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Once science fiction, it'll be reality in 2014

Why wait for the future? We're ready for science fiction to become real.<p>As the calendar gets set to turn from 2013 to 2014, it's also time to get excited about the kinds of things that will be coming out in the new year that until now, would have been considered nothing but science fiction.<p>Thanks …

Virus Resurrected After Chilling in Siberia for 30,000 years

French scientists are celebrating after successfully revitalizing an ancient virus that had been lying dormant for 30,000 years in Siberian …

Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon

What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he's scratching at the door?<p>It sounds absurd and much like the …

Petition to Split California Into Six States Gets Green Light

Draper's plan splits California into six new states. (KGO/ABC News)<p>A venture capitalist who feels colossal California is too unwieldy to govern is …

Faith-Healing Couple Sentenced for Second Child's Death

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A judge has sentenced Herbert and Catherine Schaible with up to seven years in jail after their …

Why More Americans Are Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

A few times a year, the Treasury Department publishes a long list of names announcing all of the Americans who have lately abandoned their U.S. citizenship.<p>According to the legal website International Tax Blog, the number hovered around 500 a decade ago. Last year, it hit a record high of nearly …

Men Who Vandalized Egyptian Pyramid To Prove Theory Face Charges

Two self-styled amateur archeologists from Germany, who filmed themselves scraping off pieces of Egypt's Great Pyramid in hopes of proving that the ancient wonder was built by people from the legendary city of Atlantis, are now facing possible criminal charges in their home country.<p>During a trip to …

Banks Balk at Marijuana Money Despite U.S. Guidelines

Business News<p>The Obama administration has sent a message to the nation's bankers: Even though the sale of marijuana is a federal crime, they can provide service to this new industry without fear of prosecution, but only if the bankers follow a detailed list of guidelines.<p>Many praised the move as …

U.S. wants Ukraine to remain unified, cautions Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials insisted on Sunday that Ukraine should remain unified and cautioned that any military intervention by Russia would be a mistake after bloody street protests ousted the pro-Moscow president.<p>Anti-Yanukovich protesters stand guard at the national bank office in …

Glacier That Produced Iceberg That Sank Titanic Moving at Record Clip

The Jakobshavn Glacier - the glacier that produced the iceberg that sank the Titanic in 1912 - is moving at a record clip today. Researchers from the …

Giant New Jellyfish Species Washes Ashore Down Under

According to researchers, we can expect a lot more of this sort of slimy event.<p>What appears to be a giant living blob washed ashore a beach in southern Tasmania, where it was discovered by a family. Turns out it is a new species of lion's-mane jellyfish.<p>Government scientist Lisa-ann Gershwin told …

NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals.<p>Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies …

Apple said to be studying solar, motion charging for iWatch

A New York Times report is providing more fodder for iWatch speculation, including the purported use of solar power.<p>Apple has been testing both solar and wireless charging for the rumored iWatch, according to a story in Sunday's New York Times.<p>The wireless charging method would involve magnetic …

The Super Bowl vs. Minecraft - Up at Noon - IGN Video

Brian Altano pits one of the biggest video games against America's big game.

Sci-Fi Horror Game Master Reboot Coming To PS3

Indie developer Wales Interactive is releasing Master Reboot on PS3 next month, and the sci-fi horror game is built on an intriguing premise.<p>Wales …

China Announces Plans To Build International Space Prison

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The Danger of Nigeria's New Miracle River

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes: sometimes it’s a cat wandering home after years away; sometimes it’s an all-powerful deity impregnating a young virgin with a clone of himself.<p>Surprisingly often, though, the miracle involves the magical healing power of water. Consider what’s currently …

Real People With Comic-Book Super Powers

1. Rock Crusher<p>Seken Tolebekov, 83, of Kazakhstan, can crush rocks with his bare hands. He started crushing rocks when he was 24.<p>“I think I have some …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for January 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

From algae to crude oil in less than an hour

Engineers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a pressure cooker-like technique that can convert algae into biofuel in less …

Rosetta comet chaser set to wake up on Monday after three years' sleep

At 10am GMT on Monday morning an alarm clock will rouse a snoozing spacecraft that is hurtling through the darkest reaches of the solar system. Launched 10 years ago, and in hibernation for the last three, the time for action has come at last.<p>The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe aims for a …

Massive super-Earths might not be waterworlds

The climate on massive terrestrial planets called “super-Earths” may be far more Earth-like than previously believed.<p>A new model challenges …

The End Of Anonymity

Technology that matches faces to names can already single out criminals. What happens when it can identify anyone?<p><i>Click here to see how a useless photo turns into an identifiable face.</i><p>Detective Jim McClelland clicks a button and the grainy close-up of a suspect—bearded, expressionless, and looking …

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Antarctic ice: beautiful and unpredictable

The Aurora Australis has been sailing through the Southern Ocean since the middle of last week and, at some point over the weekend, we left behind the last of the ice. It has been part of the daily scenery of our expedition for more than a month, ever since we crossed into the Antarctic Circle.<p>Ice …

Your Houseplants Can Think, Talk, Read Your Mind: New Research Adds Evidence

New research by a team of scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA) shows plants have long-term memory. This adds to a body of research …

Rosetta Space Probe Gets Interplanetary Wake-Up Call

... That's the message received from a bleary-eyed comet-chasing space probe on Monday, much to the relief of ground-based controllers who sent it a long distance wake-up call after nearly a three-year nap.<p>The European Space Agency received the communique from deep space on schedule at 1 p.m. ET …