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SpaceX's 'reusable rocket' just exploded to bits — but the company says it's going to push forward anyway

Despite SpaceX's failure on Sunday morning, the company says it wants to stay on track for manned space flights.<p>On Sunday, SpaceX cargo flight CRS-7 exploded over Florida.<p>The rocket was carrying food, water, equipment and research to the International Space Station, the artificial satellite …

Malwarebytes offers pirates and duped customers 12 months of its premium antimalware product for free

Malwarebytes, a security company best known for its Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) product, has debuted an Amnesty program for Windows users. If you pirated Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, purchased a counterfeit version of the software, or are having problems with your key in general, the company is …

Doctors Are Using Lasers To Treat People With Severe Psychological Conditions

Not your grandmother’s lobotomy<p>In the middle of the 20th century, lobotomies were a relatively common treatment for people with severe mental illnesses. The controversial procedure surgically destroyed neurons connecting a patient’s prefrontal cortex to the rest of the brain. Since the 1960s, the …

Rosetta Spacecraft Will Orbit A Comet For Nine Extra Months

It may use the time to try some risky maneuvers<p>The spacecraft that's orbiting a duck-shaped comet 180 million miles from Earth just got its life extended. Instead of ending in December of this year, the Rosetta mission will continue flying around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko until September 2016.<p>…

US military to develop Star Wars-style hoverbikes with British company

The Malloy Aeronautics prototype, powered by four bladed fans, is intended to do many of the jobs of a helicopter but will be safer and cheaper<p>Science fiction-obsessed children of the 1960s might have been disappointed to know that half a century later they would neither live in space nor get their …

U.S. Military

Crater Shows Mars Probably Had Water 500,000 Years Ago

Go with the (debris) flow<p>When it comes to space, one of humanity's favorite pastimes is looking for flowing water on Mars. Scientists pore over the latest dark streaks on the surface analyze meteorites for their water content and check out the latest data from the Mars Curiosity rover, hoping that …

Space

An end to email shame? Gmail's 'Undo Send' comes to the masses

Popular feature that recalls email after sending will become standard part of Google’s webmail after years in beta mode<p>If you’ve ever drunkenly emailed your devotion to a former partner or accidentally used reply-all on an email thread to thousands of colleagues, good news: Gmail’s “undo send” …

Apps

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations<p>Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations …

Privacy

Spanish Town Finally Drops 'Kill Jews' Name

A Spanish village with a name that translates to “Camp Kill Jews” has finally officially changed its name to Castrillo Mota de Judios, or “Jews’ Hill …

Tourists Accused of Naked Pics on 'Sacred' Peak Face Jail

Four Western tourists are facing three months in a Malaysian prison after allegedly stripping naked on a "sacred" mountain — an act local tribes believe angered spirits and triggered a deadly earthquake.<p>Two Canadians, a British woman and a Dutch national appeared in court Wednesday and were …

Asia

Prosecutor: Doctors thought Germanwings co-pilot was unfit to fly but were barred from telling his employer

The doctors didn't report their concerns to Andreas Lubitz's employers, however, because of German patient privacy laws, Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters in Paris.<p>Robin met with families of victims Thursday and updated reporters on the status of the investigation into the March 24 …

Al Jazeera journalists suspected of aiding terrorists are still waiting for a verdict in Egypt

However, hopes for a long-awaited verdict exonerating the journalists were dashed with another adjournment until this week.<p>Baher Mohamed, the producer who was detained along with his colleagues Egyptian Canadian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Australian journalist Peter Greste, in late December …

UN peacekeepers buy sex with cellphones, TVs: report

A third of allegations of sexual abuse by UN personnel involve a minor under 18, according to the report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) obtained by AFP on Thursday.<p>Interviews done with victims in Haiti and Liberia suggest that the United Nations is downplaying the scale of the …

South Korea reports four new cases of MERS, total 126 | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s Health Ministry reported on Friday four new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) bringing the total to 126, the world’s largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.<p>A couple wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) looks at …

MERS

Tapping the Pacific: Desalination Plant Will Make Ocean Drinkable

Lapping more than one thousand miles of coastline in drought-stricken California is a tantalizing, vast source of water: the Pacific Ocean.<p>Cost and environmental concerns have kept Californians from tapping the salty Pacific. But now, as the historic drought enters its fourth year with no end in …

Water

U.S., Russian aircraft came within 10 feet over Black Sea

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A Russian fighter jet, flying at high speed, came within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month, several U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.<p>The Russian jet flew alongside the U.S. plane at the same altitude, …

Military

Madam gets 10 years after buttocks-enhancement death

A former madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.<p>Padge-Victoria Windslowe told jurors during her spring murder trial that …

The NAACP stands behind one of its leaders accused of 'pretending' to be black

Her name is Rachel Dolezal. The Washington Times reports Dolezal, has identified as white, black and Native American.<p>Dolezal's mother, told some media outlets in the Spokane area that her family's ancestry consists of Czech, Swedish and German with traces of Native American heritage.<p>It's unclear …

Zimbabwe offers new exchange rate: $1 for 35,000,000,000,000,000 old dollars

Central bank discards local currency after years of hyperinflation which at one point reached 500,000,000,000%<p>Zimbabweans will start exchanging “quadrillions” of local dollars for a few US dollars next week as President Robert Mugabe’s government discards its virtually worthless national …

Central Banks

Japan to speed up return of Fukushima area evacuees | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to revoke evacuation orders for most people forced from their homes by the Fukushima nuclear disaster within two years as part of a plan to cut compensation payouts and speed up reconstruction, the government said on Friday.<p>General aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power …

Nuclear Energy

Massachusetts man kills himself with chemical gas, sending 11 to hospital

A man who was apparently distraught over a failing relationship released chemical gases in his apartment on Thursday, killing himself and sending 11 other people to the hospital, authorities said.<p>Police in Lowell say officers and paramedics responded in the late morning to a third-floor apartment …

Estonian construction workers dig up medieval ships

While working on the foundations for high-end apartments in a seaside area of the Baltic state's capital, the men noticed something strange in the ground: the remains of at least two ships thought to be from the 14th-17th centuries.<p>"We were digging the ground, when we found some massive wooden …

Ancient DNA sheds light on how language, cultures evolved in Bronze Age Europe

It's tricky studying the history of a time when no one wrote things down. Archaeology pieces together how people lived in the past by studying artifacts they left behind; linguistics by analyzing newer languages to reconstruct the old.<p>This week, another branch of science -- genetics -- gave the …

Anthropology

Accidental anthrax shipments follow a familiar pattern

The<p>Centers for Disease Control and Preventiondiscovered in May that an Army biodefense lab in Utah accidentally shipped live samples of anthrax to private and military research facilities in as many as 17 states, Canada, Australia and South Korea over a period of six years.<p>But this error is not the …

Public Health

The Camaro ZL1 is a terrible submarine

Driver okay, ego drowned.<p>Yesterday, we learned that the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is all sorts of wicked on the circuit at Alabama's Barber Motorsports Park. Today, we've learned that the 2014 Camaro ZL1 makes a terrible submarine.<p>You can probably guess how this one went.<p>While barreling through northern …

Honda readying Veloster-rivaling concept for Beijing?

Maybe the rumors of the CR-Z's death have been exaggerated. Honda has just released the first teaser of a new concept that it plans to debut at the Beijing Motor Show at the end of April. It shows off a sporty looking coupe that looks like the child of a CR-Z and Hyundai Veloster. However, the …

SRT Viper drags an F-16 Viper in latest car vs. jet showdown

Which is faster, a supercar or a fighter jet? It's a question we've seen people try to answer time and time again, like in this latest showdown. Orchestrated by the Viper Club of America, this drag race pits a 2014 SRT Viper against an F-16 fighter jet, which may be officially known as the Fighting …

Smarts Targeted in Spate of San Francisco Car Tippings

California’s infamous Zodiac serial killer—who terrorized northern California from the late-60s to the mid-1970s—has never been caught. Terrifying? You bet, and now the city faces yet another haunting mystery: A roaming group of serial Smart-tippers. According to a KRON 4 local news report, three …

Marussia production car hopes dead, F1 team gets new owners

Russian media outlet R-Sport reports that sports car maker Marussia Motors has stopped making road cars and its employees in Moscow have "left the company en masse and joined a government-run technical institute." That suggests there won't be an evolution of the Cosworth-powered B2, the firm's …