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3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station

3 astronauts blast off for International Space StationA capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station



12/17/2017 - 03:05 AM

 

Billionaire and His Wife Found Dead in Toronto Mansion

Billionaire and His Wife Found Dead in Toronto MansionBarry Sherman founded the pharmaceutical company Apotex



12/16/2017 - 02:16 PM

 

'All Dogs Can Smell Marijuana, But Only A Few Of Them Are Snitches'

'All Dogs Can Smell Marijuana, But Only A Few Of Them Are Snitches'Separated from their cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.



12/15/2017 - 09:22 AM

 

Soccer Coach Accused of Running Away With Teen Girl Returns to Florida

Soccer Coach Accused of Running Away With Teen Girl Returns to FloridaA Florida soccer coach arrested in New York after accusations that he ran away with a teenage girl has been returned to his home state



12/16/2017 - 01:43 PM

 

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

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



12/15/2017 - 04:32 PM

 

Holiday Shipping Deadlines For You Last-Minute Shoppers

Holiday Shipping Deadlines For You Last-Minute ShoppersIf you’re anything like us, you probably waited until now to finish up your holiday shopping.



12/15/2017 - 05:20 PM

 

SpaceX launches first used rocket for NASA mission

SpaceX launches first used rocket for NASA missionCNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on SpaceX's first launch of its reused Falcon-9 rocket for a NASA mission.



12/15/2017 - 10:35 AM

 

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

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

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.



12/15/2017 - 01:51 PM

 

The Vatican Bans Sales of Saints' Body Parts in Updated Relic Rules

The Vatican Bans Sales of Saints' Body Parts in Updated Relic RulesThe new rules govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be handled



12/16/2017 - 11:37 AM

 

The Trump Administration Wants to Block H-1B Visa Spouses From Working in the U.S.

The Trump Administration Wants to Block H-1B Visa Spouses From Working in the U.S.The Department of Homeland Security announced its rollback of an Obama-era policy on Thursday



12/15/2017 - 08:02 AM

 

Ski Lift Malfunction Leaves 100 People Stranded on Mountain

Ski Lift Malfunction Leaves 100 People Stranded on MountainAt least five people were injured



12/16/2017 - 03:19 PM

 

Massive Great White Shark, Mary Lee, Tracked For Five Years, Goes Silent

Massive Great White Shark, Mary Lee, Tracked For Five Years, Goes SilentIn September 2012, researchers put a tracking device on a 3,456-pound great white shark and named her Mary Lee. Probably not, says Chris Fischer, who leads ocean research expeditions and was part of the team that caught and tagged her. Mary Lee when she was first captured and tagged on a research vessel.



12/15/2017 - 11:28 AM

 

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

Immigration Groups Push Congress to Protect Dreamers Before the End of the YearImmigration advocacy groups are pressuring Congress to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children before the year ends.



12/15/2017 - 02:24 PM

 

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

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



12/15/2017 - 06:20 PM

 

The U.S. Military Could Go 'Star Wars': Build Deflector Shields to Stop Laser Weapons?

The U.S. Military Could Go 'Star Wars': Build Deflector Shields to Stop Laser Weapons?Is the force with America?  The U.S. Military Could Go 'Star Wars': Build Deflector Shields to Stop Laser Weapons? Calling it a “deflector shield,” with its Star Trek connotations, is a clever bit of marketing by BAE, though perhaps not totally accurate. The USS Enterprise’s deflector shields could repel both matter and energy. LDAL, if it works, would be useful against laser weapons but probably not bullets.



12/15/2017 - 10:37 AM

 

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

This Couple Lost 8 Family Members in the Texas Church Massacre. But They’re Still Finding Joy at Christmas"It won’t be long until we’ll be there with the rest of the family," Joe, 86, said



12/15/2017 - 01:00 PM

 

Female Congressional Candidate Quits Race Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Female Congressional Candidate Quits Race Over Sexual Harassment AllegationsAndrea Ramsey is accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate in 2005



12/16/2017 - 10:13 AM

 

A Trump Judicial Nominee Couldn't Answer Basic Questions About The Law

A Trump Judicial Nominee Couldn't Answer Basic Questions About The Law"I would probably not be able to give you a good definition right here"



12/15/2017 - 09:05 AM

 

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? Fruit Flies Might Shed Light on the Answer

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? Fruit Flies Might Shed Light on the AnswerIn a new study published on Thursday in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers used artificially bred fruit flies to examine the role of genes in the sleep process. “This study is an important step toward solving one of the biggest mysteries in biology: the need to sleep,” lead study author Susan Harbison, an investigator in the Laboratory of Systems Genetics at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), said in a statement. Harbison and her colleagues analyzed 13 generations of wild fruit flies—some of which they bred to sleep up to 18 hours each day, while others were bred to sleep only three hours each day.



12/16/2017 - 05:52 PM

 

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

Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death"No fraternity’s existence is worth more than the life of Tim Piazza"



12/15/2017 - 02:32 PM

 

What science says about why we get déjà vu

What science says about why we get déjà vuIt's the sense of familiarity that feels misplaced because you know you haven't experienced the same thing before. For no apparent reason, you feel like you're reliving a past experience. It's called déjà vu, which is French for "already seen," and it happens to an estimated 70% of the population, according to How Stuff Works, with people aged between 15 and 25 years old experiencing it most.



12/15/2017 - 07:19 AM

 

Police Investigating Possible Link Between Human Remains and 3 Young Boys Missing Since 2010

Police Investigating Possible Link Between Human Remains and 3 Young Boys Missing Since 2010The boys' father is currently in prison for charges related to the case



12/16/2017 - 11:44 AM

 

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

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



12/15/2017 - 04:00 PM

 

What will net neutrality FCC repeal vote mean?

What will net neutrality FCC repeal vote mean?Technology and politics reporter for The Hill provides insight.



12/16/2017 - 01:57 PM

 

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

President Trump Lost a Fight to Allow Churches to Get More Involved in PoliticsPresident Trump pushed allies to pressure Congress to repeal a law barring churches from political organizing but lost.



12/15/2017 - 04:13 PM

 

Rare Genetic Mutation Causes Entire Family To Feel No Pain

Rare Genetic Mutation Causes Entire Family To Feel No PainFifty-two-year-old Letizia Marsili and her mother, two sons, sister, and niece have had low sensitivity to pain since childhood. It's affected their family in a number of ways, including frequent burns from hot drinks and serious injuries from sports, Marsili explained to the BBC. “The members of this family can burn themselves or experience pain-free bone fractures without feeling any pain.



12/16/2017 - 01:42 PM

 

Uber Driver Accused of Raping 16-Year-Old Passenger

Uber Driver Accused of Raping 16-Year-Old PassengerPolice fear there may be other victims



12/16/2017 - 11:58 AM

 

Young computer experts exploited video game for mayhem

Young computer experts exploited video game for mayhemThe 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.'



12/15/2017 - 06:43 PM

 

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

Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest AppearanceThe former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit — with a festive touch.



12/15/2017 - 12:56 PM

 

Cow Escapes Live Nativity Scene Twice and Wanders the Streets of Philadelphia

Cow Escapes Live Nativity Scene Twice and Wanders the Streets of PhiladelphiaStormy was returned after two adventures on snowy downtown streets



12/16/2017 - 12:44 PM

 

Egypt Reopens Ancient Library Holding Thousands of Centuries-Old Manuscripts

Egypt Reopens Ancient Library Holding Thousands of Centuries-Old ManuscriptsThe library holds thousands of religious and historical manuscripts



12/16/2017 - 04:59 PM

 

Deadly 6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

Deadly 6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes IndonesiaThe quake killed an unknown number of people



12/15/2017 - 02:41 PM

 

Watch Blue Origin's 'Mannequin Skywalker' Test Crew Capsule 2.0 in Space

Watch Blue Origin's 'Mannequin Skywalker' Test Crew Capsule 2.0 in SpaceJeff Bezos' plan is coming to life.



12/15/2017 - 06:39 AM

 

'Absolutely Grisly.' A Woman Was Mauled to Death by Her Own Dogs

'Absolutely Grisly.' A Woman Was Mauled to Death by Her Own DogsShe was out walking her pit bulls



12/16/2017 - 09:44 AM

 

‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ 3200 Phaethon Will Pass By Earth Sunday, And You Might Catch A Glimpse

‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ 3200 Phaethon Will Pass By Earth Sunday, And You Might Catch A GlimpseOn December 16, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, a ‘potentially hazardous asteroid’ will be at its very closest to Earth, passing only 6.2 million miles away from our little blue planet. Don’t worry though, the asteroid is still completely safe and if the conditions are right you might even catch glimpse of it passing by Saturday night. 3200 Phaethon is a three-mile long asteroid that roams the Milky Way, and comes past Earth every 1.4 years. The asteroid is also responsible for the Geminid meteor shower, which some stargazers were lucky enough to catch earlier in the week.



12/16/2017 - 05:00 AM

 

Matt Lauer’s First Accuser Lives in ‘Constant Fear’ of Being Discovered, Lawyer Says

Matt Lauer’s First Accuser Lives in ‘Constant Fear’ of Being Discovered, Lawyer SaysThe attorney for the woman who came forward with allegations against Matt Lauer said she lives in fear of being discovered.



12/15/2017 - 11:41 AM

 

 

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