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NYPD collaborated with CIA on surveillance after 9/11

Campaigners for greater accountability at New York’s powerful police force have seized on a report that details for the first time the extent of the collaboration between the CIA and the NYPD in the years after 9/11. The formerly-classified inspector general’s report also raises new questions over whether the spy…

16-year-old student in Turkey turns bananas into plastic

There’s nothing slippery about Elif Bilgin’s idea of using banana peels as a substitute for old-school petroleum-based plastics. The 16-year-old student from Istanbul spent two years perfecting a way to make a bioplastic out of discarded banana peels that could, in turn, be used for the electrical insulation of cables.…

Google working on a videogame console: report

Google is working on a videogame console and smart watch powered by Android software that has been a hit in smartphones and tablets, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that the California-based Internet titan is out to expand its hardware line-up to include…

Senate Republicans likely to block Obama’s environmental nominee

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a plea this week for the U.S. Senate to confirm his choice to head the agency that will oversee the core of his new climate change plan, but nominee Gina McCarthy’s prospects seem increasingly in doubt. McCarthy was nominated by…

NASA baffled as Voyager 1 enters unknown region of space

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Reports last summer than NASA’s long-lived Voyager 1 space probe had finally left the solar system turned out to be a bit premature, scientists said on Thursday. Rather, the spacecraft, which was launched in 1977 for a five-year mission to study Jupiter…

U.S. cuts Bangladesh trade privileges over worker safety

The United States withdrew trade privileges from Bangladesh Thursday, citing dangerous conditions for workers in the wake of a factory building collapse that killed over 1,100 people. Multiple recent tragedies in the country’s huge garment sector “have served to highlight some of the serious shortcomings in worker rights and workplace…

Fiber optic discovery could boost Internet bandwidth

A new fiber optic technology could increase Internet bandwidth capacity by sending data along light beams that twist like a tornado rather than move in a straight line, scientists said Thursday. The discovery comes as Internet data traffic is reaching its limit amid mounting demand for bandwidth by users of…

Senate approves comprehensive immigration reform bill

The Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill by a 68-32 vote on Thursday afternoon. The bill now moves to the Republican-led House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future. The bill gained support from key Republicans thanks to a $46 billion provision to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border. However,…

Joint Chiefs: Army reviewing rules of engagement over cyber threat

The US military is reviewing its rules of engagement to deal with the growing threat of cyber crime, military chief Martin Dempsey said Thursday. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the US military, said the review was in response to soaring cyber attacks.…

Italy bans sale of electronic cigarettes to minors

Italy banned the sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine to minors on Thursday and forbid their use in schools, amid criticism from a consumer watchdog that the move did not go far enough. Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin “bans the sale of electronic cigarettes with nicotine to minors under the age…

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