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‘The Internet Police’ shines a light on the online surveillance state

When Ars Technica editor Nate Anderson sat down to write The Internet Police (W.W. Norton & Company, 320 pp.), Edward Snowden hadn’t yet decided to add some excitement to the National Security Agency’s summer by leaking a trove of surveillance secrets…  …

Scientists have uncovered evidence early humans lived in North China 1.6 million years ago

p class=”rpuSnip”> A team of scientists say they have uncovered evidence of early humans in China dating back at least 1.6 million years, the oldest signs of early humans in North China. In a paper published in the scholarly journal Scientific Reports, Chinese Academy…  …

Fallout from the Russian fireball encircled Earth, research shows

This polar projection of Earth shows atmospheric particles encircling the globe a week after the February 15 blast over central Russia (white dot). Fast-moving particles (red) returned there within four days, and within seven days, they had ‘lapped’…  …

Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden hospitalized in Texas

US Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Texas to accompany his son to hospital after he experienced a spell of “disorientation” and “weakness, the White House said. No further details were available on the condition of Beau Biden, 44, the attorney general of the state of Delaware, who suffered a…

Pakistan’s Musharraf charged over murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto

Pakistan’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf was indicted on three counts Tuesday over the 2007 murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in a gun and suicide attack, a prosecutor said. Charging a former army chief is an unprecedented move in a country ruled for more than half of its life by…

B-1B Lancer bomber crashes in Montana

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber crashed on Monday in the northern state of Montana but its four-strong crew managed to eject before impact, the military said. The plane had taken off from Ellsworth Air Force base, home of the 28th Bomb Wing, on what was described as a…

The earliest iron artifact ever found was made from a meteorite

The earliest iron artefacts ever found — funeral beads strung around bodies in a 5,000-year-old Egyptian cemetery — were made from a meteorite, archaeologists said on Monday. Hi-tech scanning of the beads, discovered by British archaeologists in the Lower Egypt village of el-Gerzeh in 1911, shows the metal came from…

Judge: California can force-fed inmates on hunger strike

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – California authorities won court approval on Monday to force-feed some prisoners on a hunger strike after officials voiced concerns that the inmates may have been coerced into refusing food in a protest against the state’s solitary confinement policies. U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E.…

Black singer says white woman assaulted him over Trayvon Martin song

By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An African American performer who was shoved after he dedicated a song to slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin at a California music festival filed a lawsuit on Monday against the white woman who he said assaulted him onstage. Prosecutors have charged Dinalynn Andrews-Potter,…

David Miranda: I was treated like a threat to the United Kingdom

David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power” for interrogating him for almost nine hours at Heathrow under the Terrorism Act. In his first interview since returning to his…

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