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Former boxer survives shark attack by repeatedly punching it in its face

A man surfing at Pilaa near the Kilauea Lighthouse was attacked by a shark on Sunday. “I thought it was do or die, I thought I was going to die,” Jeff Horton told KHON2 in Hawaii. “I had my feet dangling, hanging below my surfboard, and I saw this thing…

Trips to the middle of Earth’s stratosphere aboard a capsule tethered to a giant balloon offered for $75K

At last: a way to reach mid-stratospheric heights without the rumbling, jarring aid of a rocket. A new commercial space outlet, called World…  …

U.S.-funded Afghan hospital project paid $500-a-gallon for gas instead of market-rate of $5 …and is still 23 months behind schedule

A US-funded project to build a hospital in Afghanistan paid $500 a gallon for fuel instead of a market rate of $5, a watchdog said Wednesday in a damning report into overspending and waste. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said that construction of the 100-bed hospital in…

Chomsky: The Internet is full of people who can’t read and want to talk about sandwiches

In an interview uploaded to YouTube, Noam Chomsky answers the question “[d]oes the generative potential of the internet help to form new kinds of social or cultural associations” by saying that he knows of “actual cases” of “adolescents who think they have 500 friends, because they have 500 friends on…

Scientists on track for 2018 space cannon blast of Asteroid 1999JU3

Japanese scientists readying to blast a crater in an asteroid to find out what it is made of said Wednesday they have successfully tested their new space cannon. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said the huge weapon would fire a metal bullet at the surface of asteroid 1999JU3 some…

Rep. Kevin Yoder: Publicly-funded science should be publicly available

Wednesday on the House floor, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) called for publicly funded research to be freely available to all. “Access to scientific research maximizes research investments and improves the quality of science while ensuring transparency and efficient use of tax dollars,” he said. “Simply put, taxpayers should not have…

Russia reduces Greenpeace crew’s changes from piracy to ‘hooliganism’

Russia said Wednesday it had reduced piracy charges against the detained crew of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise protest ship to “hooliganism”, which carries a lesser sentence. The Investigative Committee said it had “taken the decision to reclassify the crime as hooliganism”. Russia early this month charged all 30 crewmembers of Greenpeace’s…

Mummified man’s body found hanging in Paris apartment after eight years

The new owner of an apartment near Paris made a shocking discovery last week when he took possession: the mummified body of the previous owner which had been hanging for eight years. The body was found in the apartment in the Paris suburb of Bussy-Saint-Georges on Friday, after the flat…

Germany demands ‘immediate and comprehensive explanation’ for U.S. spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone

The German government has received information that US intelligence is spying on the mobile phone communications of Chancellor Angela Merkel, her spokesman said Wednesday. “The chancellor today telephoned President (Barack) Obama” and “made clear that she unequivocally disapproves of such practices, should they be confirmed, and regards them as completely…

22-year-old Ohio man who confessed to drunk-driving on YouTube gets 6-1/2 years in prison

The young Ohio man whose remorseful video claim of responsiblity for a fatal drunk-driving accident has gone viral on YouTube was sentenced Wednesday to 6-1/2 years behind bars. Matthew Cordle, 22, stood passively and attentively as gravel-voiced Judge David Fais sent him to jail after replaying in court the emotional…

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