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Hydrogen squeezed from stone

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Friday, December 13, 2013

BBC: Scientists from the University of Lyon have discovered a new way to split hydrogen gas from water, using rocks.

 

Light bulb ban to take effect

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Friday, December 13, 2013

CNN: Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs -- the most popular in the country -- at the start of 2014.

 

Study finds drugs in our drinking water

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Republic: According to a national study, drugs are found in our water supply in higher amounts than anticipated.

 

Penney's shrinks top-name brands

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Reuters: After two years of declining sales, the department store chain is eliminating or trimming some high-profile brands introduced by former Chief Executive Officer Ron Johnson.

 

Mandela memorial interpreter defensive

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

CNN: The sign language interpreter widely ridiculed for his performance at the Nelson Mandela memorial stands by his work.

 

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TIME: The leader of the Catholic Church was chosen as TIME's pick for Person of the Year 2013.

 

UK says cure for dementia possible by 2025

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

AP: British Prime Minister David Cameron says he hopes to kick-start an international effort to find a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025.

 

Budget deal reached in Congress

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

BBC: A cross-party Congressional budget committee convened after an October government shutdown has reached an agreement on the federal budget.

 

Mars freshwater lake might have supported life

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Washington Post: NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence of an ancient lake on Mars.

 

Uruguay to become first country to legalize marijuana

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Reuters: Uruguay's Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world's first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana.

 

GM names first woman CEO

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BBC: US car giant General Motors (GM) has promoted product development chief Mary Barra to the post of chief executive.

 

Government spies snooped in video games

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Monday, December 09, 2013

CNN: U.S. and U.K. spies spent time undercover looking for terrorists in online video games like "World of Warcraft."

 

Tech firms seek surveillance reform

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Monday, December 09, 2013

BBC: Leading global technology firms have called for "wide-scale changes" to US government surveillance.

 
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