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Amazon chief Jeff Bezos: Print newspapers could become ‘luxury’

Amazon chief executive and new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos said Wednesday that print newspapers could one day become a luxury item. “Some day, I don’t know how many years in the future — it could be decades — but I think printed newspapers on actual paper may be a…

Peru hit by 7.0 magnitude earthquake

A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off Peru’s southern coast Wednesday, triggering panic across several cities though there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries, authorities said. The quake, the largest of about 140 registered seismic events so far this year in Peru, was felt with varying intensity…

Leading climate change scientist bashes ‘irrational’ skeptics

Climate change sceptics who claim the dangers of global warming are small and far-off are “unscientific” and “irrational”, and should not dissuade governments from tackling rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions, the author of the world’s landmark review of economics and climate change said. Lord Nicolas Stern told the Guardian: “It…

Michigan man brings gun to commission meetings to protest city’s open-carry ban

A Michigan man has been bringing a gun to City Commission meetings to protest the town’s open-carry ban. Mayor George Heartwell said he’s not happy about Tom Lambert bringing his firearm into meetings of the Grand Rapids City Commission, most recently at Stocking Elementary School. “I can’t throw him out,”…

NASA’s Starship Project aims to make interstellar travel a reality

It would be hard enough these days to find a human capable of playing a 12-inch LP, let alone an alien. So perhaps it is time for Nasa to update its welcome pack for extraterrestrials. The agency announced earlier this month that its Voyager 1 probe has left the solar…

Edward Snowden reveals new information about NSA spying on India

The US National Security Agency may have accessed computers within the Indian embassy in Washington and mission at the United Nations in New York as part of a huge clandestine effort to mine electronic data held by its south Asian ally. Documents released by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden also…

Zimbabwe poachers jailed 15 years for elephant poisoning

A Zimbabwe court on Wednesday sentenced three poachers to at least 15 years in prison each for poisoning and killing 81 elephants, state radio reported. A provincial magistrate sentenced 25-year-old Diyane Tshuma to 16 years in prison for poisoning elephants with cyanide at in Hwange National Park, in the west…

Senator Cruz’s 21-hour ‘Ted talk’ was one of the longest Senate speeches since 1900

Most US senators expect to pass a stopgap spending bill this week, but one lawmaker is so against it he took to the Senate floor for a marathon 21 hours. Few knew when Republican Senator Ted Cruz started speaking Tuesday afternoon that he would still be engaged in his talkathon,…

Engineers build computer of one-atom-thick carbon tubes

American engineers said Wednesday they had built the first computer made entirely of microscopic carbon “nanotubes” — a big step in the quest for faster, ever-smaller electronic devices. While performing only basic functions at speeds likened to a 1950s computer, the tiny machine was hailed as a breakthrough in the…

French socialists vow ‘unprecedented’ spending cuts in 2014 budget

France vowed “unprecedented” cuts in public spending to rein in its deficit without compromising much-needed growth, as it unveiled its draft 2014 budget on Wednesday. The pledge came as new figures showed the number of registered job seekers in France fell for the first time in more than two years.…

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