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US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency's top lawyer insists

NSA general counsel Rajesh De says big tech companies like Yahoo and Google provided ‘full assistance’ in legally mandated collection of data<p>The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread …

No Military Intervention in Ukraine, Obama Says

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama has ruled out the prospect of any military intervention in Ukraine.<p>In an interview …

Four convicted for raping Indian journalist

A court in India has found four men guilty of gang-raping two women, including a photo-journalist, in the city of Mumbai, reports say.<p>The photo-journalist was gang-raped in the city's abandoned Shakti Mills compound in August while on an assignment, following which several men were arrested by the …

Libya asks world to help it fight 'terrorism'

The Libyan government has called on the United Nations and international community to help fight what it called a war on terrorism as it struggles to stop the country sliding into widening chaos and instability.<p>The appeal came after a wave of bombings and assassinations in the eastern city of …

By Tracking Sugar In Tears, Contact Lens Offers Hope For Diabetics

<b>Listen · 4:44</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The latest project from Google X is a smart contact lens, a tiny, flexible computer capable of monitoring glucose levels in tears. Researchers at Google are hopeful that one day this technology might be used to help diabetes patients better control …

To gain willpower, find a way to like your 'chores' - Futurity

Self-control is tougher when we're tired, but new research suggests the key to having willpower is to find pleasure in everyday, necessary tasks.

Climate change may become nearly impossible to solve if not addressed soon, warns leaked UN report

The window to stop climate change is quickly closing. A United Nations panel has found that failing to seriously address climate change for another 15 years could make the problem nearly impossible to solve, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. Addressing the problem at that point would require technology …

How Life Began: New Clues From New Worlds

The odds that the universe is bursting with life seem to be getting better all the time. Astronomers recently announced that there could be an …

8 Seriously Creepy Things Kids Have Said About Their Imaginary Friends

A Reddit user asked people on the social media website to share stories of the creepiest things their kids have ever said. Blogger “Single Dad …

In Search For Habitable Planets, Why Stop At 'Earth-Like'?

<b>Listen · 3:19</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>In their hunt for potentially habitable planets around distant stars, scientists have been so focused on finding Earth-like planets that they're ignoring the possibility that other kinds of planets might be even friendlier to life, a new report says.<p>…

Scientists want to put sensors on bees to save them from extinction

The global bee population has suffered a lot over the past few years. The USDA reported that 31 percent of the commercial US bee colonies died or disappeared in 2012, and this will have dramatic impacts on our food supply. Now, a group of Australian scientists are trying a new approach to stop them …

You Can Buy Property on the Moon, But Can You Keep It?

In 1997, three Yemenis sued NASA for trespassing with its Mars Rover, claiming they had inherited Mars from their ancestors 3,000 years ago. In 2004, …

Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

The Vatican came in for tough public scrutiny over its handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal at a United Nations hearing Thursday in Geneva.<p>The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child took church officials to task during what The Associated Press described as a "grilling" that insisted the …

US black rhino hunter Corey Knowlton faces death threats

<b>A Texas hunter who won an auction to hunt and kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia has said he has received death threats from animal lovers.</b><p>Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 (£212,000) for a permit auctioned by the Dallas Safari Club, which said it would help fund future conservation.<p>Namibia is …

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Florida Voters May Decide On Medical Marijuana In 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Backers of a medical marijuana constitutional amendment in Florida announced Wednesday evening that they have collected enough signatures to make the 2014 ballot.<p>Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email to supporters that organizers have …

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