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There's a mission to this mysterious water world that could detect the first alien life

Their spacecraft, called the Europa Multi-Flyby Mission, would orbit Jupiter, taking frequent passes by Europa for a close look at its surface.<p>But there is another important piece of the puzzle that NASA is exploring, and in a recent conversation with US Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), Ars …

Fresh doubts over Shell and BG merger as Qatar sells £1bn stake

The QIA has sold 43m shares in BG Group and a further 24m shares in Shell<p>The Qatar Investment Authority has offloaded shares in Shell and BG worth nearly £1bn in recent weeks, raising fresh questions over whether the oil­giants’ proposed mega-merger has the support of major shareholders.<p>The …

Guinness Removes Fish Guts From Its Recipe—Wait, What?

The Irish beer is removing fish guts. Yep, they were in there.<p>Guinness, the famed Irish brewery, is changing its recipe for the first time in 256 years. Beer-loving vegans will now be able to sip, or chug, the black stout, starting in 2016 when fish guts will be removed from Guinness ingredients, …

Russian soldiers geolocated by photos in multiple Syria locations, bloggers say

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three serving or former Russian soldiers have been geolocated by photographs in Syria, including locations near Hama, Aleppo and Homs, Russian bloggers said on Sunday, suggesting the Kremlin’s operation stretches well beyond its air campaign.<p>Russian ground staff members load a …

Fossil crisis deepens as Exxon probed on climate cover-up

Exxon's scientists believed CO2 would cause harmful global warming. "They knew the truth and lied at the expense of the planet," said Bernie Sanders<p>New York prosecutors have subpoenaed emails and company documents from America’s oil giant Exxon Mobil in a test case over alleged climate crimes, the …

OnePlus X vs. OnePlus 2: Which invite-only phone should you buy?

OnePlus recently announced the classy and elegant younger sibling of the OnePlus 2, the OnePlus X. This new smartphone will start rolling out on …

Phones

Stocks Edge Lower as Oil Prices Fall and Fed Meeting Looms

Federal Reserve’s statement will be parsed for clues about future action on interest rates<p>A drop in oil prices weighed on energy shares, though moves in major stock indexes were muted as investors waited for hints from the Federal Reserve on when it will begin to raise interest rates.<p>The U.S. …

Stock Markets

Hallucinations are the brain trying to make sense - Futurity

Try it: A quick test shows how hallucinations emerge from efforts to make sense of the world. In fact, "altered perceptual experiences" aren't rare …

US government asks Toyota: Why does Isil have so many of the company's vehicles?

The US treasury department has asked Toyota for help in understanding why Isil has so many of their vehicles<p>American counter-terrorism officials have asked Toyota to help them determine why such a large number of their vehicles have fallen into the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant …

EU quota plan forced through against eastern European states' wishes

EU interior ministers approve by a "large majority" a plan to relocate 120,000 refugees around the bloc after overriding fierce opposition from central and eastern European countries<p>A European Union plan to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from Italy and Greece to elsewhere on the continent …

Russia 'will consider sending troops to help Assad in Syria'

Kremlin gives clearest indications to date that troop deployments in Syria to help regime fight Islamic State jihadists may be imminent.<p>US and Russian defence chiefs spoke for the first time in over a year on Friday, breaking their silence to discuss the crisis in Syrian as Moscow's increasing …

Massive Florida sinkhole that swallowed a man reopens

<b>(CNN) —</b> A massive sinkhole in Florida, which had been filled in, has opened up again -- bringing back nightmarish memories of when it swallowed a man two years ago.<p>In February 2013, the sinkhole first formed under Jeff Bush's bedroom in the town of Seffner as he turned in for the night. He screamed …

Why people are stressing out over Spotify's new privacy policy

Taylor Swift may have left Spotify months ago, but the trend is finally catching on. Rather than being annoyed about artists' rights however, the …

'Solar powered' nanofibre factory pulls CO2 out of the air

A new technique for pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and turning it into valuable nanofibres is being mooted as a potential 'cure' for CO2 …

China and Asia are on shaky ground

Similar business activity surveys for Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia — all heavily reliant on Chinese demand — reflected varying degrees of weakness that is clouding hopes for a convincing global recovery in the second half of the year.<p>With Greece's latest debt squeeze resolved, for now, …

Economy

Escape of 'El Chapo': Frantic Hunt in Mexico Turns Up No Sign of Drug Kingpin Joaquin Guzman

Mexican authorities searched frantically on Monday for the notorious drug kingpin known as "El Chapo" — but there was no sign of him more than 24 hours after his astonishing, elaborate escape from a maximum-security prison.<p>In a devastating embarrassment for the Mexican government, the kingpin, …

Hacking Team boss thinks that he runs 'the good guys'

The CEO of Hacking Team has come out to defend his firm's behavior after a hack exposed the company's dirty laundry for all to see. In an interview with Italian newspaper <i>La Stampa</i>, David Vincenzetti said that his software was used to "fight the criminals" that are "operating on the border between …

Human Rights

Using the gravity of the universe to peer into a black hole

The inner regions of a black hole have been observed by a team of scientists, but not through the power of telescopes alone. Researchers at the European Space Agency have tapped into gravitational lensing to learn more about these mysterious objects -- in particular, a supermassive black hole by …

Black Holes

40 Things that Wouldn’t Have Happened Without Jaws

As the original summer blockbuster turns 40, we look back at its impact on pop culture—for better and for worse.<p>If you’re afraid of the ocean generally or sharks specifically, odds are good that your fear can be traced back to June 20, 1975. It was on this day that <i>Jaws</i> swam menacingly into more …

Majority moves: Baboons make democratic decisions, study finds

Perhaps baboons should run for office. Researchers tracking a troop of wild olive baboons have found that the primates make travel decisions democratically when disagreements arise over which direction to go.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, could help shed light on the evolution of …

SpaceX announces Hyperloop pod-race competition

Elon Musk, the man behind the futuristic spaceflight company SpaceX, the futuristic electric car company Tesla and, er, the payment company PayPal, is ramping up the focus on his third futuristic transportation obsession: the Hyperloop.<p>Musk is setting up a competition to design a passenger pod to …

Elon Musk

Grexit beckons: Greece on brink of euro exit as it faces economic meltdown

Embattled country could be forced out by Germany after politicians warn 'enough is enough' as it lurches towards default on €1.5bn debt<p>Greece is on the brink of economic meltdown after Germany appeared poised to push the country out of the eurozone.<p>With the embattled country set to default on a …

How Twitter Can Revive Itself, Even Without Naming Snoop Dogg CEO

Don't go changing to try and please me; you never let me down before. That's what Billy Joel said.<p>He wasn't talking about Twitter.<p>The 9-year-old company is seeing major changes recently, with its CEO Dick Costolo stepping down and its co-founder Jack Dorsey taking over for now.<p>But some analysts are …

Continued Hacking Highlights U.S-Chinese Cyberwar Worries

The latest massive computer hack suggests the Chinese had it right: it may be time for the U.S. to build a great wall to protect its data and that of …

Ireland: FIFA paid millions to avoid legal action over World Cup playoff

<b>(CNN) —</b> The head of Ireland's Football Association says FIFA gave it a confidential payout to avoid legal action after Ireland's controversial loss to France in a 2009 World Cup playoff.<p>Speaking on RTÉ Radio, Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney said the payment related to a …

A Tale of Four Supernovas

Explosions are always messy, and this is especially true when combustion occurs on a cosmic scale.<p>In space, small, dead stars called white dwarfs occasionally blow themselves to smithereens, producing enough light to drown out entire galaxies. Astronomers use these explosions – called type 1a …

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Official: Syrian army preparing for counterattack on Islamic State

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient city of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State militant group, an official said.<p>Gov. Talal Barazi of the central province of Homs, which includes Palmyra, said Sunday …

Large Hadron Collider restarted in hunt for dark matter

Scientists send beams of particles racing through underground tunnels in hunt for invisible material that makes up 84 per cent of universe's matter and binds galaxies<p>The world's largest and most powerful atom smasher has been restarted after an upgrade that could see it making scientific history …

UK 'spied on Argentina for five years' fearing new Falklands invasion

Reports based on documents leaked by American whistle-blower Edward Snowden<p>Britain spied on the Argentine government for five years amid fears of another attempt to reclaim the Falkland Islands, it has been claimed.<p>Documents released by American whistle-blower <b>Edward Snowden</b> are said to allege that …

Surveillance

As Greece puts the finishing touches to its latest round of cuts, some economists are increasingly alarmed about the signals from the world economy

Economics