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Changing glass into metal, with the help of lasers

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have been able to change the properties of quartz glass into metal for very brief moments using laser pulses. Image by Vienna University of Technology Scientists at the Vienna University...Show More Summary

Youth seek solutions as Chicago’s violent summer persists

Chicago will lay to rest its youngest fatal shooting victim this year on Friday. Nine-year-old Antonio Smith was fatally shot at least four times in a South Side backyard just blocks away from his home, according to the Chicago Tribune. Since...Show More Summary

American woman held hostage by Islamic State

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been...Show More Summary

California law orders kill-switch software in smartphones

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday mandating that all smartphones sold in the state are to be installed with a software that remotely clears the device of data. Photo by Flickr user Blake Patterson In case of theft,...Show More Summary

Obama unveils plans to improve mental health care for veterans

President Obama has promised “a new culture of accountability” within Veterans Affairs. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images CHARLOTTE, N.C. — His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his...Show More Summary

Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire

Palestinians stand in a room of their house whose facade was destroyed overnight by Israeli airstrikes on Aug. 26 in Gaza City. Israel and Hamas reportedly have agreed to a cease-fire. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images Egyptian state television announced Tuesday that Israel and Hamas will enter a cease-fire at 7 p.m. Show More Summary

Vigil for journalist James Foley set for Tuesday at his alma mater

NuDay Syria organized a candlelit vigil in James Foley’s hometown of Rochester, N.H., on Aug. 23. “Many people present spontaneously gave beautiful tributes to Jim. Their words spoke directly to our hearts,” his parents wrote on Facebook. Show More Summary

When it comes to Facebook, we all just want to be popular, study finds

A new Pew Research Center report finds that social media users are more likely to share opinions their readers are likely to agree with. Photo by Flickr user Jason Howie Ice bucket challenge. VMAs. Emmys. Wash, rinse, refresh page. If...Show More Summary

Burger King to buy Canadian chain Tim Hortons

File photo of a Tim Hortons cafe in New York City taken on Aug. 25. The American fast food giant Burger King announced it has agreed to merge with Canadian coffee and cafe chain Tim Hortons. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images Burger...Show More Summary

Report: No proof veterans died because of delays

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any...Show More Summary

Qatar reportedly working to free more U.S. hostages

File photo of the Museum of Islamic Art in the Qatari capital Doha taken on June 25, 2014. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images Several news outlets reported Tuesday that the wealthy nation of Qatar is working to release more Americans...Show More Summary

Google-like NSA search engine ICREACH used to learn about civilians

NSA’s search engine ICREACH includes hundreds of millions of conversations via modern technology. Over 1,000 data analysts at 23 U.S. governmental agencies, including the DEA, FBI, and CIA, were given access to ICREACH — a Google-like...Show More Summary

E-cigarettes an option to curb smoking? The American Heart Association says yes

Photo by Flickr user Monica Grigsby. The American Heart Association published recommendations Monday to control the e-cigarette market. The policies, featured in Circulation, focus on the role of advertisers and clinicians in dealing...Show More Summary

Life in a New Mexico detention center a challenge for mothers and children

ARTESIA, N.M. -– This hot, dry, dusty town just 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border has been a temporary home to some of the recent influx of families that have entered the U.S. illegally. The Artesia Temporary Facility for Adults with Children is a federal law enforcement training facility run by the Department of Homeland Security. Show More Summary

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan braces for Obama’s visit to her state

RALEIGH, N.C. — Her re-election in doubt, North Carolina’s Democratic senator has an uncomfortable decision to make as President Barack Obama appears in her state before a critical audience she’s trying to woo: Veterans. Join in the same camera shot as Obama, who lost North Carolina in 2012 and is unpopular in the state, and Sen. Show More Summary

Facebook continues to battle click-bait

Facebook will stop rewarding click-bait headlines in the News Feed. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images. Facebook announced in a blog post Monday that it would change its algorithm to reduce the amount of click-bait in the News Feed,...Show More Summary

Citing ‘disruptive’ edits, Wikipedia bars anonymous entries from Congress-linked computers

Wikipedia has banned users from editing its pages if the IP address originates from the U.S. House of Representatives after a controversial edit from an anonymous user. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Wikipedia users logging on from the U.S. Show More Summary

Competing college rankings take different views of what matters

The country’s best known college rankings are probably those published every year by U.S. News and World Report. While the rankings sell magazines and advertising, their influence is often criticized as pushing colleges to drive up admissions...Show More Summary

Human workers report feeling most productive when led by artificial intelligence

Photo by Flickr user Scania Group Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab found that teams of human workers were at their happiest and most productive when their tasks were directed by robotic artificial...Show More Summary

To combat sleep deprivation in students, researchers advocate later school start

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep for middle school and high school students. They say that pushing back school start times is a way to ensure students get the proper rest. Photo by Flickr user D. Show More Summary

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