Cambridge City Council has covered an historic city pathway with ultraviolet particles which turn blue when the sun sets, in what could be the future of street lighting. The technology, called ´Starpath´, absorbs light during the day before emitting the artificial glow in the evening. It is thought technology could one day replace streetlamps as a cheaper and more energy efficient form of lighting. The technology is currently being trialed at Christ´s Pieces in Cambridge and now the council have revealed they could adopt the path elsewhere in the city. Cllr Andrea Reiner, the executive councillor for public places, said:
Sen. Ted Cruz isn´t trying to win a popularity contest in the Senate Republican Conference. After the GOP failed to win any concessions from President Barack Obama during a government shutdown many blamed on Cruz, the Texas Republican blamed his fellow senators for the Republican loss. "The reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached, is because unfortunately Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans," he said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC´s "This Week," adding later: "I think that was unfortunate. I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on
Don’t worry: this is not yet another superfluous biography of Winston Churchill. It is a book about his health, by a doctor--a retired New Zealand orthopaedic surgeon, to be precise. [Snip] In the third decade (1894-1904), for example, he suffered a knee injury steeple-chasing, a dislocated right shoulder after grabbing a ring on the wall of Bombay Harbour when landing in India for the first time, a thumb laceration when hit by a splinter from a rifle range in Bangalore, and claustrophobia and panic attacks when hiding in a mine in South Africa for three days after escaping his Boer
After embarrassing troubles with its latest class of surface warships, the Navy is hoping for a winner from a new destroyer that´s ready to go into the water. So far, construction of the first-in-class Zumwalt, the largest U.S. Navy destroyer ever built, is on time and on budget, something that´s a rarity in new defense programs, officials said. And the Navy believes the ship´s big gun, stealthy silhouette and advance features will make it a formidable package. The christening of the ship bearing the name of the late Adm. Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt was canceled a week ago because of the federal government
The Democratic National Committee has narrowly edged its Republican rival in fundraising for the first time all year. In a Sunday release, the Republican National Committee reported raising $7.1 million in September. Democrats on Friday reported a cash haul of nearly $7.4 million in September, while finishing the month with more than $5 million on hand. The close of the September fundraising period for both parties coincided with the run-up to the October shutdown — a time where candidates and party committees on both sides used the looming fight over spending to tap their grassroots base. RNC chairman Reince Priebus
The World Health Organisation has recorded the first suspected outbreak of polio for 14 years in Syria, sparking renewed alarm at the collapse of health care caused by the country´s civil war. Doctors in Syria are also seeing a flare-up of typhoid, hepatitis, and the flesh-eating parasite, leishmaniasis, blamed partly on the inability to administer a proper vaccination programme and partly on poor living conditions and a much-reduced access to health care. Some 22 people in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor are now showing symptoms that are "very likely" to be polio, Oliver Rosenbawer, from the WHO Global Polio
A reader who says that he has done large software installations for one of the big accounting firms wrote the following in an email. It seems to validate the concerns discussed in my Washington Examiner column on the Obamacare IT mess.1. The integration aspect is most difficult. In this case, the integration of various Federal Systems to determine subsidies is proving a daunting task. You are dealing with legacy systems that don’t integrate very well. Also the integration with the insurers consisting of sending an insurance application to the insurance company, a much easier task, was also screwed up. 2. The
In a clearing at the edge of one of the largest intact forests on Earth, Laura Kavajecz flits about like a tree fairy with a clipboard, slipping long mesh tubes over tiny seedlings. (snip) Driven by a warming climate, scientists predict, the forest will soon follow the glaciers and retreat north by as much as 300 miles in the next century. Much of northern Minnesota, they say, will become open savannas like those in Nebraska and eastern Kansas — with grasses and brush, a few scattered trees, and domes of bare rock rising from the ground.
The most important aspect of any public policy issue is how it’s “framed”. In the US, illegal immigration is generally framed as a victims’ rights issue (see that bipartisan rally on the National Mall a week or two back) – hence, what matters is finding a means to bring millions upon millions of loyal, patriotic, hard-working Americans-in-waiting out of the shadows. In the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Government is taking a different approach, tracking down illegal immigrants’ phone numbers and texting them directly: Message from the Home Office. Our records show that you may not have leave to remain in the
Olympia, WA -Tavern owner Frankie Schnarr takes a long draw from his bottle of Coors Light and scans his sports bar, listening to billiard balls rattle and a pinball machine explode with points. Suddenly, there´s that smell: musky-sweet, skunky yet somehow pleasing, an odor traditionally fraught with illegality. Three men in jeans and sleeveless shirts shooting pool nearby fire up a small purple pipe packed with pot. They inhale deeply between shots, laughing, passing the bowl, mellowing their buzz with an occasional swig of beer. Marijuana. Being brazenly smoked in public, right there under the bar owner´s nose. Schnarr smiles.
President Barack Obama is frustrated by the problems in the rollout of his signature healthcare reform and the administration intends to fix them, but the program´s real test will not come until early next year, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Sunday. Speaking on NBC´s "Meet the Press," Lew said the administration was determined to repair the technical glitches in the online insurance exchanges that are a central part of the program known as Obamacare. It launched on October 1. "I think that there´s no one more frustrated than the president at the difficulty in the website," Lew said. He
NEW YORK - J.C. Penney is opening its doors on Thanksgiving evening to kick off the holiday shopping season, as the beleaguered retailer hopes to get back in the game for the crucial selling period. The Plano, Texas-based chain will open most of its 1,100 stores at 8 p.m. on the holiday, the same as rival Macy´s, and will be open 25 hours straight, closing at 9 p.m. the following day. The Thanksgiving evening opening is much earlier than last year, when Penney didn´t open until 6 a.m. Friday. That made the retailer one of the laggards for the unofficial
Members of Congress and their staffs are on red alert tonight for a CBS 60 Minutes investigation by veteran CBS reporter Steve Kroft and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer exposing how lawmakers convert campaign donations into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members. Sources say top CBS executives thought the report was so explosive that they made it the show’s lead story and delayed airing it for another week in order to capture tonight’s much larger NFL-viewing audience. The report features selected revelations from Schweizer’s forthcoming book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your
A top Democratic senator said Sunday that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress about the problem-plagued ObamaCare website, amid a growing call for her to accept requests to testify. “Ultimately, Secretary Sebelius will testify,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, told “Fox News Sunday.” Sebelius and the entire Obama administration has declined requests to testify on Capitol Hill about the site, which has been plagued by crashes, slow responses and other glitches since it went online Oct. 1. The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter directly to Sebelius last week
The Obama administration Sunday said it’s called on “the best and brightest” tech experts from both government and the private sector to help fix the troubled website at the root of the Obamacare enrollment problems.The unusual Sunday 600-word blog post from HHS was the first update in more than a week on the many failings of an expensive website that HHS itself described as “frustrating for many Americans.” But it didn’t specify who the administration had called in, or when the American people would see clear-cut results on Healthcare.gov.
A new book claims John F Kennedy’s brother may have stolen his brain from the National Archives to conceal the true extent of his illness.The revelations are made In End of Days: The Assassination of John F Kennedy by James Swanson, excerpts which has been published in the New York Post.He writes: "Not all the evidence from the assassination is at the National Archives. One unique, macabre item from the collection is missing - President Kennedy’s brain." Mr Swanson rejects conspiracy theories that the brain vanished as part of a plot to hide the facts of the assassination. He adds: "My conclusion
DENVER— Governments that try to force citizens to decide between a free press and national security create a "false choice" that weakens democracy, and journalists must fight increasing government overreach that has had a chilling effect on efforts to hold leaders accountable, the president and CEO of The Associated Press said. Gary Pruitt told the 69th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association on Saturday that the U.S. Justice Department´s secret seizure of records of thousands of telephone calls to and from AP reporters in 2012 is one of the most blatant violations of the First Amendment to the
Now that the government shutdown has ended, the mainstream press has pivoted to the biggest story in the country: the Republican Party’s woes, of course. That’s what tops the front page of the Sunday New York Times and Washington Post, at any rate, lengthy feature articles in both cases. And Obamacare? Oh yeah, right, that. It’s gotta be in there somewhere. Ah, here it is. The Times has a piece on page 12 about Kentucky’s Democratic governor, Steven Beshear, and his plucky campaign to convince a deep-dyed red state that Obamacare works. Beshear’s not up for re-election. In part for
Much is wrong with Washington these days, including much of what is said about what is wrong. Many Americans say there is “too much politics” in Washington. Actually, there is too little. Barack Obama deplores “politics as usual” here. But recently Washington has been tumultuous because politics, as the Framers understood it, has disintegrated. Obama has been complicit in this collapse.
After weeks of being vilified by the national media and White House as a terrorist, racist, and radical hostage-taker out to destroy the economy, Ted Cruz (R-TX) is receiving the kind of death threats that are all-too expected after this kind of national demonization campaign. A person who identifies himself on Twitter as Troy Gilmore, Jr. listed the Senator´s homes address and suggested Cruz be taught a "street wise lesson." Capitol Police are investigating: The Hill reported Capitol Police were looking into the post by someone identifying himself as Troy Gilmore Jr. The tweet, posted early Friday, said, "Take down
WASHINGTON — PRESIDENT OBAMA won big. So why did the moment feel so small? At his victory scold in the State Dining Room on Thursday, the president who yearned to be transformational stood beneath an oil portrait of Abraham Lincoln and demanded . . . a farm bill. He also couldn’t resist taking a holier-than-thou tone toward his tail-between-their-legs Tea Party foes. He assumed his favorite role of the shining knight hectoring the benighted: Sir Lecturealot. “All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore attacked the Senate Conservatives Fund for endorsing McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin on Friday. “Matt Bevin now has the dubious honor of standing with a self-serving D.C. fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate,” Moore said in a statement to the Washington Post. “They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates. Now they can add a New England bailout recipient who claims he went to MIT to their
Over a decade ago the Federation of American Scientists described the Chinese missile program as a pocket of excellence in an otherwise problematic indigenous military industry. In 2010 the Chinese military was reported to have started tests on its most ambitious missile project, the DF-21A, an anti-ship ballistic missile. In early 2013 several reports claimed that the missile had begun to be deployed in small numbers in Southern China. The DF-21A is reportedly designed to be an aircraft carrier killer aimed at deterring US aircraft-carrier battle groups from interfering in case of conflict over Taiwan and other flashpoints like the
Britain has assuaged its hunger for economic ties with China after finance minister George Osborne came away from a trip to the Asian powerhouse with a range of investment deals. From easing visa restrictions to building on recent currency cooperation and winning Beijing money for investment in British nuclear power plants, Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne can claim to have smoothed relations with the emerging economic power. (Snip) He said: "I don´t want Britain to resent China´s success, I want us to celebrate it. I don´t want us to try to resist your economic progress, I want Britain to share