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Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:36

Over the past year, a roaring debate has erupted among physicists about what exactly would happen if you fell into a black hole. Would it be "spaghettification," or a quantum firestorm and oblivion where space ceases to exist? The answer has big implications for fundamental physics.

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Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:00

Head injuries have long been considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's, but the evidence on that is mixed. A study finds that people who have memory problems decades after a concussion are more likely to have the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's.

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Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

Fri, 2013-12-27 09:59

Though 40 million credit and debt accounts may have been affected, Target says the hackers should not be able to decrypt sensitive information they obtained.

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Judge Rules That NSA Collection Of Phone Data Is Lawful

Fri, 2013-12-27 09:42

Rejecting a challenge by the ACLU to the program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said Friday that the collection of data represented "a government counter-punch" against al-Qaida. The ruling comes less than two weeks after another judge said the program violated the Constitution.

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PHOTO: Saturn's Holiday Closeup

Fri, 2013-12-27 08:35

NASA's Cassini spacecraft focused on one of the planet's poles, and produced an image that resembles a hand-painted Christmas ornament. There's also a new photo of Saturn's largest moons that makes it appear they're stacked on top of each other.

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Indian Nationalist Leader Says Violence Shook Him To The Core

Fri, 2013-12-27 08:02

But Narendra Modi's critics say he's to blame for the deadly anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state in 2002. Modi is widely expected to become India's next prime minister if his Bharatiya Janata Party wins next year's election. His supporters view him as an efficient administrator.

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2013 Was The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed

Fri, 2013-12-27 07:39

This year, 15 bills in 11 states attempted to make undercover videos on farms illegal. Not a single one passed. Activists say a broad-based coalition that tapped the grass-roots concern for animal welfare helped defeat the measures.

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2013 Was The Year Every New Ag-Gag Bill Failed

Fri, 2013-12-27 07:39

This year, 15 bills in 11 states attempted to make undercover videos on farms illegal. Not a single one passed. Activists say a broad-based coalition that tapped the grass-roots concern for animal welfare helped defeat the measures.

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The Price Is Wrong And You Know It: Do You Buy That Ticket?

Fri, 2013-12-27 07:25

Delta Air Lines will honor some incredibly inexpensive tickets it mistakenly sold on Thursday. Some cross-country trips were going for as little as $25. When it's obvious a seller has made a big mistake in your favor, is it OK to buy anyway?

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When Memories Never Fade, The Past Can Poison The Present

Fri, 2013-12-27 07:07

Only a rare few people have the ability to remember everything that happened in their lives. But that gift can seem like a curse, they say, keeping them marooned in the past and unable to enjoy the present. Forgetting, it seems, can be a good thing.

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