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High-Speed Chase Through Two States Ends With Police Pummeling Suspect

A high-speed car pursuit of a wanted man ended Wednesday with police beating the driver after he appeared to surrender, and two state troopers were relieved from duty Thursday pending investigations into the incident.<p>The suspect in the chase, Richard Simone, 50, was wanted in Holden, Massachusetts, …

San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says

Southern California's section of the San Andreas fault is "locked, loaded and ready to roll," a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.<p>The San Andreas fault is one of California's most dangerous, and is the state's longest fault. Yet for …

California

America Becomes What Its Founders Feared

Alexander Hamilton once remarked, “The People, sir, are a great beast.” During American presidential campaigns, it is obligatory to celebrate "the …

This is the Looming Climate Change Disaster in Canada’s North That No One is Talking About

The thawing of the permafrost in Canada's North could be the 'carbon bomb' that does us in.<p>Of all the climate change issues that have been melodramatically dubbed a "carbon bomb" in recent years—tar sands projects in Alberta, catastrophic wildfires in Indonesia, holes in Australia's seagrass …

Hillary Clinton Should Concede to Bernie Sanders Before The FBI Reveals Its Findings

Millions of Democrats are voting for a presidential candidate linked to an FBI criminal investigation. These voters either don't know there's been a year-long FBI investigation of Clinton's emails, don't care, or would vote for Clinton even she faced Espionage Act indictments. Potentially our next …

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

My colleague-in-blogging Ethan Siegel does a regular reader-request feature, and this week’s edition drifts into my territory, answering a question about using quantum entanglement for faster-than-light communication. As I jokingly said on Twitter, Ethan’s answer is pretty good for an astronomer, …

Quantum Physics

Kansas Supreme Court Says Schools Could Close If System Doesn't Change

In 13 states, parents and school districts are suing, saying schools aren't getting enough money to serve the needs of students.<p>In no other state are the courts more baked in to school funding than in Kansas, though.<p>There, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on the latest funding case …

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24 Beautiful Black and White Cat Portraits That Will Win Your Heart

Like our soft spot for Caturday, we’re just as equally fond of all things monochrome! So we thought we’d combine our two obsessions together in a …

Iran's Supreme Leader says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions.<p>Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) addresses workers in Tehran, Iran, April 27, 2016. Leader.ir/Handout via …

South Asia

Danger in the cockpit: FAA records show pilots fly drunk, engage in criminal activity

An American Airlines pilot flunked two sobriety tests before a 7 a.m. flight out of Detroit. An Alaska Airlines pilot flew a commercial plane from California to Oregon and back again, all while allegedly drunk. Yet another pilot, from United, allegedly moonlighted as a pimp, running half a dozen …

U.S. military used 'roof knock' tactic in Iraq to try to warn civilians before bombing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States borrowed an Israeli military tactic known as “roof knocking” to try to warn civilians before it dropped a bomb targeting Islamic State fighters in Iraq this month, but a woman was killed in the attack, a U.S. military official said on Tuesday.<p>A U.S. Air …

Middle East

What Is The Strongest Force In The Universe?

When it comes to the fundamental laws of nature, we can break everything down into four forces that are at the core of everything in the Universe:<p>The <b>strong nuclear force</b>: the force responsible for holding atomic nuclei and individual protons and neutrons together.<br>• The <b>electromagnetic force</b>: the force …

Physics

Virginia ex-governor plans to argue to the Supreme Court that buying political access is a constitutional right

Facing an uphill fight to avoid a prison term for bribery, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is making a bold argument in the Supreme Court this week that buying access and influence with public officials is protected by the 1st Amendment.<p>And to back up his claim, his attorneys have pointed to …

Corruption

How the Power to Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction

The recent announcement that a young paralysed man in Ohio in the US named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers after having a chip …

The Brain

Saudi Arabia approves ambitious plan to move economy beyond oil

15-year plan includes diversification, privatisation of state assets, tax increases and creating a $2tn sovereign wealth fund<p>Saudi Arabia has approved an ambitious strategy to restructure the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy, involving diversification, privatisation of massive state assets including …

Saudi Arabia

U.S. Spy Chief Considers Disclosing Number Of Americans Surveilled Online

National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Monday that he is looking at "several options" to make public the number of U.S. citizens caught up in online surveillance of foreign targets by the U.S. government.<p>Clapper was responding to a question about a letter sent last week from 14 members …

Surveillance

Judge dismisses charges against Arizona man in freeway shootings

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A judge on Monday threw out charges against a man accused in a series of freeway shootings that terrorized Phoenix-area drivers last year, a move that comes after ballistics evidence against him was challenged by defense lawyers.<p>Leslie Allen Merritt is pictured in this undated …

Maricopa County

Child obesity has grown unabated since 1999, study finds

A handful of preliminary studies in recent years has raised hopes the epidemic of U.S. child obesity has stabilized or reversed. But new research finds continued growth in our kids' girth, suggesting that self-congratulation would be premature.<p>Among children from infancy through age 18, rates of …

Public Health

North Korea puts midrange missile on standby, report says

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is believed to have placed a new, powerful midrange missile on standby for an impending launch, a news report …

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A Dozen Black Holes Are Mysteriously Spewing Energy In the Same Direction

Something strange is going on in a distant corner of our universe. About a dozen supermassive black holes are all shooting enormous jets of energy in …

Stephen Hawking Suggests Black Holes Are Possible Portals To Another Universe

Science fiction has always been a fascinating genre for the mix of science and fantasy. Larry Nivens “Ringworld” for instance imagined vast …

Physics

Audi R8 E-Tron Gets Self Driving Capabilities

Audi has announced a new concept version of its Audi R8 e-tron and this version comes with some self driving capabilities.<p>Audi calls the car the Audi …

Audi R8

Awkward: CIA Shuts Down Climate Research Program After Obama Frames Climate Change as National Security Threat

Speaking to cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard this week, President Obama said that those who deny global warming are putting America at risk. Not only …

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Galapagos Islands volcano erupts in spectacular fashion

The Wolf volcano in the Galapagos Islands has erupted in spectacular fashion for the first time in 33 years.<p>Ecuador's Galapagos National Park administration said on its Facebook page that the 1.7km-high volcano began erupting at about 1:30am local time on Monday.<p>Images and video of the eruption …