an afterthought, at best. That will almost certainly change come November, when economically worried voters …

Japan Launches Observatory To Study Black Holes And Dying Stars

This week the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a new space observatory designed to study black holes, dying stars and the history of galaxy clusters. The X-ray Astronomy Satellite, known as ASTRO-H, will be able to detect X-rays more than 10 times fainter than its …

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Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …

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Audio Recordings Document 'Weird Music' Heard By Apollo Astronauts On Far Side Of Moon

"If you’re behind the moon and hear some weird noise on your radio, and you know you’re blocked from the Earth, then what could you possibly think?"<p>The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like noises coming through their headsets, they didn't …

This Composer Made Music Out of Gravitational Waves

Arthur Jeffes collaborated with NASA astrophysicists to turn a billion-year-old star signals into music.<p>Since the LIGO announcement last week, gravitational waves—ripples in the curvature of spacetime—have been in the limelight. Now one composer has reimagined the star signals from over a billion …

If you're going to fall into a black hole, make sure it's rotating

It's no secret that black holes are objects to be avoided, were you to plot yourself a trip across the galaxy. Get too close to one and you'd find …

Black Holes

India's ballistic missiles could be a game-changer

On February 15, the India's Economic Times reported that the country's military had fired a Prithvi-II missile from a mobile launcher.<p>According to the Economic Times, the missile was "randomly chosen from the production stock," meaning that it wasn't specifically modified for testing purposes.<p>This …

Gravitiational Waves Give Us A New Way To Look At The Universe

Imagine that instead of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars in the sky, all you had ever seen was clouds. Not the puffy white ones silhouetted against a blue sky, but the thick gray, expansive stratus clouds that are the hallmarks of a dreary winter. But unlike the winter clouds that last for weeks or …

GOP senator unloads: 'Apple chose to protect a dead ISIS terrorist's privacy over the security of the American people'

In the statement, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) accused Apple of protecting "a dead ISIS terrorist's privacy over the security of the American people."<p>"The executive and legislative branches have been working with the private sector with the hope of resolving the 'going dark' problem," the statement …

What It's Like to Run a Nightclub in a War Zone

There weren't any good places to go out in Kabul, so Marc Victor set one up.<p>Running a club is stressful enough, but try doing it in a war zone where alcohol is banned. Between 2004 and 2008, Marc Victor ran L'Atmosphere, Kabul's most infamous party spot—a notorious rooftop poolside bar and …

The 25 most ruthless leaders of all time

But while we can argue the validity and virtue of certain political agendas, the callous methods by which some leaders attain their goals are less up to interpretation.<p>After all, no matter how a historian tries to spin it, ordering a tower to be constructed out of live men stacked and cemented …

World History

Top US military official: Russia has made it 'very clear' that it's not really in Syria to fight ISIS

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said at a briefing on Wednesday that at most, only 10% of Russian strikes are hitting the terrorist group ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh) in Syria.<p>The vast majority of the strikes hit other groups fighting Syrian President Bashar …

Has Rahm gone 'fetal' on Chicago crime?

Nearly 250 people have been shot in Chicago in January, and at least 45 have died — numbers higher than they were last year.<p>They weren't shot in July, when people are milling in the street. They were shot in the kind of cold that keeps Chicago indoors.<p>And still they were shot on the street and they …

Watch SpaceX’s new crew capsule pass a five-second hover test

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In case there was any doubt Apple is working on the next major computing platform ...

This week, the Financial Times reported that Apple hired Doug Bowman, a researcher and professor at Virginia Tech who specializes in virtual reality. No one knows exactly what Bowman will be doing at Apple, but it's not difficult to figure out what kinds of projects he'll be focusing on based on …

How did we miss Planet 9? — Bob McDonald

While scientists are excited about the latest evidence of a new planet beyond Pluto, actually seeing it will be more difficult than spotting galaxies …

Scholars expose Iraq War supporters’ most absurd claim yet: No, Saddam didn’t create ISIS

It was U.S. regime change and a decade of brutal war that led to the rise of ISIS, not Saddam — it’s official<p>It is now common knowledge that the destructive U.S. war in Iraq is one of the primary factors that led to the rise of ISIS.<p>Washington began its almost nine-year war by "de-Baathifying" and …

Obama Turns to Special Ops to Salvage His Legacy

Time and again, Barack Obama has turned to a small cadre of elite troops in the most important moments of his presidency. Can they do it one more …

The President Wants Every Student To Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?

President Obama used his final State of the Union address Tuesday night to reflect on his legacy. But he also put forth some specific proposals for his remaining year in office. And the very first one was "helping students learn to write computer code."<p>Elaborating on the educational achievements of …

Why Mayor Rahm Emanuel is losing Chicagoans

Five years ago Chicagoans took a gamble. Their departing mayor had devastated City Hall's financial future. Nobody wanted to predict the service cuts and higher taxation that his successor would have to impose. But an abundance of voters wanted Chicago fixed. So they elected a man who talked tough …

Scientists move one step closer to turning water into hydrogen fuel, affordably

Researchers reveal a new mechanism to create hydrogen fuel that could power environmentally clean cars.<p>Scientists have cleared one hurdle on the path …

What The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics Really Means

It’s been quiet here for a couple of weeks, as I was off visiting family for the holidays and then at a meeting in South Carolina. It’s a New Year though, so let’s ease back into things with a simple and non-controversial topic. Say, the Many-Worlds interpretation of quantum physics.<p>OK, maybe that …

Quantum Physics

Four Palestinians killed in West Bank clashes

Three men shot dead during attempted attacks and fourth killed by Israeli soldiers<p>Three Palestinians have been shot dead as they carried out attacks and another has been killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers.<p>Early on Thursday a Palestinian man stabbed two security guards at an entrance to an …

SpaceX landing hailed as giant leap for space travel

When<p>Elon Musk'sSpaceXrocket nailed its historic landing at Florida's Cape Canaveral on Monday night and the enormous dust cloud settled, it was more than an engineering feat hailed around the world.<p>The Falcon 9's landing made deep space travel seem attainable again — not just to aerospace engineers …

The Honda Project 2&4 Is A Motorcycle Like No Other

It's like a supercharged go-cart<p>What happens when you combine a car and a motorcycle? Honda decided to find out when it pitted more than 80 of its brightest engineers against each other in its annual Global Design Project, an internal competition to foster exchanges among its global network of …

Why SpaceX’s First-Stage Landing Matters

<b>By Jeffrey Kluger</b><p>The most elusive initials in the business of space flight are SSTO—or single stage to orbit—the business of flying a reusable …

Fox News’ new war on truth: This is why Donald Trump and GOP field get away with lies

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Steve Marcus)</b><p>Stephen Colbert defined “truthiness” for lies of the Bush era. They’ve gone to a whole new level in 2016 race<p>Sophia A. McClennen<p>December 22, 2015 4:37pm (UTC)<p>Back in 2005, when Stephen Colbert coined the term "truthiness" on the first episode of "The Colbert …

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China's Lunar Rover Found a New Type of Moon Rock

The Yutu happened to break down in a very interesting spot.<p>China's Yutu rover just passed its two year anniversary of living on the Moon, and what a ride it has been. The robotic explorer has gone from writing its own death notes to recently becoming the longest-lived rover ever to grace the lunar …

Space Science

Your underwhelming Christmas photos

Ho ho... oh. As Christmas approaches, here are some of the truly average festive photos our readers have been sending in<p>It’s almost Christmas! Look busy.<p>We asked our ever-cynical readers to share their most underwhelming images of the season so far. From limp trees to misguided toilet decorations, …

Elon Musk says his driverless car will be here in just two years, but there’s a catch

Musk said earlier this year that his self-driving cars would be ready by 2018 and in a recent interview with Fortune, Musk confirmed that he is still looking at a two-year timeline.<p>However, just because the technology will be ready, doesn't mean people can let the car take complete control.<p>He said …