Curt Keisler

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High-flying tech startups like Snapchat and Uber are getting humbled

For the past year, it has been nearly impossible to get tech startups to shut up about how much they're worth.<p>The bragging is as public as it is …

Venture Capital

How To Build A 400sqft Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin For $2k

Basic information on solar energy<p>Solar energy is one of the world’s best and largest natural resources. Solar power is said to be green since, in …

‘I Have a Dream’: New audio sheds light on MLK's iconic speech

A never-before heard recording of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. captures what historians believe is the birth of the “I Have a Dream” speech that would become one of the iconic speeches of the 20th century.<p>The recording was made on Nov. 27, 1962, in a high-school gymnasium in Rocky …

Guantanamo hunger striker nearing death | Human Rights

Tariq Ba Odah is 1.62 metres tall, but weighs only 33.7 kilogrammes.<p>He does not want to die. But in peaceful protest of his detention, Ba Odah has not eaten voluntarily since 2007, maintaining one of the longest-running hunger strikes at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>For the 36-year-old …

Unauthorized Drone Reports Soaring Into the Clouds, FAA Says

Airplane and helicopter pilots are being beset by drones, and the Federal Aviation Administration wants them to buzz off.<p>Pilots' reports of unmanned aircraft this year have already more than doubled all of the reports filed last year, the FAA said Wednesday — from 238 in all of 2014 to more than …

Campaign begins to preserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit

A fundraising campaign has been launched to preserve the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong wore when he became the first person to walk on the Moon.<p>The US National Air and Space Museum in Washington wants to raise $500,000 to help safeguard the spacesuit and build a climate-controlled display …

Scientists Now Know Why People Scream

A baby wails upon an airplane’s liftoff, a person shrieks when he stumbles upon something shocking, a kid throws a tantrum because she wants to get …

Japan's elderly cause more crime than the young

More pensioners behind crimes, including violent incidents such as murder<p>Japanese police took action against more pensioners than juveniles in the first six months of the year, underlining the dramatic changes in a society that is ageing rapidly.<p>A total of 23,656 people aged 65 or older were …

FDA strengthens heart safety warnings on popular pain relievers

Federal health regulators are bolstering warning labels on popular pain relievers to reflect new information about their risks of heart attack and stroke.<p>The changes announced Thursday apply to prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, including arthritis treatments like …

Nazi Telegram That Drove Hitler to Suicide Discovered in South Carolina Safe

And it just sold at auction.<p>A document that changed the course of World War II collected dust for years inside a safe in South Carolina, allegedly because the owner couldn't read German. <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> reports that a telegram from Nazi second-in-command Hermann Goering to Adolf Hitler just sold …

Russia bringing back Cold War mini-subs, report says

Russia is reportedly bringing back a fleet of Cold War-era mini-submarines, a move that could ramp up tensions with the West.<p>Moscow is set to bring back the Cold War-era Piranha-class midget subs as part of a $350 million military spending spree, according to the U.K.’s Daily Express. An unnamed …

Astronomers discover 'monster black holes'

Discovery suggests there may be millions more 'supermassive' black holes in the universe than were previously thought<p>Five monster black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.<p>The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" …

Mass Killings Inspire Copycats, Study Finds

Police have said so for years and now scientists have measured the effect: Mass shootings and school attacks do inspire copycats.<p>As many as 20 to 30 percent of attacks are set off by other attacks, according to researchers at Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University. The effect …

Officials in Central Russia Have Banned Yoga Because They Think It's an Evil Cult

Officials in the central Russian city of Nizhnevartovsk have called off all yoga classes held in both private and municipal facilities as part of a …

Peace statue sculptor faces jail for ‘criticizing’ Turkish president

When Turkish artist Mehmet Aksoy built his “Monument to Humanity” he built it out of love. His family is of Armenian descent, and it was a gesture of reconciliation between two countries on an issue that’s loomed large in their relations and politics for a century.<p>“We Turks and Armenians are …

'We could wipe out polio by 2019,' says Bill Gates

Malaria and polio could be eradicated within 15 years, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist says<p>Philanthropist Bill Gates believes that the diseases malaria and polio could be eradicated within the next 15 years, with polio gone as soon as 2019.<p>Speaking at a Global Citizen event on combating …

Public Health

Man who created the pink flamingo lawn ornament dies

Don Featherstone created the kitsch icon that is still beloved today back in 1957<p>The Massachusetts man who invented the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament, which went from a 1960s craze to a kitsch icon, died this week aged 79, his widow said on Tuesday.<p>Donald Featherstone was just out of art …

Decorations

South Carolina Lawmaker: I'll Introduce Legislation To Remove Confederate Flag Outside Statehouse

A South Carolina state representative says he plans to sponsor legislation in the next session to take down the Confederate flag that flies in front of the state Capitol.<p>“I had a friend die Wednesday night for no reason other than he was a black man,” GOP State Rep. Norman “Doug” Brannon told …

The Catholic Church performed a country-wide exorcism on Mexico

The extreme violence, high number of abortions, and criminality associated with drug cartels prompted the church to carry out this unique kind of exorcism.<p>The special ritual took place last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí and Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of …

DNA says 8,500-year-old 'Kennewick Man' closely related to Native Americans

DNA analysis of an 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Washington state 19 years ago says the so-called "Kennewick Man" is related to Native Americans, marking the latest twist in a long-running dispute over its custody.<p>Most scientists trace modern native groups to Siberian ancestors who arrived by …

Photo of twin tornadoes was storm chaser's 'unicorn' shot

Hail as big as golf balls slammed into him as drenching rain fell, but none of that mattered. Weather photographer Kelly DeLay sensed this was his moment to capture the kind of rare natural phenomenon that fuels the adrenaline of a storm chaser.<p>And at 7:04 p.m. on June 4, DeLay snapped the …

Microsoft to open source its popular Live Writer blogging tool [Update: Maybe]

Recent incompatibility issued showed that it still has plenty of fans.<p>Microsoft plans to open source its Windows Live Writer tool in the coming …

Hubble watches the loneliest galaxy

Not all space is created equal.<p>In fact, much like animals, galaxies and stars tend to cluster together, not by survival instinct, but by each other's gravity, creating clusters and rivers of celestial objects.<p>The Milky Way galaxy, for instance, belongs to a cluster of galaxies we call the Local …

Cosmology

Arrested Mount Kinabalu 'nudist' admits 'stupidity'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1173000/1173127_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524639289_b27fada54e2af8d49a35009d49f39446<p><b>A British woman arrested for posing naked on Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu has admitted she was "stupid and disrespectful", her father says.</b><p>Eleanor …

Elon Musk's plan to put the Internet in space moves to launch pad

Elon Musk's SpaceX has asked the FCC to let it start testing a new Internet service, delivered to customers from space.<p>Last month, Musk petitioned the government to launch up to eight prototype satellites into space. They would be equipped with antennas that would send an Internet signal back down …

Chinese Actress Sued for Her Intense Stare

Zhao Wei, one of the most famous stars in China, has been sued for staring too intensely at the plaintiff through the television screen.<p>A new court regulations system was passed in China, which authorities hoped would "put an end to obstructive behavior by courts and officials meddling in cases," …

Texas officer on leave after video shows him pushing teen to ground, pointing gun at others

A suburban Dallas police officer has been placed on leave after a video showed him pushing a 14-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground outside a pool and pointing his gun at other black teens.<p>McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said at a news conference Sunday that the incident began when officers …

Gov't makes it easier for Corinthian students to erase debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will make it easier for more students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges to get rid of their …