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Woman held in Dubai with daughter after drinking wine on flight

A woman was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, an NGO has said.<p>Ellie Holman, a dentist originally from Sweden who lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, with her English partner, Gary, and their three children, …

Human Rights

The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones

Neutralising the safety issue has opened the door to the biggest prize of all: the Internet of Things<p>On 28 March this year, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, …

Public Health

Elon Musk Says on Twitter He'll Pay to Fix Flint, Michigan Homes With Contaminated Water

Elon Musk is taking on the Flint water crisis and has pledged to get clean water to every house in Flint, Michigan that does not currently have it. …

How Genghis Khan Worked

About 34 miles (54 kilometers) outside Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, an immense armor-clad warrior on horseback looms over the …

Tesla’s giant battery in Australia reduced grid service cost by 90%

Tesla’s giant Powerpack battery in Australia has been in operation for about 6 months now and we are just starting to discover the magnitude of its impact on the local energy market.<p>A new report now shows that it reduced the cost of the grid service that it performs by 90% and it has already taken …

Researchers accidentally turn CO2 into ethanol

While governments around the world continue the long, hard work of regulating away the future use of fossil fuels, scientists have discovered how to …

Exposed: The Climate Fallacy of 2100

It’s shocking for me (Robert) to accept that my home could be wiped out by greatly rising seas. That’s because I live on a hill north of San Diego, …

Tel Aviv shootings prompt Israel to revoke permits for Palestinians

Israel has revoked all entry permits for Palestinians planning to enter Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The suspension comes just a …

European churches say growing flock of Muslim refugees are converting

Anecdotal evidence suggests rising pattern of Muslims becoming Christians, with some churches conducting mass baptisms<p>A growing number of Muslim refugees in Europe are converting to Christianity, according to churches, which have conducted mass baptisms in some places.<p>Reliable data on conversions …

Netanyahu says willing to discuss Arab initiative for peace with Palestinians

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held out the prospect on Monday of reviving a 2002 Arab peace initiative that offers Israel diplomatic recognition from Arab countries in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians.<p>Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) …

Israel

Obama is threatening Britain over the EU. Are we going to take that?

Barack Obama’s joint press conference has set off my eczema. First it made me angry, then it made me sad. All our pretentions to power and independence and it comes down to this: America telling Britain it can’t do what it wants to do. And the Prime Minister nodding along – just so very happy to be …

Barack Obama

Apple refused China request for source code in last two years: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused, the company’s top lawyer told lawmakers on Tuesday in response to U.S. law enforcement criticism of its stance on technology security.<p>The logo of U.S. …

Privacy

Colorado marijuana study: Emergency-room visits surge, but declining stigma at play

Since Colorado became one of the first states in the country to legalize marijuana, emergency-room visits related to the drug have increased significantly, according to a new report from the state’s Department of Public Safety.<p>From 2014 to mid-2015, 956 emergency room visits per every 100,000 …

The dumb, delusional US Senate encryption bill is everything wrong with tech politics

There is much I could write about this week: Intel’s rumored layoffs in Oregon just ahead of its quarterly earnings release, president Obama’s support of the FCC’s open cable box proposal, Motor Trend’s shameless attempt to design the putative Apple Car by committee (with the regrettable …

U.S. acknowledges Israel’s unlawful killings, excessive force, torture, discrimination against Palestinians

<b>Israeli forces detain a Palestinian man at a protest in the occupied West Bank, near the town of Abu Dis on February 16, 2015 (Reuters/Ammar Awad)</b><p>Summary of lengthy U.S. State Department report detailing human rights violations in Israel & occupied territories<p>Ben Norton<p>April 18, 2016 11:59am (UTC)<p>A …

Israel

Pennsylvania takes states allowing medical marijuana to new high

• Keystone state is 24th to legalize cannabis use for health reasons<br>• ‘What we’re doing today is the healer’ says state Republican senator<p>Pennsylvania on Sunday became the 24th US state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.<p>The Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, signed the bill into law in …

Cannabis

The TSA spent $336,000 on a random number generator

If you’ve traveled through the US recently, you might have seen a TSA officer at a security checkpoint holding an iPad and directing people to different lines.<p>That’s the TSA’s “randomizer” app that’s reportedly used at 100 airports to randomly sort which line you end up in, so it’s a …

The story of cities, part 1: how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

In the first in a 50-part series charting the history of the planet’s urbanisation, Jack Shenker explores the ancient metropolis of Alexandria, which set a powerful precedent for future cities all over the world<p>The secret to Alexandria, if classical historians are to be believed, lies in a golden …

Ancient History

Steve Wozniak says the FBI “picked the lamest case you ever could” [Video]

Appearing on <i>Conan</i> last night, Woz said that he sided with Apple in the FBI fight, first because he’s always been strong on human rights, as one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but because governments shouldn’t be able to tell manufacturers to make their products insecure at a …

Human Rights

Wars are being fought as in 'barbarian times', warns MSF chief

Charity head speaks out after hospital attacks and says focus on terrorism is threatening the rules which govern warfare<p>Attacks against civilians in war zones across the world have grown more indiscriminate due to a myopic focus by the major global powers on fighting terrorism, the head of the …

War

The Terrifying Atlas Robot Finally Gets A Voice, And Man Does He Hate His Coworkers

Oh, robots. We make them pick up our trash, serve us breakfast, mix our cocktails, solve our Rubik’s cubes, extract our sperm, and roast turkeys with a flying flamethrower (okay, those last two things are totally necessary, though). It’s no wonder they will surely rise up against us, and soon. …

Mars Had a Volcanic Blowup So Huge That It Tilted the Whole Planet

Space is so metal.<p>Earth has had some whoppers of volcanic explosions in the past, including one that may have been half of the one-two punch that led to the extinction of dinosaurs. But Mars can easily blow any of that away. It once had a volcanic eruption so huge, that it tilted the entire face of …

Hillary Clinton's email scandal, 'the greatest wild card' of the election, just got even more unpredictable

In early 2009, Clinton reportedly paid Bryan Pagliano, the IT director, $5,000 to divert all of her emails to a new private server.<p>The server set up by Pagliano replaced one used by Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, and was handed over to the Denver-based company Platte River in …

Government

Former Spooks Criticize CIA Director John Brennan for Spying Comments

Former CIA officers are expressing exasperation over CIA director John Brennan’s recent remark that “we don’t steal secrets.”<p>“Is he joking?” John Sipher, who spent decades spying in sensitive overseas posts and retired in 2014 as a senior manager, wrote in a column published Wednesday on a national …

National Security