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Wettest Place on Earth

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No, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

Can casual marijuana use damage the brains of young adults? A new study says yes—but its participants suggest otherwise.<p>All across the Internet, …

Obama reportedly lets NSA keep some security flaws secret

While President Obama has decided that the National Security Agency should reveal most major flaws it discovers in Internet security, a loophole exists that could allow the agency to exploit flaws for surveillance purposes, The New York Times reported Saturday.<p>After a three-month review of …

The GOP Just Screwed Ukraine Out of Billions to Hurt Obama

Agreeing to IMF reforms would have helped him. So now Republicans’ mission to weaken the president is spilling over into foreign policy, too.<p>You know …

Answers in the FBI Killing of Ibragim Todashev—and More Questions

Two official inquiries start to clear up the mysterious death, but law-enforcement agencies should still turn over more information.<p>At long last, the public is getting some answers about the FBI's killing of Ibragim Todashev, the 27-year-old man shot seven times last May while being questioned in …

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Hill assailed over NSA oversight

Splashing America’s surveillance secrets on the front pages of newspapers for nearly nine months has created an array of scapegoats, from Edward Snowden to the NSA and President Barack Obama.<p>Now the blame is also spreading to Congress.<p>Cries of lax Capitol Hill oversight are piling up as …

Ukraine tells Putin: this could be war

Thousands of Ukrainian troops put on combat alert as UK calls urgent meeting of UN Security Council<p>Ukraine defied Russian aggression on Saturday night warning that any military intervention would lead to war.<p>Ukraine’s acting leaders appeared on television in a sombre address to the nation after …

Alienware's Steam Machine will arrive in September

Alienware has perhaps the most exciting Steam Machine coming to market, and now we know when it will arrive. According to a tweet from Dave Oshry, a video game marketing exec attending Valve's Steam Dev Days developer summit, the company just announced that Alienware's Steam Machine will launch in …

House passes spending bill to fund the government until the fall

The $1.1 trillion bill passed by an overwhelming margin, 359-67<p>Andrew Taylor<p>January 16, 2014 12:22am (UTC)<p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall's election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from …

Hill Intel Leaders Downplay Need for NSA Reforms

Des­pite a push from Demo­crat­ic and Re­pub­lic­an law­makers for new re­forms of the in­tel­li­gence com­munity ahead of Pres­id­ent Obama’s highly …

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Gillibrand Lowers Sights on Military Sexual-Assault Campaign

Sen. Kirsten Gil­librand has long pro­jec­ted op­tim­ism in her long-shot cru­sade to over­haul the mil­it­ary’s sys­tem for ad­dress­ing sexu­al …

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Nuclear Triad Continues to Creak

The most vulnerable leg of the Pentagon’s nuclear triad showed deepening rot on Wednesday, as the Air Force announced that 34 of its missile-launch …

Israelis demand end to U.S. spying

JERUSALEM — Senior Israeli officials on Sunday demanded an end to U.S. spying on Israel, following revelations that the National Security Agency intercepted emails from the offices of the country’s top former leaders.<p>It was the first time that Israeli officials have expressed anger since details of …

Meteorite crash in Russia: Video of meteor explosion that stirred panic in Urals region

You Built What?!: A Tesla Coil Gun That Produces Foot-Long Sparks

Modeled after a Nerf gun--but with 200,000 volts under the hood<p>While browsing a bookstore near his home in Seattle last year, Rob Flickenger came across a graphic novel titled <i>The Five Fists of Science</i>. The story portrays inventor Nikola Tesla as a crime fighter who battles his enemies with a pair …