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  • 5 days ago
    Current Event zritic

    Israel's Arrow anti-missile system 'in first hit'

    Israel has shot down a Syrian missile using its most advanced anti-missile system for the first time, Israeli media say. A surface-to-air missile (SAM) was intercepted using the Arrow system, designed to stop long-range ballistic missiles, reports say. The SAMs were fired at Israeli jets which had just raided sites in Syria. Debris from the intercepted SAM came down in Jordan. Two other SAMs are said to have landed in Israel.

  • 5 days ago
    Current Event zritic

    Sony patented a way for you to steal battery power from your friend's phone

    A new patent filed by Sony could let you charge a smartphone by sucking precious energy from a friend's device. The patent describes a way to wirelessly transfer power between devices using near-field communication (NFC) technology. It doesn't specify that these devices would necessarily be phones, instead using the term "portable consumer electronic device."

  • 9 days ago
    Current Event zritic

    Monsanto Accused of Ghostwriting Papers on Roundup Cancer Risk

    Monsanto Co. was accused in court documents of ghostwriting scientific literature that led a U.S. regulator to conclude a key chemical in its Roundup weed killer shouldn’t be classified as carcinogenic. Lawyers suing the company on behalf of farmers and others, who claim exposure to glyphosate caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, alleged in a court filing which was partially blacked out until...

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event zritic

    China rails against U.S. for human rights violations

    China lashed out at the United States for its "terrible human rights problems" in a report on Thursday, adding to recent international criticism of Washington on issues ranging from violence inflicted on minorities to U.S. immigration policies. The U.S. State Department's annual report on rights in nearly 200 countries last week accused China of torture, executions without due process, repression of political rights and persecution of ethnic minorities, among other issues.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis zritic

    Are smartphones killing the art of face-to-face conversation? We ask the experts

    Smartphones are everywhere now and for many of us they serve as a constant companion. They keep us continually connected, filling gaps in our day, entertaining us, and demanding our attention with a string of notifications. Because they offer a convenient alternative to face-to-face conversations, and at times they butt into our chats directly, there’s a growing realization that they may be killing the art of conversation.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event zritic

    Ireland's "MASS GRAVES" story is fake news!

    Bill Donohue comments on news stories that Catholic nuns in Ireland housed a mass grave of babies: It was a lie in 2014 and it is a lie in 2017. There is no evidence of a mass grave outside a home for unmarried women operated by nuns in Tuam, Ireland, near Galway, in the 20th century. The hoax is now back again, and an obliging media are running with the story as if it were true.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event zritic

    Florida judge blocks release of wife of Pulse nightclub shooter

    A federal judge in Orlando on Thursday stayed a California judge's decision to grant bail to the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. The stay granted by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron means that Noor Salman, 30, will not be freed on $500,000 bail on Friday as planned. The ruling sets up a schedule for briefings to argue the matter. Prosecutors sought the stay and a review of the California proceedings with the Florida court, which has original jurisdiction in the case.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event zritic

    PlayStation Trolls Nintendo Switch on its Release Date

    March 3 has been long awaited for the release of the Nintendo Switch, of course. But PlayStation Italy had a trick up their sleeve to snatch some of the spotlight.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event zritic

    BBC crew attacked in China and forced to sign confession

    A BBC camera crew reporting in China was attacked and later forced by police to apologise and sign a confession for trying to conduct an “illegal interview”, one of its reporters has said. John Sudworth, a journalist with the BBC, and his team were attempting to interview a villager in rural China who claims her father was killed during a land dispute with the government. As they walked towards her house, a group of men blocked their way, pushed Sudworth and smashed and snatched the crew’s...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Expression zritic

    Social Media Passwords Shouldn’t Be a Condition of Entry to the U.S.

    The Trump administration is proposing a misguided plan to force people from certain countries to hand over their social media account passwords in order to get a U.S. visa. This would invade the privacy rights of not only thousands of affected visa applicants and refugees, but also all of the Americans they’re in touch with through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Analysis zritic

    Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths

    A fruit and vegetable intake above five-a-day shows major benefit in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death. This is the finding of new research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which analysed 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake. The team found that although even the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduced disease risk, the greatest benefit came from eating 800g a day (roughly equivalent to ten portions - one portion of fr...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Expression zritic

    I Tracked Myself With $170 Smartphone Spyware that Anyone Can Buy

    For a relatively small fee, you can snoop on someone’s messages, call logs, photos, and location from across the planet. In a rundown and noisy Berlin bar, a friend and I were having a private conversation. But nearly 4,000 miles away, someone was listening from their New York apartment.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event zritic

    Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

    Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: "It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life."

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event zritic

    Ancient Egyptian Stories Will Be Published in English for the First Time

    While people may view inscriptions in Greek or Latin as pretty, they still recognize their merit as text. Indeed, writings from ancient Greece and Rome are revered and considered classics of Western literature. Egyptian hieroglyphics, however, are often seen as mere decoration. Sometimes, the characters are literally used as wallpaper.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event zritic

    Trump's lawyer has told 4 different stories about the Russia-Ukraine 'peace plan' debacle

    President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was at the center of a bombshell New York Times report published Sunday that said he hand-delivered a "peace plan for Russia and Ukraine" to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn before Flynn was asked to resign. The plan — which The Times said was pushed by Cohen, businessman Felix Sater, and Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko — involved lifting sanctions on Russia in return for Moscow withdrawing its support ...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event zritic

    Librarians across the country protest, resist, and persist

    We’ve already written about the incredible work that librarians are doing on the front lines of the fight against fake news. But their resistance against the current administration is also more immediate, more direct, and more far-reaching than that effort. Elizabeth Flock at PBS NewsHour took a look at what libraries across the country are offering their communities, from protests to sanctuary.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event zritic

    'Dreamer' facing deportation admitted gang ties, prosecutors say

    Federal immigration agents say they arrested a Seattle man who came to the the U.S. illegally when he was 7 years old, despite his protection from deportation under an Obama administration program, because he admitted to several connections with street gangs.

  • 1 month ago
    Expression zritic

    What Effective Protest Could Look Like

    Fourteen years ago, I found myself an unexpected micro-target of a left-liberal protest demonstration. I had visited London to watch the debate and subsequent vote in the House of Commons over the Iraq war resolution. A huge demonstration against the war snaked down Whitehall toward Parliament. I wandered into Trafalgar Square for a view. Somebody recognized me as a recent alumnus of the Bush administration; arguably its least important member, but undeniably the closest at hand. A small throng ...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event zritic

    ‘I would do it again’: Man donates his kidney to wife on anniversary

    The 20th anniversary is known as the “china anniversary.” But for Cindy and Scott Chafian of Suffolk, Virginia, the celebration revolved around something even more delicate — and infinitely more precious. Cindy, 45, has a genetic disorder called polycystic kidney disease, which causes cysts to grow inside the kidneys. The cysts make the kidneys larger than they should be, and damage the kidney's tissues which can lead to further complications.

  • 1 month ago
    Analysis zritic

    Internet service providers will no longer send copyright alerts in the U.S.

    Failed strategy for fighting piracy.