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Russian Astronauts Encounter Glitch With Earth-Watching Cameras Installed During Spacewalk

Two Russian cosmonauts installed new HD camera eyes on the International Space Station during a record-setting spacewalk Friday (Dec. 27), only to have to return the devices inside due to an unspecified data glitch.<p>Cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy spent just over eight hours — a new …

The Secret's Out: Obama Acknowledges Existence Of Area 51

At one time, Area 51 was one of the most famous military installations in the world — a place widely talked about, yet so secret that the U.S. government refused to confirm its existence.<p>That's why President Obama's reference to the southern Nevada base Sunday raised eyebrows. It marked the first …

Rare New Video Captures Isolated Amazon Tribe

A quick glimpse of the Kawahira people<p>By Brazilian law, no one but a select few government workers is allowed to trespass on the land of the Kawahira, a tiny community of nomads that lives in the Amazon. They're one of the country's uncontacted peoples, indigenous groups that live in isolation from …

Stocks leap to record; S&P 500 tops 1,700

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks leapt on Thursday, with the S&P 500 surpassing 1,700 for the first time, after the Federal Reserve said it would …

Curiosity rover begins months-long trek to mountain on Mars

This view from the Curiosity rover's cameras, captured last autumn, shows 3-mile-high Mount Sharp, also known as Aeolis Mons, in the distance.<p>LOS ANGELES — Martian mountain, here Curiosity comes.<p>The NASA rover has officially kicked off its long-delayed road trip to Mount Sharp, a trek that involves …

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Rusty the red panda was lost and found on Twitter

While on the lam, the cute little panda bear sent the Twitter-sphere into a frenzy with trending hashtags and more than 65,000 mentions, which helped lead to his capture.<p>Rusty is safe. The little red panda that went missing roughly 24 hours ago is now back home at the National Zoo in Washington, …

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Most Distant Supernova May Shed Light on Dark Energy

UDS10Wil is ten billion light-years from Earth.<p><b>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spied a supernova ten billion light-years from Earth—the most distant stellar explosion of its kind ever detected, a new study says. (See "Biggest Star Explosion Seen; Was Rare, 'Clean' Death.")</b><p>The faint, near-infrared …

China pulls 1,000 dead ducks from Sichuan river

<b>Around 1,000 dead ducks have been pulled from a river in southwest China, local officials say.</b><p>Residents found the dead ducks in Nanhe river in Pengshan county, Sichuan province, and alerted the environmental department, they said.<p>Local residents and livestock were not at risk as the river was not …

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US doctors cure child born with HIV

Doctors in the US have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the first time such a case has been documented.<p>The infant, who is now two and a half, needs no medication for HIV, has a normal life expectancy and is highly unlikely to be infectious to others, doctors believe.<p>…

Surprisingly Close Star System Discovered

Changing Planet<p>Looks like astronomers may have new hunting grounds to search for exoplanets , and it’s close– in fact it’s just in our local interstellar neighborhood. A new-found star system at only 6.5 light years away now ranks as the third nearest to our solar system and the closest to be …

Wall Street surges to five-year highs; Dow ends above 14,000 | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rose to five-year highs on Friday, with the Dow closing above 14,000 for the first time since October 2007, after jobs and manufacturing data showed the economy’s recovery remains on track.<p>The S&P touched its highest since December 2007 after a 5 percent gain in January, …

This Is The Tiniest And Thus Most Adorable Planet We've Ever Seen

It's barely larger than our moon--though considering its surface temperature, you may not want to move to this cute planet anytime soon.<p>NASA announced a fun new finding from its Kepler mission today--the smallest planet we've ever seen, and it's orbiting a sun that resembles our own. It orbits a …

Photographing Star Trails From Space, At 17,000 MPH

Is this really Earth we see in these photographs? It can’t be. There’s no blue ocean, golden continents, or clearly delineated socio-political boundaries. It must be some sort of cosmic record player…or maybe just a really great Photoshop…of something.<p>In truth, these photos offer us a glimpse of …

Watch: An Astronaut’s One-Way Trip Into Space

It’s a haunting image, but then again, there are worse ways to spend retirement.<p>It’s the cruel joke of the universe. The longevity of man simply doesn’t scale to the unfathomable expanses of the cosmos. Our closest neighbor, the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, is 25,000 light years away. Even if you …

Historic Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Deep Ocean

When the giant Saturn V rockets that propelled Neil Armstrong and his colleagues to the Moon had done their brief but fiery job, they were simply left to tumble through the atmosphere. They then fell, discarded, into the Atlantic ocean, where all those millions of dollars of cutting edge tech bits …

Strand-1, The Space-Bound Smartphone, Is Nearly Ready For Liftoff

The unmodified Nexus One, which powers the Strand-1 satellite, will be in orbit for six months and will send photos of Earth from space from its 5-megapixel camera.<p>The countdown to send Strand-1, the smartphone-powered satellite, into space has begun. SSTL, aka Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, …

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Blueprint: A Battery-Powered Robot Arm

The Titan Arm is a motorized limb that can lift 40 pounds.<p><i>Today, the team behind the Titan Arm won the 2013 James Dyson Award for their invention. "Titan Arm is obviously an ingenious design, but the team’s use of modern, rapid – and relatively inexpensive – manufacturing techniques makes the</i> …

Next 'Star Wars' movie to be released in December 2015 - TODAY.com

Today<p>The force is strong with the "Star Wars" franchise, which will get a nontraditional late-year release.<p>"Star Wars: Episode VII" will hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015, Lucasfilm and Disney announced Thursday, ending heated speculation as to whether J.J. Abrams' movie will be done in time for a 2015 …

Samsung CEO promises to deliver devices with 'folding displays' in 2015

At Samsung's Analyst Day, alongside talking serious financial numbers, forward looking statements and such, the company has announced that it will bring fully-foldable screens to willing customers some time in 2015. The screen tech (which we've seen an incremental nudge towards with the Galaxy …

What is Google building in San Francisco Bay?

A large structure has attracted attention and annoyed environmentalists<p>San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.<p>Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is …

At least 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets found, study says

Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone -- not too hot and not too cold for life.<p>Astronomers using NASA data have …

India's Mars rocket Mangalyaan blasts off

India has launched its first Mars-bound spacecraft in a complex mission it hopes will demonstrate and advance space travel technology.<p>Hundreds of people watched Mangalyaan, which means "Mars craft" in Hindi, take off from the east-coast island of Shriharikota and streak across the sky. Many more …

Social CRM Startup Nimble Launches Contact Widget For Gmail, Outlook & Hootsuite

Social CRM startup Nimble has been working on making connections between users a little more actionable, whether they happen via email or other social networks. Now it’s hoping to extend that power everywhere — or at least, into its users’ email — where they will be able to find detailed …