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NSA Officers Spy on Love Interests

WASHINGTON—National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.<p>The practice isn’t frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade — but it’s common enough to garner …

Dangers of loneliness: Social isolation is deadlier than obesity.

Over the winter I moved from New York City to Portland, Ore. The reasons for my move were purely logical. New York was expensive and stressful. …

Bible Contradictions, Misogyny, Violence, Inaccuracies interactively visualized

The Holy Bible<p>Bible Contradictions<p>Source:<p>Book:<p>Type:<p>Colors:<p>Scientific Absurdities & Historical Inaccuracies<p>And there appeared another wonder in …

Obama wants all the info in your Smart Phone without a Warrant (Lazare)

<i>Sarah Lazare writes at Commondreams.org</i><p>Amid ongoing controversy over NSA warrantless spying programs, another legal battle exposes the Obama …

The full moon this week will technically be a "blue moon," although it won't really be blue, as this artist rendering suggests. So, what is a blue moon? http://oak.ctx.ly/r/a2ox It is possible for the moon to have a bluish hue if there's been a recent forest fire or volcanic eruption that pumped significant smoke or ash into the upper atmosphere.

Astronauts could one day get a power surge from hi-tech robotic suits, like real-life versions of "Iron Man" hero Tony Stark. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/a65x Below, NASA project engineer Roger Rovekamp demonstrates the X1 Robotic Exoskeleton, which could give superhuman strength to people on long-duration space missions to an asteroid or Mars, or act as a "resistive device" for exercising, agency officials say.

Stargazers are thrilled over the surprise appearance of a star explosion, known as a nova, in the night sky last week, but just how frequently does a nova become bright enough to be seen with the naked eye? http://oak.ctx.ly/r/a6do Astrophotographer John Chumack (www.galacticimages.com) sent in this photo of the new nova in Delphinus, taken August 14, 2013, from his observatory in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The Nova Delphinus 2013 star explosion discovered in the night sky last week is the brightest nova seen from Earth in at least five years and its visible now to the naked eye. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/aaze Astrophotographer André van der Hoeven captured Nova Delphinus 2013 from HI-Ambacht in The Netherlands on August 16, 2013.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy was quick on the draw when he captured a video of an 'unidentified object' near the International Space Station on Monday (Aug. 19). http://oak.ctx.ly/r/afj8 "Was it a UFO? Not really," NASA officials wrote in a video description. "Russian ground controllers identified it as an antenna cover from the Zvezda service module."

Ancient Egyptian beads found in a 5,000-year-old tomb were made from iron meteorites that fell to Earth from space, according to a new study. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/afz1 The beads, which are the oldest known iron artifacts in the world, were crafted roughly 2,000 years before Egypt's Iron Age.

A new documentary profiles the people who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice: leaving Earth on a one-way trip to Mars. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/agvs The film, "One Way Astronaut," tells the story of the Mars One mission to send colonists to Mars starting in 2023, and follows four of the nearly 80,000 aspiring astronauts who have applied for the mission.

One of NASA's Newest Astronauts Wrote a Limerick to Get Hired

Becoming an astronaut is one of the most difficult careers to achieve: The eight new astronaut candidates recently selected by NASA had to endure …

Packing For The Apocalypse And Other Amazing Images From This Week