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‘Artificial leaf’ eyed as holy grail in energy research

Turbo-charging photosynthesis – by which plants and bacteria turn sunlight into food and energy — in an “artificial leaf” could yield a vast commercial power source, scientists said. Photosynthesis is”unfortunately not very efficient,” Anne Jones, assistant professor and biochemist at Arizona State University, told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetingin Vancouver this…

Four dead in two US avalanches: officials

LOS ANGELES — Four people were killed in two avalanches that swept through an area near a ski resort in the northwestern US state of Washington, authorities said. US media initially reported that at least eight others were missing in the incidents, which took place Sunday near Stevens Pass in…

Morocco condemns alleged U.S. Capitol bomb plot

Morocco has condemned an alleged plot to bomb the US Capitol over which a citizen of the north African country was arrested, the official MAP agency reported Monday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested Amine El Khalifi, a 29-year-old immigrant from Morocco living illegally in the US state of Virginia, in a sting operation.…

Australian firm plans network of driverless freight trains

SYDNEY — Miner Rio Tinto will use driverless trains to deliver its iron ore to ports in Western Australia in what it said will be the world’s first automated, long-distance, heavy-haul rail network. Rio said a US$518 million investment would see the launch of the first driverless train in the…

First ‘test-tube’ hamburger to be produced this year

The world’s first “test-tube” meat, a hamburger made from a cow’s stem cells, will be produced this fall, Dutch scientist Mark Post told a major science conference on Sunday. Post’s aim is to invent an efficient way to produce skeletal muscle tissue in a laboratory that exactly mimics meat, and…

UK government to demand access to all phone and internet user data

The British government is in the process of developing a scheme whereby all phone companies and broadband internet providers will be required to store customer transaction data for a year and hand it over to security services upon request. The databases would also include Facebook communications, Twitter posts — including…

Man survives in snowed-in car for two months

A Swedish man who says his car became trapped in deep snow in a forest the week before Christmas has been found alive and in surprisingly good condition. The man, believed to be Peter Skyllberg, told police that he had eaten nothing but snow for two months, but that thanks…

Giant kite could be future of wind power

A California energy company is working to develop an airborne system of wind turbines that its developer believes could be superior to any of the current ground-based systems. The system essentially consists of a giant kite that looks like a small airplane. It employs sensors to determine the optimal location…

On 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s flight, U.S. lacks manned space capacity

The United States marks the 50th anniversary Monday of the first flight of an American into orbit. But the historic landmark is bittersweet: the first nation to land people on the Moon now depends on Russia for its manned space flights. At 9:47 a.m. on February 20, 1962, on the…

Syrian army besieges world heritage site of Palmyra

The Syrian army has been laying siege to the ancient city of Palmyra, a world heritage site, since early February and shooting at anything that moves from a historic citadel, residents say. “Palmyra is surrounded by the army from all fronts: the Arab citadel, the olive and palm tree groves,…

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