Oliver Babcock

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The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Michigan Tech scientists build a $1,500 DIY metal 3D printer

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>More and more, it’s clear that 3D printers aren’t just for printing plastic. A team at Michigan …

Ukraine Moves To Join EU In Russia Snub

Ukrainian protesters have successfully forced the hand of their president, getting him to reconsider signing a trade deal with the European Union even if it means irking one Vladimir Putin in Moscow.<p>Once the bread basket of the old Soviet Union, the Ukraine is inching closer to the European Union …

The Iranian Nuclear Deal Is A Good One

This Thanksgiving had an extra reason to be thankful – the new deal between Iran and six superpowers. Last week, the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China (the P5+1 group) reached an interim deal with Iran to stop their nuclear weapons program. Four key provisions were …

Iran deal could shake up Middle East after generations of conflict

The interim deal between six leading world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme, agreed in late-night talks last weekend, could – if it bears fruit in the long term – transform the wider region; it could redraw the map of an area that has been gripped by conflict or the threat of conflict for …

Al-Qaida: US committed 'crime of piracy' by kidnapping Abu Anas al-Liby

Former spokesman for Osama bin Laden demands revenge for October capture of Islamist militiaman in Libya<p>Al-Qaida's American spokesman has said that the US's kidnapping of an al-Qaida suspect from Libya is a crime of piracy, and urged Libyans to attack US interests everywhere.<p>Adam Gadahn, a former …

Al-Qaeda-linked group claims to be operating in the West Bank

A jihadist group with links to Al-Qaeda says it is operating in the West Bank, bolstering Israeli claims to have uncovered a militant Salafist cell in the occupied Palestinian territory.<p>A radical jihadist group linked to Al-Qaeda has said it is operating in the West Bank, supporting Israel's …

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Paul Walker, Fast & Furious star, dies in car crash

Paul Walker, a star of the Fast & Furious movie series, has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles.<p>Walker, 40, was the passenger in a friend's car when it crashed on Saturday afternoon, a statement on the actor's Facebook page said. His publicist, Ame Van Iden, confirmed his death to the …

“100mph Bike”

<b>May 09.13 – “100mph bike”</b><p>The 100mph bike, speed bike or any one of the working titles that has been used for this project by the people involved. Its …

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Unspeakable horrors in a country on the verge of genocide

A massacre of the innocents is taking place in the heart of Africa as the world looks the other way.<p>One man describes how his four-year-old son's throat was slit, and how he saw a snake swallowing a baby. A woman explains that she is caring for a young girl because her mother went searching for …

Senate goes for 'nuclear option'

The Senate approved a historic rules change on Thursday by eliminating the use of the filibuster on all presidential nominees except those to the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>Invoking the long-threatened “nuclear option” means that most of President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees no …

Iceberg the size of Singapore breaks from Antarctica to roam the ocean

NASA's Earth Observatory says that a vast chunk of ice the size of Singapore has broken away from Antarctica, and may soon start drifting in the Southern Ocean. Named B-31 by the US National Ice Center, the slab of ice is 21 miles by 12 miles in size and now floating in Pine Island Bay, south-west …

The US And Afghanistan Inked A Deal To Keep The War Going Through 2024

The U.S. and Afghan governments have agreed to a final draft in a bilateral agreement that lays out the relationship between the two nations and the end to the war in Afghanistan, this according to Richard Engel with NBC News.<p>According to a draft copy of the resolution obtained by NBC News, the …

Meet the designers behind Bill Gates's super-condom

Using everything from atom-thick graphene to the humble beef tendon, designers are competing to make a next-generation condom that 'significantly enhances pleasure'<p>It's been hailed as the new wonder-material, set to revolutionise everything from circuit boards to food packaging, a magic …

Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony 'in talks' with Central African Republic

First official contact since 2008 with rebel leader on the run with his Lord's Resistance Army<p>The Central African Republic has held talks with the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted men, urging him to surrender after eight years on the run in the bush of east Africa.<p>The …

Saudi Arabia's Global Arms Shopping Spree

Saudi Arabia has emerged as the biggest foreign customer for German arms, buying nearly a quarter of Germany's total weapons sales.<p>It's part of an emerging pattern of weapons purchases by Saudi Arabia and its neighbor, the United Arab Emirates.<p>Saudi Arabia was the world's 10th-largest weapons …

Teenagers whose parents see military combat at higher suicide risk – study

Research finds link between deployment of parents and mental health problems – including suicidal thoughts – in teenagers<p>Teenagers with family members in the military are more likely to contemplate suicide if their relatives are sent into combat overseas on multiple deployments, according to a new …

Bread shortage crisis hits Sudan

Sudan is battling a bread shortage amid an economic crisis sparked by a loss of oil revenue and months after riots over the government's removal of subsidies from fuel.<p>Bakers in the capital, Khartoum, blame the shortages on a lack of foreign currency to buy wheat from abroad since the devaluing of …

How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down?

Shiite Muslims gathered in Kabul last week to celebrate Ashura, one of the holiest days on their religious calendar. Hundreds of shirtless men chanted and flogged themselves with chains tipped with knife-like shards of metal.<p>In the past, these public Shiite commemorations have become targets of the …

Afghan-US security deal hits fresh impasse

<b>US and Afghan officials are giving conflicting reports of a compromise designed to save a future security deal.</b><p>On Tuesday, Afghan officials said the US had offered to send a letter admitting past American mistakes.<p>However, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice later said no such letter …

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Technology Outpacing Policymakers, Needs Of NSA

The controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs has exposed a problem in the oversight of those programs: The development of the relevant technology has outpaced the laws and policies that govern its use.<p>"The technology is moving very fast," says Joel Brenner, a former NSA …