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Scientists ponder global warming effects as sun enters era of very few sunspots

Global warming: What happens if the sun loses its spots? (via The Christian Science Monitor) NASA scientists keep a close eye on the sun, seen here without sunspots, in 2007.(NASA/AP) What would happen to global warming if the sun quit producing sunspots for a few decades? The question is of…

Liz Cheney opts out of court appearance in illegal fishing license case

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Wyoming Senate candidate Elizabeth Cheney (R) may have violated the Game & Fish Department’s residency laws when she purchased an in-state fishing license. Today, the Jackson Hole Daily reported that Cheney posted a $220 bond on Monday on the charge of making a false…

‘Prison Break’ star comes out as gay in letter rejecting invitation to Russian film festival

US actor Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in an open letter to Russia in which he rejected an invitation to attend a film festival in protest at the Kremlin’s ban on homosexual “propaganda”. The 41-year-old member of the “Prison Break” cast told the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival…

New crowdfunding site JumpStart Fund hopes to launch new startups

Crowdfunding gets a new twist Thursday with the launch of an online platform that offers startups ideas and expertise as well as cash. The new platform called JumpStart Fund, marrying crowd-sourcing with crowdfunding, comes from the California-based online community called Jumpstarter, which has been involved in matching investors with technology…

American teens savvy to smartphone apps that include location tracking

American teenagers love their smartphone apps, but many are avoiding them, due to fears about privacy and location tracking. A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday found 58 percent of US teens surveyed have downloaded phone or tablet apps, but half of teen apps users have avoided using some due…

Fox & Friends demand President comment on allegedly racially-motivated ‘thrill kill’ murder

Thursday morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends demanded that President Obama address the allegedly racially-motivated murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane. After playing tape of Fox’s own White House correspondent, Ed Henry, questioning deputy press secretary Josh Earnest at length about the case on Wednesday, Steve Doocy expressed…

Radiation ‘hotspots’ found in Fukushima tanks

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday it had found new radiation hotspots near tanks storing radioactive water, but no new leaks. Around 300 tonnes of toxic liquid is believed to have escaped from one of the tanks that hold polluted water, some of which was used…

The gulf is still struggling, but BP’s done paying

Three and a half years after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig dumped 205 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean, leaving 11 workers dead and damaging hundreds of miles of shoreline, the Gulf Coast is still recovering. And BP,…  …

British politicians aim to ban non-hybrid cars by 2040

While some American politicians may take issue with the government’s investment in green automobiles, it pales in comparison to the debates taking place in England. There, the Liberal…  …

New solar system installed in U.S. every 4 minutes

In the United States, a solar system is installed every 4 minutes (360 solar systems per day), according to GTM Research. For such a small industry, that is massive growth. This means that, soon, the solar industry will no longer be small. Of course…  …

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