Tractor beams of science fiction becoming a reality

Tractor beams of science fiction becoming a reality

Reuters The tractor beam, a staple of science fiction including “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” that is employed to grab spaceships and other things remotely, is entering the realm of reality. Researchers on Tuesday said they have developed a tractor beam that uses high-amplitude sound waves to levitate, move and rotate small objects without making

Ben Carson trolled by Wikipedia pranksters linking him to pedophilia advocacy website

Ben Carson trolled by Wikipedia pranksters linking him to pedophilia advocacy website

Tom Boggioni Republican presidential contender Ben Carson, who has made disparaging remarks about gays and same-sex marriage, found himself on the receiving end of retribution after pranksters linked a pedophilia website to his Wikipedia page. During a Fox News appearance, the retired neurosurgeon equated gays with pedophiles and people who practice bestiality, saying, “Marriage is

Patriarch of Duggar-like family with 19 kids and reality show accused of sexual misconduct cover-up

Patriarch of Duggar-like family with 19 kids and reality show accused of sexual misconduct cover-up

Bethania Palma Markus It seems like a strange parallel universe, but it’s not. Another devoutly Christian family with 19 kids and counting has been accused of sexual abuse, RadarOnline reports. Five women are suing the Institute in Basic Life Principles, the so-called treatment center to which Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sent their eldest son, Josh,

Senate passes cyber-security bill expanding protection for companies sharing threat data with feds

Senate passes cyber-security bill expanding protection for companies sharing threat data with feds

Reuters A majority of the U.S. Senate easily passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at bolstering the country’s cyber defenses, advancing the first serious attempt in Congress to combat crippling computer hacks that have felled a growing number of businesses and government agencies in recent years. The bill, which would expand liability protections to companies that

Car owners allowed to modify vehicle software after Library of Congress ruling

Car owners allowed to modify vehicle software after Library of Congress ruling

Reuters Car owners and security experts can tinker with automobile software without incurring some U.S. copyright liability, according to new guidelines issued this month that had been opposed by the auto industry. The Library of Congress, which oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, agreed with fair use advocates who argued that vehicle owners are entitled to

Congressional budget deal could complicate White House plans to close Guantanamo

Congressional budget deal could complicate White House plans to close Guantanamo

Reuters The budget deal with Congress could complicate President Barack Obama’s push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, which has been caught up in his fight with Republicans over spending caps, congressional aides and rights activists said on Tuesday. Obama last week vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act, objecting to the way the massive policy