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After PRISM, 'Boundless Informant' tool comes to light

Meet the U.S. National Security Agency's global intelligence tracking tool, Boundless Informant, the latest intelligence secret exposed by leaked information.<p>The stream of leaks revealing the U.S. National Security Agency's secrets carries on with the public outing of a powerful intelligence …

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What other countries can learn from Britain’s experience with China’s Huawei

Britain finds itself in an uncomfortable position: It doesn’t like the fact that Huawei, a large Chinese firm that manufactures telecoms equipment, is deeply embedded in what Britain calls its “critical national infrastructure,” which includes energy supply pipelines, transportation infrastructure, …

Huawei

Santa Monica shooting: Details emerge about gunman

June 08, 2013|By Louis Sahagun, Richard A. Serrano and Marisa Gerber<p>The shooting rampage that left five people dead in Santa Monica on Friday was a premeditated act by an emotionally troubled man who armed himself with high-powered weapons and at least 1,300 rounds of ammunition, law enforcement …

Santa Monica

US-China summit ends with accord on all but cyber-espionage

The Chinese contrition over cyber-attacks that Washington had hoped for failed to materialise, but historic talks between presidents Obama and Xi …

Every NFL Team's Biggest Scandal Ever

The National Football League has emerged as a billion-dollar organization both through the success of the sport and the entertainment value it brings. It's impressive how the league has persevered despite plenty of major scandals circulating in the sport, along with the inevitable troubles …

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Lions working on Stafford deal, but have a deadline

AP<p>Lions team president Tom Lewand described talks toward an extension for quarterback Matthew Stafford as a “very productive process,” but said if …

The 20 best TV sitcoms of all time – readers' choice

From Lucy Ricardo trying to make it into show business to four friends sitting in a diner talking about nothing, sitcoms have been one of TV …

8 Awesome Things We Learned About Bill Nye From His Reddit AMA

Amid chants of "Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!, the Science Guy himself logged on to Reddit yesterday afternoon to answer questions about science, his childhood, his favorite experiments, and a human mission to Mars. Despite a weird Gillette plug in his opening post, Bill Nye's latest AMA turned out …

Inconsistency In The Big Bang Theory Resolved

Previous measurements of lithium isotopes in the galaxy may not have been entirely accurate. Woops!<p>A team of scientists working at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii has solved one of the vital inconsistencies in the Big Bang theory, reconciling observed data with our current theoretical models of how …

What Would Antarctica Look Like If All The Ice Melted?

Spoiler: still not super hospitable.<p>Ever wondered what's underneath the ice--sometimes up to three kilometers thick--that covers Antarctica?<p>Until very recently, we weren't really sure; maps were based on guesses and older technology. But NASA just released a video showing the results of what's …

Green Light For Plan To Build World's Tallest Building At Record Speed

The 220-story, 2,750-foot, 90-day Sky City construction project is a go.<p>We've been following Chinese construction firm Broad Sustainable Building's ambitious plan to build the world's tallest skyscraper the city of Changsha for a while now, and it looks like they're making progress: the Chinese …

Infographic: This Is What's Causing Climate Change

Wow, maybe we should stop cutting down so many trees.<p>If you tried to list the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, you might say cars, or cows, or airplanes. Those are all major problem sources, but they're not the only ones, or even necessarily the biggest ones.<p>Ecofys, a sort of …

Could A Volcano Power America?

An ambitious experiment is underway to harness the heat of a volcano in central Oregon. The process is green, efficient... and causes earthquakes.<p>In October, at the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon, a team of scientists and engineers began pumping 11 million gallons of water underground, …

Nicaragua Enlists China To Build An Alternative To The Panama Canal

"A-UG!," a racing "oooog": Nicaragua!<p>After a century as an only child, the Panama Canal is about to get a sister. Nicaragua announced recently that it is awarding China a contract to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, a move that could have huge implications for everything from military …

A Racquet Made With The World's Strongest Material

Head's YouTek Graphene Speed Pro is one of the first racquets to deliver both crushing power and precise control.<p>For years, racquet designers at Head struggled with the same problem: They couldn't increase the power of their racquets without adding weight. The more weight a racquet has, the more …

Let's All Just Believe What This Shifty CIA-Funded Data-Collecting Company Says

Really: Why would they bother telling us the truth?<p>Palantir Technologies has denied, sort of, that it is involved in the massive PRISM scandal, in which the National Security Agency was found to have gotten access to massive amounts of user data from companies like Microsoft, Google, Verizon, and …

A Concise History Of The NSA's Online Spying Program PRISM

Crucial to the program? Online tech companies.<p>This was a bad week for spies, and a great week to find out how we were spied on. Following revelations Wednesday that Verizon handed over millions of call records to the National Security Administration, news broke Thursday that the FBI and NSA had …

Do Adults Keep Making New Brain Cells? Cold War-Era Radiation Reveals Answer

A different kind of carbon-14 dating<p>When the U.S. and Soviet Union tested nuclear weapons aboveground in the 1950s and 1960s, they left their mark on everyone alive at that time. The tests released unusual amounts of carbon-14 into the atmosphere, which people's cells would sometimes incorporate …

The Week In Numbers: World's Oldest Primate, Big Bang Mystery Solved, And More

<b>55 million years</b>: the age of the sedimentary rock strata in which scientists discovered this skeleton of a <i>Archicebus achilles</i>, the oldest-known primate fossil<p><b>90 days</b>: the record-breaking time in which a Chinese firm plans to build the world's next tallest building, the 2,750-foot, 220-story Sky City<p>…