• Baltimore emergency as riots erupt

    The US city of Baltimore has declared a state of emergency amid violent protests linked to the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody. A week-long curfew has been announced and as...
  • Graphene produces a working 3D holographic display

    Graphene produces a working 3D holographic display

    20th Century Fox Since “Help me, Obi Wan, you’re my only hope” hit the big screens in 1977’s “Star Wars,” we’ve been dreaming of a full-3D holographic display. Mastering the technology isn’t easy, though. We’ve...
  • ‘Eight million’ hit by Nepal quake

    ‘Eight million’ hit by Nepal quake

    Eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal, and 1.4 million are in need of food aid, the United Nations says. International aid has started arriving but there is still a...
  • Bucks beat Bulls, extend series

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Bucks won’t stop here. Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee staved off elimination yet again with a 94-88 win over the Chicago...
  • BlackBerry would team with Apple on security

    BlackBerry would team with Apple on security

    Apple dominates the smartphone world that BlackBerry helped create, but maybe the two tech rivals can safely work together in the future. BlackBerry (BBRY, Tech30) may be a shell of its former self, but one...
  • New York dims lights to save birds

    New York dims lights to save birds

    Migratory birds are thought to be confused by constellations of city lights, causing them to fatally crash The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate...

Headline News

  • Baltimore emergency as riots erupt


    The US city of Baltimore has declared a state of emergency amid violent protests linked to the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody. A week-long curfew has been announced and as many as 5,000 National Guard troops could be deployed. After dark, a community building that was under construction was engulfed in flames. Earlier, dozens of people were seen confronting police, and 15 officers were injured. African American Freddie Gray, 25, died on 19 April after a week in a coma. The justice department is investigating exactly where and when his spinal injuries were sustained. Officials have suspended six police officers who were involved in the case. Monday’s clashes began hours after Gray’s funeral. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said it was very clear there was a difference between the “peaceful protests of those who seek justice” and the “thugs who want to incite violence”. Authorities were “deploying every resource possible to …

    April 28, 2015 12:00 am
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Politics

  • Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear deal


    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. Kerry spoke at the United Nations on the opening day of a month-long conference taking stock of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and ahead of a meeting in New York with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, their first face-to-face encounter since recent marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Zarif and Kerry met later on Monday at the Iranian U.N. ambassador’s residence across from Central Park and discussed efforts to secure a final agreement between Iran and the six powers by a June 30 deadline. The meeting was “productive,” a senior U.S. State Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “They discussed the work that political directors and experts did …

    April 27, 2015 8:38 pm
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Stocks

  • BlackBerry would team with Apple on security


    Apple dominates the smartphone world that BlackBerry helped create, but maybe the two tech rivals can safely work together in the future. BlackBerry (BBRY, Tech30) may be a shell of its former self, but one area it still wields significant sway is security. The Defense Department uses BlackBerry devices for its security advantages, and President Obama even has his own super-charged BlackBerry. That’s one area Apple (AAPL, Tech30) needs to catch up with BlackBerry. But would the smartphone competitors ever partner up? “Yes, if Apple would ever come to us and would love to have our security, we could talk,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen told CNNMoney’s Cristina Alesci on Monday from the sidelines of the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles. Chen acknowledged “it takes two parties to dance,” but said BlackBerry would make its software available “for any device operating system.” Has Apple already approached BlackBerry about collaborating on security? “I don’t want to …

    April 27, 2015 10:58 pm
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Sports

  • Bucks beat Bulls, extend series


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Bucks won’t stop here. Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee staved off elimination yet again with a 94-88 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Carter-Williams battled through an ankle injury and shot 10-of-15 from the field while adding nine assists and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who needed a buzzer-beating Jerryd Bayless layup to save their season in Game 4. The young upstarts were much more convincing on Monday, leading the entire second half and making the United Center crowd a non-factor most of the night. “(The team) worked their tails off and put themselves in position to make this a series,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “No one had us in this position. We just go out and play basketball.” Khris Middleton finished with 21 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in with 11, and John Henson pulled down a game-high 14 …

    April 27, 2015 11:18 pm
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World News

  • ‘Eight million’ hit by Nepal quake


    Eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal, and 1.4 million are in need of food aid, the United Nations says. International aid has started arriving but there is still a shortage of medical equipment, food and body bags. The 7.8 magnitude quake hit Nepal on Saturday destroying buildings in Kathmandu and severely affecting rural areas across the region. A government official said on Tuesday the death toll has now risen to 4,310. Almost 8,000 people have been injured, home ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said. Nepal and surrounding areas have continued to experience aftershocks. Thousands in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, spent a third night outside, too afraid to go back into their houses. Water, food and electricity are in short supply and there are fears of outbreaks of disease. “According to initial estimations and based on the latest earthquake intensity mapping, eight million people in 39 districts have been affected, of …

    April 27, 2015 11:19 pm
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Technology

  • Graphene produces a working 3D holographic display


    20th Century Fox Since “Help me, Obi Wan, you’re my only hope” hit the big screens in 1977’s “Star Wars,” we’ve been dreaming of a full-3D holographic display. Mastering the technology isn’t easy, though. We’ve seen multiple attempts that approximate a 3D display, like a 2D image visible from all directions, but the tech world wasn’t quite up to the challenge of true 3D yet. A new effort from Australian universities looks like it could be at least getting closer to the real deal, with materials made from the versatile carbon-based graphene as the key. “While there is still work to be done, the prospect is of 3D images seemingly leaping out of the screens…without the need for cumbersome accessories such as 3D glasses,” said Qin Li from Griffith University’s School of Engineering, who conducted carbon-structure analysis for the research. The graphene-enabled display created by a team of researchers from Griffith University and Swinburne University …

    April 27, 2015 11:59 pm
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Science

  • How an RNA gene silences a whole chromosome


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Caltech have discovered how an abundant class of RNA genes, called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs, pronounced link RNAs) can regulate key genes. By studying an important lncRNA, called Xist, the scientists identified how this RNA gathers a group of proteins and ultimately prevents women from having an extra functional X-chromosome–a condition in female embryos that leads to death in early development. These findings mark the first time that researchers have uncovered the detailed mechanism of action for lncRNA genes. “For years, we thought about genes as just DNA sequences that encode proteins, but those genes only make up about 1 percent of the genome. Mammalian genomes also encode many thousands of lncRNAs,” says Assistant Professor of Biology Mitch Guttman, who led the study published online in the April 27 issue of the journal Nature. These lncRNAs such as Xist play a structural role, acting to scaffold–or bring together and …

    April 27, 2015 8:18 pm
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Health

  • New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected: Iowa


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state’s agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. Additional tests are pending to confirm the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N2, agency officials said. If these tests are positive, the state’s tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the virus and needing to be culled would be more than 9.5 million birds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said on a conference call on Monday. Iowa farms house, on average, an estimated 60 million egg-laying hens, Northey said. “This is a big deal,” Northey said. “Going forward, the question is are we done? Or does this mean more birds as we go forward.” Initial positive tests for H5 avian influenza were found in a commercial egg-laying farm with an estimated 1.7 million …

    April 27, 2015 4:37 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ellen Pompeo pens letter for fans suffering heartbreak and loss


    More: Camilla Luddington weighs in on how Shonda Rhimes creates such fierce TV Spoiler alert: Do NOT continue reading unless you know or are ready to know all the tragic, unbelievable, mind-blowing events of the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy. (P.S. If you’ve managed to avoid social media for this long, I’m impressed.) Many fans still haven’t gotten over McDreamy’s (Patrick Dempsey) untimely death on the show, and Pompeo wants fans to know she’s right there with you. The star of the show took to her Instagram to explain why this journey was a necessary one for Meredith Grey (aka Mrs. McDreamy). More: 10 Grey’s Anatomy losses ranked by how much we miss them “So it’s for these people and in the spirit of resilience I am honored and excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible,” Pompeo wrote. “I hope you will all join …

    April 27, 2015 11:18 pm
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Editorial

  • Baltimore mayor’s ‘balancing act’ gave protestors permission to turn violent


    “I wanted to give space to those who wished to destroy,” that is how Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake described her policy Saturday at a press conference. Her words, which effectively told police to stand down as those gathered to protest the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray smashed store windows, looted 7-Elevens and forced attendees at a Baltimore Oriole-Boston Red Sox baseball game to remain in the stadium because it wasn’t safe outside. At a press conference on April 25 the mayor said, ““I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. It’s a very delicate balancing act.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The resulting violence escalated as flyers were distributed describing how the city was going to have a “purge” Monday styled after the movie of the same name where all laws …

    April 27, 2015 8:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction


    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm
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