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America uses 11 times more energy than the UK –with only 5 times more people

Last week, we called attention to America’s massive energy inefficiency problem. The amount of energy wasted by the US economy in 2012, we noted, could power the United Kingdom for…  …

Researchers propose using gas hydrates produced by fracking to desalinate wastewater produced by fracking

Drinking water from fracking waste? Almost sounds too good to be true, right? Or perhaps more like a headline from The Onion? Researchers are now proposing a very questionable solution to freshwater scarcity in the water-poor regions of the world —…  …

New York Times ignored UK request to destroy Edward Snowden documents

UK Asked New York Times To Destroy Edward Snowden Documents; NY Times Ignored Request (via Techdirt) There’s been some back and forth concerning the David Miranda legal fight today and it’s getting fairly ridiculous. The UK government is making some extraordinary claims about Miranda and the encrypted information he was…

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt: New report shows immigration reform will boost economy

Congressman Rush Holt urged fellow lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Friday to pass immigration overhaul, citing a newly released study that says legalizing those who immigrated illegally will significantly boost New Jersey’…  …

Group claiming to be Syrian Electronic Army says they’ll attack ‘all of it’ if U.S. attacks Syria

On August 30, 2013A group claiming to the Syrian Electronic Army (they verified they’re the same group that runs the Twitter account, which I guess is something) say they will attack “all of it” (all of the US companies and organizations with…  …

Top iPhone and Android apps for stargazing the Orionids meteor shower

On Oct. 21, the Orionids meteor shower will reach a crescendo, delivering as many as 20 shooting stars an hour. Stargazers need only look toward the “club” in the Orion constellation. Not quite sure where that is? Your smart phone…  …

Dunkin’ Donuts apologizes for ‘bizarre and racist’ Thai advertising poster

Poster to promote new ‘charcoal donut’ featured Thailand chief executive’s daughter in ‘blackface’ make-up Dunkin’ Donuts has apologised after it ran an advertisement in Thailand featuring a woman in “blackface” make-up. The advert, which was used to promote the donut giant’s “charcoal donut”, was called “bizarre and racist” by a…

Teenager found ‘guilty’ in Delhi gang-rape case

An Indian court found a teenager guilty on Saturday over the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi, a crime that sparked revulsion and angry protests in the country, an official said. “He has been held guilty for rape and murder and sentenced to three years subject to review,”…

In Venezuela don’t watch your back, watch your hair

They already endure staggering levels of street crime. Now, Venezuelans have something new to fear — muggers who chop off their hair. Members of the scissor-wielding street gangs are called piranas, after the flesh-eating fish. The gangs sell the stolen hair to salons which fashion it into braids in this…

Putin demands U.S. prove Syria chemical weapons use

Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded on Saturday that the United States shows proof that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, arguing that failure to do so would mean that none exists. “Regarding the position of our American colleagues, who affirm that government troops used… chemical weapons, and say that they…

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