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Graphene — as thin as an atom and 200 times stronger than steel — is the world’s new ‘wonder material’

Marc Abrahams, editor of Annals of Improbable Research and Guardian columnist, joins Hari Sreenivasan to talk about graphene, the world’s new wonder material. The substance, as thin as an atom, is 200 times stronger than steel. Editor’…  …

Texas atheist wears pasta strainer in driver’s license photo to worship ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’

A Texas Tech student said that he was celebrating religious freedom for atheists when he fought to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his official driver’s license photo. KCDB reported on Saturday that Eddie Castillo spent four months researching and contacting government officials before he got approval to…

Kevin Spacey: Stop worrying about piracy and give users what they want

It appears that Kevin Spacey gets what so many of us have been saying for over a decade: piracy isn’t so much a problem as it is a statement of demand from users. And the way to “beat” piracy is to do a better job of offering fans what they…

Scarborough warns Republicans: Don’t embrace George Zimmerman as a hero

George Zimmerman’s recent visit to a gun factory had Republican MSNBC host Joe Scarborough concerned on Monday about him being taken in by his party. “This is not a man that Republicans should embrace as a hero,” Scarborough said of Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of murder in July…

Colin Powell questions the legitimacy of Zimmerman verdict

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (R) questioned the legitimacy — and relevance — of the jury verdict in the Trayvon Martin case on CBS’s Face the Nation yesterday. The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff began by saying that he found the verdict in the trial…

Police shoot dead California man suspected of killing mother before firing at neighbors from a tractor

Police in Simi Valley, California shot and killed a 29-year-old man suspected of shooting his own mother dead before shooting randomly in his neighborhood while riding a tractor. KCBS-TV reported that Ryan Carnan’s brother informed authorities on Saturday that Carnan admitted on the phone to killing their mother, identified by…

MLK on NBC in ’63: ‘The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of anemic democracy’

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins sat with a panel of reporters on Meet the Press. NBC broadcast the show three days before King delivered the historic “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington. In retrospect, the questions…

Zurich debates merits of drive-in ‘sex boxes’ as way to regulate prostitution

Some places try to drive away prostitution. Others build a driveway for it. Swiss citizens are divided over the country’s first attempt at a “sex drive in” in Zurich as a means of regulating and controlling prostitution near the city’s tourist and commercial district outside the city center. Prostitution is…

Prison reform advocates: ‘The war on drugs is the 800-pound gorilla that must be killed’

Sentencing reform in the criminal justice system emerged as a major theme from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week, an issue highlighted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposals to review and alter the sentencing process for drug convictions. Panelists discussed the proposals and the conditions leading…

Media critic: Al Jazeera appealing because it’s not identified with corporate interests

The Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera is an important contributor to the political landscape of the United States, according to the media critic for The Baltimore Sun. “We have had a narrowing of the conversation about democracy, especially on television,” David Zurawik said Sunday on CNN. “Throughout the media, we’ve…

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