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More than 50 percent of electric cars sold in the U.S. are in 5 cities

You have probably heard of certain cities which have particularly high electric car ownership rates, often due to their generous incentives. Can you name which five cities have over 50% of the electric cars sold in the US? Here’s the list: Los Angeles…  …

‘The Internet Police’ shines a light on the online surveillance state

When Ars Technica editor Nate Anderson sat down to write The Internet Police (W.W. Norton & Company, 320 pp.), Edward Snowden hadn’t yet decided to add some excitement to the National Security Agency’s summer by leaking a trove of surveillance secrets…  …

A curious inspiration for the first stethoscope

A Curious Inspiration for the First Stethoscope (via PBS News Hour) By: Howard Markel In a monthly column for PBS NewsHour, Dr. Howard Markel revisits moments that changed the course of modern medicine, like the invention of the stethoscope. Photo By BSIP/UIG via Getty Images. Long before Hippocrates (ca. 460-380…

Scientists have uncovered evidence early humans lived in North China 1.6 million years ago

p class=”rpuSnip”> A team of scientists say they have uncovered evidence of early humans in China dating back at least 1.6 million years, the oldest signs of early humans in North China. In a paper published in the scholarly journal Scientific Reports, Chinese Academy…  …

Fallout from the Russian fireball encircled Earth, research shows

This polar projection of Earth shows atmospheric particles encircling the globe a week after the February 15 blast over central Russia (white dot). Fast-moving particles (red) returned there within four days, and within seven days, they had ‘lapped’…  …

Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden hospitalized in Texas

US Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Texas to accompany his son to hospital after he experienced a spell of “disorientation” and “weakness, the White House said. No further details were available on the condition of Beau Biden, 44, the attorney general of the state of Delaware, who suffered a…

Pakistan’s Musharraf charged over murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto

Pakistan’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf was indicted on three counts Tuesday over the 2007 murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in a gun and suicide attack, a prosecutor said. Charging a former army chief is an unprecedented move in a country ruled for more than half of its life by…

Arizona Minuteman arrested for pointing AR-15 rifle at sheriff’s deputy

A member of a Minutemen militia was arrested Saturday night for allegedly pointing his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at a Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy. Richard Malley, 49, and two other group members were patrolling the area along Interstate 8 in search of illegal activity when two deputies approached, according to court…

Cenk Uygur calls out TIME magazine reporter for supporting drone strike on Julian Assange

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur on Monday blasted a TIME magazine reporter who said he couldn’t “wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out” Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Michael Grunwald made the comment Saturday on Twitter, sparking a huge backlash. Grunwald later deleted the message…

B-1B Lancer bomber crashes in Montana

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber crashed on Monday in the northern state of Montana but its four-strong crew managed to eject before impact, the military said. The plane had taken off from Ellsworth Air Force base, home of the 28th Bomb Wing, on what was described as a…

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