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FBI oversaw NSA's email surveillance program, report reveals

Declassified study sheds new light on the bureau's surveillance activities, but much remains redacted<p>The FBI has been conducting oversight of the NSA's email surveillance program, according to a declassified Justice Department report obtained by <i>The New York Times</i>, but details about how the bureau …

Why Triumphant Jihadis In Iraq Will Help Assad Crush Opposition In Aleppo

BEIRUT -- The world's most feared jihadi group, the Islamic State (ISIS), is parlaying its dramatic gains in Iraq into Syria. Already flush with cash and weapons, ISIS stands to receive another, invaluable windfall in Aleppo, Syria's largest city prior to the war. Regime forces there are on the …

Iraq: The real battle is to persuade Sunnis they can be truly equal citizens

The revival of civil war in Iraq is not about ancient sectarian hatreds – that is what the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – Isis – wants you to think. It is a hardcore ideological group exploiting the political disaffection of one community to stoke sectarian war. Iraq's broken political …

A Tiny Nation's Imposition Of Death By Stoning For Homosexuality Could Have Wider Reverberations

Brunei's Sultan has instituted Sharia law.<p>"Under the constitution, Islam is the official religion of Brunei Darussalam and its values and teachings continue to be the way of life for its people," he said. "As such, the activities of the society revolve around its Malay culture and Islamic faith.... …

Inquiry into Muslim infiltration claims extends to 25 schools

Council extends inquiry to 25 schools despite doubts over ‘Trojan Horse’ letter and warnings of a ‘witch-hunt’ against Muslims<p>The full scale of fears about an alleged plan by strict Muslims to extend their reach in the education system has been exposed as it emerged that 25 schools are now being …

It only took 35 years for flesh-eating bacteria to become an infectious terror

Scientists have discovered that its evolutionary path was eerily simple<p>All it took for flesh-eating bacteria to go from harmless organisms to gruesome infectious pathogens was four mutations and about 35 years. That's what an international group of researchers announced today in a study that …

The Best Way to Deal With Ocean Trash

Plastic debris doubles every decade. What ends up in the ocean is nearly impossible to clean up.<p>Tony Haymet, former director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has heard hundreds of ocean cleanup plans. Late at night, over many beers, he's come up with a few dozen of his own. None of them, …

5 Sky Events This Week: Full Lunar Eclipse and Lord of the Rings

Changing Planet<p><b>This is a big week even for the most amateur of sky-watchers, with a rare full lunar eclipse and Mars getting as close as it ever does to Earth.</b><p><b>Moon shadow play.</b> The moon will appear to be orange-red late Monday night and early Tuesday morning as it undergoes a total eclipse, the …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

This Is Why Google Has Two Operating Systems

Unlike Android, a mobile and tablet platform, Chrome OS runs on desktop.<p>So why does Google have both?<p>In short, Android is more of a bet on the past — in which there are locally installed applications, and Chrome OS is a bet on the future — in which all applications are remotely delivered through …

Abdullah leads in first official results from Afghan vote | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - Initial election results put Afghan opposition figure Abdullah Abdullah in the lead on Sunday, but with less than 10 percent of votes counted and widespread allegations of fraud, there was no clear indication of who would succeed Hamid Karzai.<p>Afghan presidential candidate and …

Facebook spends $1.36 billion on data centers in 2013

Number of the day<p>$1.36 billion<p>That's how much Facebook spent on data centers last year, up from $606 million in 2011. The Menlo Park company - not known as a hardware maker - now has a team of 170 who design, manufacture and supply the powerful server computers that handle Internet traffic. The …

Hire New Employees For Their Potential, Not Their Past

Just like an investment prospectus that entices you with a great track record yet says, “past performance doesn’t guarantee future performance,” the same applies when you hire an employee.<p>While the odds are better, your new hire may not succeed at your company just because they highlighted great …

£9 million 'informal learning' initiative launched

A £9 million research initiative, launched today, will explore how informal learning activities impact on young people’s engagement and attainment in science<p>A new initiative, launched today by the Wellcome Trust, will explore how informal learning activities have the potential to make a positive …

BOSS quasars track the expanding universe—most precise measurement yet

Previous work from BOSS used the spectra of over a million galaxies to measure the BAO scale with a remarkable one percent accuracy. But beyond …

Night sky from Antelope Canyon in Arizona

The night sky through the high walls and narrow opening of Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona.<p>Sergio Garcia Rill captured this beautiful image from …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

What’s a Blood Moon?

Nowadays, 4 totally eclipsed moons in a row are called Blood Moons. Why? We don’t know for sure, but the answer may lie in a 2013 book by 2 Christian …

Scientists regenerate organ in mice in world-first breakthrough

Scientists have regenerated a living organ for the first time, potentially opening the way for life-lengthening human therapies.<p>A team at Edinburgh University’s medical research centre for regenerative medicine managed to rebuild the thymus of very old mice, re-establishing the health of the organ …

Largest volcanic eruption in recorded history

On April 10, 1815, Mount Tambora sent so much crud into the atmosphere that it blocked the sun. What became known as the Year Without a Summer came a …

25 Companies Hiring The Most Tech Talent Right Now

It’s a good time to be a tech professional.<p>Last month, Forbes reported on The Companies Hiring Most Right Now, and found that many of the listed job openings required data analysis or information technology backgrounds. To get a sense of which companies currently have the most job openings for tech …

Banning Traditional Animal Slaughter, Denmark Stokes Religous Ire

In a conflict that pits animal welfare against religious rights, Denmark has ordered that all food animals must be stunned before being killed. The move effectively bans the ritual slaughter methods prescribed in both Muslim and Jewish tradition.<p>(Yes, this is the same country that recently made …