• Nasa emails spanner into space

    Nasa emails spanner into space

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 10:56 Astronaut Barry Wilmore asked for a ratcheting socket wrench Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up...
  • Dozens of protesters arrested in Milwaukee

    Dozens of protesters arrested in Milwaukee

    This undated family photo provided by Dameion Perkins shows Dontre Hamilton. (AP) Protesters rallying support of the Dontre Hamilton family blocked traffic in Milwaukee Friday evening leading to dozens of arrests. The protests turned disruptive as...
  • Raptors erase early deficit to beat Pistons

    Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Toronto used a strong third quarter to overcome a slow start and beat Detroit, 110-100, Friday. Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds...
  • Antarctic science archive unlocked

    Antarctic science archive unlocked

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 01:19 By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, San Francisco The photo expeditions were run out of Deception Island, a flooded caldera in the peninsula’s north Aerial photos from...
  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m

    UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 05:10 The bombing of the power plant released more than 100,000 barrels of oil into the sea The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution asking Israel to pay...
  • Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola

    Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 00:16 Campaigners have been urged to follow public health regulations Voters in Liberia are set to go to the polls in an election that was postponed in October because...

Headline News

  • Dozens of protesters arrested in Milwaukee


    This undated family photo provided by Dameion Perkins shows Dontre Hamilton. (AP) Protesters rallying support of the Dontre Hamilton family blocked traffic in Milwaukee Friday evening leading to dozens of arrests. The protests turned disruptive as nearly hundred people headed to Interstate-43 blocking off ramps and using bullhorns to get their message out. The protesters were met by Milwaukee police and one after the other were arrested, Fox6Now.com reports. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Intentional disruptions inflicted on this city impose a very real public safety cost on the community at large,” police said in a statement. “Every officer protecting protesters from death/injury in traffic is one pulled from neighborhoods most at risk from violent crime.” At the end of the demonstration, 73 adults were arrested along with one juvenile. I’m angry and disappointed that the individuals involved in tonight’s protests decided to take their demonstration to the interstate and disrupt the lawful flow of traffic and jeopardize the …

    December 20, 2014 2:33 am
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Politics

  • Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad. The legislation, approved by Congress earlier this month, sets defense policy and authorizes spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, but does not actually appropriate funding. The bill approves a Pentagon base budget of $496 billion, in line with Obama’s request, plus nearly $64 billion for conflicts abroad including the war in Afghanistan. It also authorizes $17.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons work. The measure formally endorses the Pentagon’s plan to vet, train and equip a moderate Syrian opposition military force to fight Islamic State rebels, defend the Syrian people and promote conditions for a negotiated end to Syria’s civil war. The U.S. military program to …

    December 19, 2014 7:50 pm
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Stocks

  • Not everyone is a fan of ‘Serial’


      Even if you aren’t a big public radio fan, you’ve heard all about the podcast “Serial” in the past few months. Millions of people have downloaded the 12 episodes to hear reporter Sarah Koenig lay out her own investigation of a murder that happened 15 years ago. But with such popularity comes opinions and – surprise – not everyone is such a big fan. And at the heart of some conversations is the issue of race. The victim, Hae Min Lee, is the daughter of Korean immigrants. And the ex-boyfriend who is behind bars for the murder, Adnan Syed, comes from a Pakistani Muslim family. Both were seniors at a high school in Baltimore County, Maryland at the time. On the other hand, the reporter and her team — producers from the show This American Life — are white. At the crux of the debate is whether or not Koenig, or any white journalist, …

    December 20, 2014 12:51 am
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Sports

  • Raptors erase early deficit to beat Pistons


    Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Toronto used a strong third quarter to overcome a slow start and beat Detroit, 110-100, Friday. Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds in their fifth straight win. Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams each netted 15 points, and James Johnson added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Toronto, which did not lead at all in the first half. “I give our bench a lot of credit,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. “They came in and did their job.” In their third straight loss, the Pistons were led by Brandon Jennings’ 22 points and eight assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Terrence Ross’ jumper to open the second half gave the Raptors their first lead of the game. Ross hit a floater a minute later and Amir Johnson’s layup wrapped up a 12-0 Toronto …

    December 20, 2014 2:13 am
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World News

  • Nasa emails spanner into space


    19 December 2014 Last updated at 10:56 Astronaut Barry Wilmore asked for a ratcheting socket wrench Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email. It is the first time hardware has been “emailed” to space. Nasa was responding to a request by ISS commander Barry Wilmore for a ratcheting socket wrench. Previously, if astronauts requested a specific item they could have waited months for it to be flown up on one of the regular supply flights. Mike Chen, founder of Made In Space, the company behind the 3-D printer, said: “We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore (who goes by “Butch”) mention over the radio that he needed one, so we designed one in CAD and sent it up to him faster than a rocket ever could have.” Mr Wilmore installed the printer on the ISS on 17 November. On 25 …

    December 20, 2014 2:33 am
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Technology

  • The Guide’s review of 2014


    Modern Toss: 2014 in review Jon and Mick from Modern Toss cast a rheumy eye over the year Quiz: can you identify 2014’s dance-pop chart toppers? This year’s charts were full of charismatic, entirely memorable new British house stars who got to No 1 with brilliant songs. Can you name ANY of them? Reality TV face-off: poor v posh They were the two most successful strands of telly this year but who came out best in this small screen class war? Dapper Laughs, The Real Housewives, Benefit Street: 2014, the year in TV In the eternal battle between ‘reality’ and more expensive forms of TV, reality won again. Plus, six of the best episodes from 2014 Roger Mellie. Photograph: Viz The Viz Xmas market Nothing says Christmas like a load of old tat from the UK’s favourite comic (with an RRP of more than £2) Vic Bob, Stacey Dooley, Run The Jewels: 2014 celebrity lists …

    December 20, 2014 12:11 am
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Science

  • A vegetarian carnivorous plant


    Carnivorous plants catch and digest tiny animals in order and derive benefits for their nutrition. Interestingly the trend towards vegetarianism seems to overcome carnivorous plants as well. The aquatic carnivorous bladderwort, which can be found in many lakes and ponds worldwide, does not only gain profit from eating little animals but also by consuming algae and pollen grains. This results in survival in aquatic habitats where prey animals are rare, and in increased fitness if the animals and algae are caught in a well-balanced diet. An Austrian research group around Marianne Koller-Peroutka and Wolfram Adlassnig published these results in the journal Annals of Botany. The bladderworts (Utricularia) are one of the largest genera in carnivorous plants with over 200 species. Aquatic bladderworts catch their prey with highly sophisticated suction traps consisting of little bladders that produce a hydrostatic under pressure. A valve-like trap door opens upon stimulation and the surrounding water including tiny organism flushes …

    December 20, 2014 12:12 am
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Health

  • U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit


    HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients. He visited an Ebola treatment center outside Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and listened as 28-year-old nurse Rebecca Johnson told how she contracted Ebola while treating patients only to survive and then return to work. “We will stand with Sierra Leone until this outbreak is under control and the country has recovered from its impact,” Ban said, calling Johnson’s story was “touching and moving.” Sierra Leone now accounts for more than half of the 18,603 total confirmed cases since the outbreak was detected in March …

    December 20, 2014 12:11 am
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Entertainment

  • The Interview: 9 Pros and cons of releasing it on demand


    The Change.org petition from Aaron Escobar of Woodland Hills, California, asks Sony not to give in to the threats and demands of Guardians of Peace, the party responsible for the Sony hack and which the United States has confirmed is tied to North Korea. More: Sony hacks: A full timeline of every dirty detail revealed “I believe it is an act of cowardice to so easily given into [sic] the demands of such an anonymous group of individuals. Not simply as a company, but as artists, as Americans,” Escobar writes. “As such I implore you to proudly embrace one of our most valued and sacred freedoms of all, the right to free speech.” In response to the petition, we’ve laid out some pros and cons of releasing the movie on demand. You be the judge and vote, sharing your stance on the film, in the comments section below. Pros 1. Everyone can watch, free of North …

    December 20, 2014 1:53 am
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Editorial

  • Christmas can be a lonely time: Invite those who are alone to your festivities


    FILE — Dec. 17, 2014: A visitor to the Free Library of Philadelphia walks through the lobby by a Christmas tree in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) December 8, 2014: Children from the Child Development Center (CDC) of Central Presbyterian watch as the tree lights are turned on. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, first lady Sandra Deal and other state officials kick off the holiday season by taking part in the annual lighting of Christmas tree at the state Capitol in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bob Andres) My beloved father died on December 4th, a few weeks after suffering a massive heart attack.The loss was devastating for our little family but especially for my mom.  We will always regret not having one last Christmas season together, which would have been filled with love and laughter, children, and wonderful food from my mother’s kitchen. Instead we struggled to cope with the “empty chair” at the table and other evidences of …

    December 20, 2014 12:11 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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