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Nato kicks out Russian spies but revives Kremlin hotline amid Ukraine tensions

The western military alliance is reviving cold war-style hotlines to the Kremlin and the Russian general staff in Moscow to reduce the chances of escalating military confrontation and miscalculation as the Ukraine conflict fuels east-west tension.<p>While seeking to boost military contacts with the …

Russia

Take a Fresh Peek at Virgin Galactic's Next SpaceShipTwo

Six months after the fatal breakup of the first SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, Virgin Galactic is providing a progress report on the construction of SpaceShipTwo Tail No. 2. The company said engineers are working three shifts, spanning days, nights and weekends, to put the structure together.<p>"Soon, we …

Space Travel

Here's how Silicon Valley really thinks about diversity in hiring

Swisher asked Horowitz about the Kleiner Perkins gender-discrimination trial. Much of what Horowitz had to say was brutally honest. Basically, Silicon Valley will not be hiring a more diverse workforce until it sees hard evidence that doing so will improve the bottom line.<p>"When you're building a …

Internet 'rationing' needed as UK cannot keep up with demand

The Internet is already consuming at least 8 per cent of Britain's power output, equivalent to the output of three nuclear power stations, and demand is soaring, says one academic.<p>Internet access may soon need to be rationed or restricted because the UK’s power supply and communications network …

Internet of Things

US Navy ships to accompany US-flagged ships in Gulf

US Navy ships will start accompanying US-flagged commercial vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran's seizure of a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel<p>US naval forces have started "accompanying" American-flagged commercial ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, after <b>Iran</b> seized <b>a</b> …

Goldman Sachs is parking millions in a bitcoin business with no pressing plans to make money

The battle to control how people pay for stuff is heating up and Goldman Sachs wants a piece of the action.<p>In its first publicly announced bitcoin-related investment, Goldman said on April 30 that it co-led a $50 million financing round for Circle, a bitcoin startup led by serial tech entrepreneur …

Cryptocurrency

Is NASA one step closer to warp drive?

NASA is reportedly working on technology that could take us to the moon faster than a cross-country flight.<p>Potentially good news for those who want to zip around our solar system, and beyond, at speeds approaching that of light -- and maybe even faster.<p>NASA, according to NASASpaceFlight.com, is …

Space Travel

The price that Ed Miliband is prepared to pay to win the Muslim vote

The Labour leader's pledge to redefine Islamophobia as an aggravated crime will be cheered by child sex-grooming gangs in Rotherham and election-stealers in Tower Hamlets<p>’Tis the <b>election season</b>, so promises fall from the lips of our leaders over key voting groups like blossom from an apple tree. …

Organic milk 'is less healthy than regular milk and could harm child IQ'

The discovery that organic milk has one third less iodine could have serious health implications, say researchers at the University of Reading<p>Organic milk is less healthy than regular milk and could cause unborn babies to have lower IQs, a study suggests.<p>Compared with conventionally-produced milk, …

The Brain

Why you should stop worrying and learn to love inequality

The data showing that inequality does us harm is very weak indeed. If politicians really want to make us happy, they need to focus on two very simple things<p>The idea that inequality is bad and must be fought vigorously is everywhere these days. <b>As Ed Miliband has said</b>: “Tackling inequality is the new …

Boko Haram retakes border town from Nigerian army

More than 2,000 Islamist fighters - armed with bombs and tanks - take back control of Marte<p>Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have forced hundreds of soldiers to flee the Marte, a border town in Nigeria, a local official and witnesses said Friday.<p>"The terrorists, numbering over 2,000, appeared from …

Anglo American adds to woes with De Beers diamond worry

FTSE listing mining group is out of favor with investors as commodities crunch shows no sign of easing<p>Of the Big Three mining groups listed on the FTSE-100, Anglo American is arguably under the most pressure to perform, especially when it comes to maintaining what investors care about most - its …

The High-Tech Battle Against Pirates

A stealth vessel and other technologies could protect ships in troubled waters--if only we'd deploy them<p>Ghost looks more like a spacecraft than a seaborne combat vessel. It's waiting for us in the Piscataqua River, a few minutes out from its home at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. …

Military

Report: A former physics teacher is now leading ISIS

A former physics teacher from Mosul has been installed as a new temporary leader for the terror group Islamic State after its leader was reportedly …

Al Qaeda hostage Giovanni Lo Porto 'dedicated his life' to others

<b>(CNN) —</b> Giovanni Lo Porto put himself in harm's way to help, heading to Pakistan to work on a much needed reconstruction project following deadly flooding there.<p>His work and his life, as he knew it then, came to a halt on January 19, 2012. That's when, according to Italy's state-run ANSA news …

Al-Qaeda

You can't 'outrun' obesity: Study says exercise doesn't help weight loss

LONDON — A team of British cardiologists have said it's time to "bust the myth" that regular exercise tackles obesity.<p>The strongly-worded editorial …

Yellowstone national park: scientists discover huge magma chamber

Seismic tomography provides scientists with a much bigger picture of the volcanic ‘plumbing system’ under Yellowstone national park<p>Deep beneath Yellowstone national park, one of the world’s most dynamic volcanic systems, lies an enormous, previously unknown reservoir of hot, partly molten rock big …

Geology

France is still ignoring radicalisation threat, warns Europe's anti-extremism tsar

Rachida Dati, the country's former justice minister, praises Britain's policing of home-grown terror threat and says anger at Charlie Hebdo attack had failed to heal divides in French society<p>France is continuing to ignore the threat posed by radicalisation, the former justice minister has said - …

Mylan left vulnerable to Israeli takeover after Perrigo rejects £20bn bid

The rebuttal by Perrigo came just hours after Mylan fell prey to a separate $40bn hostile approach by rival generic drug maker Teva<p>Mylan’s hopes of bulking up to fend off unwanted takeover advances were dashed on Tuesday night after Ireland’s Perrigo rejected its $30bn (£20bn) takeover bid.<p>The …

Drone 'containing radiation' lands on roof of Japanese PM's office

Traces of radiation reportedly detected on drone carrying camera and bottle with unidentified contents<p>Japanese authorities have launched an investigation after a small drone reportedly containing traces of radiation was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office, sparking concerns about …

Drones

Record breaking clock invented which only loses a second in 15 billion years

The ‘optical lattice’ device is now three times more accurate than previous incarnations<p>Physicists have said they have fine-tuned an atomic clock to the point where it won’t lose or gain a second in 15bn years – longer than the universe has existed.<p>The “optical lattice” clock, which uses strontium …

Quantum Physics

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'seriously wounded in air strike'

Exclusive: Baghdadi no longer in day-to-day control of terror group as he recovers from injuries sustained during attack in March, according to sources<p>The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources have told the Guardian.<p>A …

Islam

BB-8: how 2015's must-have Christmas toy works

Star Wars' adorable new droid's inner workings have mystified fans, but thanks to start-up firm Sphero's clever prototype we can buy the toy this Christmas<p>Ever since director JJ Abrams promised that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would rely on good old-fashioned practical effects rather than CGI, …

Star Wars

Mysterious 'supervoid' in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim

A supervoid has been discovered in the universe which is too big to fit into current models<p>Astronomers have discovered a <b>curious empty section of space</b> which is missing around 10,000 galaxies.<p>The ‘supervoid’, which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered in …

Imperial College London

Here’s How Weed Affects Your Body

A synopsis of science's pot-related findings, in honor of today's holiday<p>Our obsession with marijuana’s mystifying powers goes back a long time; though its first documented use was in 2727 BC, there’s some indication that our ancestors cultivated cannabis plants in the earliest days of agriculture. …

Cannabis

10 things you need to know before European markets open

<b>Greece says if it leaves the euro, others will follow.</b> Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that if Greece were to leave the eurozone, there would be an inevitable contagion effect. At the end of this week, the eurozone's finance ministers meet, and …

Take a look behind the scenes of Project Loon, Google's lofty plan to bring the Internet to everyone

Google's network of Internet-beaming balloons has come a long way.<p>Project Loon is Google's audacious experiment to bring the Internet to the world, ferried on the back of high-altitude balloons. A new video posted to Project Loon's Google+ page gives us a behind-the-scenes look at this radical …

Internet

How China is upsetting the old global economic order

Beijing's rise was confirmed this week at the Spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, the two institutions by which the economic vision of the United States has been propagated across the world since their founding in 1944.<p>The US-selected president of the …