Several hundred Californians swarmed the State Capitol on Wednesday to oppose a bill that would eliminate their right not to vaccinate their children against contagious diseases like measles. They were able to help stall a committee vote on the legislation by a week. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/us/california-parents-opposing-state-mandated-vaccinations-of-children-delay-vote.html?smid=tw-nytimes The bill, introduced after a measles outbreak over the winter that […]

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Thursday blamed the United States and its allies for the conflict in Ukraine, saying their drive to bring Kiev closer to the West was a threat to Moscow and had forced it to react. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-idUSKBN0N70W820150416?utm_source=twitter Speaking at an annual security conference, Shoigu accused Washington of seeking worldwide military and […]

An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/business/trans-pacific-partnership-seen-as-door-for-foreign-suits-against-us.html?ref=us The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational […]

A tiny new tracker designed to monitor bee behaviour is being tested by ecologists at Kew Gardens in London. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32033766 It is made from off-the-shelf technology and is based on equipment used to track pallets in warehouses, said its creator Dr Mark O’Neill. Readers, used to pick up a signal from the kit, are connected […]

Ford is to sell a car that can read road signs and adjust its speed accordingly to ensure the vehicle is not driving too fast. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32049350 The speed-limiting tech can be activated via the steering wheel and briefly overridden by pressing firmly on the accelerator. The car company suggests the facility will help drivers avoid […]

In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter’s thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/technology/drones-beaming-web-access-are-in-the-stars-for-facebook.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytimes The V-shaped unmanned vehicle, which has about the wingspan of a Boeing 767 but weighs less than a small car, is the centerpiece of Facebook’s plans to connect with the five billion […]

A lawsuit, filed on Thursday, alleges that 28 wineries knowingly produced contaminated wine in violation of state law and without informing consumers. http://www.bbc.com/news/31989879 A major trade group has called the lawsuit “false and misleading” and said that all wines on US shelves are safe. The lawsuit claims that tests by three independent laboratories showed that […]

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