• Quake mobile app invites public test

    Quake mobile app invites public test

    Image caption For its release, MyShake is available for Android devices; an iOS version will likely come with time A new app that turns a smartphone into a mobile seismometer is being rolled out by...
  • Wales U20 18-15 Scotland U20

    Wales U20 18-15 Scotland U20

    Harrison Keddie is tackled by Matt Smith of Scotland U20 Replacement fly-half Billy McBryde kicked a late winning penalty as Wales Under-20 fought back from 15-5 down to beat Scotland Under-20. Rory Hutchinson’s penalty and...
  • Five easy ways to ruin your marriage

    At some point in my mid-thirties, it started happening to young couples around me. Their relationships began fracturing and falling apart, and it wasn’t always the people you would expect.  These were good folks with...
  • Pope in historic Russia church talks

    Pope in historic Russia church talks

    Image copyright EVN Image caption The two leaders embraced when they met at Havana airport Pope Francis has begun a historic first meeting with Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, in Cuba. The...

Headline News

  • Texas becomes first state to recommend court ban on bite mark evidence


    Texas has become the first state to call for a ban on allowing bite mark evidence, which legal experts say is likely to reverberate in courtrooms across the U.S. The Texas Forensic Science Commission formally recommended Friday that judges stop accepting bite mark analysis until the technique is supported by better research. There’s currently no scientific proof that teeth can be definitively matched to human skin. At least two dozen men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks have been exonerated nationwide since 2000. The commission can’t outright ban bite marks evidence. But the state agency’s recommendation is expected to carry significant weight in Texas and beyond. Commissioners say it’s up to supporters of bite mark evidence to produce better research and change their mind.

    February 12, 2016 3:40 pm
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Politics

  • Young blacks more open to Bernie Sanders’ White House bid


    ORANGEBURG, S.C. If Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has a chance of drawing African-American voters away from rival Hillary Clinton in South Carolina’s presidential nominating contest on Feb. 27, his best opportunity will be among the young. African Americans support former Secretary of State Clinton by more than a 3-to-1 margin nationwide, but among young blacks 18 to 29 years old, that margin shrinks to 46 percent for Clinton versus 33 percent for Sanders, according to recent Reuters/Ipsos polling. African Americans overwhelmingly back Democrats, but opinion polls show younger blacks more apt to reject an establishment candidate. They seem less inclined than their parents to reward Clinton for the outreach of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and more drawn to Sanders’ outspoken views on reducing income inequality, cracking down on Wall Street, and cutting the cost of college. Reuters/Ipsos polling last year showed that 36 percent of blacks between 18 and 29 years old thought …

    February 12, 2016 12:59 pm
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Stocks

  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz blasts ‘bombastic’ American politics


    Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz is on a mission to urge more Americans to vote. He thinks higher voter turnout will help a political process he described as a “circus” and “bombastic” in a video Starbucks released Friday of a recent company meeting. “There should be a level of discourse that is respectful and we should be able to look at those people and say those are the kind of people we’d like our children to model behavior after,” Schultz said. The tape shows Schultz addressing a room full of employees — one of seven open QA sessions he has held so far this year. During the talks, Schultz cites statistics to bolster the message: Less than 60% of eligible voters cast ballots in 2012, and voter turnout for the 2014 election was the worst in 72 years. Schultz previewed his views on the current state of politics in a recent interview with CNNMoney. “I …

    February 12, 2016 3:40 pm
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Sports

  • Wales U20 18-15 Scotland U20


    Harrison Keddie is tackled by Matt Smith of Scotland U20 Replacement fly-half Billy McBryde kicked a late winning penalty as Wales Under-20 fought back from 15-5 down to beat Scotland Under-20. Rory Hutchinson’s penalty and tries from Matt Smith and Murray McCallum built the visitors’ lead. Shaun Evans struck back between Scotland’s tries. And after Tom Phillips and Keelan Giles went over, McBryde – son of Wales forwards coach Robin – added the winning touch. Robin McBryde played hooker for Wales and toured Australia with the 2001 British and Irish Lions under Graham Henry. Wales U20: Rhun Williams (RGC); Elis-Wyn Benham (Cardiff Blues), Joe Thomas (Ospreys), Harri Millard (Cardiff Blues), Keelan Giles (Ospreys); Dan Jones (Scarlets), Reuben Morgan-Williams (Ospreys); Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Blues), Dafydd Hughes (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues), Bryce Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons), Tom Phillips (capt, Scarlets), Shaun Evans (Scarlets), Harrison Keddie (Newport Gwent Dragons). Replacements: Ifan Phillips (Scarlets), …

    February 12, 2016 3:41 pm
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World News

  • Quake mobile app invites public test


    Image caption For its release, MyShake is available for Android devices; an iOS version will likely come with time A new app that turns a smartphone into a mobile seismometer is being rolled out by California scientists. Known as MyShake, it can sense an earthquake even when the cell device is being carried in a pocket or a bag. The researchers want users to download the app, in the first instance, to help test and improve its capabilities. But ultimately the idea is that recruited phones will be part of a network that not only gathers data but also issues alerts. Destructive ground motions take time to move out from the epicentre of a large tremor, meaning people at more distant locations could receive several seconds’ vital warning on their phones. “Just a few seconds’ warning is all you need to ‘drop, take cover and hold on’,” said Prof Richard Allen from the UC Berkeley …

    February 12, 2016 3:41 pm
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Technology

  • GCHQ hacking does not breach human rights, security tribunal rules


    Hacking of computers, networks and smartphones in the UK or abroad by GCHQ staff does not breach human rights, a security tribunal has ruled. A panel of five members of the investigatory powers tribunal decided on Friday that computer network exploitation (CNE), which may involve remotely activating microphones and cameras on electronic devices without the owners’ knowledge, is legal. In a lengthy judgment, the IPT, which deals with complaints about surveillance and the intelligence services, found in favour of the Cheltenham-based monitoring agency and the Foreign Office. It dismissed complaints brought by the campaign group Privacy International and seven internet service providers from around the world. The case, which was heard last year, was the first in which GCHQ admitted to carrying out “persistent” hacking in the UK and overseas. Some sessions of the IPT are closed and held in secret. Related: The surveillance bill is as big a threat to state security as to …

    February 12, 2016 1:19 pm
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Science

  • New imaging technique shows how DNA is protected at chromosomes’ ends


    A new imaging technique has allowed researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Pittsburgh to see how DNA loops around a protein that aids in the formation of a special structure in telomeres. The work provides new insights into the structure of telomeres and how they are maintained. Telomeres are essentially caps on the ends of linear chromosomes, which are the structures inside our cells that contain DNA with our genetic information. In terms of function, telomeres are like the plastic coating (aglet) on the ends of shoelaces that prevents the laces from unraveling. In healthy cells, telomeres protect the chromosome by tucking away any overhanging ends of DNA strands to form a lasso-like structure known as a T-loop. Without telomeres, the cell’s DNA repair proteins would read the overhanging ends as a break to be mended and attempt to either bind chromosomes together …

    February 12, 2016 3:59 pm
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Health

  • Could a Lung Cancer Drug Work Better With Coke?


    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patients with the leading form of lung cancer may be able to look to Coca-Cola Classic to solve a common medicinal challenge, new research suggests. As the Dutch scientists explain it, the effectiveness of the powerful lung cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib) depends on the pH level of the stomach. But many people on Tarceva must also take a proton pump inhibitor heartburn medication — such as Nexium or Prilosec — which raises stomach pH to more alkaline levels. That higher pH can lower the absorption rate for Tarceva, cutting its effectiveness in fighting non-small-cell lung cancer, research suggests. One prior study involving healthy volunteers found the use of Prilosec lowered blood concentrations of Tarceva by 61 percent. What to do? In the new study, researchers led by Dr. Roelof van Leeuwen, of Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, wondered if the solution might be to reverse …

    February 12, 2016 12:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Major Budget Crisis Could Harshly Affect LSU Football Program


    As reported by ESPN, a major budget crisis in the state of Louisiana could have drastic effects on the state’s collegiate athletic programs, including LSU football. On Thursday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards stated in a statewide televised address that campuses could run out of money and be forced to shut down in April, highlighting the LSU football team as one of the many programs that could be lost as a result of massive budget cuts to the state’s higher education funding. In a statement to The Times-Picayune, Gov. Bel Edwards said: “If you are a student attending one of these universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete, many students will not be able to graduate, and student-athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to play next semester. That means you can say farewell to college football next fall.” Along with LSU, other public universities in the state such as UL-Monroe, …

    February 12, 2016 2:59 pm
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Editorial

  • Five easy ways to ruin your marriage


    At some point in my mid-thirties, it started happening to young couples around me. Their relationships began fracturing and falling apart, and it wasn’t always the people you would expect.  These were good folks with good intentions who said every word of their marital vows with conviction. But various circumstances and choices began pressing upon them, and eventually, I saw them go through extreme stress, separation, and sometimes, divorce.  I don’t think there’s a magic formula for ruining your marriage, but based on my observations over the last few years, there are a few easy ways to turbocharge its demise. Here are five of them: 1. Intimate, opposite-sex friendships. We recognize the danger of getting into a physical relationship with someone else, but we often forget that it’s just as dangerous for us to become emotionally close with someone of the opposite sex. It usually starts innocently enough — a friend at work asks you for advice, treats …

    February 12, 2016 3:19 pm
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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