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California Law Says All Websites Must Give Minors Option To Delete User Activity

Posting spring break photos on Facebook. Watching "Battlefield Earth" on Netflix. Tweeting anything with #YOLO. These are just a handful of things …

Islamic Militants Release a Video of Their Own Suez Canal Attack

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Islamist militant group al-Furqan released a video on Wednesday which apparently shows its own …

Gut bacteria 'may be obesity weapon'

<b>Bacteria living in our guts seem to be affecting our waistlines and harnessing them could lead to new ways of shedding the pounds, US research suggests.</b><p>The human body is teeming with thousands of species of microbes that affect health.<p>A study showed that transplanting gut bacteria from obese people …

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Regulators to weigh bitcoin donations in politics

WASHINGTON — Will digital dollars soon fund U.S. political campaigns?<p>If a conservative political action committee has its way, supporters will be able to donate to federal elections using bitcoins, a relatively new form of virtual currency.<p>The Conservative Action Fund PAC this week asked the …

Virgin Galactic nears commercial spaceflight with second rocket-powered test run

Virgin Galactic is nearing in on commercial spaceflight with the completion of its latest test of SpaceShipTwo. The reusable ship, which will eventually be used to ferry around passengers, took its second rocket-powered flight this morning over Mojave, California. Virgin founder Richard Branson …

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.<p>Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold …

Inner ear disorders 'linked to hyperactivity '

<b>Inner-ear problems could be a cause of hyperactive behaviour, research suggests.</b><p>A study on mice, published in Science, said such problems caused changes in the brain that led to hyperactivity.<p>It could lead to the development of new targets for behaviour disorder treatments, the US team says.<p>A UK …

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More Stroke Patients Now Get Clot-Busting Drug

It's been a long and often controversial road, but U.S. doctors are finally embracing a drug that can halt strokes and prevent disabling brain damage.<p>An analysis of more than 1 million stroke patients shows that use of the 17-year-old drug, called alteplase (brand-name Activase), nearly doubled …

Maine hermit, 'hiding' behind beard, pleads not guilty to burglary, theft

A Maine man who spent 27 years in the woods as a hermit pleaded not guilty to new burglary charges Tuesday as his lawyer and prosecutors tried to make a deal to avoid trial.<p>Christopher Knight, 47, appeared in court sporting wire-rimmed spectacles and a bushy beard — looking nothing like he did when …

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to examine that planet's intricate system of rings and moons. But after travelling more than …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

Ecuador approves Yasuni national park oil drilling in Amazon rainforest

Ecuador has abandoned a pioneering conservation plan in the Amazon that attempted to raise funds from the international community instead of drilling for oil in a pristine corner of the Yasuni national park.<p>The collapse of the Yasuni ITT initiative is a devastating blow for activists who are trying …

Every Important Person In Bitcoin Just Got Subpoenaed By New York's Financial Regulator

Things are getting serious for Bitcoin this month: a federal judge declared it real money, Bloomberg gave it an experimental ticker (XBT), and New York’s financial regulator announced an interest in regulating it. Declaring Bitcoin “a virtual Wild West for narcotraffickers and other criminals,” the …

Microsoft hit with class action suit over Surface RT

The law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has filed a class action suit against Microsoft over what it claims was misleading information on the company's Surface RT sales.<p>Neowin.net posted about the suit on August 13, noting that it names as defendants Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, former Chief …

Pirate Bay's censor-thwarting browser snags 100,000 users

The Pirate Bay's new anticensor browser has proven even more popular than the site expected.<p>Launched on Saturday, PirateBrowser has sailed into the hands of more than 100,000 users via Pirate Bay's direct download link, says blog site TorrentFreak. The official torrent file itself has been shared …

GOOGLE: If You Send To Gmail, You Have 'No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy'

In a motion filed last month by Google to have a class action complaint dismissed, Google's lawyers reference a 1979 ruling, holding that people who turn over information to third parties shouldn't expect that information to remain private.<p>From the filing (emphasis added):<p>Just as a sender of a …

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Musk's Hyperloop Plan Draws Praise, Skepticism

Is 'fifth mode' of transportation just hype?<p><b>Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk on Monday unveiled his long-awaited plans for a potentially revolutionary "fifth mode" of transportation. Dubbed the Hyperloop, the new mode of transport would complement planes, trains, cars, and boats as a means of …

Sweet disguise: Chocolate-covered elephant ivory seized in Macau

Ivory poachers go to sometimes-absurd lengths to smuggle prized pieces of elephant tusks across borders.<p>When officials in Chinese-ruled Macau inspected the luggage of two South Africans last month, they found 15 suspiciously heavy boxes of chocolate.<p>Further investigation and a little warm water …

Man Wrongly Convicted Of Murder Released From Jail After 20 Years

A judge last week vacated Larry Lamb's 1993 murder conviction, and prosecutors dismissed the charges Tuesday, said one of Lamb's attorneys, Christine Mumma of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence.<p>"He plans to go back home to Mount Olive," she said as she stood outside the Wake Correctional …

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

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There's a new law in effect in China that punishes adults who don't visit their elderly parents. The law has come in for some ridicule, especially online. But Bonnie Tsui, a contributing writer for The Atlantic Cities tells anchor Aaron Schachter that the law is also in a sense encouraging some …

Sun will flip its magnetic field soon, NASA says

The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says.<p>In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according to new observations by NASA-supported observatories.<p>The flipping of the sun's magnetic field marks the peak of …

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Brazilian scientists to test AIDS 'vaccine' on monkeys

Brazilian scientists have developed an HIV vaccine and plan to begin testing on monkeys later this year, a sponsor institution has said.<p>Known as the HIVBr18, the vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS was developed and patented by a team from the Medicine Faculty of the University of Sao Paulo, …

Radioactive water leaking from Fukushima plant creating an 'emergency', says watchdog

Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an "emergency" that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country's nuclear watchdog said on Monday.<p>This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is …

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Hacking Insulin Pumps And Other Medical Devices From Black Hat

One of the briefings at Black Hat this year was a session on how vulnerable medical devices are to cyber attack, given by Jay Radcliff. This was part of our company’s coverage of Black Hat and Defcon highlights sent via social media. Although the actual demonstration of an insulin pump being …