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Solar Panels

West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'

Exclusive: Senior negotiator describes rejection of alleged proposal – since which time tens of thousands have been killed and millions displaced<p>Russia proposed more than three years ago that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal, according to a senior …

Middle East

Crimea Celebrates Its First Anniversary Of Annexation By Russia

Soldiers of the honor guard prepare to march as people celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the decree on t<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Alexander …

Russia

Ukraine crisis: British trainers assist Ukrainian military

<b>British military personnel have started training members of the Ukrainian army fighting pro-Russian rebels, the BBC has learned.</b><p>The 35 trainers are working in the southern city of Mykolaiv and will spend about two months in the country.<p>They will train forces in eastern Ukraine in medicine and …

Russia

Is Titan submarine the most daring space mission yet?

<b>Dropping a robotic lander on to the surface of a comet was arguably one of the most audacious space achievements of recent times.</b><p>But one concept mission being studied by the US space agency could top even that.<p>Scientists are proposing to send a robot submarine to the oily seas of Saturn's moon …

Astronomy

Russia offers to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Iran

Tehran said to be considering offer, which could have an impact on nuclear talks approaching a deadline next month<p>Russia has reportedly offered to sell Iran powerful and advanced anti-aircraft missiles in a deal that could have an impact on nuclear talks approaching a deadline next month.<p>Sergei …

South Asia

Flow Hive Extracts Honey On Tap Without Disturbing Bees

A new invention by father-and-son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson could drastically change the way we harvest honey from beehives. Created and tested by the Australia-based beekeeper duo over the last decade, the Flow Hive uses specially designed honeycomb frames and a spigot system to extract honey …

Beekeeping

US and UK accused of hacking Sim card firm to steal codes

<b>US and British intelligence agencies hacked into a major manufacturer of Sim cards in order to steal codes that facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a US news website says.</b><p>The Intercept says the revelations came from US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>The Dutch company …

Surveillance

New Android malware makes your phone look like it’s off, and then spies on you

AVG has discovered a new Android malware threat, dubbed PowerOffHijack, that has a very unique feature: it hijacks the shutdown process. After PowerOffHijack makes it looks like your phone is off, it then proceeds to spy on you.<p>In other words, when you hit the power off button, your mobile device …

Russian bomber flew inland over Cornwall, witness claims

Bodmin woman who spotted planes while taking driving lesson contradicts official position that Russians did not enter UK airspace<p>At least one of the two Russian Bear bombers that were escorted away from the Cornish coast entered British airspace, a witness has claimed, contrary to the official …

Russian Military

Blind Man with New Bionic Eye Sees His Wife for the First Time in a Decade

It's a medical miracle and a romance story all wrapped up in one. With a degenerative eye disease that slowly stole his sight over a twenty year period, Allen Zderad didn't think he would see his wife or his grandchildren ever again. Allen has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease affecting the …

Breakthroughs

Ukraine: UK and EU 'badly misread' Russia

<b>The UK and the EU have been accused of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin in the run-up to the crisis in Ukraine.</b><p>The House of Lords EU committee claimed Europe "sleepwalked" into the crisis.<p>The EU had not realised the depth of Russian hostility to its plans for closer relations …

Russia

Lenovo posts Superfish removal instructions, fails to acknowledge severity of problem

After reporting Lenovo was installing adware on user’s computers that contained a worrying security hole yesterday, the company has today posted detailed information on how to remove the software.<p>The company has provided a PDF that walks users through uninstalling the Superfish software itself, as …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Poroshenko spells out peace plan but Ukraine truce fails to stop fighting

He has declared a week-long unilateral ceasefire.<p>But with fighting still raging in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko visited the headquarters of the military operation being coordinated against pro-Russian separatists who have refused to lay down their arms.<p>He has also given more details …

Obama urges Putin to make choice over Ukraine

President Barack Obama wants Vladimir Putin to take steps to rebuild the trust shattered by Russia's actions in Ukraine.<p>Obama's comment came as he visited Poland on Tuesday, the first stop on his three-country European trip which is intended, in part, to reassure allies in Eastern Europe unnerved …

The Future Of America’s Roads: Smart Streets, Cars That Communicate

Population growth paired with a lack of “appetite for investment” in transportation systems means big challenges for Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. His solution? Creativity, cars that talk to each other, and a data innovation challenge.<p>When Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the …

Transportation

Robot Truck Convoy Tested In Nevada

Optimus Prime came home and got a day job.<p>Like Olympic skiers racing in single file to reduce air resistance, two 18-wheeler trucks in Nevada recently proved that uncomfortably close convoys can save drivers fuel and money. The key, instead of bold Olympic athleticism, is robotic assistance. A …

Driverless Cars

Pro-Russian Separatists In East Ukraine Left Stumped By Putin's Surprise Comments

The Russian president called for an independence referendum to be postponed and said Russia had withdrawn its troops from the border with Ukraine.<p>DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine scrambled on Wednesday to make sense of surprise remarks from Russian President Vladimir …

Ukraine close to war, says Germany

Germany has formally advised its citizens to leave east and south Ukraine because it is just a "few steps" away from war<p><b>Ukraine</b> is only a "few steps" away from "military confrontation", the German foreign minister warned on Tuesday, as his country formally advised its citizens to leave the eastern …

New Evidence: Russian Spies Backed Kiev's Killers

Following on a Daily Beast report, Ukrainian authorities say that Russian advisers and ex-President Yanukovych played a direct role in the slaughter …

Hubert Védrine : cinq propositions pour sortir de la crise ukrainienne

Soldat russe devant un bâtiment officiel à Simferopol, la capitale de la Crimée, le 5 mars 2014 - Julia Kochetova/Pacific P/SIPA<p>L’ancien ministre des …

Kerry Hints at Progress in Ukraine Talks

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Russia

Ukraine crisis: EU leaders to hold emergency talks

<b>EU leaders are to begin an emergency summit to decide how strongly they should respond to Russia's troop deployment in Ukraine's Crimea region.</b><p>Some members, particularly from Eastern Europe, want tough sanctions, while others, led by Germany, seek mediation.<p>Ahead of the talks, the EU said it had …

Russia

Hillary Clinton Compares Russian Moves In Crimea To What Hitler Did In The 1930s [Reports]

Last week, the lower house of the Kremlin's legislature passed a bill that would allow "Russian-speaking citizens of the former USSR, irrespective of nationality, who are in danger of a real threat of ethno-cultural, political, or professional discrimination" to acquire Russian citizenship.<p>"Now if …

Russia

Stylish Eco-Friendly Villas Renew More Than They Consume

In the city of Kunming located in Southwest China, Vincent Callebaut Architectures has designed 45 stunning villas they call Flavours Orchard. Determined to pioneer an eco-friendly lifestyle, the stylish structures are meant to encourage a close and intimate relationship with the natural …

Panoramic Photography