Shift in Tactics Give Pirates an Edge as They Prey on Ships Further Out at Sea


Pirates off the Horn of Africa.

Two years after international forces dispatched a flotilla of warships to counter piracy around the Horn of Africa, attacks on merchant ships are rising again.Last year, pirates captured 53 ships in the region, up from 51 in 2009, according to the Combined Maritime Forces, which oversees the operations. There were 160 attempted attacks in 2010, up from 145 the year before.


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Why It Will Be at Least 200 Years Before Interstellar Travel will Be Possible


We won’t have enough power until 2211 for interstellar travel.

Interstellar travel won’t be possible for at least 200 years, according to a former NASA propulsion scientist who has some new calculations. And by then, the spaceships we would design for the trip will be obsolete.


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Citigroup Estimates in 50 Years Smoking Will Die Out Around the World


In approximately 50 years there will be no smokers in the developed nations according to Citigroup.

Citigroup estimates that within approximately 50 years there will be no smokers left in developed nations. We list the date smoking will die in 18 different countries from the UK to New Zealand.

The EN-V – Futuristic Compact, Enviromentally Friendly Car That Drives Itself


The Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V) was unveiled at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Car designers have come up with the perfect solution for all those motorists tired of traffic jams and lack of parking spaces.


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PARO Interactive Therapeutic Robot



PARO is an advanced interactive robot developed by AIST, a leading Japanese industrial automation pioneer. It allows the documented benefits of animal therapy to be administered to patients in environments such as hospitals and extended care facilities where live animals present treatment or logistical difficulties. (Pics)


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11-Year Old Is Building a House

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Opunake’s Dylan Karam, 11, got his first hammer for his fifth birthday and has never been far from a building site ever since.

Dylan Karam, 11, of Opunake, New Zealand, is building a house:

Since getting a hammer when he was five, Dylan has never been far from a construction site and has helped builders around Opunake in the last six years.

But it is his latest project that could be his most impressive…

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Inmates in UK Prison Repair Bikes and Donate Them To African Schoolchildren


Life-Changing Wheels

Inmates at Gloucester prison in the UK are spending some of their free time (and you have a lot of that in prison) repairing donated bikes which are then shipped by Jole Rider to a partner organisation in Gambia, Africa. Once there, the bikes can change kids lives by allowing them to get to school. Bikes remain school property, with teachers allocating them to the students who need them most. When a child graduates from school, their bike is re-allocated to another child, multiplying the long-term impact of each bike.

Once at least 333 bikes have been refurbished, they are packed in a container and sent to Africa…

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Verizon iPhone: Everything You Need To Know


Hey Verizon! Can you hear me now?

Ah, the Verizon iPhone. In our bizarre careers as tech journalists, if there’s one question we’ve heard more than “When is Verizon getting the iPhone?” we can’t think of it. Also, outside the original rumors for the iPhone and iPad, we can’t think of another product so heavily teased by those in the know and those not in the know — though mostly by those not in the know.

But then we heard Verizon is having a little get together on Tuesday, which is particularly odd timing because Verizon has a huge presence and a large amount of announcements at this year’s CES. Rumors of the event being a Verizon iPhone announce immediately flared up, but there were still reservations: Apple usually announces its own products at its own corporate campus — why would Verizon be doing the honors in NY?

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The Color Orange Was Named After The Fruit

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Life would be quite different if these would have been known as ‘geoluhreads’.

The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around. Before then, the English speaking world referred to the orange color as geoluhread, which literally translates to ‘yellow-red.’ The word orange itself was introduced to English through the Spanish word ‘naranja,’ which came from the Sanskrit word nāraga, which literally means ‘orange tree.’

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Online Resources That Are Transforming Education

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Education needs transforming

Education technology has become a busy space in recent years. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates continue to push the envelope with enormous philanthropic gifts toward education reform; was traded at a $1 billion plus valuation; and Google is putting millions into education tech sites like KhanAcademy.

With so many startups on the scene, it is easy to get lost. Fortunately, most innovation is centered around a short list of fundamental ideas. In this post, we’ll walk through a few clusters of education tech companies…

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