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Robert Reich: Bankruptcy laws reward Donald Trump, screw over the rest of us

The former secretary of labor explains why the 99 percent bears greater economic risk than big corporations<p>Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza, celebrating his new investment as the finest building in …

5 new lows for Wal-Mart — just this month

Whether it’s lying about taxes or abusing animals, the retailer has proven it’s capable of just about anything<p>Profiting off its new uniform policy. Faking a state sales tax. Abusing animals to promote soda. These are just some of the ways the world’s largest private employer has stooped to new lows …

Indian spacecraft reaches Mars for less than it cost to make 'Gravity'

Country becomes the first to reach the red planet's orbit on its maiden voyage<p>India is celebrating a major milestone today, after becoming the first country to reach the orbit of Mars on its very first attempt. After launching in November 2013, an Indian spacecraft called Mangalyaan finally reached …

The iPhone 6 Plus bends, but not by design

Pictures of the new iPhone 6 Plus - Apple's first phablet - bending in users' pockets are being posted on Twitter under the hashtag #BendGate<p>If you’re one of the 10m people sitting on a new iPhone, you might not actually want to sit on it.<p>Since Apple’s latest product was released over the weekend, …

Upgrade Your Brain: Resources for Coding Beginners

<i>Adam Benzion is the founder of Entirely—a Seattle startup focused on social innovation, keen on connecting more people in more places to create special things together.</i><p><i>“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”— Steve Jobs</i><p>Anyone who’s paying …

Roundup: First Apple iPhone 6 Reviews

The first reviews of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been published today, with most critics impressed by the company’s newest smartphone. That said, their reception of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is mixed: some journalists are very taken with it, but others believe it is too big — or at …

ProCam brings iOS 8’s manual camera controls into focus

ProCam 2 – confusingly now at v3.0 – is the first camera app that allows manual focus and exposure on devices running iOS 8. You now get full manual control of ISO, shutter speed, focus and white balance, all with neat-o on-screen sliders.<p>ProCam is already full-featured camera app. It lets you save …

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Sony sees $2.1B loss for fiscal year as mobile woes take a toll

The situation is so bad that Sony is suspending its dividend -- the first time it won't be making a payout since it listed in 1958.<p>Sony's envisioned comeback in the mobile business has hit a snag. A big snag.<p>The Japanese electronics conglomerate warned Wednesday that it will post a loss of 230 …

Principles and politics of scientific advice

No one doubts that the challenges citizens and their governments face require decisions to be informed by objective knowledge. Public and media attention tends to focus on “grand challenges”, such as climate change and food security, or on urgent issues such as pandemics or natural disasters. But …

What’s faster than supersonic? Hypersonic, of course

As the US tests a hypersonic weapon, how fast can we really travel?<p>An experimental US hypersonic weapon, which would be capable of striking targets around the world within an hour, was aborted <b>within seconds of launching</b> on Monday. But how much do we know about hypersonic travel, and why are we …

Aviation

See the UFO? No? Try squinting. Squint harder

Down on Earth, we all know: Do anything stupid these days, and video of it will turn up on the Internet to embarrass you.<p>Now, space aliens may be about learn that lesson, too.<p>NASA deployed live webcams on the International Space Station in March, and UFO enthusiasts monitoring their live feeds …

Obama authorises air strikes on Isis to help Iraqis besieged on mountain

‘We need to act, and act now’ says US president, as military carries out aid drops to Iraqis forced to flee by Islamist group<p>Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, as the US military began an airborne operation to bring relief to thousands of minority …

Canvas fingerprinting is tracking you, and you don't even know what it is

Canvas fingerprinting?<p>Popular, heavily trafficked websites are increasingly turning to “canvas fingerprinting” in order to track your online movements. Canvas fingerprinting is extremely hard to block, hard to detect, and has become a unique identifier that logs your ‘Net history as you jump from …

Mars rover's long-distance running hailed by Nasa

The US space agency's Opportunity rover has clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, according to Nasa.<p>Since arriving on the red planet in 2005, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometres) of Martian terrain. That surpasses the …

'Extreme solar storm' could have pulled the plug on Earth

The date of 23 July 2012 could have been the day the lights went out, along with suddenly not-so-smart phones, computers, satellite transmissions, GPS navigation systems, televisions, radio broadcasts, hospital equipment, electric pumps and water supplies.<p>On that day an "extreme solar storm" did …

In 20 Years, Most New Cars Won't Have Steering Wheels or Pedals

By 2030, most new cars will be made without rearview mirrors, horns, or emergency brakes. By 2035, they won’t have steering wheels or acceleration …

US Congress banned from editing Wikipedia after staff caught trolling

Wikipedia has been forced to ban users inside the US Congress building from making edits to the collaborative encyclopaedia, after at least one member of staff began trolling the site.<p>A number of edits, apparently made in jest, have been picked up by the automatic twitter bot Congress Edits, which …

Paul Krugman: California proves the GOP’s “extremist ideology … is nonsense”

The New York Times columnist explains how California’s success puts conservative dogma to shame<p>In his latest column for the New York Times, award-winning economist and best-selling author Paul Krugman argues that California's recent success — and Kansas' ongoing failure — is yet more proof that …

Isis militants blow up Jonah's tomb

Militants say revered Muslim shrine in Iraq, believed to be burial place of prophet swallowed by a whale, has become place for apostasy<p>Islamic State (Isis) militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah in Mosul, residents of the city …

Jay Rockefeller Wants to Revolutionize How You Watch TV

Sen. Jay Rock­e­feller is get­ting ready to settle in­to re­tire­ment. But be­fore he does, he’d like to upend the en­tire tele­vi­sion …

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Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

Phil Donahue’s vindication: Media icon unloads on Fox, Cheney and what happened at MSNBC

Legendary TV host was fired for opposing Iraq war. Here’s how he feels seeing the return of those who got it wrong<p>As has been well-documented, and will hopefully long be taught in journalism schools nationwide, the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not the American mainstream media's …

The Next Generation of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Young people are at the center of the latest violence. And they'll decide its future.<p>JERUSALEM—In recent weeks, the all-too-common elements of Israeli-Palestinian violence—rocks, rockets, and rubber bullets, Molotov cocktails and missile strikes—have included more unusual tactics: kidnappings and …

Prostitute charged in tech exec heroin death

A woman whom police describe as a high-end prostitute is under arrest after they say she injected a Silicon Valley tech executive with heroin and then casually left as he lay dying.<p>Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51, had an "ongoing prostitution relationship" with Alix Catherine Tichleman, 26, when he was …

Chinese hackers 'broke into US federal personnel agency's databases'

NYT reports that hackers accessed networks of department that houses personal information for all federal employees<p>Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the US office of personnel management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal …

Hack Your Brain With A Machine That Reads Minds

Star Wars first planted the idea over 35 years ago that we could move objects with our minds. That idea is now a reality that has come a long way in the last few years. Emotiv is on the cutting edge of that technology with headgear that allows you to do things, such as make a toy car whiz by or …

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O'Reilly: Ingraham plan dooms GOP

Bill O’Reilly is pegging Laura Ingraham’s opinion of using mass deportation to address illegal immigration as a “draconian” idea that would “destroy the Republican Party.”<p>The heated debate arose on Wednesday after O’Reilly asked on his Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” what Ingraham would do to …

Microsoft Researcher: I Use An iPhone 'But I Despise The Device'

Boyd is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, and, to be fair, she also has a bunch of roles outside of Microsoft. She's a research assistant professor at New York University; a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society; founder of the Data & Society Research Institute; …