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Nasa to hold announcement about potentially life-supporting ocean on Jupiter’s moon, Europa

Europa has long been suspected to potentially have water hidden beneath its observable surface. Scientists are especially excited because if that …

Astronomy

How to start backpacking even though it is a dumb idea

I know who you are.<p>You’ve imagined yourself in romantic photos of happy hikers with scenic mountain backdrops.<p>Or maybe you’ve seen <i>Wild</i>, or <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>, and pictured your own life-affirming adventure on the trail.<p>Now you’re ready to make the jump from day hiking to overnight trips, maybe even …

Putin is planning to reincarnate the KGB

Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to <i>Kommersant</i>, is planning a major overhaul of the country's security services. The Russian daily reported that the idea of the reforms is to merge the Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, with the Federal Security Service, or FSB, which keeps an eye on …

China's space station 'out of control' and on crash course to Earth

China’s first space station will meet a fiery end next year when the 8.5-tonne module comes crashing down to Earth, amid concerns authorities have …

Space Exploration

Study: Americans Would Rather Save for a Trip Than a House

FOMO definitely plays a role.<p>Owning a home is the American Dream, right? Hold that thought. Research commissioned by travel search engine liligo.com found that 22 percent of Americans surveyed actually save more money to travel than they do to buy a home. And that's not where the travel obsession …

This guy has traveled to over 80 countries — here's the one money-saving travel hack he swears by

Experienced traveler and Quora user Konrad Waliszewski answered with one tip: <b>alternative travel route hacking</b>.<p>Waliszewski is the founder and CEO of TripScout, a travel app that provides users with city guides and maps. He's also traveled to over 80 countries and has his own travel blog, …

Google's New App Wants to Be Your Personal Travel Guide

If you frequent Google Maps and use Gmail as your primary email provider, Google probably knows a lot about your travel plans. Now, the search giant …

Combined Shape

You can stay in these amazing outdoor huts in northern Finland for no cost at all. These open wilderness huts are managed by Metsähallitus.<p>They allow travelers to stay one night for free. Finnish law, "Everyman's right" allows people of all nationalities the right to travel the countryside of …

Northern Lights

WikiLeaks says U.S. spied on another ally – this time, Japan

The United States has for years been intercepting phone calls between Japanese officials on sensitive issues including trade, climate change and bilateral relations, according to a cache of cables that anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks released Friday.<p>With American and Japanese officials meeting in …

Encryption a growing threat to security

<b>(CNN) —</b> Back in the 1970s and '80s, Americans asked private companies to divest from business dealings with the apartheid government of South Africa. In more recent years, federal and state law enforcement officials have asked -- and required -- Internet service providers to crack down on the …

Privacy

Test Tower For Magnetic Levitation Elevators Almost Ready

Going up ... and sideways<p>Like something out of <i>Total Recall</i>, the architecture firm ThyssenKrupp wants to build elevators that go up, down, and sideways.<p>How do you test such a contraption? Well, first you have to build a giant Rapunzel-style tower, apparently. ThyssenKrupp announced this week that …

Skyscrapers

A blue moon rose in the skies for first time in three years on Friday. The event occurs when there are two full moons in one calendar month, roughly every two to three years. This summer it is especially interesting as it’s also a supermoon, when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth, making …

Astronomy

How to use Windows 10's Game bar to record a game or even your screen

Gaming is one of Microsoft's areas of focus in Windows 10, with features like a preinstalled Xbox app for connecting with Xbox One and Xbox 360 users, Game DVR for taking screenshots and recording gameplay clips, and support for streaming Xbox One games to a Windows 10 computer or tablet.<p>Windows 10 …

US exploring ways to strike back against China hacking, says New York Times

Last month, millions of current and former US government employees had their personal information stolen in a hack believed to have originated from China — and the US may finally respond with more than words. According to a new report from <i>The New York Times</i><i>,</i> President Obama has decided to retaliate …

Bungie Bans Hundreds Of Players From 'Destiny' For Cheating

Bungie, makers of the immensely popular video game “Destiny”, has always been fairly good at listening to the needs and concerns of its players of its games, and one thing they’ve been constantly complaining about is the issue of lag in the competitive multiplayer modes of the game. And today the …

Online Life

How to use Facebook's new Security Checkup feature

On Thursday, Facebook announced a new Security Checkup process in a bid to help users keep accounts secure. The new feature is in the process of rolling out to all user accounts, but if you visit this webpage you can try to access the new security check feature right now. Otherwise you can wait …

Apps

With Some Work, Cortana Could Be Windows 10's Killer Application

Although I cringe at the realization, I am an old school computer user. I have been tinkering and messing around with computers since the early days of the Commodore PET and C64. Back in the day, hammering away at command prompts was the norm. And with “newer” machines came things like manually …

Cortana

This App Shows How Climate Change Is Affecting the World Around You

You’ve heard about what climate change is doing the arctic and to the sea levels around the world. But sometimes it can be hard to understand what’s …

Surgeons practice on 3D-printed models for kids' operations

Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital started using 3D-printed copies of patients' affected body parts to prepare for procedures last year. Now, that move has helped save the lives of four children aged two months to 16 years old who suffered from life-threatening blood vessel malformation in …

Medicine

Microsoft's Edge beats Internet Explorer, but it's not the perfect Windows 10 browser -- yet

With the launch of Windows 10 comes Edge , Microsoft's new built-in browser that's meant to replace Internet Explorer. Though IE will still come with Windows, the older browser is being relegated to "legacy compatibility" duties. Microsoft is urging everyone to use Edge for its faster performance …

Software

Mozilla CEO’s beef with Windows 10

Mozilla Firefox thinks Microsoft is being a Web bully again.<p>CEO Chris Beard took to the company’s blog Thursday to write an open letter to Microsoft …

New research shows that conscious and non-conscious thought processes can both alleviate and enhance the experience of pain<p>When we say that we are “in pain”, we usually mean that an injured body part is hurting us. But the phenomenon we call pain consists of more than just physical sensations, and …

The Brain

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and artificial intelligence researchers published a letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. This is an easy first step. A ban that works in practice will be much harder.<p>To coincide with a major Artificial Intelligence (AI) conference in Buenos Aires …

Artificial Intelligence

Pair of compounds could 'shock' HIV - Futurity

Latent HIV puts limits on highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). A pair of compounds shows promise for flushing out, and then killing, the …

‘Remarkable’ Ebola vaccine created with 100% success rate

More than 7,500 people who came into contact with Ebola victims were protected from the deadly disease by a new vaccine<p>The deadly Ebola virus which has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people may finally have been conquered after scientists developed a vaccine which is 100 per cent …

Disease

A Simple Way To Retrieve Info You Lost In A Black Hole

Just an easy quantum procedure<p>Black holes are full of conundrums. Like, what would happen if you threw a book inside one of these gravity wells? The theory of general relativity (the physics laws that govern really big things in the universe) predicts that the book would disappear forever. But …

The science behind a Blue Moon

A Blue Moon is the second full moon to appear in a calendar month - but what about the science and beliefs surrounding them?<p>A rare blue moon will be visible in the sky on July 31 for the first time in three years. The event coincides with the start of the meteor observing season which will peak in …

Astronomy