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National Weather Service gets big computing boost

MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. National Weather Service is getting a quantum jump in computing power that will significantly improve its forecasting and storm tracking abilities to better protect the country from severe weather.<p>NOAA's GOES-13 satellite image taken on February 9, 2013 at 7:01 a.m. EST …

Cruise Industry Unveils Passenger Bill of Rights

The cruise industry has taken plenty of criticism over the past 18 months, starting with the partial sinking of <i>Costa Concordia</i> on January 13, 2012, …

Monster Twisters Caught on Tape

Weekend Box Office: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Opens With 'Just' $84 Million

<i>Here’s something I bet you didn’t know. Back in 1979 and 1982, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan broke the opening weekend record with $11.9 million and $14.3 million respectively. So, yes, for a brief period, the Star Trek franchise really was in the same kind of</i> …

Same-sex marriage could take decades to be legal in every state

The gay marriage movement is racing forward faster than ever, and with a new burst of life. This week, Minnesota became the third state to pass …

Boeing 787 returns to active duty in the US with flight from Houston to Chicago

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner airplane has officially returned to the skies in the US following an embarrassing and costly battery problem that grounded the company's flagship plane for most of 2013. United Airlines flight 1 left Houston on time just after 11:00AM CT and is scheduled to land in Chicago …

New Yorkers Mourn The Man Allegedly Murdered For Being Gay

Mark Carson, 32, was shot in the head in Greenwich Village Friday night. Police say it was a hate crime.<p>On Sunday night, hundreds gathered at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village neighborhood to mourn 32-year-old Mark Carson, who died Friday night after …

Everyone Relax: Seth MacFarlane Isn't Hosting the Oscars Again

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Next year's Oscars will be Seth MacFarlane-free, according to Seth MacFarlane. The controversial …

Supreme Court says local governments can't hold up cell tower buildouts

The Supreme Court today voted in favor of the FCC in a dispute around the speed with which local governments implement proposals to build or expand cell towers. According to the <i>Associated Press</i><i>,</i> the 6-3 vote in favor of the FCC enforces the FCC's recommendation that local jurisdictions act on …

At least 51 killed, including 20 children, as tornado tears through Oklahoma

At least 51 people, including 20 children, were among the victims of an enormous tornado that roared through the suburbs of Oklahoma City Monday, pulverizing entire city blocks and leaving behind miles of mangled cars and splintered wood.<p>Officials warned the death toll was likely to climb, making …

HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4, or LG Optimus G—Which Android Is For You?

Android smartphones are having a momentthey have never been more popular or powerful. Recently we tested three of the top new contenders to separate the great from the merely good.<p>Android smartphones are having a moment—they have never been more popular or powerful. Recently we tested three of the …

What Caused the Deadly 747 Crash in Afghanistan?

A viral video this week showed a 747-400 cargo plane crashing just after takeoff from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.<p><b>The video showing a U.S. civilian cargo jet</b> slamming into the ground in Afghanistan and exploding into a fireball is chilling and perhaps telling, but it's only one piece of evidence …

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Why the Air Force Flies 50-Year-Old Tankers

Our fleet of KC-135s dates back to the 1950s.<p><b>The cause of the U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker crash</b> in northern Kyrgyzstan today—and the fate of the crew of three—is unknown at this time. But today's news is likely to reopen questions over why the United States is dependent on aircraft that were …

Uprooting 5 Nefarious Gardening Myths

Thanks to the Internet, gardening myths have gone from old wives' tales to widespread urban legends. A gardener from the New York Botanical Garden helps us weed out the fiction.<p>Thanks to the Internet, gardening myths have gone from old wives' tales to widespread urban legends. A gardener from the …

The Science of Iron Man 3's Free-Fall

Tony Stark is back and saving the world once again in Iron Man 3, now playing. In one of the most dramatic scenes, he saves a baker's dozen of passengers who fall from Air Force One. Is it even remotely possible? We asked a free-fall expert to find out. (Warning! Here be spoilers.)<p><b>A terrorist blows</b> …

The 20 Summer Movies You Should See This Year

The staggering success of Iron Man 3 made it official: The beginning of summer movie season is upon us. Grab an extra-large popcorn and get ready for a great summer of geek flicks.<p>The staggering success of <i>Iron Man 3</i> made it official: The beginning of summer movie season is upon us. Grab an …

How the New Bay Bridge Shakes Off a Quake

The new eastward span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is supposed to last at least 150 years, even in this earthquake-riddled region.<p><b>Earthquake-prone California</b> is a far from ideal place to string metal over water and hope it stays put. But engineers of the new eastern span of the San …

The 10 Coolest High-Performance Cop Cars

The urban myth is that American cop cars are packed with a mysterious collection of performance parts that eclipse anything you can find at your local dealer. In reality, history's highest-performing cop cars are certainly quick, even if their ultimate pe<p>The urban myth is that American cop cars are …

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Watch The Walk's new extended trailer

The new extended trailer for <i>The Walk</i>, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt will have you feeling on top of the world, and you can watch it exclusively …

50 Most Exhilarating Movie Moments

300<p><i>"No mercy!"</i><p><b>The Scene:</b> The 300 Spartan soldiers construct a wall at Thermopylae and prepare to take on the Persian army for the first time.<p>Despite …

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

High-tech safety gear, a new four-cylinder diesel, and a fresh snout.<p>Everyone’s favorite full-size European commercial van is getting updated for 2014 with tweaked styling, more safety tech, and a new base engine and transmission. We are, of course, talking about the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. …

2013 VW Beetle Turbo R-Line Priced at $30,930 — News

Now that the VW Beetle Turbo has the new EA888 engine, it is only fitting that a new R-Line model should accompany it. As we predicted last year, the R-Line will be available on the Beetle Turbo coupe; with a six-speed manual, the Beetle Turbo R-Line starts at $30,930.<p>The R-Line replaces the …

Volkswagen Gives Beetle Turbo and Jetta GLI Bumps in Efficiency, Power for 2013

Chevy guys might talk about their small blocks, and Ferrari fans have their V-12s, but Volkswagen owners love their EA888s. Not exactly a romantic label, but VW’s little four is a revered workhorse around the world. Now it’s been upgraded and, as we reported, VW is building the new version at its …

2013 Ford Mustang GT

Three years after the updated Mustang's debut, Ford grants us 40,000 miles' worth of GT.<p>TESTED<p>We’d petitioned Ford for a long-term Mustang ever since the 2010 model made its debut. This fifth-generation Mustang felt like a reborn car, even if its solid axle is to automotive componentry what the …

Spock vs. Spock: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy Make Hilarious Audi Spot – Feature

Audi’s new two-minute-plus online “commercial” is the perfect example of how car advertising works in 2013. Timed to capitalize on the May 16 release of <i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i>, the video opens with Zachary Quinto (who plays a young Spock in the latest movies) losing to Leonard Nimoy, the original …

Name That Exhaust Note, Episode 183: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

On Tuesday, we posted an audio recording of a mystery car’s exhaust note. To hear it again, click play below. Several of you guessed that this week’s sound came from the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine shared by Jaguar and Land Rover. Only a few correctly specified that it was the 510-hp blown …

2013 VW Jetta “Safety” Commercial: A Little Fresh Heir Is Good – Feature

There’s an old maxim in advertising that says if you want people to pay attention to your commercial, show babies or puppies. Over the years a lot of research—from eye-tracking studies to serious neuroscience experiments—has confirmed what every mother already knows: Adults are fascinated by the …