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Afghanistan trial in mob killing of woman begins

The trial of 49 suspects accused of taking part in the mob that killed an Afghan woman falsely accused of burning a copy of the Quran has started in the capital, Kabul.<p>The opening of the trial on Saturday at Afghanistan's Primary Court was broadcast live on nationwide television.<p>The suspects, …

Islamic State crisis: US-led Syria strikes 'kill dozens of civilians'

<b>Air strikes by the US-led coalition targeting Islamic State militants have killed more than 50 civilians in northern Syria, activists say.</b><p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group, says Birmahle village was hit on Friday and that some people were still trapped in rubble.<p>A spokesman …

Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine

I am standing on a street in Syria when the bomb goes off. My ears ring so loud I can hardly hear the screams as I stumble through the smoke. Looking down, there’s a man cradling a crimson-soaked loved one on the curb. Others run for cover. I pull off my virtual reality headset.<p>I’ve never been to …

Virtual Reality

Images of child abuse found in Vatican City

Two cases of child pornography possession were uncovered within the walls of the Vatican last year, along with numerous other crimes in the city state, the Holy See’s prosecutor general has announced.<p>Following worldwide allegations of sex abuse by priests, Gian Piero Milano, the Holy See’s Promoter …

I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future

Hiding from robots while looking like a cyborg<p>You’ll have to excuse me. I’m going to sound a little excited now.<p>Earlier today Oculus announced Story Studio, its in-house production team dedicated to producing virtual reality movies. We’ve been seeing VR narrative experiences for years at this …

Virtual Reality

Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution

The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring difference that makes you realise you’re on another planet, or in a distant future era.<p>A sports class is in full swing on the outskirts of Beijing. Herds of children charge after a football on …

The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate …

Police Release Rape-Themed Version of 'The Night Before Christmas'

Police in Nottinghamshire, England have managed to offend both the rape-averse <i>and</i> Disneyphiles with their new Christmas anti-rape PSA which they've …

England

Business

Chun Deng hazing death: Baruch frat’s rental house had torture info, drugs cops say

Baruch College fraternity members brought hallucinogenic mushrooms, paddles and photocopied papers on torture to a Poconos getaway where heavy-duty …

Crime

2 Injured in US School Shooting; Suspect Dead

U.S. police say a student opened fire at a high school in Colorado Friday, injuring two other students and then apparently taking his own life.<p>Police …

High School

Associated Press News

Google might ditch Intel and design its own chips

Even with its burgeoning Nexus program, Google is still primarily seen as a software and services company rather than a hardware designer. And yet, all those web services, from YouTube videos to Street View panoramas to Google Docs, need a solid infrastructure of servers to support them — which has …

Consumer Behavior, Not Snapchat, Created The Need For Instagram Direct

This morning Instagram announced Instagram Direct, a new feature to privately send your friends photos and videos. Instagram refers to these photos on its blog as ‘moments’ to help people share things like “An inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one …

Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

A Pen That 3-D Prints Bone Right Onto Patients

The device could eventually let surgeons apply stem cells more directly<p>One of the greatest promises of 3-D printing is that we'll one day be able to print organs on-demand. Need a new liver? There it is, at the push of a button.<p>Anticipating that future, scientists from the University of Wollongong …

Second DNA Code Discovered Hiding Within DNA: Scientists

A second DNA code has been discovered by a group of scientists, hiding within DNA, or the genetic code.<p>Information within the newly discovered second …

Genetics

Bing broadens Snapshot to include TED Talks, famous speeches and more straight from the results page

How do you improve adoption of a search engine? You make it so users never have to leave the results page, or so Microsoft's latest Bing enhancements would suggest. With the bevy of new features Bing's introduced today, users with an academic or historical bent can now get pretty much all the info …

Telepathwords: How Bad are Your Passwords?

Choosing an effective password that’s easy to remember and type, as well as hard to guess for would-be fraudsters, is a perennial problem. But it’s one that the folks at Microsoft Research are trying to tackle with an experimental tool called Telepathwords.<p>Armed with an arsenal of data on common …

Obama says he can't use iPhone due to security, must use BlackBerry

No amount of hope or change can set President Obama up with an iPhone.<p>The leader of the free world said he is not allowed to use the popular Apple device due to security reasons, according to Reuters.<p>Obama revealed the limitation of his job at a meeting with youths on Wednesday to promote his …

Putin speaks on Ukraine; protesters rebuild barricades

KIEV, Ukraine -- As thousands of pro-European-integration protesters were rebuilding barricades in Kiev's Independence Square which were destroyed the previous day by police, Russian President<p>Vladimir Putinmaintained a focus Thursday on Ukraine.<p>Putin, in his annual state of the union address, said …

Associated Press News

November Was Cold, But the Climate Keeps Warming

Global warming is a misnomer. “Warming” makes it sound as if the climate will get hotter at a steady, predictable pace—like a pot of soup heating on …

Associated Press News