• Ceramics don’t have to be brittle

    Related images(click to enlarge) Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining its filled shape. Such a vacuum balloon,...
  • Best three weeks come at perfect time for Horschel

    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Billy Horschel felt “surreal” after producing the best three weeks of his golfing career just when he need to, capping an astonishing playoff run with a three-shot victory at the Tour Championship...
  • ‘Star Wars’ without music is downright disturbing

    ‘Star Wars’ without music is downright disturbing

    This “Star Wars” awards ceremony without music will make you squirm. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET If legendary composer John Williams supplied us with a musical soundtrack for our daily lives, everything would sound epic....
  • Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

    Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

    15 September 2014 Last updated at 02:59 The conference in Paris will focus on what the international community can do to help Iraq fight IS militants US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign...

Headline News

  • U.S. Navy identifies pilot presumed dead in Pacific Ocean crash


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Sunday identified a fighter jet pilot who is presumed dead following a mid-air collision with another jet over the western Pacific Ocean. The missing pilot is Lieutenant Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., a 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the Navy said in a statement. Poloski went missing Friday after two F/A-18 Hornet jets collided west of Wake Island, about 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of Hawaii. The Navy conducted a 36-hour search over 3,000 square miles for the pilot and his aircraft but called off the search on Saturday, saying Poloski was thought to be dead. “Nathan was an outstanding person, naval officer and aviator,” said Commander Michael Langbehn. The other pilot involved in the collision was rescued on Friday and was treated aboard the USS Carl Vinson and has since been released, according to the Navy. The cause of the incident remains under …

    September 14, 2014 10:06 pm
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Politics

  • With appearance in Iowa, Clinton takes a big step toward 2016


    INDIANOLA Iowa (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stoked speculation on Sunday that she was moving closer to announcing a bid for the White House in 2016 as she visited the early-voting state of Iowa to take part in the state’s annual “steak fry,” a gathering of Democratic activists that often attracts presidential hopefuls. After grilling steaks with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton delivered a populist speech to the crowd of more than 6,000 Democrats at a vast green field a few miles outside of Des Moines. She defended President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare initiative known as Obamacare, pushed legislation on a minimum wage and lambasted Republicans as “guardians of gridlock.” Clinton focused much of her speech on promoting Iowa’s Democratic candidates, including Senate hopeful Bruce Braley, who is vying in a closely watched race in the 2014 midterm elections on Nov. 4. But she was coy as she parried …

    September 14, 2014 10:05 pm
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Stocks

  • GM compensation czar to unveil initial death toll from ignition flaw


      Attorney Ken Feinberg will announce Monday how many deaths and injuries he has so far tied to General Motors’ ignition switch flaw, his office said Sunday. GM (GM) has publicly linked 13 deaths and 54 accidents to the fault, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have said they believe the numbers to be larger. The company only counted head-on crashes where the frontal airbag did not properly deploy and victims were in the vehicles’ front seats. The families of those who died in the vehicles are eligible to apply for $1 million in compensation from the fund, plus an estimate of the victim’s future earning potential. Those families must agree to not sue GM. Its 2009 bankruptcy provided a liability shield from many lawsuits, and a federal judge is deciding how that will apply to ignition switch claims. Feinberg was hired by General Motors to oversee the fund but has stressed his independence …

    September 14, 2014 7:02 pm
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Sports

  • Best three weeks come at perfect time for Horschel


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Billy Horschel felt “surreal” after producing the best three weeks of his golfing career just when he need to, capping an astonishing playoff run with a three-shot victory at the Tour Championship on Sunday. With his PGA Tour season hanging in the balance after a missed cut at last month’s Barclays tournament, he gave himself a timely wake-up call and proceeded to finish second, first and first to secure FedExCup honours and the $10 million jackpot. Horschel’s performance in the season-ending event at East Lake Golf Club was hugely impressive as he extended his run of scores in the sixties to 12, the longest on Tour, and outshot world number one Rory McIlroy in the final round to triumph. “It’s surreal, it really is,” a beaming Horschel told reporters after closing with a two-under-par 68 in damp, overcast conditions to finish three ahead of fellow American Jim Furyk and McIlroy. “I’m on …

    September 14, 2014 10:05 pm
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World News

  • Coalition set for IS talks in Paris


    15 September 2014 Last updated at 02:59 The conference in Paris will focus on what the international community can do to help Iraq fight IS militants US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is “extremely encouraged” by promises of military assistance to tackle the militant group. He spoke after a whirlwind tour of the Middle East to try to drum up support for a plan of action unveiled by US President Barack …

    September 14, 2014 9:45 pm
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Technology

  • ‘Star Wars’ without music is downright disturbing


    This “Star Wars” awards ceremony without music will make you squirm. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET If legendary composer John Williams supplied us with a musical soundtrack for our daily lives, everything would sound epic. But what happens when memorable movie moments are shown without the pomp and circumstance of trumpets, bassoons and violins? YouTubers Auralnauts released a video depicting exactly what they imagined the grand Royal Award Ceremony at the end of “Star Wars” would have sounded like without Williams’ soaring soundtrack in “Star Wars Minus Williams.” As expected, there are a few nervous coughs, plus sounds of footsteps and the scariest Wookiee growls ever uttered from Chewbacca’s furry mouth. Without the music, this awards ceremony is downright awkward. After all, there’s no talking. Goofy grins from both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker make this “Star Wars” moment make even Princess Leia look like she’s trying hard to keep from rolling her eyes. Han …

    September 14, 2014 10:05 pm
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Science

  • Ceramics don’t have to be brittle


    Related images(click to enlarge) Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining its filled shape. Such a vacuum balloon, which could help ease the world’s current shortage of helium, can only be made if a new material existed that was strong enough to sustain the pressure generated by forcing out all that air while still being lightweight and flexible. Caltech materials scientist Julia Greer and her colleagues are on the path to developing such a material and many others that possess unheard-of combinations of properties. For example, they might create a material that is thermally insulating but also extremely lightweight, or one that is simultaneously strong, lightweight, and nonbreakable — properties that are generally thought to be mutually exclusive. Greer’s team has developed a method for constructing new structural materials by taking advantage of the unusual properties that solids …

    September 14, 2014 10:26 pm
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Health

  • Obama to detail plans on Ebola offensive on Tuesday: WSJ


    (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country’s involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The plan would involve a greater involvement of the U.S. military in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the proposal. The outbreak has now killed upwards of 2,400 people, mostly in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone as poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun. The U.S. government has already committed around $100 million to tackle the outbreak by providing protective equipment for healthcare workers, food, water, medical and hygiene equipment. Obama could ask Congress for an additional $88 million to fund his proposal, the WSJ reported. Plan details are expected during Obama’s visit Tuesday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The move would …

    September 14, 2014 10:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • Celebrity cat fights: Martha Stewart, Mayim Bialik, Giuliana Rancic throw shade


    Martha Stewart vs. Gwyneth Paltrow It would appear that the queen of all things domestic (Martha Stewart) doesn’t appreciate actresses doubling as domestic divas. The New York Post’s Page Six blog reports that in an interview with Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine, Martha got mouthy about the actress everyone loves to hate. “She just needs to be quiet. She’s a movie star,” Stewart told the mag. But then the gloves really came off when she continued, “If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.” Me-ow, Martha. Gwyneth Paltrow consciously uncoupling from Kabbalah   Don’t feel bad, Gwynnie. The media empress and ex-con also threw shade at Orange Is the New Black. “They could have done that so much better. That girl [Taylor] is not good enough, the lead actress,” Stewart said. So it’s not OK for Paltrow to branch out into domestic matters, but it’s OK for Stewart to act like …

    September 14, 2014 9:45 pm
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Editorial

  • The way of serenity: Saying yes to sacred encounters


    Columbia University (Reuters) He was so right, and I wish I could go back in time to tell him how wrong I was. It was a bitter cold night in Harlem when I met this gentleman, a man whose name I am embarrassed to say I don’t remember.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Coming up from the subway that evening, I was in no mood for conversation. It couldn’t have been past 5pm but already it was mostly dark, one of those short days of the year that feel so very long. The world is a very messy place right now. But the great news is that amidst this chaos, no matter who we are or what people are doing around us, sacred moments still happen. The day at the office had been mostly disappointing. I wanted to get home, slump into the armchair, and zone out on ESPN.  But I couldn’t avoid him. “Father, I need to talk …

    September 14, 2014 1:43 am
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Odd News

  • Coming to a Serie A match near you, film ads on shirts


    MILAN (Reuters) – Sampdoria’s shirts will be turned into billboards for the latest cinema releases by the club’s movie producer president Massimo Ferrero. The club currently have no shirt sponsor so Ferrero has struck a deal with a distribution company to display film titles instead for the next three weeks. Their shirts will be emblazoned with ‘Sin City 3D’ for Sunday’s Serie A match against Torino. (Reporting by Mia Pia Beltran, Editing by Toby Davis)

    September 13, 2014 5:36 am
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