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Tear gas returns to Turkey protests

Thousands of Turks joined mass anti-government protests which have stretched to over one week, defying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to end the worst civil unrest of his decade-long rule.<p>Reports of renewed riot police force against protesters in Ankara surfaced on Saturday evening, …

US says it will give military aid to Syria rebels

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/986000/986665_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524636612_7030dd52e3bd5ca4e0ee42a2b166bb6a<p><b>The US is to supply direct military aid to the Syrian opposition for the first time, the White House has announced.</b><p>President Obama made the decision …

Middle East

PS4's Price And Policies Humiliate Microsoft's Xbox One At E3

For the past few years, people have accused E3 of becoming a rather dull affair. Companies show their games, fans support whoever they’re most loyal to, and journalists are forced to give press conferences silly report card grades. Rinse and repeat.<p>But not this year. In over a decade of watching E3 …

Why Should We Even Care If the Government Is Collecting Our Data?

Kafka, not Orwell, can help us understand the problems of digitized mass surveillance, argues legal scholar Daniel J. Solove.<p>nickboos/Flickr<p>As people have tried to make sense of the recent revelations about the government's mass data-collection efforts, one classic text is experiencing a spike in …

New Technology May Double the Height of Skyscrapers

Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has unveiled a new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel twice the distance currently in use. …

Engineering

Commander out after racy calendar

The Army has suspended the commander in charge of a critical missile defense battalion at Fort Greely, Alaska, after a 5-month investigation for sexual misconduct, it announced Tuesday.<p>Lt. Col. Joseph Miley, commander of the Alaska Army National Guard’s 49th Missile Defense Battalion, was relieved …

The Military-Industrial Complex is Real, And It’s Bigger Than Ever

President Eisenhower was ridiculed as a conspiracy theorist for his famous remark about the “military-industry complex.” But Edward Snowden’s leaks …

Sony PlayStation 4 gaming roundup (hands-on)

Forget streaming applications, share buttons and chip architecture -- the success of the next-gen video game consoles will be dictated largely by software. Games sell the system, and we couldn't help dropping by Sony's E3 booth to see what the PlayStation 4 is promising its early adopters. Join us …

Watch This Insane Helicopter-Bike Fly Around

Surface-bound Citibikes are so last week.<p>Hey, cyclists: why are you still bicycling on asphalt like chumps when there's this (totally safe-looking, not at all super-dangerous) flying bicycle?<p>Just kidding! You're not allowed to pilot this just yet, actually. The helicopter-bike is a prototype …

NSA chief says surveillance stopped attacks

The director of the National Security Agency has said that recently disclosed top-secret US surveillance programmes have helped to prevent "dozens" of potential attacks in the country.<p>NSA chief General Keith Alexander made the comments at a Senate hearing on Wednesday when asked if the intelligence …

The Surprising History and Science of Tear Gas

Technically a chemical weapon, tear gas is seeing heavy use in Turkish protests.<p><b>On Wednesday, hundreds of Turkish riot police forced thousands of protestors out of Taksim Square in Istanbul, by showering them with tear gas and blasting them with water cannons. The square has been ground zero for</b> …

China in Africa: The New Imperialists?

It happened in Zambia like it could happen elsewhere in Africa. Chinese investors made deals with the government to mine its natural resources, filling federal coffers with billions of dollars. Chinese immigrants moved into cities and rural towns. They started construction companies; opened copper, …

Sudan threatens halt of South Sudan oil flow

Sudan has threatened to stop all its security and economic agreements with South Sudan if it continues its alleged support for rebel groups.<p>Khartoum also warned it would cut off its southern neighbour from vital oil pipelines.<p>"We plan to close the oil pipelines within 60 days," Information Minister …

Turkey deputy PM sorry for 'excessive force'

Twenty more protesters were arrested after a fifth day of protests, even as Turkey's deputy prime minister has apologised for "excessive violence" against protesters trying to save a park in Istanbul.<p>It is unclear whether the remarks made on Tuesday by Bulent Arinc, who is standing in for the prime …

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Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

The world's top tile and stone manufacturers showcased increasingly ambitious products this year.<p>Illuminated beneath each brand's most daring designs, it was hard to ignore the finish that just won 't seem to go away: matte black.<p>Submit your best work today: The extended entry deadline is May …

Design

Scientists alter mosquito genes with “people” blindness

Summer is upon many of us, and with it comes mosquitoes. Such tiny creatures are more than a nuisance, serving as disease transmitters of things like …

Biology

10 Great Bands You've Never Heard

From Earl Sweatshirt to Divine Fits, the sounds of summer you need to have on your beach mix.<p>Not long after he took the stage Friday at the Gorge …

Unclog Your Drain With Tablets Of Alka-Seltzer

One of the more disgusting chores out there is when you have to unclog your drain -- especially if you don't have any handy tools. But we came across this tip from One Good Thing By Jillee on how to conquer this task with ... Alka-Seltzer.<p>First, drop four tablets down the drain. Then, pour a cup of …

The Coming Technological Revolution No One's Paying Attention To

McKinsey has an interesting little report out here. It’s about the technologies that are going to change the world in the next couple of decades. It’s a fun little list and mobile internet’s the thing that’s really going to change the world and renewable energy generation isn’t.<p>I’d just like to add …

Why Central Bankers Rule The World

What’s been amazing of late hasn’t been the market swings but the extent to which central bankers have contributed to them. Every press conference, statement and newspaper leak of central banks has been pre-empted, interpreted and re-interpreted – all in real time and often within seconds. Investor …

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Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

The world's top tile and stone manufacturers showcased increasingly ambitious products this year.<p>Illuminated beneath each brand's most daring designs, it was hard to ignore the finish that just won 't seem to go away: matte black.<p>Submit your best work today: The extended entry deadline is May …

Architecture

Wuzhen Theater / Artech Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> In this romantic and surreal water village in China, the owner of the development decided that Wuzhen …

Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Rotunda to be Temporarily Transformed into a Turrell Skyspace

With his first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, <b>James Turrell</b> will dramatically transform the sinuous curves of Frank Lloyd Wright’s …

Art

Casa CorMAnca / PAUL CREMOUX studio

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> 2012-2013. On a 12 meters by 13 meters (39ft by 42ft) plot of land, a monolithic volume is transformed …

Architecture

Cultural Center in Guadalajara Competition Entry / Adrian Yau, FrislyColopMorales, Jason Easter, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk

Designed by architects <b>Adrian Yau, FrislyColopMorales,</b> <b>Jason Easter</b>, and <b>Lukasz Wawrzenczyk</b>, their proposal for the Cultural Center of Chapultepec aims …

Data Visualization

Strawscraper / Belatchew Arkitektur

<b>Belatchew Arkitekter</b> has presented a concept for transforming high-rise towers into power-generating factories. The Swedish firm's proposal involves …

Architecture

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Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel