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Obama to mark 50th anniversary of MLK’s ‘dream’ speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

US President Barack Obama will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech by speaking from the same steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The August 28 event in the US capital will take place on the exact spot where King delivered his famous…

Sun’s magnetic field about to flip

The Sun’s magnetic field is about to flip. According to recent measurements gathered by NASA-supported observatories, the vast solar magnetic field is on the verge of making its regularly occurring reversal. The solar magnetic field reverses in polarity…  …

Human-to-rat, brain-to-brain control achieved by neuro scientists

Imagine if you will…a world in which, simply by selectively looking at a viewing screen, you are able to command a specific movement — a grasping hand, say — in another person without any physical contact (or their explicit consent)… But…  …

Are two heads better than one? The psychology of Pacific Rim

In Pacific Rim, pilots drive giant robots using the power of their minds. How far away from science reality is the science fiction? What is it like to be a bat? That was the question posed in 1974 by the noted American philosopher Thomas Nagel. Nagel argued that if you…

‘Mini Lisa’: Georgia Tech researchers create world’s tiniest da Vinci reproduction

Georgia Tech researchers have created the “Mini Lisa” on a substrate surface approximately 30 microns in width. The image demonstrates a technique that could potentially be used to achieve nano-manufacturing of devices because the team was able to vary…  …

40 percent of white Americans have no friends who belong to a different race

About 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll. The figures highlight how segregated the United States remains in the wake of a debate on race sparked by last month’s acquittal…

Tons of radioactive water pouring out of crippled Fukushima nuclear plant

By Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tons a day, officials said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up. The…

Long-lost Orson Welles film ‘Too Much Johnson’ turns up in Italy

A long-lost silent film directed by Orson Welles in 1938 has been recovered from a warehouse in northeastern Italy, where it will be screened in public for the first time in October. “Too Much Johnson” was originally intended to be shown as a prologue to a slapstick comedy at the…

Manhunt widens for man suspected in California murder-abduction case

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Police and federal agents in Southern California widened their manhunt on Wednesday for a computer technician who is suspected in the slaying of a longtime friend, the disappearance of her two children and the arson fire of his own home. The fugitive, James…

Russian journalists face charges over ‘negative’ Winter Olympics stories

Journalists and bloggers are among several groups that have been harassed and threatened by authorities in the Russian city of Sochi in the build-up to next year’s Winter Olympics, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). Two journalists and a newspaper director are said to be facing criminal charges after reporting stories…

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