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Here’s exactly how great Joe Biden’s Amtrak love affair is for the planet

<b>(AP/Susan Walsh)</b><p>Joe Biden’s insistence on taking trains for 36 years prevented tons of unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>October 22, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech on commuter issues in which he revealed a mind-blowing but not unsurprising …

Ebola fear puts family in voluntary quarantine in Rock Island

A Rock Island family is in voluntary isolation in its home after a relative arrived there from Ebola-stricken Liberia, officials confirmed Monday.<p>One family member, Barhyeau Philips, has also agreed to go on paid leave from his grounds crew job at Augustana College during the 21-day monitoring …

Prozac may be harming bird populations, study suggests

Increasing consumption of antidepressant drugs may be helping humans but damaging the health of the bird population, according to a new study.<p>An expert who has looked at the effects of passive Prozac-taking on starlings says it has changed not only their feeding habits but also their interest in …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

The NSA files,NSA,GCHQ,Surveillance,US news,World news,US national security,Privacy,Technology,Internet,Data protection,Data and computer security,UK news<p>• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records<br>• $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies …

India passes massive program to feed 800 million in poverty

NEW DELHI — India passed into law Monday an ambitious program to provide nearly free food to some 800 million Indians. Supporters hailed it as a long-overdue fix for the nation's rampant poverty, while critics slammed it as a shameless and electoral ploy the country can't afford that will encourage …

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New Details Emerge On The Surveillance Technology Used To Hunt Osama Bin Laden

All the technology in the world doesn't beat a knock on the door.<p>New documents detail the sophisticated, if only partially successful, surveillance technology used to hunt and kill the most wanted terrorist on earth.<p>Before the Obama administration sent Navy SEALS to raid the Abbottabad, Pakistan, …

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To Avoid Being Ordered To Snoop On Users, Email Providers Shut Down

In the weeks since Edward Snowden leaked data on the NSA’s widespread phone and Internet surveillance systems, it became known that the secure email service Snowden relied on was the small privacy-centric provider Lavabit. Now, Lavabit’s founder Ladar Levison has decided to shutter the service, …

Kirobo the talking robot blasts into space on historic mission | Reuters

(Reuters) - Kirobo, a knee-high talking robot with red boots and a black and white body, has blasted off from Japan for the International Space Station to test how machines can help astronauts with their work.<p>The Japanese-speaking robot, equipped with voice- and facial-recognition technology, was …

Could Parables Help Solve The World's Thorniest Problems?

A finalist in our #CrowdGrant challenge hopes to inspire people to think about the world's toughest problems in positive, creative ways<p>A common response to global problems like climate change and overpopulation is apathy ("I won't be around to see the effects, so what does it matter?") or pessimism …

The NSA Sucks More Than You Thought

The Guardian just exposed the NSA's "widest-reaching" surveillance program, "XKeyscore."<p>While most of us keep going about our internet lives as if that pesky NSA thing never happened--demonstrating a "general giddy sense that privacy is kind of stupid," as Gary Shteyngart aptly describes it--the</i> …

Meet RoboThespian: the British robotic actor

It may look a little like the rebellious humanoid from the movie I Robot, but this robot is not likely to rise up against its makers. Instead this robot, known as RoboThespian, is more of an artist than a fighter.<p>There are around 35 of these robots in use around the world, performing on stage in …

Scientists hope volcanic rock can contain climate change

Capturing and storing greenhouse gases beneath the earth could allow climate change to be mitigated, but researchers still need to find a method that can both permanently and safely contain the gases. Now researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) believe that they may have …

Modding the DNA of oranges may be the only way to save them

Would you drink a genetically modified glass of orange juice? As <i>The New York Times</i> explores, that seemingly simple question is at the heart of an enormous debate among citrus growers. Faced with an unyielding disease that sours oranges by leaving them half greened, the heavyweights in Florida's …

Researchers Successfully Implant Mice With False Memories

So it is possible.<p>Call it cool or just plain creepy: Memory researchers from U.S. and Japan have, for the first time, implanted false memories into a lab animal.<p>The researchers made mice believe that they had once received electrical shocks in their feet while sitting in a certain little chamber, …

New Theory: The Universe Isn't Expanding, It's Just Gaining Mass

But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.<p>Whoa. One cosmologist is proposing that the universe isn't actually expanding, as the standard theory goes. Instead, the redshift effects astronomers see could mean that everything is just gaining more mass, while …