• Ultra-sensitive sensor detects individual electrons

    Ultra-sensitive sensor detects individual electrons

    Related images(click to enlarge) A Spanish-led team of European researchers at the University of Cambridge has created an electronic device so accurate that it can detect the charge of a single electron in less than...
  • Al-Shabab kills man for blasphemy

    Al-Shabab kills man for blasphemy

    This is first time the militants have executed someone for insulting the prophet The Somali Islamist movement al-Shabab has for the first time publicly killed a man for “insulting the prophet Muhammed”, witnesses have told...
  • EXCLUSIVE – Kim Kardashian Visits Step

    EXCLUSIVE – Kim Kardashian Visits Step

    Posted on Sat Apr 25th, 2015 2:53pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian is at step-dad Bruce Jenner’s house RIGHT NOW, X17online can report exclusively, just a day after his tell-all interview aired — in which...
  • Mattel ends SeaWorld-themed Barbie toys. Orcas applaud

    Mattel ends SeaWorld-themed Barbie toys. Orcas applaud

    The SeaWorld Barbie doll has been tossed overboard. Mattel (MAT) confirmed Friday that its licensing agreement with SeaWorld (SEAS) will not be extended. SeaWorld has come under fire for its treatment of killer whales, or...

Headline News

  • Thousands march in Baltimore to protest black man’s death


    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – At least 2,000 people protesting the unexplained death of a black man while in police custody marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday, pausing at one point to confront officers in front of Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team. In the biggest protest since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died on Sunday, two clusters of marchers chanting “shut it down” started out at different times before merging during the afternoon into a single wave headed toward City Hall. Gray is the latest in a series of black men around the country who died under questionable circumstances during police encounters. Their deaths have triggered an outcry in the United States over what many see as law enforcement’s unjustified use of force against African-Americans. Last year, there were weeks of protests across the country following the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Eric Garner, in New …

    April 25, 2015 7:24 pm
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Politics

  • How do we save American hostages?


    American military drone in action. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto in a January strike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the hostage policy is to be completed this spring. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is considering whether to create a “fusion cell” comprised of the FBI, Pentagon, State Department and intelligence community to ensure they are closely coordinating on rescue efforts and communication with families. The administration is seeking reaction to the …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Stocks

  • Mattel ends SeaWorld-themed Barbie toys. Orcas applaud


    The SeaWorld Barbie doll has been tossed overboard. Mattel (MAT) confirmed Friday that its licensing agreement with SeaWorld (SEAS) will not be extended. SeaWorld has come under fire for its treatment of killer whales, or orcas, after the sharply critical documentary “Blackfish” aired in theaters in the summer of 2013 and on CNN in the fall of that year. The toy giant had previously made SeaWorld-branded toys, including the Barbie Baby Animal Rescuer Playset and the Barbie Antarctica Penguin Fun Playset. Both featured a Barbie doll wearing a SeaWorld outfit and were sold on the animal theme park’s website. A spokeswoman for Mattel did not elaborate on why the company decided not to renew its contract, which expired at the end of last year. But animal rights activists claimed it as a victory. Related: ‘Ask SeaWorld’ marketing campaign backfires Attendance at SeaWorld parks, which are located in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, has declined …

    April 25, 2015 6:43 pm
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Sports

  • RCR crew member released from hospital after Richmond pit-road fire; 1 still hospitalized


    An injured crew member receives medical attention after a fire on pit road during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Richmond International Raceway, in Richmond, Va., Friday April 24, 2015. (Skip Rowland/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) (The Associated Press) RICHMOND, Va. –  Richard Childress Racing says crew member Josh Wittman was released from the hospital Saturday, a night after he was injured in a pit-road fire during the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Wittman is the gas man for RCR driver Brendan Gaughan. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Three pit road crew members were taken to a hospital Friday. Television replays showed a huge ball of flame that appeared to engulf at least one crew member in Gaughan’s pit. NASCAR identified the three injured as Wittman, Gaughan’s rear tire changer, Anthony O’Brien, and Clifford Turner, a crew member from driver Eric McClure’s team. McClure’s team said later that Turner had been treated and released. O’Brien remained hospitalized …

    April 25, 2015 7:23 pm
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World News

  • Al-Shabab kills man for blasphemy


    This is first time the militants have executed someone for insulting the prophet The Somali Islamist movement al-Shabab has for the first time publicly killed a man for “insulting the prophet Muhammed”, witnesses have told the BBC. Crowds watched as the man was shot by a firing squad in the southern town of Jamame in the Lower Juba region. A BBC Somali service repoter says al-Shabab have previously killed people accused of spying or apostasy. Last month al-Shabab carried out an attack on Garissa College in neighbouring Kenya, killing 148 people. The Islamist group controls large swathes of rural Somalia. Witnesses say that the man was shot by firing squad after he pleaded guilty in a Sharia court trial. Who are al-Shabab? The Islamists have been locked in violent conflict with the Somali government for nearly a decade. African Union and Kenyan troops have been successfully squeezing the areas that al-Shabab controls. Kenya has begun …

    April 25, 2015 7:24 pm
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Technology

  • Russian hackers read unclassified Obama emails – report


    Unclassified emails to and from President Barack Obama were read last year by Russian hackers, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The White House confirmed the breach earlier this month, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information. The newspaper, however, said the hack “was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged”. The president’s closely guarded BlackBerry email account was not hacked, the Times said, but communications with other users were swept up. Quoting “senior American officials briefed on the investigation”, the Times said the hackers penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system, as well as the State Department. The hackers are presumed to be linked to the Russian government, if not necessarily working for it. “It’s the Russian angle to this that’s particularly worrisome,” the Times quoted a senior official as saying. In February, Sony was the subject of an extensive and …

    April 25, 2015 7:43 pm
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Science

  • Ultra-sensitive sensor detects individual electrons


    Related images(click to enlarge) A Spanish-led team of European researchers at the University of Cambridge has created an electronic device so accurate that it can detect the charge of a single electron in less than one microsecond. It has been dubbed the ‘gate sensor’ and could be applied in quantum computers of the future to read information stored in the charge or spin of a single electron. In the same Cambridge laboratory in the United Kingdom where the British physicist J.J. Thomson discovered the electron in 1897, European scientists have just developed a new ultra-sensitive electrical-charge sensor capable of detecting the movement of individual electrons. “The device is much more compact and accurate than previous versions and can detect the electrical charge of a single electron in less than one microsecond,” M. Fernando González Zalba, leader of this research from the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory and the Cavendish Laboratory,said. Details of the breakthrough have been published …

    April 25, 2015 8:05 pm
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Health

  • Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids


    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Whether it’s Dr. Seuss or Beatrix Potter, when parents read to young children it may spur brain activity that supports early reading skills, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. John Hutton of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used MRIs to monitor the brains of 19 preschoolers, aged 3 to 5, as they listened to age-appropriate stories on headphones. The youngsters’ parents had provided information about their interactions with their children, including how often they read to them. While the study can’t prove cause-and-effect, being read to at home regularly was strongly linked with activation of certain brain areas involved in getting meaning from language, Hutton’s team found. These areas play a crucial role in speaking and reading, according to study which was to be presented Saturday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego. There was particularly strong activation in brain areas that support …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • EXCLUSIVE – Kim Kardashian Visits Step


    Posted on Sat Apr 25th, 2015 2:53pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian is at step-dad Bruce Jenner’s house RIGHT NOW, X17online can report exclusively, just a day after his tell-all interview aired — in which he aired his personal story of pain and his internal conflict with gender identity, with the entire world. We spotted Kim in her new silver Rolls Royce, entering Bruce’s Malibu mountaintop compound around 2:30pm PT Saturday and she’s still inside — visiting with Bruce as a woman for the FIRST TIME. Bruce is recovered from breast implant surgery and seemed to imply that last night’s interview would be the last time anyone would see him as a male. He plans to live his life, from here forward, as a woman. Which means Kim is sitting with her step-dad now, seeing him with breasts for the first time, seeing him with nail polish and makeup and his hair down and maybe …

    April 25, 2015 7:03 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton needs to focus her message. The Clinton Foundation needs to stop taking foreign donations


    April 14, 2015, photo: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House in LeClaire, Iowa. (AP) We’re now almost at the close of the second week of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president and we have yet to hear anything but talk of scandals. This week it’s more talk of foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and what State Department favors may have been traded in exchange. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT To be sure, the latest issue with the Clinton Foundation and foreign donors raises real questions. But these are not questions about any legal violations that the Clintons or the Foundation may have committed. They are questions centered on the import of appearances, apparent conflicts of interest and politics. If Hillary is going to go from scandal to scandal – email servers to donations and who knows what’s next – she’s surely not going to be as successful as she …

    April 25, 2015 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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