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President Trump Bashed the FBI Again. An Hour Later, He Praised Its Agents as 'Heroes'
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:40:40 -0500

President Trump Bashed the FBI Again. An Hour Later, He Praised Its Agents as 'Heroes'He said people were "very angry," then called agents "great, great people"


Is the Pentagon’s shadowy secret UFO research program still going on?
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:31:45 -0500

Is the Pentagon’s shadowy secret UFO research program still going on?For five years, the Pentagon ran a secret program to investigate UFO sightings. Although government funding ended, the head of the program recently resigned and said the investigations are still continuing.


'All Dogs Can Smell Marijuana, But Only A Few Of Them Are Snitches'
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:22:41 -0500

'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.


Ski Lift Malfunction Leaves 100 People Stranded on Mountain
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:19:48 -0500

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


SpaceX launches first used rocket for NASA mission
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:35:00 -0500

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.


A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:32:48 -0500

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.


Holiday Shipping Deadlines For You Last-Minute Shoppers
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:20:44 -0500

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


‘Alien probe’ asteroid is dead quiet, but is that good news or bad news?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:51:26 -0500

‘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.


Soccer Coach Accused of Running Away With Teen Girl Returns to Florida
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:43:02 -0500

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


Female Congressional Candidate Quits Race Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:13:29 -0500

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


The Vatican Bans Sales of Saints' Body Parts in Updated Relic Rules
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:37:35 -0500

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


President Trump: Economy Will 'Start to Rock' After Tax Plan
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:54:04 -0500

President Trump: Economy Will 'Start to Rock' After Tax PlanTrump said the tax cut helps the the middle class and will grow the economy


Massive Great White Shark, Mary Lee, Tracked For Five Years, Goes Silent
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:28:59 -0500

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.


Eat your heart out, ‘Avatar’ fans: MIT just figured out how to make plants glow
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:20:05 -0500

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.


Lorenzen Wright's Ex-Wife Has Just Been Charged With His 2010 Murder
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:05:15 -0500

Lorenzen Wright's Ex-Wife Has Just Been Charged With His 2010 MurderAuthorities say Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has been charged with first-degree murder in his death


The Trump Administration Wants to Block H-1B Visa Spouses From Working in the U.S.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:02:16 -0500

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


What will net neutrality FCC repeal vote mean?
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:57:52 -0500

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


Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:32:00 -0500

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"


The U.S. Special Envoy Backs Rex Tillerson's Offer of Unconditional Talks With North Korea
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:47:41 -0500

The U.S. Special Envoy Backs Rex Tillerson's Offer of Unconditional Talks With North KoreaThe White House, however, has been quick to contradict the offer


How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? Fruit Flies Might Shed Light on the Answer
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:52:29 -0500

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.


Police Investigating Possible Link Between Human Remains and 3 Young Boys Missing Since 2010
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:44:26 -0500

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


Poll: Most Americans Think President Trump Is Trying to Obstruct the Russia Investigation
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:19:38 -0500

Poll: Most Americans Think President Trump Is Trying to Obstruct the Russia InvestigationMore than half of Americans think President Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation into his ties to Russia, according to a new poll.


The U.S. Military Could Go 'Star Wars': Build Deflector Shields to Stop Laser Weapons?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:37:00 -0500

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.


What science says about why we get déjà vu
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:19:37 -0500

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.


Third Sea Lion Attack in a Week Prompts Swimming Ban at San Francisco Park
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:35:12 -0500

Third Sea Lion Attack in a Week Prompts Swimming Ban at San Francisco Park"I haven’t had a single sea lion or wildlife attack like this."


Former Time Warner CEO: It's Time to Replace All Men at the Top With Women
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:00:03 -0500

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


This Couple Lost 8 Family Members in the Texas Church Massacre. But They’re Still Finding Joy at Christmas
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:12 -0500

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


Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Birth Control Restrictions
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:13:05 -0500

Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Birth Control RestrictionsThe rules would restrict access to free birth control


Young computer experts exploited video game for mayhem
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:43:59 -0500

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.'


Cow Escapes Live Nativity Scene Twice and Wanders the Streets of Philadelphia
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:44:25 -0500

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



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