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Here’s what Elon Musk plans to do with the 3rd SpaceX rocket he managed to land

Following a successful landing of the first stage of a Falcon 9 at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral on December 22, the company outdid itself by landing two more first stages on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship at sea. It nailed the ocean landing first on April 8 and then again on May 6 …

Space Travel

Putin: The Panama Papers are part of a US-led plot to weaken Russia

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any links to offshore accounts and described the Panama Papers document leaks scandal as part of a U.S.-led plot to weaken Russia.<p>Putin also defended a cellist friend named as the alleged owner of an offshore company, describing him as a …

Russia

Senate Draft Encryption Bill Called 'Absurd,' 'Dangerous,' and Technically Inept

A draft of an encryption bill created by Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein was released last night, revealing the scope of the legislation that would require technology companies to decrypt data and share it in an "intelligible format" when served with a legal …

Privacy

Mormon anti-gay rules provoke angry backlash from rank and file

New rules would see children living with gay parents denied baptism until they are 18 and same sex marriages are declared a sin<p>New Mormon church rules targeting gay members and their children have triggered a firestorm of backlash from church members of all political backgrounds.<p>Mormon scholar …

LGBTQI

Exxon Mobil Subpoenaed by New York Attorney General Over Climate

The New York attorney general has launched an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil Corp misled the public about the risks of climate change or its investors about how those risks may hurt the company's oil business.<p>Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed the company on Wednesday evening, …

Clean Technology

Chewbacca in court over lack of ID while driving Darth Vader to Ukraine election

Star Wars character appears before court in Odessa after man inside costume failed to provide identity documents<p>The Star Wars character Chewbacca has been dragged before a court in Odessa, in perhaps the most surreal episode in local elections across Ukraine that have been both hotly contested and …

IBM aims to replace silicon transistors with carbon nanotubes to keep up with Moore's Law

IBM has developed a way that could help the semiconductor industry continue to make ever more dense chips that are both faster and more power …

How God Lost the Republican Primary Debate

I almost couldn't believe it when Megyn Kelly asked viewers to return after commercials to the first Republican presidential primary debates for closing statements "and...God! Stay tuned for that!" Poor God -- demoted to "special guest" status on cable television.<p>I had begun the evening with higher …

Your Tor-based email isn't as secure as you think

A recent security breach just provided a painful reminder that Tor's anonymity network isn't completely foolproof against truly determined intruders. The email service SIGAINT is warning users that someone recently launched a sustained attempt to break into its servers and snoop on messages. While …

Iran letter could backfire, GOP dissenters say

Republicans could alienate Democrats whose votes are needed to override an Iran sanctions veto.<p>Not every Senate Republican signed on to Sen. Tom Cotton’s extraordinary letter to Iran’s leaders, and several of those who didn’t are fuming about the freshman senator’s Monday-morning foray into nuclear …

Joe Biden

T-Mobile wants your WiFi spectrum to boost its coverage

Wireless spectrum is expensive, which is why carriers are eyeing up at the portions of our airwaves that are currently reserved for WiFi. According to <i>GigaOm</i>, T-Mobile is planning to stick its tanks on the WiFi industry's lawn by launching a form of 4G that operates on the 5GHz band, promising …

US and Iran close in on nuclear deal as talks resume

The two sides are near to settling the vital question of Iran's capacity to enrich uranium<p><b>America</b> and <b>Iran</b> are close to clearing the “biggest hurdle” standing in the way of a deal over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions by agreeing to restrictions on the latter’s ability to enrich uranium.<p>The size of Iran’s …

The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

God is seldom great. These dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty and suffering rather than love and peace<p>Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to …

Transgender people in Russia banned from driving, says legal amendment

Law change listing medical impediments to driving was signed by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev last year<p>Transgender people have been banned from driving in Russia, according to a new legal amendment published this week.<p>The regulations, which affect people deemed to have “sexual disorders”, also …

A next-gen battery to land in Hawaii, courtesy of Aquion Energy

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Aquion Energy<p>A big next-generation battery will soon be hooked up to a solar system in Hawaii, providing a glimpse …

Cancer

FBI: North Korea “got sloppy” with IP addresses in Sony hack

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Astrelok/Shutterstock<p>The FBI continued to insist Wednesday that North Korea was responsible for hacking Sony Pictures …

Man seeks fake family for career advancement

A new contender for the strangest Craigslist ad ever<p>Because all social interaction is now an object lesson in catfishing, Jezebel reports that an enterprising Cleveland job-seeker has posted on Craigslist looking to hire a fake family to boost his attractiveness to employers -- and "an effort to …

Dabbling in the future of payment: A week with Apple Pay and Google Wallet

On Monday last week, Apple finally launched Apple Pay, the company's mobile-payment system that only works with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the latest iPads. (Though you can't use iPads for in-store payments.) Even though mobile payments have been around for several years now, Apple Pay is seen by …

Boehner’s lame stunt fizzles: The plan to sue Obama has gone, predictably, nowhere

GOP leader said he needed to sue Obama to save the Constitution from imminent harm. So why hasn’t he sued yet?<p>Remember when John Boehner was going to sue President Obama? It seems like an age ago, what with all the immigration crises and Ebola outbreaks and wars in the Middle East that happened …

EU and Canada set out trade agreement

<b>The European Commission and Canada have unveiled the details of a new trade liberalisation agreement.</b><p>Under the deal almost all customs tariffs will be eliminated and markets for services will be opened up.<p>But the agreement still needs approval from the EU parliament and faces particular opposition …

United Kingdom

Facebook set to become latest tech giant to abandon rightwing lobby group Alec

Google and Microsoft have recently cut ties with the group, which campaigns against climate change legislation<p>Facebook is set to become the latest tech company to end its support for a controversial rightwing lobby group that works against climate change legislation.<p>The social media company has …

The Internet Wants to Know Where to Return Apple's Gift

With or without U2, Apple's iTunes giveaway seems misguided.<p>Two days after one of the biggest product launches in Apple’s history, and Internet typers still have a lot to say.<p>Unfortunately for Apple, one strain of the conversation is not going well for the company: At least some of the 500 million …

Microsoft co-founder Allen to give $9 million for Ebola fight

Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen's charitable foundation on Thursday will announce it is donating $9 million to support U.S. efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a source familiar with the matter said.<p>The gift to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comes at a …

FCC wants to protect citizens from Stingray-style cell phone trackers

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/Tomasz Wyszoamirski<p>Devices known as Stingrays, which can secretly track and record phone users by mimicking …

Surveillance

The shocking discovery about evangelical Christianity that I made after becoming a father

I used to be a staunch evangelical. Then I adopted a child and realized how much I had suffered<p>Before I became a father, at the age of 36, I never suspected that adopting a young child, Nathan, would so powerfully dismantle my fortress-like evangelical beliefs. Nor did I anticipate the storm of …

Los Angeles police don't want you flying drones over their stations

The cops may be eager to experiment with drones for tracking bombs and (possibly) suspects, but they're apparently not that keen on people turning the tables. The LAPD claims that activist Daniel Saulmon was trespassing when he flew a machine over a Hollywood police station's parking lot. He was …

Bunch O Balloons will revolutionize water fights | Ars Technica

The product fills multiple balloons with water simultaneously.<p>Bunch O Balloons is a new product that allows you to fill and tie dozens of water bombs …

Chinese authorities raid several Microsoft offices

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/karen roach<p>Microsoft(s msft) offices in 4 Chinese cities have been raided by the authorities there for an …

"Alive Inside" Film Explores Power of Music to Restore Memory

The new documentary illustrates the power of music to evoke memory in dementia patients.<p>Audiences first encounter Henry hunched over in his wheelchair, head down, hands clasped firmly together, unresponsive to the world around him.<p>As soon as a pair of headphones are placed on his head, the …