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Story of man and dagger found in UK field is finally told – 4,200 years on

Twenty-three years after Racton Man was found, archaeologists realised his dagger was oldest bronze object ever found in UK<p>For more than 4,000 years a man lay buried in a corner of a Sussex field, far from the land of his childhood, holding a rare and precious object. Then for another 23 years he …

8 Sky Events This Week: Comet Visits Galaxy, Jovian Eclipses

Starstruck<p>December diamonds crown the night sky, lovely sights for stargazers as the solar system's royalty dances.<p>Jam-packed skies offer plenty of celestial treats this week for stargazers, from a comet snuggling with a galaxy to the moon courting a maiden.<p><b>Jovian shadows.</b> Night owls will see a …

Six Guantanamo Detainees Are Released to Uruguay

There are still 67 men at the facility who have been approved for resettlement.<p>Six prisoners who were held at Guantanamo Bay for 12 years have been transferred to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees, U.S. officials announced early Sunday.<p>The arrangement appears to have been held up at the desk of …

Lawmakers defend failed hostage rescue mission in Yemen

Lawmakers from both parties defended the Obama administration's attempt to rescue American journalist Luke Somers early Sunday morning, even though the dangerous mission did not result in saving Somer's life.<p>"It was an unfortunate outcome," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a …

Vladimir Putin's Novorossiya may mark just the start of his empire-building ambitions

Vladimir Putin has deftly tapped into Russians' sense of patriotism, evoking Moscow's defeat of the Nazis, while pursuing what critics say are alarming similar policies of expansionism - but sanctions are biting<p>For a man who has made a career out of Soviet-era nostalgia, it was a timely reminder …

'On Tour with Leonard Cohen' presents a picture of the singing poet

A selection of Sharon Robinson's 'On Tour with Leonard Cohen' photos are in a Morrison Hotel Gallery exhibit<p>One of the most beguiling images featured in "On Tour with Leonard Cohen," the new book of photos by singer Sharon Robinson, captures songwriter-poet Cohen in a laundromat in Ontario, Canada. …

Next giant leap for mankind should be to moon, not Mars, says Chris Hadfield

The next giant leap for mankind should be back on the moon not Mars, the astronaut Chris Hadfield has said.<p>Famous for sporting a military moustache, tweeting spacewalk selfies and strumming David Bowie songs on board the International Space Station (his hugely popular cover of Space Oddity has …

Why my Kindle is still part of my mobile reading

I’m a voracious reader. On average I read about 50–60 books a year (and that number may be conservative). Up until I got my iPad I had a library room …

John Howard attacks Cate Blanchett's 'outrageous' Whitlam memorial speech

Former prime minister John Howard has criticised Cate Blanchett’s speech at Gough Whitlam’s funeral as “outrageous” and said it was factually incorrect.<p>Speaking at Whitlam’s memorial service at Sydney town hall last month, Blanchett credited Australia’s 21st prime minister with introducing free …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

5 Ways Einstein Was a Regular Guy

A new, free digital archive of his personal papers reveals what we all share with the 20th century's greatest mind.<p>Life isn't always easy, even when you're a genius. But what else do you have in common with Albert Einstein?<p>A free archive of the famed physicist's writings released on Friday might …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Dust Blows, Stars Glow, and Volcano Explodes

Wintry views of the stars lead to vistas of volcanoes, clouds, and contrails in the week's best space pictures.

Obama calls for persistence in confronting 'deeply rooted' racism

President Obama, responding to the wave of protests and racial tensions across the country in recent weeks, appealed for patience and persistence in solving what he described as an issue "that is deeply rooted in our society ... our history."<p>"When you're dealing with something as deeply rooted as …

PlayStation Network down intermittently — cyberattackers take credit

Last week, Xbox Live went through a ton of issues due to a cyberattack. Now, it’s PSN’s turn.<p>Sony’s PlayStation Network online service is experiencing a number of issues that are keeping many gamers from signing in. Some of our writers are experiencing this firsthand, and the problems are …

19 hospitalized, thousands evacuated in 'intentional' gas leak at Rosemont hotel

Several thousand people, some dressed as animal characters, were evacuated from a Hyatt hotel in suburban Rosemont when an “intentional” chlorine gas incident at the hotel, which was hosting the Midwest FurFest convention, sent 19 people to hospitals early Sunday.<p>The incident happened around 12:40 …

Florida authorities arrest suspect accused of triple homicide

(Reuters) - A suspect was arrested on Saturday in western Florida where he is accused of killing his wife and her friend before shooting dead a pastor at a church, police said.<p>Authorities took Andres “Andy” Avalos, 33, into custody in wooded area behind a motor home in Bradenton, Florida and …

What’s happening with Secret?

Secret, the anonymous messaging app that captured the attention of Silicon Valley in the months after its January launch, is struggling.<p>Almost a year …

Giant Blast Shuts Down Starburst Galaxy

Starstruck<p>Astronomers spot gas bursts that may disrupt star formation.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a critical moment in the life of galaxies: high-speed eruptions of gas that may halt the birth of stars.<p>Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are vast islands of stars littering space. …

American Hostage Luke Somers Killed in Rescue Attempt

The odds were stacked against the mission, but Somers was in imminent danger.<p>Two hostages—an American photojournalist and a South African teacher—who were being held by Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen were killed during a rescue attempt by U.S. commandos early Saturday, according to …

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

Based on the design of floating oil platforms, the Sea Trees are made from steel and shaped like giant trees. Each level of the platform supports a …

Zuckerberg is on shaky ground criticizing Apple’s business model

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on the attack against Apple, calling its products overpriced, and its views on Internet privacy “ridiculous.”<p>Back in September as the furor over the leaked celebrity photographs raged, Tim Cook took a little shot at the Internet advertising business when he …

Beyonce "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" - London

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 6: Entertainer Beyonce performs on stage during "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" at the O2 Arena on March 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)

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U.S. taking seriously possibility of a N. Korea role in Sony hacking

Federal law enforcement officials investigating the escalating computer hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment say they are taking seriously the possibility that the North Korean government may be behind the crime.<p>"North Korea can really do this kind of thing," said one official, who was not …

First Cortana for Windows 10 desktop screenshots and video leak

Microsoft today brought its Cortana virtual assistant to France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, albeit in alpha form. Yet the really exciting news comes from unreleased Windows 10 builds: Cortana running on the desktop.<p>Both Neowin and WinBeta have posted the first screenshots of the desktop version of …

What 'GTA 5' Teaches Us About The Unsettling Future Of Immersion

Grand Theft Auto 5, out for more than a year already, has found itself even causing controversy in its re-release, something only Grand Theft Auto could do. The issue is that in response to an online petition, Target and Kmart have pulled the game from store shelves in Australia, leading to an …

Saudi-born US naval engineer allegedly gave undercover agent info on how to sink carrier

A Naval engineer is facing charges that he gave an FBI undercover agent posing as an Egyptian intelligence officer secret documents about the new Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier while discussing how to sink the vessel with a missile.<p>Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, of Yorktown, Va., was arrested Friday on …

More US troops than planned to stay Afghanistan

The United States will keep about 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned early next year to fill a temporary NATO troop gap in the new mission to train and advise Afghan security forces, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday on his final visit to this war-weary country as Pentagon …