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NASA Posts New Photos Of Last Year’s Orbital Sciences Rocket Explosion To Flickr

They're terrifying, and beautiful<p>Just seconds after liftoff on October 28, 2014, an Orbital Sciences rocket exploded, destroying 5,000 pounds of space station supplies. No one was onboard, thankfully, but the blast took out part of the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.<p>NASA and Orbital Sciences …

CNN's three-hour debate from hell

Marathon encounter tried the patience of candidates, operatives, and viewers.<p>SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — By the third hour of CNN's GOP presidential debate, the candidates looked like long-distance runners fading in the final lap: A sweating Marco Rubio ran his hands through his hair, Chris Christie's …

Government

Bernie Sanders Live Tweets GOP Debate, Gets Bored, Goes Home Early

<b>This post was updated at 8:30 a.m. ET to include debate metrics from Twitter</b><p>Like no doubt millions of Americans, Bernie Sanders tuned in to the Republican debate on CNN. But the Vermont independent who is running for the Democratic nomination for president didn't stop there.<p>The septuagenarian …

Middle-class

The Case For Killing Bambi

Sentimentality aside, eating full-grown animals hurts species more<p>While humans are extraordinarily good at killing other animals (such as wolves), we aren't very responsible about it, according to a study published today in <i>Science</i>.<p>Leaving aside the issue of raising livestock for food, when it comes …

Monkey 'brain net' raises prospect of human brain-to-brain connection

Scientists have linked together the brains of three monkeys, allowing the animals to join forces and control an avatar arm, in research that raises the prospect of direct brain-to-brain interfaces in humans.<p>In a second experiment, the brains of four rats were wired together in a “brain net”, …

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Supreme Court justices stop playing nice

As the Roberts court leans left, growing acrimony from Scalia and Alito.<p>As the Supreme Court winds down a term marked by momentous decisions, two things stand out from the historic session.<p>One, the court’s reputation for conservatism under Chief Justice John Roberts has eroded — at least to a …

How the Presidency Made Me a Better Father

When you're the President of the United States, you're surrounded at all times -- by aides, by press, by Secret Service, by crowds. It's a bubble that's hard to escape.<p>That's what makes the people with whom you surround yourself in those rare private moments all the more important.<p>It just so …

Five day 'fasting' diet slows down ageing and may add years to life

<b>The Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) improves longevity while cutting the risk of cancer and diabetes by half, scientists have found</b><p>A five-day diet which mimics fasting could slow down ageing, add years to life, boost the immune system and cut the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists …

Isis captured 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles from Iraqi forces in Mosul

Iraq’s prime minister reveals extent of equipment loss when Isis overran the army last year in the country’s second-largest city<p>Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles when the Islamic State jihadist group overran the northern city of Mosul, the prime minister Haider al-Abadi said …

Millennials Are Destroying Banks, And It’s The Banks’ Fault

Millennials are rejecting home ownership across the land. Millennials aren’t buying crap anymore, destroying businesses that, well, sell crap. Millennials are changing the workplace to be, I kid you not, more friendly to “millennial values.” Millennials this, millennials that, and those are just …

Banking

Parents can be 'too nice' to their children, neurologist warns

Psychosomatic conditions like chronic pain, seizures or even paralysis are not only triggered by trauma but also can too much love and attention<p>Parents should not be overly indulgent with their children when they are ill as it sets up a pattern which can lead to psychosomatic conditions in later …

University College London

'It's Alive!' LightSail Solar Sail Reboots Itself After Orbital Glitch

After eight days of uneasy silence, the LightSail solar sail experiment rebooted itself to recover from a software glitch in orbit, the Planetary Society said Saturday.<p>"Our LightSail called home!" Bill Nye the Science Guy, who's the nonprofit society's CEO, reported in a news release emailed to …

Space Travel

Project Soli: Google's new experiment to put gesture controls everywhere

Google may have just made every motion controller currently on the market obsolete.<p>At a time when most gesture-sensing technology is unreliable and …

Does Terrorism Work?

Rebel groups that employ terror in civil wars seldom win or gain concessions—but they tend to prolong conflicts, a new paper finds.<p>Nearly 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the …

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

Fifty years after the repeal of Jim Crow, many African-Americans still live in segregated ghettos in the country's metropolitan areas. Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, has spent years studying the history of residential segregation in America.<p>"We have a myth …

Urbanization

Police: Don't chase bears while drunk and wielding a hatchet

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have some sage advice: Don't go chasing after bears while drunk and armed with nothing more than a dull hatchet.<p>North Adams police wrote on their Facebook page that someone did just that on Monday. The department noted that the drunken man was taken …

Self-driving cars involved minor accidents, but don't blame the tech

Since California began issuing permits for self-driving car tests on public roads last fall, four out of nearly 50 vehicles had minor accidents. According to an <i>Associated Press</i> report, three of the four were Google's Lexus SUVs outfitted with Delphi's autonomous technology. The fourth was a test …