• Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

    Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

    27 August 2014 Last updated at 07:50 Most space debris is man-made and come from destroyed satellites US defence giant Lockheed Martin has struck a deal with an Australian technology firm to track space debris...
  • Wall Street’s new tech darling: Mobileye

    Wall Street’s new tech darling: Mobileye

    A Mobileye device. One of the hottest tech initial public offerings of the summer keeps getting hotter. Mobileye (MBLY) designs technology to avoid auto accidents and may play a role in the development of self-driving...
  • Today’s Toons 8/27/14

    Today’s Toons 8/27/14

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  • Introducing the multi-tasking nanoparticle

    Kit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can...
  • US girl, nine, in gun lesson mishap

    US girl, nine, in gun lesson mishap

    27 August 2014 Last updated at 08:23 Uzis are high-powered, Israeli-made submachine guns A nine year-old girl in the US has killed her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use a high-powered...

Headline News

  • Former Virginia governor wraps up his testimony as public corruption trial winding down


    RICHMOND, Va. –  Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s public corruption trial is winding down in federal court in Richmond. McDonnell testified in his own defense for more than four days. He wrapped up his time on the witness stand Tuesday by acknowledging using bad judgment but firmly denying criminal wrongdoing. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company’s dietary supplements. The former governor’s lawyer told the judge that he has just one more witness to call Wednesday. Then Maureen McDonnell will present her case. Her attorney said that should take about three hours, leaving only closing arguments and instructions from the judge before the case goes to the jury.

    August 27, 2014 3:36 am
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Politics

  • Arizona’s state treasurer claims victory in Republican primary


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona state treasurer and businessman Doug Ducey claimed victory on Tuesday in the race to be the Republican nominee to replace outgoing Governor Jan Brewer, who has repeatedly clashed with the Obama administration over illegal immigration. With border security issues high on the political agenda, Ducey held a convincing lead of 37 percent with two-thirds of the precincts reporting in the six-way race that included ex-mayor and developer Scott Smith. Smith had 22.4 percent of the vote. Ducey and Smith have been considered the top two candidates in the race by the latest political polls and by observers. Smith conceded the race in a speech surrounded by supporters two hours after the polls closed. The Arizona governor’s race is the highest profile battle among a series of state primary contests being held on Tuesday that also include votes in Florida, Vermont and Oklahoma. The winner in Arizona will face Democrat Fred Duval, …

    August 27, 2014 2:35 am
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Stocks

  • Wall Street’s new tech darling: Mobileye


    A Mobileye device. One of the hottest tech initial public offerings of the summer keeps getting hotter. Mobileye (MBLY) designs technology to avoid auto accidents and may play a role in the development of self-driving cars that’s getting so much buzz. Shares popped over 8% Tuesday after Wall Street analysts unveiled a series of optimistic forecasts for the company and the stock. “Much like the airbag, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control over the past few decades, we believe Mobileye’s monocular camera system is at the early stages of a 10-20 year mass adoption by the auto industry,” wrote Raymond James analyst Tavis McCort in a research note. Related: Traffic lights are dangerously easy to hack The firm uses software algorithms to visually identify such hazards as other vehicles, pedestrians, animals, and debris. It’s also able to read traffic signs and lights, Mobileye claims on its website. Mobileye has partnerships with various automakers including General …

    August 27, 2014 3:35 am
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Sports

  • Women’s players say a World Cup on artificial turf amounts to discrimination


    FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2012, file photo, United States’ Kelly O’Hara (5) fights for control of the ball with Costa Rica’s Daniela Cruz (8) during the first half of CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying soccer game action at B.C. Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. A group of players from the U.S. women’s national team, who will vie for a spot in the World Cup in October qualifying, have joined with several international players in protesting the turf surfaces for next summer’s big event in Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward, File)The Associated Press FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2012, file photo, United States’ Carli Lloyd (10) takes a free kick against Costa Rica during the second half of CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying soccer game action at B.C. Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. A group of players from the U.S. women’s national team, who will vie for a spot in the World Cup …

    August 27, 2014 3:35 am
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World News

  • Lockheed Martin in space junk deal


    27 August 2014 Last updated at 07:50 Most space debris is man-made and come from destroyed satellites US defence giant Lockheed Martin has struck a deal with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage satellites. It has signed a “strategic co-operation agreement” with Canberra-based Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to build a new tracking station in Western Australia. The site will employ advanced optical and laser technology to detect, track and identify specific space objects. Debris threatens orbiting satellites daily and can cause millions in damage. “Ground-based space situational awareness is a growing priority for government and commercial organisations around the world that need to protect their investments in space,” said Lockheed Martin Space Systems executive vice president Rick Ambrose in a statement. “We’ll offer customers a clearer picture of the objects that could endanger their satellites, and do so with great precision and cost-effectiveness.” A graphical representation of space debris in …

    August 27, 2014 3:35 am
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Technology

  • Duolingo creator: ‘I wanted to create a way to learn languages for free’


    Luis von Ahn is a man of many titles: computer science professor, entrepreneur, crowdsourcing pioneer to name but a few. He sold two companies to Google while still in his 20s and his latest creation, Duolingo, is well on the way to revolutionising language learning across the world. “What I wanted to do was create a way to learn languages for free,” says von Ahn. “If you look at language learning in the world, there are 1.2 billion people learning a foreign language and two thirds of those people are learning English so they can get a better job and earn more. The problem is that they don’t have equity and most language courses cost a lot of money.” Duolingo launched in 2012 and the app now has 40 million registered users, making it one of the most popular ways to learn languages in the world. Put another way, in America there are more people …

    August 27, 2014 2:35 am
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Science

  • Introducing the multi-tasking nanoparticle


    Kit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can be used as contrast agents to light up tumors for MRI and PET scans or deliver chemo and other therapies to destroy tumors. In addition, the particles are biocompatible and have shown no toxicity. The study was published online today in Nature Communications. “These are amazingly useful particles,” noted co-first author Yuanpei Li, a research faculty member in the Lam laboratory. “As a contrast agent, they make tumors easier to see on MRI and other scans. We can also use them as vehicles to deliver chemotherapy directly to tumors; apply light to make the nanoparticles release singlet oxygen (photodynamic therapy) or use a laser to heat them (photothermal therapy) — all proven ways to destroy tumors.” Jessica Tucker, program director …

    August 27, 2014 2:55 am
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Health

  • Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting


    (This August 20th story has been refiled to correct gender of Dr. Bauer in paras 15, 16 and 18, and changes “county” to “country” in para 16.) NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For international travelers who need to carry medical devices and medications with them, it’s not easy to find out the travel requirements at their destinations, and embassies in general aren’t much help, according to a new study. “The problem is known to exist but has not previously been published as we have,” said lead author Moses Mutie of the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra in Bruce, Australia. “Most embassies focus on trade and tourism,” Mutie told Reuters Health by email. “Health issues are not often a priority.” The Australian researchers considered the situation of a traveler from their own country going to one of 25 other countries popular with Australian tourists, including destinations in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia …

    August 26, 2014 10:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Shocker: Kylie Jenner is "obsessed" with Instagram


    Kendall and Kylie Jenner party with new BFF Chris Brown “We don’t even remember a time before the show and before the cameras,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star dishes to V magazine. “It’s all kind of normal to us.” Since Jenner is only 17, it’s no wonder she can’t remember the time before her super-famous fam was in the limelight. Jenner, already a fierce fashionista, despite not even being a legal adult yet, is featured in the September “game-changers” issue of V magazine. Wearing an Emporio Armani coat over a slinky, sexy dress, it would appear the youngest Jenner is going for a decidedly grown-up look. Kylie Jenner slams “insulting” plastic surgery rumors And it’s no surprise for someone who is being watched by so many — Jenner’s been a reality TV star since she was a pre-teen, and with that fame comes perks, like 10 million followers on Instagram. “I’m obsessed with …

    August 27, 2014 2:13 am
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Editorial

  • The debt we owe to those who stand between us and our enemies


      I was only 5-years-old, but I remember well the cold, dreary Sunday,  December 7 in 1941, when our family gathered around my Granddaddy’s big floor model radio to listen to the news that the Japanese Imperial Air Force had attacked the United States naval facilities in Pearl Harbor. That’s the day the world changed for me, never to be the same in my life. The Second World War become very real to those of us in coastal North Carolina, where ships leaving my seaport hometown of Wilmington were sunk by German U-boats just miles off our coast, prompting a very real fear that the Nazis would try to bring the war on shore. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I learned very early in my life that only two things protect our nation: the grace of Almighty God and the United States military.  I learned very early in my life that only two things protect our nation: the …

    August 27, 2014 2:35 am
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Odd News

  • Shaun the sheep, when shorn, may turn out to be world’s woolliest


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Two Australian farmers say that they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25 kg (55 lb) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held by neighboring New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km (52 miles) from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the largely rural island state off Australia’s southeastern coast. “He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed ahold of him,” farmer Peter Hazell told reporters. The six-year-old merino sheep had likely never been shorn in his life, the farmers said, but he was due to have a date with the clippers in the next few days. The Australian farmers say they anticipate Shaun will overtake the current world record, held by a New Zealand sheep called Shrek. (Reporting by Samantha …

    August 27, 2014 2:55 am
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