April 18, 2014
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by journalist Marvin Kalb about whether the court would take up cases arising from the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, most notably by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by journalist Marvin Kalb about whether the court would take up cases arising from the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, most notably by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

April 18, 2014
By Steve Gutterman and Alessandra Prentice MOSCOW (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on Thursday during a televised call-in show. The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia granted the American asylum last summer after he disclosed widespread monitoring of telephone and internet data by the United States and fled the country. Snowden, who has been given refuge in Russia, was not in the studio where Putin was speaking. Snowden, wearing a jacket and open-collar shirt and speaking before a dark background, asked Putin: “Does Russia intercept, store or analyze, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?” He also asked whether Putin believes improving the effectiveness of investigations justifies “placing societies .. under surveillance”.

By Steve Gutterman and Alessandra Prentice MOSCOW (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on Thursday during a televised call-in show. The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia granted the American asylum last summer after he disclosed widespread monitoring of telephone and internet data by the United States and fled the country. Snowden, who has been given refuge in Russia, was not in the studio where Putin was speaking. Snowden, wearing a jacket and open-collar shirt and speaking before a dark background, asked Putin: “Does Russia intercept, store or analyze, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?” He also asked whether Putin believes improving the effectiveness of investigations justifies “placing societies .. under surveillance”.

April 16, 2014
Mars may possess a stark and austere beauty, but a manned Red Planet mission will likely not be easy on the eyes. Recently, scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA researchers are working hard to understand the issue, which could present a major hurdle to mounting manned missions to Mars and other faraway destinations. “This is one that we don’t yet have a good handle on, and it can be a showstopper,” Mark Shelhamer, chief scientist for the NASA Human Research Program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, said last week during a presentation with the agency’s Future In-Space Operations (FISO) working group.

Mars may possess a stark and austere beauty, but a manned Red Planet mission will likely not be easy on the eyes. Recently, scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA researchers are working hard to understand the issue, which could present a major hurdle to mounting manned missions to Mars and other faraway destinations. “This is one that we don’t yet have a good handle on, and it can be a showstopper,” Mark Shelhamer, chief scientist for the NASA Human Research Program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, said last week during a presentation with the agency’s Future In-Space Operations (FISO) working group.

April 16, 2014
Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

NEW YORK (AP) — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

April 14, 2014
The industry is currently buzzing over the potential of graphene, which is the strongest, slimmest and most malleable material in known existence. Stronger Than Steel Smartphones like the LG G Flex can heal themselves from minor scrapes and scratches, but graphene should take durability to the next level. According to the American Chemical Society, graphene achieves this strength because its carbon atoms are arranged in two-dimensional sheets. The Lightest, Thinnest Devices Ever According to a study from the American Chemical Society, graphene is thin enough to stretch over 28 football fields.

The industry is currently buzzing over the potential of graphene, which is the strongest, slimmest and most malleable material in known existence. Stronger Than Steel Smartphones like the LG G Flex can heal themselves from minor scrapes and scratches, but graphene should take durability to the next level. According to the American Chemical Society, graphene achieves this strength because its carbon atoms are arranged in two-dimensional sheets. The Lightest, Thinnest Devices Ever According to a study from the American Chemical Society, graphene is thin enough to stretch over 28 football fields.

April 9, 2014
Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heartLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer.

April 9, 2014
Facebook is easily one of the most popular third-party iPhone apps on the planet. As it turns out, it might also be one of the biggest culprits of iPhone battery drain, according to recent findings brought to light by a former Apple Store Genius. The good news, however, is that it is remarkably easy to stop Facebook from eating up your iPhone’s battery, and in this post we’ll show you how. First things first: Why is the Facebook app killing your iPhone’s battery life? According to ComputerWorld, Facebook runs several processes in the background for a few reasons, the most interesting of which may relate to an upcoming effort to launch a new mobile VoIP calling service tied to its

Facebook is easily one of the most popular third-party iPhone apps on the planet. As it turns out, it might also be one of the biggest culprits of iPhone battery drain, according to recent findings brought to light by a former Apple Store Genius. The good news, however, is that it is remarkably easy to stop Facebook from eating up your iPhone’s battery, and in this post we’ll show you how. First things first: Why is the Facebook app killing your iPhone’s battery life? According to ComputerWorld, Facebook runs several processes in the background for a few reasons, the most interesting of which may relate to an upcoming effort to launch a new mobile VoIP calling service tied to its

April 8, 2014
The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel. The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as “a game-changer” because it would signficantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack. The US has a fleet of 15 military oil tankers, and only aircraft carriers and some submarines are equipped with nuclear propulsion. Vice Admiral Philip Cullom declared: “It’s a huge milestone for us.”

The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel. The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as “a game-changer” because it would signficantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack. The US has a fleet of 15 military oil tankers, and only aircraft carriers and some submarines are equipped with nuclear propulsion. Vice Admiral Philip Cullom declared: “It’s a huge milestone for us.”

April 7, 2014
As we’ve noted before, there are definite downsides to Google’s policy of allowing all apps onto the Google Play store and only removing them after users flag them as malicious. The flaws in this approach were once again on display this past weekend when Android Police revealed that Android security app Virus Shield, which had just hit the No. 1 spot on Google’s new paid apps chart, was a complete scam. Why is Virus Shield a scam, you ask? Mostly because it costs $3.99 and literally doesn’t do anything at all to protect your phone from viruses. According to Android Police, the app supposedly tells you whether your phone is secure by having a shield icon that contains either an “X” mark to

As we’ve noted before, there are definite downsides to Google’s policy of allowing all apps onto the Google Play store and only removing them after users flag them as malicious. The flaws in this approach were once again on display this past weekend when Android Police revealed that Android security app Virus Shield, which had just hit the No. 1 spot on Google’s new paid apps chart, was a complete scam. Why is Virus Shield a scam, you ask? Mostly because it costs $3.99 and literally doesn’t do anything at all to protect your phone from viruses. According to Android Police, the app supposedly tells you whether your phone is secure by having a shield icon that contains either an “X” mark to

April 7, 2014
It could be a difficult breakup between the US government and the Internet. A plan unveiled last month would see the US relinquish its key oversight role for the Internet, handing that over to “the global multistakeholder community.” But it comes amid growing international pressure for Washington to step back from what some countries claim is a dominant role in the Internet. Tensions have been exacerbated by the outcry over leaked documents showing the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance capabilities, feeding concern that the US manipulates the Internet for its own purposes.

It could be a difficult breakup between the US government and the Internet. A plan unveiled last month would see the US relinquish its key oversight role for the Internet, handing that over to “the global multistakeholder community.” But it comes amid growing international pressure for Washington to step back from what some countries claim is a dominant role in the Internet. Tensions have been exacerbated by the outcry over leaked documents showing the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance capabilities, feeding concern that the US manipulates the Internet for its own purposes.

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