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Solar plane takes off on last flight of U.S. journey

The experimental Solar Impulse aircraft departed Washington early Saturday en route to New York on the final leg of its US tour aimed at showcasing the promise of clean energy, organisers said. The plane, which runs on four electric propellers powered by an array of solar cells mounted on the…

Scientist argues TV show ‘Sex and the City’ made pubic lice an endangered species

The hit TV series encouraged so much hair removal that the humble pubic louse now has nowhere to go, according to one scientist It’s obviously a thrice-daily occurrence to receive a press release which forces the inquiry, “Is it August already?” Every now and then, however, you get one that…

United Church of Christ puts its faith in fossil fuel divestment

America’s growing fossil fuel divestment movement may now be working with a higher power, as the first major US religious body has voted to divest its pension funds and investments from fossil fuel companies. The United Church of Christ (UCC), a group…  …

Patches coming for serious Microsoft security holes

Microsoft has warned that next week’s Patch Tuesday release will include fixes for critical flaws in every version of Windows running on every type of computing hardware, from the biggest datacenter servers to the lightest ultrabooks. The unusually…  …

‘World’s biggest cocaine dealer’ deported to Italy

An Italian mafia capo alleged to be the biggest cocaine trafficker in the world will be deported to Italy on Saturday, a day after being arrested in a Colombian shopping mall, prosecutors said. Roberto Pannunzi was detained in Bogota with a fake Venezuelan identity card in a joint operation by…

American CEOs make 273 times more than the average worker

If you’re the CEO of a major company today, you make, on average, about 273 times more than the average worker. That’s according to a recent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) of the CEO-to-worker pay ratio at top 350 firms. The average…   [Image credit: Euro Crisis Concept:…

Nonprofit launches survey to analyze online harassment

Online harassment is not a new problem, but how much is it growing? And what kinds of harassment persist in this day and age? Nonprofit organization WithoutMyConsent is trying to answer these questions based…  …

Mentorship for new teachers helps combat burnout and improve retention

EmbedVideo(’6880′, ’514′, ’320′); JUDY WOODRUFF: Now a coming crisis in the classroom, as more teachers exit the profession. A nonprofit organization is combating the high turnover rates by mentoring new teachers. Our story comes from Ash-har Quraishi…  …

Boston University accuses Apple of stealing professor’s idea for iPhone

Boston University claims Apple stole professor's idea (via The Christian Science Monitor) Patent wars are all the rage in the tech community, and Apple is often viewed as the most aggressive patent warrior in Silicon Valley. Now, in an odd turn around, Boston University has decided to take Apple to…

U.S. missile defense system test sputters out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A test of the only U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles failed on Friday, the third consecutive failure involving the interceptor system managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said. “Program officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or causes of any anomalies which…

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