China probe readies to land on dark side of the moon: Xinhua

A Chinese space probe is moving into position to land on the dark side of the moon for the first time, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, a mission seen as an important step as the country looks to push forward its space program. The probe, the Chang'e-4, entered a planned orbit on Sunday "to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon", the news agency said, citing the China National Space Administration. Previous spacecraft have seen the far side of t...
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Bali volcano shoots new burst of ash; flights unaffected

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali shot a new burst of hot ash into the air early Sunday in the latest of the country’s several eruptions within a week. Mount Agung erupted for about three minutes, spewing white clouds of smoke and ash more than 700 meters (2,300 feet) […]
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NASA's Nancy Grace Roman, Known as the 'Mother of Hubble,' Dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, a former NASA executive who is often described as the “mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope, has died at 93.Read more...
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"Mother of Hubble" Nancy Grace Roman Dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, a former NASA executive who is often described as the “mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope, has died at 93.
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Notable deaths in 2018

Paris (AFP) - From soul diva Aretha Franklin to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and former UN chief Kofi Annan, here are some of the notable figures who passed away in 2018:
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Goodbye Stalin: Moscow metro sheds Soviet look in bold new stations

Moscow's metro system is famed for its Stalin-era stations with glittering chandeliers and mosaics, but architects are taking a radical new approach as the network undergoes a massive expansion. While the original stations were conceived as "palaces for the people", the new designs are less formal with light boxes for seats and laser-printed glass patterns. In a major break with tradition, the Moscow city government has allowed outside architects to submit designs for several new stations in c...
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In Caracas, macaws' bold color show can't be missed

Colorful wild macaws flying through Caracas skies are a bright sight to behold. With every sunrise and sunset they start their zigzagging flight between palm trees and residential towers. If the scene sounds like a dream for nature lovers, behind the proliferation of these birds in a city with high noise, pollution and human hustle, is wildlife trafficking and the introduction of exotic species, biologist Diego Diaz tells AFP.
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NYPD Will Use Drone Technology in First for New Year's Eve Security

Thousands upon thousands of people are expected to pack into New York’s Times Square for the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop, as they have for more than a century. But this year will mark the first that the city’s officials will deploy drone technology as part of its increased security.Read more...
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Norman Gimbel, Lyricist Behind the Wonder Woman Theme Song, Dies at 91

Norman Gimbel, an Oscar- and Grammy-award-winning lyricist and songwriter, has passed away, Comic Book Resources reports. He was known, among other things, for the Wonder Woman theme song from the popular 1970s series starring Lynda Carter. Read more...
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Trump Blames Democrats for Children's Deaths While in Border Patrol Custody

Seemingly incapable of any sense of empathy, the president of the United States has chosen to politicize on Twitter the deaths of two young children this month while they were in the Border Patrol’s custody.Read more...
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Google Has Lawsuit in Illinois Over Facial Recognition Scanning in Google Photos Dismissed

Google has had a lawsuit in Illinois over its facial-recognition software thrown out, with a judge dismissing the case on the grounds that the plaintiff in the case did not suffer “concrete injuries,” Bloomberg reported on Saturday. The ruling puts to rest one of three lawsuits against major tech companies for alleged…Read more...
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Meet the Creators Behind the Advanced Visual Effects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The MCU’s special effects get more and more impressive, from de-aging that looks actually realistic to Josh Brolin’s impressive performance as a half-human half-CGI Thanos.Read more...
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Bangladesh Shuts Down 3G, 4G Access Across Entire Country Ahead of Elections

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the nation’s top telecommunications regulator, has ordered mobile providers to shut down all 3G and 4G services until midnight on Dec. 30, effective immediately, Al Jazeera reported on Saturday.Read more...
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Government Shutdown Could Also Impact the FTC's Facebook Investigation: Report

The partial government shutdown now certain to stretch through into the new year will have sweeping effects, from stalling important scientific research to vast economic impacts. But according to the Washington Post, the partial shutdown could also affect an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission…Read more...
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Lady Gaga has a giant robot now, in case you were worried being a movie star might have changed her

Reassuring news today for fans worried that newfound moviestardom might have dulled the excessive, “What the fuck is that?” edges off of one of the planet’s most spectacle-devoted performers: Lady Gaga has a giant robot now.Read more...
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PSA: You Can Now Read the Screenplay for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Online

One of the most interesting ways of exploring the craft of a film is to read the screenplay. A good screenplay is a blueprint for the film based on it: it tells you so much of what you need to know, lets you visualize the building without actually fully encompassing it. It lets you understand what decisions were made…Read more...
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Google Wins Dismissal of Suit Over Facial Recognition Software

(Bloomberg) -- A lawsuit filed against Google by users who said the world’s largest search engine violated their privacy by using facial recognition technology was dismissed by a judge on Saturday.
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One of the Best Emulator Front-Ends May Be Coming to Xbox One, With No Jailbreak Required

The developers of RetroArch, an all-in-one emulation front-end that allows users to download emulator “cores” for a huge number of older consoles and which recently came to the Nintendo Switch, say it is coming to the Xbox One—and unlike other consoles, users might not need to risk jailbreaking their systems to set it…Read more...
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Almost 3,800 Patients Potentially Exposed To HIV & Hepatitis at New Jersey Surgery Center

After a state investigation revealed unsanitary conditions at an outpatient surgery center in northern New Jersey, thousands of patients who were treated there have been advised to get their blood tested, CBS News reports.
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All the Cars That Died in 2018

All of us must face death eventually. That is even true of our best friends, the cars. It’s inevitable and natural. But when the death is indicative of a greater and more depressing trend, then it’s extremely sobering. This year, we saw the death of a lot of sedans. Like, a lot a lot. Here are the cars that died in…Read more...
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US winter storms kill seven: media

Parts of the United States were digging out Saturday from winter storms that media reports said led to at least seven deaths, while warmer regions braced for potential flooding during the New Year's travel period. As storm clouds moved east, they were set to bring heavy rain and probably flooding to the Gulf Coast, and both rain and freezing rain to New England. Flight tracker FlightAware reported more than 129 flight cancellations and 1,006 delays Saturday -- down from more than 500 cancelati...
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How to Watch New Horizons' Ultima Thule Flyby on New Year's Day: A Webcast Guide

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is about the make the most distant planetary flyby in the history of spaceflight, and you can follow the action live. At 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT) on Jan. 1, New Horizons will zoom past the small object Ultima Thule, which lies 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto in the realm of icy bodies known as the Kuiper Belt. The mission team will keep the public appraised of New Horizons' progress via a series of news conferences and updates over the comi...
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Aquaman Has Already Made More Globally Than Justice League's Entire Run

You know that cliche about how no one is impressed with Aquaman? Well, it might be time to retire it, because people apparently love Aquaman.Read more...
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The House Is Forming A Climate Crisis Committee. Here's Why Some Democrats Aren’t Happy With It.

House Democrats are kicking off the new year by addressing climate change head-on with a new committee, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become the next speaker of the House, has announced that Democrats plan to form the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis when the party majority retakes the House of Representatives in January. The committee will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who currently serves as a member of the Energ...
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Cutting Out Bacon And Booze Could Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer By 40%

Welp, good news for 2019.
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11 States Are Now Experiencing Widespread Flu Activity, CDC Map Shows

11 States Are Now Experiencing Widespread Flu Activity, CDC Map Shows
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Rainy revelers forecast: Wet, but mild New Year's Eve in store at Times Square, New York City

While rain may soak New Year's Eve revelers at Times Square in New York City on Monday evening, the weather will be dramatically warmer than one year earlier.
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Why Russia May Never Get a 'New' Tu-160 Supersonic Bomber

The problem with a 21st Century Blackjack may have less to do with the plane than with the factory. As the U.S. is discovering with its older aircraft, spare parts and – most importantly – manufacturing expertise are permanently lost when a production line is closed down.
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Measles Alert Issued for Travelers at Newark Airport on Christmas Eve

Measles Alert Issued for Travelers at Newark Airport on Christmas Eve
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Trump’s Government Shutdown Could Affect Payments to Struggling Farmers

Donald Trump’s hostage-taking of the federal government could further damage an economic sector already struggling from another of his combative policies: farmers.Read more...
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