Megan Krusor

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Mohamed Morsi protest camps face closure by Egypt security forces

Security officials said on Sunday night that forces would besiege two protest camps in Cairo supporting the country's ousted president within 24 hours.<p>One official suggested action against the sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi could happen as early as daybreak on …

Big Pic: Astronauts Practice For Space In An Italian Cave

It's gorgeous down there.<p>Who are these (other)worldly folks? They're a team of European Space Agency scientists, and they're visiting an extensive underground cave system in Sardinia, Italy.<p>The team is preparing for the world's most hardcore company trip. Every year, the European Space Agency sends …

How to make homemade Nutella

Homemade mustard, ketchup and mayo -- the mantra today is make it, don't buy it. But would you dare toy with the No. 1 after-school snack of Europe? …

Supreme Court Denies California Delay On Prisoner Release

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant California an extension on an order issued by the justices more than two years ago for the state to release some 10,000 inmates from its overcrowded prisons.<p>The high court's original May 2011 ruling held that congested conditions in the California's 33 …

Potential Whitey Bulger Witness Was Poisoned

Police in Massachusetts arrested a man they say poisoned Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who was a potential witness in the case against notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.<p>The important detail: <i>The Boston Globe</i> reports Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said they believe William Camuti, …

Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

A Virginia jury has recommended life in prison for three Somali pirates convicted of murdering four Americans seized from a sailing yacht off the coast of Africa in 2011.<p>The prosecution had sought the death penalty for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, who were …

Not My Job: Charles Frazier Gets Quizzed On Frasier Crane

There are plenty of small-town guys who stick around, get a boring job and dream of writing a great novel. And nothing ticks off those guys like the ones who actually pull it off: Charles Frazier's first novel, <i>Cold Mountain,</i> was an international best-seller, and he followed it up with <i>Thirteen Moons</i> …

10 Robots That Are Way More Athletic Than You

Oh, you're a pro swimmer? Well, Swumanoid's an Olympian.<p>Maybe you're really athletic. You're, say, a great basketball player, or you can do those fingertip push-ups the heroes do in kung-fu movies. That's great. But whatever you can do, our future machine-overlords can do better. For …

Apple slams government’s proposed punishment in ebook pricing case

As expected, Apple(s AAPL) has expressed its strong disagreement with the federal government’s proposed remedies in the ebook pricing case, which the …