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China to ditch its one-child policy as ageing crisis looms

China's new leaders are close to abandoning the country's one-child policy, belatedly moving to avert an ageing crunch as the work force goes into sharp decline.<p>The official news agency Xinhua reported that the Family Planning Commission is studying proposals to lift the ban on a second child, if …

James Cameron to make three 'Avatar' sequels

James Cameron’s “Avatar” project just got even bigger — so large that Cameron is no longer going it alone.<p>The director and<p>20th Century Foxannounced Thursday that they are now making three, not two, sequels to Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, the highest-grossing movie of all time with global sales of …

Robbery movie actor 'milliseconds' from being shot by police in LA suburb

LOS ANGELES -- College filmmakers were using fake guns to shoot a robbery scene at a suburban Los Angeles coffee shop when eight police officers showed up with guns drawn and no idea it was just a movie.<p>"Drop the gun! Drop it! Drop it!" one officer yells on an audio recording police were …

49ers' New Stadium Sports Amazing Technology, Will Save You Time Getting Beer

There are two things wrong with buying beer at the stadium: the price and the long lines. Thankfully, the San Francisco 49ers are trying to solve one of those headaches with technology.<p>Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin, via SI.com, reports that the new Levi's Stadium will sport some amazing technology …

Football (U.S.)

What Would Happen If Everyone Peed In The Ocean At The Same Time?

A thought experiment<p>Lauren Wolf, an associate editor at Chemical & Engineering News and self-described ocean-urinator, recently took it upon herself to find out the scientific truth about what really happens when humans pee in the ocean.<p>She first turned to the internet, of course. As she …

Incredible photos and video of Oregon's new football facility

Phil Knight's masterpiece has arrived. Follow @SBNationCFB<p>Oregon's new football facility has finally been completed, and yes, it's just as crazy as you have heard. The $68 million, 145,000-square foot facility funded by Phil Knight has been described as, "Darth Vaderish Death Star," "A little …

The Future Of Flight: A Congestion-Killing Aircraft

Meet the 100-passenger plane that'll keep your flight running on time.<p>Aircraft design is often overlooked in discussions of the FAA's multibillion-dollar NextGen initiative, the elaborate mélange of satellite-based guidance, arrival, and departure technologies intended to modernize the outdated and …

New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …

New Surveillance Blimp Stays Aloft For 30 Days Straight

A new U.S. Army project could make threat detection much more practical.<p>The Army may have a new radar-carrying, unmanned blimp by 2017. Made by Raytheon, the Pentagonese-named Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) completed six weeks of early testing with …

Honeycomb Drone Swarm Can Fly In Any Shape

Happily, these drones are for educational (not killer) purposes.<p>These honeycomb-like drones use advanced networking technology to fly smoothly in large formations. Created as a teaching aid by researchers at ETH Zurich, the Distributed Flight Array consists of at least two modules, linked …

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

FYI: Why Is It Funny When A Guy Gets Hit In The Groin?

Shouldn’t we feel sorry for the victims of painful physical humor?<p>"Tragedy is when I cut my finger," the Mel Brooks adage goes. "Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die." Or when a guy gets hit in the groin.<p>In real life, we don't usually find another person's pain so hilarious, but in …

Most dangerous volcano in North America: Popocatépetl, Shasta, Hood, or Rainier?

<i>This</i> <i>article</i> <i>originally appeared in</i> <i>The Last Word on Nothing</i><i>.</i><p>MEXICO CITY—When you live in Mexico, you get used to people in other countries thinking you …

Fire Going Out, Gas Leak Blocked At Gulf Of Mexico Rig

"Natural gas has stopped flowing to a drilling rig on fire in the Gulf of Mexico," NPR's Jeff Brady tells our Newscast Desk.<p>As he reports:<p>"A drilling crew lost control of the well on Tuesday, then gas escaping from the well caught fire. No one was injured, but the flames heavily damaged a drilling …

Uranium container emits only 'minimal' radiation levels

Fire officials say the container is marked as hold U-238.<p>Miami-Dade Fire Rescue teams examining a 55-gallon drum containing depleted uranium Thursday at Opa-Locka Executive Airport found only "minimum levels' of radiation and were preparing to open up the area for cleanup.<p>The MDFR said on Twitter …

Syrian Death Toll Tops 100,000 as Massive Refugee Crisis Deepens

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The United Nations has officially put the death toll from Syria's two-and-a-half year civil war at …

Biogenesis Whistleblower Says Other Sports Have Athletes Who Took PEDs

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The man who started the investigation that took down Major League Baseball's Ryan Braun (and …

Private astronaut taxi development is entering final phase

An artistic rendition of the Dream Chaser vehicle launching into space.<p>WASHINGTON — NASA has released a draft solicitation for the fourth and final development phase of its Commercial Crew Program, which is still expected to result in a crewed space launch to the International Space Station from …

Space Exploration

10 Former Contestants Say 'American Idol' Is Racist, Sue For $25 Million Each

The ex-contestants' lawyer James Freeman submitted a letter in January to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for permission to sue Idol for allegedly being racist.<p>Freeman says the show probed these 10 black contestants' histories for arrest records and then allegedly used the …

Employment Law

IRIS telescope snaps first photos of mystery region of the sun

A still image from the first movie captured by the IRIS solar observatory, 21 hours after mission controllers opened the telescope’s door.<p>NASA's newest solar observatory has taken its first photos of the lowest layers of the solar atmosphere, a mysterious and little-understood region of the sun.<p>The …

Astronomy

The age of the connected car will bring new safety, comfort — and threats

How do you reduce the number of highway accidents? Just tell all the cars to look out for each other.<p>As far out as that may sound, that's exactly what the National Transportation Safety Board recommended this week, following a fatal bus crash, and it's part of a fundamental shift in the automotive …

Autonomous Cars

Someone Threw Paint on the Lincoln Memorial

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was closed on Friday morning after it was discovered that …

The U.S. Now Recognizes eSports Players As Professional Athletes

To the general public, the idea that those who play video games for a living have much in common with high level professional athletes might be laughable. But those involved with the scene understand the unique talent, skill and determination of the players mirrors that of “real” athletes, even if …

You May Have Missed The Fact That Halo Is Nominated For An Emmy

This week when the Emmy nominations were announced for 2013, you may have reacted by bemoaning the fact that Tatiana Maslany was snubbed for Orphan Black, or griping that the entire cast of Modern Family is taking up 54 nomination spots for the fourth year in a row.<p>You may have missed the fact that …

Japan Wants To Restart Its Nuclear Plants

At the top of my Facebook news feed this morning there was a picture of two mutated peaches, allegedly affected by fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster over two years ago.<p>Since then Japan’s nuclear power plants, which used to supply 30% of the nation’s energy, have been closed for “safety …

Japan

The Week in Review: Comic-Con Edition

Inside Flipboard / July 19, 2013<p>Comic-Con, the annual celebration of all things geeky, began yesterday in San Diego with 130,000 people attending—a …

ESPY Awards 2013: Ranking the Top Nominees That Went Home Empty-Handed

To modify something that Bill Hader said at the 2013 ESPY Awards while spoofing Vladimir Putin, the ESPYs are where we hand out awards for winning awards.<p>So what better way to look back on the event than to hand out a hypothetical award for the nominee that wasn't awarded an award?<p>When the ballots …

Awards

FYI: If A Mosquito Bites Me After I’ve Had A Beer, Can It Get Drunk?

B-b-b-buzzz<p>Shockingly, no major studies have been conducted on this topic. "The implications are, however, profound," says Michael Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. "Reckless flying, passing out in frosty beer mugs, hitting on crane flies instead of mosquito babes. Frightening!" …