• Plouffe goes 4-for-4, Twins top D-backs

    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Trevor Plouffe went 4-for-4 with a run scored and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-3, in the middle test of a three-game set. Kyle Gibson (13-11) struck out eight...
  • Why Hollywood’s dismal summer won’t matter

    Why Hollywood’s dismal summer won’t matter

    Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” was one of Hollywood’s lone successes from this past summer. Next year should tell a different story. This week marked the official end of summer — one that...
  • India Mars mission arrives in orbit

    India Mars mission arrives in orbit

    24 September 2014 Last updated at 04:09 India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars on its first attempt. The Mangalyaan robotic probe arrived in orbit early on Wednesday following a 10-month journey...
  • Blue Jays rout King Felix, Mariners

    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Dalton Pompey cracked his first major-league homer off former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 10-2 on Tuesday. Pompey’s upper-deck blast leading...
  • Nuclear spins control electrical currents

    Nuclear spins control electrical currents

    Spin doctor: Christoph Boehme inserts an OLED into a spectrometer An international team of physicists has shown that information stored in the nuclear spins of hydrogen isotopes in an organic LED (OLED) can be read...

Headline News

  • Nearly 2,000 more firefighters thrown into battle against California blaze


    PLACERVILLE, Calif. –  Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke. The King Fire east of Sacramento has scorched about 139 square miles. Fire crews increased containment to 35 percent after several days of more favorable weather but with dryer air and increasing winds in the forecast, reinforcements were brought in pushing the number of firefighters on the scene to 7,400. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Wind gusts up to 35 mph, combined with low humidity, could stoke the flames and send embers flying ahead of the blaze. “We’re not sitting back and waiting. We have crews trying to get those containment lines strengthened,” state fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean said. The wildfire, which authorities believe was set on Sept. 13, has destroyed 12 homes and 57 outbuildings. It continues to threaten about …

    September 23, 2014 11:16 pm
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Politics

  • More Californians register to vote without a party preference


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – The number of Californians who are registered to vote but are not affiliated with a political party has risen over the past four years, data released Tuesday show. Despite the shift, registered Democrats still heavily outnumber Republicans in the most populous U.S. state, which recorded 17.6 million registered voters this year, up from 16.9 million in 2010. Since 2010, the number of California voters who say they have no party preference has risen from about 3.4 million to about 4.1 million, the state said, from 20 percent of the electorate to 23 percent. One driver of the increase is the state’s shift in 2012 to a new system for nominating candidates that allows anyone to vote regardless of party, said Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California. Under the system, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party, making it less important for voters …

    September 23, 2014 9:54 pm
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Stocks

  • Why Hollywood’s dismal summer won’t matter


    Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” was one of Hollywood’s lone successes from this past summer. Next year should tell a different story. This week marked the official end of summer — one that Hollywood was happy to see end. The film industry just came off its worst North American summer movie season in 17 years, a slumping summer that saw the U.S. box office down 20% from the year before. However, looking ahead to next summer’s box office, there’s much to look forward to — and that’s surely what studio executives will emphasize when they report third quarter earnings in the coming weeks. Here are four reasons why 2015 will make this year’s summer movie slump an aberration: 1.”Fast Furious 7″ and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” are good starts: The first films of the season can tell a lot about how the summer will go. The two opening films of last summer …

    September 23, 2014 10:54 pm
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Sports

  • Plouffe goes 4-for-4, Twins top D-backs


    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Trevor Plouffe went 4-for-4 with a run scored and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-3, in the middle test of a three-game set. Kyle Gibson (13-11) struck out eight and allowed a run on seven hits for the Twins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Andrew Chafin (0-1) surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks over three frames for Arizona, which has dropped seven of its last eight games. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    September 23, 2014 11:16 pm
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World News

  • Asylum seekers: Morrison will sign resettlement deal with Cambodia


    The Cambodian government says Australia’s immigration minister, Scott Morrison, will sign a memorandum of understanding between the two governments on Friday, sealing a controversial deal that would see refugees resettled in Cambodia from the South Pacific island of Nauru. According to a statement released by Cambodia’s ministry of foreign affairs and international co-operation, Morrison will pay a two-day visit to Phnom Penh starting on Friday and will co-sign the memorandum with Cambodia’s interior minister, Sar Kheng, at 3pm. Negotiations between the two countries began in February, when Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, paid a visit to Cambodia. But the full details of the deal have not been publicly disclosed and refugee advocacy groups, as well as the UNHCR, have expressed concern about the welfare of the refugees upon their arrival in Cambodia. Morrison has been contacted for comment.

    September 23, 2014 11:16 pm
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Technology

  • RFID helps robots locate objects


    Georgia Institute of Technology Robot vision — and comprehension of what the robot sees — is one of the major sticking points when it comes to household helper robots. But robots don’t have to be subject to the limitations of human senses — particularly if they can tap into technologies such as NFC and RFID. The latter has been implemented by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology to help robots locate objects. To be more precise, they have used small ultra-high frequency RFID tags, stuck onto objects, which robots can then track in a room — even when the tag is hidden out of sight. RFID alone, however, is not sufficient for item location. “RFID doesn’t tell the robot where it is,” said biomedical engineering associate professor Charlie Kemp. “To actually find the object and get close to it, the robot has to be more clever.” Kemp’s team fitted one of the Georgia Tech’s …

    September 23, 2014 9:54 pm
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Science

  • Nuclear spins control electrical currents


    Spin doctor: Christoph Boehme inserts an OLED into a spectrometer An international team of physicists has shown that information stored in the nuclear spins of hydrogen isotopes in an organic LED (OLED) can be read out by measuring the electrical current through the device. Unlike previous schemes that only work at ultracold temperatures, this is the first to operate at room temperature, and therefore could be used to create extremely dense and highly energy-efficient memory devices. With the growing demand for ever smaller, more powerful electronic devices, physicists are trying to develop more efficient semiconductors and higher-density data-storage devices. Motivated by the fact that traditional silicon semiconductors are susceptible to significant energy losses via waste heat, scientists are investigating the use of organic semiconductors. These are organic thin films placed between two conductors and they promise to be more energy efficient than silicon semiconductors. Furthermore, the availability of many different types of organic thin film …

    September 23, 2014 10:14 pm
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Health

  • Emergency contraception may not be available to all young men


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Young men often run into difficulties when they attempt to buy the morning-after pill for their partners, a new study suggests. Researchers report in the journal Contraception that in about one in every five attempts, young men in New York City were not able to buy the drug that can prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. “We give a significant amount of lip service for men to be responsible in the couple and there are a number of ways for them to do that,” Dr. David Bell told Reuters Health. “In this case, if the condom breaks, they can do that by getting emergency contraception for their partner.” People should make sure they aren’t putting up additional barriers that prevent men from taking a responsible role within the relationship, Bell said. Bell, the study’s lead author, is from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He’s also …

    September 23, 2014 9:54 pm
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Entertainment

  • Nicole Eggert reveals weight clause in Baywatch contract


    For former star, Nicole Eggert, the show “feels like a lifetime ago.” The actress spoke to toofab.com about the series that made all of the women huge stars for running in slow motion on the beach. David Hasselhoff names his favorite Baywatch babe Eggert described what it was like to wear a bathing suit to work every day. She said, “When I was hired I was too young to be an actual lifeguard on the show. I was a rookie, a lifeguard in training,” so she spent her first season in a black Speedo. Once she graduated to the red bathing suit, all sorts of mishaps began. She laughed, “The red one, you have a lot more nip slips, it falls off the shoulder a lot easier! The training one is a Speedo, it was very secure. The red one could easily pop off.” It isn’t easy wearing a bathing suit on camera in front …

    September 23, 2014 9:34 pm
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Editorial

  • Physical abuse of women is not confined to NFL, I know because it happened to me


    I never told anybody what happened.  I just let them think that I was my typical self, not caring about yet another guy and moved on. Even reading this, I’m sure they won’t believe it’s me. I’m the life of the party, indestructible, a known man-eater, college educated, world traveled, from a good family, and pretty enough to get paid modeling jobs. Domestic abuse is not confined to the quiet and insecure. I know, because it happened to me. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The next instant, I was knocked to the ground, being dragged across the floor by my hair and coughing from a soccer player kicking in my ribs. I was in too much shock to even fight back. How can I tell you about it when the thought of it still takes my breath away and clouds my eyes with hot tears? That’s why I write. To you. To you who are too scared to leave; …

    September 23, 2014 9:54 pm
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Odd News

  • Britain’s Cameron overheard saying Queen ‘purred’ at Scottish ‘No’ vote


    MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Britain’s monarch is famously above politics, but Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard on Tuesday saying Queen Elizabeth had “purred” with happiness when he phoned her to inform her Scotland had voted to reject independence. In New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, TV crews accidentally picked up remarks Cameron made to Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of the city, which are likely to embarrass Queen Elizabeth and the British leader. “She purred down the line. I’ve never heard someone so happy,” Cameron, whose Conservative Party campaigned for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom, said of the Queen, according to BBC TV and Sky News. Cameron also revealed he had been frustrated with pollsters who towards the end of the Sept. 18 referendum suggested the outcome would be close. In the event, Scots voted by 55-45 to reject independence. “It should never have been that close. It wasn’t …

    September 23, 2014 10:14 pm
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