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Why Whales Got So Big

It’s often said that the ocean releases them from the constraints of life on land. It’s actually the opposite.<p>The first time I came face to face with a sea lion, I nearly screamed. I was snorkeling, and after a long time spent staring down at colorful corals, I looked up to see a gigantic bull, a …

Marine Mammals

Home Depot to pay $27M in hazardous waste, privacy deal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say Home Depot will pay $27 million to settle allegations in California that the retailer illegally disposed of …

Cigna’s $54 Billion Buy Seen as ‘Best Case’ for Drug Middleman

Cigna Corp.’s $54-billion purchase of Express Scripts Holding Co. is being called the “best case scenario” for the pharmacy-benefits manager’s …

Vision-improving nanoparticle eyedrops could end the need for glasses

High-tech eyeglasses can give blind people the ability to see, but could the development of eyesight-improving eyedrops help eliminate the need for …

Optometry

State voting laws: Can I miss work to vote? Here's how to know your rights as a voter.

Confused about whether you can skip work to vote on Election Day next week? Narrowing polls show that the presidential candidates are close, so it's …

Pirates in Iceland are on the verge of gaining real political power

Vikings settled Iceland in the ninth century, establishing a form of government that has led to what is, today, considered to be the world’s oldest continuous parliament.<p>Now, a political group of young hackers, activists and libertarians called the Pirate Party are competing for seats in this …

Three in Florida, Virginia charged with voter fraud | Reuters

(Reuters) - Officials in Florida and Virginia filed voter fraud charges against three people in apparently unrelated cases on Friday, just 11 days before American voters cast ballots in the hotly contested presidential race.<p>An election volunteer holds a box outside Trump Tower in the Manhattan …

World's largest indoor theme park to open in Dubai

DUBAI (Reuters) - The world's largest indoor theme park is set to open in Dubai this month to lure back some of the tourists and residents who often flee abroad during the scorching desert summer.<p>In a sandy suburb beyond Dubai's concrete jungle and pockets of artificially green spaces, IMG Worlds …

A growing roster of ‘white hat’ hackers earn thousands finding chinks in the digital armor of the US government and companies such as Apple and Google<p>Nathaniel Wakelam became a bounty hunter when he was 18.<p>Now 21, it is his full time job. This month so far he has earned $21,150, in installments: he …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Oracle Funds Anti-Google Effort that Outs Hillary, Obama

The Oracle Corporation is using its deep financial resources to fund the “Google Transparency Project,” which has set up headquarters in Washington, …

Silicon Valley

Second layer of information in DNA confirmed

Leiden theoretical physicists have proven that DNA mechanics, in addition to genetic information in DNA, determines who we are. Helmut Schiessel and …

Obama Is Letting the Drug War Rage on Pointlessly

This week the Obama Administration rejected the application of a pair of governors who asked the federal government to lower the federal restrictions …

FCC loses court battle to let cities build their own broadband

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to let cities build their own broadband networks hit a major roadblock today, as a federal appellate court ruled that the commission was overstepping its authority. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said today that the FCC is not …

How to Beat Dengue and Zika: Add a Microbe to Mosquitoes

After 30 years of development, virus-beating insects are finally being deployed in megacities around the world.<p>On January 4th, 2011, in the first hours of a crisp Australian morning, Scott O’Neill walks up to a yellow bungalow in a suburb of Cairns. He sports glasses, a goatee, jeans, and an …

Microbiology

Iran bans 'Pokémon Go' over security jitters

A number of governments are already nervous about the security implications of <i>Pokémon Go</i>, but Iran is taking that fear one step further: it just became the first country to ban the critter catching game entirely. The nation's High Council of Virtual Spaces wouldn't say what prompted the decision …

Pokémon

Thailand referendum gets under way as military seeks to cement power

Thailand votes on Sunday in a referendum on a new junta-backed constitution that would pave the way for a general election in 2017 but require future governments to rule on the military’s terms.<p>The referendum is the first major popularity test for the junta led by Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as prime …

Asia

New therapy could help treat skin infections without turning them into superbugs

With concerns about the rise of so-called "superbugs" at an all-time high, scientists are on a mission to find better ways to tackle infections. And …

Medicine

Security of seismic sensor grid probed

<b>Thousands of seismic sensors monitoring geological activity are vulnerable to cyber attack, suggests research.</b><p>The poor security controls around the way the sensors transmit data were detailed in a presentation at the Def Con hacker convention.<p>Researchers found ways to fool and overload sensors so …

Iran Confirms Secret Nuclear Agreement: Big Pay Off To Iran

Iranian authorities reacted with anger towards the leaking of the secret agreement. This shows that how maintaining the secrecy of the deal was crucial for the Islamic Republic.<p>According to Press TV, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi pointed out …

Largest Map Ever Made Will Unlock The History Of The Universe

1.2 million galaxies<p>What you're looking at is a slice of the entire universe, a web of galaxies billions of light years away. You're also looking into the past, since the further into the distance you look, the longer it took that light to reach your eyes. It all seems a lot smaller until you …

Graphene batteries may slash your phone recharge time to 15 minutes

Imagine your laptop, phone, or other battery-driven piece of tech recharging in less than 15 minutes? That’s at least an hour faster than the fastest …

Gear & Gadgets

Improved materials would encourage recycling and prevent single-use containers from entering the oceans and breaking into small pieces<p>Plastics should be better designed to encourage recycling and prevent wasteful single-use containers finding their way into our oceans, where they break up into …

Pollution

Energy companies spend big to fight Colorado ballot initiatives | Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Energy companies in Colorado are spending millions of dollars to derail a push by environmentalists to put measures on November’s ballot that would stifle oil and gas drilling in the state, according to a Reuters review of campaign finance records.<p>An oil well is seen near …

Sharing Your Netflix Password Is Now a Federal Crime

On July 5th , the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion which found, in part, that sharing passwords is a crime prosecutable under …

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …