Conditions often behind worker suicides

iPad 2

Apple is facing criticism because of working conditions at factories that manufacture the iPhone and iPad. Worker suicides have been occurring, and it appears getting iDevices into people’s hands is hell for the people who make them. Accounts paint dark picture A recent article in the New York Times titled “In China, Human Costs Are […]

More than 1,000 Iranian students switch to nuclear studies

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

More than 1,000 students in Iranian universities switched their majors to nuclear science following the assassination of one of the nation’s top nuke scientists. The announcement was made this week by Iranian officials. Announced in press conference Kamran Daneshjo, Iran’s Minister of Science Research and Technology, said in a press conference: “Three hundred talented students […]

Vote could take clocks out of sync with sun


Keeping clocks in synch with the way the planet and sun rotate has always been a challenge. While most of us are used to the leap year, governments are set to hash out the question of keeping or getting rid of the leap second. The idea of a leap second Since 1972, international time has […]

North Korea punishing insincere mourners

North Korea

The death of Kim Jong-il led to expansive shows of mourning from the government media sources. Now, reports from the repressive country say citizens who did not appear to be sincerely mourning are being sent to labor camps. The show of mourning After the death of Kim Jong-il in December, state media in North Korea […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


Microraptor was one flashy little dinosaur

A team of Chinese and American scientists have found that Microraptor, a small four winged dinosaur that went extinct about 130 million years ago, was likely black and almost certainly had glossy, iridescent feathers. Until now, the coloring of extinct creatures was a matter of pure speculation. That may no longer be the case. The […]


Microraptor fossil
This Microraptor fossil is preserved at China's Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature. Image: Hello, I am Bruce/Flickr/CC BY-SA