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Here's How The World's Most Advanced Missile-Defense System Works

With its unmatched precision, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) can equalize tensions around the world with its mobility and strategic battery-unit placement: In April 2013, the Pentagon deployed a THAAD battery to Guam in order to deter North Korean provocations and further defend …

Military

Apple just patented a wearable camera that’s better than GoPro

Shares of GoPro stock plummeted as much as 15% this afternoon after it was announced that Apple was awarded a patent that could put the wearable camera company in serious trouble.<p>Apple was granted a series of 34 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today relating to a camera system that …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Iraq Hasn't Exported This Much Oil Since 1980

Iraq exported 91.141 million barrels of oil in December for an average of 2.94 million barrels per day, the highest daily average since 1980, Assem Jihad told AFP, citing initial figures.<p>December exports were far and away the highest in 2014, eclipsing the previous best month by more than 11 …

Oil

The IRS Can Seize Tons Of Your Cash If You Deposit It The Wrong Way

The Institute for Justice is challenging the IRS' use of civil forfeiture, which allows the government to seize assets it suspects have been illegally obtained. It's often local police departments that seize people's cash, but the IRS has also used civil forfeiture law to take money directly from …

Finance

Here's What We Should Learn From Nigeria's Incredible Effort To Shut Down Ebola

Americans need only look to Nigeria to calm their fears about an Ebola outbreak in the US.<p>Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, can provide a "hopeful roadmap to overall containment," NBC News noted in a recent report.<p>Nigeria is much closer to the epicenter of the outbreak than the US is, …

Disease

In 2 Sentences, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff Explains Why Something Called ‘Analytics’ Is The Hot New Thing

The big new product release of this year's Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual conference in San Francisco, was a new cloud analytics platform called "Wave."<p>Wave is Salesforce's first business intelligence and data analytics software. It collects and analyzes all the data sitting in the user's database …

Marc Benioff

Microsoft’s $29.6 billion scam: Tech giant leads the way in tax-avoiding innovation

More and more companies who enjoy huge benefits operating in the U.S. are trying to weasel their way out of taxes<p>Reading companies' annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork. …

10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

Science Fiction

Popcorn Time can now stream torrents to your Apple TV

Popcorn Time is Hollywood’s worst nightmare: a Netflix for torrents that streams the hottest movies right to your Mac or PC.<p>Now, it’s become even more nightmarish for the industry. It will now stream torrented movies directly to the Apple TV.<p>As a reminder, Popcorn Time is a cross-platform movie and …

Popcorn Time

Shock Tape and Sticks: Delhi Residents Battle Thousands of Terrorizing Monkeys

NEW DELHI, India — Madi is a bully. He has three-inch canines that glisten when he snarls.<p>And that’s a good thing, says his owner, Niraj.<p>Madi is a langur — a large, grey monkey with a black face and ears, endemic to South Asia. Big and menacing, he’s able to scare off this city’s 30,000 smaller, …

India

California's Drought Is 'The Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen,' And The Effects Will Be Severe

California is one of the U.S.'s biggest food producers — responsible for almost half the country's produce and nuts and 25% of our milk and cream. Eighty percent of the world's almonds come from the state, and they take an extraordinary amount of water to produce — 1.1 gallons per almond.<p>But this …

San Joaquin Valley

Americans' baby photos and resumes among NSA spy haul

Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs.<p>That's according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to The Washington …

Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet

Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day<p>Halfway through 2014, and the influence of technology and Silicon Valley on culture, politics and the economy is arguably bigger than ever -- and certainly more hotly debated. Here are Salon's choices …

A Google Employee Says Google Employees Are Too Confident, And Too Isolated From The Real World

At his blog, Apenwarr, Google Fiber engineer Avery Pennarun is largely complimentary of Google and its employees: "I continue to be amazed at the overall smartness of people at this place. Overall, very nearly everybody, across the board, surprises or impresses me with how smart they are."<p>However, …

Self-improvement

15 Billionaires Who Were Once Dirt Poor

All from humble beginnings, these 15 people not only climbed to the top of their industries but also became some of the richest people in the world.<p>Although the rich do get richer, these rags-to-riches stories remind us that through determination, grit, and a bit of luck anyone can overcome their …

Li Ka-shing

4 signs the economy is about to tank

The Commerce Department recently revised its estimate of U.S. economic growth, announcing that the economy actually shrank at a 2.9% annualized rate …

Millions of tons of ocean plastic have gone missing

New study suggests animals are eating our garbage<p>For a decade or more, scientists have assumed our seas carry millions of tons of plastic, much of which should be floating in open water, forming vast midocean "gyres" — islands of man-made mess such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But according …

Saudi Arabia Passes Domestic Abuse Ban For First Time

In a historic move, Saudi Arabia banned domestic abuse this week, outlawing any form of abuse at home or in the workplace.<p>The Council of Ministers' approval of the law Monday marks the first time the country has officially recognized domestic violence as a punishable crime. Offenders may face up to …

Wall Street’s greatest enemy: The man who knows too much

What Michael Winston knows about corporate crimes will horrify you. That’s why financial giants want to destroy him<p>You may know Michael Winston’s story from a series of articles by Gretchen Morgenson in the New York Times, or from a celebrated Frontline episode, “The Untouchables,” about the lack …

Preloaded Chip and PIN card returns, now can carry several currencies

Travelex again is offering a preloaded Chip and PIN card for the traveler abroad, but this one allows you to carry five kinds of currency concurrently.<p>Say hello to the Multi-Currency Cash Passport Prepaid MasterCard, which allows you to carry British pounds, euros, Canadian dollars, Japanese yen …

Identity Theft

Fannie Mae's $10 Billion Profit Heading Straight To Treasury

A sharp rise in U.S. home prices helped bolster second-quarter results at Fannie Mae, swelling profits to more than $10 billion.<p>The government-backed mortgage finance company recorded net income of $10.1 billion and comprehensive income of $10.3 billion, which Chief Executive Tim Mayopoulos …

Starved polar bear perished due to record sea-ice melt, says expert

Climate change has reduced ice in the Arctic to record lows in the past year, forcing animals to range further in search of food<p>A starved polar bear found found dead in Svalbard as "little more than skin and bones" perished due to a lack of sea ice on which to hunt seals, according to a renowned …

The apps that Apple does not want you to use

They are the applications that Apple has tried to stop the world from using.<p>With more than 700,000 apps available for download, perhaps Apple can afford to be picky, but some of those to be banned show Apple’s squeamishness for nudity, bodily functions and upsetting important people.<p><b>Send me to</b> …

Barack Obama