Transparent Squishy Speaker Invention

This is not your typical loudspeaker. Researchers have unveiled a see-through speaker that conducts electricity, is elastic like skin and vibrates like Jell-O. The new device may one day show up in sound systems: Its designers imagine draping it like a transparent skin on the screen of an iPod to eliminate the need for speakers.… Read More »

FBI: Gangs infiltrated every branch of military

The FBI has released a new gang assessment announcing that there are 1.4 million gang members in the US, a 40 percent increase since 2009, and that many of these members are getting inside the military (via Stars and Stripes). The report says the military has seen members from 53 gangs and 100 regions in… Read More »

Spiritual Women Have More Sex

Is it sexy to be spiritual? New research has found that spirituality has a greater effect on the sex lives of young adults – especially women – than religion, impulsivity, or alcohol. “I think people have been well aware of the role that religious and spiritual matters play in everyday life for a very long… Read More »

New World Powers: George Friedman, ‘The Next 100 Years’

FORGET THE CHINESE LESSONS. Instead, you’d better start brushing up on your Polish. In George Friedman’s “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century” (Doubleday), the author predicts that Poland along with Turkey, Japan and Mexico, will become new world powers by the end of this century. We won’t be worrying ourselves over… Read More »

Drug Companies Win Two Supreme Court Decisions

… Justice Thomas wrote, that makers of generic drugs are caught in an impossible bind: they can comply with a state law requiring them to change their labels or the federal law prohibiting changes, but not both. Given that impossibility, federal law pre-empts state law under the Constitution's supremacy clause, he wrote. In dissent, Justice… Read More »

Presidential Debates Tonight and I Don’t Care

Which owner would you like, slaves? The red one or the blue one? Both will take and squander your money and your rights. Neither will honor his oath to the constitution. Both will continue to kill innocent people by remote control with drones, to imprison people without trials and to put the pursuit of money… Read More »

No more charges for Pentagon UFO hacker

British prosecutors have said Gary McKinnon, a hacker wanted in the United States for breaking into military computer systems, will face no further criminal charges in Britain. “The prospects of a conviction against Mr McKinnon which reflects the full extent of his alleged criminality are not high,” Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions, said. Starmer… Read More »

Race to Moon by Private Companies

Now that the last space shuttle has landed back on Earth, a new generation of space entrepreneurs would like to whip up excitement about the prospect of returning to the Moon. Spurred by a $30 million purse put up by Google, 29 teams have signed up for a competition to become the first private venture… Read More »

Secretive Bilderberg over, world domination discussed?

“Four days after they arrived quietly at a Kanata, Ont., hotel, the world’s rich and powerful left just as mysteriously, in limos and SUVs with blacked-out windows. The Bilderberg Group, a secretive organization of politicians and business leaders from around the world, gave no public statements. …About a dozen protesters stood outside Sunday, slightly fewer… Read More »

Scientists break the bone code

LONDON: The genetic trigger for “stone man syndrome”, a rare but devastating condition that turns muscle into bone to imprison its victims in a second skeleton, has been identified. The discovery of a single gene that causes fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or FOP, offers hope of an effective therapy for the disorder, which begins in childhood… Read More »

Surgeons Remove Two Fetuses From Infant

“Surgeons operated on a 2-month-old Pakistani girl Tuesday to remove two fetuses that had grown inside her while she was still in her mother’s womb, a doctor said.The infant, who was identified only as Nazia, was in critical condition following the two-hour operation at The Children’s Hospital at Pakistan Institute of Medical Science in the… Read More »

Game meant to be played in 2,000 years gets buried in desert

The cathedrals of Europe took centuries to build, surviving political upheavals for the benefit of future generations. Can a board game created today also last that long? That’s what game designer Jason Rohrer was shooting for when he unveiled A Game for Someone, winner of the Game Design Challenge at the recent Game Developers Conference… Read More »

Holder Tells Russia Snowden Won’t Face Death Penalty

Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that fugitive former security contractor Edward Snowden won't be tortured or face the death penalty if he is returned to the U.S. Holder offered the assurances to Russian authorities in a letter dated July 23 and released today by the Justice Departmentin a bid to persuade… Read More »

New Study Examines the Brain's Wiring

The brain has been mapped to the smallest fold for at least a century, but still no one knows how all the parts talk to each other. A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences answers that question for a small area of the rat brain and in so doing takes a big… Read More »

Toyota Settles Over Death of Family in High-Speed Crash

Toyota has reached an out-of-court settlement with relatives of a family killed when the Lexus sedan they were driving sped out of control and crashed, an accident that put a national spotlight on the sudden acceleration problems that later prompted the automaker to recall millions of vehicles. … The crash, which happened in August 2009… Read More »

Black iceberg photo goes viral on Reddit

A black iceberg has made a ton of fans today after a photo of it was posted on Reddit, despite the fact icebergs seem to spend an awful lot of time sinking luxury steam liners at the most inopportune moments, much to the despair of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. The darker ice is formed… Read More »

Samoan airline says pay by weight plan fairest way to fly

A Samoan airline that says it is the world’s first carrier to charge passengers by their weight rather than per seat defends the plan as the fairest way to fly, in some cases actually ending up cheaper than conventional tickets. Samoa Air, which opened in 2012, asks passengers to declare their personal weight during booking,… Read More »