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Mexican Truck Thieves and Cobalt-60, Explained

After news broke of a bizarre truck theft in Mexico, in which the truck was carrying a radioactive source of cobalt-60, media reports said the unlucky thieves were already exposed to a fatal dose. How can that be? Nuclear safety expert and PopMech contributor Andy Karam explains.<p><b>As a radiation</b> …

Fewer teens smoke but more use e-cigarettes, hookahs

The good news is that fewer young people are smoking cigarettes. The bad news is that more are turning to other tobacco products such as hookahs or waterpipes.<p>Fewer U.S. teens are smoking cigarettes, but more are getting a nicotine fix from hookahs and electronic cigarettes, the Centers for Disease …

Potato power: the spuds that could light the world

With a simple trick, the humble spud can be made into a battery, so could potato powered homes catch on?<p>Mashed, boiled, baked or fried? You probably have a preference for your potatoes. Haim Rabinowitch, however, likes his spuds “hacked”.<p>For the past few years, researcher Rabinowitch and colleagues …

Clean Energy

NSA 'monitored 60m Spanish calls in a month'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1023000/1023448_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522296451_e24b1d4ececf6fa2e1522b0087957aaf<p><b>The US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month, Spanish media say.</b><p>The reports say the latest …

Surveillance

Jeep crash in China's Tiananmen Square leaves five dead

Tourists and police among dozens injured as vehicle hits crowd and bursts into flames outside Forbidden City in Beijing<p>Five people were killed and dozens injured when a jeep ploughed through a crowd, crashed and caught fire in Tiananmen Square, central Beijing, the site of a bloody crackdown on …

No, America is not a Christian nation

Why is the Right so obsessed with pushing revisionist history?<p>It’s common to hear conservatives say things like Paul Ryan did during the campaign: “Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.” Liberals shrug most of the time when they hear such rhetoric. It sounds like an empty …

Activist Drone Catches Pigeon Shooters

Hobbyists turns their flying robot on local polluters.<p>Shooting clay pigeons is a popular U.S. sport, appealing to everyone from President Obama on down. In Pennsylvania, the thrill of shooting flying clay out of the air isn't enough for everyone. Some gun clubs have organized pigeon shoots, where …

Drones

U.N. Security Council reaches Syria resolution

Diplomats say major hurdle overcome in negotiations over dismantling Assad’s chemical weapons<p>UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The five permanent members of the divided Security Council appear to have reached agreement on a resolution to require Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons stockpiles, U.N. …

Golden Rice Study Violated Ethical Rules, Tufts Says

Tufts University announced Tuesday that one of its researchers broke ethical rules while carrying out a study of genetically modified "golden rice" in China.<p>According to the Tufts report, the scientific conclusions of the study remain valid. The researchers had found that a single bowl of this rice …

How to tackle gaming's lack of racial diversity

The Entertainment Software Association recently launched a scholarship program designed to provide game-development career opportunities to young minority students. In conjunction with African-American and Hispanic organizations, the ESA will offer 20 scholarships to minority students as part of a …

Associated Press News

Internet Superhero Cory Doctorow's Plan to Thwart the NSA

The government won't even let businesses disclose that it has made data requests. Here's a way around one of the intelligence community's most depraved practices.<p>Internet superhero Cory Doctorow*, rendered above by XKCD's Randall Munroe, has taken to the pages of <i>The Guardian</i> to distill why the NSA …

Apotheon's ancient pottery adventure is a gift from the space Greeks

During the creation of <i>Apotheon</i>, a side-scrolling combat adventure game with an ancient Greek aesthetic, developer Alien Trap Games took an unusual path. What started out as a space shooter-platformer with a comic book style eventually evolved into something wildly different.<p>Alien Trap's latest …

Placed combines location data with viewing habits and finds some funny things

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Location analytics startup Placed has released a new report that ties the company’s fine-grained mobile-phone location data …