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Apollo 8 earthrise photo from the Moon, 1968

NASA

US reveals secret plans for '60s moon base

The U.S. military races to the moon to build a base -- to beat the Russians to the punch. Maybe test a nuclear weapon on the surface. Consider a lunar-based bombing system to target earthbound foes. That was the plan in the 1960s, according to declassified national security documents released this week -- some of them stamped as "SECRET."

Robot furniture that builds itself

Biorobotics Laboratory, EPFL

Robot furniture that builds itself

Imagine that the chair you're sitting on became a sofa on demand as the day moved from light to dark. Or if all your furnishings could move out of your way as you walk through a room. These thoughts could one day become reality through research being conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Facebook mobile blurb

iStock

Facebook at all-time high on mobile might

It wasn't long ago that Facebook was widely seen as having a "mobile problem." Those days are gone, and investors couldn't be more pleased.

Twitter

Ferre' Dollar/CNN

Only 3 in 10 Twitter workers are women

Twitter's staff looks just like that of other tech companies: overwhelmingly male and white. .

Cuyama Solar Farm Powers Ahead

Santa Barbara County is staking a claim to solar power energy on the Central Coast.

team_joseph_aquabullet

Team Joseph to Participate in SLO Triathlon

Cal poly students in engineering and kinesiology invented the Aquabullet, a flotation device that will allow  20-year-old Joseph Cornelius from Los Osos to  race alongside 1,000 other individuals and teams on July 27 in the San Luis Obispo Triathlon.

Apple

David Goldman/CNNMoney.com

Apple sued by employees over labor issues

Apple has another employee lawsuit to contend with.

NSA, National Security Agency HQ, Fort Meade, Md

NSA/Handout via Reuters

Dark Mail: Email that hides from the NSA

You can run from NSA surveillance -- but you can't hide. One way or another, the U.S. government will be able to snoop on your personal conversations.

Possible Apple iWatch

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Is this Apple's new iWatch?

Apple was granted a patent for a smartwatch Tuesday, lending credence to rumors that the company will unveil a new "iWatch" this fall.

Verizon Wireless

Rich Brooks/CNN

Verizon's offer: Let us track you, get free stuff

Are you comfortable having your location and Web browsing tracked for marketing purposes? If so, Verizon's got a deal for you.

West Bank, Gaza

CNN

Israeli tech talent tapped to fight in Gaza

When Israeli soldiers wrap up their three years of mandatory service, many go on to launch tech startups.

Facebook Mentions

Courtesy Facebook

You're not cool enough for Facebook's newest app

Call it Facebook for the famous. Facebook has unveiled a new standalone app called "Mentions," which is designed to help famous people manage their presences on the site.

Environmental Headlines

Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada train explosion

US aims to make oil transport safer

When a runaway train exploded in a Quebec town last year, the fireball killed 47,…

Anchovies at California beach

California beach goes heavy on the anchovies

Who ordered the anchovies? That's what beach-goers may be asking after a huge swarm…

West Virginia residents line up for bottled water

Settlement reached in chemical spill

A settlement was reached Friday with the company at the center of a January chemical…

Snooty oldest manatee

Manatees may lose endangered status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a review of the status of the manatee…

Recyclable cup

Is this the green coffee cup revolution?

Chances are if you bought your favorite coffee in a paper cup this morning, that…

Pollution, smoke stacks

NASA data shows nationwide air improvement

The air we breathe in the United States is getting better -- at least by one recent…

Local Headlines

Vehicle vs Hydrant

Hydrant Sheared Off in Drought Dry Santa Barbara

Drought dry Santa Barbara saw quite a gusher of water go down the drain this morning…

Fiesta Flowers

Dollar Flower Shop Opens in Downtown Santa Barbara in Time for Fiesta

A former flower vendor at UC Santa Barbara has a "pop up" site in downtown Santa…

Neighbors React to Lompoc Woman's Suspicious Death

Emma Posadas-Espinoza lived in a home on North F Street in Lompoc where neighbors…

Lompoc Girl Surprised With Make-A-Wish Trip

Eight year old Carina Castaneda of Lompoc, who lives with leukemia, was surprised by…

Central Coast's Weekend Picks

Check out the activities happening up and down the coast this weekend, ranging from…

Meredith s Weekend Picks 7-25-14

Weekend Events Happening Up and Down the Coast

Lot of fun events are going on in your neighborhoods this weekend.  First Alert…

What's Right

Lompoc Girl Surprised With Make-A-Wish Trip

Eight year old Carina Castaneda of Lompoc, who lives with leukemia, was surprised by…

Local family raises money and awareness for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Father/Daughter Team Raising Money and Awareness for Leukemia Research

One year ago, a Goleta woman was faced with any mother's worst nightmare: having a…

Mechanics Blew Up Motors To Raise Scholarship Funds

Mechanics Blew Up Motors To Raise Scholarship Funds

The 9th Annual Blow The Motor Night blew up four donated car motors.

Oxnard Teen Gets Skype Surprise of a Lifetime

It was a birthday wish come true for an Oxnard teenager Monday meeting her favorite…

Independence Day Pancake Breakfast in Montecito

Hundreds Enjoy Independence Day Pancake Breakfast

Hundreds of people attended this year's annual pancake breakfast put on by the…

Rods and Roses in Carpinteria

Rods and Roses Revs Up Funds for Carpinteria Youth

The 17th annual Rods and Roses show in Carpinteria this weekend has had every slot…

Irresistible Headlines

Homer Simpson tattoos record

Man's 41 Homer Simpson tattoos set world record

This is sure to be the talk of Springfield. A New Zealand man's 41 tattoos of Homer…

Doctor with scalpel, surgery blurb

Man claims his penis was mistakenly amputated

An Alabama man has filed a lawsuit accusing doctors of mistakenly amputating his…

Porcelain doll

Police solve 'creepy' porcelain doll mystery

Deputies have solved the mystery of the appearance of porcelain dolls left on the…

Meredith s Weekend Picks 7-25-14

Weekend Events Happening Up and Down the Coast

Lot of fun events are going on in your neighborhoods this weekend.  First Alert…

Fiesta Joins Forces With Music Academy To Honor Opera Legend

Fiesta Joins Forces With Music Academy To Honor Opera Legend

Music Academy of the West and Old Spanish Days are celebrating Marilyn Horne as "…

Naked burger thieves in Florida

Naked thieves steal 60 burgers from Florida eatery

Police say three naked men broke into an eatery in southwest Florida and made off…

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