• Taiwan plane crash toll reaches 48

    Taiwan plane crash toll reaches 48

    24 July 2014 Last updated at 03:30 The plane came down in buildings in a village near Magong airport in Penghu Forty-eight people are now known to have died after a passenger plane crashed in...
  • Only 3 in 10 Twitter workers are women

    Only 3 in 10 Twitter workers are women

    Most workers at Twitter are white and male, according to statistics from the company released Wednesday. Twitter’s staff looks just like that of other tech companies: overwhelmingly male and white. Overall, only 3 in 10...
  • How honey bees stay cool

    Related images(click to enlarge) Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. Recently published research led by Philip...
  • Skype for Linux Redesign Is Ugly but Functional

    If you do not mind having a free non-open source Microsoft product on your Linux computer, the latest Skype for Linux release catches up to the Windows and Mac versions, providing most of the features...

Headline News

  • Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection on Wednesday and his lawyers said he “gasped and snorted” before succumbing in the latest botched execution to raise questions about the death penalty in the United States. The execution of convicted double murderer Joseph Wood began at 1:52 p.m. at a state prison complex, and the 55-year-old was pronounced dead just shy of two hours later at 3:49 p.m., the Arizona attorney general’s office said. During that time, his lawyers filed an unsuccessful emergency appeal to multiple federal courts that sought to have the execution halted and their client given life-saving medical treatment. The appeal, which said the procedure violated his constitutional right to be executed without suffering cruel and unusual punishment, was denied by Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. “He gasped and struggled to breathe for about an hour and 40 minutes,” said one of …

    July 23, 2014 10:17 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new block grants for states and communities. Ryan, his party’s vice presidential candidate in 2012, is best known for his budget blueprints marked by deep domestic spending cuts. This time, the chairman of the House Budget Committee will unveil his plan to keep social safety net funding at the same levels but change the way it is used in a speech on Thursday to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington. Instead of distributing money to the poor via food stamps, welfare checks and housing subsidies, Ryan would leave it up to states and local groups to apply for block grants aimed at encouraging people to take entry-level jobs instead of staying home and …

    July 23, 2014 9:37 pm
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Stocks

  • Only 3 in 10 Twitter workers are women


    Most workers at Twitter are white and male, according to statistics from the company released Wednesday. Twitter’s staff looks just like that of other tech companies: overwhelmingly male and white. Overall, only 3 in 10 employees there are women and 59% of its workforce is white. “We have a lot of work to do,” the company said in a blog post. The lack of diversity is even more apparent on the management team, where 79% is male and 72% is white. When it comes to Twitter’s employees doing technology-specific work only 1 in 10 are women. Related: Despite Mayer, Yahoo leadership overwhelmingly male The company posted the statistics Wednesday after Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Facebook (FB, Tech30) and Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) released extremely similar reports over the past two months. Between 60% and 70% of the workforce at those companies are also male and more than half are white. Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) employs about 2,700 employees, …

    July 23, 2014 10:17 pm
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Sports

  • Querrey ousted at Atlanta Open, Istomin also departs


    Reuters – Big serving American Sam Querrey was bounced out of the Atlanta Open in the second round on Wednesday by Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-2 6-4. Despite notching eight aces to none and winning 86 percent of points on his first serve, ninth seed Querrey won just six of 26 second serve points to be ousted by the world No. 94. It wasn’t the only shock of the second round with sixth seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan taken out by Slovakia’s world number 91 Lukas Lacko 5-7 6-1 6-4. Lacko saved eight of 12 break points to catapult him towards victory as Istomin could only save one of seven. In other second round matches fourth seed Canadian Vasek Pospisil beat qualifier Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 7-5 6-3 to set up a date with Sela, while 21-year-old American Jack Sock took out New Zealand’s Michael Venus 6-4 6-2 to advance to a third round encounter with …

    July 23, 2014 10:17 pm
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World News

  • Taiwan plane crash toll reaches 48


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 03:30 The plane came down in buildings in a village near Magong airport in Penghu Forty-eight people are now known to have died after a passenger plane crashed in Taiwan’s Penghu island, as a storm passed over the area. The plane, carrying 58 people, crashed into buildings after a failed attempt to land at Magong airport. The other 10 people on board were hurt. Two French nationals were on the plane, officials said. No crew members are thought to have survived. Family members were flying to Penghu on Thursday, Taiwan media said. Minister of Transportation Yeh Kuang-shih and aviation officials were also flying to the island to start an investigation into the disaster, Taiwan’s CNA news agency said. An investigation was due to begin on Thursday once aviation officials arrived The plane, carrying 58 people, crashed during a second attempt to land This vehicle – photographed in torrential rain …

    July 23, 2014 10:17 pm
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Technology

  • Skype for Linux Redesign Is Ugly but Functional


    If you do not mind having a free non-open source Microsoft product on your Linux computer, the latest Skype for Linux release catches up to the Windows and Mac versions, providing most of the features they’ve had for some time. Microsoft rolled out Skype version 4.3.0.37 in mid June. The catch-up release has an updated user interface, some additional features, and lots of bug fixes. The latest Skype for Linux version also got rid of Alsa audio API (application programming interface) support. Instead, it supports only Pulse Audio. So if you do not already have Pulse 3.0 or 4.0 on your system, you will have to switch to that audio system. Skype is one of the more popular free voice and video-calling applications that spans Linux, Windows and Mac OS X platforms. Microsoft released version 4.0 in June of 2012, after purchasing Skype for US$8.56 billion in late 2011. Since then, Microsoft has maintained Skype …

    July 23, 2014 9:37 pm
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Science

  • How honey bees stay cool


    Related images(click to enlarge) Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. Recently published research led by Philip T. Starks, a biologist at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences, is the first to show that worker bees dissipate excess heat within a hive in process similar to how humans and other mammals cool themselves through their blood vessels and skin. “This study shows how workers effectively dissipate the heat absorbed via heat-shielding, a mechanism used to thwart localized heat stressors,” says Starks. The research is published in the June 10 edition of the journal Naturwissenschaften, which appeared online April 24. This discovery also supports the theoretical construct of the bee hive as a superorganism — an entity in which its many members carry out specialized and vital functions to keep the whole functioning as a unit. Young …

    July 23, 2014 9:57 pm
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Health

  • South Korea confirms foot-and-mouth outbreak at hog farm


    SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country’s first outbreak in more than three years, a provincial government said on Thursday. The case comes as Asia’s fourth-largest economy strives to contain a six-month long outbreak of bird flu, which has pushed pork prices to multi-year highs due to demand for an alternative meat supplies. Testing had confirmed a suspected foot-and-mouth case at a hog farm in Uiseong county, more than 250 km (155 miles) southeast of Seoul, the Gyeonsangbuk-do provincial government said in a statement. Further test results by the country’s quarantine office will be unveiled later in the day, it said. The Agriculture Ministry said late on Wednesday that hogs at the affected farm would be slaughtered if foot-and-mouth was confirmed. The outbreak could lead to a rise in pork and beef imports. Pork prices are at three-year highs following the country’s worst outbreak …

    July 23, 2014 9:37 pm
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Entertainment

  • Childhood ruined: Daniel Radcliffe shares TMI about sex life


    Yep, the Harry Potter star has revealed that the first time he got under the sheets was a rather pleasant experience. Daniel Radcliffe on drinking problem: “I became a nuisance” “I’m one of the few people who seem to have had a really good first time. It was with somebody I’d gotten to know well. I’m happy to say I’ve had a lot better sex since then,” he confessed to the Daily Star. “But it wasn’t as horrendously embarrassing as a lot of other people’s were, like my friend who got drunk and did it with a stranger under a bridge.” Speaking about his sex life is one way to distance himself from his childhood roles as the boy wizard! However, just because the actor is pleased to share the details about his sex life, doesn’t mean that he’d like to take on roles like Fifty Shades of Grey. Daniel Radcliffe fans will be startled …

    July 23, 2014 10:17 pm
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Editorial

  • Memo to Obama White House: The new normal isn’t ‘tranquility,’ it’s terror


      Last week, before a Russian-made surface to air missile shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine and before Israel began ground combat operations against Hamas in Gaza, Fox News correspondent Ed Henry asked White House spokesman Josh Ernest for his reaction to “the notion that the president is a bystander” to a cascade of crises at home and abroad. The response was stunning: “…there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has… substantially improved, you know, the tranquility of the global community.” “Tranquility?” What are the people at this White House thinking? Do they think we’re stupid? The new normal isn’t tranquility. It’s terror. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The surface-to-air missile that brought down a Boeing 777 with 298 souls aboard last week was not only made in Russia – it is all but certain to have been fired by Russian military personnel. The …

    July 23, 2014 9:37 pm
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Odd News

  • Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Want a giant historic order of fries with that? A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said on Wednesday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found. Bethel-Eckert Enterprises used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for $500,000, said co-owner Larry Eckert. The red-and-white tower was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks ketchup, according to catsupbottle.com, the website of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle fan club. The red-and-white tower was restored in 1995 with funds from volunteers, Eckert said. Eckert, who has not had any offers yet, hopes a buyer will preserve the bottle. But not every Illinois historic landmark has been saved, said Mike Gassmann, who calls …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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