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Painting the light fantastic: Photos show eerie hybrid art form

Some painters use oils. Others use pastels or charcoal. And still others use light. That's right, light.<p>Janne Parviainen from Helsinki, Finland, is one such artist. With experience in both photography and painting, he uses long camera exposures and a variety of lights to create images that straddle …

Noam Chomsky, the Salon interview: Governments are power systems, trying to sustain power

<b>(AP/Adel Hana)</b><p>Exclusive: The polymath looks back with Salon on this year’s NSA revelations and ahead to the earth’s destruction<p>Natasha Lennard<p>December 29, 2013 11:59am (UTC)<p>In his 85th year, political theorist and linguist Noam Chomsky remains a fiercely busy polymath and dedicated activist. …

Feinstein & Rogers justify NSA Spying with Syrian Rebels (Voted to Arm Syrian Rebels)

Senator Diane Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers took to the airwaves on Sunday to warn that Americans are less safe than two years ago and that al-Qaeda …

UK Court Ordered Unborn Baby Taken

Senators lend support to lawsuit against NSA collection of US phone records

A group of Democratic senators filed a brief in federal court Tuesday in support of a lawsuit aiming to end the National Security Agency’s bulk …

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

Security Expert: “We Have To Assume That The NSA Has EVERYONE Who Uses Electronic Communications Under CONSTANT Surveillance” | Washington's Blog

Government Is Spying On Us Through Our Computers, Phones, Cars, Buses, Streetlights, at Airports and On The Street, Via Mobile Scanners and Drones, …

Smart Teenage Brains May Get Some Extra Learning Time

John Hewitt is a neuroscientist who studies the biology of intelligence. He's also a parent. Over the years, Hewitt has periodically drawn upon his scientific knowledge in making parenting decisions.<p>"I'm a father of four children myself and I never worried too much about the environments that I was …

Homeland Security to test BOSS facial recognition at junior hockey game

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will test its crowd-scanning facial recognition system, known as the Biometric Optical Surveillance System, …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

The NSA files,NSA,GCHQ,Surveillance,US news,World news,US national security,Privacy,Technology,Internet,Data protection,Data and computer security,UK news<p>• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records<br>• $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies …

The NFL's Rising Teams

In Part 3 of our team-by-team preview, we look at the franchises that will be taking a step forward in 2013<p>After two days of doom and gloom, it’s …

Obama warns of more chemical-weapon attacks if world stays passive

Obama, who has been criticized for saying that any use of chemical weapons by Syria would cross a red line and “change his calculus,” said that he didn't draw that line.<p>"I didn’t set a red line," Obama said. "The world set a red line."<p>He invoked the Holocaust as a example of what is at stake in the …

Poker-faced John McCain caught playing on smartphone during Senate's Syria hearing

John McCain's poker face as he sat with colleagues listening to the case for the US to attack Syria was genuine: he was playing cards on his iPhone.<p>A photograph of the senior Republican senator, a longtime advocate for forceful military intervention in Syria, playing poker on his phone, held just …

Obama Administration

New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt

<b>A new timeline for the origin of ancient Egypt has been established by scientists.</b><p>A team from the UK found that the transformation from a land of disparate farmers into a state ruled by a king was more rapid than previously thought.<p>Using radiocarbon dating and computer models, they believe the …

Ancient History

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The 6 Most Mismatched Battles Ever Won by Underdogs

Even if you have the finest weapons and the absolute best leadership, war is hell. In fact, hell is just the beginning when you're facing an enemy …

5 Inspiring Acts of Kindness by Terrifying Crime Syndicates

This is the time of year when we like to stop and celebrate human generosity and togetherness. You'll hear lots of stories of kind strangers helping …

4 Douches Who Amazingly Don't Seem to Know They Suck

People do bad things. We know that. And very often the people doing those things know it, too. Ax murderers understand you're not supposed to chop …

The 6 Most Famous People Ever Discovered While Hiding

Maybe the most destructive fantasy people have is that if they just stay at home and do nothing, they will be "discovered" by some agent or producer …

Detroit Will PAY You To Take One Of These 100 Abandoned Homes

Photo: Kevin Bauman<p>Mayor Dave Bing is trying to save Detroit by offering incentives to lure residents back to abandoned neighborhoods.One program …

Syria to let UN inspect 'gas attack' site

United Nations inspectors are to be granted access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus, Syrian state TV has said, with the UN saying that the Syrian government has also agreed to observe a ceasefire during the visit.<p>It followed an agreement between the Syrian foreign …

Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria

Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.<p>Royal Navy vessels are being readied to take part in a possible series of …

Fixing Football

Three (kind of ridiculous) rule changes for our greatest American game<p>Here’s something I hate about myself: Whenever the NFL introduces a new rule, …