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Stephen Hawking Aliens

Stephen Hawking announced today that he's partnered with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to launch project "Breakthrough Starshot". This $100-million endeavor will utilize 'nanocraft' flying technology, or in other words, sails pushed by beams of light through the universe. Their goal is a 20-year mission to reach the Alpha Centauri star system, located 25-trillion miles away, in search of intelligent alien life. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Tesla Model 3

Available in black, silver or red, and priced from $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 will have a range of 215-miles, with supercharging being a standard feature, making it easy for owners to recharge while on the road in just minutes. Elon Musk claimed that the base model can go from 0-60 mph in under 6-seconds, possibly faster on higher-end, dual-motor configurations. Click here for more pictures of the Model 3. Continue reading for two more videos, including a test drive, and additional information.

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iPhone SE

"This is the most powerful 4-inch phone ever," said Greg Joswiak, vice president for Apple's product marketing, today at the press event. In addition to being priced from $399 (16GB), it has the same CPU and 12-megapixel camera as the iPhone 6S, this handset will launch with iOS 9.3. Pre-orders begin on March 24th, with the SE hitting stores on March 31. Click here for hands-on images of the SE. Continue reading for another hands-on video.

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Gravitational Waves

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Phycists at at LIGO - laser interferometer gravitational-wave observatory - have detected gravitational waves for the first time in known history. Einstein's theory states the fabric of space-time can become curved by any massive event in the universe, such as two black holes merging or stars exploding, and these curves ripple out as gravitational waves, similar to dropping a stone in a pond. When these ripples reach Earth, they're tiny (1 billionth of the diameter of an atom), which explains why it's taken so long to find them. Click here for more pictures of the LIGO laboratory. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Full Moon Christmas Day

For those who happen to be outside on Christmas night, you'll be greeted with a rare sight as the final full moon of the year peaks. The last time this happened on on Christmas was in 1977, and it won't happen again until 2034. "As you gaze up at the Christmas moon, take note that NASA has a spacecraft currently orbiting Earth's moon. As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it's worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor," said NASA's Nancy Neal Jones, from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Continue reading for three more videos and information. Click here to view more pictures of the full moon.

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Crystal Pepsi

You read that right, fans of the clear concoction from the 90s can now rejoice! Crystal Pepsi is officially returning, but only for a limited run, until summer 2016, when it's set to hit retailers in the US. For now, they're releasing 13,000 six-packs of the beverage that can be won via the mobile app or online. If you've never heard of the beverage, initial sales were good, but quickly fell. By the fall of 1993, Pepsi pulled the drink off the market, and the final batches were delivered to retailers during the first few months of 1994. Pepsi returned several months later with a reformulated citrus drink titled Crystal From Pepsi, but this was short-lived as well. Continue reading for another video of the updated packaging and more information. Click here to view the classic bottles and cans.

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Man Saved Shrapnel Paris Attacks Phone

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A man who survived an explosion near the Stade de France amid the Paris terror attacks said that his smartphone saved his life by blocking flying shrapnel from a suicide bombing. "I was crossing the street and straight away, boom, it exploded right in front of me. Everything was blown to bits and I felt stuff flying around and I left, I fell and then I got back up. So this is the cell phone that took the hit, it's what saved me. Otherwise my head would have been blown to bits," said Sylvestre. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Bright Light UFO California

People from Southern California, San Francisco Bay, Nevada and even as far south as Mexico, reported seeing a bright moving UFO-like object in the night sky. According to the U.S. Navy, it was just an unarmed missile test, despite it being uncommon for a self-propelled precision-guided munition system to hover in place. Others say it was just a remnant of the Taurid Meteor Shower. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Halloween Asteroid

Earth is set to be buzzed tonight by a dead comet that looks eerily like a skull. Named 2015 TB145 and located 310,000-miles away, NASA reports that it will safely brush past our planet at 78,000mph - approximately 1.3-times the distance between the Earth and the moon. "The IRTF data may indicate that the object might be a dead comet, but in the Arecibo images it appears to have donned a skull costume for its Halloween flyby," said NASA's Kelly Fast. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Back to the Future day

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Back to the Future fans probably know that thirty years ago today, Marty McFly arrived from 1985 in a Delorean after hitting 88mph. "You mean we're in the future?" McFly asked Dr Emmett Brown. The 1989 blockbuster film actually got some predictions right, such as video conferencing, robotic drones, biometric payment terminals, electric cars (though not flying ones), and some prototype hoverboards that actually work. However, the film did miss arguably the two biggest technological advances of the past 30-years, the internet and smart devices. According to Doc Brown in Back To The Future Part III, the "future is not yet written," so 2025 might end up looking far stranger than 2015. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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