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Comet ISON

In this time-lapse image from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, Comet ISON comes in from the bottom right and moves out toward the upper right, getting fainter and fainter.

At one point, scientists had hoped it would survive its close encounter with the sun and put on a spectacular show for Earth during the first weeks of December as it continued streaking through the sky. But alas, ISON appears to have burned up in the sun's extreme heat, and a top ISON watcher has declared the comet DOA.

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Amazon's package-delivery drones

Need a delivery fast? Amazon Prime Air might someday get a package to you within 30 minutes, via octocopter. Jeff Bezos says so.

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The robot and the menorah

On Tuesday night in San Francisco's Union Square, beneath the wreath-lit facade of Macy's and amid the crisp cold of holiday cheer, Rabbi Yosef Langer lit up a 22-foot menorah -- with a little help from a robot.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 blasts off

After two canceled launches, SpaceX's most powerful rocket, the Falcon 9, finally hurtled through Earth's atmosphere and placed its satellite into orbit.

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A designer's spiky vest

A designer's spiky vest makes your personal space an unwelcome zone for other people.

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Six-sided storm

Spanning 20,000 miles and whipping up winds of 200 miles per hour, this massive six-sided storm clustered around Saturn's north pole captured by NASA's Cassini mission is a sight to behold.

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Oops! Teen pays $735 for photo of Xbox One

A British teenager got suckered out of $735 when attempting to buy a Day One special-edition Xbox One console on eBay.

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