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  • New year, new meteor shower peaks this week

    The Quadrantid meteor shower, shot by astrophotographer Jeff Berkes.

    The new year promises to kick off with quite a light show. The Quadrantids meteor shower peaks after midnight on Thursday, treating viewers to a shooting star display that should be visible under clear night skies.

    For those who don’t want to brave the cold for the early morning shower on Jan. 3, the light show will stream live on NASA’s website.

    "Those who brave the cold might see up to 40 meteors per hour, although moonlight will make faint meteors harder to spot," officials for the Hubble Space Telescope explained in a January skywatching video guide.

    According to NASA, the Quadrantids come from the EH1 asteroid, which may have come from a piece of comet that broke up several hundred years ago.

    The show starts as Earth passes through the debris field of the comet. The fragments will enter Earth’s atmosphere at a zippy 90,000 miles an hour and burn up to 50 miles above the surface of the planet.

    Those stargazers who do catch a glimpse of the light show can add their photos to a

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  • An overhead view of the excavation site at Tel Motza (Skyview/Israeli Antiquities Authority)Israeli archeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient temple that is nearly 3,000 years old and was once home to a ritual cult.

    "The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea at the time of the First Temple," excavation directors Anna Eirikh, Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz said in a statement released by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The temple remains were discovered at the Tel Motza site, located to the west of Jerusalem. The Israeli Antiquities Authority has been conducting excavation efforts at the site and says that along with the temple remains itself, the findings include a “cache of sacred vessels” estimated to be 2,750 years old.

    "Among other finds, the site has yielded pottery figurines of men, one of them bearded, whose significance is still unknown," the statement from Khalaily and Kisilevitz reads.

    NBC’s Cosmic Log notes that the

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  • There is no shortage of Christmas light display stories each holiday season. But how often do you see a massive display of holiday exuberance on the ocean waters?

    Southern California does a lot of things in its own unique style and the holiday season is no exception. For the past 104 years, the residents of Newport Beach have held a Christmas Boat Parade that has become the largest in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world, drawing in an estimated million visitors each year.

    As part of our Sideshow video series, we traveled down to Newport Beach to take in the opening night ceremonies of this year's boat parade. What we found was a sight for the senses and a series of characters that help make this holiday light display one for the ages. David Beek takes viewers through some of the parade's history and amazing facts. And when it comes to the parade's history, Beek is a trusted source -- his family has been involved in helping to organize the parade for generations and he's been

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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are up at 1 p.m.: CSX rose $1.21 or 3.5 percent, to $35.19. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $1.69 or 2.5 percent, to $68.50. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose ...

  • 7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!)
    7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!)

    The week is almost over but there are still plenty of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps to be enjoyed for free. Wednesday’s list had eight nifty apps — some of which are still on sale if you hurry — and Thursday brings another seven apps regularly worth a combined $42. For a limited time, however, each and every one of them is completely free to download. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an

  • East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

    By Humeyra Pamuk AKCAKALE Turkey (Reuters) - Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour's drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighboring Syrian territory. Months of infighting last year between Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a rebel group aiming to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, kept Akcakale residents on their toes with daily explosions and mortar shells. ...

  • Russia Tones Down the Rhetoric as Its Economy Struggles
    Russia Tones Down the Rhetoric as Its Economy Struggles

    Russia’s leaders have continued to criticize the economic sanctions imposed by the West over their invasion of Ukraine, but the official complaints from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have recently taken a more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tone. Growth in Russia has come to a virtual standstill, as foreign investors pull money out of the country and those who have been considering new investments reconsider. Global oil prices are moving sharply downward, presenting a major challenge to a Russian economy that is utterly dependent on oil and gas exports. Russia’s inflation rate rose to 8.3 percent in mid-October, driven largely by increasing food prices, driving concern that the central bank will need to raise interest rates in order to slow price increases.

  • The Seven Films That Can Still Win the Oscar for Best Picture
    The Seven Films That Can Still Win the Oscar for Best Picture

    We're ten months into the year, and there's still no solid frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar yet. This isn't unheard of, particularly when so many major awards contenders are built to open at the very end of the year and barnstorm their way to the podium. But by this time last year, the race had already been called (correctly, as it turned out) for 12 Years a Slave. Argo was an October premiere the year before, and the film it eventually overtook, Lincoln, had already previewed at the New York Film Festival. ...

  • The New Face of Transgender Youth
    The New Face of Transgender Youth

    What defines gender? Is it biology, the heart and mind, or some combination of both? As the debate surrounding transgender children swirls, one girl is sharing her personal story in the hope that she can help others.

  • Earth hit by double asteroids 458 million years ago
    Earth hit by double asteroids 458 million years ago

    Some 458 million years ago, Earth was whacked in a double asteroid strike, leaving craters visible in Sweden today, space scientists reported on Thursday. The event, they said, can be traced to "one of the largest cosmic catastrophes" in the history of the Solar System -- a mighty collision in the asteroid belt around 12 million years earlier. With uplift of the Earth's crust, the signature of that event lies in central Sweden -- the 7.5-km Lockne crater, located around 20 kms south of the city of Oestersund, and a 700-metre (yard) crater at nearby Malingen. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, backs long-standing suspicions that these craters, just 16 kms apart, were caused by a "doublet", an extremely rare double whammy caused by asteroids travelling in pairs.

  • Maryland man charged after jumping White House fence, dogs cleared for duty
    Maryland man charged after jumping White House fence, dogs cleared for duty

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds after facing Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him, the Secret Service said. ...

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