• ‘Decorated’ graphene is a superconductor

    ‘Decorated’ graphene is a superconductor

    Super conductor: doping graphene with lithium creates Cooper pairs The “wonder material” graphene has another significant quality to add to its impressive list of electrical and mechanical properties: superconductivity. Physicists in Canada and Germany have...
  • Nationals hit 3 homers, Zimmermann goes 7 in 5-1 win

    WASHINGTON (AP) Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond hit back-to-back home runs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Saturday night. The Nationals pulled within 5 1-2 games...
  • Round world yacht race set to begin

    Round world yacht race set to begin

    Image caption The event is the world’s longest ocean race The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, which will see 12 teams spend a year travelling the globe, begins in London later. The world’s longest...

Headline News

  • Michigan rally shows support for ex-Marine held by Iran


    Aug. 29, 2015: Balloons are released during a rally for Amir Hekmati in Bay City, Mich., to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran’s refusal to free the former U.S. Marine from prison. (Nicole Hester/The Bay City Times via AP) BAY CITY, Mich. –  Dozens of people at a Michigan rally released balloons Saturday to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran’s refusal to free a former Marine from prison. But they first heard from Amir Hekmati, whose words were recorded weeks ago during a phone call with relatives. He has been in an Iranian prison since 2011, although the U.S. government denies he’s a spy and has repeatedly called for his release. “The list of people I want to thank is far too long to include here,” Hekmati, 32, said. Rain suddenly stopped in Bay City as about 100 people turned out to hear remarks from Hekmati’s Flint-area family, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, and others, including …

    August 29, 2015 9:34 pm
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Politics

  • Judge orders former Ohio deputy treasurer to prison


    A federal judge on Friday ordered a former Ohio deputy treasurer who fled to Pakistan after pleading guilty to corruption charges to begin serving a 15-year sentence in a U.S. prison, prosecutors said. Amer Ahmad, 40, who resigned as Chicago comptroller before his indictment, was recently returned to the United States from Pakistan, where he had been held since being arrested in April 2014 for entering the country on a forged passport. Authorities said Ahmad had a fake birth certificate, fake visa and $175,000 cash when he was arrested in Pakistan. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson had sentenced Ahmad in absentia in December 2014 to 15 years in prison and ordered him to forfeit $3.2 million. Watson ordered Ahmad to begin serving the sentence during a hearing on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. U.S. prosecutors accused Ahmad of taking kickbacks and helping a friend who was a securities broker gain lucrative business from the Ohio …

    August 29, 2015 6:53 pm
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Stocks

  • CEO of Ashley Madison parent company steps down after hack


    The CEO of Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media Inc., stepped down Friday. The departure of CEO Noel Biderman comes after a hack released confidential information about millions of Ashley Madison clients. The site advertised itself as a place where married people could come to cheat on their spouses. Its motto: “Life is short. Have an affair.” A press release from Avid Life Media said that the decision for Biderman to step down was a joint one. According to the release, the senior management team currently in place will lead the company. “This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees,” Avid Life Media said. “We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base.” The company said it is working to restore itself after the hack and will continue to offer its services to members. It also said …

    August 29, 2015 8:53 pm
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Sports

  • Nationals hit 3 homers, Zimmermann goes 7 in 5-1 win


    WASHINGTON (AP) Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond hit back-to-back home runs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Saturday night. The Nationals pulled within 5 1-2 games of first-place New York in the NL East. The Mets dropped their second straight against the Boston Red Sox, 3-1. Washington gained ground on New York for the first time since Aug. 19. Ryan Zimmerman also homered for the Nationals. Zimmermann (11-8) won his third straight start. He gave up a run and seven hits, while striking out four and walking one. He allowed baserunners in six of seven innings. Justin Bour ended Zimmermann’s shutout bid with his 12th homer leading off the seventh. Miami starter Tom Koehler (8-13) is still seeking his first win since July 23. He allowed five runs and nine hits over six innings in losing his seventh straight. Koehler did have two hits. Robinson and …

    August 29, 2015 9:34 pm
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World News

  • Round world yacht race set to begin


    Image caption The event is the world’s longest ocean race The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, which will see 12 teams spend a year travelling the globe, begins in London later. The world’s longest ocean race at 40,000 nautical miles, it will feature 700 participants over its eight stages. The first leg, which launches at St Katherine’s Dock, will see teams travel 6,000 miles to Brazil’s Rio De Janeiro. On each of the 70ft yachts, only the skipper is professional. The other crew members are all amateurs. Around 40% of participants had never sailed when they signed up, organisers say. Image caption The race begins later at St Katherine’s Dock, beside Tower Bridge in London Image caption Organisers say 40% of those participating had never sailed before when they applied Image caption The race consists of eight stages and will finish in London next year Image caption The ages of participants range from 18 …

    August 29, 2015 9:34 pm
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Technology

  • Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman resigns after third leak of emails


    The chief executive of extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison has left the company after a third leak of emails and suggestions that he had affairs despite earlier denials. “Effective today, Noel Biderman, in mutual agreement with the company, is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Avid Life Media Inc (ALM) and is no longer with the company,” said an unattributed statement on the Ashley Madison website. “Until the appointment of a new CEO, the company will be led by the existing senior management team.” In July details of more than 37m accounts were stolen from the website, whose tagline is: “Life is short. Have an affair.” The company is now being sued for emotional distress and Canadian police are investigating links between the hack and two suicides. The company said that Biderman’s resignation was “in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated …

    August 29, 2015 7:13 pm
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Science

  • ‘Decorated’ graphene is a superconductor


    Super conductor: doping graphene with lithium creates Cooper pairs The “wonder material” graphene has another significant quality to add to its impressive list of electrical and mechanical properties: superconductivity. Physicists in Canada and Germany have shown that graphene turns into a superconductor when doped with lithium atoms – a result that could lead to a new generation of superconducting nanoscale devices. Graphene exhibits a range of remarkable properties, thanks to its special structure – a one-atom-thick hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms. It is far stronger than steel while also flexible, and is an excellent conductor of both electricity and heat. In its pristine form, however, it is not a superconductor. Coupling Cooper pairs Neither is pure graphite, but in 2005 physicists showed that graphite could be made to superconduct when chemically treated, so as to create bulk materials consisting of graphene alternated with one-atom-thick layers of another element. The best performing material thus created, calcium …

    August 29, 2015 10:14 pm
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Health

  • Women Soldiers No More Likely to Develop PTSD, Study Finds


    FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women in the U.S. military are no more likely than men to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a government study shows. “This is the first study to prospectively investigate the development of PTSD in male and female service members who were matched on multiple important characteristics that could explain some of the differences in PTSD, including military sexual trauma,” study co-author Dr. Shira Maguen, a staff psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, said in a Veterans Affairs news release. The study included more than 2,300 pairs of women and men who were matched on similarities — including combat experience — and followed for an average of seven years. No one had PTSD at the start of the study, and all served in Iraq or Afghanistan at least once. By the end of the study, 6.7 percent of women and 6.1 percent of men had developed PTSD, …

    August 29, 2015 6:33 pm
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Entertainment

  • Selena Gomez Works It In A Sexy Dress For A Night Out In Hollywood


    Posted on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 8:36am PDT       By X17 Staff Such a stunner! Too bad she didn’t run into the Biebs, because we have a feeling he would have been speechless — either that, or she would have ended up back at his place! Selena Gomez stopped by The Nice Guy in Hollywood on Friday night, and the 22-year-old singer/actress showed some skin in a sexy black and white cut-out dress. Of course, even if ex Justin Bieber was wowed by this outfit, it sounds like the two are back on rocky terms. What’s going on this time with Jelena? Apparently it’s all about his new song, “What Do You Mean.” An insider tells Celebrity Dirty Laundry, “Selena was really hoping that Justin would mention her [in the new track], or at least make it obvious the song was about her. That song could have been about any girl. She was banking on his song …

    August 29, 2015 9:54 pm
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Editorial

  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now


    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am
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Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team


    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm
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