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Chemicals banned in Europe still make their way into US foods

Chemicals banned in Europe still make their way into US foods

Have you ever tasted a soft drink so good you thought it should be illegal? In some parts of the world, ingredients used in beverages available across the United States are outlawed — but not because they’re dangerously delicious. Drinks including Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Powerade and Squirt are all commonly available at restaurants and convenience […]

Satellite Wars: China unveils ‘cheaper’ answer to GPS

Satellite Wars: China unveils ‘cheaper’ answer to GPS

China’s rapidly-expanding rival to GPS, called BeiDou, has become available to customers across Asia-Pacific for the first time. It aims to claim a fifth of the satellite services market in the region in just three years. Previously, the satellite constellation was only used by the country’s military and government services. Now, it is being commercialized. […]

Man-made tornadoes may produce green energy

Man-made tornadoes may produce green energy

Massive man-made twisters reaching to the skies from cyclopean structures on the ground may be the future of suburban landscape. A Canadian firm is developing the technology to use the tornadoes to produce electricity – and assures it would be safe. The company, AVEtec Energy Corporation, is working on a proof-of-concept device after winning this […]

A New Earth? Potentially habitable planet discovered orbiting nearby star similar to our sun

A New Earth? Potentially habitable planet discovered orbiting nearby star similar to our sun

Astronomers have discovered that the closest Sun-like star, Tau Ceti, is orbited by five planets, one of which is in the “habitable range”. If its existence is confirmed, the planet could be the closest potentially life-harboring world to our own. Tau Ceti, twelve light years away, belongs to the same G-type yellow main-sequence class as […]

The UN asks for control over the world’s Internet

The UN asks for control over the world’s Internet

Members of the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have agreed to work towards implementing a standard for the Internet that would allow for eavesdropping on a worldwide scale. At a conference in Dubai this week, the ITU members decided to adopt the Y.2770 standard for deep packet inspection, a top-secret proposal by way of […]

Cop cars to be replaced with drones by 2025

Cop cars to be replaced with drones by 2025

Law enforcement agencies across the US are lining up to be among the first to use drones to serve and protect, but unmanned vehicles are likely to replace the traditional cop cruiser in just a few short years. In places like California, Texas and Washington State, police officers in recent weeks have intensified their demands for surveillance drones, a […]

Obama secretly signs the most aggressive cybersecurity directive ever

Obama secretly signs the most aggressive cybersecurity directive ever

Six years after the White House first started running amok on the computer networks of its adversaries, US President Barack Obama has signed off on a top-secret order that finally offers blueprints for the Pentagon’s cyberwars. Pres. Obama has autographed an executive order outlining protocol and procedures for the US military to take in the […]

Stuxnet goes out of control: Chevron infected by anti-Iranian virus, others could be next

Stuxnet goes out of control: Chevron infected by anti-Iranian virus, others could be next

America’s cyberwar is already seeing collateral damage, and it’s hitting the country’s own billion-dollar companies. Oil giants Chevron say the Stuxnet computer virus made by the US to target Iran infected their systems as well. California-based Chevron, a Fortune 500 company that’s among the biggest corporations in the world, admits this week that they discovered […]

What you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 5

What you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 5

Apple debuted the iPhone 5 at a conference in California Wednesday morning, giving customers around the world a sneak peak at their latest state-of-the-art smart-phone that’s expected to be available in stores later this month. The iPhone 5, the latest incarnation of the hallmark mobile phone product from Silicon Valley giants Apple, won’t be available […]

FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America

FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America

Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development of their Next Generation Identification […]