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Spray-On Solar Cells Cheaper to Manufacture

A team of researchers from the University of Alberta developed a cost-effective solar cell — made with spray-paint like synthetics.<p>Jillian Buriak, a …

NSA reforms threatened by 'business-as-usual brigade', Ron Wyden warns

The Democratic senator leading congressional efforts to rein in the National Security Agency warned on Wednesday that senior intelligence and administration officials will attempt to block any meaningful change while publicly speaking the language of reform.<p>Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate …

Iran parliament denies 'uranium surplus' report

<b>Iran's parliament has denied reports that the country has a surplus of enriched uranium and plans to use this as a bargaining tool at nuclear talks.</b><p>The Associated Press attributed the claims to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in an interview ahead of high-level talks in Geneva.<p>But MPs said the …

U.S. cuts Egypt military aid, won't end it

Comments come amid reports that aid would be halted to pressure the military.<p>WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will cut a quarter billion dollars in aid to Egypt to register displeasure over the military's pace of restoring democracy following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.<p>State …

Wall Street Is Not Too Worried Debt Default Will Actually Happen

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>The Washington Post</i>'s Wonkblog looked at six different financial indicators and found that while …

3 years after BP blast, big oil busy in the gulf

In October 2010, the Obama administration lifted its five-month ban on deepwater drilling in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico following BP's disastrous oil spill. Three years later, global oil companies are flocking back to the deepest waters of the gulf, snatching up oil leases and drilling permits at a …

Global warming sceptics using media campaign to discredit IPCC

Lord Lawson's campaign group for climate change sceptics, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, has been executing a carefully co-ordinated campaign with its media and political allies to discredit and misrepresent the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.<p>On 27 September, the …

GOLDMAN: If The Debt Ceiling Isn't Raised And The Treasury Runs Out Of Cash, Then Say Goodbye To 4.2% Of GDP*

The government shutdown is the result of Congress' failure to make a budget deal.<p>However, the shutdown has taken attention away from a much bigger policy risk: the impending debt ceiling, which is when the U.S. Treasury is no longer able to borrow money by issuing debt.<p>Economists as well as …

Costs for new nuclear facility skyrocket as critics question its creation

Plans for a new facility that will handle, dismantle and secure nuclear material are in a major meltdown.<p>The price tag attached to the country’s largest uranium processing facility under the direction of the Department of Energy has climbed to more than 19 times its original estimate. What’s worse …

Government Shutdown Blame? Poll Fingers Republicans And Democrats

Although Democrats and Republicans both have been embarrassed by their leaked comments about which side is "winning" the shutdown debate, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that both sides are losing, at least as far as public opinion on who's responsible.<p>According to the survey, 25 percent of …

Shutdown: The right's new litmus test

In 2010, a candidate’s stance on the Wall Street bailout was the litmus test that separated real conservatives from RINOs, or Republicans in Name Only.<p>This spring, it was comprehensive immigration reform. Anyone who supports it, the reaction on the right went, should be viewed with suspicion at …

Warlords and politicians rush to register for Afghanistan presidential election

Nominations for Afghanistan’s presidential elections closed on Sunday with a flurry of last minute applications, dire predictions of rigging and a host of familiar faces vying for office.<p>Donors view the elections, which will be held in April, as a crucial indicator of progress after more than a …

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In Venezuela, 'la revolucion' has turned into 'la crisis'

In 2007, José Rafael purchased a used Chevy truck for about $3,200 bucks. Today, he could sell that truck for nearly $24,000 dollars.<p>Rafael isn't exaggerating, at least not about the prices. In August, Venezuela’s yearly inflation hit more than 45 percent. Its scarcity index jumped to 20 percent, …

Iran Says It Has Arrested 4 In Nuclear Sabotage Plot

Iran has arrested four people who it says were intent on sabotaging facilities in its nuclear program. The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says the four are now being questioned.<p>"Some time ago, a number of people were arrested in one of the (nuclear) facilities when they were …

Binyamin Netanyahu: occupation is not cause of conflict

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said there will never be peace with the Palestinians until they recognise Israel as a Jewish state, and has dismissed Israel's military occupation of Palestinian land and the growth of Israeli settlements as the root cause of the conflict.<p>In an …

Syria's chemical weapons destruction on track, US and Russia agree

The United States and Russia are "very pleased" with progress in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stocks, US secretary of state John Kerry said on Monday. He offered some rare, if qualified, US praise for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.<p>Kerry, speaking at a press conference with Russian foreign …

Boehner: House to demand spending cuts to avoid default

Positions harden as the partial government shutdown enters second week.<p>WASHINGTON – The partial government shutdown headed into its second week with no sign of resolution to the bitter stalemate as key Republicans in Congress on Sunday linked the current budget impasse to the looming confrontation …

No End In Sight: Shutdown Showdown Enters Week 2

The second week of the shutdown is, so far, looking a lot like Week 1. Even so, here are a few data points that might be worth your attention:<p><b>U.S. civilian defense workers heading back to work on Monday</b><p>As The Two-Way's Bill Chappell reported earlier, the Department of Defense is ordering most of …

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Fill 'er up: Gas prices drop towards $3/gallon

Now's the time to go for a drive.<p>The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 13.78 cents in the last two weeks, as refiners continued to pass on lower crude oil prices, according to the Lundberg survey.<p>The average price of just over $3.38 per gallon was down about 45 cents …