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Fresh produce collages depict Conan O’Brien, JFK, Darth Vader

The University of California’s new Global Food Initiative is tackling serious issues of food security and sustainable agriculture. But when it …

Darth Vader

The British watchtowers beating back jihadists

Plea to David Cameron led to a tiny team of ex-soldiers building makeshift defences in Lebanon against Isil – within two weeks they were tested<p>It is one of the most beautiful places in the world, overlooking sweeping plains and the snow-topped Qalamoun mountains of Syria.<p>At odds to this serene …

Five Amazing Gifts For Smartphone Photographers

With the holiday season now upon us, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite smartphone accessories aimed photography enthusiasts.<p>All of these would make great gifts for the smartphone photographer looking to get a little bit extra out of their photography.<p>Presented in no particular …

China Keeps Wary Eye on Taiwan Vote

Prospect of Opposition Gains in Local Polls Poses Test for Cross-Strait Ties<p>TAIPEI—Taiwanese vote this weekend in local elections that are being watched by China for signs the ruling party it prefers to deal with is losing its political grip.<p>In Saturday’s polls for mayors, town councilors, village …

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University of California

UC Global Food InitiativeRecognizing the importance of food, UC President Janet Napolitano, together with UC’s 10 chancellors, launched the UC Global Food Initiative in July to help put UC’s campuses, the state and the world on a pathway to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself.The initiative, …

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The Next Frontier Is Really Here: 3D Printing And Space Survival

The advent of 3D printing in space enables a gigantic shift in exploration that could lead to much longer-lasting and sustainable missions, according to experts that have described it as a historic moment.<p>Just this week, NASA announced the breakthrough that it had for the first time 3D printed an …

U.S. Officials Chase Counterfeit Goods Online

ICE, Customs Agents Police a Global Trade That Has Shifted From Ports to E-Commerce<p>LONG BEACH, Calif.—Friday was one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents here have other plans for the holiday season.<p>Over the next few weeks, the agency is …

Taliban Battle Afghan Forces in Guesthouse Siege

Gunfire Exchanged Following Blast At Foreign Compound<p>KABUL—Taliban gunmen attacked a guesthouse in western Kabul on Saturday, touching off a lengthy gunfight that ended with three attackers and four affiliates of a nongovernmental organization dead.<p>The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack …

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The Science of Hate in College Football

What Makes Auburn-Alabama, Michigan-Ohio State and Other Rivalries Different<p>In college football, where fans of opposing teams can’t agree on much of anything, they do share one opinion: There is no such thing as a boring rivalry.<p>Rivalry games make or break seasons even when the matchups appear …

College Football

Egypt Court Drops Murder Charges Against Mubarak

Ousted Leader Remains in Jail on Separate, Three-Year Sentence<p>CAIRO—An Egyptian court dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday in the killing of hundreds of protesters by police in a 2011 uprising against his decades of autocratic rule, a decision that comes as …

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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.<p>We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock with bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, …

Self-Driving Cars Could Steal The Last Of Your Free Time

New concepts from Mercedes and Ideo reveal something scary. Your commute could be claimed for you…or for your boss.<p>We know self-driving cars are coming for us–in fact, by 2040, 75% of the cars on the road may be self-driving. But what will your commute look like when it doesn’t require you to drive …

Should You Buy A TV On Black Friday?

Ah Black Friday. The traditional and infamous start to the holiday shopping season. Ridiculously low prices tempt everyone with apparent deals the likes of which would never been seen again.<p>But are they deals? Is it worth it getting up early, or even leaving the house, especially when turkey …

Former Russian spy Anna Chapman features in Putin army recruitment video

Miss Chapman, who was deported from the US, is seen firing a Kalashnikov and training with elite Russian guards in the promotional video<p>Former spy Anna Chapman has been filmed training with an elite Russian tank division as the Kremlin seeks to boost support for its war machine.<p>Miss Chapman, 32, …

The ultimate security blanket

“YOU can take photos. But stay on the road. Don’t step onto the grass.” It is 28 years since the world’s worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl …

Global importance of urban agriculture 'underestimated'

<b>Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.</b><p>Researchers, using satellite data, found that agricultural activities within 20km of urban areas occupy an area equivalent to the 28-nation EU.<p>The international team of scientists says the …

Urban Agriculture

Subsidence causes two Chinese buildings to touch at the corners

Structural integrity of the adjacent buildings on 11 centimetres apart comes into question after they are seen to be in contact in some places<p>Two buildings made for residents who were displaced by a Disney resort in China say they fear their new homes may collapse after apparent subsidence caused …

China to declare war on ‘bizarre architecture’

Buildings resembling grand pianos, penguins and internal organs likely to fall victim to new Chinese architecture rules<p>The days in which architects in China were allowed to create buildings resembling penguins, pianos or even male genitalia appear numbered after a top Communist Party official …

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To Seduce Younger Buyers, Lexus Risks Turning Off Loyal Owners

In a recent commercial for the Lexus IS sedan, a young man enters his apartment and is alarmed to find water leaking through the ceiling from the apartment above. When he goes upstairs to investigate, he encounters a drenched young woman using her hands to try to stop water spurting from a broken …

A Secret Message Hidden In A CIA Sculpture 25 Years Ago Might Finally Be Solved

The sculpture is 12 feet high, and stands on the grounds of the CIA complex in Langley, Virginia. American artist Jim Sanborn built it 25 years ago.<p>Kryptos contains four hidden messages, carved out of metal. Those four messages are the clues to a riddle. Sanborn has hinted that solving the riddle …

Crouching Puppy, Hidden Pit Bull: China's Approach To Bristly Taiwan

China could just take Taiwan by force with its 2.29 million troops and 2,800 aircraft, ending debate about whether the democratic, self-ruled island is part of Chinese territory. But that move would park an enraged, rebellious population just offshore and anger the major countries that back China’s …

Political surgery

THIS year is unlikely to be remembered fondly by Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou. He entered it with opinion polls at record lows. Spring saw …

Expert Wants to Help Nab Russian Password Thieves | Inc.com

The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting …

Risk Tolerance Isn't a Proxy for Entrepreneurial Success After All | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs are uniquely comfortable with risk. That’s part of what makes them entrepreneurs, and the rest of us… not.<p>Except that commonly-held belief isn't actually true, at least according to a new research paper. The authors, Matthias Brachert and Walter Hyll, both of the Halle Institute for …

Yelp CEO Reviews His Own Business After 10 Years | Inc.com

After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.<p>CEO Jeremy Stoppelman didn't seem disturbed as he sat down …

China Probes Automakers, Technology Firms | Inc.com

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of global automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.<p>On Wednesday, a regulator said Chrysler and Germany's Audi will be punished for violating …