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Map of SpacecraftTwo crash

CNN

1 pilot dead in Virgin's spaceship failure

The first sign there was a problem Friday with Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo came at about 45,000 feet, just two minutes after the spaceplane separated from the jet-powered aircraft that carried it aloft, officials said.

It wasn't something overt wi...

Antares rocket explodes, NASA rocket explodes

NASA

Rocket operator deliberately destroyed it

The unmanned Antares rocket that exploded off the coast of Virginia was deliberately destroyed after it became apparent there was a problem, a spokesman for Orbital Sciences Corporation said Thursday.

The flight termination system was engaged, Barron ...

SpaceShipTwo debris close-up

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A 'hard,' deadly day for space tourism

With the same peril that the Wright Brothers faced in becoming the first men to fly planes, mankind's quest for space tourism is also fraught with deadly trial and error.

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic loses $500 million spaceship

The Virgin Galactic spaceship that exploded Friday, claiming at least one life, cost nearly $500 million to develop.

Virgin has sold more than 700 tickets, each costing more than $250,000, for future flights. Several celebrities have already signed up...

Microsoft file

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Microsoft: New Band gizmo can make you a 'better human'

Microsoft has launched a new smartwatch, and it makes some majorly lofty promises.

Tim Cook at Apple event

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Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay.

"Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek...

Google Glass

Jim Castel/CNN

Movie theaters ban Google Glass, other wearables

That idea you had about bringing your Google Glass to the movie theater to surreptitiously record Ben Affleck bare all in "Gone Girl"? Don't even think about it, the movie industry says. It announced late Wednesday a "zero tolerance policy" towards wearable recording devices.

Plasma TVs

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The world is running out of plasma TVs

The last company to make plasma TV screens for U.S. consumers said this week that it would stop production of plasma sets in November. The widely expected announcement by LG has put the final nail in plasma TV's coffin.

online dating computer mouse

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Feds fine dating site for making fake profiles

Turns out I'm not actually that popular with the ladies of flirtcrowd.com. The Federal Trade Commission has fined UK-based JDI Dating for using fake, computer-generated profiles to trick users into upgrading to paid memberships.

Woman using computer, laptop

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Sign up for 'Wasting time on the Internet' 101

You can now get college credit for watching all those cat videos. The University of Pennsylvania is offering a class next semester titled "Wasting time on the Internet," in which students will "focus on the alchemical recuperation of aimless surfing into substantial works of literature."

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