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Teen's invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds

Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student’s invention. She won a $50,000 prize Friday at an international science fair for creating an energy storage device that can be fully juiced in 20 to 30 seconds. The fast-charging device is a so-called supercapacitor, a gizmo that can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly […]

Yahoo buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion, vows not to screw it up

The deal, announced on Monday, is a bold bet by Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the company by co-opting a Web property with strong visitor traffic but little revenue. The combination of Yahoo and Tumblr creates an online powerhouse with roughly one billion users, which will draw in more advertisers and help Yahoo keep visitors on its properties for longer periods of time, Mayer told Reuters in an […]

Oklahoma tornado tears massive path of death, destruction

Moore, Oklahoma (CNN) — Rescue workers raced against time and darkness Monday night looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and leaving at least 51 people dead. At least 20 of the dead were children, including at least seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, which lay directly in the path of the monster storm’s wall of wind. Seventy-five students […]

Bangladesh Building Collapse Death Toll Rises To 430, Many Still Missing

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building Thursday and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble. In addition to the 430 confirmed dead, police report that 149 people are still missing in what has become the worst disaster for Bangladesh’s $20 billion-a-year garment industry. Maj. Gen. Chowdhury Hassan Suhrawardy, the commander of the area’s army […]

Indian naval officers face dismissal over Facebook posts

New Delhi: Three Indian navy officers are to be dismissed from service over their Facebook updates which reportedly included details about where their vessels were docked, an official said on Thursday. The Navy has recommended the discharge of the officers for “violating information security” after a high-level internal probe was conducted, a navy spokesman said. “The board of inquiry has recommended disciplinary action against three officers. Action for their termination […]

Yemen Wants Their Guantanamo Detainees Back

In some regards, the Yemeni government’s recent demand for the repatriation of Yemeni detainees who have been languishing in Guantanamo Bay for nearly a decade seemed to come out of left field, as did the prison hunger strikes that prompted it. President Obama’s 2008-election-campaign promises to close the notorious prison remain unfulfilled. According to recent polls, roughly 70 percent of Americans back the president’s decision to ignore his pledge and keep […]

400-year-old mosque demolished in Rajasthan, SC notices to Centre, Jindal

New Delhi, April 9: Acting on a PIL the Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre, State Government of Rajasthan and Congress MP from Rajasthan Navin Jindal, Chairman of Jindal steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) seeking their responses to the demolition of a 400-year-old mosque in Rajasthan, news portal NitiCentral.com reported on Tuesday. The 16th century historic mosque was allegedly removed by the Jindal Group of companies for […]

U.S. Drone Strikes In Pakistan Linked To Rise In Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health Issues

After nine friends and relatives were killed in a US drone strike four years ago, Mohammed Fahim took tranquillisers to blot out the nightmares. The 19 year-old is one of a growing number of Pakistanis living in the tribal areas on the Afghan border who has suffered from conditions related to depression, anxiety and mental health problems because of war. US drone strikes, fighting between Pakistani Taliban and the army, […]

U.S. Navy: 2012 Dubai Shooting Was Within Rules Of Engagement

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — U.S. Navy sailors aboard a supply vessel acted within rules of engagement last year when they fired on a small boat approaching at high speed off Dubai, killing one Indian fisherman and wounding three others, according to a Navy investigation made public Monday. The July 2012 incident has been described by Navy officials as “regrettable,” but it also highlighted the heightened security to protect vessels […]

Mobile phones turn 40, pioneer Martin Cooper honoured with 2013 Marconi Prize

April 3 is a special day in the world of telecommunications, as this is the day the first known mobile phone conversation took place. On Wednesday, the 40th anniversary of the event, Martin Cooper, the engineer who made the first call on 3 April, 1973, was honoured with the 2013 Marconi Prize, recognising his contributions to the world of telecommunications. “Motorola was one of the luckiest things that ever happened […]