• Toward optical chips

    Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips’ transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical...
  • Turkish hostages in Iraq released

    Turkish hostages in Iraq released

    20 September 2014 Last updated at 06:04 The jihadist group has declared the creation of a caliphate in the areas under its control Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in the north...
  • Destiny review

    Framed in humourlessly portentous space opera, Halo’s illegitimate child, Destiny, has arrived. Your job is to restore Earth’s golden age of galactic colonisation by cleansing our solar system of the robotic and alien factions invading...

Headline News

  • Police hunker down in wooded neighborhood of suspect in deadly ambush on state troopers


    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. –  Authorities are hunkering down in the overnight darkness of the wooded northeast Pennsylvania neighborhood where a man suspected of the fatal ambush of a state police trooper lived with his parents. Roads are still closed early Saturday as state police continue their search for 31-year-old Eric Frein (FREEN) in the Pocono Mountains. An unmarked helicopter was flying overhead, its lights off. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT State police told residents Friday night in the townships of Price and Barrett to stay inside and asked others not to travel to Barrett Township because of heavy police activity. A dispatcher says shots were fired several hours earlier. Authorities are hoping to catch the gunman they allege opened fire on a state police barracks a week ago, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding a second trooper.

    September 20, 2014 12:26 am
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Politics

  • Kansas Democrat asks court to require new U.S. Senate candidate


    KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) – A Kansas Democrat has asked the state Supreme Court to order his party to name a new U.S. Senate candidate for the November election after the court ruled the name of a county prosecutor who withdrew must be removed from the ballot. Chad Taylor’s withdrawal is seen as boosting the candidacy of independent Greg Orman, who is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in a nationally watched race that could help decide which party controls the chamber. Republicans seeking to take control of the U.S. Senate have been counting on a Roberts victory. Taylor’s withdrawal leaves Roberts and Orman as the main candidates and a victory by the independent would hurt Republicans. David Orel, in a petition filed late Thursday and circulated by the court on Friday, asked the justices to compel Kansas Democrats to replace Taylor so he can vote for a candidate from his party. He …

    September 20, 2014 12:25 am
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Stocks

  • Digital tip jar coming to a coffee shop near you


    Susye Greenwood, a customer at New York’s Fresco, tips $1 for her server via a swipe of her card in the DipJar. The tip jar at coffee shops is often an embarrassment for the kind of people who pay for everything with their credit cards and rarely have small change on hand. The electronic DipJar, a device that accepts credit and debit cards for $1 tips, is here to help the cashless. DipJar, a startup based in New York and Boston, has been testing the devices at 20 locations in New York over the last two years. It is now ready to expand into as many as 200 locations after a cash infusion from investors of $420,000. “We intended to do a short trial, but once they were on the countertops the stores didn’t want to give them back,” said DipJar co-founder and CEO Ryder Kessler. At Fresco Gelateria, a New York coffee shop, it …

    September 19, 2014 11:22 pm
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Sports

  • Lester allows only 5 hits in 7 innings; Athletics top Phillies 3-1


    Oakland Athletics’ Jon Lester works against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press) Oakland Athletics’ Sean Doolittle (62) and Derek Norris, left, celebrate the A’s 3-1 defeat of the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press) Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris, right, tags out Philadelphia Phillies’ Freddy Galvis during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Galvis was attempting to score on a ball hit by Carlos Ruiz. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press) Philadelphia Phillies’ David Buchanan, right, is visited on the mound by pitching coach Bob McClure, left, and catcher Carlos Ruiz in the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press) OAKLAND, Calif. –  Coco …

    September 20, 2014 12:26 am
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World News

  • Turkish hostages in Iraq released


    20 September 2014 Last updated at 06:04 The jihadist group has declared the creation of a caliphate in the areas under its control Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in the north Iraqi city of Mosul in June are now back in Turkey, PM Ahmet Davutoglu says. The 49 hostages included diplomats and their families as well as soldiers. They were seized from Turkey’s consulate after IS militants seized Mosul in a rapid advance in June. Turkey has refused direct involvement in the military campaign against IS partly because of fears over the hostages’ safety. Mr Davutoglu said that the hostages were all in good health and that they were released early on Saturday. They were being taken to the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa by the Turkish intelligence agency, he added. Ahmet Davutoglu, who was appointed PM earlier this month, called the news “joyful” “From my heart, I thank the families …

    September 20, 2014 12:26 am
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Technology

  • Destiny review


    Framed in humourlessly portentous space opera, Halo’s illegitimate child, Destiny, has arrived. Your job is to restore Earth’s golden age of galactic colonisation by cleansing our solar system of the robotic and alien factions invading it. Naturally, this doesn’t involve diplomacy, so much as stalking vast tracts of landscape and gargantuan, cathedral-like underground mazes, where each new area is a fresh puzzle in crowd control with guns. Although much-touted, the presence of other players is fleeting unless you specifically get together in a fireteam or enter the Crucible, where you can finally shoot them. The upgrade system revolves around looting weapons and equipment from dead enemies, as well as completing special bounties. It looks, sounds and plays like Halo, with additional layers of character progression and a promise of new content to be released over the coming year. It’s not as ambitious as its PR puff claims, but it’s still a great shooter. ALSO OUT …

    September 20, 2014 12:26 am
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Science

  • Toward optical chips


    Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips’ transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators, and detectors — emitters are the toughest to build. One promising light source for optical chips is molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which has excellent optical properties when deposited as a single, atom-thick layer. Other experimental on-chip light emitters have more-complex three-dimensional geometries and use rarer materials, which would make them more difficult and costly to manufacture. In the next issue of the journal Nano Letters, researchers from MIT’s departments of Physics and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will describe a new technique for building MoS2 light emitters tuned to different frequencies, an essential requirement for optoelectronic chips. Since thin films of material can also be patterned onto sheets of plastic, the same work could point …

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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Health

  • Hundreds of babies possibly exposed to TB at Texas Hospital


    (Reuters) – More than 700 newborns and 40 employees of a Texas hospital may have been exposed to a worker who had an active case of the sometimes-deadly tuberculosis, health officials said on Friday. The employee, working in a nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, interacted with patients for months before later being diagnosed with the disease, the El Paso Department of Public Health said. A total of 706 babies and 43 employees were possibly exposed to the infected worker between September 2013 and August 2014, the health department said. Health and hospital officials were working to contact the affected families and would provide screening and follow-up care free of charge. “TB is a serious but treatable disease that is spread through the air. Although TB is not easy to catch from another person, we want to be extra sure that your child is examined,” the health department said in a letter to …

    September 20, 2014 12:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Is Chris Martin already in love with Jennifer Lawrence?


    Gwyneth Paltrow happy Chris Martin and JLaw are dating A source close to the couple tells Us Weekly that Lawrence and Martin are growing closer by the day. Another source reveals that Coldplay frontman Martin is starting to develop some seriously strong feelings. “He’s fallen in love,” the insider tells Us Weekly. “It’s the real deal.” JLaw seems totally OK with that, since a friend of hers tells the mag, “It’s a fantasy come true [for Lawrence].” The pair started dating last month, after both broke things off with their respective former significant others. Martin announced the end of his 10-year marriage to actress Gwyneth Paltrow in March, and Lawrence broke up with her boyfriend, Nick Hoult, earlier this past summer. The two have been seen out and about, going on romantic dates at a number of hotspots in Hollywood and New York. A witness who spotted them at dinner at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont …

    September 20, 2014 12:05 am
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Editorial

  • Hey, Martha, don’t become part of the ‘War on Women’ — Gwyneth’s Goop is a good thing


    FILE — July 17, 2013: American business magnate Martha Stewart pours powdered sugar onto blueberries while discussing recipes on the “Today” show in New York. (Reuters) Dear Martha, Please don’t join the “War on Women.”  Pardon the pun, but I have been stewing over the nasty comments you made recently about how Gwyneth, “… just needs to be quiet. She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.”  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT We don’t need this. The only “War on Women” I have ever experienced is in attacks like yours on Gwyneth — not from men, but from other women!   As a fellow tall blonde entrepreneur, I, too, have been the recipient of other women going for my jugular for no reason (other than their own insecurity and jealousy) which is crushing and very damaging. This kind of behavior does not help women “strive to be entrepreneurial” as …

    September 20, 2014 12:26 am
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Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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