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HP launches ‘Moonshot’ energy- and space-efficient servers

Hewlett-Packard on Monday launched a Moonshot system that uses smartphone-style chips to power compact, efficient data center servers. The California-based computer maker said Moonshot systems take up a fifth of the space of traditional computer servers and can cut energy use by as much as 89 percent while costing about…

Newspapers ‘only’ lost 2 percent of revenues in 2012

US newspapers saw revenues fall two percent in 2012, an industry association said Monday, suggesting an easing of the woes of the beleaguered sector. The Newspaper Association of America, in what it termed the most comprehensive look at the industry, said revenues totaled $38.6 billion last year compared with $39.5…

‘Mickey Mouse Club’ star Annette Funicello, 70, dies

US actress Annette Funicello, who first gained fame as a “Mickey Mouse Club” member and later starred in 1960s “Beach Party” films, died Monday aged 70, entertainment giant Disney announced. Funicello died of complications from multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years and whose sufferers she championed…

NRA tactics lead gun owners to think universal background checks are already law

A recent poll reveals that most Americans who say no new gun laws are needed have very little clue as to what the nation’s gun laws actually are, much to the dismay of liberals pushing for sweeping reforms in the wake of the Newtown massacre. The survey, summarized in Sunday’s…

Federal officials won’t rule out Fukushima nuclear disaster for beached sea lions in California

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stopped short of dismissing the theory that fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is to blame for a recent rash of beached sea lions around Southern California. “Radiation is being looked at, just like everything else. We haven’t ruled…

Climate change pits pandas against pinot

Which is more important, pandas or pinot? Researchers say that is a question conservationists and wine-growers will have to answer in the coming years as climate change sparks a hunt for cooler places to grow wine grapes, even if those places are home to sensitive animal populations. Already, big players…

Liberal Britons rejoice in Thatcher’s death, freak out Cher fans with #nowthatchersdead

Flags were lowered to half-mast at Britain’s parliament to mark the death of Margaret Thatcher on Monday, and flowers piled up at her London home — but at the other end of the political spectrum, left-wingers joyfully planned parties to celebrate her departure. On the streets of London’s financial district…

Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf refuses personal appearance in court on treason charges

Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf will not appear personally in the Supreme Court on Tuesday to answer a summons over alleged treason dating back to his time in office, officials said. He was summoned Monday by the Supreme Court, the first time Pakistan’s top court has summoned a former military…

Tests underway on drug that could ‘cure’ meth addiction

Scientists are testing a relatively common anti-inflammatory drug called Ibudilast for its potential to block the cravings of methamphetamine addicts, and the first round of results shows promise. The Huffington Post noted recently that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) fast-tracked more human trials after researchers at the University of…

WikiLeaks launches searchable U.S. historical archive

WikiLeaks on Monday launched a searchable archive containing 1.7 million US State Department documents from 1973-76 that had been officially declassified but were not easily accessible to the public. The “Public Library of US Diplomacy” brings together the archived memos — referred to as the “Kissinger Cables” after then secretary…

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