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More setbacks for the nuclear power industry

The nuclear energy industry has had a bad week.<p>On Monday, two utilities in South Carolina announced they are stopping work on two new reactors at the …

Watch a working concept of a holographic Cortana assistant

To control your home or your local Ring installation<p>When Microsoft unveiled its digital assistant in 2014, it looked to the <i>Halo</i> franchise for inspiration, naming its system Cortana, after Master Chief’s AI companion. One ambitious fan has gone a step further and created his own holographic version …

Living Rooms

From the mellow, little Mexican island of Holbox, travelers head out to swim with the world's largest fish

Several weeks before I found myself uncomfortably close to the world's largest shark, I told a few folks I would be going to Holbox.<p>"Whole what?" asked more than one.<p>"Holocene," corrected my smartphone.<p>"Ohl-bosch," corrected the locals when I arrived.<p>Isla Holbox, a Mexican island with turquoise …

This Brilliant Solar Panel System Might Put a Huge Kink in President Trump's Coal Plans

Inspired by nature, this solar panel setup uses smart technology and a gorgeous design to bring homes and businesses greater efficiency.<p>Under the ink of President Donald Trump's America First Energy Plan, the fate of the solar industry is suffering a shoulder shrug period of uncertainty. But that …

Medieval Queens

<b>Medieval Queens of England</b><br>The Middle Ages encompass one of the most exciting periods in English History. The names of famous Kings scatter the …

Ancient History

Controlled by shadow government: Mike Lofgren reveals how top U.S. officials are at the mercy of the “deep state”

<b>(Brandon Bourdages via Shutterstock)</b><p>A corrupt network of wealthy elites has hijacked our government, ex-GOP staffer and best-selling author tells Salon<p>Elias Isquith<p>January 5, 2016 10:52pm (UTC)<p>One of the predominant themes of the 2016 presidential campaign thus far — and one that is unlikely to …

'Smart drug' taken by one in four students really does boost performance

Scientists say it is time to have an ethical debate about whether Modafinil should be 'condoned or condemned.'<p>A ‘smart drug’ taken by one in four students at Oxford University really does boost brain power and colleges need to consider whether it should be banned, scientists have said.<p>Modafinil is …

Has a lost Nazi ghost train carrying gold finally been found? Two treasure hunters think so

Mysterious gold-laden train may have been found by treasure hunters in Poland<p>The tale of a legendary Nazi ghost train carrying gold which allegedly disappeared without trace in the dying days of the Second World War has taken a new twist.<p>Two men have filed a “finder's claim" with a district council …

Archaeology

The media’s ridiculous Scientology blackout: Tom Cruise reportedly imposes draconian limits on interview questions (but why are reporters going along with it?)

<b>Tom Cruise, in a still from "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" (HBO)</b><p>Jon Stewart and other late night interviewers have so-far refused to bring up the Scientology controversy<p>Anna Silman<p>July 31, 2015 3:12pm (UTC)<p>Recently, Sophie Gilbert over at The Atlantic wondered why interviewers …

Tom Cruise

Drone firing handgun appears in video

Home-made quadcopter capable of firing pistol at least four times while airborne posted on YouTube<p>A video of a home-made drone firing what appears to be a pistol has been posted onto YouTube.<p>The video, which cannot be independently verified by the Guardian, appears to show a small calibre handgun …

Drones

Greece May Have to Sell Islands and Ruins Under Its Bailout Deal

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Demaryius Thomas’ Mother Has Prison Sentence Commuted by Barack Obama

Earlier this year, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas spoke with <i>Rolling Stone</i> about his plans to turn three consecutive Pro Bowl seasons …

Paul Krugman shreds Jeb Bush and the GOP for believing America is a “nation of takers”

<b>(Reuters/Tim Shaffer)</b><p>Americans work longer hours than counterparts in similar countries — but they’re inherently lazy, the right argues<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>July 13, 2015 12:09pm (UTC)<p>New York Times columnist Paul Krugman attacked Jeb Bush for his recent remarks about Americans needing "to work longer …

Jeb Bush

Iraq launches new offensive to drive Isis from Anbar province

Operation involving Shia militias, Iraqi police, military units and Sunni tribesmen opposed to Isis begins with assault on Falluja<p>Iraq declared the launch of a new military operation on Monday aimed at liberating the predominantly Sunni Anbar province, the country’s largest, from Islamic State …

China accuses trading firms of manipulating stocks

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities accused securities firms of manipulating stock prices during China's market plunge and launched a crackdown Monday against …

Stock Markets

The Daily Donald: Rupert Murdoch unloads as Trump’s xenophobic campaign gains steam

<b>Donald Trump (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)</b><p>The conservative media mogul is none too pleased about The Donald’s rise<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>July 13, 2015 12:56pm (UTC)<p>We're approaching the one month mark since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, and his rabble-rousing rages on. Here are the latest …

Mexican drug lord El Chapo escapes prison – in pictures

Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, Mexico’s most infamous drug trafficker has escaped from of a high-security prison for a second time. The crime kingpin’s spectacular escape through a one-mile tunnel under the Altiplano prison, about 60 miles west of Mexico City, came 16 months after his arrest was lauded …

Donald Trump rages on escaped Mexican cartel leader: I 'would kick his ass!'

Trump tweeted Sunday night that two of his top rivals in the presidential race would not be ready to handle the escape of Joaquin Guzman, the powerful drug cartel leader also known as "El Chapo."<p>He asked supporters if they could imagine his opponents "negotiating" with Guzman. In contrast, he said, …

Donald Trump

George Michael was 'smoking crack,' 'waking up in vomit,' relative says

Singer George Michael was a trembling, crack-addicted wreck until he finally checked into to an expensive Swiss rehab clinic last summer, a relative told The Sun of Britain.<p>The Kusnacht Practice facility charges $290,000 a month for inpatient treatment.<p>A year later, Michael, 52, is continuing …

Warren Buffett $2.8 Billion Donation Gets Supersized -- By Taxpayers

Uber-billionaire Warren Buffett has just donated more than $2.8 <i>billion</i> to charity. How one arrives at this figure involves some math, and also tax considerations. He made the donation by transfering 20.64 million Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares. The announcement was made on the company’s website. …

Finance

After 'El Chapo' escape, Mexico offers reward for fugitive drug lord's capture

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mexico's most notorious drug lord now has one more nefarious title: serial prison escapee.<p>Authorities are scrambling to find Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after his stunning escape from a maximum-security prison west of Mexico City.<p>The leader of the Sinaloa cartel stepped into a shower Saturday …

Deal between Greece and its European creditors raises questions

A deal between Greece and its European creditors Monday averted financial collapse and a rapid Greek exit from the Eurozone but raised questions about whether the government in Athens can muster the political support it needs or deliver on its promises.<p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing …

#ThisIsACoup: how a hashtag born in Barcelona spread across globe

Twitter hashtag trending globally as activists show support for ‘democratic will of Greek people in the face of extortion by the Eurogroup’<p>The call went out on Sunday afternoon. “Hi guys, this is an important message about Greece,” wrote an activist named Francesca in a text message to 40 people, …

Reddit board member discusses Ellen Pao’s resignation, future of site

Reddit board member and President of Y Combinator Sam Altman, who briefly served as interim CEO of Reddit, took to the site’s IAMA page for a Q&A …

NASA's New Horizons captures images of mysterious spots on Pluto

As the New Horizons spacecraft preps for its inspection of Pluto on July 14th, NASA provided a status update with some interesting info. First, new color images show a series of spots along the dwarf planet's equator. The evenly-spaced spots are about 300 miles (480 kilometers) in diameter, or …

New Solar Storm Forecasting Technique Breaks The 24-Hour Warning Barrier For Earth

Better predictions can help us prepare<p>Solar storms start their lives as violent explosions from the sun’s surface. They’re made up of energetic charged particles wrapped in a complex magnetic cloud. As they erupt from the sun’s surface, they can shoot out into interplanetary space at speeds of up …

Magnetism

Why you Should Be Paying Attention To The ‘Other’ Form Of Solar Power. #Auspol

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have seen explosive growth because of their stunning 99 percent price drop in the past quarter century. As a result, …

This Ancient Skeleton May Be Humanity’s First Murder Victim

That we know of, anyway<p>Excavators have spent years recovering 28 hominin skeletons from the Sima de los Huesos pit in northern Spain, a cave that mean "pit of bones." After finally digging them all up, researchers made a surprising discovery--one of the specimens has giant holes in his head. The …

Anthropology