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Household battery energy becomes tradeable

German household-scale battery maker Sonnenbatterie will soon enable buyers of its systems to trade energy with each other over the grid. It'll save …

Clean Energy

Russia deploys missiles in Syria; pilot denies straying into Turkish airspace

Russia ordered the deployment of sophisticated ground-to-air missiles in Syria on Wednesday, a day after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian SU-24 warplane that Ankara said had repeatedly violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.<p>The Kremlin also said it was moving the missile-carrying …

Exclusive: Russian troops join combat in Syria - sources | Reuters

MOSCOW/BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there said on Wednesday.<p>The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition they not be …

Middle East

Universal flu vaccine comes closer, scientists say

<b>Researchers say they are closer to developing a vaccine to give life-long protection against any type of flu, after promising trials in animals.</b><p>Two separate US teams have found success with an approach that homes in on a stable part of the flu virus.<p>That should remove the problem with current flu …

Public Health

The Secret to the Creamiest, Dreamiest Hummus

You could be making better hummus.<p>If it strikes you as a little weird that hummus received top billing as our 2015 Dish of the Year, then, well, you haven’t had chef Michael Solomonov’s. The incredibly rich, ineffably smooth version that he dishes up at Dizengoff, his bustling Philadelphia …

Vegan

Low vitamin-D genes linked to MS

<b>People genetically prone to low vitamin-D levels are at increased risk of multiple sclerosis, a large study suggests.</b><p>The findings, based on the DNA profiles of tens of thousands of people of European descent, add weight to the theory that the sunshine vitamin plays a role in MS.<p>Scientists are …

Vitamin D

Turkey - from reluctant observer to full player in IS fight

<b>What is Turkey's game?</b><p>Within a week, it has gone from a reluctant observer, abstaining from military action against so-called Islamic State, to full-blown military strikes against the group, opening up its bases to coalition attacks and, simultaneously, the first aerial bombing of PKK Kurdish …

Middle East

We Know Why Obama Changed U.S. Policy Toward Cuba. But Why Did Cuba Change Its Policy Toward the U.S.?

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

Cuba

7 Ways to Capture Someone’s Attention

Your long-term success depends on winning the attention of others. If your boss doesn’t notice your work, how will you get a promotion? If your team doesn’t listen to you, how can you lead effectively? And if you can’t capture the attention of clients, how does your business or career …

University of Michigan

3 Ways Leaders Accidentally Undermine Their Teams’ Creativity

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about where creativity comes from and how to nurture and grow it in a team. As a result, even well-meaning leaders can end up killing the creativity of a team when they need it most.<p>If your team is in the midst of solving a problem or generating a new …

Creativity

Reward Your Best Teams, Not Just Star Players

Yes, there is an “I” in team. But it stands for <i>incentives</i>. Discussing teamwork without identifying its incentives is akin to debating effective diets while ignoring willpower: the most important ingredient may be missing. Whether working in teams, groups or as individuals, people respond to …

Management

Erdogan looms large as Turkey's AK Party mulls coalition options | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Whether it teams up with the nationalist or secularist opposition, Turkey’s ruling AK Party must navigate the same obstacle in its search for a junior coalition partner: the ambition of President Tayyip Erdogan.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) looks on after arriving at …

South Asia

World's largest telescope to explore universe's deepest secrets

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the vast expanse of the universe, we are still trying to find our place. Is there anyone else out there? Where do we come from? Are there other habitable planets like our own?<p>These are just some of the questions astronomers and scientists grapple with on a daily basis.<p>Now they're rolling …

Telescopes

Conquering Digital Distraction

Sinan Koçaslan/iStockphoto<p>Digital overload may be the defining problem of today’s workplace. All day and night, on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, we’re bombarded with so many messages and alerts that even when we want to focus, it’s nearly impossible. And when we’re tempted to …

Productivity

Vivint Launches A New Home Automation System Complete With A Tiny Doorbell Camera

Home security and automation starts and ends with the front door. It needs to keep the bad guys out yet let the good guys in without hassle. Either a system gets it right or it doesn’t, and, until now, I had yet to see a system that’s truly impressive. Meet the Vivint Sky Smart Home — a home …

Home Security

9/11 truthers (naturally) wary of Osama bin Laden's conspiracy theory obsession

The revelation of the stranger elements of his personal library was dismissed by online theorists as ‘nonsense’ – because he’s been dead nearly 14 years<p>Obsessed with plots to ruin America, terrified of bugs implanted in tooth fillings or women’s clothing, and secluded away from even his confidants, …

Osama Bin Laden

Tesla’s New Strategy Is Over 100 Years Old

Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison did not invent the lightbulb. Twenty or so inventors and labs had already come up with similar designs when he patented his in 1879. What Edison really invented was affordable and accessible electric light.<p>Edison’s breakthrough was guided by a fundamental …

Tesla

Aviation experts dispute hacker’s claim he seized control of airliner mid-flight

Chris Roberts’s claim he accessed in-flight entertainment and flight systems from his seat is rubbished by Boeing and aviation experts<p>Security and aviation experts have rubbished claims that a hacker gained access to a plane’s flight controls through the in-flight entertainment system.<p>Hacker Chris …

Aviation

U.S. Secret Weapon Vs. ISIS: Garbagemen

Washington is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to teach Syrian rebels how to govern themselves, hoping what they learn will help them resist …

Hatton Garden safe deposit raid: police arrest nine suspects

Scotland Yard says highly valuable property from heist was found in raids on 12 addresses across London and Kent<p>Scotland Yard say they have found highly valuable property stolen during the Hatton Garden heist stashed in bags, following a series of coordinated police raids by more than 200 officers …

Crime

New report details consequences of alleging sexual assault in military

While serving in the US navy, Samantha Jarrett reported being raped. The man she accused was court martialed – and acquitted. Soon after, she left the service<p>For Samantha Jarrett, being called a bitch and a whore by fellow sailors she had counted as friends and brothers in arms was the least of her …

Human Rights

Should paper money be abolished? | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 18.05.2015

Few would doubt that money makes the modern world go round. But does money have to be physical banknotes and coins? After all, money is ultimately …

Iraqi militias head to Anbar after fall of provincial capital to Isis

Iraqi defence ministry says reinforcements on the way after Islamic State claims full control over Ramadi<p>Iraqi militias have begun mobilising towards the predominantly Sunni Anbar province in a belated effort to push back against Islamic State, which seized the region’s capital city on Sunday.<p>“We …

Middle East

Navy whistleblower on run after exposing alleged Trident safety failings

MoD launches investigation into claims of Able Seaman William McNeilly, who says he will hand himself into police<p>A Royal Navy submariner who blew the whistle on a catalogue of alleged security failings around the Trident nuclear programme has said he will hand himself in to police.<p>Able Seaman …

Royal Navy

Chechen teenager 'forced' to marry police chief amid growing row in Russia

Ceremony goes ahead despite claims 17-year-old was coerced into becoming second wife of man three times her age. Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber reports<p>A Chechen police chief married a 17-year-old at the weekend despite a growing outcry over claims that the teenager had been forced to wed the man, who …

Russia

Opinion: German federalism can also take a different form | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 25.10.2014

The premier of Saarland, Germany's smallest federal state, has used smart tactics to set off a national debate. In the middle of negotiations over …