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Coldest Place In The Universe? NASA Wants To Create It On ISS With Future SpaceX Cargo Mission

In the relative vacuum of outer space, it is very, very cold but even the coldest known place in the universe is not the coldest it can theoretically …

The Countries With The Largest Shadow Economies [Infographic]

The shadow economy, the black market, the non-observed economy or the underground economy. It goes by many names and it’s generally defined as businesses and individuals engaging in inappropriate practices without complying with certain legal obligations such as paying tax or maintaining acceptable …

Economics

'Divorced from reality': CBS anchor slams Trump after wild day of inaccurate comments

"It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality," Pelley said on Monday's edition of "CBS Evening News."<p>Pelley pointed to multiple factually suspect claims from earlier in the day.<p>First on his list was Trump's stunning claim, made in a speech to military leaders in …

Donald Trump

New U.S. U.N. envoy warns allies: back us or we'll take names | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pledged on Friday to overhaul the world body and warned U.S. allies that if they do not support Washington, then she is “taking names” and will respond.<p>Haley made brief remarks to reporters as she arrived at the …

North Africa

Why Latin America and Africa Struggle to Grow

The reasons are very different, but the result is the same.<p>The great macroeconomist Robert Lucas once uttered a memorable quote about the mystery of economic development:<p>Is there some action a government of India could take that would lead the Indian economy to grow [more rapidly]. If so, what, …

Economic Development

Americans overwhelmingly support Bernie Sanders’ economic policies — so how’d we end up here?

Most Americans want single-payer health care, economic justice and action on climate change. That day will come<p>During a CNN town hall held by Sen. Bernie Sanders last Monday, the Vermont senator and progressive icon tried to drive home a point that he has frequently made in the past: There is …

Middle-class

How stone can help you create a more sustainable home

From the pyramids at Giza, to Stonehenge, to Machu Picchu, it is no coincidence that all of the longest lasting human structures are made from stone. …

They make the finest counterfeit money in the world. The U.S. just recovered $30 million worth.

The product is carefully created in rural facilities throughout the Peruvian countryside using cheap labor, then hoarded in stash houses controlled by violent gangs in Lima.<p>Once there, the goods are packed into parcels, loaded onto planes or hidden inside luggage, pottery, hollowed-out Bibles, …

Corruption

Interactive: How global bonds are the bedrock of a diversified portfolio

Global diversification—the idea of spreading your risks and returns across domestic and international markets—is a basic principle of investing. But while many investors have signed on to the idea of diversifying their stocks, their bond portfolios are often highly concentrated in the U.S.1<p>What you …

Investing

How to Cash In on Weed Legalization

A bevy of state ballot measures passed this week reveal it's only a matter of time before legalized marijuana use is the law of the land in the U.S. …

Cannabis

Some Alien Worlds Could Have 'Too Much' Water for Life

As with everything in life, too much of a good thing can be bad — and that logic now seems to apply to alien life, too.<p>Since Proxima Centauri b (or …

This Might Be Our Best Shot at Finding That 'Alien Megastructure'

Since it was first suggested that the flickering star known as KIC 8462852 might be a Dyson Sphere, telescope-toting astronomers associated with the …

Physicists Beat Yet Another Challenge To Dark Matter's Existence

One of the most important innovations in understanding the Universe and how it came to be the way we see it today is dark matter. This unseen, invisible form of mass helps hold the galaxies, groups and clusters in the Universe together, and enables us to form the great cosmic web of structure we …

Dark Matter

Americans are more bullish than ever on legal weed

Just two years ago, the public was evenly divided on marijuana legalization, according to polling from the Public Religion Research Institute: In August 2014, 44 percent of Americans favored it, while 50 percent were opposed.<p>That 44 percent was on the low end of the support recorded in similar …

Cannabis

Signals from space aliens? Scientists disagree

The claim of two scientists that they may have found evidence of intelligent aliens is raising some astronomers' eyebrows.<p>Appearing in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the pair's study reports that 234 stars (out of over two million surveyed) have signals in the …

Dakota pipeline showdown at Standing Rock: When a powerful corporate chief is resisted by defenders of Native American ceremonial grounds

Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer Partners’ well-heeled chief, meets his match in North Dakota with Lakota Sioux<p>In bad movies (and bad history alike), the Native American ceremonial pipe figured prominently as symbol of defeat — typically in a cliched scene of subdued chieftains signing a treaty of …

North Dakota

The Universe Might Have a Delete Button - And It Could Destroy Physics as We Know It

Eep.<p>Here’s something to think about - physicists have proposed that the Universe could have a 'self destruct' mechanism, whereby everything in …

Physics

Scientists are unlocking the mystery of how marijuana makes us get high

This will help us better understand how to use the drug for medical purposes<p>How <i>exactly</i> does marijuana make us high? We’re a little closer to knowing now that scientists have figured out the structure of the brain receptor that interacts with the drug. The discovery will help us understand how to …

Cannabis

See Mars' frigid south pole in new orbiter image

The Red Planet has a white spot on its south pole in a new photo from the ESA's Mars Express orbiter.<p>Mars is known for its reddish hue, but not everything on the planet falls into line with that color scheme. The European Space Agency released a new look at Mars on Monday that shows the planet's …

South Pole

Caribbean smuggling routes are still active, and 400 pounds of marijuana floating in the Florida Keys are proof

In less than 30 days between September and October this year, Customs and Border Protection agents and the US Coast Guard recovered nearly 400 pounds of marijuana floating in the waters off the Florida Keys and eastern Florida.<p>The drugs, collected in 15 separate incidents, were found floating at …

Rowing

The Untold Story of the First Atoms in the Universe

Exactly when and how were the original hydrogen atoms destroyed? A new telescope may provide an answer.<p><b>By Aaron Parsons,</b> <i>Associate Professor of</i> …

National Science Foundation

Engineers Diagnosing Voyager 2 Data System

<b>Updated May 24, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. PDT</b><p>Engineers successfully reset a computer onboard Voyager 2 that caused an unexpected data pattern shift, and the …

Astronomy

We Were Very Wrong About the Number of Galaxies in the Universe

Using the Hubble Space telescope and other observatories, astronomers have completed the most accurate census of galaxies in the observable universe …

How Yawning Is Linked to Having a Bigger Brain

Yawning is one of the great mysteries of life. You see someone yawn, and you feel like yawning yourself. You get tired, you yawn, presumably because …

Neurology

Time Might Only Exist in Your Head. And Everyone Else's

Past. Present. Future.<p>In physics, they are all the same thing. But to you, me, and everyone else, time moves in one direction: from expectation, …

Scientists Confirm the Universe has no Direction

The universe is not spinning or stretched in any particular direction, according to the most stringent test yet. Looking out into the night sky, we …

Supermaterials Offer New Means of Searching for Superlight Dark Matter

Two new papers offer new methods of searching for the most evasive forms of dark matter.<p>No one said detecting dark matter would be easy. We didn't even know about the stuff until a couple of decades ago, after all, despite the fact that it represents some 85 percent of all of the mass in the …

Physics

Vancouver’s cooling market is a welcome development, but delicate

<i>Sébastien Lavoie is chief economist at Laurentian Bank Securities.</i><p>Vancouver housing has gotten increasingly out of reach for the average income earner. Yet, many households have been willing to bury themselves in debt to become homeowners. As such, British Columbia might no longer be "The Best …

Elephant history rewritten by ancient genomes

DNA from extinct species forces rethink of elephants’ family tree.<p>The genome of a mysterious ancient fossil has shaken up the elephant family …

Evolution