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Asteroid to orbit Earth's moon?

NASA says its Asteroid Redirect Mission will allow it to conduct tests that are essential to preparing humans for future deep-space flights.

5 Awesome Old-School TV Ads for Financial Service Companies

Long ago, TV viewers knew that when E.F. Hutton talks, people listen. The return of E.F. Hutton has gotten us nostalgic for hokey financial services …

Organize and file your taxes with your smartphone

Few of us like to do our taxes. Entering numbers over and over, lengthy questionnaires and looming fearing of a large tax payment all make the yearly process feel tedious and exhausting.<p>Luckily, in recent years our smartphones have become great tools to manage your taxes from start to finish. With …

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Someone recreated the new 'Star Wars' trailer in Lego and it's fantastic

Let's talk about that Lego lightsaber<p>Maybe you've seen the <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> trailer 500 times already. Maybe you haven't — that'd be just over 12 hours, which is ridiculous. But have you seen it <i>in Lego?</i><p>That is to say, have you seen the new droid ball... in <i>Lego?</i><p>What about that new …

D-Wave CEO: Our Next Quantum Processor Will Make Computer Science History (Video)

In a joint interview, D-Wave's Vern Brownell and DFJ's Steve Jurvetson discuss the weird world of quantum computing.<p>Things get weird at the atomic scale.<p>The rules of classical physics governing the objects we can see and touch break down. Particles can occupy two places at once or connect across …

Take back your log-in: It’s time to move away from Facebook Connect and toward OpenID

If you are creating a new website or mobile app, one of the things you need to worry about most is user login.<p>User login is thorny. Make it too hard, …

8 wild Apple rumors that turned out to be totally off the mark

Anatomy of the Influences Behind Star Wars: A Mashup Masterpiece

<i>“All of us, we’re links in a chain,”</i> Pete Seeger said of creative work. <i>“And your way, is it really your way?”</i> Henry Miller asked before adding, <i>“The same goes for your ideas. You moved into them ready-made.”</i> This notion is also true — perhaps even <i>more</i> true — when it comes to highly popular works of …

Star Wars Macarons Prove the Force is Delicious

In Defense of Broadband Fast Lanes

Some of the net neutrality proponents' talking points are not based in reality.<p>The outrage over the FCC’s attempt to write new open Internet rules has caught many by surprise, and probably Chairman Tom Wheeler, as well. The rumored possibility of the FCC authorizing broadband “fast lanes” draws …

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FORTUNE — U.S. technology companies remain silent in the wake of the sudden and escalating standoff between the U.S. and Russia over the latter’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, but experts say that economic sanctions could still impact their operations in the country.<p>As U.S. president Barack …