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Elon Musk says he is going to give James Bond’s iconic Lotus Esprit a Tesla electric powertrain

Billionaire tech entrepreneur and investor Elon Musk has bought James Bond’s iconic Lotus Esprit vehicle from The Spy Who Loved Me, with the intention of making its movie transformation from car to submarine a reality. The car was bought for £616,000 at an auction in London in September, but the…

90-year-old former Nazi soldier handed life sentence for role in wartime massacre

A 90-year-old former Nazi soldier has been handed a life sentence for his role in a wartime massacre on the Greek island of Cephalonia, the setting for the bestselling novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Alfred Stork, a German ex-corporal, was sentenced in absentia by a military court in Rome which found…

New study indicates Pre-Incan Wari civilization colonized rather than conquered

An article in the December edition of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology argues that the Wari — the complex civilization that preceded the Inca empire between 600 and 1000 AD in the Andean highlands — didn’t rule by pillage, plunder and an aggressive bureaucracy. The authors of the study —…

Archaeologists start dig in northern India after holy man dreams of hidden gold

Archaeologists began excavating an abandoned palace in northern India on Friday after a popular Hindu holy man said he dreamt 1,000 tonnes of gold were buried underneath. The dig at the fort of Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh in Daudiakala village, Uttar Pradesh state, started after Swami Shobhan Sarkar relayed…

Andrew Sullivan reminds the tea party: Democrats are also part of this country

The government shutdown showed that the tea party movement had no idea how to reduce the federal debt, Andrew Sullivan said Thursday on CNN. “I think what the tea party has done in a way that’s positive is bring up the issue of long-term debt,” Sullivan, the founder of TheDish.com,…

Energy companies trying to abuse intellectual property law to block fracking research

Energy Companies Trying To Abuse Intellectual Property Law To Hinder Research Into Impact Of Fracking (via Techdirt) While fracking is quite controversial, you’d think it shouldn’t be controversial to want to get data and study the impact of fracking. After all, if there really isn’t that much harm to it,…

Breaking Bad creator says ‘piracy’ helped the show’s success

Breaking Bad creator says ‘piracy’ helped the show’s success (via The Inquirer) BREAKING BAD creator Vince Gilligan has praised ‘piracy’ for helping his hugely popular AMC TV drama reach new audiences. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Gilligan echoed comments made by Time Warner CEO Alan Bewkes earlier this year, who said…

Luxembourg seeks new financial model as it sheds secrecy

Leafy well-heeled Luxembourg, the wealthiest European Union nation per capita, is desperately seeking a new economic model as it prepares to shed banking secrecy. The world’s 13th biggest financial centre and the second international investment hub after the United States, Luxembourg harvested almost half of its fiscal revenue from the…

France’s far-right National Front drops candidate over ‘monkey’ slur

France’s far-right National Front on Friday dropped a candidate for municipal elections due in March after she compared the country’s black justice minister to a monkey. The anti-immigration eurosceptic party led by Marine Le Pen is desperately seeking a makeover to broaden its voter appeal and dispel its xenophobic image.…

Pennsylvania court vacates sentence of man who brutally raped 11-year-old girl because she was black

Yesterday, a Pennsylvania state appellate court vacated the 30-66-year sentence that had been given to Jose Carrasquillo, a man who initially pleaded guilty to raping an 11-year-old girl, but later tried to change his plea to “not guilty” at his sentencing hearing. In June of 2009, after a woman turned…

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