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The NSA has a plan to map the entire Internet. It's called 'Treasure Map'

Newly exposed Edward Snowden documents reveal the NSA’s in-depth plan to “map the entire Internet — any device, anywhere, all the time.”<p>According to a report published today by German news publication Der Spiegel, the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, “[aim] to map the Internet, and not just …

New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea

Astronomers have long had a sense of where the Milky Way is in relation to other galaxies, but a new three-dimensional star map gives us a more nuanced look at our cosmic neighborhood.<p>Until now, the Milky Way was believed to be one galaxy in the 2,000 that make up what's known as the Virgo …

Hamas: Israel Airstrike Kills Military Chief's Wife, Daughter

Hamas said Wednesday that an Israeli airstrike hit the home of its military chief in Gaza, killing his wife and two-year-old daughter. Israel's bombardment of the region resumed Tuesday after militants in the coastal strip launched rockets hours before a cease-fire was due to expire. A senior Hamas …

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Another former SpaceX employee sues over alleged labor law violations

Upstart rocket manufacturer and darling of the commercial space industry<p>SpaceXis facing another lawsuit over its labor practices.<p>In the second of two lawsuits filed in Los Angeles County last week, a former employee alleges that the rocket maker violated state labor laws by denying workers breaks …

The curse of the $8 million dinosaur

In 1990, a group of small-time fossil hunters discovered the world's most valuable T rex. They also uncovered a legal nightmare<p>To the untrained eye, the three bones jutting out from the cliff face would have looked like stones, bleached white in the blinding South Dakota sun. But as soon as Peter …

Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.<p>This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the …

Peace Corps pulls volunteers over Ebola outbreak

The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that it was temporarily withdrawing its 340 volunteers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after two workers were exposed to the Ebola virus.<p>A spokeswoman told CNN and CBS News that the pair were being isolated after coming in contact with an infected patient who …

Israel Offers 'Humanitarian Window' After 15 Killed at UN Gaza School

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><b>1:46 p.m.:</b> Well, the reports were premature. The White House is not condemning Israel for the …

Police ID 3 kids killed in Philly carjacking crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.<p>The children's 34-year-old mother, Keisha Williams, remained in critical …

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

India MP 'force-feeds' Muslim fasting worker

Uproar in India's parliament after footage shows Rajan Baburao Vichare, an MP for nationalist party allied to prime minister Narendra Modi, attempting to push the bread into Muslim kitchen supervisor's mouth<p>India’s parliament erupted in anger yesterday after television footage showed a hardline …

India

Israel bans radio advert listing names of children killed in Gaza

Human rights group B'Tselem will petition Israel's supreme court after advert was deemed to be 'politically controversial'<p>The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza …

Arizona execution takes nearly two hours to kill prisoner

Debate over lethal injection is rekindled after details of slow death of Joseph Wood, who reportedly "gasped and snorted" for almost two hours in chair, revealed<p>A double murderer took nearly two hours to die in Arizona after a botched execution.<p>Joseph Wood, 55, was put to death after being injected …

Five held in Sicily over boat deaths of migrants

The Italian authorities have arrested five alleged human traffickers on suspicion of the murder of dozens migrants who were either stabbed or perished of engine fume inhalation inside the overcrowded hold of a smuggling boat.<p>Police said the five people arrested in Sicily were accused of stabbing …

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts | Reuters

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighbouring …

Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots

• Human Rights Watch documents 'sting' operations • Report raises questions about post-9/11 civil rights<p>Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.<p>Some of the …

Ancient People Achieved Remarkably Clean Teeth With Noxious Weed?

Eating the tuber of a bad-tasting plant prevented cavities 2,000 years ago.<p>The purple nutsedge is one of the world's worst weeds, spreading stealthily underground and shrugging off herbicides as if they were soda water. But new research shows that for one ancient people, this noxious plant may have …

Squid Protein Could Help Brains 'Talk' to Computers

Unfortunately it won't allow humans to squirt ink, at least not yet.<p>In the most advanced prosthetics--such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm--electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in the human body. But getting living tissue to play nice with a circuit board is …

Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention

<i>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</i><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while …

19 injured when prison roof collapses

Nineteen inmates were injured when a roof of a private prison collapsed Saturday near Lufkin, Texas, fire officials said.<p>Ten prisoners were taken to hospitals by ambulance, and nine were transported as "walking wounded" from Diboll Correctional Center to area hospitals, according to prison …

6-Year-Old Gang-Raped in Indian School by Staff Members, Say Police

Furious parents are protesting outside a prominent school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, where a 6-year-old girl was allegedly raped by …

India

WHO can't fully deal with Ebola outbreak, health official warns

International health officials warned Thursday that recent budget cuts have impeded the ability of the World Health Organization to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 603 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.<p>"The situation in West Africa should be a wake-up call to …

The Science Behind Our Urge To Procrastinate

Cranking out a final paper hours before the deadline. Putting off that trip to the supermarket until the refrigerator shelves are completely barren. Watching one, two, even <i>three</i> more episodes of "Orange Is The New Black" before finally shutting down Netflix and calling it a night.<p>We all …

Comcast Rep Stonewalls Customer in Cancellation Request Gone Awry

For anyone who's ever experienced customer-service woes, be glad this isn't you.<p>AOL product manager Ryan Block, a former editor with <i>Engadget</i>, shared …

Israeli military's 'knock on roof' warnings criticized - CNN.com

It's become another military euphemism, along with "collateral damage" and "friendly fire."<p>The "knock on the roof" is the Israeli military's warning for civilians before it fires on a building and is being used extensively as Israeli airstrikes target Hamas sites in Operation Protective Edge.<p>The …