Stephen Scharfschwerdt

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Party Survival Skills for Guys Who'd Honestly Rather Be Somewhere Else

Not every party is a celebration. Here are 7 rules for making the most of your next social obligation<p>It's the most wonderful time of the year ... if you like parties. Odds are you'll be attending a few holiday soirees over the next week, leading up to the granddaddy of year-end bashes, New Year's …

Russia's new military doctrine names NATO as key risk

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Saturn's Rings Go Dark, X-Rays Burst, and a Skyline Burns

Cassini views Saturn's rings in a different light, x-rays flare from the sun, and a city's skyline stands out against a fiery sunset.

Out of Fuel, Venus Express Is Falling Gently to Its Death in Planet's Skies

After more than eight years orbiting Venus, the European spacecraft's comes to an end.<p>Just above the surface of Venus, one of Earth's most intrepid robots is slipping into a sulfuric hereafter.<p>Over the next few months, Venus Express will fall slowly through the 150-mile-thick (250 kilometers) …

What moves Death Valley’s sliding stones?

People used to think that strong winds caused the rocks to move across Death Vally’s Racetrack Playa. Turns out, it’s not.<p>The video above – from the …

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

What you need to know about the NSA document dump

While many Americans were cozying up on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency was busy posting dozens of quarterly reports …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

NSA just released dozens of reports on how its surveillance violated law and procedure

The National Security Agency this week declassified dozens of confidential reports that describe how its analysts have violated federal law and internal procedure as it collected intelligence.<p>The NSA released them on Christmas Eve, just as the government was about to close for two days. The NSA put …

18 Breathtaking Photos You Won't Believe Were Taken With An iPhone

From portraits to landscape photos and fine art images, photographers are using the iPhone to create excellent works of art.<p>Some photos were taken with the iPhone's native camera while others were shot using apps like Camera+.<p>Here's a look at some of the best iPhone photography out there.

A Bullet Train Could Connect Dallas And Houston

The Texas Central Railway Company plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to run a line between two of the largest U.S. cities. Company officials say service could begin in 2021.<p>"If we can't do it in Texas, I don't know where in the United States you could …

High-speed Rail

3 Reasons Why The Auto Industry Should Be Terrified Of The Google Car

The first prototypes of its adorable and potentially groundbreaking self-driving vehicle started rolling off the assembly line.<p>Over the next few years, we're likely to see them tooling around California's roads as Google strives to make fully autonomous cars a reality.<p>For the most part, the …

Automotive Industry

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

The Mariana Trench cuts a 1,500-mile incision in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam. That's where an international team of scientists has just spent over a month sending probes down to the deepest place on Earth.<p>The scientists were stunned by the amount of life they found …

The Tsunami's Wake

It was just after 10:30 a.m. when Noppasri Jailak received a panicked phone call from a neighbor about water surging through their street. The …