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Amazon and IBM battling to win CIA cloud-computing contract

The battle between IBM and Amazon over a lucrative CIA cloud-computing contract is getting more vicious: in a filing released last week, Amazon swiped at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for recommending that both companies re-bid on the proposed…  …

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’…  …

India’s Sonia Gandhi seeks support for law to banish hunger

India’s ruling party chief Sonia Gandhi urged lawmakers Monday to support a new 18-billion-dollar scheme to provide cheap food to the poor, saying it would help banish hunger from the country. After days of unruly scenes in parliament, MPs finally agreed Monday to debate the Food Security Bill — a…

Russian Coast Guard members board Greenpeace ship protesting Arctic oil drilling

Russian coast guards on Monday boarded and inspected a Greenpeace icebreaker after it refused to leave the site of a planned protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. On Saturday, the Dutch-flagged vessel entered without permission the Northern Sea Route in order to call attention to plans by Russian top…

Time ‘running out’ to save some tuna species from overfishing

Time is running out to save some species of tuna from overfishing, environmental groups warned Monday, calling for Japan to take the lead in reducing the global catch. Industrial-scale fishing that takes large amounts of young tuna from the ocean before they are old enough to breed is destroying the…

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…

Israel’s ‘father’ of medical marijuana spurred Sanjay Gupta’s public embrace of it

An award-winning professor of medicinal chemistry and natural products at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Raphael Mechoulam is a trim gentleman who wears tweed jackets and silk scarves. He is no slacker. At 82, he still works…  …

Another delay looms for Keystone XL Pipeline

It’s been another bad week for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. It began with the release of a slew of negative comments from the Department of the Interior on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project, and ended…  …

Yosemite wildfire nears San Francisco water supply at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

A wildfire raging on the northern tip of California’s Yosemite National Park is spreading and just miles away from the reservoir that provides San Francisco with drinking water. A map posted on InciWeb, the Incident Information System monitoring website, shows the blaze nearing the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the main source…

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…

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