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Google, France space agency partner up on Project Loon

France will contribute its expertise in balloon technology, while Google will assist the space agency with long-term balloon campaigns.

By December 12, 2014

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Grumpy cat made $100 million last year? Oh, no

It's got a deformity. That's why it's grumpy. Humanity can't get enough of staring at it. But did this cat really make $100 million? It seems not.

By December 8, 2014

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Orion space test flight a giant step toward humans on Mars

Before we can go to Mars, we need a reliable vehicle to get us there. NASA's big test flight of Orion will help pave the way for manned deep-space missions.

By December 2, 2014

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Google to test its Project Loon balloons over Australia

Can Google's high-orbit, high-tech balloons provide Internet access to remote areas? The company will conduct its latest Project Loon test above Australia.

By November 17, 2014

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Electric superbike rolls out to everyday street drivers

Lightning Motorcycles' electric bike -- the first to win the Pikes Peak challenge -- is now ready for your driving pleasure.

By November 12, 2014

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Taylor Swift is right about music, wrong about Spotify, says CEO Ek

Spotify's Daniel Ek says the world's top subscription streaming-music service added 2.5 million paying members in fewer than six months and has returned a total of $2 billion to the music industry.

By November 11, 2014

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Have your ashes dropped from near space to return as snow

A new company called Mesoloft will rocket your ashes to near space, where they will likely traverse the globe before becoming the seeds of raindrops and snowflakes.

By October 17, 2014

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Flying on the Blue Angels' 'Fat Albert Airlines' at SF's Fleet Week

At the annual military extravaganza in San Francisco, CNET flies the friendly skies in the Blue Angels' support craft, a C-130 named Fat Albert. The plane may be chubby, but it gives an intense ride.

By October 12, 2014

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Google's Project Loon edges closer to reality

The high-flying Wi-Fi balloons have gone from a far-fetched idea to delivering Internet access to a rural school in Brazil and tapping into LTE technology.

By June 16, 2014

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Stratospheric bid grabs Apollo joystick at auction

Also sold: Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 glove and a backpack strap carried during both of Charles Conrad's Apollo 12 moonwalks.

By May 23, 2014