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Obama: Republicans promising economic chaos if they don’t get what they want

Barack Obama on Monday accused his Republican opponents of holding the economic recovery to ransom, as the US faces another deadline over its borrowing limits. In a speech that was overshadowed by news from Syria and fatal shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, Obama said he would not negotiate over…

Study finds that better Internet access drives economic growth

Basic broadband can add £200 a month to household income in developed economies, researchers have found, because better internet access improves learning and working from home. Increasing download speeds from a weak 0.5 megabits per second to a basic 4Mbps – enough to reliably stream video – makes a statistically…

Stephen Hawking: Those in great pain should have the right to choose to end their lives

Professor Stephen Hawking, who once said he thought assisted dying was “a great mistake”, has changed his stance to support the right of terminally ill people who are suffering to end their lives. Hawking, 71, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease – a form of motor neurone disease – at…

Occupy Wall Street ‘fizzled out’ because ‘too many Indians, not enough chiefs’

Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and on CNN Money, Mark Bray, author of the new book Translating Anarchy, said that “72 percent of the people [he] interviewed for [his new book on Occupy Wall Street] had anarchist politics” and believe “the rejection of any…

British ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ fan hit with brick, stabbed, and robbed of game

A British man who bought one of the first copies of “Grand Theft Auto V” was stabbed, hit with a brick and robbed of the brutally violent new video game on Tuesday, police said. The 23-year-old was leaving an Asda supermarket in Colindale, north London, in the early hours of…

Dalai Lama urges Myanmar monks to stop attacking Muslims

The Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged Myanmar monks to act according to their Buddhist principles, in a plea to end the deadly violence against the country’s Muslim minority. “Those Burmese monks, please, when they develop some kind of anger towards Muslim brothers and sisters, please, remember the Buddhist faith,” the…

Black victim of car accident shot ten times by white officer

According to autopsy reports, Randall Kerrick, the North Carolina police officer who shot and killed 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell when he sought assistance after a serious single-car accident, fired at the former Florida A&M University football player 12 times, hitting him 10. After crashing his car into a tree early Saturday…

Dean of women’s college at Rutgers accused of discriminating against lesbians

Laura Frederico, a former senior-level public relations official at Rutgers who was fired last year, is suing the university, claiming that Dean Jacquelyn Litt discriminated against her because she’s a lesbian. Frederico told a New Jersey Press reporter that Dean, a women’s studies scholar, “felt that women who had men…

U.S. Army looking to replace outdated Humvee with electric drive vehicle

US Army Goes All Chevy Volt With New Hybrid EV (via Clean Technica) The US Army is working on a more fuel efficient, lightweight and protective multi-purpose vehicle to replace its notoriously outdated Humvee, and we’re shocked — shocked! — to learn that the new prototype features an all-electric drive.…

Scientists harness power of exoelectrogenic bacteria in wastewater to make renewable electricity

We just finished getting all excited about a new Department of Energy project for teasing renewable hydrogen fuel out of municipal wastewater, when along comes Stanford University with a neat little wastewater trick of its own. The Stanford project…  …

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