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Latest Islamic State killing video features blond Frenchman

Man talks of enemies of Isis and says to expect something that will ‘make them forget September 11 and Paris’<p>A blond-haired Frenchman has appeared in the latest Islamic State video threatening new terrorist attacks in the west.<p>The man, whose eyes are uncovered but whose features and hair can be …


Elon Musk picks student winners to further Hyperloop dreams

Students from MIT beat off competition from rivals to build and test pods for the mass transportation system of the future<p>A group of American student engineers have won a competition to transform SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk's idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of …


Isil used chemical weapons against Kurds in Iraq, say German troops

German troops involved in coalition training mission in Iraq report that Isil fighters have used chemical weapons on a Kurdish militia<p>German troops involved in a coalition training mission in Iraq have reported that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters have used chemical weapons on …

Middle East

Google’s Game-changing Smartphone Project Has Hit a Snag

Those in the know say that modular smart phones are the future. It just turns out the future is going to be a little later than we thought.<p>Google’s …

Puerto Rico

AP PHOTOS: Raids disrupt, but don't eradicate illegal mining

TAMBOPATA, Peru (AP) — Patricia Quispe sat sullen on a black suitcase outside a dismantled mining camp, nursing her baby son and waiting for her husband, who was among 41 wildcat gold miners arrested in Peru's latest crackdown on illegal mining in the Amazon.<p>The 24-year-old mother said she didn't …

Latin America

Everything We Know So Far About the Massive Explosions in Tianjin

The blasts left at least 70 dead and 500 wounded, and Chinese officials are looking into whether this tragedy was a result of poor safety regulations or practices.<p>At 11:30 PM Wednesday night, a series of massive fireballs exploded out of a warehouse in the industrial part of Tianjin, China, a port …

Natural Gas

Animated human flesh is starting to look real

Animating dynamic changes in soft tissue and skin isn't easy, but we're getting closer with every passing year<p>SIGGRAPH 2015 is taking place in LA right now, gathering together the people pushing the boundaries of what's possible to achieve with computer graphics. We've already seen it produce a …

Imperial College London

Islamic State claims truck bombing at Baghdad market that killed 62

In one of the deadliest single attacks in postwar Baghdad, a truck bomb shattered a popular fruit-and-vegetable market in a teeming Shiite neighborhood Thursday, killing 67 people and wounding more than 150 others.<p>Militants from the self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the …

Micro-Flip: a reversible microUSB cable (not USB-C)

It’s the little things that excite tech enthusiasts. When Apple’s lightning adapter was introduced, everyone went nuts over its reversible plugging capabilities. Then USB-C launched, giving users the same feature. Forget that the thing supports power, data transfers, many accessories and all kinds …

Micro USB
Natural Disasters

New York prison worker Joyce Mitchell charged with helping inmates escape

<b>(CNN) —</b> Prison worker Joyce Mitchell is in custody, accused of aiding in a daring prison escape. The two convicted killers she allegedly helped are free, but on the run.<p>Mitchell allegedly provided Richard Matt and David Sweat with the tools to cut through cell walls for their escape from an upstate …


Soul Electronics' new sport headphones double as a walkie talkie

App-based personal trainers are great, but they usually lack the yelling abilities of a real live human. Soul Electronics has a solution for that, and it allows you to keep your headphones on. The company is leveraging Kickstarter for its Combat+ Sync wireless headphones that not only keep you from …

Turkey says 'extensive' fight against Islamic State will begin soon

U.S. drones and aircraft have begun arriving at a Turkish air base close to the border with Syria, and an "extensive" fight against Islamic State militants will soon begin, Turkey's foreign minister said Wednesday.<p>Syria's foreign minister said, meanwhile, that Damascus would support efforts against …

First on CNN: Iranian warship points weapon at U.S. helicopter, official says

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> An Iranian warship briefly pointed weapons on its deck at a U.S. military helicopter and coalition warship two weeks ago in the Gulf of Aden, a Defense official told CNN on Wednesday.<p>The two ships were just a few hundred yards apart on July 25 when Iranian crewmembers pointed …


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Islamic State reported to destroy historic tombs in ancient city of Palmyra, Syria

A top Syrian antiquities official announced today that<p>Islamic Statemilitants have destroyed a pair of important historic tombs at the ancient city of Palmyra, according to a report by the Associated Press.<p>The destroyed sites include the grave of the Shiite saint Muhammad Bin Ali and the Sufi …

Netflix Is Splitting Its Stock 7 For 1

Netflix’s board of directors has approved a seven-for-one stock split, the company announced on Tuesday, at a time when its stock is trading at all-time highs.<p>The stock will begin trading at the post-split price on July 15.<p>Netflix was widely expected to split its stock after announcing plans to do …


The new Boeing CEO started as an intern at the company

The Chicago-based airplane maker decided to promote from within its ranks with Muilenburg, 51, who currently serves as the company's president, COO, and vice chairman.<p>Muilenburg will succeed James McNerney as the 10th chief executive in the company's history.<p>"Dennis is an extremely capable, …

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