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Intel turns wine into electricity to power mobile devices

CHIPMAKER Intel showed off a low-power communications research project at the firm’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Thursday, which uses wine to charge mobile devices, an energy efficient alcoholic’s dream. The project was demonstrated…  …

UK holds 12 over ‘sophisticated’ cyber plot to steal millions from Santander bank

British police said Friday they have arrested 12 men over a “sophisticated” plot to remotely take control of a computer at a branch of Santander bank and steal millions of pounds. Police found a device fitted to a computer in a branch of the bank in London which would have…

Astronauts ‘flew blind’ from International Space Station as sensors failed

The three crew of the International Space Station (ISS) who returned to Earth this week endured a hair-raising descent after their height sensors failed, a Russian cosmonaut revealed on Friday. Pavel Vinogradov said that he and the two other crew of the Soyuz capsule which touched down in Kazakhstan Wednesday…

Rappers step up the heat against gun violence after 6-year-old Los Angeles girl Tiana Ricks shot dead

Rapper-turned-reggae star Snoop Dogg is donating money for the funeral of a 6-year-old girl killed in a gang-style shooting, joining a fellow rap artist in supporting her family, he said Thursday. The 41-year-old said the death of Tiana Ricks east of Los Angeles highlighted the need to step up campaigning…

Audio pioneer and inventor Ray Dolby dies aged 80

Ray Dolby, who pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound audio technologies which are fundamental to the music and film industries, has died aged 80, the company which bears his name announced Thursday. Dolby had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years, and was diagnosed with acute leukemia last July, it…

100 women activists detained at immigration protest in DC

About 100 women were arrested Thursday at a protest in Washington calling for the US Congress to pass stalled immigration reform, police said. The US Capitol Police, which are tasked with providing security at the buildings of the US Congress, said the women were arrested for obstructing roadways outside the…

Thai court acquits man accused of insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej

A Thai court on Friday acquitted a man held for nearly a year under controversial royal defamation laws after his own brother accused him of insulting the king in their home. The unusual case raised concerns among rights activists that a suspect could be held without bail for so long…

Senate Judiciary Committee defines ‘journalism’ to leave out Wikileaks

There have been debates on a setting up a special journalist shield law for many years, and every time it comes up it leads to something problematic, as various supporters suddenly want to narrowly define what a journalist is, often in a manner that…  …

10 useful 3D-printed things

It feels like time runs faster and faster every day. And as life accelerates, the need to save time gets more acute. So let’s take a look at ten 3D-printed items to make life easier. 1. Bag carrier This 3D…  …

Abducted South Korean Jeon Wook-Pyo escapes from North after 41 years

A South Korean man has escaped four decades after he was kidnapped by North Korea while fishing near the disputed Yellow Sea border, officials said Friday. The 68-year-old, identified as Jeon Wook-Pyo, made it to Seoul recently after escaping from North Korea in early August, a government official said. “He…

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