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Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012 | Reuters

(Reuters) - Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.<p>This image, captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the M5.3 class solar flare that peaked on July 4, 2012, at …

Texas obtains new batch of drugs used in executions

Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.<p>But correction officials will not say where they bought the drugs, arguing that information must be …

Architect Remembers Massacre Victims With 'Wounded' Landscape

Creating A 'Memory Wound' To Recall Those Who Were Lost<p>On a July day in 2011, the world first heard of a small island off Norway called Utoya under the most terrible circumstances. The island was a youth camp for Norway's Labor Party. On that summer day, a heavily armed right-wing extremist stepped …

Scientists unveil 'chicken from hell' dinosaur that lived 66 million years ago

It's called the chicken from hell: a birdlike dinosaur some 7 feet tall that weighed around 500 pounds when it roamed western North America on its long, slender hind legs.<p>The beast got its nickname long ago at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, where a replica of its skeleton has …

Sweden's 'Hannibal Lecter' is Set Free

It was a caper that defied all logic.<p>The story of a man who raped children, murdered eight people, and cannibalized at least one of his victims, had …

Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups

A draft law before Iraq's parliament that would legalise the marriage of girls as young as nine and restrict women's rights in matters of parenting, divorce and inheritance is a political move to define the identity of the country's majority Shias before next month's election, officials say.<p>The …

Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S.

Hundreds of people with tuberculosis wishing to come to the U.S. have been stopped before they reached U.S. borders, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Physicians overseas picked up more than 1,100 cases in prospective immigrants and refugees prior to their …

Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks: Debate Over Israel's 'Jewish State' Recognition

A resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a long sought after ideal, but with current peace talks set to conclude April 29, both sides remain skeptical that progress will be made.<p>In a recent Washington D.C. speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israel to be …

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 20 (Reuters) - A medical marijuana bill unanimously passed both the Alabama House and Senate on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has said he will sign it into law.<p>The measure makes it legal to possess only a prescribed medical grade extract …

Brilliant Fireball Over Canada Sparks Meteorite Hunt

Scientists are rushing to the site of a possible meteorite impact after a bright fireball lit up the skies over southwestern Ontario on Tuesday night.<p>The basketball-sized fireball was spotted at 10:24 p.m. local time in seven all-sky cameras operated by the Southern Ontario Meteor Network, …

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IRS: Conmen posed as taxmen in $1 million scam

More than 20,000 Americans were cheated out of a collective $1 million by fraudsters claiming to be from the IRS, in what’s been dubbed the nation’s …

Military Sexual-Assault Verdicts Revive Debate on Hill

Con­tro­ver­sial de­cisions in two sep­ar­ate cases this week re­ignited the sexu­al-as­sault battle on Cap­it­ol Hill.<p>In the first closely watched …

North Korea test fires 30 missiles into the sea

South Korea has urged North Korea earlier this week to stop what it called "provocative" and potentially dangerous tests<p>North Korea has test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from …

Return of ‘airpocalypse’: Beijing’s expats flee smog

<b>Editor's Note</b> <i>(8 December 2015): With an air quality red alert issued in Beijing for the first time ever, BBC Capital brings back this story of expats fleeing the city because of the excess pollution.</i><p>After five years in Beijing, Hannah Sanders and her husband Ben, both employed at Harrow School …

Gravitational waves discovery: 'We have a first tantalising glimpse of the cosmic birth pangs'

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sat on the ice sheet three quarters of a mile from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumours. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics went public. Their telescope had spotted indirect …

The World Consumes More Than 11 Million Pounds Of Food Every Minute Of Every Day (PHOTOS)

We always knew we had a big appetite, but thanks to the World Food Clock -- an interactive infographic by White Vinyl Design -- we can finally see just how hungry we are. Globally, we eat 11.5 million pounds <i>of food in just sixty seconds</i>. To put that into terms we can understand, that's about 20 …

Deadly chemical weapons, buried and lost, lurk under U.S. soil

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Yanking aside a tree branch, Jason Watson peered into a waterlogged trench. He pointed out discolored metal drums sunk halfway in the water.<p>"Blister agents, choking agents, blood agents," Watson said, listing the array of chemical weapons inside thousands of metal …

Doctors Say Don't Give Birth To Baby In A Tub, But Midwives Disagree

Hospitals are increasingly giving women the option of going through labor or giving birth in a pool of warm water. Laboring in the tub is fine, the nation's obstetricians and pediatricians say, but there's not enough proof that it's safe to actually give birth in one.<p>The doctors' statement has …

Great Barrier Reef: government faces second legal challenge on dumping

The federal government is facing a second legal challenge over its decision to allow excavated seabed to be dumped in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.<p>Documents will be lodged with Brisbane’s federal court on Monday to challenge the dredging and dumping project that will expand the Abbot Point …

CNN on Twitter: "BREAKING: WA Gov says at least 10 people unaccounted for after landslide in Washington state that's already blamed for 3 deaths. #CNN"

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Deep freeze means rare rise in Great Lakes water levels

It looks as if there will be at least one positive from the deep freeze the Midwest endured this winter, and sportsmen, farmers, fish and the shipping industry all stand to benefit.<p>Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to rise, and it isn't just because of all the melting snow. The ice that …

Cyclone Nears Search Area for Missing Plane

As authorities search for the vanished Malaysian Airlines plane, a cyclone in the Indian Ocean is nearing the designated search area off the coast of …

Camera Plus AirSnap feature lets iOS photographers into the picture

Does this sound familiar? You’re always the self-appointed—or designated—photographer for your family and friends. It’s not that you’re the only one with a camera—everyone’s packing a smart multi-megapixel mobile device these days—but you’re always the one who winds up documenting all the events, …

PayPal Expands Its In-App Pay At Table And Order Ahead Services In UK

It’s still very early days for mobile payments, with the vast majority of consumers still not convinced that it really is a lot easier to pay for things using their phones instead of pulling out a payment card or even cash. But companies like PayPal continue to lay the groundwork with interesting …

Samsung files patent for a transparent camera display

<b>First came OLED, then came curved. Now, Samsung has filed a patent for a see-through screen on a digital camera so you can stare into your subject's</b> …

Museum lets visitors 'digitally unwrap' an Egyptian mummy

A new exhibition in Stockholm uses complex 3D models and a giant touchscreen to let visitors look deep inside an Egyptian sarcophagus. As <i>BBC News</i> reports, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm recently used computed topography (CT) and photogrammetry on eight …

Microview Shrinks Arduino Into A Teeny, Weenie OLED Module

Do you desire a teeny, tiny, little Arduino board with OLED display? You bet you do! Microview is a new “chip-sized” Arduino on Kickstarter that costs $45. What can it do? All kinds of stuff!<p>You basically get a micro controller and a lot of inputs and you can drive the display via software, …

Facebook's 'Hack' is here to shake up programming

Facebook engineers Bryan O'Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other.<p>…