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Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12

The Perseid meteor shower is here! While the peak won’t be until August 12 2013 — any night until then should offer a great show. And early reports are that there seem to be a lot of bright fireballs this year. If you can make the time — I highly……

Supercomputer launches world’s largest neuronal-network simulation

Researchers in Japan and Germany have carried out what’s being described as the largest neuronal network simulation to date. That simulation leveraged open-source NEST software running on K computer, a Fujitsu-manufactured supercomputer based at the…  …

Soon heading to the International Space Station: A talking ‘companion’ robot

When the Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives at the International Space Station in November, a companion will be waiting for him whose eyes will light up in recognition – literally. Kirobo, the world’s first talking humanoid space robot, has already taken off – in the nattiest red Wellingtons since Paddington…

What Bradley Manning’s life will be like in military prison

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, faces the prospect of years of monotony with no Internet access in a small military prison cell but he would likely be allowed to mix with other inmates…

Senator Chambliss: Terror chatter ‘very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11′

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The al Qaeda threat that closed U.S. embassies in the Middle East on Sunday is the most serious in years and the “chatter” among suspected terrorists is reminiscent of what preceded the September 11 attacks, a U.S. lawmaker who is briefed on intelligence said.…

Police arrest more than 200 protesters for trespassing at Chevron plant

By Ronnie Cohen RICHLAND, California (Reuters) – Police arrested more than 200 demonstrators for trespassing at Chevron Corp in the California city of Richmond on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a massive refinery fire and to protest a proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The arrests came as…

Space cadets gather in D.C. for one-way ticket to Mars

Around 40 volunteers from thousands who applied for a one-way ticket to Mars gathered in the US capital Saturday to hear from the man behind plans to colonize the Red Planet. Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch entrepreneur, plans to establish a permanent base on Mars in a mission he hopes will…

Fort Hood victims to face accused gunman at trial

Survivors of the Fort Hood massacre face being questioned this week by the US Army psychiatrist accused of committing the attack, the deadliest such incident on an American military base. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who has previously admitted killing 13 people and wounding dozens more at the Texas facility in…

LGBT activists hold second gay pride parade in Vietnam

Some two hundred activists waving rainbow flags and carrying hand-painted banners biked in a colourful convoy through central Hanoi on Sunday as part of the communist country’s second gay pride parade. Participants said they hoped to reduce prejudice and discrimination against the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in…

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out at new Iranian president

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday, saying that he shared his hardline predecessor’s aim of destroying the Jewish state. “The president of Iran said the day before yesterday (Friday) that Israel is a wound on the body of Islam,” Netanyahu’s office…

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