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First-ever deep space craft, Orion, powered up

The Orion spacecraft – planned to carry astronauts on missions beyond low-Earth orbit – has been powered on for the first time at Kennedy Space …

Both sexes 'ogle' women, study finds

Women are just as likely to "ogle" other women's chests and waists as men, new study finds<p>It's not the greatest surprise that a scientific experiment found that men spend less time looking women in the eyes than they do ogling their waists and chests.<p>However, researchers also found that women do …

Underwater Gliders Gather Data To Help Predict The Next Big Storm

A fleet of underwater flying robots are out collecting measurements from the ocean depths to help us forecast hurricanes more accurately.<p>When Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast in the summer of 2011, it was supposed to be a doozy. The subways were closed, people evacuated and stores boarded up. But …

Weather

U.S. Dream Chaser space taxi soars on test flight, skids after landing

(Reuters) - A privately owned prototype space plane aced its debut test flight in California but was damaged after landing when a wheel did not drop down, developer Sierra Nevada Corp said on Tuesday.<p>The Dream Chaser is one of three space taxis under development in partnership with NASA to fly …

Can Facebook Tell When Your Relationship Is Doomed?

Analyzing the structure of a social network can predict who a person's spouse is. And when the algorithm's wrong, that means the couple is likely to break up.<p>Give up now. Facebook knows everything. According to a new paper, the makeup of your Facebook network might even be able to tell you when …

Social Media

Branch-Like Dendrites Function As Mini-Computers In The Brain

Previously thought to be passive, the branching brain wires actively compute signals.<p>A new paper in <i>Nature</i> suggests that we've been thinking about neurons all wrong. Namely, it suggests that dendrites, the tree-like branches of wiring that extend out from the soma, or cell body, aren't just passive …

North Carolina

Israel Will Build 1,500 New Settlement Homes In East Jerusalem

The early-morning report came shortly after Israel freed 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners alongside US-brokered peace talks.<p>Last week, an Israeli official said new tenders were to be announced in the large settlement blocs and in east Jerusalem "in the coming months" as part of "understandings" …