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The hunt for a real (and bigger) Death Star is on

Last month, NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft suffered a potentially mission-ending malfunction, prompting the eyes of many astronomers and space geeks to grow a little misty. The crippling blow came just as data from Kepler had begun to identify more distant Earth-like planets within the …

Santa Monica shootings claim fifth victim

John Zawahri is believed to have killed his father and brother at the start of his shooting spree.<p>Two days after a shooting spree shocked the affluent beachfront city of Santa Monica, the rampage claimed a fifth victim Sunday with the death of a woman who had been shot in an SUV.<p>"I am saddened to …

US and China agree to limit HFC greenhouse gases, setting global warming back by two years

On Saturday, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made a public pledge to scale back production of HFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons), especially potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators, air conditioners and insulating foam. According to the White House, the proposed phasedown would …

In the shadow of Google Glass, an augmented reality industry revs its engines

Dreaming of superpowers at Augmented World Expo 2013<p>Steve Mann.<p>"People always ask me if this is the dawn of the augmented reality industry," relates celebrated sci-fi author Bruce Sterling. "No, this is not the dawn," he says with relish, "this is 10:45AM on what's turning out to be a hot and …

Hacker Who Helped Expose Steubenville Could Get More Prison Time Than The 2 Convicted Rapists

A 26-year-old cybersecurity consultant who made the rape of a 16-year-old in Steubenville, Ohio a national outrage has been raided by the FBI, Mother Jones reports.<p>Deric Lostutter — previously known as KYAnonymous — identified himself in an exclusive interview to Mother Jones.<p>The young hacker now …