Monthly archives: December 2013

Technology Fuels New Police Cruiser

This High-Tech Squad Car Has Just as Much Brains as It Does Brawn To the untrained eye, it looks like almost any other New York Police Department cruiser combing the city’s streets—but this squad car has just as much brains as it does brawn. It is the department’s prototype “smart car,” outfitted with the latest gadgets in public safety. It has two infrared monitors mounted on the trunk that record […]

The doctor won’t see you? Analysts warn ObamaCare plans could resemble Medicaid

  Those signing up for private health care coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges may be in for an unpleasant surprise — they’ll have insurance, but they might have trouble getting the doctor to see them.  As hundreds of thousands enroll for coverage beginning Jan. 1, analysts are warning that the plans are likely to give them access to fewer doctors and hospitals. So much so, they warn, that the system […]

Mikhail Kalashnikov - AK-47 inventor - dies

Lt. Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov, the arms designer credited by the Soviet Union with creating the AK-47, the first in a series of rifles and machine guns that would indelibly associate his name with modern war and become the most abundant firearms ever made, died Monday in Izhevsk, the capital of the Russia’s Udmurtia republic, where he lived. He was 94. Viktor Chulkov, a spokesman for the republic’s president, confirmed the death, […]

The top tech stories of 2013

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Revelations about the scope of the NSA’s snooping lead to the year’s biggest tech stores Hacking of major companies and sites for politics, fun and profit a reoccurring story in 2013 Snapchat, Vine, Bitcoin and iOS 7 all became familiar terms A year of high profile hacks: A series of hacks launched by groups like the Syrian Electronic Army and possibly the Chinese military made headlines throughout the […]

2013: The year in weather

Dry me a river A young boy runs through a dried riverbed after flood waters receded in the Indian city of Allahabad. Heavy August rain caused the worst floods in 30 years. Fire in the sky US heatweaves created perfect conditions for massive forest fire in the summer; this massive pall of smoke was captured at West Fork Complex, Colorado. Blue lagoon Melting ice creates a pool of water on […]

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Festival lights around the world

Bright lights of Christmas Since Neolithic times, man has gravitated toward fire, especially during the dark days of winter when luminous celebrations set gloomy nights aglow. From Scotland’s Hogmanay to Nepal’s Balachaturdashi, light plays a starring role in holidays around the world, brightening skies, spirits – and travel itineraries – alike. This shimmering stunner of a Christmas tree in Tokyo’s Shiodome – where marine life combines with festive illuminations in […]

Thrills of the frost fair: Fascinating paintings and memorabilia show how Londoners celebrated when the River Thames froze over

River Thames in London froze at least 23 times between 1309 and 1814, with first recorded frost fair in 1608 Period from mid-14th to 19th century in Europe is referred to as the ‘Little Ice Age’ due to severity of the climate Unlicensed gambling, drinking and dancing were held at fairs, along with stalls, skittle alleys and fairground rides Souvenirs and personalised keepsakes also available for a few pennies, with […]

Star Wars trucks, luminous flying pigs: World's most spectacular Xmas lights

STORY HIGHLIGHTS People across the world sent pictures of the most stunning and outrageous Christmas displays One man in the U.S. used more than 300,000 lights and 350 figurines Philippines giving U.S. a run for the title of world champion Christmas fanatics Some people like Christmas. Some people love Christmas. And some people are so overcome by their love for the holiday season they decorate homes, gardens, even their vehicles […]