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California is the top state with most UFO sightings, say UFO experts

Think you may have caught a glimpse of a metal, sphere-shaped object looming in the night sky above? Well, you're not alone.<p>According to a new UFO reference book, self-published by two UFO experts, California is the top state with the most UFO sightings in the country. California is followed by …

SpaceX's plan to fuel rockets with people on board has NASA advisors worried

But the company says its fueling procedures aren’t a done deal<p>A panel of expert advisors to NASA have expressed concern about SpaceX’s plans to fuel its Falcon 9 rockets with astronauts on board, <i>The</i> <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports. At a meeting on Monday, members of NASA’s Space Station Advisory …

China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Looks Dangerous (But Can It Crush America's Lethal F-22 Raptor?)

China's J-20 fighter, the first of what could be several 5th generation fighters from Beijing made a big splash, debuting publically …

Military

After 20 Years, NASA Finally Finished Building The James Webb Space Telescope

Now it's ready for the final tests before launch in 2018<p>Twenty years ago, scientists began assembling a next-generation telescope that would be the successor for the Hubble. Now, NASA engineers have announced that construction of the James Webb Telescope (JWST) is finally complete. The telescope, …

Sea levels may be rising twice as fast as we thought

The climate is changing and the seas are rising. But some of the trends are easier to predict than others.<p>Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached levels not seen for 15 million years just as scientists predicted, and all but one of the warmest years ever recorded have happened since 2000. (The …

What North Koreans really think of their supreme leader

The Center for Strategic and International Studies's Beyond Parallel released new polls that shed light on one of the most obscure areas in global studies — the opinions of ordinary North Korean citizens.<p>North Korea's 25 million citizens live under an oppressive, totalitarian government that freely …

A new experiment could sniff out signs of alien life on Mars and beyond

A new tool developed by the military could eventually help sniff out life on Mars or other places in the solar system.<p>The prototype instrument — …

Paranormal

Russia has been building power throughout the Middle East — and challenging America’s superpower status

Apart from its close ties to the Syrian regime, which date back to the 1970s, Moscow has had no substantial role in the Middle East since 1972, when President Anwar Sadat kicked Soviet advisors out of Egypt.<p>Why return now? At a general level, it's clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants …

How China's stealthy new J-20 fighter jet compares to the US's F-22 and F-35

But Justin Bronk, a research fellow specializing in combat airpower at the Royal United Services Institute, said the display left many questions unanswered.<p>On paper, the J-20 represents a "big leap forward in terms of the capabilities of the PLA (People's Liberation Army) have on scene," Bronk said.<p>…

The Pentagon wants a half-billion more dollars for the F-35

The F-35 program office requested the money last month to the Defense Acquisition Board, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the news Wednesday. The call for additional funds is pretty familiar at this point, since the program — known as the Joint Strike Fighter since it will be used by …

NASA is firing lasers on Mars — here’s why

NASA's Curiosity rover spotted a strange rock on Mars, so of course, it shot it with a laser.<p>The intrepid, car-sized robot found an egg-shaped, golf …

Meteorites

AeroVironment Says Navy Will Soon Operate "Swarms" of Robo-Submarines

Blackwing: AeroVironment's latest eye in the sky. Image source: AeroVironment.<p>August was not a kind month to unmanned aerial vehicle maker <b>AeroVironment</b> (NASDAQ: AVAV). News that the company's revenues had declined 23% in fiscal Q1, while losses swelled 66%, sent AeroVironment's shares into a …

HARRY DENT: The recession isn't coming — it already started

But stocks haven't been the only victims of late. Just a couple weeks ago the January nonfarm payroll report came in at 151,000 jobs. So much for the expected 190,000! And of the ones reported, they were mostly <i>low-wage</i> jobs.<p>Pile that on top of the disappointing Christmas and retail sales in …

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