They Reckon They Have The Boston Bomber – In what could be a major break in the Boston Marathon case, investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday. [ap]
Your Guide To The Boston Marathon Bombing Amateur Internet Crowd-Sleuthing – In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, people on the internet have taken to groundlessly speculating on the identity of the attacker or attackers based on photos and videos from the scene. [gawker]
How The Media Ruined An Innocent Man’s Life After The 1996 Olympics Bombing – After a bomb went off during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other media outlets zeroed in on one suspect: security guard Richard Jewell. He was ultimately cleared, but only after the media and the FBI turned him into a national pariah. [busins]
SA Second Last In The World For Maths And Science – The quality of the country’s general education system ranked 140 out of 144 countries, while internet access in schools is ranked at 111 out of 143 countries, stated the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2013. [mail&guardian]
Shock – Armstrong 1999 Tests Showed Banned Steroids – Lance Armstrong returned four samples with traces of banned corticosteroids in the 1999 Tour de France, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday, although the governing body added it did not handle them as positive tests. [stuff]
ANC Unveils Battle Plan To Court ‘Clever Blacks’ – The battle to win the vote of the “clever black” is likely to intensify in the next few months – the ANC in Gauteng has announced that it plans to launch a massive election campaign ahead of next year’s polls. [timeslive]
There Were 345,000 Dead People On The Zimbabwe Voters’ Roll – The name of Smith and his justice minister, who died in 1984, were among 345,000 dead people on the roll, electoral authorities said on Wednesday. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says dead voters have been used to rig voting. [bdlive]
Small In Size, Big On Power: New Microbatteries A Boost For Electronics – Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery – and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye. [illinew]
Oh Hello – North Korea Lays Out Tough Pre-Conditions For Talks – North Korea laid down rigid pre-conditions Thursday for any talks with Seoul or Washington, including the withdrawal of UN sanctions and a guaranteed end to South Korea-US joint military drills. [afp]
Letter Sent To Obama Tests Positive For Poisonous Ricin, FBI Says – The FBI has confirmed that a letter addressed to President Obama has “preliminarily tested positive” for ricin, a day after lawmakers said another letter sent to the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Roger Wicker tested positive for the same substance. [foxnews]
Microsoft Signs Chrome And Android Deal With Foxconn Parent Hon Hai – Software giant’s deal with parent firm of manufacturer Foxconn covers devices using Google’s smartphone system and browser. [guardian]
Rift Over Mandela Money Deepens – A granddaughter of Nelson Mandela has harshly criticised a longtime associate of the former president and anti-apartheid leader, in an escalation of a dispute over funds linked to one of the world’s most revered figures. [bdlive]
Margaret Thatcher Laid To Rest – Armed with a relentless political combativeness in life that earned her designation as the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher achieved a dignified last act on Wednesday. [newyorktimes]
Obama Slams Congress, NRA After Loss On Firearms Bill – President Barack Obama, his gun-control legislation falling to defeat, lashed out at the U.S. Congress in unusually tough terms as he came to grips with the loss of a key priority after spending months fighting for it. [globmail]
Coelacanth Helps Evolutionary Probe – Biologists on Wednesday said they had unravelled the DNA of the coelacanth, a “living fossil” fish, whose ancient lineage can shed light on how life in the sea crept onto land hundreds of millions of years ago. [news24]
Rare Pink Diamond Sells for $39M at NYC Auction – A rare pink diamond once owned by Indian royalty has sold for $39.3 million (R360 million) at auction in New York City. [abc]
Anne Frank Probably Would Have Been A ‘Belieber’ – Teen titan Justin was slammed earlier this week for suggesting as much in a bizarre tribute he left in the guestbook of the Anne Frank House. And now, Eva Schloss, who was a close childhood friend of the brave diarist, has defended the under-fire singer. [thesun]
Leap Motion Technology To Come Embedded In HP Devices – Leap Motion is partnering with Hewlett-Packard, announcing that its Leap Motion Controller will be bundled with select HP personal computers and that its 3D motion-sensing technology will be embedded in some of the company’s devices. [latimes]
New Zealand Lawmakers Burst Into Song as They Legalize Gay Marriage – New Zealand became the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage today after their parliament easily approved an amendment to their 1955 marriage laws. The country is the first in the Asia-Pacific region to allow gays and lesbians to walk down the aisle. [slate]
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