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Spider-Man would drool over this carbon nanotube + spider silk combo

Spidey Would Drool Over This Carbon Nanotube + Spider Silk Combo (via Clean Technica) We’ve been so busy following the latest graphene news that we almost forgot all about our two our other fave “miracle” materials of the new millenium, carbon nanotubes and spider silk, but it looks like Florida…

Russian TV host invites McCain on popular talk show

A Russian state television presenter said Sunday he had invited US Senator John McCain to appear on his chat show to discuss his views on Syria. Vladimir Solovyov, known for his pro-Kremlin stance, said he had invited the Republican senator, who opposes Russia’s strategy on Syria, to appear on his…

Astronomers find ‘red nugget’ seeds that helped form galaxies

The spiral galaxy IC 2560 in the constellation of Antlia, more than 110 million light-years away from Earth, is shown here in an image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.(Hubble/European Space Agency/NASA/REUTERS) Mining the archives of two major…  …

NASA sends converted military drones to track hurricanes and tropical storms

A pair of converted military drones are the US space agency’s newest tools for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms, with the aim of improving forecasters’ ability to predict them. Originally built for military reconnaissance missions around the world, they are the size of large commercial jets and are flown remotely…

Documentary ‘Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction’ is a close look at a quiet actor

Harry Dean Stanton is the subject of director Sophie Huber’s documentary.(Adopt Films) Harry Dean Stanton is a marvelous actor and, at least from a visual standpoint, a marvelous camera subject. He’s not much of a talker, though. This presents a problem…   [Image credit: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com]…

Pakistan’s ‘nuclear father’ Abdul Qadeer Khan dissolves political party

The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has dissolved his political party after it failed to win a single seat in the May 11 elections. Khan, 77, who is revered at home as a hero for building the Muslim world’s first atomic bomb, had formed his party, Tehreek-e-Tahafuz…

Sound of ‘The Clash’ saved for a new generation

They’ve never reformed, despite lucrative offers to do so, and the surviving band members swear they never will now that front man Joe Strummer is no longer around. Which just might be why, 37 years after they played their first riffs, The Clash are still adored by a global army…

Syria hails U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal as a ‘victory’ that averts war

A US-Russian plan to remove Syria’s chemical weapons is a “victory” that averts a war, a Syrian minister said Sunday, as Washington’s top diplomat briefed Israel about the landmark deal. “On one hand, it helps the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it has allowed for averting…

Obama says he and Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani have swapped letters

Barack Obama has revealed an exchange of letters with Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani but warned his reluctance to strike Syria should not devalue US threats of force to thwart an Iranian nuclear bomb. The US president, in an interview aired Sunday, publicly confirmed the outreach to Rowhani for the…

Low wages –the flip-side to booming German economy

Chancellor Angela Merkel often boasts during the campaign for September 22 elections that Germany has one of Europe’s lowest jobless rates — at around 6.8 percent. But it comes at a price. As many as three million people in Europe’s top economy earn less than six euros ($7.90) per hour,…

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