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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…

New Delhi gang rapists sentenced to death

A judge sentenced four men to death Friday for the fatal gang rape of an Indian student on a bus last December, triggering applause inside the packed courtroom. Judge Yogesh Khanna told a court in the Indian capital that the case, which sparked widespread anger against the treatment of women…

My Brief History: a memoir by Stephen Hawking – review

The brevity of Stephen Hawking’s memoir makes for a powerful profile of the cosmologist’s life The book that made Stephen Hawking a publishing phenomenon was called “From the Big Bang to Black Holes: A Short History of Time” until his editor at Bantam, Peter Guzzardi, turned it around and changed “Short”…

WATCH: Blobfish ‘wins’ world’s ugliest animal contest

< It has downturned, disappointed lips, like it was pulled unawares from a nap and made to pose for a photograph. Its nose is…  …

Boston University study finds link between gun ownership and homicide

Researchers in the United States claim to have established a convincing statistical link between gun ownership and homicide, according to a new study. The study, which appears in the American Journal of Public Health, challenges the National Rifle Association’s claim that increased gun ownership does not lead to higher levels…

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