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Living Well

  • newEU court says obesity can be disability
    The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders the overweight person's performance at work.
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  • newInstant noodles recalled as Taiwan food scare widens
    Taiwanese authorities on Thursday ordered a leading food company to recall two flavours of instant noodles over fears they contain a banned dye as the island's latest food scandal deepened.
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  • newEuropean court rules obesity can be disability
    LONDON (AP) — The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent.
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  • newShire considering bid for NPS Pharmaceuticals - Bloomberg
    (Reuters) - Dublin-based Shire Plc , whose proposed sale to AbbVie Inc fell apart in October, is considering an offer for U.S-based drug developer NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc , Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. NPS's shares ros…
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  • newAlcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.
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  • newU.N. warns 1 million people could be hungry by March due to Ebola
    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half a million people in three West African nations rocked by Ebola are going hungry and that number could double by March if food supplies do not improve, two United Nations agencies warned on W…
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  • Japan confirms bird flu case, culls 4,000 chickens
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Agricultural Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a case of a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza at a poultry farm in Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan. Three chickens tested positive at the farm and all of the…
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  • Ex-Google employees launch app to make you smarter about health, fitness
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test. Hi.Q, a free app for the Apple Inc iPhone and iPad launching on Monday, includes 10,000 que…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:33pm -
  • EU food labels to help allergy sufferers
    New EU labelling rules taking effect Saturday require restaurants and other businesses to tell customers if their food could trigger allergies or raise other health concerns.
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  • No more drunken sailors: Canadian Navy bans drinking at sea
    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Royal Canadian Navy on Friday imposed an almost total ban on sailors drinking at sea, after a warship had to be recalled from an international exercise because inebriated crew members got into trouble. Sailor…
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  • 'Creeping humanitarian crisis' in drought-hit Central America: UN
    A drawn-out drought in Central America has pushed some 2.5 million people in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador into food insecurity, the UN warned Friday.
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  • Teen girl still hooked to machines 1 year later
    A year ago, 13-year-old Jahi McMath underwent a tonsillectomy and tissue removal at Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, to treat sleep apnea. The girl suffered massive bleeding, had a heart attack and was declared brain-dead Dec. 12.
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  • Award-winning Washington Post photographer dies of heart attack in Liberia
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday in Liberia where he was on assignment covering the Ebola outbreak, the newspaper said. The Post said du Cille, 58…
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  • Food insecurity rising despite record cereal output
    World cereal output is expected to hit record highs this year but food insecurity is worsening across the globe thanks to Ebola and civil conflicts, the UN's food agency said Thursday.
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  • Avian flu spreading in southwest British Columbia
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The avian influenza outbreak in southwest British Columbia has spread to seven farms, and 155,000 birds have died of the virus or will be euthanized, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said.
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  • Danone's medical nutrition unit on board agenda Thursday - source
    PARIS (Reuters) - French food group Danone will hold a board meeting on Thursday to discuss whether to keep or sell its medical nutrition business, a person familiar with the matter said. Bloomberg earlier on Wednesday said that Danone's board would…
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  • Canada's Telus says wants in on 'Internet of things' growth
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Telus Corp launched a package of technologies that connect and control machines via the Internet on Wednesday as the Canadian telecom company bids to generate sales from the so-called "Internet of things". Among…
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  • N.Z. dairy giant Fonterra slammed over botulism scare response
    New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra bungled its response to a food contamination scare because it was more concerned with market share than public safety, an official inquiry found Tuesday.
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  • Dutch ship set for new mission to Ebola-hit countries
    Dutch navy transport ship Karel Doorman will on Friday return to West Africa to deliver dozens of vehicles, food and medical kit in the fight against Ebola, officials said Monday.
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  • Church of England warns over hunger
    The Church of England launched a parliamentary report Monday urging Britain's government to do more to eliminate hunger, pointing to a sharp rise in the number of people turning to food banks.
    - 10 days ago 8 Dec 14, 1:21pm -


Education & Learning


BBC Earth Videos

The Tiny Scorpion Slayer - Tiny Giants 3D
The Tiny Scorpion Slayer - Tiny Giants 3DAre you a man or a mouse? Michael Gunton, writer and producer of Tiny Giants 3D, tells us about our little hero the grasshopper mouse (commonly known as the scorpion mouse) and its remarkable...Fr…
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Ten breathtaking moments from Life Story DVD - Life Story - BBC
Ten breathtaking moments from Life Story DVD - Life Story - BBCFrom pack-hunting hyena's to skydiving goslings and artistic puffer fish, Life Story was jam packed with amazing moments. Now you can own them all on DVD. Click to buy the DVD -…
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Elephants Fight Over Water - Nature's Great Events - BBC
Elephants Fight Over Water - Nature's Great Events - BBCComing across a rare pool of water, the elephant heard knows that its stagnant. Luckily, they know a trick which will still allow them to take a well needed ...From:BBC EarthVie…
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Cow Nurtures Three Buffalo Calves - Vet Safari - BBC
Cow Nurtures Three Buffalo Calves - Vet Safari - BBCShaun makes the decision to separate three baby buffalo from a herd without enough milk. But their surrogate mother is somewhat overwhelmed by her new charge...From:BBC EarthViews:…
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Astrology.com Daily Horoscope

  • Libra Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    You may not understand quite why you're doing what you're doing, but it's hard to argue with your results. Things may start to feel really sweet by the time you've made it through the day.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily…
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  • Aquarius Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    Your big brain is making life sweeter, so get ready for a real ride today! Great ideas come your way all day long, and you are surrounded by the right sorts of people to help you bring them to life.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveSco…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Taurus Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    You and a friend or colleague need to goad each other on toward something positive. Maybe you can be gym buddies, or maybe you can encourage each other to drop a bad habit you don't like.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Sagittarius Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    Legal issues may baffle you today -- more so than usual, if that's possible. Things need to be settled soon, or you may find that you're on the wrong side of someone in authority.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily Couple's…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Gemini Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    All this great brainy energy has to be put to good use -- so make sure that you're dealing with things as they really are, not as you wish they would be. Your ability to see clearly is heightened.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScope…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Aries Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    If you can just pay a little extra attention to that one person, all should go well for both of you. If it's too much trouble, expect for life to get a lot weirder as the day progresses.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily C…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Cancer Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    You need to be wary of new offers or prospects -- -not that they are toxic necessarily, just a bit riskier than you may think. Try to get your people to recognize that life can be trickier than it appears.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Scorpio Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    Life gets a little easier for you -- and you should be able to coast through any obstacles that still remain. Things should be a lot simpler for you when you realize your true position.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily Co…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Leo Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    It's almost impossible for you to meet all your own needs today -- but you've got others you can count on. Even the stuff that feels intensely personal can still come to pass if you just ask.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Da…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Capricorn Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    A simple task could be a career move -- if you treat it with the respect it deserves. Do everything as if it were the most important thing in the world and the right people are sure to notice.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, D…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Virgo Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    You and a friend or colleague -- or maybe a family member -- need to go in together on a big decision or purchase. It's a type of partnership, but you both have the right kind of energy for it.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes,…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Pisces Daily Horoscope for December 17, 2014
    It's time to make a decision -- but you may be the only one ready to move forward. If you have to go it alone for a bit, that's okay. Others are sure to catch up once you take the lead.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily Co…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00am -

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Music

  • newMadonna hits out at music leak
    Madonna has hit out at the leak of some of her new music - calling it a "form of terrorism".
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  • How Bad Music Became a British Christmas Tradition
    In 1993, when I was 10 years old, one of the biggest stars in my native Britain was a Pepto Bismol-pink leviathan with yellow spots, a jaunty bow tie, and manic green eyes that shook from side to side like Cookie Monster on a HFCS binge. The creatur…
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  • Green Day, Reed, Starr into rock hall
    NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:54pm -
  • Starr, Reed among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, the late rocker Lou Reed, punk group Green Day and singer Bill Withers are among the 2015 inductees named on Tuesday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, rockers…
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  • Ex-Eurythmics' singer wants video at gothic jail
    DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Local officials in west Louisiana say former Eurythmics singer and guitarist Dave Stewart plans to film a new music video early next year in their century-old Gothic Revival jail.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:20pm -
  • Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial
    By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc won an antitrust trial on Tuesday when a U.S. jury decided the company did not act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store. The verdict was read…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:11pm -
  • Buku 2015 music fest lineup released
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Urban radio hit-maker A$AP Rocky and national electronic music stars Passion Pit, Bassnectar and Porter Robinson are scheduled to take the stage in New Orleans for the fourth annual Buku music festival in March.
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  • Songwriter Van Etten digs herself out of the dark with music
    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Even when things don't go her way -- from on-stage technical glitches to complicated relationships -- American singer Sharon Van Etten remains cheerful. You might not guess that by listening to "I Love You But I'm L…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:30pm -
  • Tencent, Sony strike China music distribution deal
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has struck the latest in a string of music distribution deals, this time with Sony Music Entertainment, as it teams up with labels to try to develop China's paid-for mus…
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  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Dec. 21-27
    Dec. 21: Country singer Freddie Hart is 88. Talk-show host Phil Donahue is 79. Actress Jane Fonda is 77. Singer Carla Thomas is 72. Guitarist Albert Lee is 71. Actor Samuel L. Jackson is 66. Singer Betty Wright is 61. Actress Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 4:25pm -
  • Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars grab top spot in British music charts
    LONDON (Reuters) - English DJ Mark Ronson grabbed the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday with his new track "Uptown Funk" featuring U.S. singer Bruno Mars, the Official Charts Company said. The track was made for Ronson's fourth studio a…
    - 4 days ago 14 Dec 14, 7:41pm -
  • J. Cole: Still a Classic Album Away From Greatness
    While an impressive rapper and storyteller, J. Cole doesn’t quite fit the labels given to other hip-hop artists—the poignant and introspective, R&B-influenced Drake; the confident and aggressive street persona of Jay Z. In a genre littered with…
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  • Ciao! Stand-in mentor Tulisa can't stop Andrea Faustini getting the X Factor final chop
    With Mel B missing through illness, the Italian singer lost the first public vote of the two-day series finale.
    - 5 days ago 13 Dec 14, 11:46pm -
  • Elton John opens stand in his honour at Watford
    LONDON (Reuters) - Pop music great Elton John opened a new stand named after him at English Championship club Watford's Vicarage Road ground on Saturday, describing it as "one of the greatest days of my life". The 67-year-old singer-songwriter, who…
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  • Soccer-Elton John opens stand in his honour at Watford
    LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Pop music great Elton John opened a new stand named after him at English Championship club Watford's Vicarage Road ground on Saturday, describing it as "one of the greatest days of my life". The 67-year-old singer-songwrite…
    - 5 days ago 13 Dec 14, 5:11pm -
  • New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon
    NEW YORK (AP) — It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's new civil rights-themed piece, "Odetta," a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement.
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 11:41pm -
  • 4m watch inaugural BBC Music Awards
    Nearly four million people watched the inaugural BBC Music Awards last night to see Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams take the top honours.
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 3:16pm -
  • Who won what at the BBC Music Awards?
    Pharrell, Ed Sheeran and Catfish and the Bottlemen all walked away with golden gongs.
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 2:59pm -
  • A Vibrant American Musical Career, far From America's Cultural Capitals
    In the early 1970s, a young singer-songwriter named Larry Groce was launching his career in the music business. He had grown up in Texas, moved to Los Angeles, started recording albums, and in 1976 had a Top Ten hit with the novelty song "Junk Food…
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • Music producer Dupri's mansion in foreclosure
    ATLANTA (AP) — According to foreclosure documents, music producer Jermaine Dupri is losing his multimillion dollar Atlanta mansion.
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 9:35pm -
  • Guilty plea in NY music festival drug death
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Thursday to a narcotics charge in a prosecution that arose after an overdose death at a New York City music festival.
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 9:18pm -
  • See the celebs that scrubbed up well at the BBC Music Awards
    They really were dressed to impress.
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 9:02pm -
  • Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' is Spotify's most viral 2014 single
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The breakout hit "Take Me to Church" by the young Irish singer Hozier, which has been adopted as a protest song against anti-gay discrimination in Russia, was the most viral single on Spotify in 2014, the online mu…
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 6:05pm -
  • It's Too Hard to Manage Music Now: Why It's Okay to Miss the Old iPod
    Recently I had a fairly pedestrian thought, a thought I've been having on and off for 10 years: "I want to put some music onto my portable music listening device." This used to be a relative cinch: I'd put the music on iTunes, plug in my iPod, and d…
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 12:31pm -
  • Dr Dre Revealed As World's Top Earning Musician
    US rap producer and Beats headphones co-founder Dr Dre was the highest earning musician of 2014, according to Forbes.
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 6:33pm -
  • Sam Smith tops MTV's 2014 best artist list
    NEW YORK (AP) — This year's breakthrough new singer, Sam Smith, went from an artist to watch to MTV's best artist of 2014 and beat out megastars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift.
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 1:40pm -
  • Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' is top Spotify 2014 single
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The breakout hit "Take Me to Church" by the young Irish singer Hozier that has been adopted as a protest song against gay discrimination in Russia was the most streamed single on Spotify in 2014, the online music s…
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 12:21pm -
  • Cowell not biased, says Haenow
    X Factor hunk Ben Haenow has insisted Simon Cowell does not have a "favourite" on the show as they visited the singer's home town to drum up support ahead of this weekend's eagerly anticipated final.
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 9:12am -
  • 10 reasons we all love Katy Perry's Dark Horse video
    The singer’s music video has emerged the most popular YouTube video of 2014 and here’s why…
    - 9 days ago 9 Dec 14, 10:01pm -
  • Katy Perry, spider-dog top popular online videos
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry and a dog dressed like a spider are among 2014's top online video subjects.
    - 9 days ago 9 Dec 14, 6:02pm -
  • Is Lindsay Lohan looking to get her music career back on track?
    Lindsay Lohan and her sister Aliana has been in the recording studio with English rockers Duran Duran.
    - 9 days ago 9 Dec 14, 2:50pm -
  • Robbie Williams wants a new job
    Rock DJ singer Robbie Williams has hinted he could give up music and is looking for a career change.
    - 9 days ago 9 Dec 14, 2:12pm -
  • Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones join Music Awards bill
    The Voice coaches will perform at the event at London’s Earls Court.
    - 9 days ago 9 Dec 14, 12:30pm -
  • Jay Z, Beyonce meet Kate and Wills
    Jay Z and Beyonce have rubbed shoulders with royalty when they met t he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a New York basketball match.
    - 9 days ago 9 Dec 14, 10:18am -
  • Voice coaches on Music Awards bill
    The Voice stars Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones have both been added to the bill of pop spectacular the BBC Music Awards later this week.
    - 9 days ago 9 Dec 14, 10:18am -
  • Tulisa: I'm in control of my career now
    Singer and former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos said she has bounced back from her court ordeal.
    - 10 days ago 8 Dec 14, 2:19pm -
  • Ryan Tedder: Madonna's new music is the 'best'
    Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic has been working with Madonna on tracks for her upcoming 13th album.
    - 10 days ago 8 Dec 14, 1:11pm -
  • Tom Hanks, Sting among 5 Kennedy Center honorees
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Hanks and Sting joined Lily Tomlin, singer Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride in being awarded this year's Kennedy Center Honors for influencing American culture through the arts.
    - 10 days ago 8 Dec 14, 12:30pm -
  • Guess who's the music king of iTunes in 2014?
    Chart-topping singer Ed Sheeran has topped the best-selling album list for iTunes in the UK and Ireland.
    - 10 days ago 8 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • Tom Hanks, Sting and Lily Tomlin bask at Kennedy Center Honors
    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hollywood stars, ballet dancers, and soul singers on Sunday celebrated Kennedy Center Honors winners actor Tom Hanks, singer-songwriter Sting and comedienne Lily Tomlin during Washington's high-profile tribute to…
    - 10 days ago 8 Dec 14, 4:40am -

Biography of famous african Inventors


Culture

  • new'Shimmering' Cezanne to heat up art auction, Christie's says
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - A "shimmering" Paul Cezanne painting of the Mediterranean with a castle in the background is expected to attract the big-money buyers at a February auction that includes works by Modigliani, Giacometti and Picasso…
    - 20 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 6:52pm -
  • newArena de Verona será restaurada
    MILAN (AP) — La famosa Arena de Verona, un anfiteatro de los tiempos de los romanos y sede de uno de los festivales de ópera más famosos del mundo, recibirá el apoyo de una nueva iniciativa del gobierno italiano que da incentivos a los donadore…
    - 22 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:45pm -
  • U.S. judge OKs Seattle artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit
    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has allowed a Seattle artist's intellectual property lawsuit to go forward over her claims she was cheated out of possibly millions of dollars from the sale of "Angry Birds" pet toys she designed,…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 2:28am -
  • Sweet 'Night at the Museum' bids farewell to Robin Williams
    Take heed: There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams' Teddy Roosevelt in the latest "Night at the Museum." The movie, subtitled "Secret of the Tomb," is imbued with the unshakable inevitability that even though we're still…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:38pm -
  • Artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit goes forward
    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Seattle artist who says she was cheated out of millions of dollars when the company that sold her line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" reached a deal with the Finnish company…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:36pm -
  • Seven Critics' Circle nods for Turner biopic
    Mike Leigh’s biopic about British artist JMW Turner is up for seven gongs at the London Critics’ Circle Awards.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 6:06pm -
  • German foundation seeks ruling on Jewish art claim
    BERLIN (AP) — A German foundation has asked an expert panel to rule whether its painting by Spanish artist Juan Gris was looted by the Nazis.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 5:03pm -
  • Night At The Museum stars salute Robin Williams
    The stars of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, paid tribute to their late co-star Robin Williams.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 2:19pm -
  • Night At The Museum Pays Tribute To Williams
    Stars of the latest film in the Night At The Museum series have paid tribute to "kind and warm" Robin Williams, who makes one of his final appearances in the film.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:58am -
  • Museum stars salute Robin Williams
    The stars of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, including Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens and Sir Ben Kingsley, paid tribute to their late co-star Robin Williams at the film's European premiere.
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 9:09pm -
  • Dan Stevens felt weighed down by his Night At The Museum role
    Dan Stevens got a bad back playing Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb.
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:59pm -
  • Pre-Fall: Fashion's Lucrative, Imaginary Season
    This time of year, the old song, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” plays in my head, but I’ve changed the word “Christmas” to “pre-fall.” It’s the only way I can remember what season designers are showing now. It’s o…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:32pm -
  • Heavyweight role for actor Stevens
    Dan Stevens has revealed the biggest challenge of filming his role as Lancelot in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb - the heavy armour gave him a bad back.
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • Damon Albarn has postponed his Sydney concert
    Damon Albarn has postponed a gig at the Sydney Opera House in Australia over security fears.
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 2:03pm -
  • Museum displays rare portrait by Winslow Homer
    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A rare oil painting by the American artist Winslow Homer has been given as a gift to a Massachusetts museum.
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 8:10pm -
  • "Visitantes" explora el terror de lo conocido
    MEXICO (AP) — "Visitantes", la ópera prima del director mexicano Acán Coen, retrata el terror que puede producir lo que aparentemente es más familiar.
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 5:03pm -
  • Art with a bang - Portugal's VHILS blasts through barriers
    By Andrei Khalip LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, known by the tag name VHILS from his graffiti days, literally shakes the foundations when he explodes powder charges inserted into stucco facades, or drills and carves into brick…
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 11:53am -
  • Sheeran and Pharrell win BBC gongs
    Chart-topping star Ed Sheeran was named British artist of the year at the BBC Music Awards tonight, to crown a year in which he has become one of the world's biggest pop acts.
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 10:55pm -
  • World Trade Center tower boasts large-scale art
    NEW YORK (AP) — The new 1 World Trade Center opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 1,776-foot tower through a vast lobby dominated by a monumental abstract mural. The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among…
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 8:21pm -
  • American Museum of Natural History plans addition
    NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History has announced plans to build an addition to house a new science and education center.
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 5:30pm -
  • Sam Smith is MTV's best artist of 2014
    Sam Smith has been rated ahead of global superstars as MTV US’s best artist of 2014.
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 3:37pm -
  • Baritone gets crash course for Wagner role
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a bare rehearsal room three floors underground at the Metropolitan Opera, Michael Volle was learning how to move around on a set that wasn't there.
    - 7 days ago 11 Dec 14, 3:11pm -
  • The Comic-Book Guys Quivering in Fear of Cosplay
    You wouldn't think that folks dressing up in Sailor Moon costumes would strike fear into grown adults. And yet, for many in the comics industry, cosplay—“costume play”— seems to produce unusual levels of anxiety and bile. As first reported i…
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 7:16pm -
  • Art transforms armory into reflective pool
    NEW YORK (AP) — A light, music and performance installation will transform a New York City armory into a reflective pool.
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 6:12pm -
  • Soap star pleads guilty in northeast Ohio crash
    JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — Soap opera actor Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the car crash that seriously injured his girlfriend in northeast Ohio.
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 5:27pm -
  • Sam Smith tops MTV's 2014 best artist list
    NEW YORK (AP) — This year's breakthrough new singer, Sam Smith, went from an artist to watch to MTV's best artist of 2014 and beat out megastars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift.
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 1:40pm -
  • Royal couple pays respects at New York's Sept. 11 Memorial
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  • newNorth Sea oil sector near 'collapse'
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  • newFall in oil prices 'temporary'
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  • newSwiss interest rate to turn negative
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  • newFTSE 100 higher on Fed statement
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  • newPutin seeks to ease economic fears
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    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 12:32pm -
  • newRoyal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'
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  • newSnapchat boss tearful at Sony hack
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  • newVIDEO: Oil pipeline could benefit Iraqi Kurds
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  • newRetail sales boosted by Black Friday
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  • newMortgage lending dip 'continues'
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  • newVIDEO: Has the high street got worse?
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  • newMobile deal to reduce 'not-spots'
    Agreement is reached between the government and the country's biggest mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK.
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  • newUS Fed 'patient' over rate rises
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  • newAvon fined $135m for China bribes
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  • newHeadline numbers: Osborne plan makes little difference
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  • newUK using less energy, report finds
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  • newNew York bans fracking due to risk
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  • newGovernment to sell more Lloyds shares
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  • newGerman road toll plan gets go-ahead
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  • newRussia plans new action over rouble
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    - 22 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:32pm -
  • newOsborne sets 18 March Budget date
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  • new'Tax shock' from Christmas party
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  • newOil price forces new Nigeria budget
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  • UK sees pick-up in wage growth
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  • EU investment: Juncker's cunning plan
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  • Pension 'guilty secrets' exposed
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    - 1 day ago 17 Dec 14, 11:21am -
  • VIDEO: 'Greece should stay in the EU'
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  • SPFL withholds Gers cash over EBTs
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  • Russians fear return to 1998 crisis
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  • Ministers criticised over train deals
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  • Petrol 'to fall below £1 a litre'
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  • Virtual galleries open new markets for art
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  • Fifa dismisses Garcia complaint
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  • VIDEO: Arterton and Blair back equal pay calls
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    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:29pm -
  • VIDEO: Portas call for high street help
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  • newThree 'murders' part of abuse inquiry
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  • newNew domestic abuse law revealed
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  • newEU court gives UK visa direction
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  • newNorth Sea oil sector near 'collapse'
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  • newQSC shares jump on talk United Internet may buy network
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Shares in German Internet service company QSC jumped more than a fifth on Thursday after Manager Magazin reported bigger peer United Internet was interested in buying its network. There have been talks at the top management leve…
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:48pm -
  • newEU markets watchdog says crowdfunding needs regulating
    By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - New European Union rules are needed to supervise crowdfunding and protect investors who face significant risks from the evolving sector, the bloc's markets watchdog said on Thursday. Crowdfunding, often hosted on onli…
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 12:53pm -
  • newA look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.
    - 3 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 11:33am -
  • newN Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever
    NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.
    - 4 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:53am -
  • newIBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'
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    - 6 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 9:18am -
  • newGoogle looks to head off U.S. antitrust lawsuit over Android
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    - 7 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:02am -
  • newSony cancels North Korea movie in apparent win for Pyongyang hackers
    By Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its…
    - 7 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 7:36am -
  • newAmid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.
    - 10 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 4:28am -
  • newSony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats
    NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the…
    - 12 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 2:25am -
  • newSpaceX to try to 'precision-land' rocket in ocean
    SpaceX said Wednesday it will for the first time try to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the ocean after launching cargo to the International Space Station.
    - 17 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 9:47pm -
  • newLeaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs
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    - 18 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 8:26pm -
  • newSprint accused of billing for unwanted services
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are accusing Sprint Corp. of illegally billing its wireless customers hundreds of millions of dollars in charges for text message alerts and other services that they didn't order.
    - 19 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 8:13pm -
  • Amazon workers in Germany extend strike
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    - 1 day ago 17 Dec 14, 2:03pm -
  • Uphill battle to tackle Indonesian shark fishing
    Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fishermen but is increasingly alarming environmentalists.
    - 1 day ago 17 Dec 14, 7:38am -
  • U.S. judge OKs Seattle artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit
    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has allowed a Seattle artist's intellectual property lawsuit to go forward over her claims she was cheated out of possibly millions of dollars from the sale of "Angry Birds" pet toys she designed,…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 2:28am -
  • Obama bars oil, gas drilling in Alaska haven
    President Barack Obama declared Alaska's ecologically rich Bristol Bay off-limits for oil and gas exploration on Tuesday, saying the move was necessary to safeguard the region's fishing and tourism industries.
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:18am -
  • 3D printing points way to smarter cancer treatment
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    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:05am -
  • Vintage videogame found in New Mexico landfill sent to Smithsonian
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  • T-Mobile to let customers carry over unused data
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    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:29pm -
  • China's Xiaomi booked $56 million profit in 2013 - filing
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    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:05am -
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  • Sony studio chiefs aim to reassure employees after damaging hack
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    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 2:14am -
  • Sony threatens to sue for publishing stolen emails
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    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 10:42pm -
  • Atari's 'E.T.' game joins Smithsonian collection
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  • BT opts for EE over O2 for 12.5 billion-pound UK mobile deal
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    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:55pm -
  • Mountains of Ice are Melting, But Don't Panic (Op-Ed)
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  • Booking.com offers concession in bid to end competition probes
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  • Amazon workers strike in Germany as Christmas orders peak
    BERLIN (Reuters) - More than 2,000 Amazon staff at German warehouses went on strike on Monday to press demands for better pay and conditions as the online retailer races to ensure Christmas orders are delivered on time. Labour union Verdi said almos…
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  • Hony, JD.com lead $148 million investment in travel firm Tuniu
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    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 10:32am -
  • Xiaomi's India smartphone ban exposes wider patent risk
    By Sumeet Chatterjee and Gerry Shih MUMBAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world's fastest growing major smartphone market and c…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:01am -
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  • Uber executive in dispute with San Francisco landlord
    An Uber executive who recently suggested launching a million-dollar campaign to investigate journalists critical of the ride-booking company is in a bitter dispute with the landlord of his rental condo. ...
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  • Boat protest against Canaries oil prospecting
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    - 5 days ago 13 Dec 14, 8:27pm -
  • Can Amy Pascal's career survive Sony cyberattack?
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    - 6 days ago 13 Dec 14, 1:40am -
  • Exclusive - Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defence firms, FBI warns
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  • Facebook dumps Microsoft Web search results
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  • Norway scraps controversial seal hunting subsidy
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Technology

  • newA look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
    Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations ...
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  • newQ&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form
    DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.
    - 36 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:13pm -
  • newGift Guide: Home products come with connectivity
    Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then ...
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  • newIn botched cyberattack on Syria group, some see hand of IS
    LONDON (AP) — A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal.
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:10pm -
  • newEU markets watchdog says crowdfunding needs regulating
    By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - New European Union rules are needed to supervise crowdfunding and protect investors who face significant risks from the evolving sector, the bloc's markets watchdog said on Thursday. Crowdfunding, often hosted on onli…
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 12:53pm -
  • newN Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever
    NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.
    - 4 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:53am -
  • newChina's JD.com to sell Gap clothing, vying with Alibaba to woo Western brands
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's JD.com Inc has partnered Gap Inc to sell the U.S. clothing retailer's apparel online in China, as the Beijing-based e-commerce company goes head to head with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to woo big foreign fa…
    - 5 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:07am -
  • newIBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'
    (This Dec.17th story has been refiled to correct capitalisation of VMware) LONDON (Reuters) - IBM aims to expand the number of data centres it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, afte…
    - 6 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 9:18am -
  • newIs the Sony Pictures cyber-attack an act of war? Living on the edge of violent retaliation for hacking
    When does a cyber-attack become an act of war? Sony Pictures must surely feel they are under siege, being threatened with data stolen from under their very nose.
    - 6 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 9:11am -
  • newSony emails show a studio ripe for hacking
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers t…
    - 7 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:15am -
  • newGoogle looks to head off U.S. antitrust lawsuit over Android
    By Dan Levine SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Google will try to persuade a U.S. judge on Thursday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from Eur…
    - 7 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:02am -
  • newSony cancels North Korea movie in apparent win for Pyongyang hackers
    By Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its…
    - 7 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 7:36am -
  • newHow Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'
    NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.
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  • newSocial media - the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunman
    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - One hostage the Sydney siege gunman failed to take this week was social media. After traditional media refused to air or print details of phone calls his hostages made, Man Haron Monis turned to Facebook and YouTub…
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  • newAmid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.
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  • newAP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that expos…
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  • newBlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort
    NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.
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  • newSony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats
    NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the…
    - 12 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 2:25am -
  • newUber plans tighter screening for drivers
    (Reuters) - Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development…
    - 13 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:52am -
  • newStolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers t…
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  • newU.S. investigators link North Korea to Sony hacking - sources
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators have determined that North Korea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Corp's computers, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday. One of the sources described the attack as "state-sponsored" and several source…
    - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 12:14am -
  • newU.S. to announce that North Korea behind Sony hack - CNN
    BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators have determined that North Korea is behind the cyber attack on Sony Corp's Hollywood studio and plan to announce their findings on Thursday, CNN reported. (Reporting by Jim Finkle)
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  • newSony cancels Dec. 25 release of 'Interview' after theatres bail
    By Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," after major U.S. theatre chains pulled out of showing the film fol…
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  • newNYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly
    NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.
    - 18 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 9:08pm -
  • newU.S. startup sues France's Orange over social calling app
    (Reuters) - French telecom group Orange SA confirmed on Wednesday that it has been sued in California by San Francisco-based startup Telesocial in an intellectual property case, but said that the startup's claims were unfounded. Orange said Telesoci…
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  • newU.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations
    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wrecked by civil war, and across the region in 2015. As well as calling for ca…
    - 12 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:37pm -
  • newWall St climbs at open as oil rises
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, building on gains in the prior session after the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy statement and as oil prices showed signs of steadying. The Dow ...
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  • newMarathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday
    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother…
    - 17 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:32pm -
  • newCircus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident
    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, ...
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  • newGreek opposition leader says wants 'negotiated' solution to debt
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's radical leftist Syriza party would cancel austerity policies agreed by the current government if elected but would negotiate debt relief with international lenders without taking unilateral steps, party leader Alexis Tsip…
    - 17 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:32pm -
  • newSwiss central bank announces negative interest rates to stem flight into franc
    By Alice Baghdjian and Caroline Copley ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank announced a negative interest rate for the first time since the 1970s on Thursday, hoping that by forcing banks to pay ...
    - 18 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:31pm -
  • newVegas hotelier faces gambling commission scrutiny
    The man who started a hospitality empire with a Los Angeles nightclub and turned the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip into a hipper, sleeker destination is facing questions from gambling ...
    - 23 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:26pm -
  • newOil rises 2 percent to $62 as energy firms slash investments
    By David Sheppard LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude rose 2 percent to above $62 (39.68 pounds) a barrel on Thursday, extending a rebound from five-year lows this week as oil's six-month price rout forced ...
    - 23 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:26pm -
  • newEgypt jails 40 Morsi backers for church fires
    An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to up to 15 years in jail Thursday for violence including torching churches, a judicial source said.
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  • newLawmakers disrupt vote on Kenyan security law
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition lawmakers shouted slogans, sang and threw water in parliament on Thursday, disrupting a vote to authorize terrorism-related measures that rights activists say threaten civil liberties and free speech. The bill w…
    - 30 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:19pm -
  • newEU top court rules obesity a 'disability'
    European Court of Justice says obesity can be equated with disability if it interferes with people's professional lives.
    - 32 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:17pm -
  • newCar Ploughs Into Crowd After Christmas Concert
    A driver has hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas concert ended, killing three people and leaving nine others injured.
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  • newEU approves new sanctions as summit weighs Russia crisis
    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on December 18, 2014
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  • newPutin Backs Recovery As Rouble Falls Again
    Vladimir Putin has predicted Russia will recover from its current financial crisis in two years or less. The Russian President said his country had sufficient reserves and the economy would rebound quickly. ...
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  • newRussian rouble slips as Putin speech fails to impress
    By Alexander Winning and Vladimir Abramov MOSCOW (Reuters) - The rouble edged lower against the dollar on Thursday, with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had offered few concrete measures at his ...
    - 41 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:08pm -
  • newLawyer defends acts of Nigeria soldiers sentenced to death
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A human rights lawyer says 54 soldiers have been sentenced to death because they embarrassed Nigeria's military by demanding weapons to fight Islamic extremists, and says they were justified in not going on what would have be…
    - 43 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:06pm -
  • newEU agrees deal to cap bank card payment fees
    By Jan Strupczewski and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments have agreed to cap the fees retailers pay to process debit and credit card transactions in a move the EU parliament ...
    - 43 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 2:06pm -
  • newPoll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
    From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned ...
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  • newGulf stocks rebound strongly as oil price steadies
    Gulf stock markets rebound on Thursday Dec 18 as oil prices steady
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  • newColombia rejects FARC's verification demand for ceasefire
    By Peter Murphy BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's government welcomed on Thursday a plan by Marxist rebels for an indefinite ceasefire but rejected their demand for independent monitoring as a prerequisite. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FA…
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  • newAccenture raises full-year revenue forecast after strong 1st-quarter
    (Reuters) - Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc (ACN.N) raised its revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 after contract wins helped the company post better-than-expected first-quarter earnings ...
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  • newPutin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy
    By Timothy Heritage and Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year but offered ...
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  • newU.S. jobless claims point to firmer labour market
    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labour market continued to strengthen. Initial claims ...
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  • newAccenture raises full-year revenue forecast after strong first-quarter
    (Reuters) - Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc (ACN.N) raised its revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 after contract wins helped the company post better-than-expected first-quarter earnings ...
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  • newBoko Haram kidnaps at least 185 in Nigeria
    Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, from a Nigerian village, carting the hostages away on trucks towards Sambisa Forest, a notorious rebel stronghold, two local officials and a vigilante leader said Thursday.…
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  • newUS jobless aid applications decline to 289,000
    Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers. Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted ...
    - 60 mins ago 18 Dec 14, 1:49pm -
  • new11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:41pm -
  • newPutin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear
    President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying away from its heavy reliance on oil and gas and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon ...
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:36pm -
  • newPakistan court bails man accused of masterminding Mumbai attack
    By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani court granted bail on Thursday to a man accused of masterminding a deadly 2008 rampage through the Indian city of Mumbai, lawyers said. The decision to grant bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi drew qu…
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:35pm -
  • newPope treats homeless to new sleeping bags
    Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday.
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:32pm -
  • newDaimler makes 600-mn-euro provision for EU antitrust probe
    Daimler is setting aside 600 million euros for a potential EU antitrust fine
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:29pm -
  • newPalestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vo…
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:24pm -
  • newEgypt constituency law sets stage for long-awaited elections
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt on Thursday cleared a final hurdle to long-awaited parliamentary elections seen as decisive in cementing the rule of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted President Mohamed Mursi, and excluding the banned Muslim Brotherhood from p…
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:20pm -
  • newPutin says Russian economy will rebound
    Russia leader tries to quell fears of economic collapse and vows rapid recovery from worst financial crisis of his rule.
    - 1 hour ago 18 Dec 14, 1:20pm -
  • new'Impossible' for Saudi to reduce oil output: minister
    Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi it would be "impossible" for Saudi Arabia to reduce oil output
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:16pm -
  • newEU court says obesity can be disability
    The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders the overweight person's performance at work.
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:15pm -
  • newDaimler increases provision for EU cartel probe
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Daimler (DAIGn.DE) said on Thursday it was setting aside an additional 600 million euros (473 million pounds) to cover potential costs related to an antitrust investigation ...
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:06pm -
  • newUS 'Patience' On Rates Boosts World Markets
    World stock markets have rallied after the US Federal Reserve signalled interest rates would not be rising anytime soon despite an improving economy. US stocks enjoyed their strongest session of the year ...
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:02pm -
  • newMyanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddha
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:01pm -
  • newEU approves new Crimea sanctions
    The EU imposed additional sanctions Thursday on Crimea, banning all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home the message the bloc will not recognise Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine territory.
    - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:01pm -

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  • newIndia launches biggest ever rocket into space
    India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.
    - 7 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 7:47am -
  • newNASA Holds Off on Asteroid-Capture Mission Decision Until Early 2015
    What will NASA's bold plan to capture an asteroid and bring it into orbit around the moon look like? Space agency officials should decide on the final mission plan by early 2015, according to NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot. Space agen…
    - 15 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 11:26pm -
  • newEuropean Comet Lander May Wake Up from Space Slumber
    Philae, part of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, went into hibernation in mid-November, a few days after executing a dramatic and historic touchdown on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko — the first-ever soft landing on one…
    - 15 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 11:25pm -
  • newEight-year Venus probe ends after it runs out of fuel
    The space probe that spent eight years carrying out a detailed analysis of Venus is out of fuel and will float to a fiery demise in the planet's toxic atmosphere, the European Space Agency has announced.
    - 16 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • newSpaceX to try to 'precision-land' rocket in ocean
    SpaceX said Wednesday it will for the first time try to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the ocean after launching cargo to the International Space Station.
    - 17 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 9:47pm -
  • newHoliday Lights From Space: Satellite Sees Cities Brighten (Photos)
    City lights across the United States blaze 20 to 50 percent more brightly in December than they do the rest of the year, and some cities in the Middle East brighten by more than 50 percent during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, researchers said. "…
    - 21 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • newBlue Stars Sparkle in Spectacular Deep Space Star Cluster (Video, Photos)
    The blue stars are younger and hotter, while the red stars are cooler. Examining the Messier 47 star cluster using spectroscopy reveals that the red stars have short lives and are further along in their lifespans than the blue stars, which aren't qu…
    - 21 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • newCuriosity Rover Finds Life's Building Blocks on Mars
    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found organic chemicals — the carbon-containing building blocks of life — on the Red Planet. "This is really a great moment for the mission," Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger, of the California Institu…
    - 22 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 5:18pm -
  • newEurope's Venus probe set for fiery demise
    BERLIN (AP) — An unmanned spacecraft that has been studying the planet Venus for the past eight years is set to come to a fiery end in the coming weeks.
    - 24 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 3:13pm -
  • Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Rock, Finds Water
    NASA's Curiosity rover is continuing to help scientists piece together the mystery of how Mars lost its surface water over the course of billions of years.
    - 1 day ago 17 Dec 14, 12:23pm -
  • How Space Station Tech Is Helping the Fight Against Cancer
    One of the tools used in the fight against cancer is, quite literally, out of this world. When the Soviet Union launched Salyut 1, the first space station, into orbit in the 1970s, humans began spending more and more time in extremely low-gravity en…
    - 1 day ago 17 Dec 14, 9:39am -
  • Voyager 1 Rides 'Tsunami Wave' in Interstellar Space
    It turns out that sailing through interstellar space isn't so peaceful. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft — the only object made by humans to reach interstellar space — might still be caught what scientists have described as a cosmic "tsunami wave," a…
    - 1 day ago 17 Dec 14, 9:39am -
  • Greenland's Ice-Melt Models May Be Too Sunny
    The vast ice sheet covering Greenland could melt more quickly in the future than existing models predict, new research suggests. Scientists looked at satellite data collected by NASA's ICESat spacecraft and Operation IceBridge and plotted the elevat…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 10:30pm -
  • Glaciers on Mars Likely Helped Carve Red Planet's 'Grand Canyon'
    Signs of acid-rock interactions in Valles Marineris, the Grand Canyon of Mars, suggest that glaciers in the planet's past may have been responsible for carving at least some of the extensive network when the planet was more severely tipped. While ot…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:34pm -
  • Want to Name a Crater on Mercury? Now's Your Chance
    A NASA team has invited the public to name five impact craters on the surface of Mercury, but you'll have to win a contest to nab the otherworldly naming rights. The contest, launched by the outreach arm of NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury, calls…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:34pm -
  • California needs 11 trillion gallons of water: NASA
    California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from its three-year drought, the US space agency said Tuesday after studying water resources by using satellite data.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:08pm -
  • Curiosity Rover Finds Methane on Mars: What It Could Mean for Life
    NASA's Curiosity rover has recently made a surprising find on Mars that could help scientists get one step closer to figuring out if the Red Planet has ever supported life. The lack of methane measured earlier by Curiosity was disappointing for many…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:34pm -
  • Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane at Mars
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, has detected spikes of methane in the planet's atmosphere. That suggests something is producing or venting the scientifically tantalizing gas, but no one knows what.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:01pm -
  • NASA Probe Piecing Together How Mars' Atmosphere Escapes to Space
    A NASA spacecraft that recently arrived in orbit around Mars is already helping to solve a Martian mystery. Scientists are using the space agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft to gather more data about how Mars' atmosph…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 4:27pm -
  • Saturn's Rings Caught Streaking in NASA Photos
    The streaky details of Saturn's rings have been captured in amazing detail in new images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The spacecraft is currently in an extended mission phase that runs through 2017.
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:54pm -
  • New Omega Skywalker X-33 Space Watch Features Astronaut's Invention
    French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy, who was a crew member onboard three U.S. space shuttle missions in the 1990s, was inspired by his time orbiting the Earth to come up with a better clockwork for the wristwatches he and his fellow astronauts w…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:54pm -
  • Greenland ice loss may be worse than predicted
    A warming planet may lead to swifter ice loss on Greenland's ice sheet, and faster sea level rise for the rest of the world than previously predicted, scientists said Monday.
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 8:25pm -
  • Two Moons Cast Shadows on Jupiter Tonight: How to See It
    Skywatchers with telescopes on Earth will be able to witness a remarkable cosmic event tonight (Dec. 15): Two of Jupiter's moons will cast shadows on the face of the gas giant in the same night. As Jupiter's moons revolve around the gas giant, they…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:40pm -
  • Geminid Meteor Shower Wows Skywatchers Around the World (Photos)
    The Geminid meteor shower amazed skywatchers willing to brave the cold to catch the annual display this weekend. Some intrepid observers managed to capture some incredible pictures of the streaking meteors in clear skies around the world, with NASA…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:51pm -
  • Colliding Galaxies Spark a Stunning Holiday Light Show (Photo)
    Two colliding galaxies are lit up like a Christmas tree in a dazzling new NASA photo. The new image, which was released Thursday (Dec. 11), shows "ultra-luminous X-ray sources" (ULXs) studding the spiral galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163, which are graz…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:51pm -
  • Mountains of Ice are Melting, But Don't Panic (Op-Ed)
    If the planet lost the entire West Antarctic ice sheet, global sea level would rise 11 feet, threatening nearly 13 million people worldwide and affecting more than $2 trillion worth of property. At Environmental Defense Fund, we spent a year talki…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 5:41pm -
  • Iranian Woman's Quest to Become an Astronaut Stars in Documentary
    But an Iranian woman named Sepideh Hooshyar is doing just that, and a documentary released earlier this year provides a window into her five-year struggle to keep her dream of becoming an astronaut alive. The documentary, called "Sepideh: Reaching f…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 1:07pm -
  • Giant Sun Storm of 2012 Shown in Fiery Detail (Video)
    NASA released an amazing video that shows the awesome and potentially devastating force of the sun in action. But in 2012, the sun unleashed a CME much larger than the average, and it barreled through space at a staggering 6.7 million mph. NASA offi…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 1:07pm -
  • 'Frozen' in Space! Olaf the Snowman Floats in Zero-G (Photos)
    It's one giant leap for snowman-kind: Olaf, the goofy snowman from Disney's hit film "Frozen," is floating aboard the International Space Station, and we have the photos to prove it. Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov brought the small, stuffed Ola…
    - 3 days ago 15 Dec 14, 1:07pm -
  • What now for the Paris accord?
    Four years ago, the world's nations vowed to forge a pact by the end of 2015 that would tame climate change and bequeath a safer planet to future generations.
    - 4 days ago 14 Dec 14, 7:14pm -
  • Photographer Salgado tells AFP 'planet near extinction'
    World renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has crisscrossed the globe to document the extremes of globalisation, migration and unchartered territories, but is most troubled by mankind's reckless plundering of the planet, which he says i…
    - 4 days ago 14 Dec 14, 11:52am -
  • 'Journey To Space' to Take Moviegoers on Giant-Screen Trip to Mars
    Having successfully splashed down after its first exploration flight test, NASA's Orion spacecraft is set to launch onto the big screen in a new large-format 3D movie premiering in February. "Journey To Space," from K2 Communications and Giant Scree…
    - 5 days ago 13 Dec 14, 12:48pm -
  • NASA Is 'All About That Space' in Hilarious Parody Music Video
    NASA is "all about that space, 'bout that space, space travel" in a new music video recently released by the space agency. The new music video shows a group of plucky young NASA interns dancing, lip synching and having fun at Johnson Space Center in…
    - 5 days ago 13 Dec 14, 12:41pm -
  • Geminid Meteor Shower Is Peaking Now: Watch It Live Online
    One of the most striking annual meteor showers of the year is set to peak tonight, and you can see it live online. NASA and the online Slooh Community Observatory will broadcast live views of the Geminid shower tonight, with the Slooh's webcast beg…
    - 5 days ago 13 Dec 14, 12:41pm -
  • Canadian Crowdfunding Project Aims to Build Mini Mars Rover
    A Canadian company wants to land a couple of robots on Mars in late 2018, but to do so, it might need your help. For the mission, called Northern Light, Thoth Technology plans to deliver a lander and a mini rover called "Beaver" to the Red Planet in…
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 5:31pm -

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