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U.S. mortgage rates hit lowest in over three years | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Interest rates on U.S. 30-year mortgages fell to their lowest in more than three years as benchmark U.S. Treasury yields sagged to their lowest in over four years due to intense demand for low-risk government debt, mortgage finance agency Freddie Mac (FMCC.PK) said on …

Economics

The Hollow Alliance

For decades, the transatlantic partnership has been crucial to international security and the stability of the global economy. Through organizations …

Geopolitics

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Final Fantasy XIV's New 'Deep Dungeon' Will Be Different Than Anything Else In The Game

When patch 3.35 goes live in <i>Final Fantasy XIV</i>, it’ll unlock the Deep Dungeon, a 50-floor instance with randomly generated maps that’s inspired by …

Final Fantasy

Crank Your Speakers, Because This Rocket Test Is the Best Thing You'll Hear All Day

Watching a rocket blast into outer space is a remarkable experience. But watching a rocket engine strapped into a test facility release its explosive …

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Indoor climbing and bouldering are part of a tough, effective workout that costs about the same as a gym membership.<p>8:06 a.m. Today8:06 a.m. April 2, …

Alex Gibney

The F.B.I.’s Facial-Recognition Program Is a Scary Mess

A new oversight report finds the agency’s powerful, sci-fi-like technology is not being subject to even the most basic privacy protections.<p>While much of the public might believe that facial-recognition software is the stuff of Jason Bourne films, the reality is that the technology is already being …

Surveillance

FALSE: Denny’s Waitress Assaulted by Muslims for Serving Bacon During Ramadan

CLAIM<p>Muslims assaulted a Denny's waitress for serving bacon during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>On 9 June 2016, the web site JTXH News …

Stop Sending Humans Into Space - Top Astronomer

The Astronomer Royal says the money should be devoted to robotic missions instead of sending astronauts like Tim Peake into orbit.

Money

What I Learned Buying a House

My wife and I bought a house last week. It's our first.<p>Buying a house is a big deal for everyone. It's especially big for us because I've spent years writing about the downside of home ownership.I've never been against home ownership, but I've always believed its financial rewards are overstated. …

Income Inequality

Scientists found a molecule in space that could help explain the origins of life

What they spotted is called a chiral molecule, and it's the first one ever found in space.<p>Chiral molecules are molecules that come in two different flavors that are chemically the same but structurally are mirror images of each other. Scientists refer to theses molecules as being left-handed or …

Chemistry

House duo pair up to stop warrantless "backdoor" spying on Americans

The amendment would prevent the NSA from using a loophole to spy on Americans' data, despite constitutional protections.<p>Two lawmakers are pushing to …

Surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg just made a big investment in a startup that pays young people in Africa to learn code

Obiora had been looking for work in Lagos, Nigeria, after completing a degree in electrical engineering and a 6-month stint as a local TV anchor. Andela popped up in his Twitter feed.<p>He didn't know much about Andela, or that he'd eventually be one of the 0.7% of applicants chosen. But he was …

Startups

Here’s ‘What’s Going On’ With Muslims

Six answers to the question behind Donald Trump’s immigration ban<p>Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration to America has come in all shapes and sizes. First, shortly after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, it was a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until …

Religion

This Ancient Greek Computer Was 1,000 Years Ahead Of Its Time

Science is always pushing on. The forward momentum is hard to keep up with sometimes, but all it takes is a quick look back to realize that there’s still a lot to learn from the past. And the ancient greeks have especially kept us on our toes with the Antikythera Mechanism. Since it was discovered …

This Japanese Commercial Is the Trump Meme to End All Trump Memes

Butt plugs, Trump dumps, and #Drumpf be damned, Mike Diva just threw down the f*cking gauntlet.<p>Of all the apocalyptic visions of a Donald Trump presidency, this bizzaro propaganda, in the style of a Japanese commercial, is hands down the greatest (with regard to what it's making America... again). …

Donald Trump

Meet the People Building a Medieval Castle Without Using Any New Technology

Two hours outside of Paris stands Guédelon, a castle that looks like it’s from the medieval period, but is actually being constructed right now. …

Callbacks and Easter Eggs in “No One”

This week, as we sift through <i>Game of Thrones</i> Episode 608, “No One,” for Easter eggs and callbacks to earlier episodes, we must face the fact that two …

TV Series

Mystery object breaks Saturn's weirdest ring

<b>OUT OF THIS WORLD</b> | What's Up In Space - a weekly look at the biggest news coming down to Earth from space<p><i>Cassini's view of Saturn's rings, including</i> …

Astronomy

Monohm's circular 'anti-smartphone' is up for pre-order

Back in 2015, while I was trawling the halls of Mobile World Congress, I stumbled upon a device known as the Runcible. It was a strangle, pebble-like object with limited functionality -- its creator, Aubrey Anderson, described it as a "quieter" gadget to help people relax and live slightly more …

Homeowners can finance energy improvements through new mortgage programs

Want to put solar panels on your roof — owning them outright rather than leasing from some third-party company? A new program that has just hit the market could help make that happen. And because it uses long-term mortgage money, the interest rates are similar to those on a regular home loan — …

Real Estate

Toilet paper wedding dresses up the ante with feathers, flower crowns and more

It's that time of year again — when hundreds of designers try their hand at creating the ultimate wedding gown out of toilet paper.<p>More than 1,500 people entered the 12th annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin, and this year's grand prize went to Van …

Weddings

Electric Car Startups Fueled by Chinese Money Aim to Catch Tesla

A few miles from Tesla Motors Inc’s Palo Alto headquarters, a Silicon Valley startup plans to challenge the electric car maker with a rival family of …

Electric Vehicles

Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

Biology

50 Side Jobs to Help You Make an Extra $500 or More This Month

Disclosure:<p>Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on …

We Finally Know What Causes Volcanic Lightning

Volcanic lightning is one of nature’s most epic displays, but what exactly causes the phenomenon is a longstanding mystery. Now, by studying …

A Decade Of Work Has Decoded This Ancient Greek Astronomy 'Computer'

The Antikythera Mechanism is like something out of an <i>Indiana Jones</i> film. This 2,000-year-old “computer” was used by the ancient Greeks to map …

Archaeology

Morrissey Slams Trump and Clinton, Praises Sanders

In the recent past, Morrissey has chimed in several times to share his distaste for the Royal Family. Today, in a new letter posted on True to You, he took some time to talk about the United States presidential election. After discussing the horrific shooting in Orlando, he criticized both Donald …

Bernie Sanders

Brain-Building Hobbies to Improve Cognitive Function - Health and Wellness

Most of us lead busy lives—between work, housekeeping, making meals, gardening, family activities and volunteering, our schedules get pretty packed. …

The Brain