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Utilities, solar energy and the fight for your roof

Seth Blumsack, Pennsylvania State University

Solar power in suburbia: what's not to like? Gray Watson, CC BY-SA

By many accounts, the spread of solar power is unstoppable. Costs continue to fall at a blistering pace, solutions to give consumers a solar-powered home without needing to connect to the …


This Bus-Size Whale Is Even More Unusual Than We Thought

Scientists are starting to piece together the secret life of the little-seen Omura's whale, which has a peculiar diet.


Well after its discovery a decade ago, the sleek swimmer called the Omura's whale remained an enigma. Reports of live animals were vague and unconvincing, leaving the …


Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson banned from running in Iran election after losing appeal

DUBAI (Reuters) - The grandson of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, will not be allowed to stand in this month's election in Iran after losing his appeal against a ban, the clerical vetting body said on Wednesday.

Hassan Khomeini, 43, was the first member of the Khomeini …


Turkey's Erdogan denounces US support for Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at the US over its support for Syria's main Kurdish group.

He accused Washington of creating a "sea of blood" by failing to recognise as terrorists members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing.

The PYD, which the US is relying on …


Ancient Greek manuscripts reveal life lessons from the Roman empire

Ever been unsure about how to deal with a drunken family member returning from an orgy? A collection of newly translated textbooks aimed at Greek speakers learning Latin in the ancient world might hold the solution.

Professor Eleanor Dickey travelled around Europe to view the scraps of material that …

Ancient Rome

Refugee crisis: Thousands of child asylum seekers deported back to war zones, Home Office admits

Exclusive: Hundreds sent back from UK to countries where Isis and Taliban are rampant


BP upbeat about oil industry with prices back at $100

BP has predicted a bright future for the oil and gas industry with crude prices spiking at $100 a barrel again, huge increases in shale output and new production from Canadian tar sands.

The British oil company believes fossil fuels will still be providing 80% of total energy supply in 2035 and …


11 tips for calming your nerves before a big presentation

At age 15, Darlene Price had to give her very first speech.

She was presenting an oral book report on "Great Expectations" to Mrs. Weaver's tenth grade English class. She was nervous and could feel her hands shaking, heart racing, knees knocking, and palms sweating. As she reached the front of the …

Public Speaking

Russia arrests members of 'Isil terror cell'

Russia's FSB security service say seven-person group was planning terrorist spectacular in St Petersburg and Moscow

An Islamic State terrorist cell planning “high-profile” bombings in Moscow and St Petersburg has been broken up by Russian security forces, the country’s main intelligence agency has …


What we know about Sweden's prediction of mass deportations

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SWEDEN (AP) -- Amid unprecedented waves of migration, the interior minister of Sweden says the coming years could see the deportation from the country of between 60,000 to 80,000 people who have sought asylum. Here's what we know about what could become an uncomfortable …


The debate over genetically modified foods is missing one simple thing

The debate over genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is full of hype and misinformation.

But a YouTube video made by the channel Piffle does an excellent job of explaining what a GMO is, and breaking down the science behind it.

Humans have been breeding plants to have desirable traits for …


Former Russia PM Attacked by Chechens

On Tuesday night Russian leading opposition figure, former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov was attacked at a restaurant in downtown Moscow. A member of Kasyanov’s People’s Freedom Party, RPR-PARNAS, Natalya Pelevina told The Daily Beast that around 20 men arrived by vehicles with blue flashing …


South African opposition asks court to rule on Zuma's home upgrade

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African opposition parties on Tuesday asked the country's top court to rule on whether President Jacob Zuma broke the law by spending 250 million rand (then $23 million) on a state-funded security upgrade to his home.

The constitutional court will decide in the next …

South Africa

Russia needs only 3 days to conquer Estonia and Latvia

NATO has no way of stopping a Russian conventional invasion of Estonia and Latvia short of nuclear war, according to a new RAND Corporation …

Why isn't Clinton connecting with more young voters? The obvious reason we're all missing

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders cheer during his rally at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on February 7, 2016. Photo by …

Swine flu spreading across eastern Europe and Middle East

Swine flu has killed 183 people in Ukraine this winter and is spreading rapidly across eastern Europe and the Middle East. At least 107 people have died in Russia after contracting the disease, 18 in Armenia and 10 in Georgia, according to government figures.

In the Middle East, 112 deaths from the …

Eastern Europe

Flashback: Bob Dylan and Paul Simon Duet on 'The Sound of Silence'

The moving performance was a nightly highlight of their 1999 co-headlining tour

Shortly before Bob Dylan and Paul Simon went on the road together in the summer of 1999, the two of them got together at Paul Simon's New York apartment with a couple of acoustic guitars and began sketching out ideas for …

Bob Dylan

Hong Kong's business community is 'freaked out' over China's crackdown

The words were unusual coming from the mouth of a seasoned business figure in the hyper-competitive world of Hong Kong finance.

“The middle-class, the professionals, even the accountants: people are just freaked out about what is going on.”

But the man, who runs one of Hong Kong’s business …

Hong Kong

Lawsuit by killer Breivik prompts soul-searching in Norway

OSLO (Reuters) - Locked away in a Norwegian prison since he killed 77 people in a rampage in 2011, Anders Behring Breivik goes to court next month to argue that his effective solitary confinement makes him a victim of cruel and inhuman treatment.

The move has prompted renewed soul-searching in a …


Stress raises cholesterol more than you think

Christopher Edginton was taking medication and trying to improve his diet when his cholesterol shot up anyway four years ago.

His doctor suggested a new approach. “He said you’ve got to get rid of some things you’re doing, some of the stresses in your life,” recalls Mr. Edginton, a professor at the …


France pushes ahead with plan to strip terrorists of citizenship

François Hollande's controversial change to the constitution, introduced after the Paris attacks, narrowly wins backing in National Assembly

President François Hollande's plan to strip French citizenship from people convicted of terrorism passed a first hurdle on Tuesday when the lower house of …


A Harvard psychologist reveals the quickest way to boost confidence when you're nervous

If you've heard of Amy Cuddy, it's probably because you saw her 2012 TED talk on the benefits of "power posing."

Her theory: Stand like Wonder Woman for two minutes before a big meeting or event, and your confidence will spike — as if by magic.

Four years later, the Harvard psychologist has released …


US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.

As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises …


UK to send five ships to Baltic as part of Nato buildup against Russia

The UK is to send five extra ships to the Baltic as part of a Nato buildup against Russia.

A sizeable contingent of British troops are also likely to contribute to a new Nato force of up to 6,000 to be stationed on a rotational basis in six countries bordering Russia.

A decision on troop numbers is …


Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

When Carolyn Coyne's lab at the University of Pittsburgh recently tried to order a sample of Zika virus from a major laboratory supplier, they were told it was out of stock.

"They are actually back-ordered until July for the virus," Coyne says. "At least that's what we were told." She ended up …

Public Broadcasters

The Pentagon has fired the first shot in a new arms race

As the voters of New Hampshire braved the snow to play their part in the great pageant of American democracy on Tuesday, the US secretary of defence was setting out his spending requirements for 2017. And while the television cameras may have preferred the miniature dramas at the likes of Dixville …

Arms Race

Tesla has officially killed off the mid-range Model S 85

If you had your heart set on the mid-range 85-kilo-Watt-hour Model S, I have some bad news: Tesla Motors has officially ended production of that power level.

However, it has left in place the entry-level 70 kWh variants 70 and 70D (all-wheel drive), as well as the top tier 90 kWh variants 90D and …


See the Head-On Collision of 2 German Trains From Above

At least 10 people were killed, and about 150 others were injured

At least 10 people were killed after two trains collided head-on in southern Germany on Tuesday, authorities said, and about 150 others were injured.

Aerial scenes of the crash, near Bad Aibling, showed the mangled cars in a wooded …


Why winter is a mental struggle: human brain more active in summer, scientists find

Brain activity related to attention and concentration peaks during the summer solstice and slumps to a low on the shortest day of the year

If the dark days of winter are a struggle where everything seems that little bit harder, it is not just your imagination.

Scientists have discovered that the …


Cotton candy machine spins out 3D vascular system

For several years, Leon Bellan has been tinkering with cotton candy machines, getting them to spin out networks of tiny threads comparable in size, …