Electricity from waste Researchers in Grand Forks say they've developed a new process for turning waste to energy. A pilot project at a Grand Forks business is making electricity from wood scraps.7:50 a.m.
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You Can Play the Record, but Don't Touch
Physicists from California have updated a hands-off approach to playing old and broken records. A computer-generated program called IRENE has found a way to reconstruct sound without ever touching classic LPs.
Irrigation Brings Harvests Back to Cape Verde
Cape Verde has two climates: dry and parched. Droughts have killed thousands of people and forced many Cape Verdeans to leave the islands. But those who've remained have found a way to use technology to grow food in an increasingly arid land.
Istanbul's Tarlabasi Under Constant Transformation
In what was once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, one of Istanbul's most notorious slums has sprung up. Tarlabasi is a densely populated maze of narrow streets that wend between crumbling Ottoman-era houses built on a hillside.
Militants in Pakistan Flout Peace Agreement
Militants in northwest Pakistan launched suicide attacks and bombings over the weekend in an area where Islamist militancy has been growing steadily. The attacks followed calls from extremists to avenge the government's storming of the Red Mosque in Islamabad.
Senate Argues Restoring Habeas Corpus
The Senate enters the second week of debate on a defense bill setting military policies and authorizing next year's Pentagon spending. Some senators are pushing to restore the legal protections of foreign detainees deemed to be "unlawful enemy combatants."
L.A. Catholic Diocese to Pay $660M in Abuse Cases
In Los Angeles, a judge is expected to sign the largest settlement ever in a clergy sex-abuse case. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $660 million to more than 500 people who say they were abused by priests and other clerics.
French Lawmakers' Vacation Delayed by Work
French parliamentarians will start their summer vacation late. New French President Nicolas Sarkozy has put them to work passing his economic and social overhaul package. Sarkozy is setting a pace for change that has left the country looking on in amazement.
Brazil Produces Award-Winning Wine
There are wines of the Old World, the New World, and now the Developing World. Brazil is churning out award-winning wine at unlikely latitudes. Technological advances in both irrigation and refrigeration have made vast parts of the globe ideal for viticulture.
Report: Oil Industry Can't Produce Enough Gas
A draft of a National Petroleum Council study forecasts that demand for energy will grow 50 percent in the next 25 years, The Wall Street Journal reports. The report, commissioned by the government, says the world will need to develop all the supplemental sources of energy it can.
Stock Market on Record Charge
The old adage on Wall Street used to be "Sell in May, then go away." But not this summer. The Dow Jones Industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 are both at record highs. The Nasdaq is also higher.