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20 misused words that make smart people look dumb

We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with.<p>If this were the only problem, I wouldn’t have much to write about. That’s because …

This New Super-Sustainable Town Will Run On Solar Power And Use Driverless Cars For Public Transit

The new Florida community of Babcock Ranch wants to build the clean-energy fueled community of the future.<p>When a massive ranch in Florida went up for sale 10 years ago, on a piece of land five times the size of Manhattan, the owners had offers from buyers around the world. But instead of selling to …

Girl Scout Cookies and Wine: Into the Heart of Darkness

The horror! The horror!<p><i>Hi, I got your voicemail. We've been inundated with calls about pairing Girl Scout cookies with wine. We can't send you</i> …

The FBI Arrested a Suspected Anonymous Hacker After a Disney Cruise Sea Rescue

Yep. You read that right.<p>The best thing about this story is that all of its ingredients—Disney cruise, rescue at sea, suspected hacker, Anonymous—fit together, but not in the way you'd expect. It begins with a cyber attack on a Boston Children's Hospital and ends with Martin Gottesfeld under arrest …

Community Solar Is Going To Explode Next Year

If you’re one of the many who’ve missed the rooftop solar panel revolution—renters and home owners who don’t have solar-friendly roofs—here’s a bit …

Burundi: 15 killed in coordinated attacks on military camps

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — In coordinated attacks, gunmen stormed three military installations in Burundi before dawn Friday. At least 15 people were …

Africa

The Destination Is 100 Percent Renewable Energy for All

When it comes to prosperity, humans seldom care about the environment. But our planet would not have it and there's evidence at hand: the ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998. The year 2014 keeps the highest mark now and it's all but guaranteed already that 2015 will claim the …

Taxing the sun? Why some states are making solar power more expensive

It’s getting harder to figure out whether converting your home to solar energy makes financial sense as utilities adopt new ways to pay customers who …

Solar Power

Apple's Latest iPhone Advert Tries To Find Cool Factor

Apple’s latest iPhone 6S advert goes for the cool factor, reiterating the message of the iPhone 6S’ power and the idea that ‘nothing has changed’ with its smartphone. Apple has left behind the influencers with this marketing campaign for the general consumer market. In short the iPhone is no longer …

PM - Islamic State shifting internet activities, may be harder to track 02/12/2015

TIM PALMER: Well on the subject of cyber attacks, for the past few days the web has been awash with photoshopped images of Islamic State fighters and …

U.K. Spy Agency Does Not Require Individual Warrants To Hack

More details about U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ’s use of hacking — aka: ‘computer network interference’ in euphemistic official parlance — and the oversight regime governing its hacking activities have emerged via an ongoing legal challenge filed by civil liberties group Privacy International and …

Surveillance

14 high-tech gifts to buy the hardcore gamer in your life

From a leather gaming chair with a subwoofer to a noise-cancelling gaming headset, Business Insider UK has compiled the best gift for hardcore gamers.

iPad Mini

Russian film exposes the workings of North Korea's propaganda machine

Under the Sun shows behind-the-scenes coercion by government minders trying to construct an image of a ‘normal’ family<p>A new film on life in North Korea has caused a diplomatic row after the director used officially sanctioned shoots to demonstrate how the state manipulates its people.<p>Authorities …

Turkish court asks 'Gollum experts' if Erdoğan comparison is insult

Trial of man who compared president to Lord of the Rings character reportedly adjourned after judge says he hasn’t seen films<p>The trial of a Turkish man accused of insulting the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, by comparing him to Gollum has been adjourned so that a group of experts can study JRR …

South African group receives videos of Mali hostages

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Islamic extremists who abducted a South African and a Swede in Mali four years ago have released videos to a charity in which the …

Africa

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This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The Fossil Fuel Industry

Oil and coal companies are either going to have to invest in renewables, or perish.<p>The fossil fuel industry is at a crossroads.<p>Oil and gas giants such as Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil and BP continue to reap stupendous profits from selling products that contribute to the high levels of carbon …

Fossil Fuels

Making It More Pleasurable to Fly

I've been traveling often and I'm trying to make it easier. The last few times I took Uber to the airport, it was only $13.99! I tip the driver five bucks, but people tell me I shouldn't tip, because that is all part of the process; in other words, it's included, but I feel weird just getting out …

Chennai hit by more rain as deadly flooding causes chaos at airports in south India

India deploys troops in south as deadly floods worsen, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at airports<p>India on Wednesday deployed troops to Tamil Nadu and closed the main airport after heavy rains exacerbated weeks of flooding that have killed nearly 200 people in the southern coastal state of …

Bashar Assad criticises US actions in Syria

Syrian President, Bashar Assad says that Islamic state expanded following US attacks and the group has only now started to shrink due to Russian airstrikes<p>Syrian President, Bashar Assad, has criticised the effectiveness of the US-led coalition in combatting the Islamic State group in his country, …

The Climate Evolution Of Barack Obama Is An Activist Fantasy

PARIS—In 2009, President Barack Obama’s speech at the Copenhagen Climate Conference was called lackluster, hollow, a ‘disappointment to the world’ by politicians and environmentalists alike. In 2015 his speech at the Paris Climate Conference was praised as serious, hitting the right notes, as if …

Climate

Black Friday saw most federal gun background checks ever in a single day

By Justin Wm. Moyer<p>, Reporter<p>Black Friday shoppers — put off by crowds, hitting the Internet, perhaps fearing terrorism — came out in fewer numbers this past weekend. Yet the lack of enthusiasm for standing in line in dark parking lots did not prevent a historic spike in firearm background checks …

Guns

Four More Aircraft Targeted by Green Lasers Over Phoenix

Lasers struck four aircraft flying over Phoenix late Tuesday, FAA officials said — the latest incidents in what police described as a “non-stop” battle in the area.<p>The aircraft were headed to the municipal Phoenix Deer Valley Airport — about 20 miles north of the main Sky Harbor Airport — when …

Mosquitoes Bring Disease, Maybe Birth Defects, To US Border

Science & InnovationGermination<p>This is disturbing and sad. A tropical disease that is spread by mosquitoes and that seems to be moving north—and may be approaching the US border—is being linked in health-agency reports to a disabling birth defect.<p>The disease is Zika virus, and the birth defect is …

Guantanamo Bay Detainee Is Case of Mistaken Identity: DoD

A militant who fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan and has been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years was largely the victim of mistaken identity, according to U.S. defense officials.<p>Mustafa Abd-al-Qawi Abd-al-Aziz al-Shamiri was captured in 2002 and believed to be an al Qaeda …

Pastor's Pregnant Wife Killed in Indianapolis Home Invasion

The pregnant wife of an Indiana pastor died after a single gunshot to the head Tuesday, the Marion County Coroner's Office told NBC News.<p>The death of Amanda Blackburn, who was also mother to a 1-year-old baby, has been ruled a homicide, and authorities believe that she died during a home …