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Hands-free flying, ghost diving and an armpit auto crash

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Video: Taking hands-free to new heights

Steering a plane with your brain? Scientists say their new technology could make it possible.

 

No, it’s not the Black Pearl

Divers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait seek out so-called “forgotten ghost ships.”

 

Video: The other British rivalry going on

And you thought Scotland was getting all the attention this week? Elsewhere in the kingdom, Brits commemorate an old rivalry with a black pudding tossing contest.

 

Tangled roots in the family tree

Scientists find that the genetic origins of Europeans are more complex than once thought.

 

Note to self: Driving is not a great time for pranks

A car carrying five teens crashes and flips after one of the passengers tries to burn the driver’s armpit hair with a lighter.

Up, up and away!

Astronaut Mike Hopkins as he participates in the second of two spacewalks which took place on December 24, 2013. REUTERS/NASA

Astronaut Mike Hopkins as he participates in the second of two spacewalks which took place on December 24, 2013. REUTERS/NASA

Gallery: Gimme some space!

Reuters compiles a collection of stunning images from the International Space Station.

 

Actually, on third thought…

They deactivated him; they reactivated him. And now, the Vikings suspend Adrian Peterson indefinitely amid allegations of reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Bison, goldfish, bats and mice all catch a break

A bison emerges after swimming across the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, June 21, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A bison emerges after swimming across the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, June 21, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

No bison burgers for dinner

Conservationists petition to halt the killing of bison in Yellowstone National Park.

 

Video: No sushi, either

A 10-year-old pet goldfish undergoes surgery to remove a tumor from its brain.

 

Frankenmouse

Scientists successfully splice a human brain gene into some mice.

 

Head’s up

Congress mandates NASA to find 90 percent of dangerous asteroids nearby. NASA, sadly, seems likely to fall short of this goal.

Algae: It’s smarter than we are

A man stands beside the algae-covered coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province, June 26, 2014. Picture taken June 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

A man stands beside the algae-covered coastline of Qingdao, June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Algae: 1, Humans: 0

While climate change continues to baffle humans, marine algae has found a way to evolve during global warming.

 

But it really prefers to be called ‘Ed,’ thanks

“Edouard” is the year’s first major hurricane of the Atlantic season.

Glorious summer snow

A jogger runs through the snow at Nose Hill Park during an early year snow fall in Calgary, Alberta, September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Just another summer snow storm

Calgary, Canada had a surprise event this late summer week: About a foot of snow.

It may replace the Fitbit, but is that enough?

Health professionals want to see more from Apple’s watch than is already offered by the competition.

Pizza pie, Putin style

A waitress serves pizza at a restaurant in Moscow, September 10, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

A waitress serves pizza at a restaurant in Moscow, September 10, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Pepperoni pizza – hold the sanctions

Moscow chefs turns to Belarus for Parmesan cheese (and other edibles) after Russia bans most food imports from Western countries.

 

Cigarettes: a luxury item?

South Korea aims to double the cost of cigarettes in order to curb smoking.

 

A dying industry

No, not journalism. A Brooklyn movie shop owner closes her doors–then finds there’s still a demand for certain classics.

Things to wear on your wrist and other places

Models present creations from the Spring/Summer 2015 Tory Burch collection during New York Fashion Week September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Runway focus

Slideshow: Designers–including Britney Spears–bring artistry to the presentation of their spring and summer lines at New York’s Fashion Week.

No Sapphire? No way.

Apple’s new iPhone 6 devices may not come with scratch-resistant Sapphire screens this time, but China’s Huawei is releasing a limited edition phone that will fill that gap.

We all get mooned

  A full moon, also a harvest moon, rises over a horse pasture in Halton Hills, Ontario outside Toronto, September 8, 2014. The harvest moon comes at a time in the lunar cycle when moonrise does not occur significantly later night after night - a change welcome in an agrarian era when farmers worked late into the night trying to harvest their crops before frost set in. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

A full moon, also a harvest moon, rises over a horse pasture in Halton Hills, Ontario outside Toronto, September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

Gallery: Supermoon, again

With its second appearance occurring in less than a month, you may wonder whether the supermoon is really all that super. No matter — Reuters has some excellent photography of the lunar event to disabuse you of such notions.

 

Outsourcing is the new black

Norway announces that it will rent out Dutch prison space to deal with incarceration overflow.

Putting cigarette butts to work

Devotees immerse idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, in a pond during the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival at Ajmer in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan September 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Himanshu Sharma

Time for Title IX?

Saudi Arabia has selected a 199-strong team for the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea. All of the athletes are men.

Caring for our kids

A new study finds a dearth of health management plans for students with asthma or allergies.

Making coffee even better?

Dried coffee are pictured at the Beneficio coffee farm in Santa Rosa Lima, 31 miles from Guatemala City, February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Dried coffee are pictured at the Beneficio coffee farm in Santa Rosa Lima, 31 miles from Guatemala City, February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Start your day with a warm cup of genome

Researchers say they’ve uncovered new genetic secrets beyond coffee, potentially paving the way for new varieties of caffeinated goodness.

 

Mother’s little helper?

Korean women fed up with three days of non-stop cooking during the Chuseok holiday don fake arm casts to get out of catering duty.

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