Brandon Lesko

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Nuclear Fusion Just Got a Little Closer to Becoming a Reality

When physicists first split the atom in 1938, in the process known as nuclear fission, the feat led very quickly to the bombs that destroyed …

Where were you when Kennedy for iPhone was released?

A minimalist journal that helps you contextualize your memories<p>There's no shortage of apps that want to help you document your life, but there are none quite like Kennedy. The critically acclaimed app Day One has carved out a niche for itself as the go-to journalling app for iOS users, offering a …

North Korea 'summons business people from China'

<b>North Korean business people are being recalled from China following the execution of top official, Chang Song-thaek, says a South Korean report.</b><p>Leader Kim Jong-un may be purging associates of Mr Chang, who was in charge of economic ties with China.<p>Mr Kim has been pictured by state media for the …

Vladimir Putin defends anti-gay laws as bastion of global conservatism

Vladimir Putin has defended Russia's anti-gay laws in his annual address to both chambers of the Russian parliament.<p>In an apparent reference to the laws banning "propaganda of non-traditional relations", the Russian president said that on the international arena Russia sees itself as a defender of …

Silvio Berlusconi threatens 'revolution' if he is jailed

Silvio Berlusconi says he is not afraid but says it will be difficult to put him in jail in Italy<p><b>Silvio Berlusconi</b>, Italy's former prime minister, has claimed that there would be a "revolution" in Italy if he was jailed for tax fraud.<p>In an interview with France's Europe 1 radio, he was asked if he …

The NSA Isn't Ready to Stop Spying on You

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander stated during a hearing on Wednesday that the …

Japan condemned for 'secret' executions

Japan has carried out another round of "secret" executions, bringing to eight the number of inmates sent to the gallows under the year-old administration of Shinzo Abe.<p>Media reports said two men had been hanged in the fourth round of executions since Abe took office last December. Previous hangings …

Are tornadoes getting stronger?

<b>Two f5 tornadoes strike a highway in Alabama.</b><p>A new study out of Florida State University offers conflicting data, but one researcher says it’s a safe bet<p>Mark Fischetti<p>December 12, 2013 1:45pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Sometimes scientists can’t help …

Arctic melt slowed this year, but don’t get too excited

<b>(jo Crebbin/Shutterstock)</b><p>An unusually cool summer does little to counteract the overall trend of global warming<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 12, 2013 8:21pm (UTC)<p>A decade of record-breaking melting and greening in the Arctic was cut short this year by an unusually cool summer, the National Oceanic and …

Reporters Revolt Over White House Press Access

Press Secretary Jay Carney got an earful today from a frustrated White House press corps, as reporters revolted against what they described as …

The 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Has Now Been Suppressed for 1 Year

It cost $40 million to produce, documents serious wrongdoing, and doesn't threaten national security. Team Obama won't release it.<p>One year ago today, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt a 6,000-page report on the CIA rendition, detention, and interrogation program that led to torture. …

'Despicable human scum': North Korea's statement on execution – in full

"Upon hearing the report on the enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, the service personnel and people throughout the country broke into angry shouts that a stern judgment of the revolution should be meted out to the anti-party, …

Obamacare: One punt after another

Why do Republicans even bother trying to delay Obamacare? President Barack Obama’s doing it all by himself.<p>On Thursday, the Obama administration gave customers permission to pay their premiums as late as Dec. 31 for coverage that starts Jan. 1, and officially gave customers an extra week — until …

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Uruguay's president José Mujica: no palace, no motorcade, no frills

If anyone could claim to be leading by example in an age of austerity, it is José Mujica, Uruguay's president, who has forsworn a state palace in favour of a farmhouse, donates the vast bulk of his salary to social projects, flies economy class and drives an old Volkswagen Beetle.<p>But the former …

Was North Korea's No. 2 Killed For Not Clapping Hard Enough?

As outsiders try to figure out why North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed this week, they're focusing on a couple things. According to NPR's Frank Langfitt:<p>-- There seems have been "a lot of genuine personal dislike" between Kim and Jang Song Thaek, the uncle and until this week …

'Historic' snow storms spread havoc and misery across the Middle East

The worst snow storms since 1953 have caused chaos in Israel and the Palestinian territories and exacerbated an already severe crisis among Syrian refugees<p><b>The Middle East</b> was hit with its heaviest snow storms in 60 years yesterday, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Syria and forcing Israel to …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

Homesick Owls Confusing Airports With Arctic Tundra

A record number of migrating snowy owls are causing trouble at U.S. airports.<p>Despite their renowned wisdom, snowy owls migrating south are mistaking airport runways for safe habitat, putting themselves, and air travelers, at risk.<p>Right now, perhaps the largest ever number of Arctic snowy owls—yes, …

Exclusive: McCain Flies to Ukraine as Protests Rage

Sen. John McCain will become the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Ukraine since government violence against street protestors engulfed its …

White House ignores 'lie of the year' award

The White House is not rushing to claim President Obama's latest award: Lie of the year.<p>White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday the administration is focused on putting its health care plan in place; he declined to discuss the declaration by the fact-checking website PolitiFact of its annual …

Earth’s Ozone on Bumpy Road to Recovery

Weather effects surprisingly shape the Antarctic ozone hole.<p><b>Last year the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica was surprisingly small. But don't get used to that, say atmospheric scientists. Rather than signaling a speedy recovery, the shrinkage was likely a sign of variable weather.</b><p><b>The ozone</b> …

Rodman's North Korea trip still on

Dennis Rodman plans to travel to North Korea next week to train its basketball team, a trip unaffected by the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle.<p>Jang Song Thaek's execution, announced early Friday in Pyongyang, marked an unprecedented fall from grace of one of the most powerful figures in the …

Bitcoin Gets Valued: Bank Of America Puts A Price Target On The Virtual Tender

Virtual currency Bitcoin has no central authority, no national allegiance and no easy tracking mechanism. While enthusiasts have lauded it as an escape from the man (aka. the banks and government), detractors have argued that the system opens the door for money laundering, drug trading and even …

John Kerry Urges Israel, Palestinians To Make Peace Like Mandela

By David Brunnstrom<p>BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel, Dec 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry closed another Middle East troubleshooting mission on Friday by urging Israel and the Palestinians to follow Nelson Mandela's lead and make peace.<p>The death on Thursday of Mandela, who fought …

Good News: Unemployment Drops to 7 Percent

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November as the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent, …

Illuminating The Billion Dollar U.S. Intelligence Budget: Project SpyLighter Documents NSA Surveillance Technology

Documents released by the U.S. National Security Agency in the last couple of months, following successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as part of a new crowdsourcing project called SpyLighter, reveal the agency purchased products from Packet Forensics and VUPEN Security in 2010 and …