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Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running …

Astronaut Nearly Drowned in Space Due to NASA's Poor Communication, Report Says

NASA admitted today that Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly drowned during his July 16 spacewalk last year because information about a previous …

Space Science

Jackpot! NASA's Kepler telescope finds 'mother lode' of 715 planets

Using a brand-new technique, scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope have found 715 confirmed planets huddling around 305 stars, nearly triple Kepler’s previous total of 246 confirmed planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Nearly 95% of them are smaller than Neptune, and four of them are in their …

Why the 'Candy Crush' IPO Isn't as Crazy as You Think

Though only mentioned twice in King's 108,000-word filing with the SEC, there's one name that haunts the prospect of the company's IPO: Zynga.<p>As soon …

Qatar official says worker death rate normal

A Qatar human rights body has said the reported deaths of 478 Indian workers in Qatar during the last two years was "normal", a figure that another human rights group has called "horrendous".<p>AFP news agency reported the deaths on Monday following an information request to the Indian embassy in …

The Week In Drones: The Sound Of Stealth, Clearing The Robot Smog, And More

Here's a round-up of the week's top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Beer Delivery</b><p>Lakemaid Beer, a brewery in Stevens Point, Wis., used a hexarotor drone to carry beer to some ice fishermen. It’s probably just …

Drones

Sean Hannity is wrong: Gold is useless

Society’s desire for gold is driven by fear, and the process to retrieve it is dangerous and destructive<p>The subtitle of Matthew Hart’s new book <i>Gold</i> might have benefited from an added phrase. Gold is not only “the world’s most seductive metal”; it’s also the most useless. The task Hart has set …

Apple Is Probably Going to Run a Sequel to its “1984” Ad Today

30 years ago. The Los Angeles Raiders are slaughtering the Washington Redskins at halftime. You decide it's time for a refill on your Crystal Light. …

Concern grows over possibility of a massive power surge

FREDERICK, Md. — Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is …