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India just launched its biggest rocket ever

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III rocket on Thursday, marking its biggest ever rocket launch.

A brief history of the Zamboni


The technical name for the funny-looking machine that refurbishes the ice at hockey and figure skating rinks is an ice resurfacer, but you probably know it better as a Zamboni.

University of Michigan professor writes anti-Republican op-ed, faces calls to resign

Conservative groups at the University of Michigan are calling for communications professor and department chair Susan Douglas to resign over a partisan op-ed she penned for In These Times magazine.

Paramount blocks screenings of Team America: World Police

When Sony decided to cancel the release of The Interview, a few independent theaters came up with a clever act of protest: scheduling screenings of Team America: World Police.

Rand Paul: Improving Cuban relations 'probably a good idea'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) broke with most members of his party over Obama's decision to seek improved relations with Cuba, saying that the policy shift was "probably a good idea." "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working and probably it punishes the people more than the regime," Paul said Thursday, in an interview with a West Virginia radio station, of the old federal policy of disengagement.

Endeavoring fish use oyster shells as speakers

Fish aren't known for their sounds, but a new study published in The Journal of Experimental Biology has revealed that when they want to, fish definitely know how to get the point across.

These airlines are the most likely to lose your luggage

Flying is great when it all goes off without a hitch. Unfortunately, it's still fairly common to land at your destination, only to find out that all of your belongings didn't make the trip with you.

Kobe Bryant is the least valuable player in the NBA per this one metric

Kobe Bryant is not a bad basketball player. Far from it. But so far this season, he ranks 436th in the league — dead last — in player plus-minus, which measures the point differential for a player's team when he is on the court versus when he is off it.

John Boehner dings Obama, looks to new Congress in rhyming holiday poem

'Tis the season to be jolly — but not so jolly you veer off-message. That's why it's no surprise House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)'s cheerful holiday jingle contains a thinly veiled jab at President Obama within its rhyming words: Fa la la la la, take that, Obama!

You should be furious about Hollywood's gutless retreat on The Interview


A multi-billion-dollar Hollywood studio was brought to its knees by nine disjointed sentences from an anonymous hacker.

Why Obama was right to give Cuba a 'full bailout'


In 2004, then-State Sen. Barack Obama was asked about the half-century-old economic and political embargo of Cuba.

Kim Jong-un covers this week's issue of The Week magazine

You can browse all past covers here, and subscribe to The Week magazine in print here. More

J.K. Rowling calls for an end to orphanages

In an op-ed for The Guardian on Thursday, J.K. Rowling writes that it's time we "left orphanages to fairy tales." Rowling called for a closure of all of the world's orphanages, which hold roughly eight million children across the globe.

U.S. executions fell to a 20-year low in 2014

States executed 35 prisoners in 2014, the lowest number since 1994, according to a report from the Death Penalty Information Center.

Why the Sony hack changes everything


In 2009, back before Edward Snowden showed the world how the National Security Agency had conquered cyberspace, its former director, and his then-boss, retired Adm.

Paleontologists discover Triassic reptile in China

A new reptile species from the Triassic period has been discovered in China. The Hupehsuchia group has previously been found in two counties of China's Hubei province.

Vladimir Putin: The West wants to turn the Russian bear into a 'stuffed animal'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States and Europe of trying to undermine Moscow's finances.

One girl's extraordinarily wild world


Amelia Paul Forman was 3 years old when she first befriended a chimp. "You two fell off the chair hugging," Amelia's mom, photographer Robin Schwartz, recalls of her daughter.

School punishes blind child by taking away his walking cane and replacing it with a pool noodle

An elementary school in Kansas City, Missouri, confiscated a blind child's walking stick after a bus driver said he hit another student with it.

Tennessee town bans city employees from making negative comments about it on social media

The government of South Pittsburg, Tenn., a small town of 3,000 on the Tennessee-Alabama border, has made it illegal for city employees and vendors to speak ill of the town on social media.


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