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SpaceX set to launch massive Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX set to launch massive Falcon Heavy rocket

Technology
SpaceX is launching arguably its most daring mission to date Tuesday, when the Falcon Heavy rocket takes off on its first test flight. The Falcon Heavy rocket is massive, larger than anything that has launched since NASA's Saturn V missions, which took people to the moon. The rocket's target launch is set for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a 2.5-hour launch window. There are windows scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday as well, in case Tuesday's launch doesn't work. Thousands of excited viewers are already lining up along the Florida coast to witness the event. Even actor Harrison Ford will be in attendance -- the Falcon, after all, is named after his Millennium Falcon from "Star Wars." This is a private mission funded by billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX -...
Scientists find massive Mayan society under Guatemala jungle

Scientists find massive Mayan society under Guatemala jungle

Technology
Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala's Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought. The discoveries, which included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, were announced Thursday by an alliance of U.S., European and Guatemalan archaeologists working with Guatemala's Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation. The study estimates that roughly 10 million people may have lived within the Maya Lowlands, meaning that kind of massive food production might have been needed. "That is two to three times more (inhabitants) than people were saying there were," said Marcello A. Canuto, a p...
Tax bill provisions may help parents defray this massive cost

Tax bill provisions may help parents defray this massive cost

Finance
A few breaks in the tax overhaul may soften the blow of sky-high child care expenses.The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the GOP's overhaul of the tax code, includes an enhancement of the child tax credit, doubling it to $ 2,000 per qualifying child.Lawmakers also expanded the availability of the child tax credit to higher-income earners: This break will begin to phase out for taxpayers who are married and filing jointly with adjusted gross income of $ 400,000 ($ 200,000 for singles). Under current law, the child tax credit begins to phase out at $ 110,000 for joint filers who are married and $ 75,000 for singles.Further, lawmakers have kept the child and dependent care credit, which can be worth up to $ 1,050 for one child under age 13 or $ 2,100 for two kids under 13.Finally, the bill leaves int...
Massive Attack on Pete Tong over use of track

Massive Attack on Pete Tong over use of track

Entertainment
DJ Pete Tong is under fire from Massive Attack for using one of their songs in his latest album without permission.A version of their 1991 hit Unfinished Symphony features on Tong's Ibiza Classics album, which was released earlier this year and is the subject of his ongoing UK tour.The Brit Award-winning band have asked the DJ to donate proceeds from his shows to a refugee charity that they support as a form of compensation for using the track.Image:Massive Attack described Tong's show as a 'nightmare nostalgia roadshow'Robert Del Naja - one of the group's founding members - posted on the official Massive Attack Facebook page: "Dear Pete Tong. Thanks for covering one of our songs on your nostalgia nightmare roadshow."I don't recollect you getting in touch to see if we would mind, but for y...
Massive Equifax data breach hits 143 million

Massive Equifax data breach hits 143 million

Technology
About 143 million US customers of credit report giant Equifax may have had information compromised in a cyber security breach, the company has disclosed.Equifax said cyber-criminals accessed data such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses during the incident.Some UK and Canadian customers were also affected.The firm's core consumer and commercial credit databases were not accessed.Security checksEquifax said hackers accessed the information between mid-May and the end of July, when the company discovered the breach. Malicious hackers won access to its systems by exploiting a "website application vulnerability", it said but provided no further details. The hackers accessed credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers, among other information.Equifax chief executive Richar...