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Microsoft says this might be the last console generation

It also explained its confusing E3 statements on Project Scorpio exclusives.<p>Earlier today I sat down with Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft's head of Xbox games marketing, to talk about Xbox One, Project Scorpio and the future of console gaming. Here are Greenberg's thoughts on three key topics.<p>On Project …

Xbox

40,000 Russian troops are preparing for war in Crimea, and the US is 'extremely concerned'

As many as 40,000 Russian troops, including tanks, armored vehicles, and air force units, are now arrayed along Ukraine's eastern border with Russia.<p>Additionally, large numbers of Russian military forces will conduct exercises in the coming days that Pentagon officials say could be used as cover …

Russia

RIP VHS: World's Last VCR Will Be Made This Month

Be warned, vintage videophiles: Japan’s Funai Electric, a company that claims to be the last manufacturer of videocassette recorders (VCRs), will manufacture its last VHS player this month.<p>Funai, which manufacturers the VCRs in China for Sanyo, says the decision comes after selling only 750,000 …

Beauty and the Beast

Obama OKs federal aid for West Virginia; at least 24 dead

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for at least 25 West Virginia counties on Monday. Heavy rains were possible in many areas already ravaged by last week's floods that have killed 24 people statewide.<p>The forecast also includes hardest-hit Greenbrier County, where 16 people …

Floods

Facebook and Microsoft team up to lay a massive internet cable across the Atlantic

A 4,100-mile cable capable of 160 terabits per second<p>Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership today to lay the highest-capacity subsea internet cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, starting with hubs connecting Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable, called "MAREA" after the Spanish …

NASA is about to expand its giant inflatable habitat on the International Space Station — here’s how to watch live

As BEAM expands, NASA will also host a live Q&A on Facebook and an AMA on Reddit.<p>The pod was sent to the ISS in April aboard SpaceX's Dragon spaceship. The goal of the habitat, which will expand to about 6 feet long and 8 feet wide (the size of a small bedroom) is to give astronauts larger, more …

China Will Test A 'Straddle Bus' That Drives Over Cars

To help alleviate smog and transportation issues<p>If you've ever imagined yourself driving a monster truck over rush hour traffic, there might be a real job for you some day as a straddle bus driver.<p>Population-burdened transit systems in China may have a new and cheap solution in the form of a bus …

Transportation

Hiker, 64, Found Tied to Tree Near Blue Ridge Parkway Trail

U.S. news<p>Police are hunting a “scruffy” and “unwashed” suspect in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway after a 64-year-old hiker was found tied to a tree and in need of hospital treatment.<p>Rescuers located the woman after her friend called 911 on Thursday afternoon from the Craggy Gardens picnic …

Blue Ridge Mountains

New form of light could make fiber optics more secure

While passing light through crystals, scientists spotted an unexpected new property.<p>When light hits your eyeball, the spinning photons actually twist it (infinitesimally). The force of that spin, known as angular momentum, has always been thought to be a direct multiple of a quantum physics number …

Quantum Physics

U.S. activates Romanian missile defense site, angering Russia

DEVESELU, Romania (Reuters) - The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.<p>To the music of military bands at the …

Putin inaugurates final power link to Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's president has flipped the switch to open the last of four electricity lines to Crimea aimed at allowing the Russia-annexed …

Internet Outages Plague Northeastern U.S. Regions

If your Internet has suddenly stopped working, you’re not alone.<p>A fiber cut has reportedly disconnected some people from the Internet. According to</i> …

Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the …

Archaeologists Believe They've Found Captain Cook's Ship Endeavour

Researchers in Rhode Island say they have probably found the wreck of the HMS <i>Endeavour</i>, the ship that British explorer Captain James Cook sailed on …

'Ghost' photographed at The Shining hotel

While it's not quite a torrent of blood pouring down a corridor, it’s still pretty spooky.<p>But then it is of little surprise that the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration behind Stephen King’s 1977 bestselling horror novel, the Shining, is haunted. Supposedly.<p>The latest evidence of which comes from a …

US: North Korean missile launch a 'catastrophic' failure

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korea missile launch meant to celebrate the birthday of the country's founder ended in failure, U.S. defense …

5 Major Earthquakes In 48 Hours As A Seismologist Warns ‘Catastrophic Mega Earthquakes’ Are Coming

<b>Why is the crust of the Earth shaking so violently all of a sudden?</b><p>Over the past 48 hours, there have been five major earthquakes globally, and one …

This Homemade Cannon Spits Hot Fire

Well, launches hot metal, but that's roughly the same.<p>Thermite burns hot. Very, very hot. This makes it equally useful for welding together train tracks and also for welding shut artillery pieces, and it’s used in some grenades. Because thermite burns at such high temperatures, it’s best to be far, …

Syrian Troops Drive ISIS Out of Ancient City of Palmyra

Syrian government forces on Sunday took back Palmyra from ISIS fighters in what the army called a “mortal blow” to the terrorist group, which had …

Russian jets hit 158 targets in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT — Russia’s Defense Ministry says its warplanes have carried out 40 air sorties over the past day near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, supporting a government offensive against Islamic State militants.<p>In a statement Saturday, the ministry said 158 targets were hit, more than 100 …

U.S. sends 3 B-2 bombers to Asia-Pacific

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. Air Force has sent three of its B-2 stealth bombers on a deployment to Asia and Pacific, the service announced in a press release Wednesday.<p>The $1.15 billion bombers, which operate out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, "will integrate and conduct training with ally and …

Military

Russia warns North Korea over threats of nuclear strike

One of Pyongyang’s few remaining allies says country is in danger of creating legal grounds for international military intervention. NK News reports<p>Russia has warned North Korea that threats to deliver “preventive nuclear strikes” could create a legal basis for the use of military force against the …

5 Epic Banana Cream Pies

Happy National Banana Cream Pie Day!<p>While it's hard to choose a favorite pie, the ethereally light and fluffy banana cream pie, would surely make the …

Mapped: Russian airstrikes in Syria post-cease-fire

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Reporter<p>Bio<p>Russian airstrikes continued in Syria despite a shaky truce between factions fighting on the ground, according to a report published Monday. Though said to be hitting terrorist factions, some strikes have reportedly struck U.S.-backed opposition …

Middle East

Bin Laden's will shows that he left £20m for global jihad - and worried about CIA tracker chips in his wife's teeth

Declassified documents show the al-Qaeda leader was also still planning grand terror schemes<p>Osama bin Laden left more than £20 million in his will so that his followers could carry on his grand jihadist schemes against the West, newly declassified documents show.<p>In a series of missives that reveals …

Microsoft’s Xbox chief hints at console hardware upgrades

Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer has hinted that the company will offer optional hardware upgrades for the Xbox One in the future. Speaking at an Xbox spring showcase event last week, Spencer revealed that Microsoft plans to make the Xbox One more like a PC. "We can effectively feel a little bit …

Iowa considers allowing kids under 14 to use handguns, including .44 Magnum: ‘We do not need a militia of toddlers’

A group of Iowa lawmakers want to put handguns into the hands of babes.<p>The state's House of Representatives passed an outrageous bill Tuesday that …

NASA Researchers Are Working on a Laser Propulsion System That Could Get to Mars in 3 Days

"There is no known reason why we cannot do this."<p>Despite how far we've come in space exploration, one thing still holding us back from interstellar …

NASA’s New Space Telescope Will Study Dark Energy and Earth-Sized Planets

"WFIRST has the potential to open our eyes to the wonders of the universe, much the same way Hubble has.”<p>It's finally official: NASA's next major telescope project will be the innovative Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). The space telescope is projected to launch to the gravitational …

Russia's amazing moon base: Everything we know