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Nanorods Of Photocatalysts Achieve 100% Conversion From Solar Energy To Solar Fuel

There are many reasons that I love working in materials chemistry, and particularly in artificial photosynthesis – splitting water using sunlight to generate hydrogen and oxygen gases. You’ve heard me ramble on about this, my most favourite example of nature-inspired nanotechnology in previous …

Clean Energy

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Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos.<p>The video, …

Greek PM goads Turkish PM on Twitter over downing of Russian jet

Alexis Tsipras took the unusual step of using social media to criticise Ahmet Davutoglu over the actions of Turkey’s airforce, before deleting his tweets<p>A highly unusual online exchange has taken place on Twitter between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey before the former deleted his tweets …

Social Media

Cleveland boy's shooting by police 'unreasonable', family experts | Reuters

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland police officer’s shooting of a 12-year-old boy in a city park a year ago was unreasonable, experts hired by the child’s family said in reports an attorney wants submitted to a grand jury considering charges in the case.<p>Tamir E. Rice, 12, is seen allegedly pointing …

Cleveland Police

Yes, ISIS Is Winning the ‘War of Ideas’

The Paris attacks showed how even fringe appeal to a “microscopic minority” can do massive damage.<p>In a recent <i>Atlantic</i> article, J.M. Berger challenges the notion, as he frames it, that “the U.S. is losing a war of ideas or narratives to ISIS.” He writes:<p>The myth that America’s narrative is losing to …

Hasna Aitboulahcen: police examine remains of 'cowgirl' turned suicide bomber

French forensic and medical experts are examining what remains of the woman who blew herself up during a police shootout after the Paris terrorist attacks, believed to be Islamic State supporter Hasna Aitboulahcen.<p>The Frenchwoman, aged 26, was heard engaging in an almost hysterical exchange with …

Extremism

Obama’s Overlooked Challenge to Muslims

The president has a more realistic and tragic understanding of the dysfunctions afflicting Islam than his critics acknowledge.<p>Earlier this week, Barack Obama, eager to pivot to Asia (and who wouldn’t be?), held a press conference in Turkey that was notable for the repetitive and sometimes-posturing …

China still uses medieval torture methods against opponents – Amnesty

Chinese security agents continue to employ a medieval array of torture methods against government opponents, activists, lawyers and petitioners, including spiked rods, iron torture chairs and electric batons, a report claims.<p>The Amnesty International report, called No End in Sight: Torture and …

Rights & Freedoms

Russian soldiers geolocated by photos in multiple Syria locations, bloggers say | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three serving or former Russian soldiers have been geolocated by photographs in Syria, including locations near Hama, Aleppo and Homs, Russian bloggers said on Sunday, suggesting the Kremlin’s operation stretches well beyond its air campaign.<p>Russian ground staff members load a …

Russia

U.S. weighs special forces in Syria, helicopters in Iraq | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering sending a small number of special operations forces to Syria and attack helicopters to Iraq as it weighs options to build momentum in the battle against Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.<p>United States Secretary of Defense Ash …

Middle East

Angry China shadows U.S. warship near man-made islands | Reuters

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed close to one of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said it had tracked and warned the ship and called in the U.S. ambassador to protest.<p>The USS Lassen’s patrol …

China

A British woman who traveled to Syria fled, saying ISIS is 'not my cup of tea'

Shukee Begum, 33, travelled to Syria with her children to find her husband Jamal al-Harith, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who left Britain 18 months ago to join the group, Channel 4 news reported.<p>A law graduate from northern England, Begum insists she only travelled to convince her husband to …

Islamic State figures killed in air strike; Baghdadi not believed among them | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group’s reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, residents of the town and hospital sources said.<p>Iraq said on Sunday its air force …

Middle East

Russia to U.S.: talk to us on Syria or risk 'unintended incidents' | Reuters

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia called on Friday for military-to-military cooperation with the United States to avert “unintended incidents” as it stages navy exercises off the coast of Syria, where U.S. officials believe Moscow is building up forces to protect President Bashar …

Middle East

Libya: IS clashes with local jihadist militias

<b>Deadly clashes have broken out in Libya's eastern city of Derna between local Islamist militias and militants affiliated to Islamic State (IS).</b><p>The fighting broke out on Tuesday night after Nasser al-Aker, a senior Islamist militant from Derna's Abu-slim Martyr's Brigade, was killed by members of IS.<p>…

Islam

Back to Iraq: The First 450 Soldiers Are on Their Way

In which the Vietnam Syndrome comes in handy.<p>In May of 1961, as guerrilla attacks began to cascade in South Vietnam, President John F. Kennedy made a decision. He sent 400 special-forces soldiers—the then-celebrated Green Berets—to Vietnam's central highlands. Their mission was to train the local …

Lindsey Graham

Kurdish militia says it will hand body of American killed in Syria to family | Reuters

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - The body of an American man who was killed in Syria fighting alongside Kurds against Islamic State will be handed over to his family in Turkey, Kurdish militia said in a statement on Thursday.<p>The U.S. State Department on Wednesday confirmed the man’s death and …

Middle East

Hundreds cross into Turkey from Syria

Hundreds of people have fled from Syria into Turkey as moderate fighters and Kurdish forces battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group holding the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad.<p>Activists on the Turkish border said that Turkish authorities allowed Syrian refugees in Raqqa …

Middle East

Islamic State clashes with rivals in eastern Libya, 20 dead | Reuters

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - At least 20 fighters were killed in clashes in eastern Libya between Islamic State and another Islamist force that later declared jihad against its hardline rival, residents and medical sources said on Wednesday.<p>Forces loyal to the official government later sent an air …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Iraqi veteran who fled Mosul a year ago: ISIS will never, ever leave my city

<b>Baghdad (CNN) —</b> We had just finished up our shoot in Al-Makasib Girls' Elementary School in Baghdad's Saadoun neighbourhood and were loading the gear into the car when a man sitting in a wheelchair across the courtyard beckoned to me.<p>"Come, talk to me, too," he said.<p>He introduced himself as Louay …

Mosul

Libya: IS clashes with local jihadist militias

<b>Deadly clashes have broken out in Libya's eastern city of Derna between local Islamist militias and militants affiliated to Islamic State (IS).</b><p>The fighting broke out on Tuesday night after Nasser al-Aker, a senior Islamist militant from Derna's Abu-slim Martyr's Brigade, was killed by members of IS.<p>…

Islam

Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II Boast Stacked Sensors and 4K Video

In addition to unleashing the monster that is the a7R II, Sony today also announced two new cameras for its Cyber-shot RX lineup. The RX100 IV and …

A Photographer Addicted to Telling the Story of Marijuana

When photographer Lynn Johnson was working on this month’s <i>National Geographic</i> cover story on marijuana, she was surprised how addictive it became. Not the drug, mind you, but the controversial and convoluted medical world that legalization has spawned. So much so, that even after shooting …

Cannabis

What Motivates Terrorists?

It’s an important question. But is it the best one to be asking?<p>One of the most frequently asked questions about terrorism is also the most intractable. Why? Why do they do it? Why do people join terrorist groups and participate in acts of terrorism?<p>There are as many answers to this question as …

Soldier returns to Iraq alone to help fight Islamic State

DES MOINES, Iowa — Ryan O'Leary's parents and girlfriend have told him what he's doing is crazy. So have the FBI and the U.S. State Department.<p>He understands their point.<p>But the Iowa soldier returned to Iraq last month, headed to war for the third time. The first two times, he served with the Iowa …

National Guard

Apple is finally fixing the reason your Mac and iPhone's Wi-Fi sucks

Noticed your iPhone and Mac’s Wi-Fi weren’t so good over the last year? You’re not alone, and Apple is finally fixing it, albeit quietly.<p>If you’re wondering exactly what happened, there are a few moving parts. First, you need to understand what the Domain Name System (DNS) does.<p>Each computer on the …

Domain Names

Why Americans are getting new credit cards

NEW YORK (AP) — A big change is happening inside your wallet.<p>U.S. banks, tired of spending billions each year to pay back fleeced consumers, are in …

Identity Theft

Life in Mosul one year on: 'Isis with all its brutality is more honest than the Shia government'

Dr Firas Ghalib<p><b>Neurologist, 45, father of two children</b><p>Mosul was on a volcano’s edge a couple of months before Islamic State’s militants crawled into the city. The Shia government in Baghdad always viewed Mosul as a hub of Ba’athists, undoubtedly because most senior army officers in the time of …

Mosul