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  • University professor to study life after death

    Pop quiz: Does life exist after death?

    A University of California, Riverside philosophy professor, John Martin Fischer, has been awarded a three-year, $5 million grant by the John Templeton Foundation to study just this topic—and yes, students can take his class.

    Fischer noted in an email to Yahoo News, "Both I and my post-doc, Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, will teach related classes over the next three years. I have frequently taught classes on death, immortality, and the meaning of life both at Yale University and UC Riverside."

    So what's the meaning of life? More on that in a moment.

    Fischer noted, "We'll be open both to studying religious and non-religious views about immortality. One thing that we'll study is whether human beings would want to live forever: would it be boring? Would it lose its meaning and beauty and urgency? Does death give meaning to life?"

    According to the university's website announcing the grant award, many anecdotal reports of the afterlife abound, but there

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  • A boat  of Alaskan fishermen documented their successful, and risky, attempt to rescue a bear cub who was struggling against the river current and in danger of being pulled into a nearby whirlpool.

    Mike Polocz tells the Anchorage Daily News that the bear was struggling to stay afloat in the Kenai River when Polocz, his son and a fishing buddy went into action.

    "I couldn't watch this defenseless animal suffer," Polocz told the Anchorage Daily News. "I was ready to go in after it if it went under."

    And aside from the obvious risks involved with trying to save even a bear cub, Polocz notes that the cub's mother, along with its siblings, were all standing nearby on the shoreline watching the entire scene unfold.

    "I was so close I could look into its eyes and they were wide open and filled with just sheer terror," Polocz said.

    On a somewhat unusual aside, the bear is screaming throughout the video in a tone that almost sounds like a disgruntled human yelling the word, "bear." But anyway,

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  • Earth to Mars rover, Curiosity: Have you landed?



    Tune in to the Yahoo! live-stream on Sunday, August 5, at 10:31 p.m. PT or 1:31 a.m. ET.

    On Sunday night, millions of miles away, a nail-biter of a landing will be executedor noton Mars. The Mars rover, Curiosity, which has been traveling to the distant planet for the past eight-and-a-half months, will land on the red planet by remote control.

    To stick the landing, the car-size rover must successfully slow down from 13,000 mph to zero in seven minutes, or "Seven Minutes of Terror," as the wildly popular video from NASA explains—which you can watch above.

    Due to the long-distance signal from Mars to Earth, researchers won't know for an agonizing 14 minutes if the landing, programmed from Earth, is a success or an epic fail. The event has gotten so much attention that it will be broadcast live in Times Square.

    During the short but tense wait, a sequence of events must fall into place for the landing of the 1,982-pound spacecraft to be successful, including using a parachute to slow it

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    ___ Global tensions don't dent enthusiasm for stocks A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky. And the U.S. stock ...

  • Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper
    Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper

    A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army War College in 2007.

  • Lin excited to join Lakers
    Lin excited to join Lakers

    Jeremy Lin said Thursday he's looking to establish himself with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he won't be trying to recreate "Linsanity" on the West Coast. The point guard whose unexpected 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks made him a global phenomenon, was traded to Los Angeles by the Houston Rockets earlier this month and was introduced by his new team on Thursday.

  • Samsung just launched a phablet with a ridiculous 7-inch screen
    Samsung just launched a phablet with a ridiculous 7-inch screen

    It’s official: we have reached the peak of phablet insanity. Samsung on Friday unveiled the latest addition to its phablet lineup. While the device officially falls under Samsung’s “Tab” product family of tablets, you’ll notice that the Galaxy Tab Q is not like normal tablets. Instead, it includes an ear speaker and a microphone, and it supports voice calling. In other words, Samsung expects you to hold this gigantic beast of a tablet up to your face to make phone calls. Please. We beg you. Don’t. Galaxy Tab Q specs include a 7-inch display with only 720p resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, microSDXC support up to 64GB and a 3,200 mAh battery. And thankfully, it’s

  • Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA
    Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

    Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth's orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space agency website Wednesday. "If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire," said Daniel Baker, professor of atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado. Instead the storm cloud hit the STEREO-A spacecraft, a solar observatory that is "almost ideally equipped to measure the parameters of such an event," NASA said.

  • Tribute flag found at flea market to be given to fallen Marine's mother
    Tribute flag found at flea market to be given to fallen Marine's mother

    A $5 flea market find surprises a mother whose son was killed in Iraq nine years ago.

  • Air Algerie plane disappears from radar
    Air Algerie plane disappears from radar

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A flight operated by Air Algerie and carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday, the plane's owner said.

  • Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again
    Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

    Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers.

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