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Last night, NASA saw the year's biggest solar flare

If you noticed a little extra radio interference last night, it wasn't your imagination. At 3:16 AM, NASA saw the biggest solar flare of the year, an M6.5-level coronal mass ejection that was powerful enough to cause a brief radio blackout. That's not enough to disturb much outside the highest …

Can You Afford to Start Parenting at Middle Age?

Advances in reproductive technology and a trend towards marriage later in life have led to an increase in older parents. But do these old fogies know …

How Jon Stewart Blew Up in China

Jon Stewart has decided, as he put it this week, that he might be working the wrong continent. In a segment called “Big Ratings in Giant China,” Stewart expounded on his recent discovery that he is racking up millions of hits, and thousands of favorable comments, from Chinese viewers, who see the …

Great Long-Form Journalism, Just Clicks Away

In the age of hundreds of cable channels, millions of 140-character bulletins and an untold number of cat videos, a fear has been growing among journalists and readers that long-form storytelling may be getting lost.<p>People typically sort long-form journalism into two categories — there's …

Maher slams 2nd Amendment

Bill Maher says the Second Amendment is “bullsh—” and is calling the bipartisan gun deal on background checks “so marginal” as he laments that politicians are afraid to address more substantive areas of the debate about firearms.<p>“After the tragedy at Newtown, there was talk about banning assault …

When Digital Dust Is Gathered, Constellation May Be Muddled

That constellation of information known as Big Data can be a sight to behold.<p>Adam Frank of NPR's 13.7 blog explains Big Data as "the ability to understand (and control) a seemingly chaotic world on levels never before imagined."<p>Big Data is like gathering digital dust, says <i>New Yorker</i> tech blogger …

Life on Earth… but not as we know it

Across the world's great deserts, a mysterious sheen has been found on boulders and rock faces. These layers of manganese, arsenic and silica are …

Now That We Have All These Devices, It’s Time For Them To Truly Work Together

Cross-platform is the buzzword of all the big tech companies now. During every Google earnings call, like clockwork, CEO Larry Page dedicates considerable time discussing the company’s focus on making sure users have a seamless experience and equal access to services as they switch between devices. …

Kerry in Japan amid heightened Korean tensions

http://ht.cdn.turner.com/cnn/big/world/2013/04/14/nr-weekend-kosik-magnay-kerry-in-tokyo.cnn_14101625_768x432_1300k.mp4<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan on Sunday for the last stop of his Asian tour, a trip that has largely focused on the provocations coming out of North …