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Oil Rises as Focus Remains on Greece, Iran

Oil prices bounced from three-week lows on Tuesday, with U.S. refined fuels markets leading the rally on bets for strong summer demand, even as Greece's move toward a debt default threatened to jolt global markets.<p>Brent crude futures were in line, however, for a second straight monthly loss despite …

Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the …

Europe

Asia markets hit by Greece fears, Shanghai plunges again

The euro edged down and analysts warned of volatility this week as Greece prepares for a Sunday referendum on creditors' bailout reform proposals, which European chiefs say boils down to a vote on whether the nation wants to stay in the eurozone.<p>Tokyo rose 0.36 percent, Hong Kong added 0.13 …

Stock Markets

Search for deadly asteroids must be accelerated to protect Earth, say experts

Campaigners including Brian May and Lord Rees are marking Asteroid Day by raising awareness of the the threat posed to the planet by speeding space rocks<p>The search for deadly asteroids that could slam into Earth must be speeded up 100-fold to help protect the future of life on Earth, according to …

Asteroids

The internet is obsessed with what happens when you ask Siri "what's zero divided by zero?"

The internet is obsessed with what happens when you ask Siri “what’s zero divided by zero?”<p>Don't risk the question if you're feeling fragile...<p>By …

VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

A team of five researchers from universities in London and Rome have identified that 14 of the top commercial virtual private networks in the world …

Information Security

Everything to Know About Greece's Economic Crisis

<b>Q. How did we get here?</b><p>A. Long story. Greece’s economy was never strong enough to share a currency with Germany’s, but both sides pretended it was, …

Europe

Solar Impulse 2 passes 'point of no return' on historic flight

Gallery: Solar Impulse 2 passes 'point of no return' on historic flight<p>Gallery: Solar Impulse 2 passes 'point of no return' on historic flight<p>+ 5<p>+ 4<p>+ …

Solar Impulse

Star Fox Zero is laser-focused on justifying the GamePad's existence | Polygon

<i>Star Fox Zero</i> isn't just a return to the beloved franchise featuring a space-going fox and his motley crew of anthropomorphic animals, it's also meant to be further evidence of why game makers and game players need a Wii U and its second-screen GamePad to fully participate in this modern age of …

Retrogaming

REPORT: This is the question Greece will be asked in Sunday's bailout referendum

We might have just found out the exact question that Greeks will be asked when they vote in Sunday's bailout referendum.<p>Twitter user @GreekAnalyst, who runs a blog on Greek politics, just posted what he says is a translation of the ballot paper that will be voted on July 5. You can see it below:<p>The …

Europe

Watch John Oliver splice together 5 years of people predicting the end of Obamacare

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, many lawmakers and pundits have predicted the demise of the the president's signature healthcare law, citing various legal and legislative challenges to the law.<p>In a montage on Sunday's show, Oliver weaved together the numerous doomsday …

Affordable Care Act

This chart should make you extremely hopeful about the future of income inequality

America may not be moving any closer toward equal distribution of wealth, but around the world the trend is clear: Poverty is disappearing.<p>Those are the findings of Tomas Hellebrandt and Paolo Mauro, two economists who recently published the paper "The Future of Worldwide Income Distribution."<p>They …

Demographics

John Kasich plans to announce his presidential bid July 21

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to announce he is running for the Republican presidential nomination on July 21, two sources familiar with the plans confirmed to CNN on Sunday.<p>The event will occur at The Ohio State University, his alma mater, two advisers said.<p>After the announcement, …

Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court will hear new challenge to affirmative action

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court handed opponents of affirmative action policies a potential victory Monday by agreeing to hear another challenge to the University of Texas' use of racial preferences in admissions.<p>The one-line order represents a new chapter in a seven-year dispute initiated when …

High School

Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz intends to make his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide "front and center" in his presidential campaign.<p>In an interview with <i>Morning Edition</i> host Steve Inskeep on Sunday in New York City, the GOP presidential hopeful …

Republicans

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Self Defense

Christie's nothing-left-to-lose campaign

The New Jersey governor’s campaign is far less ambitious than anyone could have predicted a year ago. But that also makes him an unpredictable force in the GOP primary.<p>When Chris Christie launches his presidential campaign Tuesday, it won’t look anything like the one he once envisioned.<p>Gone is the …

Government

Lack of clear front-runner in huge 2016 field highlights fractures within GOP

Running for president is not quite what it used to be.<p>Candidates once had to rely on the support of party leaders, who assessed their electability; on a broad fundraising base to sustain them until victory brought in fresh cash; and on a handful of national news outlets to spread the word of their …

Asia closes off a wild day's trade as stocks fall everywhere

It's been a remarkable start to the week for Asian markets. Stocks across the region tumbled. In China they fell, then subsequently rallied, only to fall again. Safe haven bonds and currencies have been well supported and, through it all, we're no closer to knowing whether it will continue tomorrow.<p>…

Stock Markets
Stock Markets

India's next weapon against climate change? The heat-tolerant dwarf cow | Reuters

THIRUVANANDHAPURAM, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Worsening heat, fodder shortages and the threat of drought are forcing many hard-hit dairy farmers in the Anantapur area of India’s southern Kerala state to reduce their herds, experts say.<p>“This is nothing less than a catastrophe,” said …

Forestry
Space Exploration

15 Seemingly Smart Health Tips That Are Actually The Worst

END CARBOHYDRATE HATE.<p>To help, we talked to experts about the most common crappy health tips you probably believe. Some just won't get you anywhere, and some are actually TERRIBLE for your health — either way, here's all the advice <i>not</i> to take, and what to do instead.

Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

Parents, take note! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine committee has expanded its recommendation for immunization against meningitis B, a rare but potentially deadly strain of meningitis.<p>The committee's revised guidance, issued late last week, broadens the group of young …

Public Health

NASA spies strange lone 'pyramid' on dwarf planet Ceres

The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows.<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world’s surface.<p>The discovery is painting an increasingly complex portrait of one of the biggest "fossils" from …