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2015: The year of wireless power?

The potential of wireless charging created great excitement when it first came to prominence in 2007 when two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) successfully powered a 60-watt light bulb wirelessly, using two copper coils two metres apart.<p>They went on to create …

Wireless Charging

Katy Perry is getting her own game from the makers of Kim Kardashian's mobile hit

Katy Perry is getting her own video game from Glu Mobile, the smartphone developer that previously hit it big with a freemium title based on Kim Kardashian's rise to fame<i>.</i> The game will feature Perry's "voice, likeness, and personality," and promises to introduce players to "a digital playground of …

Ebola drug trial in Liberia halted after fall in case numbers

Wellcome Trust ends trial of US-made drug brincidofovir as there are now too few people falling ill to get a clear result<p>The trial of a potential Ebola drug in Liberia has been stopped because the case numbers in the country are now so low that it is unlikely to get a clear result.<p>Chimerix, the US …

Disease

Jordan says IS can be defeated; uproar over burn video

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan called Wednesday for a decisive battle against the Islamic State group, declaring "this evil can and should be defeated," …

Islam

Police seize $6.7 million worth of cocaine in West Humboldt Park

Police confiscated 119 pounds of cocaine valued at almost $7 million after arresting a man in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood Friday afternoon.<p>Juan Roberto Vazquez, 28, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail on Saturday in Cook County …

Man arrested after body parts found in suitcase

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Saturday in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown street …

California

Navy probes illegal filming of women in ship's bathroom

A lieutenant embarked for training on board the Bremerton, Wash.-based carrier John C. Stennis is under investigation for allegedly trying to record women inside the female officers' bathroom.<p>It is the second investigation in the past two months into Navy personnel allegedly attempting to film …

Military

Snake hunters on watch for non-native species in Florida

Teams in Florida were surveying an area for the Northern African pythons (also called African rock pythons) and the Burmese Python in western Miami-Dade County. The teams of snake hunters were checking the levees, canals and marsh on foot for the invasive species of reptile. Many of the non-native …

Wildlife

Firebombing of packed Bangladesh bus kills 7 during general strike

Attackers threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus in Bangladesh early Tuesday, setting it alight as it moved along a highway and leaving at least seven people dead and 16 injured during a nationwide strike called by the opposition.<p>The pre-dawn attack, the latest during a surge in political violence, …

Bangladesh passengers burned to death in bus attack

At least seven people have been burnt to death after suspected anti-government protesters set a bus full of passengers on fire in eastern Bangladesh, amid spiralling political unrest against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, police have said.<p>Several passengers were also critically injured in the attack …

Extremism

Pro Bowl players vary on importance of deflated-ball issue

PHOENIX (AP) — Andrew Luck was asked how he felt after Indianapolis' one-sided loss to New England in the AFC championship game.<p>"The energy is sucked …

NFL

Right-to-Die Law Proposed in California

The End of Life Option Act would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medications to terminally ill patients with six months or less to live, …

Apple Watch wins the wrist war before it starts

Ever since Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch last September, it’s been one disappointment after another as far as I’m concerned. Apple’s first wearable won’t come in the minimalist form factor of the fitness bracelets I love. Worse yet, the launch version of the fashion-forward device will lack …

Smartwatches

HoloLens: The hands on experience

Let’s get this out of the way: Microsoft HoloLens is not exactly a holographic system, but don’t hold that against it. The reality of Microsoft’s …