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  • Space-Based Solar Power

    Space-based solar power: the energy of the future?

    (CNN) — In space there’s no atmosphere, it’s never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it’s never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest uninterrupted power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The concept has been around since the 1940s when science fiction writer Isaac Asimov posited the idea of a robot-manned space station that delivered energy to Earth via microwaves. Today, the idea is less science fiction than a steadily advancing reality. Clean energy […]

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    Defector says North Korea is running a vast hacker network

    SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) — A defector who once worked as a computer expert for Pyongyang says North Korea is running a vast network of hackers committing cyber warfare against the perceived enemies of the Stalinist state. Jang Se-yul, who defected from North Korea seven years ago, told CNN that he thinks there are 1,800 cyber warriors in the agency in place around the world, but he says even the agents themselves don’t know how many operatives work for the […]

  • California Drought - Sweetwater Reservoir

    What deluges? 11 trillion gallons of rain still needed to end California drought

    (CNN) — About 11 trillion gallons of rain, or nearly 17 million Olympic swimming pools full. That’s how much water California needs to recover from its extreme drought despite downpours that cause flooding and mudslides this month, NASA said. This week, the space agency released a satellite data analysis of how much water the state’s reserves lack. It’s a lot — more than 14,000 times the amount of water it would take to fill the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium, according to […]

  • Mosquitoes

    The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas

    (CNN) — Its name means “bending over in pain.” It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people — 155 of them fatally — since spreading to the Americas one year ago. The mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus has long been diagnosed in travelers returning from countries in Asia and Africa, where the disease is widespread. But in December 2013, the first people infected by mosquitoes local to the region were […]

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    What Congress can do to block Pres. Obama on Cuba

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama’s move to relax travel, trade and economic restrictions with Cuba set off a firestorm from opponents on Capitol Hill, who immediately vowed to block the new policy. Top Republican leaders and other key lawmakers were furious they were kept in the dark about the secret mission orchestrated by the White House to bring home Alan Gross, an American hostage held in Cuba for the last five years. Although they supported Gross’ release they denounced […]

  • Johns Hopkins University

    Whoops! Johns Hopkins sends out acceptances to… rejected students

    (CNN) — “Embrace the YES!” said the subject line. Uh, no. The Washington Post reported that almost 300 students who had been rejected by Johns Hopkins University received a joyous shock over the weekend when the prestigious Baltimore school sent them emails telling them to “Embrace the YES!” They’d been admitted after all. Hadn’t they? It didn’t take long for joy to turn to sadness when the school followed up with another email on Sunday afternoon: “Please note that this […]

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    Sony Pictures cancels ‘The Interview’ after major theaters pull out

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Sony on Wednesday said it would cancel next week’s planned release of “The Interview,” after most of the country’s largest theater chains had decided not to show it. The decision by Sony follows a threat on Tuesday from anonymous hackers that people should avoid going to theaters where “The Interview” is playing. “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film “The Interview,” we have decided not to move […]

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    Special gift for the holidays: California mom hears her son for the first time

    SACRAMENTO, Cali. (CNN) — A California woman gets a special gift for the holidays. She can now hear — thanks to the donation of a Sacramento company. It may be just the sound of a baby crying. But to one mother, it is the most beautiful sound she has ever heard. Mariah Morgan has never heard her six-month-old son Morgan cry until now. Morgan was given the ability to hear thanks to the kindness and generosity of Betty and Michael […]

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    Pres. Obama: Isolating Cuba hasn’t worked, calls for end to “outdated approach”

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions on the nation, an historic shift he called the end of an “outdated approach” to U.S.-Cuban relations. Obama said he’s instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately begin discussions with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations, and that the U.S. will re-open an embassy in Havana. The administration will also allow some travel and trade that had been banned under […]

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    2016 Republicans slam Cuba announcement

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama’s historic move to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba opens a political minefield for Republicans with presidential aspirations. The announcement immediately threw two Florida politicians — Sen. Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush — into the spotlight and served as another reminder of the state’s enduring importance in presidential politics. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, quickly took a hardline position, vowing to block any nominee the administration might put forward to be […]

  • MoviePass

    Want to see a movie a day? AMC hopes so

    (CNN) — Could the Netflix model work for a movie theater chain? AMC Theaters is reportedly exploring that with a pilot partnership with MoviePass, a company which offers a subscription service where movie lovers can attend a movie a day for a monthly fee. AMC operates more than 4,900 screens across the United States, making it the second largest theater chain behind Regal Entertainment. The New York Times reports that moviegoers would pay a fee of $35 a month, which […]

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    The 2014 tax breaks you’ll be able to take

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Well, finally. Congress on Tuesday night extended dozens of expired “temporary” tax breaks for 2014. It took the Senate, by a 76 to 16 vote, until the week after Congress was supposed to adjourn to pass the bill, which the House had already approved. The bill will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. The majority of tax breaks in the bill pertain to businesses, but a handful will affect individuals. […]


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