• Deila relieved to avoid cup slip-up

    Deila relieved to avoid cup slip-up

    Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: East Kilbride 0-2 Celtic Celtic’s victory over 2-0 win against Lowland League side East Kilbride in the Scottish Cup was “Crucial”, according to manager Ronny Deila....
  • Using the physics of your perfect pancake to help save sight

    Related images(click to enlarge) Understanding the textures and patterns of pancakes is helping UCL scientists improve surgical methods for treating glaucoma. The appearance of pancakes depends on how water escapes the batter mix during the...
  • Quake victim found under husband’s body

    Media captionA survivor is rescued from a collapsed apartment block, two days after the earthquake Two people have been pulled alive from the ruins of an apartment building two days after it collapsed in a...
  • Swansea will not do down

    Swansea will not do down

    Lukasz Fabianski has made 29 appearances for Swansea City so far this season Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says the club will avoid Premier League relegation. The Swans are 16th in the Premier League, four...

Headline News

  • License reader company offers trove of info to Texas cops, for a cut


    The long arm of the law in Texas is getting a controversial boost from a tech company’s license plate-tracking database, in what one critic called a “huge invasion of privacy.” Vigilant Solutions, which operates license plate readers around the state, has given at least two Lone Star law-enforcement agencies access to its massive automated database. Information culled from plate readers in police cars and affixed to traffic signals, as well as software programs that analyze it, is used to help cops track down deadbeats and scofflaws. And Vigilant, which in one case even collects the debt on behalf of the public agency, get a 25-percent cut. “It’s a huge invasion of privacy,” Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told FoxNews.com. “They are taking advantage of a public safety rule that came years before anything like this was a possibility.” Vigilant has offered an array of automated license plate reader (ALPR) tech …

    February 8, 2016 3:16 am
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Politics

  • Facts? Few and far between


    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, answers a question during a Republican presidential primary debate in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn’t get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under “Obamacare” or what might happen if that law is taken away. Among other fumbles: —Marco Rubio seemed unaware that Kurds are Sunnis. —In his zeal to condemn the Obama administration’s immigration record, Ted Cruz once again vastly overstated deportations under the previous two presidents. And he continued, as in a previous debate, to struggle with the meaning of carpet-bombing. —Chris Christie misstated the U.S. policy on paying ransom to hostage-takers. A look at some of the claims Saturday night and how they compare with the facts: DONALD TRUMP: “Right now, we’re the highest taxed country in the world.” THE FACTS: Far from it. The …

    February 8, 2016 12:32 am
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Stocks

  • Stunning lack of women in corporate leadership roles worldwide


    When it comes to leadership roles at publicly traded companies, it’s still no exaggeration to say it’s a man’s world. That’s a big takeaway from a report released Monday that examined data from nearly 22,000 firms in 91 countries. The research, conducted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and funded by tax consulting firm EY, found that: — Nearly a third of the companies studied had no women whatsoever on their boards or in any C-suite jobs. — 60% had no female board members. — Half had no female top executives. — More than 95% did not have a female CEO. Interestingly, though, companies with a dearth of female executives may be paying a financial price. The report found that companies where women accounted for at least 30% of their executives typically had higher profits than those that had less female representation in top manager roles. Related: What’s holding women back from the C-suite …

    February 8, 2016 2:56 am
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Sports

  • Deila relieved to avoid cup slip-up


    Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: East Kilbride 0-2 Celtic Celtic’s victory over 2-0 win against Lowland League side East Kilbride in the Scottish Cup was “Crucial”, according to manager Ronny Deila. Following back-to-back losses to Ross County in the League Cup and Aberdeen in the Premiership, the Norwegian was relieved to reach the last eight. “I think it would have been very hard had we lost today, I admit that, so it was a crucial victory,” he said. “I will give a lot of credit to East Kilbride, they fought really hard.” Celtic were a goal up after 20 minutes when Leigh Griffiths diverted the ball past goalkeeper Matt McGinley with his arm from a yard out. Deila’s side did not look troubled by the minnows but their only other goal of the match came five minutes into the second half when Colin Kazim-Richards stabbed the ball over the line from …

    February 8, 2016 3:36 am
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World News

  • Quake victim found under husband’s body


    Media captionA survivor is rescued from a collapsed apartment block, two days after the earthquake Two people have been pulled alive from the ruins of an apartment building two days after it collapsed in a powerful earthquake in Tainan City in Taiwan. The first was a woman who officials said was found lying underneath the body of her husband. Their two-year-old son was found dead nearby. Shortly later, a man was also rescued alive, local media reported. At least 38 people died in the magnitude 6.4 quake, most of whom were inside the Weiguan Jinlong building. More than 100 people are still thought to be trapped inside. The woman, Tsao Wei-ling, was rescued on Monday morning, local MP Wang Ting-yu was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. She was conscious and was taken to hospital. Rescuers said it appeared her husband’s body had protected her from a falling beam. Five of the couple’s family …

    February 8, 2016 2:56 am
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Technology

  • We Have the Technology to Destroy All Zika Mosquitoes


    A controversial genetic technology able to wipe out the mosquito carrying the Zika virus will be available within months, scientists say. The technology, called a “gene drive,” was demonstrated only last year in yeast cells, fruit flies, and a species of mosquito that transmits malaria. It uses the gene-snipping technology CRISPR to force a genetic change to spread through a population as it reproduces. Three U.S. labs that handle mosquitoes, two in California and one in Virginia, say they are already working toward a gene drive for Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquito blamed for spreading Zika. If deployed, the technology could theoretically drive the species to extinction. “We could have it easily within a year,” says Anthony James, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Irvine. Any release of a gene drive in the wild would be hotly debated by ecologists. So far, no public health agency has thrown its weight behind the idea. But with …

    February 8, 2016 12:52 am
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Science

  • Using the physics of your perfect pancake to help save sight


    Related images(click to enlarge) Understanding the textures and patterns of pancakes is helping UCL scientists improve surgical methods for treating glaucoma. The appearance of pancakes depends on how water escapes the batter mix during the cooking process and this varies with the thickness of the batter, according to new UCL research. Understanding the physics of the process can help perfect pancake making and gives important insights into how flexible sheets, like those found in human eyes, interact with flowing vapour and liquids. Co-author Professor Ian Eames, Professor of Fluid Mechanics at UCL Engineering, said: “Pancakes come in many shapes and sizes and everyone has their favourites – some prefer a small, thick pancake with a smooth surface whereas others enjoy a large, thin crêpe with ‘craters’ and crispy edges. We’ve discovered that the variations in texture and patterns result from differences in how water escapes the batter during cooking and that this is largely dependent …

    February 8, 2016 3:36 am
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Health

  • Celgene, Gilead Sciences shares could rise 30 percent: Barron’s


    NEW YORK The tumble in share prices for biotechnology stocks has created some buying opportunities, with drugmakers Celgene Corp (CELG.O) and Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) poised for a 30 percent rise over the next year, Barron’s said. Both companies currently rely on closely related medications for the bulk of their income, creating risk, but the potential for diversification either through developing new treatments or being bought out could provide substantial upside, the publication said. Celgene, which specializes in treatments for a blood plasma cell cancer called myeloma, could see double-digit growth for its Revlimid drug for years to come, with significant growth potential from overseas, Barron’s said. Despite negative publicity related to high prices on its hepatitis-C drugs, Gilead Sciences’ products often cure patients within months, the publication said. “That word, cure, isn’t used often enough by Big Pharma,” Barron’s said. The company also expects to generate $85 billion in cumulative free cash through 2020, which …

    February 8, 2016 12:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Lady Gaga Gets Emotional While Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl


    Posted on Sun Feb 7th, 2016 9:52pm PDT       By X17 Staff This year’s Super Bowl was pretty lame, but the performances were anything but! Lady Gaga slipped into a sparkly red Gucci pantsuit and sky-high platforms and belted out our national anthem, and she wowed just about everyone watching the show. And yes, this was a tame outfit for her! “I’ve always wanted to sing the national anthem at a major sporting event since I was a little girl, and for it to be the Super Bowl, it is the ultimate,” she said last week. “This is one of the highest honors of my career. I get a chance to sing for all the athletes who have been working so hard their whole life for this moment.” Miss the show? Watch the clip above to see Gaga’s take on the Star Spangled Banner!   Stories from around the Web

    February 8, 2016 3:16 am
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Editorial

  • Rubio stumbles, then stabilizes. Trump stays out front at GOP debate in New Hampshire


    Most of Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire was a cracking good show, with moments of substance.   Marco Rubio, still riding momentum after almost beating Donald Trump in Iowa, was the main target of attack by the governors on the stage Saturday. He took on real water when Chris Christie effectively characterized him as an Obama-like orator who rarely strayed from a script, and Rubio fed that impression by repeating his talking points four times in response. But Rubio stabilized and had a great answer on abortion “extremism” in the Democratic Party. He finished the debate in good form, but he sure gave reasons for Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich to hang around to see if he stumbles again.  If Marco’s momentum stalls in New Hampshire, his performance Saturday evening will be blamed for it.  Donald Trump was his swaggering self tonight, and helped himself except on the eminent domain issue. “What …

    February 7, 2016 10:48 am
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Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin


    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm
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