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Giant Sinkhole Japan

A giant sinkhole opened up in the middle of a busy Japanese city on Tuesday, swallowing a five-lane street near the main railway station. The large hole, around 98-feet wide, exposed support columns of buildings nearby at a traffic intersection in the southern city of Fukuoka, prompting fears of further collapses. Television footage showed two separate holes steadily expanding as they sucked in asphalt and soil in front of the city's Hakata Station. Continue reading for two street-level videos, more pictures and additional information.

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Previously known as the NX, the Nintendo Switch has officially been unveiled, and it's a doozy. This console can be used as both a portable and living room, complete with high-def display that undocks from its TV-connected charger. A Joy-Con, or the two sides of the normal controller, also snap out, can also be removed to serve as separate, more basic controllers for multiplayer games. It's powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, and so far, 48 software companies have pledged support. Expect this to hit stores in March 2017 - pricing yet to be announced. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a video detailing five things you should know, and additional information.

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Juno Probe

NASA's Juno Probe is a solar-powered spacecraft has finally reached Jupiter after 5-years and 1.8-billion miles. It fired its main rocket engine at 11:18pm ET, and quickly slowed from 165,000 mph into a sweeping orbit around the planet. The Juno spacecraft's suite of science instruments will determine the ratio of oxygen to hydrogen, effectively measuring the abundance of water in Jupiter, which will help distinguish among prevailing theories linking Jupiter's formation to the Solar System. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here to view a few bonus images of Jupiter.

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Anton Yelchin Dead

Anton Yelchin, known for his character Chekov in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films, died in a freak accident early Sunday morning at the age of 27. "They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate," according to a report. This discovery was made at 1am, after Yelchin was several hours late for a rehearsal with friends. The car engine was reportedly still running, and the transmission in neutral. Continue reading for a video of Star Trek bloopers, featuring Yelchin, in happier times.

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Chiral Molecules

"Right-handed" and "left-handed" molecule compounds are essential to all life on Earth, and have been found in meteors as well as comets, but now, for the first time, one has been spotted in interstellar space. Finding such chiral molecules, or "life's first handshake", in space, can help researchers understand the development of life on Earth, which is rich in those complex molecules. Continue reading for a video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space images.

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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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