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Nuclear developers have big plans for small power plants in U.K.

Aug 25, 2016

Nuclear developers have big plans for small power plants in U.K.

Miniature nuclear power plants could help solve Britain’s looming power crunch, rather than the delayed $24 billion Hinkley project, companies developing the technology say. Small modular reactors (SMRs) using current or new technology would be able to produce around a tenth of the electricity ...

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

Aug 25, 2016

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world’s first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including ...

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half a century of war

Aug 25, 2016

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half a century of war

Colombia’s government and the country’s biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world’s longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts. President Juan Manuel Santos hailed the agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ...

Kim calls launch of SLBM that reached Japan's ADIZ 'greatest success'

Aug 25, 2016

Kim calls launch of SLBM that reached Japan's ADIZ 'greatest success'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it “the greatest success” that put the country in the “front rank” of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday. North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile ...

Central Indiana twisters wreak havoc, flatten homes, Starbucks cafe

Aug 25, 2016

Central Indiana twisters wreak havoc, flatten homes, Starbucks cafe

Thunderstorms and tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing numerous homes and a Starbucks cafe in Kokomo and cutting power to thousands of Indianapolis-area residents, but no serious injuries were immediately reported. The National Weather Service issued a bulletin saying a “confirmed large ...

Iranian boats harassed U.S. destroyer in Strait of Hormuz: Navy

Aug 25, 2016

Iranian boats harassed U.S. destroyer in Strait of Hormuz: Navy

The top naval officer says four Iranian small boats harassed a U.S. Navy warship near the Persian Gulf, but no missiles were fired. The chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson, says the incident involving guided missile destroyer USS Nitze (NIT’-zee) reflects the greater ...