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Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

Scientific Study Reveals How To Literally Upgrade Your DNA | The Galactic Free Press

Did you know that you can literally upgrade and activate your DNA in a way that is scientifically verifiable in a lab? There’s a lot of talk about …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has died.</b> Iwata, 55, had been at the top of Nintendo since 2002.<p><b>2. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has resigned.</b> She faced a severe backlash after Victoria Taylor, the employee in charge of the site's popular celebrity interview section, was asked to leave.<p><b>3. Taxi app Gett</b> …

China accuses trading firms of manipulating stocks

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities accused securities firms of manipulating stock prices during China's market plunge and launched a crackdown Monday against …

How a plant species communicates with bats

A species of tropical pitcher plant that feeds on guano has evolved a unique method of attracting bats.<p>Why digest your own food when you can get …

Biology

Bill Nye: Homosexuality Is Everywhere In Nature and Is Part of the Evolutionary Process

In video recorded for Big Think, popular science explainer Bill Nye has a few thoughts on homosexuality as it relates to evolution, stating that is …

Haitians booted from Dominican Republic uncertain of future

FONBAYA, Haiti (AP) — Saint-Soi Souverin sat on a bench resting and thinking about his plight after being uprooted from his longtime home on the …

Vladimir Putin Tests the Limits of Pope Francis' Powers

Vladimir Putin is no longer welcome at the G7, thanks to his government’s continued incursions into Ukraine’s territory. But two days after the …

China is building the most extensive global commercial-military empire in history

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun famously never set on the British empire. A commanding navy enforced its will, yet all would have been lost if it were not for ports, roads, and railroads. The infrastructure that the British built everywhere they went embedded and enabled their power like …

China

2 ex-leaders urge Abe to keep Japan's WWII apologies

TOKYO (AP) — Two former political leaders who apologized over Japan's World War II atrocities said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not water down …

Oculus Hack Uses Cameras And Music To Mess With Your Perception

By being open to indie developers and relatively cheap, the Oculus Rift has done something that no VR headset has done before it: encouraged experimentation.<p>If you have $350, a bit of coding knowledge, and a crazy idea , you can build it. A decade ago, even <i>tinkering</i> with VR meant dropping tens of …

Your phone will read people’s emotions better than you ever could

Computers stole your job; now they know your pain. Using a combination of facial recognition software and machine learning algorithms, researchers have trained computers to be dramatically better than humans at reading pained facial expressions. And they’re working on new programs to help clue you …

Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...<p>... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper, says British stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. …

After two weeks of anarchy, 100,000 simultaneous 'Pokémon' players may actually beat the game

We still don't know if infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters can produce the complete works of Shakespeare, but it appears that tens of thousands of people collectively controlling a <i>single</i> Game Boy can beat a famous game. Two weeks ago, viewers of game streaming site Twitch.tv started playing a …

Scientists grow miniature human brain in a lab

'Cerebral organoids' model development of the mind in human embryo<p>Scientists have long been taunted by the human brain. After all, the very organ that gives us knowledge remains largely unmastered — something President Obama has set to rectify, in part, with an ambitious effort to map the brain. An …

Obamacare Website Enrolled More People in Two Days Than All of October

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Now that healthcare.gov is "fixed," people have flocking to the site and signing up for insurance at …

The World Has Lost an Unbelievable Amount of Forest Since 1999

Obama's Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Year

Is the president's difficult stretch just a case of bad luck, or is it bad strategy?<p>It doesn't get much better than the exhilaration Barack Obama felt when he looked out at the hundreds of supporters packed into McCormick Place at 12:38 on the morning of November 7, 2012. There he was, in his …

Indiana’s public schooling is doomed

As governor, Mitch Daniels cut $150 million from higher education. He’ll wreak more havoc as Purdue’s president<p>Last week, Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett was forced to resign after the Associated Press reported that Bennett, in his previous position as state superintendent of Indiana …

US And Russia Simultaneously Announce Intent To Arm Opposing Sides In Syria

If there were any doubts about the proxy nature of Syria for the two sides, the announcements should put them to bed.<p>Congressional hurdles have been lifted and weapons will soon flow into the hands of Syrian rebels, according to a Reuters report<p>"We believe we are in a position that the …

Apple not allowed to add Galaxy S4 in ongoing Samsung dispute, plans to file new lawsuit

Back in May, Apple was attempting to add Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 as an infringing device in its ongoing, second major patent dispute with Samsung in California. It was also claiming that Samsung infringed two Siri related patents with the device’s Google Now voice assistant feature. Now, …

NSA collected Americans' email records in bulk for two years under Obama

The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the …

Mouse cloned from drop of blood

<b>Scientists in Japan have cloned a mouse from a single drop of blood.</b><p>Circulating blood cells collected from the tail of a donor mouse were used to produce the clone, a team at the Riken BioResource Center reports in the journal Biology of Reproduction.<p>The female mouse lived a normal lifespan and …

Poetry lets doctors see human side of dementia - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Participation in a creative storytelling program helps improve the perceptions medical …

How to Earn $333,000 Without Working a Day

No, it's not a get-rich-quick scam. It's quite real.<p>Apparently the secret to a lucrative payoff is to work as a public employee for the Bay Area …

Monster Mosquitoes Invade Florida

Photo: Marisol Amador/UF/IFAS<p>I, for one, welcome our new mosquito overlords. Meet the monster mosquito <i>Psorophora ciliata</i> or gallinippers, which weigh …

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

This week Barack Obama must avoid the start of a cold war with China

On Friday the new Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and the United States president, Barack Obama, will meet for two days of talks at Sunnylands, a …