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Next Tuesday, more than nine years after leaving Earth, Nasa’s probe will make history as the first spacecraft ever to reach the distant dwarf planet<p>Nine years after it left Earth, Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft will on Tuesday become the first probe to reach Pluto, the mysterious icy world at the …

Solar System

New Horizons craft suffered malfunction – which triggered an 81-minute break in radio communications – just nine days before it was due to fly past Pluto<p>Nasa scientists were working on Sunday to revive the New Horizons spacecraft, after it suffered a computer malfunction just nine days before it …

Space

Real-Life Mind Meld? Neuroscientists Link Animal Brains Together

Resistance is futile — scientists are now one step closer to the Borg of "Star Trek," wiring brains together into "brainets" that can solve problems as teams, thanks to experiments with monkeys and rats.<p>The researchers say these so-called brain-to-brain interfaces could lead to "organic computers" …

The Brain

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.<p>Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the …

Facebook introduces news feed preferences

Facebook has just announced changes to its news feed, allowing users to take more control over which stories appear first based on their interests.<p>The introduction of the See First tool will mean users choose friends and pages they would like to see at the top of their news feed, rather than, say, …

InterAct

Former 49ers DL Ray McDonald charged with domestic violence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald was charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment in connection with allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancee while she held their 2-month-old child, prosecutors said Thursday.<p>McDonald was also charged with child …

Scientists Call For Temporary Halt On New Deep Sea Mining Projects

This month’s International Seabed Authority meeting could determine the fate of underwater habitats<p>A policy paper published today in <i>Science</i> is asking authorities to hold off on approving any more underwater mining contracts until more environmental controls are put in place.<p>The timing of this …

Associated Press News

Study Finds Most Ants In A Colony Are Slackers

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Anna Dornhaus, associate professor with the University of Arizona's ecology and evolutionary biology department, about its study on slacker ants.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Ants - champion weightlifters and builders, soldiers, queens, drones, all toiling diligently …

Flashback: Animated Short 'The Spirit of Christmas' Births 'South Park'

Earlier this week, news came out that <i>South Park</i> got picked up for another three seasons as part of a mega-deal that will keep the show on the air …

South Park

Personal Story: My Ayahuasca Experience In The Amazon

<i>Musician, travel writer, blogger and psychonaut Jonathon Twiz shares with us his recent journey to Peru to sample ayahuasca. Click here to check out</i> …

Mind

Dems blast GOP move on Confederate flag amendment

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Republican leaders decided to yank a bill on Thursday that would have allowed Confederate flags in federally run cemeteries. The decision comes on the same day South Carolina decided to remove the flag from its own state capitol.<p>The move came after House Democrats blasted …

Day 1 of 2015 Comic-Con

Darth Vader

Scientists Separate Marijuana's Highs From Its Medical Lows

No more ‘Dude, where’s my car?'<p>Marijuana is getting a lot of love lately, from newly legal recreational users in a few American states, and doctors alike. Researchers are uncovering lots of ways in which THC, the chemical responsible for most of the herb’s psychological effects, can help treat …