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How to Anonymize Your Browsing with a Tor-Powered Raspberry Pi Hotspot

If you’ve been thinking about trying out Tor to anonymize all your web browsing, you could just download a browser and give that a spin, but it’s …

Fossil find reveals just how big carnivorous dinosaur may have grown

An unidentified fossilised bone in a museum has revealed the size of a fearsome abelisaur and may have solved a hundred-year old puzzle.

Russian police arrest woman seen waving child's head

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police on Monday arrested a woman who was seen waving the severed head of a small child outside a Moscow subway station. She is suspected of killing the child when it was in her care, officials said.<p>Videos posted on Russian news websites show a woman dressed all in black, …

Crime

'Martian' Star Matt Damon Wears Van Cleef & Arpels' Midnight Planétarium Watch At Oscars

If there was ever a more appropriate product placement for The Oscars, I haven’t seen it.<p>Matt Damon, star of the Science Fiction film, “The Martian,” wore the Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication by Van Cleef & Arpels to the Oscars. The watch scales the universe down to the wrist, providing a …

Jewelry

This is what Downtime Looked Like Going to the Moon

It turns out that even astronauts can be vandals. Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins left some graffiti on the wall of Columbia that has remained unseen for almost fifty years.<p>Curators with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum are in the process of scanning the spacecraft for its …

29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Need To Be Reading

And you thought your reading list was long already...

White House dismisses GOP 'bluster' on Scalia replacement

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The White House is making clear that President Barack Obama will defy Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail who want him to leave the momentous task of nominating a new Supreme Court justice to the next administration.<p>"This is not the first time that Republicans have …

CNN

Mexico begins process of extraditing drug kingpin El Chapo to the US

Mexican agents assigned to Interpol served two arrest warrants to the drug lord on Sunday after he was recaptured following a dramatic, months-long hunt<p>Mexico has begun the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States after the famed fugitive was recaptured …

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2015. (Ranked in no particular order.)

NASA’s New Spacecraft Will Touch The Sun

Scientists at NASA and Johns Hopkins University are working on a space probe that will literally touch the surface of the sun. NASA’s Solar Probe Plus, which is currently being built, will cost $1.5 billion and will carry an array of sensors into the sun’s corona, where they will (hopefully) …

Peter Jackson Admits He Was Making It Up As He Went Along For ‘The Hobbit’

I've been a fan of Peter Jackson's work for a great many years, but you can count me among those who people who were dismayed by his Hobbit trilogy. …

Movies

Your Great-Grandma’s Dirty Books

In the early 20th century, out of wedlock pregnancies were explained away as the result of drugs and white slavery, and high times were always …

National Book Awards: The Best Reader Wins!

The winners of the National Book Awards were selected this week following an evening in which all the nominees participated in a reading hosted by New School University. Even though I have no idea whether or not the judges attended the readings, I couldn't help noticing that the best readers -- at …

Astronaut Scott Kelly's 'UFO' photo generates extraterrestrial buzz

The truth is out there … maybe. A photo tweeted by astronaut Scott Kelly is generating plenty of extraterrestrial buzz.<p>Kelly, who recently broke the U.S. record for most days in space, tweeted the picture taken from the International Space Station Sunday.<p>An apparent ‘object’ in the top right hand …

Paranormal
Books

Bill Nye says bubbling air into Earth's oceans might save the planet from ourselves

In keeping true to form, Nye laid down his opinion on yet another contentious but intriguing field during an interview with National Geographic on Nov. 15.<p>In the chat, Nye said he believes that geoengineering — a family of techniques to hack the environment — could be a game-changer for combating …

Climate Change

SpaceX Is About to Win Its First-Ever U.S. Military Mission

It looks like SpaceX is set to land its first US military contract. Elon Musk’s company sued for the right to be considered, and now they’re the last …

Amazon Starts Black Friday Early

Following news regarding the launch of its own Black Friday store with exclusive deals for Prime members, Amazon announced this morning that it will actually begin selling its holiday deals this Friday, November 20. Typically, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving here in the U.S., meaning it …

George Lucas Explains Why He's Done Directing Star Wars Movies

“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” is how George explains why he stepped away from the world-famous franchise he created. “And it’s not much fun. You can’t experiment.”<p>Lucas may have handed the <i>Star Wars</i> reins over to Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams, but that doesn’t mean he’s done …

6 futuristic cars powered entirely by the sun

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Innovators around the world are obsessed with harnessing the power of the sun. Solar energy has been used to power lamps that light up the night, to run desalinators that create clean drinking water, and to offset fossil fuels on utility grids. But what about solar cars? The world …

Clean Energy

NASA sends its Valkyrie humanoid robots to college

NASA wants to send its 6-foot-tall, 290-pound humanoid robot R5 (which also goes by the more intimidating name "Valkyrie") to Mars and other extraterrestrial locations. The agency originally designed the R5 for search-and-rescue missions, though, so to prepare the machine for a future of …

Amazon's $50 Fire is a perfect throwaway tablet for kids

Amazon's latest 7-inch Fire tablet is so budget-minded it comes in a six-pack. For less than one iPad mini 2, you can get <i>six</i> of Amazon's $50 Fire …

Daniel Radcliffe Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and Reveals Which Costume He'll Wear to See The Force Awakens

Daniel Radcliffe is now officially an immortalized Muggle.<p>The <i>Harry Potter</i> actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, sporting a …

Movies

Indonesia is the next challenger to Beijing in the South China Sea

Claim almost an entire sea for yourself and you’re bound to stir things up. That’s especially true when it’s the South China Sea, arguably the world’s most important body of water for international trade and potential future military conflicts.<p>Citing a “nine-dash line” it drew up at the end of …

China

Solar System's most distant object hints at hidden planet

Astronomers have found the most distant object ever observed in the Solar System. The lump of rock is 15.5bn km from the Sun, three times further …

Astronomy

Amazon's new bookshop 'reverse showroomed' in Seattle

Author Allison Stieger chooses book at the online giant’s new bricks-and-mortar store – then buys it from an indie bookseller<p>Writer Allison Stieger has been hailed as the first person ever to “reverse showroom” Amazon, after she browsed for a book in the online giant’s new Seattle bookshop before …

Books

3 secrets to dealing with anger the right way, according to neuroscience

And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone…<p>I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions in <i>yourself</i>?<p>Looking at the neuroscience, there's a right way and a wrong way to do …

Anger Management

Terminally ill 'Star Wars' fan who saw 'The Force Awakens' early has died

This is not the first time "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams has granted a fan's final wish.<p>In 2012, Abrams sent a rough cut of "Star Trek Into Darkness" to a devoted Trekkie who was terminally ill with cancer five months before the film opened. The fan passed away shortly after watching …

Science Fiction

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how 'Star Wars' lightsabers could actually work

"Star Wars" lightsabers are a novel idea. They're lightweight, portable, and their laser-like beams can cut through just about anything. Unfortunately, the reality isn't so simple. Astrophysicist and "StarTalk Radio" host Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how the fictional blade would work in real</i> …

Neil deGrasse Tyson