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A green 007?: Tesla CEO Elon Musk buys James Bond’s ‘submarine car’

Elon Musk is now the proud owner of James Bond’s submarine car (via The Christian Science Monitor) The white Lotus Esprit amphibious sports car appears in a still from The Spy Who Loved Me. (YouTube) In the 1977 flick “The Spy Who Loved Me,” James Bond takes a comely young…

Argentinian protesters push Russia to release Greenpeace activists

Around 100 protesters staged an action at a Shell gas station in Argentina on Friday, demanding Russia release 30 Greenpeace activists jailed after protesting the oil giant’s Arctic drilling operations. Four demonstrators scaled the station’s roof in Buenos Aires, while 30 of them wore handcuffs to express solidarity with the…

JPMorgan Chase will pay $4 billion fine over junk mortgages

JPMorgan Chase will pay $4 billion to settle allegations that it sold billions of dollars worth of bottom-quality mortgages to state housing finance companies, the Wall Street Journal said Friday. The Journal said JPMorgan had reached a deal to settle the charges that it overstated the quality of the mortgages…

Curiosity rover confirms Mars’ massive atmospheric losses

Latest Curiosity feat: confirmation that Mars sent meteorite group to Earth (via The Christian Science Monitor) This photo released by NASA shows a self-portrait taken by the NASA rover Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars.(NASA/AP) Mars has lost from half to 95 percent of its atmosphere over the past 4…

Rise in shark fin exports from Peru leads to thousands of dolphin killings

Peru has dramatically increased its sales of shark fins to Asia, triggering the slaughter of about 15,000 dolphins a year used as bait, officials said Friday. Shark fin is viewed by many Asians as a delicacy and is often served as a soup at expensive Chinese banquets. Most of Peru’s…

Brazilian oil workers walk off the job for the second straight day

Workers walked off the job for a second straight day Friday at Brazil’s state oil giant Petrobras to protest plans to open a major offshore oil field to foreign companies. Bidding on the coveted Libra oil field opens Monday with 11 firms vying for a share of production. But Petrobras…

White House tours set to start again after being suspended since March

Tours of the White House, which have been suspended since March due to deep US budget cuts known as the “sequester,” will resume soon under a limited schedule, officials said Friday. Visits to the iconic mansion, one of Washington’s biggest tourist attractions, will begin November 5, the White House said…

Five Thirty Eight pollster Nate Silver prepares for ESPN venture

Rock star statistician Nate Silver, who made numbers cool by giving near-perfect predictions of US votes in 2008 and 2012, will soon relaunch his website in a new home, just in time for the next election cycle. Speaking to a packed house at the Online News Association conference in Atlanta,…

French ‘doctor to the stars’ gets 10 years in jail for raping and assaulting patients

A French osteopath whose list of famous clients included Pablo Picasso and Rudolf Nureyev was on Friday sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping and sexually assaulting female patients. Nineteen women had come forward to accuse Pierre Pallardy, 72, of unwanted sexual advances. A court in Paris found him…

Boeing cuts production on 747 jumbo jets again

Boeing on Friday said it would cut production of its 747-8 jumbo aircraft for a second time this year, citing weaker demand for big aircraft. The Chicago-based aerospace giant said 747-8 production rate would be reduced from 1.75 airplanes per month to 1.5 airplanes per month “because of lower market…

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