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Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

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Europe in 2015: Investing more and keeping Russia in check | DW | 01.01.2015

"We will have a breath of fresh air, but not gale-force winds," said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, when he was asked by DW if he …

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Daily as You Roll Out of Bed

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The morning is a powerful time to frame your mindset for the day ahead.<p>One of the best lifestyle practices you can get into as an entrepreneur is to start the day with some bold and optimistic questions to set the tone for how you’re …

Brainstorming

A Guide to Perfect Social Media Posts (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>People like to say there's no such thing as perfect, but at the rate customers' attention spans are decreasing, social media managers can't risk posting updates that aren't close to perfection.<p>What does a perfect social media post look like?<p>An infographic …

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Russia's New Ability To Evade NSA Surveillance Is Either A Crazy Coincidence Or Something Much Worse

The revelation reportedly has the White House "very nervous," especially because it's unclear how the Kremlin hid its plans from the National Security Agency's snooping on digital and electronic communications.<p>One interesting parallel is the presence of Edward Snowden in Russia, where he has been …

Here Are 4 Industries About To Be Completely Disrupted By The Smart Home

While the Internet and mobile computing have changed our lives in many ways over the past few decades, there are still many old-school consumer industries that have largely managed to stay the same.<p>But all that is about to change. Low cost sensors, fast-tracked product development and the rapid …

Electric cars can go only half as far in freezing weather, AAA finds

Testing by AAA has found that how far an electric vehicle can travel on one charge varies widely depending on the weather. Frigid temperatures can reduce that distance by 57%.<p>The research is important to the Automobile Club of Southern California because it maintains mobile recharging trucks for …

Is the Internet Making Us More Democratic?

<i>Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a peer at #DemocraciaEnRed, a Latin America-based movement to promote the evolution of democracy through modern tools.</i><p>While discontent rooted in the offline world continues to be the source of protests worldwide, few can argue that the lowered cost of communication …

Marco Rubio: Making Putin pay

<i>Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.</i><p>Vladi­mir Putin’s annexation of Crimea is a direct challenge and long-term threat to the post-World War II international order for which the United States …

Obama doesn’t grasp Putin’s Eurasian ambitions

IT’S EASY to conclude that Vladi­mir Putin’s passionate defense of Russia’s takeover of Crimea “just didn’t jibe with reality,” as Secretary of State John F. Kerry put it. In a speech on Tuesday, the Russian ruler repeated mendacious charges that the Ukrainian government had been hijacked by …

Nuclear lessons in Ukraine: Column

Russia's weapons expose Washington's weakness.<p>Last weekend, while the lopsided vote on the Crimean referendum on joining the Russian Federation was underway, pro-Putin news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov hosted a segment on Rossiya 1 news channel in which he graphically showed how Russia is capable of …

Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses EU Crimea sanctions

<b>Moscow has described further EU sanctions against prominent Russians over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine as "detached from reality".</b><p>The foreign ministry said Russia reserved the right to an "appropriate response" after Brussels expanded its black list from 21 to 33 names.<p>Those on the list, …

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Ukrainian Soldiers Forced Out Of Air Force Base In Crimea By Angry Crowd

The unarmed crowd yelling "Russia! Russia!" broke through to the base in the town of Novofedorivka and started smashing windows.<p>Ukrainian servicemen barricaded themselves inside buildings and threw smoke bombs at the intruders from the roof.<p>Some of the people threw the smoke bombs back at the …

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Here's Why Robots Taking Our Jobs Is A Good Thing

It's not hard to see why. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are bringing robots into more and more workplaces. For example:<p>Autonomous vehicles now in development by just about every major automaker threaten the jobs of truckers and cabbies.<br>• The Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics is …

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Obama's promise: No military action in Ukraine from US

President Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. would not take military action in Ukraine against Russia.<p>"We are not going to be getting into a military …

U.S. Quietly Gives Up Control Over The Internet

The new plan: a global governing body that will totally not at all be heavily influenced by the United States.<p>On Friday, the United States announced some very big news in a very boring way. The U.S. government is relinquishing its last official control over the internet. The phrasing chosen by the …

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Louisiana May Soon Repeal Creationism-In-Schools Act Ruled Unconstitutional In 1987

It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.<p>Louisiana may soon repeal an act, put in place in 1981, that required public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution. But it's not as if the act has necessarily been in, uh, action since then. A few years after its passage, the Balanced Treatment …

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'Smoking Gun' Reveals How the Inflationary Big Bang Happened

New findings show that the universe underwent a burst of inflation that was seemingly faster than the speed of light in the first instant of its existence, throwing off a storm of exotic gravitational waves in the process.<p>The evidence comes from the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole, which …

'Huge' Physics Finding Supports Big Bang Theory

First evidence of gravitational waves sheds light on the creation of the universe.<p>Scientists announced today (March 17) that they had found the first direct evidence of the dramatic expansion that created the known universe, known as cosmic inflation, or the "bang" in the Big Bang. This dramatic …

Primordial gravitational wave discovery heralds 'whole new era' in physics

Scientists have heralded a "whole new era" in physics with the detection of "primordial gravitational waves" – the first tremors of the big bang.<p>The minuscule ripples in space-time are the last prediction of Albert Einstein's 1916 general theory of relativity to be verified. Until now, there has …

What are gravitational waves?

Gravitational waves are ripples that carry energy across the universe. They were predicted to exist by Albert Einstein in 1916 as a consequence of his General Theory of Relativity. Although there is strong circumstantial evidence for their existence, gravitational waves have not been directly …

A big-bang theory gets a big boost: Evidence that vast cosmos were created in split second

In the beginning, the universe got very big very fast, transforming itself in a fraction of an instant from something almost infinitesimally small to something imponderably vast, a cosmos so huge that no one will ever be able to see it all.<p>This is the premise of an idea called cosmic inflation — a …

Major Discovery: 'Smoking Gun' for Universe's Incredible Big Bang Expansion Found

Astronomers have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, the theorized dramatic expansion of the universe that put the "bang" in the Big …

The Food Lab: How to Make a Turkey, Bacon, and Broccoli Rabe Shooter's-Style Sandwich

It's time for another round of The Food Lab. Got a suggestion for an upcoming topic? Email Kenji here, and he'll do his best to answer your queries in a future post. Become a fan of The Food Lab on Facebook or follow it on Twitter for play-by-plays on future kitchen tests and recipe experiments.<p>More<p>…

The Food Lab: How to Make a Muffuletta Shooter's-Style Sandwich

More<p>Sandwiches<p>Tips and tricks for making the best sandwiches at home.<p>The classic shooter's sandwich is made by stuffing cooked steak into a hollowed out loaf of bread along with sautéed mushrooms and onions, dressing it with mustard and horseradish, then wrapping it tightly and pressing it …