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NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:19

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — NASA on Friday successfully dropped a replica Orion spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft to a southwestern Arizona desert site to test the craft's ability to cope with a partial parachute failure.

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Young computer experts exploited video game for mayhem

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:43

The hackers were targeting the server hosts that provide protection against botnet attacks for 'Minecraft' players, hoping then to provide such protection themselves and make millions; James Rosen has the story for 'Special Report.'

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Eat your heart out, ‘Avatar’ fans: MIT just figured out how to make plants glow

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:20

By embedding nanoparticles into the leaves of an otherwise ordinary watercress plant, MIT scientists have managed to make a plant glow in the dark. The next step? Replacing our desk lamps. Seriously.

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Holiday Shipping Deadlines For You Last-Minute Shoppers

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:20

If you’re anything like us, you probably waited until now to finish up your holiday shopping.

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SpaceX makes history by launching first NASA mission with...

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:20

SpaceX is now the first private company to launch a NASA resupply mission with a used rocket.

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A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:32

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves.

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ISS Astronauts Will Watch 'The Last Jedi'—IN SPACE

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:29

Because where else would they watch it, really.

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Birth Control Restrictions

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:13

The rules would restrict access to free birth control

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President Trump Lost a Fight to Allow Churches to Get More Involved in Politics

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:13

President Trump pushed allies to pressure Congress to repeal a law barring churches from political organizing but lost.

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Former Time Warner CEO: It's Time to Replace All Men at the Top With Women

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:00

The former executive says he has a queasy feeling that his generation has been too silent, for far too long, and it's time to speak out

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Radius is a smart device that acts like a force field for mosquitoes

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:47

Made by one of the leading mosquito repellant companies, Radius is a new Kickstarter smart device that promises to act like a force field against mosquitoes. No bug spray necessary!

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Deadly 6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:41

The quake killed an unknown number of people

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NASA Explains How Astronauts Can Watch "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in Space

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:39

And we're infinitely jealous.

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Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:32

"No fraternity’s existence is worth more than the life of Tim Piazza"

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Immigration Groups Push Congress to Protect Dreamers Before the End of the Year

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:24

Immigration advocacy groups are pressuring Congress to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children before the year ends.

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Poll: Most Americans Think President Trump Is Trying to Obstruct the Russia Investigation

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:19

More than half of Americans think President Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation into his ties to Russia, according to a new poll.

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‘Alien probe’ asteroid is dead quiet, but is that good news or bad news?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:51

A couple of months back, a really, really weird asteroid flew through our Solar System. It looked nothing like any object humanity had ever spotted in space, and was moving might fast. First it was identified as a comet, then an asteroid, and most recently scientists have been wondering if maybe it was actually an alien spacecraft. Now, after spending hours listening to the strange visitor with powerful radio telescopes, scientists say they haven't heard a peep.

The object, named Oumuamua, is shaped like a cigar. If it's really an asteroid it would be the very first interstellar asteroid — that is, a rock that originated outside of our Solar System — to be observed by humans, but its bizarre form and speedy entry and exit gave alien hunters reason to believe it might actually be otherworldly technology. Now, it seems, that question will have to wait a little longer to be answered.

Earlier this week scientists from the Breakthrough Listen project pointed their ears towards Oumuamua in the hopes of hearing something, anything, that couldn't be explained by some natural process. After a preliminary review of the data, they haven't found anything that would suggest the object is actually an alien probe, but whether or not we should be happy about that is up for debate.

Humanity has been hastily attempting to make contact with intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations for decades now. We've sent spacecraft out of our Solar System with directions on where to find us, and shot radio wave messages to distant stars in the hopes that someone is listening. If we're going to meet aliens, these are probably our best shots at making first contact, but should we even be trying?

Every scientist with an itch to find alien life has a counterpart who fears what that meeting may bring. Many astronomers and physicists, including Stephen Hawking, have warned that contact aliens could result in the utter destruction of mankind. We simply don't know whether intelligent beings living elsewhere in the universe will see us as a friendly neighbor, a threat, or simply a nuisance that should be wiped out simply because we're annoying them.

"Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach," Hawking famously said. "If so, it makes sense for them to exploit each new planet for material to build more spaceships so they could move on. Who knows what the limits would be?"

For now, it appears that the strange object that just visited us isn't relaying messages with alien handlers on a distant star system, and maybe that's for the best.

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This Couple Lost 8 Family Members in the Texas Church Massacre. But They’re Still Finding Joy at Christmas

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:00

"It won’t be long until we’ll be there with the rest of the family," Joe, 86, said

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Hypnosis-Induced Synesthesia Can Make Numbers Look Like Colors, Say Scientists

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:57

The strange phenomenon may not be completely hardwired.

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Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest Appearance

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:56

The former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit — with a festive touch.

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