• UW mapping app turns art into a sharable walking route

    Related images(click to enlarge) Creative athletes have been using geographic information systems to transform their running routes into kangaroos, robots and other works of art that they share online, and one romantic cyclist last year...
  • ‘Last of US-German Moon team’ dies

    Oscar Holderer was a skilled mechanical engineer, a designer and fabricator The last-known surviving member of the German engineering team that designed the rocket that took US astronauts to the Moon has died in Alabama....
  • Kyrgios stuns Federer; Nadal, Murray win Madrid openers

    Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) – Rising Aussie star Nick Kyrgios stunned top-seeded Roger Federer in a marathon second-round match, while two-time defending and four-time overall champion Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were winners Wednesday at the...
  • Leaving on a jet plane…fueled by fungus?

    Leaving on a jet plane…fueled by fungus?

    There’s a fungus among us, and that might be a very good thing. Professor Birgitte Ahring (right) and Ph.D. candidate Malavika Sinha look at a mutant of Aspergillus carbonarius. Washington State University Scientists have found...
  • Google commits $150 million to diversity

    Google commits $150 million to diversity

    Google is taking a uniquely Google-esque approach to increasing the diversity of its workforce. The Sunnyvale, Calif., tech giant is trying to get more women and minorities into technology with an ambitious, $150 million plan....

Headline News

  • Former Navy SEAL sentenced to prison for investment scheme


    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A former U.S. Navy SEAL who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a scheme to defraud a dozen people out of nearly $1.2 million was sentenced on Wednesday to more than six years in prison. Jason Mullaney, who served in the Navy from 1993 to 2003 and spent much of his career on SEAL Team Five based in Coronado, California, pleaded guilty in September in San Diego Superior Court to three counts of grand theft and one count of securities fraud. Mullaney, 43, later sought to withdraw that plea, made as part of an agreement with prosecutors, but was rejected by a judge. Prosecutors say Mullaney, who had a California real estate license, bought and sold homes for clients – many of whom came from his Navy contacts. In 2008, he set up Trident Financial Holdings and Acquisitions LLC and began soliciting money from the SEALs he had served with, according …

    May 6, 2015 9:05 pm
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Politics

  • Pentagon chief calls for new multi-year defense spending deal


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Calling Republican defense spending plans a “road to nowhere,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter appealed on Wednesday for lawmakers to work with him toward a new bipartisan budget deal to provide stable funding for a U.S. military hurt by years of steep cuts. Carter told a Senate appropriations panel that Republican efforts to try to meet President Barack Obama’s defense funding request were well-intentioned but would not give the Pentagon the flexibility it needed and ultimately would lock in budget cuts Obama has threatened to veto. The president proposed a $534 billion Pentagon base budget for the 2016 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 that exceeds federal spending caps by $35 billion and could trigger mandatory cuts. Obama also sought $51 billion in funding for conflicts overseas in an account not covered by the spending caps. The Republican-controlled Congress, which opposes many of Obama’s spending priorities, is considering a $499 billion Pentagon base budget …

    May 6, 2015 5:42 pm
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Stocks

  • Google commits $150 million to diversity


    Google is taking a uniquely Google-esque approach to increasing the diversity of its workforce. The Sunnyvale, Calif., tech giant is trying to get more women and minorities into technology with an ambitious, $150 million plan. Google told CNNMoney half that money will go to outside organizations and communities, while the other half will be used internally to make Google more inclusive. In a blog post this week, VP of People Operations Nancy Lee laid out the company’s strategy for 2015. It follows earlier public efforts by Google (GOOG) to increase diversity, including sending Google engineers to historically black universities and and working with Disney (DIS) to improve depictions of girls in computer science. In 2014, the company put $114 million toward diversity programs. The company is also expanding where it looks for fresh talent by recruiting at a wider variety of colleges. The lack of diversity in tech goes deeper than just the HR department. …

    May 6, 2015 8:24 pm
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Sports

  • Kyrgios stuns Federer; Nadal, Murray win Madrid openers


    Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) – Rising Aussie star Nick Kyrgios stunned top-seeded Roger Federer in a marathon second-round match, while two-time defending and four-time overall champion Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were winners Wednesday at the clay-court Madrid Open. The 20-year-old Aussie Kyrgios saved two match points in the third-set tiebreak in order to oust the former world No. 1 great Federer 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (14-12) in 2 hours, 37 minutes. Federer saved five match points to make Kyrgios sweat out the victory. Kyrgios swatted 22 aces in a 38-ace affair that featured only four service breaks in 39 games at the Magic Box. This marked the second Top-10 victory for the young gun Kyrgios, the youngest player in the men’s Top 50. The 33-year-old Federer headed to Madrid fresh off his title in Istanbul. The 17-time Grand Slam champion won the Madrid title in 2009 and 2012. He also prevailed in 2006 when …

    May 6, 2015 9:04 pm
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World News

  • ‘Last of US-German Moon team’ dies


    Oscar Holderer was a skilled mechanical engineer, a designer and fabricator The last-known surviving member of the German engineering team that designed the rocket that took US astronauts to the Moon has died in Alabama. Oscar Holderer, who was 95, suffered a stroke last week and did not recover, his son Michael said. Mr Holderer was one of about 120 engineers who moved to the US after World War Two, bringing technology used in the German V2 rocket. They played a key role in the Saturn V rocket used in the 1969 Moon landing. The team, led by Wernher von Braun, was part of a project called Operation Paperclip that transferred technology used in Germany’s V2 and other rockets to the US. They were originally based at White Sands, New Mexico, but moved to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, in 1950 where they used early computers and slide rules to design the Saturn V. ‘Talented man’ Michael …

    May 6, 2015 9:04 pm
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Technology

  • Leaving on a jet plane…fueled by fungus?


    There’s a fungus among us, and that might be a very good thing. Professor Birgitte Ahring (right) and Ph.D. candidate Malavika Sinha look at a mutant of Aspergillus carbonarius. Washington State University Scientists have found a way to turn all sorts of readily available substances into biofuel: water, wood chips, air. Yes, they literally pulled fuel out of thin air. Are these scientists or magicians? Now, as part of a growing inquiry into greener flying, researchers have turned to a common fungus in the hopes of making a new jet biofuel. A team from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., has developed a way to turn a black fungus found in decaying soil, leaves and fruit into the hydrocarbons that make up fuel for aircraft, the school announced Wednesday. While recent tests have yielded promising results for the use of aviation biofuels, they have yet to be widely commercialized. WSU’s process for creating the organic …

    May 6, 2015 9:04 pm
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Science

  • UW mapping app turns art into a sharable walking route


    Related images(click to enlarge) Creative athletes have been using geographic information systems to transform their running routes into kangaroos, robots and other works of art that they share online, and one romantic cyclist last year even spelled out “Will you marry me, Emily?” with his bike. A new mobile app developed at the University of Washington does the opposite. The Trace app turns a digital sketch that you draw on your smartphone screen — a heart, maple leaf, raindrop, sailboat — into a walking route that you can send to a friend or loved one. The recipient of the “gift” tells the app how long they want the walk to last and receives step-by-step directions that eventually reveal the hidden shape on a map. The sender can also include audio recordings, images, inside jokes or other messages that pop up at specified locations along the route to give the recipient hints. The free app, available …

    May 6, 2015 9:24 pm
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Health

  • Alexion to bolster rare disease offering with $8.4 billion deal


    (Reuters) – Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc on Wednesday said it agreed to buy Synageva BioPharma Corp for $8.4 billion, more than twice its market value, to expand its offering of potentially high-priced medicines for rare diseases. Alexion’s willingness to pay an eye-popping premium for Synageva demonstrates that the appetite for large acquisitions in healthcare continues unabated. It also highlights the attraction of medicines for rare diseases that can command exceptionally high prices with little payer pushback because of the limited number of patients. Alexion’s lone product, Soliris, a treatment for two extremely rare life-threatening conditions, is among the world’s most expensive drugs. The medicine, which can cost more than $500,000 per year, generated sales of $2.23 billion in 2014. The companies’ combined developmental pipelines would give Alexion eight experimental medicines in clinical trials for 11 diseases, the company said. That includes Synageva’s Kanuma, which is awaiting U.S. and European approval to treat a rare and potentially …

    May 6, 2015 5:43 pm
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Entertainment

  • Zayn Malik Blasts Former One Direction Bandmate Louis Tomlinson On Twitter For "Bitchy Comments"


    Posted on Wed May 6th, 2015 1:05pm PDT       By X17 Staff Zayn Malik and his former One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson are currently feuding on social media, along with Zayn’s new producer Naughty Boy. A three-way cat fight featuring two British boybanders? Yes! It all started when Naughty Boy posted a pic of himself and Zayn, which was heavily enhanced with digital effects. Louis then tweeted, “Remember when you were 12 and you used to think those Mac filters for your pictures were cool haha! Some people still do HA!” Naughty Boy then tweeted, “@Louis_Tomlinson and some people can’t even sing.. but who’s complaining when there’s auto tune eh.” Burn! Louis tweeted right back and wrote, “@NaughtyBoyMusic Jesus forgot you were such an in demand producer …. How does it feel to be riding on the back of someone else’s career?” Of course, Naughty Boy then took the time to point out that he’s worked with …

    May 6, 2015 8:44 pm
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Editorial

  • Britain 2015: What Americans can learn from UK election


    LONDON — They called it “Question Time,” borrowing the term from the prime minister’s weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different. On Thursday, the three main candidates for prime minister — David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg — one by one appeared before an audience of voters at the Leeds Town Hall where for a half-hour voters asked them informed, pointed and detailed questions. The host, the BBC’s David Dimbleby, called for questions and occasionally followed up, but mostly voters drove the program. Two of the candidates were called liars right to their faces. In the U.S., we may think our candidates liars, but we rarely have a chance to call them on it. The U.S. could benefit from the British system of shorter campaigns, which would decrease costs and might enhance voter interest. The British complain that they are tired of this long campaign, which has …

    May 6, 2015 2:01 pm
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Odd News

  • Off-duty Maryland policeman bites man’s testicles: court papers


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Maryland police officer bit a man’s testicles during an off-duty fight outside a Baltimore bar and has been charged with assault, according to court documents made public on Wednesday.Anne Arundel County police officer Michael Flaig, 31, was arrested and charged on Tuesday night after attacking the victim, who was not named by Baltimore police.The fight stemmed from an argument that began after Flaig was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward the victim’s roommate, Baltimore police said in the charging documents. The victim told Flaig to stop and the two got in an argument. The man left the bar and Flaig attacked him in an alley, police said. He attempted to punch the victim, missed and fell down.The victim pinned Flaig to the ground, straddling him around the upper body and neck area, police said. Flaig then bit the man’s testicles, according to the court documents. The victim was treated at …

    May 6, 2015 9:24 pm
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