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By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Now Europe Must Decide Whether to Make an Example of Greece

For years now, it has seemed to any reasonably informed outsider that something was going to have to give in Greece. You surely couldn’t have an economy in depression for five years and counting, in a democracy, without the people demanding a different approach, consequences be what they …

World Economy

NASA's New Horizons may be in trouble just days from Pluto

At the edge of our solar system, a spacecraft has put itself into safe mode, leaving it unable to gather groundbreaking new data on the famous former …

Aeronautics

Astronomers discover 'monster black holes'

Discovery suggests there may be millions more 'supermassive' black holes in the universe than were previously thought

Five monster black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.

The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" …

Astronomy

U.S. Women Win World Cup, 5-2

"We just made history."

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) —Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.

And with it came the Americans’ elusive third Women’s World Cup title.

Lloyd scored a hat trick as the U.S. burst to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending …

American Soccer

Google's Dream Robot Is Running Wild Across the Internet

Remember a few weeks back, when we learned that Google’s artificial neural network was having creepy daydreams, turning buildings into acid trips and …

Google

Kevin Feige Updates Everyone On Phase III Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe

For the past several years Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been crushing it at the box office. It all started with Phase 1 movies like Iron Man

Kevin Feige

The Travel Hacks You Should Know (But Probably Don’t)

Know your baggage policies inside out

This article originally appeared on Map Happy.

Travel hacking is often synonymous with credit card churn and gaming points and miles. I’m no stranger to those tactics but I’ve always been more interested in the nifty, devious ways to get what you want while on …

Flying

Russian spacecraft filled with crew supplies docks at space station

(CNN) —After a series of failed resupply missions, the International Space Station finally got a load of supplies on Sunday when a Russian spacecraft filled with assorted goodies for the crew docked at the station.

The unmanned rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday. …

Space

Pluto-Bound New Horizons Probe Is Getting Back to Normal After Glitch

NASA says scientists are planning to return the New Horizons probe to normal science operations on Tuesday, a week before its historic Pluto flyby, after figuring out what caused a weekend glitch that briefly knocked it out of contact with Earth.

"I'm pleased that our mission team quickly identified …

Pluto

7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far

LONDON (AP) — After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing."

Since the Sept. 11 attacks in the …

Surveillance

Google is working on a mysterious new product that could be a new Google Glass

The Federal Communications Commission last week approved a mysterious new Google device that is known only as "GG1."

Many times, FCC documents will indicate what kind of device is receiving approval, but in this case Google asked for, and got, approval for confidentiality.

The new device sports WiFi, …

Google

Utility drones could inspect equipment, scan for outages

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage.

Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside …

Drones

3-Ingredient Homemade Whipped Cream in a Jar in 3 Minutes

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There’s nothing quite like homemade whipped cream. And luckily, it doesn’t take too much fuss to mix some up for yourself when you want …

Whipped Cream

Pluto: Nasa probe set for fly-past of frozen ‘dwarf planet’

Pluto is so far away (4.8bn km) and so small (about two-thirds the size of the Earth’s moon) that we’ve never had a good look at it, not even with the Hubble space telescope. In Hubble images, Pluto has always been a tiny, pixelated blob. Until now.

A Nasa spacecraft, New Horizons, is bearing down …

Space

How Google Glass v2 Could Change The Enterprise

This week a new device passed through the FCC—codenamed GG1—and many have speculated that it’s the next generation of the Google Glass hardware. While the Explorer Edition was anything but a runaway success, what some are calling the “Enterprise Edition” could very well be what Glass needs to take …

Google

The 14 most exciting new tech products that will launch before the end of the year

We're halfway through the year, which means there's still plenty of time for companies such as Apple, Google, and Samsung to release new products in time for the holiday season.

Although most of these companies haven't spoken publicly about their new products yet, leaks have given us an idea of …

Mobile Technology

The best way to photograph fireworks with your iPhone

The best part about the Fourth of July is the fireworks, but the worst part is all of the mediocre pictures of fireworks that end up flooding your Instagram feed.

If you scroll back far enough back in your pictures, you can probably find a subpar fireworks picture you took from last year.

Nothing …

iPhone

Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station

A Russian booster rocket on Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.

A Soyuz-U rocket blasted off flawlessly from Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in …

Space

New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage, fewer chips + design tweaks

Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data …

iPhone

Solar power set to provide record 15% of UK’s power

Sunny weather and a recent surge in solar panel installations means that solar power could provide a record 15% of the UK’s electricity on Friday afternoon.

Torrid heat tends to slightly reduce solar panels’ generating capacities, and with fresher conditions forecast across much of the UK, the …

Renewable Energy

13th century Mongolian ship Kublai Khan sent to invade Japan found

Two armadas sent by the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty to invade Japan decimated by legendary 'kamikaze'

Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a Mongolian ship that was part of a fleet dispatched by Kublai Khan to invade Japan in the 13th century.

The ship is the second to be located off southern …

Japan

Microsoft Edge is already good enough for me to drop Chrome

From the tarnished ashes of Internet Explorer came Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser built from the ground up for Windows 10. When we first went hands-on with the browser – then still called Project Spartan – we thought it brought some interesting concepts to the table, but it was much too buggy …

Google Chrome

DNA sequencing shows how woolly mammoths got that way

In what is being called the "most comprehensive" study of its kind, a team from the University of Chicago claims that it has revealed the massive amount of genetic change needed for woolly mammoths to adapt to their arctic environment. The study, which was published on July 2 in Cell Reports, shows …

DNA

Zero UI will "change design"

Zero UI is the new term for "invisible interfaces"—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: "If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex …

UI Design

Latest Siri prank has more idiots calling emergency services

Siri has become an accessory to even more bullcrap from the Internet as pranksters have found another way to trick Apple’s digital assistant into contacting emergency services. And it’s only slightly less dumb than you think.

The prank claims that “something funny” will happen if you say “112” to …

Pranks

The meaning of life, according to Google's chatbot AI

Google's chatbot artificial intelligence has some interesting -- and not entirely illogical -- ideas about morality, philosophy and the meaning of …

Google

Russian Spacecraft Successfully Launches To International Space Station

It looks like the third time’s the charm for NASA and its international partners. The unmanned Russian Progress 60 was successfully launched from Kazakhstan, less than a week after a SpaceX cargo flight exploded and a little over two months since Progress 59 craft suffered a failure which prevented …

Space Science

Is the seat-back movie about to die out?

Airlines feel the pressure to keep us constantly entertained while we’re up in the air. Is wi-fi about to change how we keep entertained above the clouds? Katia Moskvitch takes a peek.

In 1936, just over a decade after passenger air travel started with the invention of the airship, the dirigible …

Passengers

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know going into the weekend.

1. People are saying that Facebook is considering buying Twitter. But that doesn't make much sense, because Facebook's previous acquisitions — Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus — all had big growth potential at the time.

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Startups