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Middle East

China earthquake damages 10,000 homes, say authorities

At least two people reported to have been killed and extensive damage to houses as magnitude 4.7 tremor hits eastern city of Fuyang<p>An earthquake in the eastern Chinese city of Fuyang has damaged more than 10,000 homes and killed at least two people, according to authorities.<p>The quake struck in the …

What's the deal with Final Fantasy Type-0's name, anyway?

Final Fantasy's numbering and naming conventions make little sense to an outsider. Hell, they can baffle insiders, too. So IGN asked director Hajime Tabata the deal is with <i>Final Fantasy Type-0</i>, which launches in the west (as a high-definition remaster of the 2011 Japan release) next week.<p>Basically, …

This was one of the moments Steve Jobs realized he could change the world

One of those old interviews was shared by venture capitalist Chris Dixon on his blog Friday, under the title, "It all blossomed out of this tiny little seed."<p>The video is part of a documentary filmed in 1985, the year Jobs was ousted from Apple to found a new computer company called NeXT.<p>In the …

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Onions CAN taste like apples: the Tony Abbott effect

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently caused much confusion by publicly eating a raw onion in the manner people would usually eat apples, with no complaint or objection. Whilst baffling to many, this may be one instance where science supports Tony Abbott’s actions.<p>Australian Prime Minister …

Brazil bus crash: at least 54 dead after plunge off cliff

Rescuers reporting dozens of fatalities, with police blaming brake failure for accident in southern state of Santa Catarina<p>At least 54 people died on Saturday when a passenger bus drove off a cliff in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, police said.<p>The bus, en route from the …

A Rare Glimpse Inside North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival

While the world is only too aware of what North Korea’s leader thinks about a certain Sony comedy, less is known about his dynasty’s long history with—and love of— the cinema. Assessing the 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival and touring the vast “Cholliwood” studio complex, built in 1947 by …

The Area of a Circle and the Value of Pi

Author: Rhett Allain. Rhett Allain Science<p>Date of Publication: 03.14.15.<p>Time of Publication: 9:26 am. 9:26 am<p>It is once again Pi Day (March 14 or …

Syria's suffering revealed in satellite images

<b>The "terrible human suffering" inflicted on the people of Syria has been revealed in satellite imagery, the UN's Institute for Training and Research (Unitar) says.</b><p>Markets, power supplies, schools and hospitals are among sites destroyed amid the country's conflict, Unitar's analysis of the images …

Middle East

Runaway schoolgirls' contact in Turkey 'confesses to Isis link as cash courier'

Man arrested last week told police he delivered foreign donations to militants in Sanliurfa close to Syrian border, according to Turkish newspaper<p>An agent who helped three British schoolgirls cross into Syria to join the Islamic State group was also working as a courier to transfer money to …

Finding the right games to play during the worst time in your life

Gaming can be an effective, even empowering escape for people of all ages undergoing cancer treatment — but how do you find the right types of games to play to get away?<p>That was the subject of a SXSW panel titled Surviving Cancer with Games and Community, which discussed the power of interactive …

Overkill's The Walking Dead will be like Payday, but in a bigger world

The upcoming Walking Dead game in development from the studio behind <i>Payday: The Heist</i> will include cooperative online gameplay and be "Payday-esque," said The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman at a SXSW panel today.<p>"I can say that it will be Payday-esque because [Starbreeze and Overkill] are …

The Looming Threat of Artificial Unintelligence

Stop fantasizing about super-smart A.I., and start worrying about dumb algorithms<p>Brace yourself. In these crucial weeks before the May release of <i>The Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>, editors and writers are going to unleash an onslaught of think pieces about the real-life threat of artificial intelligence …

Your Flipboard Guide to Surviving SXSW

The 2015 edition of South by Southwest conference and festivals kick off this Friday in Austin, TX. SXSW is part professional development, part creative outlet and a lot of party. Attendees this year can look forward to an opening night documentary about Russell Brand, Snoop Dogg‘s keynote address …

Cyclone Pam: aid agencies report widespread devastation in Vanuatu

First news from cut-off communities in Vanuatu suggests category five cyclone has left thousands homeless and dozens dead<p>The first aid agencies to reach Vanuatu reported a scene of widespread devastation on Sunday after a huge cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation, leaving thousands …

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

In 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 started their one-way journey across our galaxy, travelling a million miles a day. Jonathan Margolis meets the dedicated team keeping the craft moving<p>On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two …

Just as Ferguson Was Making Progress, Shooting Deals a Setback

China Shows Off Its Deadly New Cruise Missiles

DH-10 for a speedy 1100-pound delivery<p>A DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM) launches out of its canister, heading for parts unknown. Weighing about 1-1.5 tons (about the same size as the American Tomahawk cruise missile), it can be launched from land on a three missile transport erector launch …

Apple’s Campus 2 spaceship gets off the ground in latest official aerial shot

Following the latest 4K drone flyover video we posted earlier this month, Apple has shared an updated aerial shot showing construction progress on its Campus 2 project in Cupertino. The new shot shows significant developments since last month’s official image.<p>The aerial shot above shows the main …

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Meet the giant 'lobster' that roamed Earth's primeval oceans

An international team of archaeologists <a style="background-color: transparent;" …

Mexican woman campaigning to be mayor found decapitated

Guerrero mayoral candidate Aidé Nava González, whose husband was murdered and son abducted by criminal gangs, has been found decapitated - less than a fortnight after beginning her campaign<p>A <b>Mexican</b> woman running to be mayor of a town in the state of Guerrero has been found dead, less than a …

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How To Map Your Room's Wi-Fi Strength With A Wood Mill [Video]

Because those streaming cat videos won't wait<p>Why should you guess where a Wi-Fi hotspot is when you could view it in color?<p>A computer scientist has devised a way to build colorful 3D maps of Wi-Fi strength. His keys tools: a color-changing LED light, a laptop, and naturally, a wood mill.<p>Dominique …

New BBC drama tells story of GTA, 'one of the greatest British coding success stories'

BBC Two is set to air a special 90-minute drama about the conception, creation and fallout from Grand Theft Auto, which it describes as "the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park" — the story of the key codebreaker who shortened WWII by two years.<p>The drama is part of the BBC …

Spain puts 'gag' on freedom of expression as senate approves security law

Despite a global outcry, Spanish legislation, expected to be ratified next month, lays out strict guidelines on demonstrations that come with steep fines<p>The Spanish senate has voted to push forward with controversial changes to the country’s public security laws, cracking down on Spaniards’ rights …

Laser treatment claims to turn brown eyes blue

A clinic in California is testing a laser procedure that eliminates pigment in the patient's eyes, turning them blue.<p>Ever been stymied in a desire to bat your baby blues by the fact that your eyes aren't actually blue? An experimental new procedure could see you permanently change your peepers' hue.<p>…

Spacewatch: Time for Philae to wake up?

The slumbering Philae comet lander could wake up any day now. During the coming week, the Rosetta mothership will make a series of close passes to the comet. On each occasion it will transmit a signal asking for Philae to respond.<p>The lander is currently receiving about twice as much sunlight as it …

Soon, Your Laptop Will Need Just This One Cable

You'll have no excuse not to clean up your office<p>Even if you've only got a few technological devices, you've probably got a rat's nest of cables strewn around your home: power cables, USB cables, monitor cables, and so on. But someday in the not-too-distant future, you may finally be able to get …

Can Apple Make The First Wantable Smartwatch?

A wearable whose time has come<p>What makes a gadget worth wearing? Apple is betting it knows better than anyone, and today they'll likely reveal the final details of the Apple Watch--the most anticipated piece of technology since, well, the last Apple device to hit the streets.<p>Apple is rarely a first …

Why people leave their bodies to medical research – and what happens

Helping find answers to hereditary diseases, training surgeons or wanting to leave an educational legacy are the reasons. But what sort of people donate bodies to science?<p>The first thing you notice as you walk into the operating theatre is the smell. There isn’t one. There’s no whiff of chemical …