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Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'

The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs and carbon dioxide surpassing a key milestone, a major international report has found.<p>The “state of the climate” report, …

Climate Change

A New Solar Cell Creates Electricity From Water as Well as Light

Rain means clouds and clouds mean less sunlight. That’s bad news for most solar cells, but a new design can actually make use of rain drops that fall …

With Switch From Pencils To Computers, GED Gets Tougher For Inmates

High school graduation rates are on the rise across the country, except for one segment of the population: They've dropped dramatically for people in prison or jail who need to get their GED diplomas.<p>Since a new version of the General Education Development test came out last year, the pass rate for …

Crime

Suicide bombers kill 42 in 2 northeast Nigerian mosques

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Two suicide bombers struck at city mosques in northeast Nigeria on Friday, killing at least 42 people and wounding more than …

Extremism

Scientists discover the on-off switch for human consciousness deep within the brain - ExtremeTech

By on July 7, 2014 at 7:56 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Researchers at George Washington …

This Is How Patricia Became The Strongest Hurricane Ever Recorded

Hurricane Patricia—now the strongest hurricane ever recorded—surprised meteorologists as it transformed over the course of a day from a run of the …

The Impending Crisis in Ethiopia: A Costly Delay

Ethiopia is yet again facing a humanitarian crisis that looks set to devastate much of the country's population. Despite impressive growth figures over the last decade, 20 million Ethiopians are still under the poverty line. El Nino related weather is causing drought, destroying any chance of …

Africa

Did the E.P.A. miscount natural gas emissions? - Futurity

A recent EPA tally of greenhouse gas emissions may be in error due to problematic accounting for natural gas, the so-called "bridge" fuel.

Walmart, McDonald's and 79 Others Commit to Fight Global Warming

A consortium of more than 80 American companies including Walmart, Alcoa and Coca-Cola have agreed to a White House-led plan to combat climate …

Typhoon Koppu Strikes Philippines: Pictures

Trinidad and Tobago

Nasa releases new photos of Pluto that 'make you feel you are there'

The newest pictures of Pluto are so up-close and personal that the mission’s top scientist says it “makes you feel you are there”.<p>Nasa released the photos on Thursday. The images were gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft that swept past the dwarf planet in July.<p>Pluto’s curvature is featured in …

Johns Hopkins University

Tension high on Korean border as deadline for 'all out war' passes

Pyongyang and Seoul agree to hold last-minute talks at but forces step up readiness on both sides of border<p>The deadline set by Pyongyang for South Korea to halt propaganda broadcasts over the border passed without incident on Saturday evening, although tensions remain high on both sides of the …

Quantum computing is a major threat to crypto, says the NSA

Quantum computing will make current cryptography standards for protecting data obsolete, according to the NSA, and everyone needs to be prepared.<p>The …

North and South Korea 'on brink of war'

Kim Jong-un issues ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon<p>North and South Korea appeared on the verge of war on Friday night after Kim Jong-un issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face …

North Korea

Online And In Person, Bernie Sanders’ White Supporters Advance A Black Lives Matter Conspiracy

Someone’s pulling the strings, some upset white Sanders supporters tell each other. Black activists say the persistent criticism (and theories, racism, and misogyny) from the Bernie faithful proves that many white leftists just don’t get it.<p>At a recent Bernie Sanders event, Dave, a white …

Middle-class

North Korea's Kim Jong Un places nation's border in 'semi-state of war'

North Korean leader<p>Kim Jong Unhas ordered troops on the country’s heavily armed border with South Korea to be ready for war, one day after the two countries exchanged artillery fire in a spat over propaganda-spewing loudspeakers.<p>Speaking at an emergency meeting of his Central Military Commission, …

North Korea

Israel hit by rockets fired from Syria amid confusion over who is to blame

Northern Israel has been hit by four rockets fired from Syrian territory, amid contradictory claims from Israeli defence spokesmen over who was responsible.<p>Israeli defence sources initially blamed Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but later on Thursday briefed journalists that the source of the fire was a …

Middle East

Israeli army attacks Syrian town after rocket attacks

Syria's state news agency has quoted a Syrian military source as saying that an Israeli army helicopter launched a number of rockets towards Syrian territory, targeting the transportation directorate and the governorate building in Quneitra.<p>The attack on Thursday, which the SANA news agency said …

Middle East

Kim Jong-un puts troops on 'war footing' after two Koreas exchange artillery fire

North Korean leader tells soldiers to be ‘fully battle-ready to launch surprise operations’ as already elevated cross-border tensions reach dangerous heights<p>North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has put his troops on a war footing and threatened “indiscriminate strikes” on the South, prompting “deep …

North Korea

NASA’s Mars orbiter captures stunning images of planet’s surface

Launched 10 years ago, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has encircled Mars 40,000 times and counting – returning to scientists not only mounds of …

Jewish Leaders Urge Congress to OK Deal With Iran

More than two dozen leaders of the Jewish community signed a full-page ad in Thursday’s New York <i>Times</i> urging Congress to support an international …

Russian media: Moscow-Beijing ties could 'seriously aggravate the American military planning in the Asian-Pacific region'

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a Bilateral Meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on November 9, 2014 in Beijing, China. How Hwee Young/AFP/Getty<p>Analysts believe the relation between Russia and …

Islamic State claims Cairo courthouse bomb which wounded 29

Officials say at least six people were wounded by an explosion targeting national security building<p>Egyptian security officials have said a car bomb exploded near a national security building in the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo suburb, wounding at least six policemen.<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the …

Extremism

Scientists must act now to make artificial intelligence benign

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking say beware, but scientists want to make AI 'good'<p>Reining in the growing power of artificial intelligence could be a …

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Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates Warn About Artificial Intelligence

Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a video showing a 6' tall 320-lb humanoid robot named Atlas running freely in the woods<p>Some of the most popular …

India's Mars orbiter captures beautiful 3D images of the red planet

The Indian Space Research Organisation has released a series of beautiful images taken by the country's Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter. The images reveal striking details of the Ophir Chasma, a canyon that spans about 186 miles of the planet’s surface.<p>(Indian Space Research Organisation)<p>The orbiter marks …

A very weird thing happens when you try to look at China in Google Earth

However, there's an element of unease associated with our easy access to such maps. You can, after all, use a free piece of software to snoop on any location in the world, often zooming in to a street view for an even more detailed vantage point. And as it turns out, not everyone is too thrilled by …

These 22 year olds' deep learning startup just raised $1M from US investors

Deep-learning startup HyperVerge announced raising a seed funding of $1 million on Tuesday from US-based VC firms New Enterprise Associates (NEA), …