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Scientists discover window coating that electrically regulate heat and light passing through

Scientists said Wednesday they had created a window coating that can be switched electrically to regulate the amount of heat and light that enters a building. A team of molecular and material scientists from the United States and Spain created a transparent film using nanocrystals — microscopic clusters of atoms…

Clinical psychologist: Hyper-masculine military failed to offer Bradley Manning support on gender identity

Clinical psychologist Michael Worsley diagnosed Manning with gender identity disorder and says he experienced severe stress A military psychologist who treated Bradley Manning said there was no support available for him to cope with his gender identity disorder and that Manning suffered greatly in a “hyper-masculine environment” that was hostile towards gay…

Pentagon unveils plan to extend benefits to same sex couples

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Wednesday announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed military personnel and civilian employees, in response to the Supreme Court ruling in June forcing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where they are legal. The Defense Department will…

Craigslist has cost U.S. newspapers $5 billion

The online classified service Craigslist has cost US newspapers at least $5 billion in revenue since 2000, researchers say. The study, to be published in the journal Management Science covering the period 2000 to 2007, found Craigslist has had a huge impact on local US newspapers, which have in the…

Doctors Without Borders closes all operations in Somalia after 22 years

NAIROBI — Medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) closed all its operations in war-torn Somalia on Wednesday, warning of growing insecurity, after 22 years of working in the Horn of Africa troublespot. “The closure of our activities is a direct result of extreme attacks on our staff, in an…

New York Times website goes down

(Reuters) – The New York Times website has been unavailable since late Wednesday morning, and it is not clear what is causing the outage. People accessing nytimes.com get a message that the service is unavailable. A New York Times Co spokeswoman confirmed the site is down and that they are…

Google claims Gmail users have no ‘reasonable expectation’ their emails are private

Critics call revelation ‘a stunning admission’ as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing. Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation…

‘Fat man’ of political journalism Jack Germond dies at age 85

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jack Germond, the gruff and rumpled “fat man” of American political journalism best known for his coverage of presidential campaigns, died on Wednesday at the age of 85. He died “peacefully and quickly” early in the morning at his home in West Virginia after…

After destroying newspapers, the Internet is now poised to disrupt television

Having turned print media upside down, the Internet now is disrupting television, forcing broadcasters to adapt to tablets and video-on-demand to hold onto views and advertisers. “The gap between what consumers want and the way the industry is delivering it has grown so big that the industry now has to…

Russia closes 700 schools amid dramatic drop in birth rates

More than 700 Russian schools are set to close this year because of a slump in the number of children of school age, Russia’s chief public health doctor said Wednesday. Russia saw birth rates drop dramatically in the turbulent 1990s and its demographic situation has remained negative, with more deaths…

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