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Syria conflict: US condemns siege of Qusair

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/984000/984202_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524647857_d2d78bf8000b6a1e07dbfd67e30b7079<p><b>The US has condemned the Syrian army's attack on Qusair, a strategic town over which it gained control after a siege.</b><p>The White House also called on Iran …

The pleasure of talking about science

I've got a riddle for you: when is a documentary not a documentary? When it's an iPad app called <i>The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome</i> by Robin …

Engaging young people with science policy

Can science and technology help bring us out of the economic crisis? What areas of science research should be prioritised? How should university …

Bot searches Google Maps to uncover hidden faces around the world

While others search for life on distant planets, one company is using satellite imagery to identify human features back on earth. German design specialist Onformative has created a new project called Google Faces that uses specialized facial recognition algorithms and Google Maps to circumnavigate …

Liquid Air – the future of motoring?

Liquid Air could be be a fuel for the future, says Andrew English.<p>Engineers call it disruptive technology, but Liquid Air is much more than that. Using cryogenic atmospheric air at minus 196 degrees Centrigrade as an energy store potentially inverts our idea of the piston engine and subverts the …

Natural Gas

‘Lotus effect’ paper repels oil and water - Futurity

GEORGIA TECH (US) — Modified paper that repels all fluids could lead to new biomedical …

Mars radiation fears won't deter Nasa: the will to explore will prevail

How safe would a mission to Mars really be? As well as embarking on trips lasting several years in cramped craft with no breakdown cover, future …

New Candidate for World's First Bird

Discovery of the feathered Aurornis stokes the debate over the first avian.<p><b>For over a century and a half, the prehistoric Archaeopteryx has been celebrated as nature's earliest bird.</b><p>The iconic Jurassic creature was covered in feathers yet retained the teeth, claws, and bony tail from its …

Huge Asteroid Makes Its Closest Pass To Earth Today

An asteroid nine times the size of a cruise ship is dropping by Earth on Friday, and it's not coming alone. Asteroid 1998 QE2 will be about 3.6 million miles from our planet at its closest approach. And its proximity has already given scientists a surprise: It has its own moon, measured at about …

Low sodium 'diet' key to stars' long life - Futurity

MONASH U. (AUS) — Stars with a high sodium content die before reaching their final, …

Can The Expansion Of Cell Phone Coverage Lead To Violent Conflict?

A recent study found statistically significant evidence, but there is still more research to be done.<p>The great promise of cell phone networks is easier, cheaper, more direct communication between more people. There's no way to tell, once people have a new, easier means of coordination, the kinds of …

Scientists and policymakers: wave goodbye to the valley of death

Powerful metaphors are often used to describe the challenges of linking science to its application and use in the world. We often hear about the gap …

Associated Press News

G4S accused of holding South African prisoners in isolation illegally

A South African prison run by the embattled British security firm G4S is illegally holding inmates in isolation for up to three years and denying …

Iran opposition figures unite to condemn election as a charade

Iranian opposition figures with various political allegiances have set aside differences and united to condemn the 14 June presidential election as a …

New Bankia shares tumble, wiping out family savings in Spain

Spain's banking crisis wiped out billions of euros of family savings on Tuesday as small investors who bought shares in the nationalised Bankia were …

Obama to confront Chinese president over spate of cyber-attacks on US

Barack Obama will confront Chinese president Xi Jinping next week over a spate of cyber-attacks on the US, including the latest allegation that …

Somali Militants Claim To Have Shot Down U.S. Drone

A suspected U.S. reconnaissance drone has crashed in a region of southern Somalia controlled by the al-Shabab militant group, a governor of the region says.<p>Abdikadir Mohamed Nur, the governor of the Lower Shabelle region, told Reuters that al-Shabab had shot down the aircraft over the coastal town …