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over 4 years ago

Unlikely Al Qaeda operatives can find a wealth of information supporting Jihad on the Internet and some have taken to courting terrorism groups like sports teams pledging their support in their free time.


Censored By Google

over 4 years ago

Google's recent spat with China over political censorship has brought to light Google's reportedly transparent policy of censoring search results from many countries including Germany, Turkey and Thailand.


Bankrupt Banks

over 4 years ago

Ahead of proposed financial regulation legislation from the Senate, regulators are on pace to close more delinquent banks this year than in 2009 following Friday's closure of seven banks in five different states which brings this year's total to 37.


(More) Free Music

over 4 years ago

The free music streaming service that has a library containing over ten millions songs already enjoyed by Europeans is still in negotiations with record companies but hopes to break into America in 2010.


Spot Check

over 4 years ago

Twenty years on, the Department of Agriculture will beef up its enforcement of laws requiring organic food to be spot checked for pesticides responding to the industry's rapid growth in recent years.

Dr. Kaku's Universe

Deadly Earthquakes and Tsunamis

over 4 years ago

It is likely that, within our lifetime, we will see a big earthquake ravage a populated area, such as northern Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, or Istanbul, to name a few major cities. These are earthquakes waiting to happen. It is inevitable that we will see a big one in the United States. It's ...


Decriminalizing Crack

over 4 years ago

The Senate just passed a bill drastically reducing the penalty for possessing crack cocaine. The bill would increase the amount of crack requiring a five-year mandatory minimum sentence from 5 grams to 28 grams. The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee and finally passed ...

Trend World

The Key to Winning the War on Terror: Women

over 4 years ago

With next year marking ten years since the term “War on Terror” was coined, the controversial war has seen its strides and pitfalls, depending on whom you ask. But as the battle against global terrorism enters its second decade, its ultimate outcome could hinge on winning the hearts and minds of ...

Mind Matters

Yes, Television Can Make You Evil

over 4 years ago

In the 1960's and 70's, with Americans worried about Communist hordes and Nazism a living memory, many feared that people are just naturally sheep—all too ready to conform, cower and obey. Crime news and psychology experiments supplied what the psychologists Rachel Manning, Mark Levine and Alan ...