House hearing announced on jailed American pastor

by Michael Carl -- [ooyala code="E1YWM1aTpt6tckdTNyaMaEXX-wjnTrep" player_id="29c9fd42b6564348812f1c7d4ff9252d"] A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee will hold a hearing Dec. 12 on the status of jailed American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been held in more…

Obama credits Mandela with own transformation

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (LOS ANGELES TIMES) WASHINGTON — A somber President Obama paid tribute Thursday to the man he credits with his political awakening, saying Nelson Mandela’s dignity and sacrifice “transformed South Africa and more…

Metals in your smartphone may be irreplaceable

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (ArsTechnica) A few centuries ago, there were just a few widely used materials: wood, brick, iron, copper, gold, and silver. Today's material diversity is astounding. A chip in more…

Inventors' gravity-powered light hits market

by -NO AUTHOR- -- [ooyala code="lnbDNmOTrnV6UMf0Qvc-8sZKWarXOBdq"] (The Register) The British-designed Deciwatt gravity-powered lamp is now in production and shipping, a year after the project went public. It was conceived by Martin Riddiford more…

Russian diplomats charged with Medicaid fraud

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (Associated Press) Dozens of current or former Russian diplomats and their spouses enjoyed luxury vacations and spent tens of thousands of dollars on concert tickets, fine clothing and more…

Massive freshwater reserves discovered under ocean

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (iScienceTimes) Australian researchers revealed on Thursday that they have confirmed the existence of significant water reserves located beneath the ocean seabed on continental shelves off the coasts of more…

Geoengineering to reduce warming unlikely to work

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (Discovery) Reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the planet's surface by geoengineering may not undo climate change after all. Two German researchers used a simple energy balance analysis more…

Hear warning of possible EMP attack from Iran

by Bob Unruh -- A U.S. senator already has warned that a decision to cancel a U.S. defense system exposes America to a heightened risk of a catastrophic electromagnetic-pulse, or EMP, attack more…

'Pirate pope' gives birth to Reformation

by The editors of Leben -- We're not sure why, but it's pretty clear that evangelicals are intrigued by the whole white-smoke/black-smoke mystery and drama that surrounds the election of a new pope. Of more…