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Kobe Bryant Almost Went to Bulls Before Shaquille O'Neal Requested Trade in 2004

Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant revealed to Shaquille O'Neal during their hourlong TNT special amid the All-Star Weekend festivities that he was ready to go to the Chicago Bulls in 2004 before the Los Angeles Lakers traded O'Neal to the Miami Heat.<p>"We were looking for places in Chicago, man, we …

Basketball

Causes of False Missile Alerts: The Sun, the Moon and a 46-Cent Chip

As strange, serious and scary as the erroneous emergency notification Saturday about a missile attack against Hawaii may have been, it was far from the first such false alarm the country has faced.<p>Every decade since the dawn of the nuclear age has seen its share of close calls, experts said. During …

When a high school student denied raping this girl at a party, she shared screenshots of their conversations

While we’ve all been preoccupied with high profile sexual assault allegations and the #MeToo movement, the story of a teenage girl, Lauren Atkin, who …

SpaceX launch leaves ghostly glowing trail in the sky

People along the West Coast looked toward the heavens Friday to find a strange, morphing orb glowing in the night sky.<p>It looked like the stuff of science fiction, but it was actually the mark of a SpaceX rocket hauling a group of telecom satellites into Earth's orbit.<p>The rocket took off from the …

Elon Musk

Mark Hamill – ‘I said to Carrie Fisher: I’m a good kisser – the next thing, we’re making out like teenagers!’

Luke Skywalker is back in The Last Jedi – and it’s a triumphant return. He recalls the shock of finding out about Fisher and Harrison Ford’s secret affair and the pain of losing his longtime friend<p>Han Solo is dead and Princess Leia, heartbreakingly, died almost a year ago, when Carrie Fisher died …

Is 'Man Flu' a Real Thing? Here's What We Know

If you’ve ever noticed that men seem to whine about being sick far more than women do, you’re not alone. There’s even a word for the male tendency to …

Russia's Nuclear Industry Tries To Dispel Fears Over Mysterious Radioactive Cloud

More than two months after a mysterious radioactive cloud was detected over Europe, Russia's nuclear industry went public Friday in an attempt to dispel fears that one of its facilities had released a plume of ruthenium-106.<p>Russia's state nuclear corporation, ROSATOM, released the findings of a …

A Pill to Make Exercise Obsolete

What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?<p>It was late summer, and the gray towers of the Salk Institute, in San Diego, shaded seamlessly into ocean fog. The austere, marble-paved central courtyard was silent and deserted. The south lawn, a peaceful retreat often used for Tai Chi …

Bannon Attacks George W. Bush After Ex-President Decried 'Nativism,' 'Bigotry'

Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon unleashed a torrent of insults against former President George W. Bush in California Friday night.<p>"President Bush embarrassed himself," Bannon said, in a 40-minute address at an annual California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, Calif. "He has no …

Republicans

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

<b>French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye.</b><p>In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes - rather than in just one - leading to blurring and confusion.<p>UK experts said …

The Brain

The NCAA decided UNC’s fake classes aren’t its jurisdiction. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

We gotta start a university and set up a ton of these “paper courses.”<p>Both of these things are true:<p>The NCAA agrees with the University of North Carolina, former UNC athletes, and multiple third-party investigations that hundreds of UNC athletes took sham courses as part of an academic fraud …

Scientists digging in Swiss sewage find millions in gold and silver

Even gold diggers might want to avoid this one.<p>An estimated 95 pounds of gold rush through Switzerland’s sewage pipes and its waste stations each year, according to a study by scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, also known as Eawag.<p>That’s about $1.8 million …

Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump Was The ‘Dumbest Student I Ever Had’ Business School Prof Said, Professor’s Close Friend Recalls

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to be “a really smart guy” and “a really good student at the best school in the country.” In fact, Trump, for …

College & University

An Image of an NFL Player Burning the U.S. Flag Is Circulating on Social Media — It's Fake

Amid heightened tensions between the NFL and President Donald Trump, an image of one of the league’s players burning the American flag is circulating …

Here’s everything Gregg Popovich said about President Trump and racism at Spurs media day

Popovich talked for more than 10 minutes about the divisiveness of the country and said that we must feel uncomfortable for change to happen.<p>Gregg Popovich is the most respected head coach in the NBA, bar none, and he has increasingly chosen to speak out about President Donald Trump over the past …

How Do You Turn Around A Tech Giant? With Empathy, Microsoft CEO Says

Satya Nadella's new book is called <i>Hit Refresh</i> (like when you reload a webpage). And in it, the CEO of Microsoft doesn't focus on the remarkable story of his climb from middle-class kid in India to head of an American tech giant. Instead, he explores at length a feeling he's working to cultivate in …

Satya Nadella

How Many Viruses Can Live In Semen? More Than You Might Think

When it comes to microbes in sexual organs, the vagina and its fluids seem to garner most of the attention. Heck, there is even a consortium dedicated specifically to studying which critters live and thrive in its confines.<p>Really, who can blame scientists? The vagina's microbiome — or all the …

Disease

Are We About To See A Black Hole?

If there is one thing science is good for, it's going to extremes.<p>A lot of science's history is just one story after another of people figuring out how to do something that, just a few years before, was thought to be impossible.<p>The impossible was heavy on my mind last Wednesday as I found out just …

Albert Einstein

EU paid for a report that concluded piracy isn’t harmful — and tried to hide the findings

Back in 2014, the European Commission paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. The final report was finished in May 2015, but for some reason it was never published– according to Julia Reda’s blog, the …

This panoramic photo technique captures the full breadth of Italy’s incredible architecture

There’s no denying the dramatic and old-worldly beauty of Italian architecture like the Old Palace in Florence or Banchi Square in Genoa. These stunning feats of design are iconic and beloved landmarks, often acting as focal points in a city’s architectural landscape. Unsurprisingly, they’re on …

Want to Raise Mentally Strong Kids? Do These 3 Things (Most Parents Don't Do Any of Them)

All kids have the ability to develop mental muscle. We just need to teach them how.<p>Challenges, hardship, and setbacks are inevitable. Teaching kids to build mental muscle helps them become resilient. It's also the key to helping them reach their greatest potential in life.<p>But, it's easy to get so …

Self-help

How to Get Instagram-Worthy Photos of the Solar Eclipse Using Your Smartphone

You don't need a fancy camera set-up in order to take Instagram-worthy photos of the solar eclipse.<p>The last time the United States saw a solar eclipse visible from the contiguous 48 states was nearly three decades before the advent of smartphones, on February 26, 1979.<p>This time around, millions of …

Mobile Photography

The Eclipse Hunters

Monday's total eclipse will be the first for many Americans. A hardcore group of enthusiasts, who structure their lives around the phenomenon, says: Welcome to the club.<p>On the morning of August 11, 1999, Kate Russo and her boyfriend were traveling on a bus from Belfast to Paris when they found …

Solar Eclipse

I Used To Be a Neo-Nazi. Charlottesville Terrifies Me.

When I was a skinhead, living in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s, I remember watching a favorite video with my fellow extremists. It was footage of the 1979 Greensboro massacre, when Ku Klux Klan members shot and killed five people at a workers’ demonstration in North Carolina. A group of cars …

Rights & Freedoms

Why Future Earthlings Won't See Total Solar Eclipses

Anyone who gets to see the total solar eclipse on August 21 will be lucky — and humanity is lucky to live on a planet that even has this kind of celestial event.<p>Mercury and Venus, after all, don't even have moons. Mars has a couple, but they're too small to completely blot out the sun. Gas giants …

YouTube child protection mechanism 'failing'

<b>YouTube's child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company's volunteer watchdogs.</b><p>There's a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them - and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a …

Internet

“Worse than death:” The far-future dystopia of genome hacking

This scientist’s thought experiment will give you nightmares.<p>John Sotos, the Chief Medical Officer at Intel, has a wild, scary thought experiment: …

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Pharma

Want to get rid of space trash? This gecko-inspired robot may do the trick

Getting on unconventional grip on our trash problem<p>Geckos, some of nature’s most skilled climbers, may hold the key to cleaning up the enormous amount of debris clogging up the space around Earth. Scientists at NASA and Stanford have developed a prototype robot that can grip objects in space, the …

Robotics