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U.S. rules out unilateral military action in Syria: anonymous official

The United States has ruled out unilateral military action against Syria and is conferring with allies on potential punitive strikes that could last for more than a day, a senior US official said Wednesday. “Any military action would not be unilateral. It would include international partners,” the senior administration official,…

Scientists to develop new system to link human knowledge with machine data

There have been dozens of experimental design approaches to the problem of connecting human nerves with mechanical or electronic extensions. In addition to “smart prosthetics,” there have been more adventurous attempts, including the effort to connect…  …

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says Microsoft’s behavior is ‘pretty dangerous’

In a new interview with the BBC, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak suggested that Microsoft has stagnated, but that Apple still has the opportunity to seize new markets and beat back Samsung. “I think in some kind of real dollar terms Microsoft’s been…  …

Peru dethrones Colombia as cocaine king

Peru is on the brink of officially confirming its unwanted status as the world’s top producer of cocaine and other illegal coca plant derivatives. In recent weeks, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released…  …

Cory Booker’s Republican opponent: Washington Post interview ‘helps get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous’

While New Jersey senatorial candidate Cory Booker admitted to the Washington Post that he has started dating again, his Republican opponent suggested on Tuesday that Booker was engaging in political courtship. “Maybe that helps him get the gay vote, by acting ambiguous,” Steve Lonegan told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg. “That…

Facebook to pay 614,000 users $15 each over privacy concerns

Facebook has built an empire on getting to know its users’ preferences, sometimes with a frightening accuracy. A while back, the company launched a new advertising campaign called “Sponsored Stories” that incorporated users’ “likes” into advertisements.;  …

Rising level of ocean acidity threatens sea life and exacerbates climate change: study

Global warming may get a nudge from its “evil twin,” ocean acidification.;  …

Britain to submit UN resolution on Syria

Britain will on Wednesday submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council condemning suspected chemical attacks in Syria and demanding “all necessary measures” to protect civilians. The announcement came as the United States and its allies pressed their case for likely military action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, despite…

China to launch unmanned lunar lander by end of year: state media

China will send its first probe to land on the moon by the end of the year, space administrators said Wednesday according to state media. Planning and construction for the unmanned Chang’e-3 mission have been completed and it has “officially entered its launch implementation phase” the State Administration of Science,…

Ecuador police clash with protesters over Amazon reserve oil drilling plan

Police in Ecuador clashed with ecologists and indigenous people protesting plans to open up a huge Amazon reserve to oil drilling. Four protesters were detained for a few hours but later released, Interior Minister Jose Serrano said on Tuesday. President Rafael Correa had announced a plan to declare the Yasuni…

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